Perpetuate Terrorism to Destroy the Arab-Muslim World
The tragic side of the folly reveals moral and intellectual decadence where once
progressive culture and civilization evolved horizontally to inspire Western
By Mahboob A. Khawaja
April 10, 2015 "ICH"
- The Arab masses are the targeted victims of the Western-led coalition’s
atrocities and instigated sectarian rivalries with unthinkable consequences to
the present and future generations. To enhance the foreign proxy wars, the
Arab-Muslim leaders are tragically entrapped in a vicious cycle of self- geared
disastrous wars against themselves. The tragic side of the folly reveals moral
and intellectual decadence where once progressive culture and civilization
evolved horizontally to inspire the Western civilizations. Is it a Divine
punishment to the Arabs and Muslims for waging trivial wars against their own
existence and future?
In a broader
context, the Arab-Muslim body appears to be on a death bed and the
life-supporting oxygen is fast running out of stock. Undeniably, Western
colonial nations have used millions and millions of Arab-Muslim people as
readily available species to support their war agendas during the First and 2nd
World Wars and resources free of charge to propel their nationalistic aims and
to commit heinous crimes against the mankind. History speaks of several millions
of Arabs and Muslims used by the Europeans imperial nations throughout the
nationalistic European wars of geography, borders and flags. Strange as is, the
same former colonial powers instigate “terrorism” and impose militarization on
the large parts of the Arab Middle East. The authoritarian and puppet
Arab-Muslim leaders propelled by egoistic Western leaders are engaged in
desperate struggle for survival with unknown disastrous consequences for the
entire world. None of the kings and dictators will ever surrender to the will of
the people and make ways for peaceful transfer of power. Deliberate killings of
the innocents go unabated across the Arab Middle East as if there were no
conscientious human species of knowledge, rational thinking part of earthly
habitats. The war syndrome represents human madness, the guilt of having plunged
the whole of the mankind into cruel abyss. Nobody can imagine what the way out
of the sadistic messy plan is for the future of the living humanity.
Individuality has embraced the priority replacing the collective goodness of
besieged mankind. For sure, wickedness and righteousness can be combined in one
policy statement and decision maker’s mindset. All those possessing political
power appear to be moving by animalistic impulse of indifference towards the
fellow human beings.
history speaks loud and clear that the United States has an undeniable torrid
history of creating and supporting terrorist groups throughout the global
political theatre. The CIA helped to evolve and train Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan
and the same appears to be true of the ISIS, now called ISIL fighting in Iraq
and Syria and beyond. On the face of it, the US policy makers claim to oppose
the ISIL unleashed terrorism and beheading of the few American and European
prisoners and Islamic extremism, they knowingly foment it as a weapon of foreign
policy to support military interventions in the Arab world. If diplomacy was the
norm to settle political conflicts, why is the US leaders not engaged in
political dialogue with the ISIL?
All Wars are Against the Human
All wars perpetuate violence, fear
and vindictiveness against mankind and are aimed at destruction of civilizations
and dehumanization of the succeeding generations.
The global mankind is the net victim of the catastrophic madness of the few
warlords. Did President Obama learn anything from the past to change his
strategic policies because of the knowledge, history and facts of life?
Incapacity joined by leadership complacency is the outcome of the current
catastrophic civilian casualties throughout the Arabian Peninsula. Millions of
innocents are bombed, massacred and deliberately uprooted just as herd is moved
around the pastures. Most Arab rulers appear to be missing the essential human
conscience – the hub of Islamic characteristics of human beings to see the
unfolding political and economic realities on the ground. All the monsters of
history could be traced amongst absolute rulers. They look at masses with insane
satisfaction and wicked temperaments as if they are somewhere from another
planet to ruler another species - the egoistic cult turns into kind of cancer
that consumes their mindset, body and will power. Arab authoritarian leaders are
not open to reason or listening and learning until they are forcibly phased out
as happened to so many in recent months. In view of the unstoppable cycle of
political killings and daily bloodbaths in so many Arab states - Syria, Iraq,
Yemen and spill-over to other oil producing Arab nations - and reactionary
militancy against the authoritarian rule and dismantling of the socio-economic
infrastructures - is the Arab world coming to its own end? The Arab leaders and
the masses live and breathe in conflicting time zones being unable to see the
rationality of people-oriented Islamic governance, the worst is yet to come,
surrender to foreign forces as there are no leaders to think of the future or
the Arab armies to defend the people. Once in history, Arabs had moral
superiority with the relation of Islam. But can they still claim what is not
part of the contemporary culture?
America and Europeans have divided the Arab-Muslim world in
sectarian identities, clichés and antagonism. The cruelty of unwanted wars is
raging across the Arab- Muslim societies -Shiite-Sunnis fighting- daily
bloodbaths happening as if normal sacrifices of the Eid festival. None seems to
share any sense of accountability. The leaders are comfortable and untouched to
see people are occupied in something away from the normal- the folly of killings
and madness of war. Who is going cure the irretrievable historical mistakes of
human judgment? History shall see the engaged people and the leaders by their
actions, not by their claims. When difficult problems erupt, intelligent and
competent leaders are always conscious and open to listening to voices of reason
for change and reformation. This helps all to manage a navigational change and
to solve the problems. Borrowed weapons and corrupt and failed rulers do not
have the capacity to extend moral or intellectual security to the Arab masses.
Most oil pumping Arab countries are merely satellite of the US Empire. Those who
plan and wage wars are not innocent belligerent or without knowledge. They know
well what they are engaged in and its consequences. Those warriors who go to
Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and elsewhere to kill the innocent people, divide and
massacre men, women and children, fully understand what they are doing. Perhaps,
common people are misled by the warmongers enabling them to sustain their war
agendas under false political perceptions and imagery as is the case in the US.
Paul Craig Roberts (“Truth
is Offensive”, paulcraigroberts.org: 3/31/2013) provides a unique
insight to American political psyche, not previously explained by other
“Most Americans go along with unaccountable murder, torture, and
detention without evidence, which proclaims their gullibility to the entire
world. There has never in history been a population as unaware as Americans. The
world is amazed that an insouciant people became, if only for a short time, a
superpower. The world needs intelligence and leadership in order to avoid
catastrophe, but America can provide neither intelligence nor leadership.
America is a lost land where nuclear weapons are in the hands of those who are
concerned only with their own power. Washington is the enemy of the entire world
and encompasses the largest concentration of evil on the planet.
Where is the good to rise up against the evil?”
What Went Wrong to the Arab-Muslim Leaders?
In a synoptic context, most Arab-Muslim leaders lack the basic
tenets of moral and intellectual leadership to offer sense of security to the
besieged masses. Among many of the reasons, one may note few of the important
1. Change in Islamic Thinking: absence of a proactive vision for
the humanity as chosen people for the good of humanity.
2. Conscious neglect of the universal mission of Islam and
resulting discard of Islamic movement across the globe.
3. Non-conformance to the principles of Islamic movement for
change, development and human success.
4. Systematic decadence in intellectual, moral and political
5. Dismantling of Islamic institutions for the development of
human beings and to deny the role of Islamic reasoning and accountability.
6. Conspiracy “Fitna” of the transitory economic prosperity –
discovery of the oil and aftermath of the oil export revenues being used to
7. Incurable illusions of the neo-colonialist elite that oil
revenues are forever their exclusive property.
8. Overwhelming materialism and consumerism negating
spiritualism: training of body desperately needed training of Faith (Eman) and a
Thinking for Tomorrow: Do the Arab-Muslim Leaders Listen to
Voices of Reason?
A quarter of century earlier, this author attempted to envisage
the future sustainable global relationships between the Muslim world and the
Western industrialized nations. The critical impulse was focused on human
development and starting a continuous process of political change and
development for public institutions throughout the Arab- Muslim world. The
threshold of this thinking approach and priorities were entitled “Why Muslims a
There were no Arab-Muslim thinking hubs open to listening and
learning and 25 years later, it is worst to imagine a different future.
History’s combating ironies often undermine what could be rational and vital to
human thinking, values and future-building. The Arab- Muslim world lives in far
too distant to the challenges of the contemporary global political affairs,
strategic thinking and moral and intellectual priorities for policy making and
practices. An individual thinker or scholar can only share ideas and ideals but
cannot enforce the incurable missing moral-intellectual capacity of certain
people and societies. For too long, the Arab-Muslim thinkers and practitioners
have ignored the impetus of change and development - the core values of Islamic
thinking and priorities. We live in one
Planet Earth. According to the Divine revelations, the Earth keeps record of all
the human activities. The Earth is a living entity, not dead. What happened to
countless previous powerful Empires and civilizations?
Western Leaders Perpetuate Terrorism to Destroy the Muslim World
originates from the Western colonial powers but none would dare to concede it
for the fear of unknown intellectual, moral and political consequences in
contemporary history. When the European merchants explored new world markets for
diminishing resources and their accompanying armed forces invaded and occupied
the vast Islamic world, there were no television, internet, video cameras and
stone throwing public and voices of reason to call them foreign mercenaries,
aggressors and terrorists. The colonization scheme of things was not outcome of
the Western democratic values to spread freedom, liberty and justice but
ferocity of violence and killings of millions and millions of human lives for
the Empires to be built on colored bloodbaths. The European crusaders crossed
the channels and unknown time zones to subjugate the much divided Arab-Muslim
people as part of their superior nationalism perception and values that Muslims
were inferior to the European race and could be used as subjects without human
identity and as raw material to build the new Empires. Many centuries past, if
there was a UNO, it would not have dared to call the European warriors as
‘terrorists’ because it would have been their own organization as Muslims lived
in slavery and denial of basic human rights and identity. In an information age,
knowledge–driven global culture of reason, ignorance is no longer a requisite to
learn from the living history.
Terror is the
engine of war. And terror is what all sides in this conflict produce in
overabundance …….We torture hostages in our black sites and choke them to death
rags down their throats.
They torture hostages in squalid hovels and behead them. We organize Shiite
death squads to kill Sunnis. They organize Sunni death squads to kill Shiites.
We produce high-budget films such as “American Sniper” to glorify our war
crimes. They produce inspirational videos to glorify their twisted version of
jihad. The barbarism we condemn is the barbarism we commit. The line that
separates us from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is technological,
not moral. We are those we fight. …..“From violence, only violence is born,”
Primo Levi wrote,
“following a pendular action that, as time goes by, rather than dying down,
becomes more frenzied.”
How to Challenge the Insanity of Sectarian Madness and Foster
Political Change and Conflict Management?
The ten or so coalition forces aligned with Saudi Arabia are
bombarding Yemen for almost three weeks without much change on the ground.
Civilians are the net casualty in Yemen. Once friendly and now the culprit
Abdullah Salah, the former President is fighting against the Saudis. America had
its anti terrorist center in Yemen and shares all the secretive information for
aerial attacks. Iran is said to be moving two of its war ships to the Yemeni
coasts. Rationality wonders who is fighting whom and why? Are they not entrapped
by the US warmongering in the region? America is fighting to support the failing
Shiite regime in Iraq, and it is supporting Saudis so to speak against the
Shiite Hautis in Yemen and anti-Assad regime in Syria. There is no sense out of
the political and intellectual nonsense. The critical issues call for thoughtful
analysis and change and new ideas to phase-out the old and obsolete thinking and
obsessed values flourishing across the Arabian Peninsula. But the ruling elite
failed to build new public institutions to plan change and to view the
imperatives of new trends for policy in security, peace and conflict resolution
and human progress in a global community of nations. Global politics is not
fixed but a constantly changing phenomenon of life. Arab leaders do not
comprehend the imperatives of political change. But reality will not diminish
because nobody is conscious of its existence. The Arab Middle East faces many
critical crises. The American-British wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the
resulting sectarian bloodbaths, none of the aftermath crises are tackled in
their proper context by any rational analysis. There are no independent public
institutions to analyze the political problems and find workable solutions. No
proactive thinking exists in any Arab quarters to strive for political unity and
to have coherent leadership. Leaders who cannot think intelligently or
understand the nature of the current crises, how could they lead to any
strategic direction? Few sectarian scholars and leaders are engulfed in
self-geared madness to ensure their survival. The sectarian madness appears to
have gone out of control to imagine a sense of purpose and rationality.
Complacent Arab leaders will sabotage the peaceful endeavors for crisis
management just to escape the challenges of facing the reality. It serves the
strategic interest of the US-led war in Iraq, Syria, Egypt and Libya and soon
onward to Saudi Arabia, dismantling of the Arabs people, culture and
civilization by their own minds and borrowed weapons. One wonders, why do the
oil enriched Arab leaders are buying billions of dollars worth of military
hardware from America or Europe? How and where would it be used and against
whom? If Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya and Egypt are any example, the militarization
is meant to quell the public interest and aspirations for political change and
future-building. Imagine, if the Arab world had competent armed forces and
leadership on the one hand, and were open to common sense diplomacy and dialogue
on the other, could peace and normalcy have not been restored in Iraq, Syria,
Yemen and Libya?
In view of the unstoppable cycle of political killings and daily
bloodbaths in so many Arab states - Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Egypt, Libya, Tunis,
Bahrain and spill-over to other oil producing Arab nations - and continuing
militancy of the ISIL against the authoritarian rule, vengeful deaths and
destruction unleashed by the Iranian backed Shiite militias in Iraq, Syria and
Yemen and dismantling of the socio-economic infrastructures - is the Arab world
coming to its own end? None cares to think of creative strategies and powerful
measures to stop the cycle of sectarian killings and massive destabilization of
the region by their own designs. None is open to voices of reason. What kind of
future is in-waiting for the Arab-Muslim world? Any objective-oriented analysis
will point out that Arab authoritarian leaders interdependent of America and
Britain expect their masters to come and rescue them in political crises. This
naïve and besieged thinking and behavior persist across the predominantly
oil-exporting Arab region and people.
The solution must
come out of new thinking and new vision for change, dialogue between the
sectarian divides and competent leadership to achieve the stated goals. What if
they were organized as morally and intellectually conscientious people and knew
the complex nature of global politics and had proactive thought and freedom to
think and act and communicate with moral strength to the enemies within the Arab
societies. That is, if there were enlightened and competent leaders of vision
and moral integrity to use moral and intellectual strength and are flexible to
listen and learn from the other side. Many if not all man-made problems could be
resolved peacefully and without resorting to bloodshed and committing crimes
against the innocent humanity.
Future must be
anew, not the repetition of the past. Future making does not lie with the
aggressors nor with the failed international institutions, it is with the will
and resolve of conscientious and well informed global community to oppose the
warlords and to articulate anew and a more people-oriented feasible future for
the mankind to co-exist in peace and harmony. While the planned wars and
military aggressions have failed to achieve any strategic goals except causing
large scale deaths and environmental destruction of the human habitats,
political thinkers and intellectuals and experts in conflict resolution should
envision new strategies to avert the futuristic wars.
Can we think to be
human in all of our moral, political and intellectual endeavors? Can we come-up
with a remedial imagination to cure the incurable ignorance, sectarian
resentment and nationalistic bloody rampage, the malice and perfidy out of the
sadistic human plans and priorities? Can we critically look at ourselves - why
have we become so stagnated in moral, spiritual and intellectual values to be on
a cliff to destroy the cause of freedom, equality and justice for all? Can we
see the mirror with a collective conscience - why have we been pushed to resort
to animalistic characteristics and behaviors that those who appear to be well
educated and morally and intellectually intact but act like agents of the
draconian age as if there were no people of reason and accountability populating
the Planet Earth?
Dr. Mahboob A.
Khawaja specializes in global security, peace and conflict resolution with keen
interests in Islamic-Western comparative cultures and civilizations, and
author of several publications including the latest: Global Peace and Conflict
Management: Man and Humanity in Search of New Thinking. Lambert Academic
Publishing Germany-May, 2012.