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Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Syria: US and Islamist policies creating daily instability

Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Syria: US and Islamist policies creating daily instability

Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

In the 1980s the United States, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, the United Kingdom and some other nations began to fund Sunni Islamic terrorism in Afghanistan. This meddling came hot on the heels of the Siege of Mecca in Saudi Arabia in 1979. Therefore, funding Sunni Islamism in Afghanistan came at a very opportunistic time for the rulers based in Saudi Arabia.

Pakistan became the central base in training international jihadists and spreading Islamism in Afghanistan. Irrespective of the motives in Afghanistan and the rights and wrongs, it is clear that the convulsions from intervening in this nation are still being felt in many nations today. The United States and Pakistan unleashed the CIA and ISI respectively, in order to create an Islamist fighting force which could take on the Soviet Union. British special intelligence played its part in this covert war but turning the clock to 2012 and it is clear that a stream of failed states and terrorism “filled this vacuum” created by outside meddling.

In the case of Pakistan then the ISI and central government have created their own Sunni Islamist nightmare because this nation can no longer contain the forces it unleashed. This means that the Islamist agenda now deems the government of Pakistan to be anti-Islamic and the knock-on-effect is increasing hatred towards all minorities and moderates within Sunni Islam. Therefore, all minorities irrespective if Muslim or non-Muslim are facing the wrath of Sunni Islamism and this can be seen by attacks against Ahmadiyya Muslims, Shia Muslims, Hindus, Christians and against Sufi Islam.

When brave Sunni Muslim voices in Pakistan speak out like Salman Taseer, the former Governor of Punjab, then death follows. At the same time Christians have been burnt alive and an alleged Muslim blasphemer was also burnt alive recently. The most worrying aspect is that these crimes against humanity are not happening only in areas of chaos because of the power of several Islamist organizations – but it is happening within mainstream society.

This means that all the past funding of Sunni Islamism by nations who supported the war in Afghanistan, have collectively created a nightmare which was filled by the dreams of Saudi Arabia. It is clear that while the United States and United Kingdom were focusing on the sole issue of Afghanistan.  At no point did either nation appear to understand the dynamics of Sunni Islamism which were altering the religious and political landscape. Decades earlier in Afghanistan prior to outside meddling it was clear that women had much greater freedom and likewise indigenous Islam varied from region to region. However, the oppressive nature of chaos and hatred was alien and major cities like Kabul were places whereby individuals had ample choices.

Yet dangerous past political leaders in Pakistan like General Zia ul-Haq along with Saudi Arabia and its petro-dollars, would alter the dynamics within the Muslim world in this part of Asia. The repercussions continue today with various Sunni Islamist movements causing mayhem in Afghanistan and Pakistan respectively. At the same time the roles of women have suffered greatly in areas where Islamists have strong powerbases. Likewise, sectarianism, terrorism and weakened central states in Afghanistan and Pakistan, have followed the vacuum which was unleashed by powers which supported the international Sunni Islamist agenda in Afghanistan during the 1980s and early 1990s.

Therefore, in the last few days you have seen more Islamist attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan. On top of this, the US led invasion of Iraq which led to the exodus of vast numbers of Christians and other minorities, was also filled by Sunni Islamism. Iraq despite the brutal dictatorship of Saddam Hussein was staunchly secular and internal terrorism was not a threat to the government based in Baghdad. However, once the US entered the equation then the vacuum once more was filled by various Islamist organizations including al-Qaeda. Also, just like September 11 was done by mainly Saudi Arabian nationals, this nation also witnessed the majority of foreign Islamists who went to Iraq in order to kill US soldiers and other allied forces, alongside killing the Shia.

The angle from Saudi Arabia was that the control mechanisms of the new Iraq had installed a Shia led government. For Sunni Islamists who follow the Wahhabi faith in Saudi Arabia this was tantamount to treachery. Once more, just like American citizens had been killed on September 11 because of mainly Saudi nationals, this time it was American soldiers who would die in the thousands because of Saudi Islamists and the funding that came from this nation irrespective if from organizations or because of wealthy individuals. The irony now, and a sad irony for American soldiers, was that the majority of American deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq were because of the policies of their so-called friends in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia respectively. Once more, however, the United States and elites within Washington appeared to allow this confused policy to stand by ignoring the ratlines that were killing their own soldiers.

Today Iraq falls into the “failed state domino system” that often follows outside meddling by other nations. Therefore, terrorism is a daily reality in Iraq, vast numbers of minorities have fled, women have suffered in parts of the country, the north is de-facto under Kurdish rule and sectarianism blights the nation state. However, political leaders once more in Washington have now unleashed another brutal vacuum in Syria despite the ongoing problems in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan.

At no point during the leadership of Bashar al-Assad did religious minorities have to worry about their future prior to outside meddling. Likewise, women had freedoms that could only be dreamt about in Afghanistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and other nations within the US orbit in the Middle East.  Indeed, unlike in France which infringes on the way Muslim females must dress or in Switzerland which puts restrictions on Muslim places of worship – in Syria women decide how they want to dress and all religious faiths have places to worship.

However, the so-called “Arab Spring” was usurped by powerful forces and for Saudi Arabia and Qatar it was a time to fill the vacuum with Sunni Islamism. The Libya crisis once more is unleashing forces which are still ongoing and this applies to chaos and no central control. Alongside this is the destabilization of northern Mali because of forces unleashed by Libya. It is still too early to say which way the future will go in Libya but clearly Islamic terrorist groups and Islamist religious organizations are intent on filling the vacuum. In northern Mali they have already altered the landscape and clearly this area will be a base for further chaos throughout the region.

Syria therefore remained the most powerful and independent Arabic speaking nation which was staunchly secular and free from outside control. Neither America nor Saudi Arabia could pull the strings of this nation but once demonstrations began in Syria then outside forces soon entered. The emergence of “a ghost Free Syrian Army (FSA)” soon emerged rapidly just like the rise of the Kosovo Liberation Army and rebels in Libya. Clearly, all these forces rose far too quickly for them to be spontaneous therefore long-term policy objectives had been waiting in the wings to fill any vacuum that may emerge – or, to create a vacuum by unleashing powerful forces quickly.

From very early on in the Syrian crisis many soldiers were killed and clearly they were not killed by peaceful demonstrators. Bashar al-Assad admitted himself that mistakes were made in the early period but if it wasn’t for outside forces then the situation would have been contained. The crisis in Bahrain remains because the Shia feel neglected and forces within the Sunni population also have many misgivings. Despite the brutal crackdown in Bahrain it is clear that the death rate is much lower than Syria because no outside nation gave military arms to the demonstrators. On the contrary, Saudi Arabia was allowed to get involved in order to crush the uprising which was spontaneous.

In the case of Syria the nations of Saudi Arabia and Qatar are funding international terrorists and mercenaries. Also, Turkey is another aggressor to Syria because this nation is allowing the FSA and various Islamist organizations to have bases near the border with Syria. The CIA and Islamist agenda, unlike in Iraq and Afghanistan after September 11 (before this both were allies), have once more converged in order to destabilize Syria. Just like in Afghanistan it is clear that America’s only interest is to reduce the power of the Russian Federation and Iran respectively, with regards to geopolitics. However, just like in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan; the Saudi Arabia objective is Sunni Islamism and spreading the Wahhabi/Salafist version of Islam.

The upshot of all this is that Syria is being destabilized by many forces which are supporting sedition, sectarianism and terrorism. Once more, this policy is impacting on the region and Lebanon remains very delicate and terrorist attacks have also started to increase in Iraq. Now in modern day Syria both the FSA and Islamists are beheading people, killing minorities, killing Iraqi refugees who fled to Syria, killing individuals who support Bashar al-Assad, killing journalists and TV reporters. Recent videos taken by the FSA show dead people being thrown from rooftops and captured individuals being photographed before being murdered.

Collectively, the deaths that people are currently reading about in the news or seeing on television in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and now Syria; all relate to the policies based in Washington and whereby other allies like Saudi Arabia have funded the carnage. Pakistan also continues to be blighted by Islamism because of dangerous policies which were enacted by past leaders. Other nations like Mali and Lebanon are feeling these shockwaves while closer to home Islamists are also spreading radicalism in major cities throughout Europe. Therefore, the powerful tremors of the Siege of Mecca in 1979 when Juhayman al-Otaibi and his followers stormed Mecca continues to reverberate around the Islamic world within the religious arena.

This single event galvanized America and Saudi Arabia to further bankroll Sunni Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan and bordering regions of Pakistan from 1979 onwards and up until the demise of the Soviet Union. After all, the elites in Saudi Arabia needed a distraction and America was worried about the repercussions of this extremely important event. It could well be that internal convulsions in Saudi Arabia are also behind events in Syria just like what happened after the Siege of Mecca with Afghanistan. After all, it is clear that the Shia community and elements within the Sunni population are unhappy with the current leaders of Saudi Arabia. Likewise, Saudi Arabia is supporting sectarianism in Bahrain and Yemen respectively and this helps to fill the “restive Islamist void in Saudi Arabia.”

Irrespective of all the factors of why America, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, France, Turkey and the United Kingdom are destabilizing Syria; it is clear that the forces that they unleash and the vacuums that they create will not be able to be contained if central forces in Syria collapse. America is worried about this because of what happened in Iraq but clearly this nation allowed Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey to destabilize Syria. After all, these nations by themselves would have worried about the repercussions of supporting such a policy of destabilization. Yet clearly just like in Iraq it is Saudi Arabia and the spread of the dangerous Islamist ideology which will have the long-term influence if Syria succumbs to powerful forces being unleashed against this secular state.

One thing is for sure, the current carnage and daily terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Syria are all linked with the policies of Washington and the money emanating from Saudi Arabia. All the above nations were once mainly free from international terrorism (some happened from time to time) but once the United States and Saudi Arabia entered the equation then this all changed. The destabilization of Syria is following an all too familiar pattern and the same applies to the spread of terrorism and sectarianism once political elites in Washington and Riyadh get involved.

http://www.rt.com/news/syria-aleppo-post-video-476/ 

http://www.rt.com/news/syria-rebel-massacre-aleppo-627/

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Saudi Arabia and US proxies in Syria: Does Sept 11 and the cleansing of Christians in Iraq mean nothing?

Saudi Arabia and US proxies in Syria: Does Sept 11 and the cleansing of Christians in Iraq mean nothing?

Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

September 11 should have been a wake-up call to the people of America about the reality of their so-called friends in Saudi Arabia. This applies to the overwhelming majority of Sunni Islamic terrorists who did September 11 being nationals of Saudi Arabia. Of course, the Saudi Arabian feudal monarchy could claim innocence but with so many ratlines in the past emanating from this nation, then this would be stretching the imagination to beyond what is feasible.

James Philips, the Heritage Foundation, commented that “The Saudis were in denial for a long time that they even had a terrorism problem…As long as Osama bin Laden was killing Americans instead of Saudis they weren’t that concerned.” This was stated in 2005 but surely Iraq proves that America cares little about defending the armed forces of America from the Saudi Arabian threat.

After all, it is factual that the majority of international terrorists who went to Iraq came from Saudi Arabia. Yet despite many American soldiers dying with “Saudi Arabian blood on their hands” and killing untold numbers of Iraqi citizens, still America plays the compliant nation state. Therefore, why aren’t American nationals demanding the “heads” of their own policy makers who favor “special interests,” over the safety of American nationals and military personnel?

In the Tehran Times, they published WikiLeaks cables which comment on statements made by the Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki. He states according to WikiLeaks that “If they (the Persian Gulf Arab states) want to talk about violence, maybe we should have a conference about Saudi Arabia. Most terrorists here are Saudis… The Saudi people have a culture that supports terrorism. The Saudi government cannot control it, and they cannot get rid of the terrorist institutions that are creating and funding terrorism.”

Also, in the same article it is stated that Statistics also seem to confirm that during the past eight years, majority of suicide bombers captured or killed in Iraq were either Saudi nationals or natives of countries that are closely allied with Saudi Arabia such as Jordan, Kuwait, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates.”  However, despite this, the United States was unwilling to clampdown on Saudi Arabia and so-called friendly governments. This implies that American soldiers “are expendable” just like American citizens were “expendable” after September 11.  However, for secular Iraq, this nation wasn’t expendable despite having nothing to do with September 11.

More alarming, the same “Saudi Sunni Islamic terrorism” which unleashed September 11 would replicate their killing of Americans, but this time they would target American military soldiers in Iraq. Of course the main target for Sunni Islamic jihadists was to kill and slaughter innocent Shia Muslims but given the nature of terrorism, they also killed vast numbers of Sunni Muslims who opposed their fanaticism. Yet why didn’t America take action?

Turning to modern day Syria then once more the United States is following the Saudi Arabian agenda of destabilizing the secular nation of Syria. Not just America, but also the usual culprits like the United Kingdom and France will play their hand. Turkey along with Qatar are also doing their best to make sure that secular Syria falls in the hope of a Sunni Islamic state being formed.

Therefore, the United States, the United Kingdom, and the bastion of “secularism,” France, are all supporting the Saudi Arabian foreign policy goal of destabilizing Syria. Of course, for America this isn’t such a bad thing because the “people of Syria are expendable.” The main American concern is reducing the influence of Iran. Therefore, while the United States is involved in “geopolitics” and “special interests,” the nation of Saudi Arabia is dreaming of a Salafi Islamic Sharia state.

Also, the Christian angle is lamentable and appears to have never even hit the radar. Ironically, it was Syria which opened the door to fleeing Christians, not Saudi Arabia, during the Iraq war. After all, apostates face death in Saudi Arabia and not one single Christian church is allowed in this land of “institutional hatred.” The treatment of Shia Muslims is also based on discrimination just like women in this nation who face being whipped for not dressing properly.

Aamer Madhani, USA Today, comments that “Before the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 there were about 1.4 million Christians in Iraq, a Muslim-dominated nation of nearly 30 million. Since then, about 50% of Iraq’s Christians have fled the country, taking refuge in neighboring Jordan, SyriaEurope and the USA, according to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).”

“Here in northern Nineveh province, life for Iraq’s diminishing Christian community is particularly bleak. At least 5,000 Christians from the provincial capital of Mosul fled the city after targeted attacks in late 2009 and early this year left at least 12 Christians dead, according to a UNHRC report.”

It must be remembered that the leading Sunni Muslim cleric in Saudi Arabia stated that Christian churches should be banned in Arabia. Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Abdullah, commented that it is “necessary to destroy all the churches in the region. There are not to be two religions in the [Arabian] Peninsula.”

With 50% of Christians fleeing Iraq since the American led invasion and now with America siding with Saudi Arabia against secular and multi-religious Syria, it could well be that American elites are taking this message to heart. After all, if the central government of Syria collapses because of outside meddling and then an invasion of Syria, it is clear what the end result will be. This applies to the systematic persecution of Alawites, Christians, and the Druze – and in time the doctrine of Saudi Arabia will impose an inquisition against moderate Sunni Muslim leaders.

In modern day Syria it is abundantly clear that in areas under the control of the Syrian government, then all communities reside together. For example, a visit to Damascus will witness Alawite Muslims, Sunni Muslims, Christians, the Druze, and minority sects within the mainstream faiths, all living and sharing the same environment alongside atheists and secularists. However, in areas under the control of the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA), which really stands for mercenaries and terrorists, it is clear that minorities have fled their indoctrination and hatred because of their sectarian nature.

John Pontifex, Catholic Herald, states that The Syrian Orthodox Church has told Fides that 90 per cent of Christians have been expelled amid what it fears is “an ongoing ethnic cleansing”.

“Until now, Homs has been home to one of Syria’s largest Christian populations, and Church sources have said the faithful have borne the brunt of the violence, escaping to villages in mountains 30 miles outside the city.”

“Islamists have reportedly gone from house to house in the Homs’ neighborhoods of Hamidiya and Bustan al-Diwan, forcing Christians to leave without giving them a chance to take their belongings.”

Therefore, if Christians and other minorities like the Shabaks, Yazidis, and Mandaeans, were expendable in Iraq after the American led invasion, then clearly minorities have much to fear if central forces in Syria are defeated. Not only this, the four above named communities couldn’t flee to Saudi Arabia because of institutional discrimination in this country. This applies to their respective places of worship being illegal in this land of religious bigotry.

The Christians still have Lebanon to flee to but for how long is debatable given the destabilization of Syria by Saudi Arabia and America. Alawites and the Druze also have much to fear and the same applies to Sunni Muslims. After all, Saudi Arabia is intent on destroying the diversity of Islam irrespective if Shia or moderate Sunni Islam. One only needs to look at Northern Nigeria, Somalia, Mali, and other nations, where traditional versions of Islam in these nations also face the wrath of Saudi Sunni Islamic fanaticism.

Syria is a war of “civilizations” alongside the self-interests of all the enemies of this nation. Either the central government will remain intact thereby protecting the rich mosaic of this nation. This applies to protecting the rights of women and all faith groups. Or alternatively, the “dark forces” of the FSA/terrorists/Muslim Brotherhood/Salafists will turn the clock back and turn Syria into a Sharia Islamic state.

If American elites don’t care about September 11 and the role of Saudi Arabian nationals in killing American soldiers in Iraq. Similarly, another ally, Pakistan, still gets military aid from America despite radical Sunni Islamists using northern Pakistan to launch attacks against American soldiers. Then clearly the fact that the FSA/terrorist ratlines are persecuting minorities isn’t going to cause alarm bells in Washington. The cleansing of Christians, Shabaks, Mandaeans, and Yazidis, in Iraq is testimony to this and the same applies to Saudi nationals killing American soldiers in Iraq along with butchering Iraqi nationals.

Foreign Policy in Focus in commented that “…according to official U.S. military figures reported in the Los Angeles Times on July 15 (2007), about 45% of all foreign militants targeting U.S. troops and Iraqi civilians and security forces are from Saudi Arabia. Fighters from the kingdom are believed to have carried out the majority of suicide bombings in Iraq.”

Therefore, the rich mosaic of Syria is under great threat from the Saudi Arabian and American axis with the United Kingdom, France, Qatar, and Turkey, wagging their tails in compliance. The future of the last bastion of secularism in the Arabic speaking Middle East is being threatened by sinister forces which care little about human rights. If the worse comes to the worse then one of the richest civilizations on the earth faces the final nail in the coffin because Salafists, the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda will see to that. Of course, the money will be supplied by Saudi Arabia openly and by America covertly but the “strange alliance” will do its best to crush the most powerful independent nation in the Arabic speaking Middle East.

Given this, you have various forces targeting the independence and diversity of Syria. These forces include America, Saudi Arabia, Al Qaeda, and a host of other nations and terrorist movements which are spreading hatred towards the people of Syria. After all, the current crisis in Syria belongs to outside meddling which is supporting terrorism and sectarianism. This is a crime against humanity and violating all principles of international law. Therefore, it is essential that major powers which don’t support this remain firm in order to prevent yet another bloody intervention. It is also imperative to stop the funding of terrorism and to force the FSA/terrorists out of all parts of Syria in order for political dialogue to take place.

 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2005-08-01-us-saudi_x.htm

http://www.tehrantimes.com/middle-east/2479-maliki-believes-saudis-are-main-sponsors-of-terrorism-in-iraq-wikileaks-

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2010-06-01-iraq-christians_N.htm

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2012/03/26/orthodox-church-says-90-per-cent-of-christians-have-been-expelled-from-homs/

 

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