The radical organisation known as the Muslim Brotherhood is the main opposition group; and it was directly involved in the Cairo protests, stirring the masses up. Both the terrorist Hamas, and the terrorist Al-Qaeda, were offshoots of the Muslim Brotherhood. And Hamas, backed by Iran, sent its own members into Egypt to collaborate with the Muslim Brotherhood in its goal of toppling Mubarak’s government. The Brotherhood, in addition to sending thousands of its supporters into the streets of Cairo to call for the end of Mubarak’s rule, also formed so-called “people’s committees” (ah, there’s a nice old Communist term for you) to replace the Egyptian police, who virtually disappeared from Cairo’s streets as the protests continued. These “people’s committees” were co-ordinating the activities of the demonstrators. How eerily reminiscent of what the Communist-supported ANC did in South Africa, and of what so many Communist terror groups did as they fought for power. At the top, international Communism (which is still very much alive and well) and international Islam tie together, with the latter using many of the former’s tactics after having been trained by Reds for decades. But what is the common denominator in the supposedly “spontaneous” uprisings in these four countries? This: the leaders of Tunisia, Yemen, Lebanon and Egypt, for all their faults (and they are many), were all somewhat allied to the West! Take Ben Ali of Tunisia: he was seen as an ally of the West in the volatile Middle East. In fact, Israeli security officials have even stated that Ben Ali worked behind the scenes with Israel at times. Then take Saleh of Yemen: he, too, was considered a crucial ally of the U.S. in its war against Al-Qaeda in Yemen and in the rest of the Middle East. Or take Lebanon: there the prime minister, Saad Hariri, was also somewhat allied to the West. And as for Egypt’s Mubarak: as the most populous Arab country and certainly one of the most influential, Egypt was a key player, as far as the U.S. and the West were concerned, in maintaining peace in the Middle East. Decades ago Egypt had been allied to the Soviet Union, but then it became a Western ally, and had not been a danger to Israel for many years. It was the only Muslim nation with a long-lasting peace agreement with Israel, and it received over a billion dollars a year in military assistance from the U.S., plus substantial military training funding and large amounts of military equipment transfers and sales – not to mention the fact that for three decades the officer corps of the Egyptian military has been educated at U.S. defence colleges. So this was the common denominator: these countries were Western allies. Now it is true that these Muslim presidents are far from being “nice guys”. They are guilty of many things, no doubt about it, especially against their own people. It is difficult to speak of “moderate” and “fanatical” Muslims, because in truth even those considered “moderates” are so often fanatics as well. “Moderate” and “fanatic” are very relative terms when applied to Muslims. Islam is simply not a moderate religion. But the West, and in particular the United States, worked to some extent with these governments because, compared with the alternatives, it was viewed as being better to work with these men! Mubarak, in particular, brought a measure of stability and also played something of a “moderating role” in the region. But the consequence, of course, was that they and their governments were hated by Al-Qaeda and its fanatical allies, and they have been targeted for this very reason. The fact is, the Muslim world is not one big united place! There are factions, and men with differing ambitions and goals, just as there are anywhere in the world. And they are making use of widespread Arab discontent with their governments to inflame the masses into revolting, the plan being to take power once these governments fall. There is another common denominator, too, in many of these uprisings: the governments of many of them embrace the Sunni version of Islam, whereas the protesters are primarily of the Shiite variety of Islam. This, too, accounts of the Muslim-on-Muslim violence occurring.