Terrorism Cannot be Blamed on Islam!

By M. Hanif Lakdawala
World over, the CIA and the Mossad, assisted by the Australian Special Action Police and the M15 of England, are all working towards undermining Muslim organisations in an attempt to weaken Muslims globally.

Time and again Islam is projected as a religion breeding terrorism and intolerance. Terrorism cannot be blamed on Islam. World over, the foreign intelligence agencies are pushing their government’s dubious agenda. The western countries are promoting terrorism, so that they use the pretext of terrorism and capture the oil fields of the Gulf region.

Noam Chomsky, Professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, opines that the US leads the pack of rich and powerful nations that carry out international terrorism on smaller nations. “The US is the only country in the world that has been criticised by the International Court of Justice for perpetuating terrorism in Nicaragua. Who nurtured the Islamic terrorist organisations in the world? It is the Central Intelligence Agency that has been aiding and abetting terrorist outfits across the world, all for the diplomatic, strategic and economic advantages of the US. So Osama bin Laden, for whom the US has been bombing a poor country like Afghanistan, has been the creation of the US,” he said.

The US is not alone in this war. There were a number of powerful supporters to the US cause in Afghanistan for their own strategic interests, not for wiping out terrorism and for the betterment of the world. India and Pakistan have been trying to win over the US, all because of Kashmir. The United Kingdom supports the US in all the crimes. Russia is eager to support the US action because it wants the Bush administration’s tacit approval in Chechnya. China wants to legitimise the massacre of Muslims in western China. So all these powerful nations are in the same league. They all are setting up terrorist groups and training them. So how can the US call it a global fight against terrorism?

The United States now occupies 702 military installations throughout the world in 132 countries, with the honourable exception of Sweden, of course. We do not quite know how they got there, but they are there all right.

The United States possesses 8,000 active and operational nuclear warheads. Two thousand are on hair trigger alert, ready to be launched with 15 minutes warning. It is developing new systems of nuclear force, known as bunker busters. The British, ever cooperative, are intending to replace their own nuclear missile, Trident. What we do know is that this infantile insanity – the possession and threatened use of nuclear weapons – is at the heart of present American political philosophy. We must remind ourselves that the United States is on a permanent military footing and shows no sign of relaxing it.

Look at Guantanamo Bay. Hundreds of people are detained without charge for over three years, with no legal representation or due process, technically detained forever.

The invasion of Iraq was a bandit act, an act of blatant state terrorism, demonstrating absolute contempt for the concept of international law. The invasion was an arbitrary military action inspired by a series of lies upon lies and gross manipulation of the media – an act intended to consolidate American military and economic control of the Middle East.

Since 1945, the US has militarily intervened over 250 times in various countries. The foreign policy of the most powerful nation in the world directly affects all other countries. But most of America’s motives when forming those policies are not altruistic, but self-centered.

Direct invasion of a sovereign state is not the only modus operandi of America’s Imperialism. It has preferred what it has described as ‘low intensity conflict’. Low intensity conflict means that thousands of people die, but slower than if you dropped a bomb on them in one full swoop. It means that you infect the heart of the country, that you establish a malignant growth and watch the gangrene bloom. When the populace has been subdued or beaten to death, the military and the great corporations, sit comfortably in power, you go before the camera and say that democracy has prevailed.

American politicians and capitalists want to control the oil reserves in the Islamic world. They just cannot attract these Islamic countries and capture the oil reserve. For that they need some reason. What else could be the convenient reason than just branding Muslims as terrorists and a threat to the global peace? American citizens are being brainwashed into accepting the propaganda that Muslims are terrorists.

World over, the CIA and the Mossad, assisted by the Australian Special Action Police (SAP) and the M15 of England, are all working towards undermining Muslim organisations in an attempt to weaken the Muslims globally so that they can have a monopoly on the oil reserves in the Muslim world.

World over, the war is between powerful and powerless. Even in India, the exploitations by the political class had promoted naxalite movement. Today, Naxalites ravage 150 of the country’s 593 districts. The rural poor get no justice from the system. Private armies of landlords and Naxalite bands fight for dominance over Bihar tracts. Tribal people and farmers whose land is taken away for ‘development’ fight pitched battles with the police, in Orissa, Karnataka and Haryana. Those ousted by dams spend the rest of their lives resisting the ouster, instead of getting rehabilitated. Indebted farmers commit suicide in droves.

At the same time, the political class has made plunder, as its unabashed primary occupation. Not surprisingly, the politician and the criminal blend and morph into each other.

Unless and until justice is done, peace will not prevail. Justice should not only be delivered, but the common citizens of the world should see it being delivered. That will be the surest way of establishing peace world over.

(The writer can be reached at mhl@rediffmail.com)

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