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By Joseph DeCaro
Rooted in the French Revolution's "reign of terror," is the scene being set for a Muslim Napoleon?
WASHINGTON D.C. (Worthy News)-- The recent Arab unrest against U.S. embassies throughout the Middle East may prove to be the galvanizing event Muslims need to unite their disparate "Arab Springs" and usher in the return of the Islamic Caliphate.
The caliph was once the supreme leader of the Muslim world and the true successor to its prophet, Muhammad. But after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, Turkish nationalists abolished it in 1924; two years later, an international congress held in Cairo tried to choose a new caliph, but failed because most Islamic states were too preoccupied with their own internal problems.
Preoccupied, until Cairo's Tahrir Square became the focus of an "Arab Spring" that rocked the government of Egypt and ended the "reign" of President Mubarak.
Centuries ago, when another autocrat, Louis XVI, fell from power, France degenerated into a "reign of terror that made the guillotine the symbol of political messianism," according to Encarta. In fact, the term "terrorism" was first used to describe the French government during the revolution (1789 -- 1799) when state-sponsored terror used political power to force others to submit to its demands; today, Islam's jihadists use suicide attacks to make Muslim demands known, and it's no coincidence that Islam literally means "submission".
Back in 18th Century France, the newly formed Committee of Public Safety, whose members never recognized national boundaries, acted as agents provocateurs against other European powers; today that role has been assumed by the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group that first hijacked the "Spring" in Egypt and then throughout the rest of the region.
As for the French Revolution, after the arrest and execution of the Committee's leader, Maximilien Robespierre, the stage was set for the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte, who first ruled as dictator of France in 1799, and then crowned himself its emperor five years later .
So, will the orchestrated bedlam of the Arab Spring's "Reign of (embassy) Terror" unite the Islamic Ummah and prepare the way for a later day dictator who crowns himself the leader of a resurrected Caliphate?
Or worse, crowns himself an anti-Christ?
With the exception of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon -- who recently died quietly in South Korea -- there are candidates already available for the position of anti-Christ. For example, there are the Twelvers, a Sh'ia sect that is still waiting for the reappearance of their 12th Imam, the Mahdi. Known as "the rightly guided one," Iran's Ahmadinejad believes the Mahdi will return to establish an Islamic reign of submissive peace on a Muslim-dominated earth.
May God forbid.