September 18, 2014

Irony, Hypocrisy & IS

The "Islamic State (ISIS) is being formed exactly the way Saudi Arabia was formed when thousands of bloodthirsty jihadis rose from the Sultanate of Nejd and invaded the Kingdom of Hejaz, slaughtering the country’s citizens into submission in 1925," writes Tarek Fatah below.

In a brutally honest piece, Tarek Fateh explains why the "war" (or whatever the Obama administration calls it today) against ISIS is headed for failure.

We agree, and would add that another reason for failure is the Obama administration's inability to name the enemy.

In response to a question posed to Secretary of State John Kerry in today's House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, i.e., who are we at war with, who is the enemy, what would you call them, John Kerry responded: the "enemy of Islam."

Really? If only the Obama administration would focus on annihilating ISIS et al, instead of trying to determine whether they represent true Islam.

Toronto Sun  |  September 16, 2014

War Against ISIS Headed For Failure

By Tarek Fatah

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(From L-R): Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, Kuwait's Foreign Minister Sabah Al-Khalid al-Sabah, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Oman's Foreign Minister Yussef bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Bahrain's Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed al-Khalifa and Lebanon's Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, stand together during a family photo with of the Gulf Cooperation Council and regional partners at King Abdulaziz International Airport's Royal Terminal in Jeddah September 11, 2014. (Reuters)

When U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sat down in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on the 13th anniversary of 9/11, surrounded by the leaders of 10 Arab states, to build a coalition against Islamic State (ISIS), the scene dripped with irony.

For decades, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, along with Arab billionaires in Gulf Arab states, have financed the breeding grounds of Islamic extremism in the tens of thousands of madrassas spread around the world, from Philippines to Philadelphia.

Take the case of the al-Shabab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane, whose death President Barack Obama boasted about at the Wales NATO summit as an example of America’s approach to dismantling al-Qaida-affiliated groups.

What Obama failed to mention was the fact Godane became a jihadi terrorist only after obtaining a Saudi scholarship to study radical Islam at madrassas in Sudan and later Pakistan.

Assuming the objective of the American/Arab coalition was to fight the misogynist murderers of ISIS, it was also ironic not a single woman sat at the table. Not even a female State Department staffer or assistant.

This was not a coalition that will defeat ISIS; it is a coalition that will end up re-enforcing Islamic State as the one true answer to the crimes being committed on the Arab people by their own leaders.

Islamic State is being formed exactly the way Saudi Arabia was formed when thousands of bloodthirsty jihadis rose from the Sultanate of Nejd and invaded the Kingdom of Hejaz, slaughtering the country’s citizens into submission in 1925.

Remember, Saudi Arabia is a kingdom where the king had his own daughters held hostage to force their mom, his runaway wife, to return.

Then we have Turkey as a NATO ally sitting in on secret meetings where the West bungles its way trying to figure out the difference between “strategy” and “tactic”.

As the New York Times disclosed today “one of the biggest source of (ISIS) recruits is neighboring Turkey, a NATO member.”

The challenge posed by ISIS will not be resolved with the American airstrikes or by British Prime Minister David Cameron’s declaration echoing George Bush’s cliched chant that, “Islam is a religion of peace”.

This will merely strengthen the jihadis’ resolve and make more Muslims turn to ISIS.

Here is a five-point plan that will make ISIS weak from within:

• Recognize Iraqi Kurdistan as an independent country, a UN member state with   a security pact with NATO.
• Recognize the Kurdish Workers Party in Turkey (PKK) as an ally, not a terrorist   group.
• Recognize the exiled Iranian Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MEK) as an ally, not a   terrorist group.
• Recognize the Balochistan struggle for independence from Pakistan and Iran   as a legitimate national liberation struggle, similar to those of the Baltic   Republics, Kosovo, East Timor and Eritrea.
• Expel Turkey from NATO as it is an ally of the Muslim Brotherhood and   represents a threat to the West.

As for Islamic leaders in North America and Europe, they should stop their exercise in “Muslim patriotism” and for once speak the truth.

Listening to the rhetoric from some leaders of my Muslim community reminds me of car company executives who, instead of addressing the problems with their cars, are more concerned with protecting the reputation of their brand.

Original article here.


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