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Muslim fanatics murder innocents in Afghanistan

Muslim fanatics murder innocents in Afghanistan

Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

Muslims showing their hatred during a demonstration
Muslims showing their hatred during a demonstration

Afghanistan is beset with so many problems and this applies to a major Islamic insurgency which desires to rule by fear and keep women in chains.  The Taliban supports killing apostates, denying equality of education for women, killing homosexuals, persecuting Shia Muslims, stoning people to death for adultery, and other draconian ways and they base all of this on Islamic Sharia law.

The recent Muslim rampage against innocents in Afghanistan was distanced by the Taliban and this may be factual because this massacre did not have their hallmark. This in itself compounds the problem and shows that hatred is embedded within elements of the “Sunni Muslim mindset” in Afghanistan.

The United Nations have helped to develop the infrastructure of Afghanistan and alongside other humanitarian agencies and national governments, trillions of dollars have been spent in order to create a better health care system, foster an education system which includes females, water sanitation projects, and countless other positive measures.

At no time does the United Nations or other agencies discriminate on the grounds of religion, ethnicity, sexuality, and so forth.  Instead, nations and international agencies are trying to help Afghanistan but alas it appears to be a dead end because they are deemed to be infidels or collective infidels.

Therefore, when an unimportant individual decides to burn a Koran in America it is an excuse for “the followers of hate” to do what they are good at; therefore, they killed innocents and like usual several people were beheaded and the fear and hatred of this event can only be imagined.

The American Christian pastor who burnt the Koran is also a coward and a person of ignorance because converts to Christianity face the death penalty in Afghanistan and for Christians on the frontline in Pakistan then this will create more flames and hatred.

He fully understood the outcome of what he did but he felt brave from “thousands of miles away.”  Therefore, Reverend Wayne Sapp who burnt the Koran alongside Reverend Terry Jones who started the ball rolling last year despite not burning the Koran himself; are no friends of Christians on the frontline.

Apparently they believe that the words of the Christian New Testament are not good enough therefore they turn to the lowest common denominator and this applies to burning a religious book.

Despite their actions it is clear that the “hatred in their hearts” is a million times below that of the Sunni Muslim fanatics who beheaded and killed in the name of Allah.

Reverend Wayne Sapp and Reverend Terry Jones belong to a small and unimportant Christian church but burning a book can’t be compared with killing people and beheading innocents.

They started the excuse but it is factual that the Sunni Muslim extremists were waiting for the spark in order to demonstrate their power and to strike fear into the hearts of moderate Muslims and secularists in Afghanistan.

It is strange that the same Sunni Muslim religious leaders who desire to rule by fear do virtually nothing to stop the rampant heroin trade in Afghanistan and of course when did they support religious equality, freedom for women, and so forth?

After all, all vestiges of Buddhism were destroyed by the Taliban and like the beheadings and brutal murders which just took place; both events witnessed the usual shouts of joy of “Allah Akbar” during the destruction of a culture and the murder of innocents.

Indeed, it is not just Sunni Islamic radicals in Afghanistan which desire to rule by fear because the government of Afghanistan supports killing apostates from Islam and this is the problem. 

You have Sunni Islamic extremists who want to indoctrinate and keep women downtrodden and at the same time you have institutional discrimination and hatred within the laws of Afghanistan which support killing apostates.

Progressive Muslims, women, secularists, and non-Muslims in Afghanistan, face enormous obstacles and this applies to Sunni Islamic religious zealots, the government of Afghanistan which supports draconian laws and at the same time you have major cronyism and heroin is an ongoing nightmare.

Farhad Peikar who is based in Kabul wrote an article called UN officials beheaded in rampage over Koran building and he comments that Eight United Nation workers have been killed, and as many as 13 other people are feared dead after a violent rampage in northern Afghanistan by demonstrators protesting over the burning of a Koran at a church in Florida in the US.”

Farhad Peikar continues by stating that The victims of the worst-ever attack on UN personnel in Afghanistan– two of whom were beheaded — included four guards from Nepal, and civilian staff from Norway, Sweden and Romania. It was also confirmed that five residents were killed.”

In the article it highlights that Hamid Karzai, the president of Afghanistan, described the burning of the Koran as a “crime against religion.” This comment by Hamid Karzai is galling because Muslims who convert to Christianity face the death penalty in Afghanistan and they are put in prison and intimidated and persecuted.

The crime against religion was done by the killers and President Obama stated “The desecration of any holy text, including the Koran, is an act of extreme intolerance and bigotry,” he said. “However, to attack and kill innocent people in response is outrageous, and an affront to human decency and dignity.” 

“No religion tolerates the slaughter and beheading of innocent people, and there is no justification for such a dishonorable and deplorable act.”

I agree with most of what President Obama stated but it is factual that converts from Islam in nations like Saudi Arabia face the death penalty and this is based on Islamic Sharia law – therefore, religious freedom and killing is often sanctioned by some mainly Muslim nations and this reality needs to be tackled and recognized to be a clear violation of all notions of human rights.

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The persecution of the Shia in Yemen and the regional Sunni-Shia divide

The persecution of the Shia in Yemen and the regional Sunni-Shia divide 

Lee Jay Walker 

Modern Tokyo Times

Shia children killed in Yemen
Shia children killed in Yemen

Currently you have many political and religious convulsions throughout North Africa and the Middle East.  However, for the Shia of Yemen it is apparent that the nation state of Yemen is at odds with many Shia Muslims who suffer systematic persecution.

Saudi Arabia is worried about the power base change in Iraq because after the demise of Saddam Hussein the Arab Sunni stranglehold was broken and now the main power brokers are the Shia and Kurds in the north.  Therefore, recent political tensions in Bahrain and Yemen are causing alarm in Saudi Arabia because the leaders of this nation desire to preserve a dominant Sunni political power structure throughout the region.

If we focus on Afghanistan then the Sunni Islamic fanatics of the Taliban and Al Qaeda shared the same Sunni Islamic theme of power and control.  This policy of victimizing and persecuting the Shia was factual and you had many massacres of the Shia by the forces of the Taliban and Al Qaeda before the invasion of Afghanistan.

Sunni Islamic extremists deem the Shia to be heretics and non-Muslim and the same hatred towards the Shia can be found in Pakistan.  Even in so-called moderate Malaysia the government is anti-Shia. However, unlike the massacres of the Shia which have taken place in other nations it is state sanctioned discrimination in Malaysia which holds the Shia at bay and forbids their religious buildings.

The Sunni-Shia issue is very potent and the Shia are second class citizens in Saudi Arabia because they face centralized policies which discriminate against them.  Therefore, Saudi Arabia is meddling in many nations and the people who suffer from this policy are the Shia and in Yemen many massacres have taken place in the past but most of these went unreported.

Also, while truces have been agreed upon in Yemen these truces rarely last and often it appears that the centralized state is just making the most of the breathing space in order to unleash more violence against the Shia minority.

James Haider, Middle East correspondent for The Times (UK), stated on November 5, 2009, that the Shia “…accuse Saudi Arabia, a conservative Sunni Muslim country, of backing the Yemeni army, fearing the emergence of a strong Shia militia similar to Hezbollah in Lebanon.” 

“In turn, the Yemeni Government in Sanaa has accused Iran, a Shia theocracy, of supporting the Huthi rebels as part of a campaign to spread Tehran’s influence across the region. The Government said last week that Yemeni troops had seized five Iranians on a boat loaded with arms in the Red Sea”. 

James Haider also comments about the fleeing Shia during a major military assault in late 2009.  This military assault led to 150,000 Shia Muslims fleeing their homes in order to escape the military clampdown against their community.

The military bombardments led to the killing of many innocent Shia Muslims who were caught up in the fighting.  Therefore, many civilians were killed and the blood flowed.

If we concentrate on the bigger picture it would appear that Sunni Islamic elites do not desire to build bridges with the followers of the Shia faith.  Instead the Sunni Islamic elites desire either the status quo or to maintain power by further marginalizing the Shia throughout the region.

Rannie Amiri’s, whose article was published in the weekend edition of Counterpunch, (Feb 19-21, 2010) called The Shia Crescent Revisited, commented that “Should the Arab Shia be prohibited from freely airing their grievances and demanding accountability for past injustices? Stopped from speaking out against the crimes perpetrated against them under Saddam (in which many in the Arab world were complicit)? Prevented from attempting to lift the heavy hand of institutionalized discrimination levied against them in Saudi Arabia? Barred from seeking an end to their disenfranchisement in Bahrain – where they make up at least 70 percent of the population yet constitute no part of the government or security services? Forbidden from asking why the language of sectarianism was used to justify and amplify the carnage in north Yemen?” 

It is a fair question and despite the “Iranian card” which is being manipulated and used in Saudi Arabia it is apparent that the global jihadist network is based on the followers of radical Sunni Islam.  After all, the terrorist attacks behind September 11, Madrid, Kenya, Bali, Uganda, and other global jihadist attacks, were all done by Sunni Islamic extremists.

Despite the Mahdi Army under Muqtada al-Sadr who attacked American forces in Iraq; it is clear that the Shia in Afghanistan and Iraq have gained from outside military forces taking action against Sunni Islamic zealots in Afghanistan and against the regime of Saddam Hussein which also played the anti-Shia card. 

Therefore, will Yemen become the next brutal war which will drag in outside forces and lead to the growth of radical Sunni Islam?  After all, it is clear that the al-Shabaab in Somalia desire to turn Somalia into a fundamentalist nation and this extremist Sunni Islamic organization often beheads the followers of Christianity and women also face being stoned to death for adultery.

The Somalia syndrome may happen in Yemen because it is obvious that outside Sunni Islamists have used Somalia in order to spread their version of Islam.  However, for the Shia of Yemen then they may face a “dual policy” whereby Sunni Islamic fanatics are allowed to enter the fray from many nations but at the same time the centralized state in Saudi Arabia will boost the nation state of Yemen.

Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post, February 11, 2010, stated that “Even as it fights a U.S.-supported war against al-Qaeda militants here, the Yemeni government is engaging Islamist extremists who share an ideology similar to Osama bin Laden’s in its own civil war, adding new complications to efforts to fight terrorism.” 

The writer continues by stating that “Yemen’s army is allying with radical Sunnis and former jihadists in the fight against Shiite rebels in the country’s north. The harsh tactics of those forces, such as destroying Shiite mosques and building Sunni ones, are breeding resentment among many residents, analysts said, and given the tangle of evolving allegiances could build support for al-Qaeda’s Yemeni branch, which plotted the Christmas Day attempt to bomb a U.S. airliner.”

Abdel-Karim al-Iriyani, a former prime minister is clearly alarmed by current events in Yemen.  He states that “Using these extremist people, if they are with you today, they are prone to be against you tomorrow.”

Therefore, the Shia inYemen will continue to suffer and Western nations will do little to challenge Saudi Arabia and the same applies to Bahrain because Saudi Arabia will do everything it can in order to prop-up the Sunni elites.

Saudi Arabia will use any means possible in order to preserve Sunni Muslim power and this also applies to state sanctioned policies which will encourage the forces of radical Sunni Islam in Yemen and boosting the military of Yemen. Therefore, the Shia in Yemen will be attacked by Sunni Islamic militant organizations and by the military of Yemen and this dual policy will be used in order to crush the Shia but in the past the Shia have been tenacious and events are unpredictable.

leejay@moderntokyotimes.com

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuJvqPuU-64&feature=related   (military action in Yemen)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G132BS3Lzno   (Attacks against the Shia)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHiTUbZ7o-k&feature=related  (Attacks against the Shia)

 

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