The Daily Beast: “Once a bane of the U.S. military during the occupation of Iraq, and a warlord whom the Pentagon once came within minutes of killing for his role in orchestrating American combat deaths, al-Sadr is now the undisputed kingmaker of Iraqi politics, a demagogue with a gift for manipulating a national media and opportunistically capitalizing on national crises, attributes which invited half-serious comparisons to another rising political juggernaut.
Just like Trump, he is not entirely illegitimate,” said Ali Khedery, once the longest continuously serving U.S. diplomat in Iraq. “Sadr represents millions of people and those millions of people have voted for him and his bloc repeatedly since 2003. His family has a long and very important history in Iraq, particularly over the past century.”
Vason’s Opinion: Nationalism is born out of a frustrated populace looking for a leader to right their wrongs and fix their problems- typically economically. Sometimes though, people are looking for payback.
Enter Mullah Atari: Moqtada al-Sadr is just one of many charismatic opportunists riding high on a wave of anger and his numerous followers are looking for order in their lives – along with payback. These acolytes of the cleric want payback against a financially corrupt Iraqi government, the enemy within known as ISIS, and of course, America who they view as a global puppet master. Sound familiar? Change some of the names and circumstances and you’ve got the recipe for the rise of Trump.
A similar formula is fomenting nationalism in Europe and will pave the way for the antichrist to come to power (Daniel 7:23-24).
European nationalistic movements to keep an eye on:
- UK: An upcoming June 23rd referendum (Brexit) will decide if it stays or leaves the European Union.
- Denmark: Kristian Thulesen Dahl, leader of the Danish People’s Party (DF), is calling for a similar referendum.
- Austria: Norbert Hofer, a eurosceptic, was narrowly defeated in Monday’s Presidential election.
- Catalonia: “Pro-independence parties vowed to implement an 18-month roadmap for independence from Spain by 2017.”