As oil rich South Sudan becomes independent, there are increasing signs that the West, especially America is spearheading efforts to either dismember some Muslim countries or subtly instigate regime change in others. The incessant Western media evangelism about the promotion of freedom and democracy in the Muslim World masquerades the real motives of America, which is more interested in grooming governing elites that are more pliant to US interests and subservient to her hegemony. The secession of South Sudan under America's tutelage has encouraged Christians in Nigeria and an Egyptian independent Coptic state based on the model of the Vatican. The aspirations of the current Coptic leaders are lucidly captured by a Jewish Journalist Oded Yinon in 1982. In his paper, entitled A strategy for Israel in the nineteen-eighties, he states: "Egypt is divided and torn apart into many foci of authority. If Egypt falls apart, countries like Libya, Sudan or even the more distant states will not continue to exist in their present form and will join the downfall and dissolution of Egypt. The vision of a Christian Coptic state in Upper Egypt, alongside a number of weak states, with very localised power and without a centralised government as to date, is the key to a historical development which was only setback by the peace agreement, but which seems inevitable in the long run." The idea of creating a sacred Coptic state within the contours of Egypt is similar to the one advocated by US Lieutenant-Colonel Ralph Peters concerning Makkah and Medina. In June 2006, Peters published a map of the "New Middle East" in the June edition of the US Armed Forces Journal. The journal depicted amongst other mutilated Muslim countries the 'Islamic Sacred State', which consists of Makkah and Medina segregated from the rest of Saudi Arabia. Earlier, various US officials have played upon sectarian and ethnic differences, and called for the creation of a super Shia state that stretches from Lebanon to Pakistan. The idea behind such a creation is to shift the control of oil away from Sunni domination into Shia hands, whom the Americans regard much more trustworthy to manage their colonial interests. Indeed, the American occupation in Iraq is viewed by some Middle Eastern leaders, as the first step towards Shia domination of the whole region. In an article, entitled Iraq, Jordan See Threat To Election From Iran, published by the Washington Post on November 8, 2004, King Abdullah warned: "If pro-Iran parties or politicians dominate the new Iraqi government a new "crescent" of dominant Shiite movements or governments stretching from Iran into Iraq, Syria and Lebanon could emerge, alter the traditional balance of power between the two main Islamic sects and pose new challenges to US interests and allies." He further went to state that Iran was the main beneficiary from the chaos in Iraq. Ever since the Shia's rose to power in Iraq, King Abdullah has oft repeated that America's occupation of Iraq is bolstering Shia power across the region. The dismissal of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was not a random event. Rather it was a synthesis of rampant corruption incubated by 23 years of Western patronage and fused with dire economic conditions made worse by the global financial crisis and bloodsucking IMF structural programmes. America is eagerly awaiting similar turmoil to manifest itself in Algeria, Jordan and the Gulf countries, so that she can engineer regimes that pledge greater loyalty to her hegemony at the expense of old European powers and continue with oppression of the Muslim masses. The Jewish state and her Western backers have resurrected outdated plans once deemed too ambitious to accomplish to publicly espouse views on how best to devour the Muslim World. No wonder then, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could not hide her glee and used the events in Tunisia to fire a salvo at the pro-European Arab leaders. She said: "In too many places, in too many ways, the regions foundations are sinking into the sand. The new and dynamic Middle East...needs firmer ground if it is to take root and grow everywhere. While some countries have made great strides in governance, in many others, people have grown tired of corrupt institutions and a stagnant political order. Those who cling to the status quo may be able to hold back the full impact of their countries' problems for a little while, but not forever. If leaders don't offer a positive vision and give young people meaningful ways to contribute, others will fill the vacuum." The term employed by successive American administrations to describe the plight of the Muslim World, such as sinking in the sand, arc of crisis, balkanisation, or Greater Middle Eastern Initiative, fail to conceal their gloating and salivating over the riches of the Muslim World. Furthermore, it is quite apparent that the West, despite its glaring divisions, possesses a single purpose when conducting relations with the Muslim World - divide, rule and conquer is the beckoning call reverberating in the Western capitals. The destruction of the Muslim Ummah, the plunder of her resources and her subjugation to the systems of kufr is their ultimate goal. The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: "Nations will attack you like a group of people eating from a plate." The Sahabah said: "Is that because we will be few in numbers?" He (PBUH) said: "No, you will be numerous, but you will be like the foam of the sea, and Allah will take away from the hearts of your enemies the fear from you and Allah will cast in your hearts wahan." They said: "What is wahan, O Messenger of Allah?" The Holy Prophet (PBUH) said: "The love of this world and the hatred of death." (Related by Abu Dawud) The only salvation for the Muslim World is to re-establish the Khilafah state, strengthen the political unity of the Muslim Ummah behind the Khalifah by giving him the oath of allegiance. The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: "The Imam is a shield behind whom the people fight and are protected." The Khilafah will then expel the crusading Kafirs from Muslim lands and strategically retire America and Europe from world politics and return Islam to occupy its rightful place. n The writer, who specialises on the Middle Eastern affairs, wrote this article early this year.