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Monday, November 23, 2015

How Islamic Extremism was Born

Because of Thanksgiving this Thursday, this will be a short week posting-wise and overall we'll do our best to keep things a bit light and happy but today's posting is more the serious, knowledge based post you're accustomed to reading here..

Question:  Where did violent Islamic Extremism come from?

Yes the Muslims have always been a violent people historically and their Quran celebrates the hurting/killing of Jews and Christians in many passages.
But as for its modern late 20th-early 21st century existence, where are its origins?

Where did militant Salafi groups like ISIS and al-Qaida come from?

The answer is really not that complicated if you understand history, so to show the seeds of origin, we must delve into the history of the Cold War which is really just a few decades.
Above is a photo of an article published in the British newspaper the Independent in 1993.. It features a large photo of Osama bin Laden, who, at the time, was a close Western ally.

The newspaper noted that bin Laden organized a militia of thousands of foreign fighters from throughout the Middle East and North Africa, and “supported them with weapons and his own construction equipment” in their fight against the USSR in the 1980s.

“We beat the Soviet Union,” bin Laden boasted.

The mujahedin, this international Islamic extremist militia organized and headed by bin Laden, is what eventually morphed into both al-Qaida and the Taliban.
Portraying bin Laden in a positive light, less than eight years before he would help mastermind the largest terrorist attack on American soil in decades, the British publication claimed that the “Saudi businessman who recruited mujahedin now uses them for large-scale building projects in Sudan.”

In reality, bin Laden was setting the stages for what would be become al-Qaida.

In Greek mythology, Cassandra was blessed with the power of prophecy, but cursed in that no one would ever heed her warnings.

Eqbal Ahmad, the late political scientist, historian and expert in the study of terrorism, was a modern-day Cassandra.   In a speech at the University of Colorado, Boulder in October 1998, Ahmad warned that the U.S. policy in Afghanistan would backfire:
“In Islamic history,  jihad as an international violent phenomenon had disappeared in the last 400 years, for all practical purposes.   It was revived suddenly with American help in the 1980s..

When the Soviet Union intervened in Afghanistan, Zia ul-Haq, the [U.S.-backed] military dictator of Pakistan, which borders on Afghanistan, saw an opportunity and launched a jihad there against godless communism.   

The U.S. saw a God-sent opportunity to mobilize one billion Muslims against what Reagan called the ‘Evil Empire.’

Money started pouring in. CIA agents starting going all over the Muslim world recruiting people to fight in the great jihad. Bin Laden was one of the early prize recruits. 
He was not only an Arab. He was also a Saudi. He was not only a Saudi. He was also a multimillionaire, willing to put his own money into the matter. Bin Laden went around recruiting people for the jihad against communism...

He (Bin Laden) turns at a particular moment. In 1990, the U.S. goes into Saudi Arabia with forces. Saudi Arabia is the holy place of Muslims, Mecca, and Medina. There had never been foreign troops there. 

In 1990, during the Gulf War, they went in, in the name of helping Saudi Arabia defeat Saddam Hussein.  Osama Bin Laden remained quiet.

Saddam was defeated, but the American troops stayed on in the land of the Ka’aba [the most sacred site of Islam, in Mecca], foreign troops. 

He (Bin Laden) wrote letter after letter saying, ‘Why are you here? Get out! You came to help but you have stayed on.’ 

Finally he started a jihad against the other occupiers. His mission is to get American troops out of Saudi Arabia. His earlier mission was to get Russian troops out of Afghanistan."

America had broken its word Bin Laden felt; he felt personally betrayed
Let's move onto Afghanistan now for a moment..

In the 1950s and ’60s, Afghanistan was a somewhat secular country in which women were granted relatively equal rights. What turned Afghanistan into the hotbed for extremism it is today?

Answer:  Decades of Western meddling.

Throughout the 1980s, the U.S. government supported and armed bin Laden and his mujahedin in Afghanistan, in their fight against the Soviet Union.

President Reagan famously met with the mujahedin in the Oval Office in 1983. “To watch the courageous Afghan freedom fighters battle modern arsenals with simple hand-held weapons is an inspiration to those who love freedom,” Reagan declared.
Those “freedom fighters” are the forefathers of ISIS and al-Qaida.

When the last Soviet troops were withdrawn in 1989, the mujahedin did not simply leave; a civil war of sorts followed, with various Islamist militant groups fighting for control in the power vacuum.

The Taliban came out on top, and established a medieval theocratic regime to replace the former “godless” socialist government.

In the 1970s and ’80s, Western capitalist governments, particularly the U.S., came up with a new Cold War strategy to fight the Soviets: supporting fringe Islamic extremist groups as a bulwark against socialism.
The U.S. was by no means the only one to pursue such a strategy. Echoing the U.S. policy in Afghanistan, Israel in fact supported Hamas — now its sworn arch-enemy — when the Islamist group was first forming in the 1980s.

Israel backed Hamas’ militant founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin in order to undermine the secular socialist resistance of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).

“Hamas, to my great regret, is Israel’s creation,” a former Israeli government official told the Wall Street Journal in a 2009 article titled “How Israel Helped to Spawn Hamas.”
This Cold War strategy ended up being successful: After the fall of the USSR, the secular socialist groups that dominated the resistance movements of the Middle East were replaced by Islamic extremists ones that had previously been supported by the West.

Nothing ever just comes about or is created from nothingness..

The evil Muslim terrorists were created from early 90's Reagan/Bush foreign policy of trying to do everything to destroy the Soviet Union so we could convert them ultimately to our economic way of life and our corporations profit off them.

Western imperialism has a tendency to create its own enemies.
Future Sec of Defense under Bush Sr, Donald Rumsfeld shaking Saddam's hand in early 1980's

Up until the 1990 Gulf War, throughout the Iran-Iraq War that consumed the 1980s, the U.S. supported Saddam Hussein — the very same dictator it would violently depose in 2003.

Declassified CIA files show how the U.S. government helped Hussein when he was unleashing chemical weapons on Iranian civilians. The U.K. government allowed Hussein’s regime to create chemical weapons using agents that were sold to Iraq by British corporations.

These Western-provided weapons were also used in Hussein’s campaign of genocide against the Kurds.
So when Bush Jr was speaking in 2003 about Hussein possessing WMD's, it was based on the assumption he still had in possession the chemical weapons We provided him a decade or two prior..

Saddam Hussein was the first Frankenstein’s monster U.S. policy created in Iraq, al-Qaida was the second, and now ISIS is the third.

So understand nothing about this never-ending War on Terror is simple.. Today's enemies were yesterday's allies and today's allies will probably be tomorrow's enemy..

Its just how it works in the global history of politics and war.. Everyone in the West brushes up with and allies itself with Evil for its own nefarious purposes
~ Doesn't Hillary just have the brightest, happy smile next to terrorist Palestinian scumbag Arafat?