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‘High Capacities’: If Iran Calls For a Unified Muslim World Coalition, Would That Be a, um, uh…Caliphate?

"Conditions will drastically change."

As the Iranian military fires tear gas into the crowds on the streets of Tehran and state-run media fills the airwaves with anti-western propaganda, the Ayatollah Khamenei appears to be calling for a unified Muslim world, saying;

“If the Muslim world becomes acquainted with its high capacities and capabilities, conditions will drastically change and the Muslim world can play a role in international developments as an influential power.”

Hmmm, "the Muslim world can play a role in international developments as an influential power."  Nothing in that statement about a single country.  The Ayatollah appears to be looking forward to a global Muslim union. Which means it is time to review the word of the month, Caliphate.

Caliphate.   - A unified federal Islamic government for the Muslim world, ruled by an elected head of state or caliph.

The word caliphate has been heard on American television and radio more in the past two weeks than the past two decades.  One imagines that it will be heard in various forms at the upcoming 24th International Islamic Unity Conference, held at the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting International Conference Center in Tehran February 19 - 21.  Pre-event press claims that 500 or so Iranian Shia and Sunni scholars will be speaking and they have also invited an additional 250 from 57 countries.

But all of that that does not signal any plan or attempt at merge a large union of predominantly Muslim countries into one unified Muslim world, does it?  No. However, you might reconsider when the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces,  Major General Hassan Firouzabadi says something like this;

"Unity and solidarity present Muslim governments and nations with the best and most effective way to counter the plans, plots, and conspiracies of the enemies of Islam."

As the Major General talks of "unity and solidarity" between Muslim nations, we see that eleven countries in the Middle East are currently experiencing protests on a daily basis.  Their fragile governments, like Egypt could start falling like dominoes, leaving a power vacuum.  Even MSNBC picked this up, and showed a map similar to the one that appeared on Beck's February 1st program.

As the graphic aired, Andrea Mitchell asked Stephan Hadley of the U.S. Institute of Peace;

Is there some sort of dynamic here where there is an infection of democracy?

Hadley makes it clear that he does not want the riots and protests spreading across the Middle East to be called anything bad like an infection.  And yet, the infection appears to be spreading across the region. That reality is also not lost on the opportunistic forces gathering with hopes of capitalizing on the unrest.

By the way, Unity Week kicks off tomorrow, coinciding with the birth date of Prophet Mohammad.  The timing of all of these events should be noted.

It was less than two weeks ago that Chris Matthews and MSNBC started questioning Glenn Beck's sanity while attacking theories that the unrest across the Middle East is setting the table for a massive Muslim union.

One last thing…
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