Spring turns to autumn... By Hassam
05 September, 2013
In the year 2011, a popular mass movement started in Tahrir Square, Cairo. The basic objective of the movement was for the Egyptian people to rid themselves of then president Hosni Mubarak. All the leftist and right wing parties of Egypt took part in this movement. They called it the Arab Spring and, at last, the president resigned from office. This fruitful Arab Spring then moved on to Libya and the famous military dictatorship of then president Gaddafi failed to control it; the results were quite the same as in Egypt. The new destination of this movement was Syria where a revolt started against President Bashar al-Assad. Somehow the Syrian government controlled the situation but not before the rebels could start a civil war against the Syrian government. Now, for the last one and a half years, the Syrian government has been fighting these rebels. Interestingly, these rebels have given a very tough time to the Syrian security forces and are still fighting. The movement that started as a 'spring' is now turning into 'autumn'. The military coup in Egypt has been supported by the US and its allies.
The whole of the Middle East is burning, especially those countries that do not support Israel. It seems as if this entire Arab Spring was orchestrated to benefit Israel and the oil-dependent economy of the US, which could gain advantage from it. Now, only one oil-rich country is free from US interference and that is Iran. It seems as if the US will be able to control all of the Middle East if somehow it can gain control over Syria. After controlling Syria they can also use special tricks to control Iran. In this whole scenario, the role of the UN, Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and Saudi Arabia is condemnable. It seems as if the OIC is the 'Organisation of Islamic Criminals', which has been made to protect the special interests of Saudi Arabia and the US. This scenario has also proved one thing: Muslims across the whole world have been divided into sectarian groups. Turkey is supporting the dismissed Akhwanul Muslimoon government in Egypt, and is against the Syrian government because Syria is a Shia-dominated country. We can now say that one of the biggest 'fruits' of the Arab Spring is sectarianism, which has divided the imaginary unity of Islamic nations.