Friday, February 17, 2012
Middle East Chaos...Ottoman Empire...Turkey...The Caliphate
The Islamic Empire once stretched from Morocco in northeastern Africa to the Caspian Sea near the mouth of the Volga river. It not only controlled a vast land mass but also a period of time from about 1280 AD to the end of World War I. During these centuries the boundaries changed, the leaders changed and many battles took place. The history and events are very complicated and some not fully understood. Different ethnicities, religions and regions were affected in very ways. I believe that still after all the centuries that have passed the militant islamists dream and plan to return to the control and power that they once had under the Caliphate. From watching and observing Turkey, supposedly pro-west, secular, and a member of NATO I suspect that the major initiative to fulfill this will take place with the full cooperation and aid from Turkey. Watch and wait...I think I will be "right on" this prediction.