Muslim World 2014 – Between Agony and Revivalism

From Cairo to Gaza to Peshawar – Muslims are desperately searching for a way out. The insanity, the madness, the killings, bombings, bloodshed and the heart-wrenching sights of mothers wailing at the coffins of little children has become a regular phenomenon. Oppression has its limits written only in the pages of books, but not in the reality Muslim lives. This situation is unique only in the Muslim world; the target of attacks is the Muslim community, the victims are Muslims and the perpetrators are also Muslims. In this issue we look at the critical areas gearing for Muslim revivalism.

 

Palestine

While the rest of the Muslim got together with their families to eat Iftar, Gazans were bombed mercilessly by the Israeli war planes. Shelling the Gazans continued while the powers of the civilized world looked on. Some cruel-hearted Zionists climbed a hilltop to watch and celebrate when the Palestinians were succumbing to Israeli attacks. The massacre of Palestinians in Gaza was no war. It was genocide in the 21st century. The UN failed to do anything about it. The US, the EU, NAM, NATO and other alliances in the world failed to stop the slaughter of innocent people day after day.

 

Gaza´s genocide has brought the reality of the Arab and the greater Muslim world to the open. First, the government of al-Sisi in Egypt refused to come to the rescue of Palestinians in Gaza. The only state which defeated Israel militarily is Egypt and its soldiers are highly respected amongst the Arabs for their valor and courage. But al-Sisi chose to look the other way this time. He closed the border with Gaza, stopped all supplies to them and destroyed the famous tunnels used by Gazans to bring in essential supplies and weapons for resistance. Historically, Egypt was given the responsibility for administering Gaza while West Bank administration went to Jordan. Both Sisi and King Abdullah II of Jordan have found themselves in the net of the Zionists. Their grip on power depends on their ability and success to keep the pro-Israeli lobby happy.

 

 

Pakistan

Few cowards belonging to Tehrike Taliban Pakistan (TTP) shattered the concept of humanity when they broke into Peshawar´s Army Public School, opened fire on students and killed 141 children all aged below 14. TTP declared in its website the attack was revenge for the Pak Army´s infamous operation called Zarb-e-Azb, which conducted combing operations in North Waziristan allegedly killing many men, women and children. TTP claims that it did not kill any children, it was the Pakistani soldiers who killed the children after they went in to rescue them.

 

Pak Army has started operations in Waziristan to capture (and kill) members of TTP. Two TTP convicts have been hanged so far. 27 TTP militants were killed in air raids. Army chief general Raheel Sharif in his tweet requested prime Nawaz Sharif for permission to hang 3,000 militants in 48 hours. The people of the civilized world join the people of Pakistan in their shock and outrage over this atrocious act by a terrorist group using Islam as its shield.

 

 

Iraq

 

ISIL opened the game with a big bang. They captured large swathes of territory in northern Iraq, exposing the inexperience and inability of the Iraqi army put together by US-friendly Iraqi regimes. ISIL quickly moved close to the Syrian border to do the only thing which carried immense strategic sense; it erased the Sykes Picot border between Iraq and Syria.

 

Much of the Muslim world looks at Abu Bakr al Baghdadi with suspicion. Some believe he is a Zionist spy trained by Mossad. This is according to Wikileaks and the famous US whistleblower Edward Snowden. Without the atrocities of ISIL it would have been impossible for the US forcesto re-enter Iraq. Since this is the beginning of another ghost war, another hunt for bogey men, the production floors of weapons industries will keep working full time.

 

While the world was furious about the genocide in Gaza, ISIL entered the scene with its famous poster boy, Jihadi John, executing innocent western charity workers. The anger of the world against Israel shifted to these desert executioners. The request to US legislators to authorize action against ISIL passed like a breeze. The game was on again. The war on terror continues under a different banner, war on IS.

 

Syria

Syria is another flash point in the Muslim world. The butcher remains supreme in Damascus, thanks to the help he keeps receiving from Moscow and Teheran. The success of ISIL did not translate into the fall of Assad. Cynics believe that Israel would like to see both Assad and Abu Bakr keep fighting each other until the time comes for it to occupy both to form Greater Israel according to its alleged master plan.

 

Lebanon

Lebanon is swinging between being Paris of the Middle East to being the center of Hezbollah, which is the only non-state entity to have defeated Israel in a battle. Lebanon as a state had to pay for the actions of Hassan Nasrallah (head of Hezbollah). Lebanon may not be a large country but its location and intellectual capital makes it a strategic nerve center of Muslim desire for a revival.

 

 

Arab Awakening

Four years after Arab awakening movements swept many long-entrenched dictators from power in the Middle East, it appears the old order is back with a vengeance. The uprisings were also referred to as the “Arab Spring” or “People’s movements” depending on the political orientations and preferences of those describing it.

Of all places, Egypt’s situation has been the most heart-wrenching because it has the potential to be on the cutting edge of the Islamic movement. Its loss to the military and by extension to the imperialist-Zionist duopoly is a major loss to the global Muslim Ummah. In the countries that experienced upheavals — Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen— only a few faces at the top were replaced, while the systems have remained largely intact. It could be argued that Tunisia has made a successful transition from the dictatorship of Ben Ali to a “democratic” dispensation. After Ben Ali’s overthrow, primarily because the military refused to come to his rescue, al-Nahda Party won the election but it was thrown out of office in the recent elections (end of October 2014). Ben Ali’s party is back in power. The problems that had led to the upheaval have not been addressed: unemployment remains high; corruption is rampant and the military is all supreme.

In Egypt, the situation is even worse. The military did not even wait for the political process to take its course as in Tunisia. Within one year of the election of Mohamed Mursi as president, the military returned with a sledgehammer. It not only ousted Mursi from power but also slaughtered thousands of innocent people, including women and children. People were not spared even when they sought refuge in mosques where they were ruthlessly gunned down.

Tens of thousands have been thrown in Egypt’s notorious dungeons while hundreds have been sentenced to death after kangaroo trials presided over by judges beholden to the brutes in uniform. What is even worse, many people have been terrorized into supporting the military’s brutal crackdown.

When the Ikhwan organized peaceful sit-ins in Egypt’s Rabia al-‘Adawiya Square and in Giza, these were allowed to continue for a few weeks before the military and other security forces struck with extreme brutality. On August 14 and 16, 2013, thousands of Ikhwan supporters, many of them women and children, were mercilessly killed. Even funeral processions were attacked. Worse, many Egyptians applauded the massacres claiming that Egypt had been “saved.” One wonders from what and for whom?

It appears that the west was not keen to have the Egyptian military strike so soon. Washington had already secured agreement from Mursi and the Ikhwan to advance its agenda. Mursi did not repudiate the humiliating treaty with the Zionist regime; he did not cut off gas supplies to Israel nor did Mursi do anything meaningful for the Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip. While the US may have been agreeable to Mursi remaining in power for a little while longer, the Saudis were not.

They viewed Mursi — and more broadly, the Ikhwan — as a threat to their claim to being the leaders of “Sunni” Muslims. While few Muslims outside the narrow circle of their paid agents accept their leadership claim, the Saudis continued to delude themselves. The Saudi regime was the first to congratulate the Egyptian military for its great “feat.”

The triangle of terror represented by the Saudis, Egyptian generals and the Zionist war criminals was complete. Since the coup, the Egyptian military has been busy destroying tunnels through which the besieged Palestinians used to smuggle much needed goods — food, medicines and household items — for mere survival. This was unacceptable to the Zionists and, therefore, to the Egyptian generals. The destruction of this triangle of terror is a pre-requisite for the Muslim liberation movement to have any chance of success.

 

Afghanistan

The year 2014 is a milestone year for the Afghan freedom fighters. In this year foreign troops left the country after 13 years of occupation. The Afghans have been left to wonder what did 13 years achieve for them. Although it may be too early to state conclusively, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the official name for Afghan Taliban) is already making plans for celebration. For them, this is a great victory, perhaps more significant than the joy of defeating the Soviets. Beating America and its combined help from NATO will most likely place the chief of the Afghan Taliban as the undisputed leader of the Muslim community in and around Afghanistan.

The new Afghan army of 200,000 recruits will probably be no match for the battle-hardened warriors of Mullah Omar. The west has also been preparing for such eventuality. In Qatar, Afghan Talibans opened a foreign office for holding talks with international players. It is a sign of the things to come in the near future. That near future may be knocking on our doors already.

 

Peshawar – Sacred Hearts in Heaven

In an attack on a school in Peshawar, capital of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province bordering Afghanistan, the Pakistani Taliban killed at least 146 people, most of them children. Their spokesman said it was to avenge the military operation against them in North Waziristan. The attack lasted several hours and ended only when the seven terrorists were killed. The army is sweeping the area looking for more terrorists.

Peshawar, Blogger (Online).
Choosing a soft target—a school on Warsak Road in Peshawar run by the army—the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) stormed a school today that resulted in the death of at least 146 people, the majority of them students. This figure was mentioned by Pakistan Tehrik-e Insaf (PTI) Information Secretary Shireen Mazari. She said 113 people were injured. Her information may be more accurate than that of the federal government because her party is in power in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province (KPP) whose capital is Peshawar.

The terrorists were disguised in Frontier Constabulary uniform and had sneaked into the school through a graveyard located behind it. They cut the razor wire and made their entry and once inside, they started firing their heavy weapons targeting students. The students were taking exams and were, therefore, all in their classes or in the main hall. Scores of students were shot in the corridors as they tried to flee. The terrorists showed no mercy. Within half hour of the attack, Pakistan Army troops had rushed to the scene and cordoned off the area.

As news trickled out, the death toll started to climb. Of the four blocks, three were cleared of the terrorists but they barricaded themselves in one block—the Administration Block—and took with them scores of students and teachers hostage. Pakistani commandoes were mobilised for the rescue mission and it took several hours before the siege was over when all seven terrorists were reported killed. During the attack, several explosions were also heard in the school.

Pakistan Army chief General Raheel Sharif as well as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (no relation) also rushed to Peshawar. Pakistan Tehrik-e Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan spoke to the Chief Minister Pervez Khattak. He told him to reach the scene of the attack and to offer whatever help was needed. The Taliban spokesman, Muhammad Khorasani said the attack was in retaliation for army operations against the militants in North Waziristan. Before the formal operation codenamed Zarb-e Azb was launched, the army had given the people of North Waziristan three days to evacuate their homes. Most became refugees and sought shelter with friends or relatives in other parts of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. The Pakistan military has been bombing the area targeting militants. They have said most of the militants killed so far are foreigners or hardcore Pakistani militants.

The militants had vowed to exact revenge for the bombing campaign. It seems unfortunately the authorities did not take adequate precautions to prevent such attacks although it may have been impossible to prevent the school attack. The provincial government has said it has beefed up security at all schools and other institutions. Ghulam Ahmed Bilour of the secular Awami National Party (ANP) said the provincial government has “completely failed”. This must be a new low in Pakistan’s already dirty politics. Even with 146 people dead, of whom 140 are children—and the death toll may climb if other students succumb to their injuries—Bilour was playing politics using the tragedy. Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Deputy leader of the PTI said it was time to unite to confront the terrorist threat rather than playing politics or indulging in finger pointing. Given the scale of the tragedy—with nearly 150 people dead in a single operation—not only the province but the entire country is grief-stricken. Can such attacks be prevented in the future? It seems highly unlikely unless stringent security measures are taken and the Frontier Constabulary and army developed throughout the country. The blowback from the North Waziristan operation was expected. It seems the Pakistani authorities did not take this into account and ordinary people, in this case school children, have paid the price.

These barbaric murders by Tehrike Taliban Pakistan (TTP) forced on the shoulders of the Muslim community worldwide the biggest burden of all. Indeed, the coffin of a child is the heaviest thing to carry. Little children went to school never to return to their loving parents. Their fault was that their parents sent them to an army school run by an institution that is blamed for the combing operations conducted in North Waziristan that took the lives of many young Pathan boys and girls whose relatives avenged their loss by spraying bullets on the kids in the army school.

Stories of courage and horror are coming out from the survivors. One father expressed his pride knowing that his only son sacrificed his life trying to save his classmates. Tahira Qazi the principal first came out with lots of children but then went right back to rescue more. She was beaten and then burned alive in front of her students. The madness of all this is captured by pictures of the school´s blood stained classrooms and the auditorium.

The murderous act was condemned by the Afghan Taliban, who asserted that such acts were against Islamic principles and innocent men, women and children should be left out of dangerous operations. Afghan Taliban spokesman said the incident was their 911 and the attack was an attack on the future of Pakistan.

The Ameer of Afghan Taliban Mullah Omar is also said to have criticized and condemned the attack, as confirmed by multiple news sources within Pakistan. There exists confusion as to how one Taliban claims responsibility for an act which another Taliban condemns. It may be understood that Afghan Talibans do not recognize the legality of armed struggle against Muslim Governments in any place other than Afghanistan and Palestine, which makes armed freedom struggle justified in those areas. Further, Afghan Taliban basically rejected the self-declared Caliphate of ISIL in Iraq (of Al Baghdadi) which the Pakistani Taliban accepted.

Afghan Taliban and its Chief Mullah Omar would be well advised to do something more meaningful than a press statement by going after TTP militants, who, according to Mullah Omar himself, violated Islamic principles. If you really are the Chief of Muslims Mullah Omar, then you should cut off all ties with the TTP, declare all out war on them, go after the remaining militants, capture the head of TTP (Mullah Faizullah), try him and publicly punish him in public.

This should be the Ameer´s number one responsibility, as the defender of the Muslim Community, the shield behind which all are in safety, since he has adorned the title of Ameer Ul Mumineen and therefore so he must act it too. Mullah Omar should capture the TTP militants before the Pakistani army does,is your chance Ameerul Mumineen, go after the thugs and deliver justice badly needed in a world gone wrong, very wrong.

TTP tried to damage control by saying that the orders were given not to kill small children, only the older ones were to be killed. Later another statement was released saying TTP did not kill any children, it was the soldiers who shot them. This is just not going to work, and they should know better than to follow up one criminal act with another (i.e. lying). No matter how much they try to cover their cowardly act the Muslim community will not be satisfied until this ugly episode of militancy is put to the grave. This is true for Pakistan and just about every other Muslim country.

TTP had the audacity to provide evidences from scriptural text to justify their actions. They should know that what they did was neither Islamic nor Jihadist. They are trying to twist the concept of Islam and Jihad, their aim is not to defend the community but to destroy it from inside and outside. Muslims and non-Muslims across the globe should by now be convinced about these suspects. Their agenda is anti-Islamic and they desire only to cripple the Muslim community (Ummah) in Pakistan and elsewhere. Some Pakistani tweets went so far as to provide proofs which showed TTP murderers came from another religion, and from another country.

Pakistan establishment has a lot to answer. The state was created out of undivided Hindustan to be a homeland for Hindustani Muslims. It failed again and again to do just that. Its failures caused the death of millions of Bengalis, thousands of Balochis, Pathans and Muahjirs (from India), as it tried to keep the unity of the country roped in by religion on one hand, subdued by guns on the other hand. This they do in order to keep their external strategy in tact (especially with the US and China) against their arch rival next door, and this is why the armed forces keep failing to do the single most important job for which they exist, that is to provide safety to the country and its citizens. History must also be blamed for having failed to teach them that reliance on foreign powers potentially manages to push the state towards civil war, counting millions of lives and half of the country as major losses.

Armed Forces should be held fully accountable for throwing as much as a stone on the citizens. The likes of Yahya, Niazi, Musharaf and others ought to be judged in a peoples´ tribunal for the killings in East Pakistan, Balochistan, Waziristan and Swat. They have no right to hand over their air space for drone attacks, they have no right to put the lives of citizens at risk for their selfish political military ambitions.

Fanaticism has grown as a direct consequence of the establishments plans for putting together a mass religious support base to take control of the reins of state power. Using religion in agnostic desire for power and money will collapse as a model for governance sooner or later, naturally. Pakistan was taught that lesson by the Bengalis in 71, yet here we are, tearful, broken hearted, psychologically shaken, emotionally broken, drenching in our blood soaked eyes for our innocent sacred hearts in Peshawar. May God have Mercy on all of them.

Khomeini or Umar?

On my way back home I was doing the only thing I could in the long commute, browsing the web on my smartphone. I was going through the history of the Afghan Wars. One thing lead to another and few pages later I was reading about a man who made a dramatic change in the political map of the Muslim world.

He was born in a simple village to very humble way of living. At a very early age he showed his extra ordinary genius at school. He was quickly moved up in the classes. finished school, went to college, taught at schools and then took off for an MA and PhD in the most respected educational institution in the Muslim world, Al Azhar University.

Became an accomplished professor before joining the Mujahideen in Afghanistan fighting the Soviet and communist troops. He went around the world telling people about the necessity to join the war effort in Afghanistan as the struggle for freedom in Islam is the highest form of worship and at a certain point in time that struggle (Jihad) becomes a fard ayn (compulsory individual duty). He was in the end assassinated by a carefully planned attack on his car killing the Mujahid scholar and his sons.

This martyr towards the end came at odds with others for a very important subject. After the Mujahideen defeated the Soviets in Afghanistan what would be their next move? Should they focus on the puppet sheikhdoms and secularists in Muslim lands or should they target the west? The scholar wanted to leave the secularis Muslim regimes alone in order to preserve the unity of the Ummah. He wanted to train fighters to take on the Zionists. His death moved the direction of the bus but not so strongly.

As of now, what we see happening all over the Muslim world is an Islamic struggle to rid the lands of suspicious rulers whose loyalty is questionable. The supporters of this idea argue that the Muslims cant fight two battles (the occupiers and the state loyalists) all at the same time. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary they say that Muslims first regain control and power over the vast Muslim lands before they involvement in any international conflict.

It looks like there are two possible ways to obtain state power. One, by uniting all the people in the state under one political flag. This was the strategy of Imam Khomeini (rh). The other way is through an armed struggle, the way of Mullah Omar. Which one is the correct methodology? I don’t know. My reader can help me out in this. But the one question that is no longer up for debate is the fact that corrupt, iron fisted dictators and anti Islamic tyrants must be defeated and exiled from the Muslims lands. It is the means which need clarification, not the end, which should be more thoroughly discussed and debated.

Geronimo the American Warrior

He is considered to be one of the greatest Indian warrior chiefs. In 1858 Geronimo’s family was attacked by Mexican soldiers killing his mother, wife and three children. He took up arms from then on and made raids on Mexican provinces. Later on, he extended his attacks on US troops, which he continued to do for 30 years. This is what Geronimo wrote in his diary:

“Late one afternoon when returning from town we were met by a few women and children who told us that Mexican troops from some other town had attacked our camp, killed all the warriors of the guard, captured all our ponies, secured our arms, destroyed our supplies, and killed many of our women and children. Quickly we separated, concealing ourselves as best we could until nightfall, when we assembled at our appointed place of rendezvous—a thicket by the river. Silently we stole in one by one: sentinels were placed, and, when all were counted, I found that my aged mother, my young wife, and my three small children were among the slain. There were no lights in camp, so without being noticed I silently turned away and stood by the river. How long I stood there I do not know, but when I saw the warriors arranging for a council I took my place.”

Man’s basic instinct is to resist any illegal action against his rights and properties. Whenever  a nation’s legal system is unjust, racist or biased towards a particular group there will be armed conflict. In 1856 America had an unfair legal system which favored the ‘white man’ against his native compatriot Indians, who were not granted equal citizens status.

Indians were kept in reservations, a zoo for humans with plenty of alcohol, gambling money and without family law. Their life in reservations was absolutely contrary to their way of living. The native american race was being turned into an extinct species good for charming visitors at circuses.

Whenever Indians ‘escaped’ from reservations US troop swould hunt them down, as if an animal had escaped from a zoo. This must be the first instance in modern history when a man caged another man in his own country. Afghans today must be feeling similar pain of living in reservations of a new kind.

In his diary Geronimo gives an account of a conversation with a US General: General Crook said to me, “Why did you leave the reservation?” I said: “You told me that I might live in the reservation the same as white people lived. One year I raised a crop of corn, and gathered and stored it, and the next year I put in a crop of oats, and when the crop was almost ready to harvest, you told your soldiers to put me in prison, and if I resisted to kill me. If I had been let alone l would now have been in good circumstances, but instead of that you and the Mexicans are hunting me with soldiers”.

Colonizers manipulate the economy to keep their control. British colonizers made sure that Manchester overtook Murshidabad as the global textile center. This is now true for Middle East and Central Asian states. Arab oil and gas is proprietary natural resource of the US.

All global oil trading must be in US Dollars only. Oil producers can only sell their oil in the buyer’s currency. Usually the seller should have the right to choose the currency for the trade. Arab countries control 70% of world oil supply but they cant ask to be paid in their own currency, let alone gold which would be more justified. Any move to unite the Arabs’ currencies into one strong unit which could become the standard unit for oil trading is a red line never to be crossed.  Arabs cant do this with oil trade, for the same reason that Geronimo could’nt grow corn and oats in his own land.

The mind of Geronimo, if I want to understand with empathy, was occupied by a spiritual energy to break free from the oppression of the ‘white man’. Geronimo’s attacks on US troops could be the equivalent to French resistance against German occupation, both arising out of a state of suppression and domination.

Geronimo was forced to do what every human soul wants, to demand freedom from an inhuman enslavement of the human spirit.

In the words of Geronimo, The Indians always tried to live peaceably with the white soldiers and settlers. One day during the time that the soldiers were stationed at Apache Pass I made a treaty with the post. This was done by shaking hands and promising to be brothers. Cochise and Mangus-Colorado did likewise. I do not know the name of the officer in command, but this was the first regiment that ever came to Apache Pass. This treaty was made about a year before we were attacked in a tent, as above related. In a few days after the attack at Apache Pass we organized in the mountains and returned to fight the soldiers.

To physically subdue another race or nation, by the use of weapons, is an old tactic and yet the spirit of freedom and liberty is armed with an equally deadly weapon, ie spiritual awakening, which can rise up to defend the natural qualities of a free man.

Quit Afghanistan – fast

Attacking Afghanistan after 9/11 was the biggest mistake by USA. Western dominance always had something to do with the third world’s perception of a just legal system in Europe and USA. It becomes clear when we see Asians and Arabs lining up at western capitals seeking political sylum to escape from brutal regimes back in their homelands. When one cant find justice in his country he looks towards the west hoping to be protected by a system that values human rights.

Attacking Afghanistan showed an ugly face of the west which betrayed its professed human values. It did not follow any of those concepts while it invaded a country which harbored an alleged criminal. Maybe, Osama and his men were responsible, and maybe Talibans supported his plans, and maybe the talibans and al-qaeda were getting ready to take over the world, and maybe and maybe and maybe. There is nothing to suggest any concrete evidence that can justify the invasion of a country in retaliation to its citizens’ actions. The 7/7 London bombers were British citizens, should’nt NATO then bomb London back to the stone ages for it?

Talibans, despite their shortcomings, made in my opinion a wise offer. They were ready to handover Bin Laden to either Pakistan, or to a third muslim country or in a worst case scenario to the The Hague. Why were these offers refused? Trying Bin Laden under the law was ruled out by USA which wants the world’s respect as the leading state founded on the principles of law and justice. Anyone could tell the Americans back in 2001 they were heading towards a massive human disaster.

British, Russians and now Americans have confirmed the theory that Afghans will never surrender to anyone.  Afghans dont run after the material world like the rest of consummerism driven societies. Their needs revolve around a concept called “honor”. Materialism for Afghans is an evil which is the main cause for man’s destruction in this world and in the hereafter. To show courage in battlefield is a time honored tradition which is passed on from generation to generation with immense pride and honor.

For Afghans, martyrdom is more valuable than anything else in this world. No amount of materials can dilute that belief because it is firmly rooted in his mind and this unique idea forms his civilization. An Afghan who can compromise on his principles will cease to be an Afghan and to loose his Afghan identity will mean the end of the world for him. It is quite similar to another civilization, the American civilization. When an American compromises his love for freedom and integrity he stops being an American.

The fight in Afghanistan is less about talibans and bin ladens but more about the right to protect ones’ civilization. America cant destroy the Afghan civilization with bombs, they got to understand this vital point. Neither can soft power work in a land where rulers live in caves. Thus, the only option left for America is to get the hell out of Afghanistan, as fast as possible.

Afghanistan’s Post-NATO Future.