Well known forecaster and founder of the Trends Research Institute, Gerald Celente, says what we’re seeing in the Middle East is just the beginning.
In his latest Trend Alert emailed to subscribers on February 1, 2011, Gerald Celente warns: Revolutionary Fervor to Spread Beyond Arab States:
…as I had forecast in the Trends Journal, it is not solely the Middle East that is destined to experience episodes of violent upheaval. What is transpiring in the Arab world will spread throughout many European states. While the call to arms will be spoken in different tongues, the underlying causes will be the same.
In December 2010 (before Tunisia made the headlines) we issued a Trend AlertÂ® titled, â€œOff With Their Heads!â€ in which we predicted a â€œlong war between the people and the ruling classes.â€ We noted that, â€œAnyone questioning the intensity of the peopleâ€™s seething anger is either out of touch or in denial.â€
It wasnâ€™t Arab anger that led us to that forecast â€“ it was the student and worker revolts spilling into the streets of Europe. The imposition of draconian austerity measures â€“ higher taxes, tuition hikes, lost benefits, curtailed services, public sector job cuts â€“ had young and old raging against a rigged system that paved the way for the privileged and punished the proles.
The unintended consequences of the regime changes in North Africa and the Middle East, and the uprisings we forecast that will roil Europe will be as fully dramatic as their intended consequences: the overthrow of governments.
We and many others have warned of these events. Governments, mainstream media pundits and 90% of the people didn’t believe it would happen. Well, it’s happening. Many in Europe still don’t believe it can happen there, and similarly, many here in the United States don’t believe it can happen here.
But just as we warned about rising food prices, destruction of jobs, record numbers of foreclosures, rising taxes, austerity measures, continued monetary expansion, bankrupt governments and increased authoritarian control, the riots and political uprisings are happening. For the media generation, it’s only happening on TV – for now.
A regular SHTF Plan reader in Greece recently emailed to tell us that the signs of more turmoil are apparent in the region and he is expecting Egyptian style rioting and civil unrest. While most in Europe think the crisis has passed, this individual and his family are taking steps to reinforce their home with security features, as well as stocking up on food, water and ammunition – just in case.
A close friend and currency analyst in Eastern Europe has spent quite a bit of time watching the situation play out in slow motion over the last two years. He is convinced that Europe is on the brink, and countries like Greece, Hungary and other struggling small nations are only months away from the same chaos we’re seeing in the Middle East.
The situation, at this point, cannot be contained and will likely only get worse.
The phenomenon is global, and it’s spreading rapidly and uncontrollably.
After Europe, we can expect the same in the United States. The people can only take so much before they snap – and that day is quickly approaching.
But, Gerald Celente warns that it won’t end there. Political uprising, violence, riots, and the toppling of governments are only a prelude to an outcome that will engulf the entire planet:
The world leaders and world media are not recognizing the Egyptian uprising for what it is: a prelude to a series of civil wars that will lead to regional wars, that will lead to the first â€œGreat Warâ€ of the 21st century.
As we’ve seen throughout history, economic turmoil, civil unrest and government instability often lead to the same result – massive wars that take the lives of millions.
Will this time be any different?