History teaches us
that an entire nation or group of people can suffer from some dangerous delusions
and often pay a terrible price for it. One need only cast a look back at
the last century when Germans believed they were the “Master Race” and the
Japanese believed their emperor was a living god and the conquest of Asia
was their destiny.
For the span of more than a generation, Russians believed that Communism was
the perfect economic and social system. Millions of them died in Soviet gulags
as the result. Millions more have died in Red China thanks to its adoption
of this evil system.
Now we are experiencing the mass delusion of Middle Eastern Arabs and some
of their fellow Muslims around the world that Islam’s destiny is to dominate
and rule the entire world. Despite a long history of defeat and despotism,
fundamentalist Islam now poses the greatest threat to freedom worldwide.
In the wake of the latest terror bombing, we must ask, who do Middle Eastern Arabs blame? The answer is America and the Jews.
In his book, Behind the War on Terror: Western Secret Strategy and the Struggle for Iraq,
its author, Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, provides a vivid look into the mind of
the Middle Eastern Arabs who compose the core of al Qaeda. It explains a
great deal about why 9-11 occurred and why America has literally been forced
to exert its military power in that region of the world against those who
are waging a religious war -- a Jihad -- in the name of Islam.
Ahmed, a British-born author of Bangladeshi origin, is described as “a human
rights activist, political analyst, and the Executive Director of the Institute
for Policy Research & Development.” His previous book was The War on Freedom: How and Why America was Attacked, September 11, 2001.
His latest book is published by New Society Publishers, a Canadian publisher,
primarily of books on extremist environmental issues.
Ahmed has long been involved in Islamic affairs and is a former researcher
at the London-based Islamic Human Rights Commission, a non-governmental organization.
Let us examine, however briefly, some of his views. He begins by saying,
“Such an analysis, of course, is not an attempt to justify such appalling
terrorism -- but simply to scientifically discover the political, economic
and historic policies on the part of the United States and the West that
may have cultivated the extreme psychological grievances that inspire terrorism.”
Thus, neatly, Amed ignores Islam’s central theme that it must dominate the
world with the Koran’s seventh century belief system. Instead, he shifts
the blame for the Arab Islamic psyche to the actions of the West.
Ignoring fanatical, fundamentalist Islamism, his book asserts that the Middle
East’s long history of religious intolerance, total lack of human rights,
and now its Islamist Jihad, are really America’s “pretext of fighting against
international terrorism” and is “in reality” its attempt “to expand and consolidate
its global pre-eminence in accordance with longstanding strategies that have
been contemplated and elaborated over a period of decades.” Great Britain’s
“process of decolonization” was, in Ahmed’s view, really “covert colonialism”
or simply “neo-colonialism.”
Moreover, the entire half of the last century, when America and its allies
stood its ground against the Soviet Union and international Communism, was
merely the expression of its need “to manufacture a global threat that would
provide justification for military interventions designed to expand the US
empire.” In short, the Cold War that ended when the Soviet Union collapsed,
was not about its threat to freedom, “but the crushing of popular, indigenous
nationalist movements for independence, and the establishment of US control
over strategic regions.”
Thus, “the international terrorist threat, following on from the 11 September
terrorist attacks, is being used to justify the US drive ‘to rule the world,’
implementing plans and strategies that were formulated quite independently
(i.e., long before those attacks).”
Little attention is given to the reasons for “those attacks” which began
in the late 1970s when Iranian Islamists overthrew the Shah and took US diplomats
hostage for 444 days, nor any of the subsequent attacks on our embassies
and military personnel around the world, culminating with the destruction
of more than 3,000 lives on 9-11. Apparently, none of those attacks have
anything to do with our decision to invade Afghanistan to eliminate the Taliban
or Iraq to rid the region of its worst dictator. Apparently, Libya’s decision
to get rid of its weapons of mass destruction, after acknowledging its role
in the bombing of a Pan Am commercial jet in 1988, is simply another example
of the US intention to rule the world.
I cite this to provide an essential insight to the “Arab” mind. In its worldview,
nothing that has occurred in the Middle East since the end of the Ottoman
Empire after WWI has anything to do with its endemic despotism, lack of human
rights, lack of progress in the provision of education, freedom, or the development
of an economic structure based on anything other than oil. Islam is never
blamed for any of this and Islam is the primary reason for all of it.
Let it be said that, yes, the British and French did carve up the Middle
East following WWI, creating new nations by simply drawing lines on the map
convenient to their colonial intentions. The existence of Middle Eastern
oil, then and now a great prize, had much to do with this. Even though Ahmed
acknowledges that the Middle East is home to some of “the most repressive
and undemocratic” nations in the world, this is not attributed to Islam,
but rather a CIA objective that “established close working relationships”
with “regimes from Morocco and Jordan to Saudi Arabia and Iran.”
Never mind that the US was unable to protect the Shah of Iran from being
overthrow by radical Islamists led by Ayatollah Khomeini, who, in turn, established
their own repressive and undemocratic regime. Nor that it has been able to
find any resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Only now is the
US government reluctantly acknowledging that Saudi Arabia has been financing
and advancing the most extreme form of Islam, Wahhabism, and is responsible
for much of the terror extant in the world.
Our alleged goal of world domination or at least that of the Middle East
doesn’t appear to have been very successful. Indeed, a measure of its failure
is the fact that we have had to expend billions of dollars to put our military
in harm’s way to end the repressive regime in Iraq and rebuild that nation.
Americans, never a patient people, cannot wait to pull our troops out of
there, but we will be there for a long time to come. By the end of this book’s
shoddy analysis, the author has launched into a series of fanciful conspiracy
scenarios about the US and Israel.
Did the US support the House of Saud or dictators like Saddam Hussein and
the Shah of Iran in the past? Yes. Did we have a choice at the time? No.
Did the United Nations do everything in its power to keep Saddam in power?
Yes. Did France, Germany, and Russia do the same? Yes.
I have written that the era of an American Empire has begun and, in this,
Ahmed would surely agree. What he does not see, nor the millions of the Middle
East and other Muslims around the world, is that it has been forced upon
us because we have endured decades of their failure (and their attacks) to
embrace the modern world and its values.
We did not invade Iraq until after it attacked Kuwait. We did not invade
Afghanistan until after 9-11. We did not invade Iraq until after years of
United Nations resolutions failed to bring about cooperation in the aftermath
of the Gulf War. Was Iraq intent on being a nuclear power? Yes. Did it have
WMDs? Yes. It used them during its eight-year war with Iran and on the Kurds
and other Iraqis. Are the Iraqis better off without Saddam in power? Yes.
Would Iran and Syria benefit from a regime change? Yes.
If you read Ahmed’s book, you will find an apologia for Saddam and others
throughout the Middle East based entirely on the theory that control of its
oil demonstrates the United States conspired to bring about his war on Kuwait
and other calamities too numerous to cite.
This isn’t history. This is the endemic paranoia of the author and millions
of Middle Eastern and other Muslims. It is upon this fantasy upon which the
terrorism aimed at America and its allies is based. It is a very dangerous
fantasy with very real consequences if it is not utterly destroyed.
Just as Communism and National Socialism proved to be a failure and the self-delusion
of nations such as Germany and Japan brought about their destruction, the
madness of fundamentalist Islam is driving the events of this new century
and will continue until it is defeated. This isn’t a conspiracy. It is a
defense of western civilization and of freedom.
Alan Caruba is the author of Warning Signs, published by Merril Press. His weekly commentaries are posted on the Internet site of The National Anxiety Center.