World View: Central African Republic Peacekeepers Call Christians 'Enemy Combatants'
This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com:
- Central African Republic peacekeepers call Christians 'enemy combatants'
- Iran's Supreme Leader fears Great Islamic Revolution will be forgotten
- John Kerry embraces Iran's Supreme Leader fatwa scam
Central African Republic peacekeepers call Christians 'enemy combatants'
The 6,000-man African Union peacekeeping force, known by its acronym
Misca, has designated the Christian "anti-balaka" militias in Central
African Republic as "terrorists" and "enemy combatants," following a
wave of anti-balaka attacks on Misca soldiers and the killing on
Monday of a Misca peacekeeping soldier from the Republic of Congo.
According to a Misca statement: "Henceforth, MISCA considers anti-balakas as
terrorists and enemy combatants, and they shall be treated
Although 2,000 French soldiers and 6,000 Misca soldiers have been
deployed as peacekeepers, the violence in Central African Republic
(CAR) has not been quelled. In fact, as I've been saying for
months, this is spiraling into a full-scale generational crisis
war that will be enveloped by tribal massacres on a massive
Muslim Seleka militias began killing Christians last year, after a
coup by Muslim leader Michel Djotodia. There were predictions last
year of revenge by Christians. The international community forced
Djotodia to step down in January, in the hope that his doing so would
quiesce the Christians, but that hope was in vain.
As I've explained, CAR's last generational crisis war was the
1928-1931 Kongo-Wara Rebellion ("War of the Hoe Handle"), which was a
very long time ago, putting CAR today deep into a generational Crisis
era, where a new crisis war is increasingly likely.
The Kongo-Wara rebellion was nominally an uprising against the French
colonialists, but it also had it share of the same kind of tribal
violence that we are seeing today. After a crisis war like that ends,
the survivors on both sides look back in horror at the acts that were
perpetrated on both sides, and vow to devote the rest of their lives
to making sure that nothing like that happens to their children or
grandchildren. They succeed at that, but once the survivors have
passed away, so that there's no one left with a personal memory of the
last crisis war, then there's nothing to stop a new crisis war from
starting, and that's what's happening now. French and African Union
peacekeepers will try desperately to put a lid on it, but nothing will
stop it now.
In fact, young people in CAR today certainly have heard of the
Kongo-Wara war, just as Americans have heard of WW II. But what do
they know? Nobody's told them about the its horrors. What the
Muslims know is that their great-grandfathers were war heroes because
they killed thousands of French and Christians, while the Christians
have heard that their great-grandfathers were even bigger heroes,
because they slaughtered even more Muslims. Now all of them want
to be new generations of heroes.
If the Misca peacekeepers are now going to treat the Christians as
enemy combatants, then this crisis war will be moving to the next
stage. It will no longer be just CAR residents versus CAR residents.
It will also be a war between CAR residents and soldiers from other
nations. I have not seen any reports about the role of the French peacekeepers
in this declaration of enemy combatants, but as the situation
deteriorates it would not be surprising to see the French embroiled in
the war as well. AFP and BBC and Reuters
Iran's Supreme Leader fears Great Islamic Revolution will be forgotten
Iran's last generational crisis war was the 1979 Great Islamic
Revolution, followed by the Iran/Iraq war, that climaxed in 1987 with
Saddam Hussein's use of chemical weapons. These crisis wars are at
the heart of generational theory, because the traumatized generations
of survivors of these wars create austere rules and institutions to
keep the same thing from happening to their children and
grandchildren. As the younger generations come of age, they rebel
against this austerity, creating a "generation gap" and a generational
Awakening era, as happened in America in the 1960s.
Iran is going through an Awakening era today, and the Supreme Leader
Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei is becoming panicked because younger
generations don't appreciate the sacrifices that his generation had to
make. In a speech to young people earlier this week, Khamenei said
that "The memory of the Sacred Defense era must be kept alive" and
warned against the efforts of 'some' who seek to erase the war’s
values and historical memory:
The front of the enemies of the Islamic system,
meaning these European governments and the American government,
encouraged Saddam’s Ba’athist regime to continue the war by
providing him advanced capabilities and equipment. This matter
caused the Imposed War to last for eight years.
But God almighty showed his hand of power and crushed the mouths
of the enemies of the Islamic Republic of Iran with the iron fist
of divine tradition and rubbed their noses to the dirt.
The greatest lesson of the Islamic Revolution to the Iranian
nation was that the path of achieving high ideals is fighting,
sacrificing and persevering for these ideals.
Those who wish ill for the Iranian nation and also some [others]
are seeking to erase from memory the sacrifices of the Sacred
Defense era and its prominent figures. On this basis, they are
making efforts to prescript the sacrifices of the Sacred Defense
and the path that the great Imam [Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini,
Khamenei's predecessor] the wise and sage servant of God, had
Khamenei is expressing the same frustrations and the same kinds of
warnings that Presidents Johnson and Nixon expressed during America's
Awakening era, and were the victims of violent protests by young
people. These Awakening era political battles are almost always
(though not always) won by young people because the older generations
die off. AEI Iran Tracker
John Kerry embraces Iran's Supreme Leader fatwa scam
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has said that he has high regard
for the fatwa issued by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali
Khamenei a decade ago.
According to Kerry: "I show a lot of respect for this fatwa as it is a
religious message and is highly respected by people."
The problem, as I wrote last week,
is that even Iranian scholars do not believe that this fatwa exists.
Khamenei doesn't list it on the fatwa page of his web site, and no one
has ever seen the actual text of the fatwa.
Apparently the tales of this fatwa began with a statement published
in 2005 by the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) announcing
"The Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah
Ali Khamenei has issued the Fatwa that the production, stockpiling
and use of nuclear weapons are forbidden under Islam and that the
Islamic Republic of Iran shall never acquire these
As far as I can tell, that press report was the original mention of
the fatwa, and that sentence has been repeated over and over since
Of course, Ayatollah Khamenei could clear up this confusion at
any time. Did he issue this fatwa or not? He never says.
In my opinion, this is a scam and a fraud being perpetrated by Iran's
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei. What looks to be the
case is as follows: Khamenei never issued the fatwa but got IRNA to
publish a report saying that he HAD issued the fatwa. So he has the
best of both worlds. He's got Kerry and everyone else quoting his
non-existent fatwa, but when crunch time comes, he'll say, "Oh no,
there was no fatwa. IRNA got it wrong." He could clarify things
today if he wanted to, but he doesn't want to because he's scamming
President Obama, Kerry, the West, and everyone else, and getting away
If anyone out there disagrees, it's easy enough to prove me wrong.
Find a published copy of the text of the entire fatwa, and then show
an official affirmation that Khamenei issued it. Radio Zamaneh and IRNA (2005)
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