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Posted: Wednesday, March 9, 2011 10:00 am

About a year ago, the word from Foggy Bottom, D.C. was that we could expect the price of gasoline to rise to the $5 range again. It's happening. One can only marvel at the prescience of those soothsayers. Did someone in our government know of the then-coming crisis in the Middle East?

That question has to be asked because the government of Egypt has been overthrown in the last few weeks as has been that of Tunisia. Algeria is imploding. Same for Libya, Jordan, Yemen and Bahrain - all major producers of crude oil. It's strange how those "popular" demonstrators all came to the same conclusion at about the same time and had to take to the streets to make their point. These things take time you know. Too well-orchestrated to suit me. Crazy? Stay with me - it gets better.

The Iraqi government is asking its people to remain calm while the Muslim cleric, Muqtada al Sadr, is making his thoughts for overthrow of the Iraqi government known again (would-be dictators don't give up easily, especially when they're supported by the Iranian Sharia dictatorship). All of this has taken place within the last month or so, and it's just getting started.

Subsequent to the "popular" uprisings in the Middle East, we learn that top Google executives, Steve Jobs of Apple, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, and other high-level information technology experts have been meeting with our president.

To add "suds" to this brew - in January 2009, Katie Jacobs Stanton, a former Google executive, was hired by the White House as director of citizen participation (a euphemism for "community organizer?"). She retained that position until she went to Twitter. In January 2010, she became the special adviser to the Office of Innovation at the U. S. State Department where she could use Twitter to do what? Come on ... take a guess!

The U.S. has been accused of being a nation-builder for many years. The unrest in the Middle East may be a good example of our current efforts. Past accomplishments include communist China, communist Cuba and communist North Korea. But, that's a story for another day.

Add to the above, the well organized union demonstrations in the U.S. during the past several days and what do you have? Is the White House behind all of this? The whole chain of events doesn't pass the smell test.

By the way, Google executives, Jared Cohen and Wael Ghonim, made their mea culpas regarding the riots in Egypt. Egyptian police had arrested Ghomin for his part in the movement; however, he was later released.

Salaam, comrade.

• Don Kennedy is a graduate of Dartmouth College with a degree in sociology. He has been a resident of Ahwatukee Foothills since 2002.

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