The global terrorism against Muslims
Dr. Firoz Mahboob Kamal
Imperialists’ terrorizing war
Terrorism has a precise dictionary meaning. It is the use of weapons to fill people’s minds with terror for political or economic gain. The terrorizing power of a weapon depends directly and proportionately on its destructive power. So, the terror of a knife-wielding robber can’t match the terror done with bombs, drones, missiles, or nuclear bombs. Hence, no one on the earth can match the terrorizing power of the USA. Awe of massive terror has a profound paralyzing effect. This is why while the USA Army with its massive air, land and naval power invaded Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria and went on a killing spree there, the whole world stood paralyzed, deaf, and dumb. No country and no international body could show any sign of morality and humanity to protest against such blatant war crime. Even the UN had to bow down to the US arrogance and barbarity.
In World War II, the USA dropped nuclear bombs on two Japanese cities. Its objective was not to occupy and colonize Japan. Instead, to achieve a massive terrorizing goal. It could fill people’s minds all over the world with fear of the devastating power of the new weapon. As a result, the USA –with the collaboration of other imperialists, could easily twist the political course of many parts of the world to fit into its own agenda -even could dare disintegrate the whole map of the Arab World into more than 20 pieces. They could also install an illegal state of Israel in its midst by cleansing its settled population. Moreover, Israel has been given the most sophisticated weapons by the USA and its allies to terrorize the whole Muslim World. It has also been given an unlimited license to bomb, kill, and cleanse the Palestinians. So Israel works as an unfettered bully in the Middle East.
The USA itself still continues to deploy the same strategy to terrorize the whole world –especially the Muslim World. Former President Donald Trump –a proven anti-Muslim rogue, destroyed almost every house of Mosul -the second largest city of Iraq to achieve that goal. He also razed the cities of Kobani, Raqqa, Fallujah, Ramadi, Deira’zour, and many others to the ground for the same purpose. Whereas, the USA could win the war without such massive destruction. President George W Bush too had the same mindset. He invaded Afghanistan and Iraq to reinforce the image of the American might on the world stage. The main purpose of the USA’s occupation of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria was not for oil or gas, but for terrorizing the whole world, especially the Muslim population. It was a calculated act of robust terrorism to enforce the full capitulation of the Muslim rulers. It has indeed fully achieved that. As a result, the USA could easily twist the arms of the Saudi, Qatari, Kuwaiti, Emirati, Omani, and Bahraini rulers to deposit trillions of petrodollar in the US economy. These Arab tyrants gave spaces to establish the air, land, and naval bases for the US Armed forces in the heartland of Islam. As if these countries are the parts of the USA territory. In return, the US provides security to these brutal tyrants. Now they are trying to do the same against Iran. To continue with the same terrorizing aim, the USA government has embedded the world with 800 military bases. Now it is indispensable for the USA to pursue such a coercive strategy to sustain its Super Power status. The USA is already the most indebted country in the world – more than a trillion-dollar it owes to China. The security cost of the USA has turned so huge that it can’t sustain itself on its own. Only through a coercive strategy, the USA can compel other nations to bear the maintenance cost of the American global empire. So, it has no other option but to engage in a constant robbery –the classic version of terrorism all over the world. The resource-rich Muslim World has been the constant target of such robbery since day one of western imperialism. Now, the tyrant rulers of the Arab World –installed and protected by the imperialists are complicit in such crime.
Terrorism and the distorted connotation
Military occupation never ends with the mere physical occupation of a country. It is followed by an occupation cum colonization of people’s minds. And it is done through media. For that, the western imperialists and their partners in crime in the Muslim World have already taken over the media. As a result, they could hide their own crimes and demonize those who stand against them. The captive media helped them even to distort the true meaning of terrorism. So, in their distorted vocabulary, those who are killing and terrorizing the people with deadly weapons of mass destruction and reducing cities to the rubbles are not labeled as terrorists. Even the armed Israeli illegal settlers or soldiers who shoot at unarmed Palestinians are labeled innocent. The children who protest against the Israeli atrocities with empty hands or throw stones to the Israeli tanks are portrayed as terrorists. This way they present the exact opposite connotation of terrorism to the world. In Kashmir, the unarmed Kashmiri men, women, and children who protest in the streets and demand freedom from Indian occupation are killed with a tag of terrorist.
With the emerging trend of Islamic revival in the Muslim World, the meaning of terrorism has been given another deceitful distortion. Even the people who want to practice original Islam –as was practiced by the Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him) with its indispensable components like an Islamic state, sharia, hudud, shura, khilafa, and jihad are also labeled as extremist cum terrorist. So, the fascist regimes in Egypt, Bangladesh, and other Muslim countries do not hesitate to kill the unarmed Islamists. So, on 6 May in 2013, hundreds of sit-in protesters were killed in Shapla roundabout in Dhaka in Bangladesh, and on 14 August in 2013, more than two thousand peaceful protestors were killed in Raba al-Adawiya square in Cairo. The killers deployed tanks, artillery guns, and machine guns to execute the massacres. The so-called defenders of democracy stayed deaf and dumb on such fascist acts of genocide. Rather they take these tyrants as partners in their War on Islam.
Terrorism: a multi-national enterprise
A mad dog doesn’t need to be hurt to get offensive. The same is true with the imperialists. No man or woman from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria bombed any American city. But the Americans came from another end of the glove to bomb the cities of those countries to kill more than a million. They dropped bombs, mother of all bombs, depleted uranium bombs, missiles, and drones to turn thousands of Muslim houses and hundreds of cities into rubbles. But such killing campaigns have never been labeled in western countries as terror campaigns. The US forces have detained and tortured thousands of innocent people with extreme brutality in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. They established torture cells in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, Bagram base in Afghanistan, Abu Gharib in Iraq to run brutality on an industrial scale. They also introduced a rendition scheme to franchise such torturing schemes to other regimes known for barbaric state apparatus. Awfully, under the USA patronage, terrorism thus has become a multi-national enterprise.
It is worth noting that the US-led imperialists aren’t concerned about the absence of basic human rights in Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Egypt, and many others ruled by the US-supported tyrants. Rather, they get happier if these killer rulers strengthen the security of the USA and serve its political, ideological, and economic interests. Since these tyrants and the USA-led western coalition consider Islamic resurgence as the common enemy, these western leaders shower heavy appreciation on these tyrants if they crush any Islamic resurgence. This is why the killer tyrant like General Abdel Fatah al-Sisi of Egypt gets robust appreciations and economic aid for killing, torturing, and arresting the Islamists. The USA alone gives 1.3 billion US dollars each year. It is clear that in the current world order established by the USA-led western powers, there is no scope for the Muslims to raise their heads and emerge as a global power. The current world order is only to safeguard the interests of the US-led imperialists and Israel. Its prime aim is to keep Muslims disintegrated and de-empowered.
Anti-Muslim terrorism of Russia, China & India
Vladimir Putin’s Russia also possesses the same imperialist ambition. Like the USA, it has committed similar crimes against Chechen Muslims. Like any other member state of the UN Security Council, Russia also enjoys full impunity for its war crimes. On the other hand, the Chechen Muslims are labeled as terrorists for demanding freedom from the Russian occupation. To suppress their aspiration and liberation movement, in the year 2000, the whole Chechen city of Grozny was bombed to rubbles Thousands were killed and many more were put in torture cells. The Russian brutality still continues. In the Soviet era, the Russians committed the same crimes in Afghanistan in the eighties. Although the Russians were badly defeated in Afghanistan in 1989, they didn’t stop the anti-Muslim campaigns. Now they are dropping bombs in Syria and keep their military presence. The killer tyrant Bashar al-Assad still survives in power only because of Russia’s military help. Russia is also trying to expand the same state terrorism to Libya and the Central Republic of Africa.
China is committing the same brutality against the Uighur Muslims. In the name of cultural education, the Chinese government is carrying out a massive social engineering project of de-Islamisation. The Muslims are prevented to stay as practicing Muslims. The children are taken from their parents and are kept in concentration camps. Islam is made alien to them. About a million Muslims are being kept in prisons and are being brainwashed to take them away from Islam. They are not allowed to enjoy basic human rights -like the right to practice their own religion. Even they were prevented to keep fasting and wearing their traditional dress. Religious education has also been strictly restricted.
The case of India is no less brutal against the Muslims either. Muslims constitute about 15% of the Indian population, but they are not given even 5% of the government jobs. Socio-economically, they are kept inferior to so-called untouchables –the lower caste Hindus. Massacres against Muslim lives, businesses, mosques, and institutions are a common phenomenon. Muslims are beaten to death for eating even beef. Cows enjoy more survival rights than Muslims. The Indian Army is on a long killing mission in the Muslim majority state of Kashmir. More than six hundred thousand Indian soldiers are deployed there to sustain the Indian occupation. About a hundred thousand Kashmiri Muslims have already been killed and thousands of Kashmiri women are raped. In the Indian vocabulary, such state-run crimes are not called terrorism. Rather, those who are standing for freedom from Indian occupation and want basic human rights are labeled as terrorists.
The Israeli terrorism
The case of Israel is a classic example of a state that could be established solely through terrorism and could survive and expand through terrorism. It is the textbook case of ethnic cleansing of the native people by the enemy’s military occupation and colonization by the aliens. The Jewish people came from all over the world to Palestine to grab lands from the Palestinians. The Palestinians are either killed or forced to live in refugee camps in foreign lands for more than 70 years. On the illegally seized lands, hundreds of thousands of luxurious flats are built for those who were not born in Palestine. The same old policy of eviction, the same policy of land grabbing, and the same scheme of settling the foreign Jews in the Arab land that started 70 years ago still continue. Apartheid practice died in South Africa but now thrives in occupied Palestine. The old western colonial powers not only support such illegal Israeli occupation of the Muslim lands politically but also sponsor it economically and militarily. So, the crime of brutal occupation, eviction, and killing continues unabated. Such state-run crimes are not called terrorism either.
There is no doubt that the Jews have suffered a lot under the fascist regime in the west. Millions of them faced brutal death there. But, instead of learning compassion and humanity, they have learned a lot of brutal skills and inhumanities. These are now being deployed against the Muslims in Palestine. This is why the atrocities against the occupied people of Palestine could attain such a scale of brutality. They have even lost all morality and civility to call the ongoing brutality against the Palestinians a cruel act, let alone calling it terrorism. Hatred against the Muslims has been so deeply embedded in the mind of Israeli rulers that they even feel highly content to embrace Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India as the friend of Israel. Whereas Narendra Modi is an Indian version of Adolph Hitler for the Indian Muslims. In 2002, he engineered the killing of more than three thousand innocent Muslim men, women, and children in Gujrat while he was the Chief Minister of the province. He also instigated his followers to raze the historic Babri Mosque to the ground. Recognizing his robust criminality, even the US government imposed a ban on his entrance to the US –although later on withdrawn in order to promote the American business interest in India.
The case of Sri Lanka
The Sri Lankan Army is already known for genocidal war crimes against the Tamils. Such crimes have already been documented by international human rights organizations. But the failure of international bodies like the UN and the International Criminal Court has emboldened them to continue similar crimes against other people. Now their guns are turned against the Muslims. The extrajudicial killing has started with the new strategy to target the Muslims in their living quarters. To cover up the killing, they are telling the world that the Muslim women and children are blowing up themselves. Last year, the Sri Lankan Muslims didn’t explode any bomb anywhere but the Buddhist hooligans led by the monks went on a killing spree. They looted, vandalized, and burnt down the Muslim houses and businesses. Such an anti-Muslim rampage went on for many days, but the Sri Lankan Army and the police did very little to protect the Muslims’ life and properties. The judiciary too showed its inaction to bring the criminals to justice. Moreover, such mob killings and arsons didn’t find any place in their vocabulary to be called terrorism or Buddhist extremism.
Boiling up the Muslim blood
Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Hence, every crime has a consequence. The Muslims are terribly suffering from all sorts of barbarity in almost every part of the world. The people of no other faith suffer in such an awful way. The cases of Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Kashmir, Uighur, and Rohingya are only a few to mention. In the west, Muslim women are tormented only for wearing a headscarf. The form USA President Donal Trump put a ban on the Muslims coming to the USA. The Indian Muslims are being lynched to death only for keeping or eating beef. Many East European countries have put a wall of barbed wire to keep away the Muslim refugee out of their country. The Muslim countries ruled by brutal dictators are embedded with thousands of Guantanamo Bay-like torture cells. The USA and its cronies like it.
The US, the French, the British, and the Italian Air Force have shown their ever readiness to bomb any people in any part of the world who want to go back to original Islam -as practiced by the Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him) about 14 hundred years ago. These non-Muslims have their prescription for Muslims. It is to take away from the Qur’anic prescription. The Islamic basics like an Islamic state, sharia, hudud, pan-Islamic brotherhood, khilafa, shura, jihad against enemy occupation have no place in it. They have no problem with the Saudi mass execution, the Emirati tribal barbarity, the Bangladeshi mockery of democracy by Shaikh Hasina, and the brutal tyranny of Egypt’s Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. They appreciate their Islam as true and moderate Islam. By any decent standard, these are not any innocent acts. Rather, these are the worst heinous crimes not only against Prophet’s Islam but also against innocent Muslims and humanity.
Because of the hostile policy of the imperialists and their servile cronies, there exists not even a single space on earth for the full practice of true Islam –as practiced in Islam’s golden age! Thus, Muslims are prohibited to be full Muslims. Hostility towards Islam and Muslims must have a limit. One must not forget that 1.6 billion Muslims are not a collection of dead bodies. They have souls, emotions, faith, and intellect. They also share the same globe with others. The ongoing crimes against Islam and the Muslims are explosive enough to boil up their blood. The boiled-up blood can turn them to live bombs. It is not unusual that the bombs fail to differentiate the innocents from the criminals. Islam doesn’t allow suicide but doesn’t prohibit to be a war appliance. So, it seems, the planet is turning rapidly to be an unsafe place for everyone. 1st edition 01.05.2019; 2nd edition 07.08.2021.