Imprisoned for failing to bribe a police officer for unlicensed selling — a common and oft overlooked misdemeanour — a Tunisian street vendor suffers the ignominy of a slap to the face from a female prison officer. On release from prison, he self-immolates. Subsequent tensions spill over to the streets of Tunis and from there to Tripoli, Cairo, and Damascus.
The year is 2011. Welcome to the Arab Spring.
A proxy-war in the Levant, centred on Syria and northern Iraq and fed by Islamic arch-rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia, allows the ascendency of a predominantly Western-trained Al-Qaida offshoot rebel group that call themselves the Islamic State. The West’s response is lukewarm until a Russian dalliance in Syria invites a more formidable American rejoinder from a new Washington administration.
A ramshackle Syria has half its population displaced or dead. Libya is a failed state. Iraq is a quagmire of Quds forces and Shiite Iraqi soldiers, Kurdistan Peshmerga, and Turkish troops, combined in their opposition to the Islamic State and other rebel Sunni loyalists.
Turmoil in the Middle East spurns a giant wave of migration through Turkey but also across the Mediterranean — were 5,000 people drown each year in an attempt at this crossing.
Despite arguments that attempt to exonerate this crisis, Europe suffers a spate of terror attacks* — mainly in France and Germany, but now also Manchester, England. Since 2015, 313 people have been killed in terror in 13 separate incidents across major European cities.
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Where to from here?
It’s all glum as far as the eye can see; up to, and beyond, a September start to the Tribulation.
*The terror attacks coincide with the European Immigration Crisis. They started in France with the killing of 12 people in the Charlie Hebdo attack in January of 2015 and then a mass-murder of 130 people in Paris later that year. This was followed in March (2016) by the Brussels bombings were 32 people were killed, before returning to France for the Nice terror attack in July were another 84 people lost their lives. Berlin and Munich combined suffered 12 fatalities in a July terror attack of 2016. Then we went back to France for the Normandy church attack later that month. Another 12 people were killed in the Berlin Christmas market attack. Early this year we had the Louvre knife attack followed by the Westminster attack, in which 4 people were killed. April saw 4 people killed in Stockholm and a policeman was shot dead later that month in Paris. Three days ago, 22 people were killed in the Manchester terror attack.
Terror attacks timeline: From Paris and Brussels terror to most recent attacks in Europe, Alice Foster – Express, May 24, 2017