Somalia and Afghanistan: the barbarity of Sunni Islam
By Lee Jay Walker
The Modern Tokyo Times
Somalia is yet another failed state where various Sunni Islamic factions are vying for control. Just like fellow Islamists in Afghanistan and throughout the world, they hate diversity and Christian minorities are killed frequently in Somalia. The madness of the “Islamic year zero” is gaining ground because of the global jihadist network and finance and training from fellow Islamists throughout the Middle East.
If democratic nations believe that Somalia is a million miles away then they are mistaken. After all, many Somalians who reside in America, the United Kingdom, and other democratic nations, are joining radical Islamic terrorist factions in Somalia after being indoctrinated in the West.
Various Islamic factions in Somalia desire to create an Islamic state based on Sharia Islamic law and the brutality of their thinking can be seen by recent events in Somalia. This most notably applies to stoning a young lady to death and beheading a Christian convert from Islam.
However, even moderate forces within the government support the implementation of Islamic Sharia law and it is clear that democracy and civil liberties are not on the table. Instead it is the brutal reality of Islam which is creating fear and barbarity amongst all the chaos of Somalia.
Therefore, the stark reality of modern Somalia is an inefficient government which lacks real power and the limited power it does manage to have is based on the root cause, which is Islam itself. After all, it is clear that Islam is not creating a flourishing nation in Somalia but like usual it is the root cause for the complete backwardness of Somalia.
Instead of progress and modernization we have all sides supporting laws which infringe on free thinking, democracy, and a society based on equality. Yes, central forces are much better than al-Shabab and Hizb al-Islam but just like Afghanistan it is clear that another generation is going to be brainwashed and indoctrinated.
Therefore, women will be kept in the shadows and stoning to death and other draconian Islamic laws will keep them chained. At the same time the minority Christian community will face death at the hands of al-Shabab and Hizb al-Islam and apostates will face the same fate by the so-called central government.
On 7 June, 2010, Ghaith Abdul-Ahad wrote an article for The Guardian newspaper called “How Somalia’s civil war became new front in battle against al-Qaida.”
In the article he quotes from a member of the al-Shabab who states that “One of the reasons for our strong name is not only the war, it’s the strong fierce rule that is based on cutting heads as punishments for the crimes,” he says. “We have gained respect. We implement a strong rule that no one can deviate from which has also made us very popular with Arab and other mujahideen. We have courts all the time that implement sharia, but when we are in the middle of war and the fighter captures the traitors and the apostate soldiers of the government then we implement the sharia immediately and cut the head.”
This clearly shows you the mentality of al-Shabab and other Islamic factions and this is the brutal reality of Islam after all other alternatives have been crushed. Islamization leads to backwardness, brutal laws, the abandonment of rationality, and any semblance of normality.
Regional nations like Ethiopia and Kenya are deeply worried about events and the international community should have done more to support Ethiopia in the past. However, both regional nations and the international community understand the need to contain al-Shabab and Hizb al-Islam because global Islamic jihadists threaten to destabilize the region and much further afield.
Yet just like Afghanistan, it is hard to see any end product because while the need to contain Islamic jihad is essential. It is also vital to create “a new society” but this isn’t happening and despite tens of billions of dollars being spent on Afghanistan it is clear that you have no end product.
For the reality of modern day Afghanistan is that the central government also supports killing apostates from Islam and crushing the rights of women. Yes, just like the regime in Saudi Arabia, they don’t mind non-Muslims defending them but of course they still deem non-Muslims to be infidels and unclean.
Therefore, unless “Islam” is taken out of the power base you appear to have little hope in the future. Given this, why aren’t Western donors supporting secular education in Afghanistan and laws which are based on secularism and freeing women from their daily bondage?
Are American, British, and NATO troops dying for maintaining Islam and supporting the implementation of Islamic Sharia law and the development of other Islamic institutions in Afghanistan because this is “a new liberal containment policy?”
If so, the war is already lost because it means that future generations in Afghanistan will be indoctrinated and all modernization of the economy will be given credit to Islam instead of Western donors. This also applies to Somalia because like Afghanistan it is clear that central forces are much better than Islamists who want to spread their jihad to other nations.
Yet in the long term it appears that central forces will do little to change society and while Somalia is weak because of the ongoing chaos and lack of institutions with any power. It is still apparent that “a Japanese doctrine” is not being implemented in Afghanistan.
This applies to allied powers enforcing a democratic process on Japan and taking central power away from the forces which unleashed so much barbarity in the 1930s and which lasted until the end of World War Two. The same can be said about eradicating NAZI ideology but when it comes to tackling a similar but more potent Islamic ideology then nothing is being done, apart from containing Islamic jihadists but maintaining Islamic control via newly selected leaders.
Therefore, the choice is stark, either the international community must focus on the real root cause of such barbarity and backwardness, or nothing will change? However, given the political correct agenda of modern Western nations it would appear that the only goal is to stem the tide of Islamic terrorists while preserving the rule of Islam.
Surely this thinking is leading to a dead-end because instead of taking brave measures in order to break the chain of Islamic indoctrination, we are just seeing the status quo. Yet the status quo means killing apostates, keeping women in chains, and indoctrinating the next generation and clearly this policy is leading to a dead-end.
LEE JAY WALKER