Arab Spring = C.I.A. Construct?

Out of a Clear Blue Sky

In January 2011, suddenly, Tunisia was in upheaval. Thousands of Tourists, having booked into the hotels, paid for tours, were caught in the unexpected insanity.

There was no reason for Tunisia to have any kind of unrest at this moment in time. There had been no incident, whether murder, new law, election, to provoke the population. Simply put, yesterday it was quiet, today everyone is marching in the streets.

Before the world could investigate why Tunisia was experiencing 'revolution', Egypt became the new focus.

Again, tourists who had no inkling that anything would happen, governments who had made their plans based on a set of circumstances were taken by surprise.

There was Morocco, Algeria, Syria, Yemen, even Saudi Arabia and Iran had some dissent. As if a some tsunami had arrived, almost all Arab nations in North Africa and the Middle East were having protests, and governments were toppling or fighting for survival.

Technology

It is assumed that the rapid formation of demonstrations was due to the Internet; whether via tweets, webpages, or cell phone texting.

The official media of the North Africa/Arab nations is controlled. Any information disseminated would be off the official grid. How this network was put together so that within hours an empty street teemed with protesters, or that a march was devised, placards in hand in a blink of an eye because Said texted Abdul and Abdul, having absolutely nothing at all to do texted his ten friends and they all raced into the street, seems, on reflection, rather amazing.

Unlike the 60s where protests against the Viet Nam war were organised over months, so people could prepare, the protests of the Arab Spring were put together in minutes.

The kind of intra-net that would be necessary for this kind of dissemination of information usually takes months to perfect. Yet, within veritable minutes, nations went from peaceful to riotous.

From January to April

The government of Tunisia was toppled. The government of Egypt was toppled. Algeria changed a few laws. Libya is now in the grips of a civil war. Syria seems destined for Civil War. There are questions about the government in Iran, though things seem quiet.

There was no 'government in waiting' in Tunisia or Egypt. There was no 'way forward'. In the various North African nations it seemed protest to protest.

Libya was a miscalculation, for although Gaddafi might not be popular in the West he is supported by his people. The unrest in Libya needs foreign intervention, overt foreign intervention to survive.

May 1

With bombs falling on Tripoli, and members of Gaddafi's family killed everyone was looking at North Africa.

To the East, Hamas and Fattah had made peace, Egypt acting as the broker. The headlines were of unrest in Syria.

Then the rumours started. Sunday evening, May 1, President Barack Obama of the United States announced that Osama Bin Laden had been killed in a mansion in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

1 + 1

Out of a clear blue sky, there came the 'Arab Spring', where nation after nation under went abrupt changes of government. But nothing happened in Pakistan.

In Yemen, Bahrain, places people rarely think of, civil unrest, In repressive Saudi Arabia, a brief protest met by largess.

But nothing in Pakistan.

The names Mubarck and Gaddafi were on everyone's lips. No one mentioned Osama Bin Laden. For weeks no one seemed to remember he existed.

On May 1st, (Eastern Standard Time) a clandestine force of Americans arrived by helicopter in Abbottabad.

Members of DEVGRU, who answer only to the President of the United States, took out Osama Bin Laden, loaded his body on a one of their helicopters and were gone.

It took about forty minutes from start to finish.

Safe House

For approximately seven years, Osama Bin Laden resided in the quiet upscale community of Abbottabad. It was a town created by an Englishman, laid out attractively.

The residents were retired military people of the higher classes. Nearby was a military academy.

There is no way not to infer that those who lived in Abbottabad did not know who resided in that house. No way not to assume that the choice of neighbourhood, the choice of neighbours was deliberate.

This was not Saddam Hussein hiding in a remote section, creeping underground at the hint of danger. This was a man living in luxury surrounded by neighbours who would die to protect him.

The fact that DEVGRU operated behind the backs of the Pakistani authorities; doing their training in Afghanistan, proved the point many had made; Pakistan was pro-Osama and had always been.

Look There

When Magicians perform a 'trick' they divert your attention. You look where they indicate while their other hand does something else.

Considering the Arab Spring came out of nowhere, that there were no governments in waiting, no policies or agendas being demanded; it appeared, even to a jaundiced eye, that those in North Africa were protesting to protest.

The eyes of the world were focused on North Africa, then shifted to England for the Royal Wedding, then back to Libya at the attack on Tripoli.

No one had their eyes on Pakistan.

No one knew the plan was afoot, except President Obama and those involved.

If the attempt had been made in December 2010, the usual jihadists would go
apeshit. But the usual jihadists were busy.

They were busy in Egypt, busy in Syria, busy in Libya, even the Palestinians were busy.

Those who supported Osama because they hate the U.S. were celebrating their victories in Tunisia, in Egypt, busy fighting in Libya, defending or attacking in Syria. They were too caught up in their own protests to respond to the death of Bin Laden.

Which seems a little too pat to be happenstance.

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marwan asmar 5 years ago from Amman, Jordan

Strange Construct---what's the end result!


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qeyler 5 years ago Author

the end result is that the US takes Bin Laden but the Jihadists are too busy to respond. That while they fight in Syria, Egypt, Libya, etc, the US can shore up it's security.


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marwan asmar 5 years ago from Amman, Jordan

So now Ben Laden is gone, you think things will return to normal or become more sedate, and isn't it a bit naïve to think the CIA did all this to get to Bin Laden. Come on, you don't think they knew where he was living in Pakistan, and probably have know for a very long time!


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qeyler 5 years ago Author

Of course they knew he was in Pakistan, living in Abbottabad. They needed permission to cross into a 'friendly' state, behind the back of the admin and it's secret service, take out the guy with no glitches.

Osama has been there since at least 2007.

What I think needed to be set up was to get 'cells' active in the various Arab countries, work on causing dissenstion so that there would be great upheavals while the CIA got into place, and with all eyes on Libya, with all the terrorists either in Afghanistan fighting the US, in Syria fighting the gov, in Libya fighting the rebels, in Egypt running in a circle, in Yemen fighting a civil war, in Bahrain....

these guys are too busy to take time out to commemorate Bin Laden's death.


Ginny King 5 years ago

During all that has happened in North Africa, this is the first time I have seen who these people are, theirc courage, compassion a people we did not know before.

The poor man in Tunisia who set himself on fire, he made the greatest sacrifice of all, mabe he is the Messiah. (Messianic beliefs or theories generally relate to eschato logical improvement of the state of humanity or the world,[1] in other words the World to Come.)


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qeyler 5 years ago Author

nah, anything would have set it off. The CIA/MI-5 had put some effort into subversion; the chap setting himself on fire was used, just as the drug dealer who was killed in London was used as the flame. What caused the uprising in Egypt? In Syria? In Libya?


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maxoxam41 5 years ago from USA

Your reasoning and argumentation make sense, on what are they based? For instance, Algeria and the U.S. have common interests, why favoring an upheaval to the risk of loosing economical advantages (oil and gas exportation)with the establishment of a new pro-people government?

By "protest to protest" do you mean that they put aside their poor living conditions and the galloping inflation rate?

So far what we know about Bin Laden is that he is from an affluent Saudi family (part of the major players of the oil industry-which influential Arab father will let the world decide of his son's destiny?, that his religious believes and behavior are similar to his country's (fundamentalist, financing of military cells), that he never hit the U.S.A.

And by the way, do you really think that any westerner forgot about Pakistan? After Saudi Arabia, Pakistan is the second radical Muslim country.


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qeyler 5 years ago Author

There was evidence, early as Jan how the 'underground' was set up and the network in place.

Travel agents who deal with Africa are usually extremely alert to what can happen. Tunis was book, Cairo was booked, there was absolutely no warning.

Neither tunisa nor egypt had any kind of 'opposition'. Although tunisa has been able to muster a government, Egypt had no government in waiting. In all revolutions, from Cuba to Namimbia to South Africa, to Uganda, there is a proto government in waiting, and people know to some extent who will be in power.

Not in these cases.

If you look at Tahrir square, the same people, the same protest, with no alternative.

These are not pro-people governments, these are pro-west.

They are also minority gov which do not have the kind of unshakeable power. If they try to stop being pro-west they will be overthrown.

We know all about Bin Laden and his family and that according to the CIA he had been in Abbotsabad for 7 years.

Never hit the US? 9/11 was the hit.

Pakistan is the most fantatical. It was used now can be discarded


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maxoxam41 5 years ago from USA

I don't agree, most of destabilized governments were replaced by the army or the opposite party, like in Egypt now, refer to Chile, Argentina...

You can't advance the participation of the CIA in any revolutions and deny its involvement in 9/11. Either you are rational, either you are.

You said "according to the CIA", which data allows you to believe in the veracity of the fact?

As for Pakistan, the only difference with Saudi Arabia is their non-allegiance to the U.S..


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qeyler 5 years ago Author

You're free to believe whatever you want. You don't want to believe the CIA was involved, cool. You don't want to believe that Bin Laden's whereabouts were known at last for the past 7 years, I don't have a problem with that either.


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maxoxam41 5 years ago from USA

Truth doesn't come from the CIA but from independent journalists. Since its creation the organization kept silence and now it's divulging every information... It's a bit much!

I definitely believe that they plot for the u.s. interests.

Which link do you have?


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qeyler 5 years ago Author

I don't live in the US. I don't get any of my news from American sources. You have to 'know' what you're searching for and then get there quickly before the information disappears.


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maxoxam41 5 years ago from USA

Only Americans believe that 9/11 was not an inside job! If you are a foreigner then why is it difficult for you to comprehend it?

For your knowledge I am trilingual hence can read different newspapers.


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qeyler 5 years ago Author

I disagree about 9/11. Could have gotten the same reaction blowing up the US Embassy in some Islamic country.


maxoxam41 profile image

maxoxam41 5 years ago from USA

How do you make the difference between a CIA covert and an attack made by terrorists?

Based upon what facts do you disagree?


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qeyler 5 years ago Author

why would you?


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DuendeVision 5 years ago

qeyler: The 9-11 demolition of the WTC accomplished a lot more for the neo-cons than any attack on a remote embassy could. The US govt could have never gotten the allowance to go into Afghanistan and Iraq nor duped the american people into an eternal war on terrorism the way they have with and attack on a remote embassy. Never mind the errosion of human rights in the USA with the passage of the already filled out and ready to be signed patriot act. It just couldn't have happened with out a false flag attack on the US homeland. Also what couldn't have happened was the towers coming down the way they did with out pre-planted charges. The only ones who could have had access to those building were in the USA since building security was controlled by a Bush family member. You need to take another look at your beliefs on that. I agree with Maxoxam on the if you're european then how come you still believe what only duped americans still seem to hold onto?


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qeyler 5 years ago Author

I am not European. I live in the 3rd World. I am not going to dispute if the 9/11 attacks were an 'inside job'. I was shocked at how Bush became Pres. the first time, cause that wouldn't have happened here.

During an election there was some vote rigging and a particular very popular leader would have lost his seat and if that happened there would be civil war, so they sort of found new ballots so he'd win.

If the brother of a candidate was 'in charge' of the constituency which was the deciding factor, there'd be civil war if he won.

How Bush won, how he got reelected how he fooled the people etc. ought have been exposed by Obama. Obama has nothing to 'get' by 'protecting' the Neocons.


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maxoxam41 5 years ago from USA

I think it is worse, how can you be from a third world country (country that would be more subjected to be exploited by western economies) and not be more critical?

Yourself you acknowledged Bush's flawed personality so how will it be far-fetched to advance his complicity in the 9/11 attack?

When I saw the documentary on the twin towers with people defenestrating themselves to a certain death, it sickened me. How thousands of human beings were sacrificed for oil, sickened me!

It only proved my theory that between the government and the people there's a huge gap.


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maxoxam41 5 years ago from USA

You can't write what you wrote and remain candid.


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qeyler 5 years ago Author

With what I wrote in re the Arab Spring, I can back it up with a lot of information which was all over the web. With 9/11 I can't dispute what you've posted, I suppose this will have to come out. And not just in dark corner 'conspiracy theories'. I know that when it happened that there was a particular email (in Arabic) which was making the rounds, and a friend of mine, (a Jordanian) got it and showed it to me, and translated and that there was some dancing in the street, and some credit for it was taken by al qaeda.


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maxoxam41 5 years ago from USA

Either a conspiracy has a foundation, either it doesn't have. When you study what was at stake, who were the actors, and the outcome (Iraq invasion, the pilfering of the oil). I did not have to be too smart to figure it out.

For the critical mind, Al Qaeda is nothing else but the ghost to show to scare the international community.

During the Bush administration, each time they needed a law that was depriving the people of their freedom in the name of their security, they agitated the Al Qaeda fear. It worked well they reelected him.


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qeyler 5 years ago Author

You've brought us some very interesting points.

Direct me to your sources.


Matt 5 years ago

No one cared about Bin Laden, with or without the Arab Spring, once he started blowing up Muslims as collateral damage al-Qaida lost support.


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maxoxam41 5 years ago from USA

If you are not Arabic (a friend of yours translated you a document), I hardly see how you can have access to reliable information such as Northern African countries media are controlled?


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qeyler 5 years ago Author

The texting of cell phones is not controlled. Many people have access to sat phones as well.


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maxoxam41 5 years ago from USA

In Northern, they mostly speak Arabic, French and Berber. Which one can you speak? Arabic is excluded, right?


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qeyler 5 years ago Author

I have to depend on my Jordanian friends to translate Arabic.


dumb stoner kid 4 years ago

Many jihadists and extremists have renounced terrorism after the Arab spring. At the same the death of Osama would be a rallying point he would be a sorta martyr right? But with many extremists having no reason to fight since revolution. Maybe it just signifies the end? More of a closure than murderous motivation. Idk. I actually just thought about and googled it. Since I know. Thus cuz has done such things before. Chili. Argentina. Etc.just now the revolution are hopefully fotlr the better for the native people. Again idk


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qeyler 4 years ago Author

I don't feel optimistic. These were protests to protest. Egypt still hasn't a government, Libya is like Somalia..


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Arabspring 4 years ago from Egypt

of course USA supported the revolution since it supported criminal presidents like Mubarak and Saleh to be such a dirty allies and that was the basic reason for our revolution !!

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saudia 4 years ago

I reject the option of killing and in this way


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qeyler 4 years ago Author

The fact is that one is confronting what are dictatorships of various blends and doing so is if they live in a democracy which grants them the right to protest. Hence there will be killings, such as currently in Syria.


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Nick Hanlon 4 years ago from Chiang Mai

I think qeylar you need to present evidence to back up your theory.Revolutions have happened like this before starting in 1848.Then there was 1918-9,1968 and 1989.If there was any member of the U.S. government who had anything to do the revolutions then his name is Thomas Jefferson.People want democracy,they want freedom,they want an economy that provides jobs.What is so hard to understand about that?


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qeyler 4 years ago Author

The C.I.A., MI-6 have already ADMITTED involvement...(you can do a search of 'Operation Mermaid Dawn'). You do appreciate that the weapons used, for example in Syria aren't manufactured in Syria, right? You have heard of NATO, right? You do know that Turkey belongs to NATO, right? You do know that many of the 'dissident groups' are based in Turkey...right?

I do not get my news from American News sources as I do not live in America, hence whatever they are telling Americans to make them think that out of a clear blue sky, for no reason in particular, people began to rise up, (all seemingly connected via Twitter...(coincidence?) ... and knowing where to go what to do..?

Some of the information has come out; esp. Libya with Mermaid Dawn, and some is still coming out; i.e. with Egypt, and Syria.

The people in Libya never had much economic problems. Oil was extremely cheap, health care was free, people who got married were given apartments; I think you should do a bit of research, not pure Wikipedia, about the conditions in these countries before the Arab Spring.

In Syria, for example, schools were free.


GOVT MULE 4 years ago

Arab spring = is almost certaining a US contruct, coined by the office of the President and his advisors(CIA). The US GOVT has known for a long-time that for the immediate future, they would be fighting a series of small guerilla wars, and our special forces strategy has always been to arm and train the opposition to take out the dictators. The arab spring is nothing less than a continuation of afghanistan strategy where we let the Northern Alliance dethrone the Taliban.


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qeyler 4 years ago Author

Certainly; but it's much older than Afghanistan...goes back to the Korean/Vietnam and all points in between

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