All around us we see Islamic countries degenerate into failed states and then becoming export centers for terrorists. On various debates here on this forum, I have seen that a post against terrorism usually degenerates in to a post against Islam. But has Islam failed its people or have the people failed Islam?
I see Terrorism as a result of these states failing their people. The frustration of these people is channeled by agents of the state away from themselves and towards the enemies of these powers that be, and the people are guided into doing things they would never had done otherwise. Therefore we see that the people have taken to terrorism, not because their religion has told them to, but because the state has failed them.
And why is it that Muslim states have consistently failed their citizens? Muslim leaders have always been vulnerable to being exploited by crafty western imperialists and being used for their own sinister games.
Whether it is the erstwhile Shah of Iran, or Saddam Hussein, Gen. Ayub Khan, Gen.Zia or Gen.Musharraf, all have taken their power from Western support, and the price for this was paid by their hapless citizens.
First there was the Shah of Iran, who allowed the US to use his country as a colonial outpost for the Americans, in return for their backing his regime. Iran, under the Shah, was part of every military alliance that the Americans created in the region, and as a result was one of the biggest captive markets for US products esp. military. The people to suffer most were the ordinary citizens of Iran who revolted to throw out this neo-colonial arrangement.
Saddam was then propped up by the US in the 70’s and 80’s against the Iranian Revolution. In return, he served to keep Iran on the brink. Iran was successfully contained by drawing it into conflict with a Muslim Iraq, thus preventing it from exporting the revolution. For this, Saddam was provided with plenty of arms (incl. WMD’s), both overtly and covertly. Muslim was pitted against Muslim. Benefit?
And who paid the price for this? The Iraqi people suffered enormous casualties in the eight year long bloody conflict with Iran. And now when the US seeks to destabilize the region again in pursuit of its imperialist ambitions, by overthrowing the same leader they propped up, the Iraqi people will suffer once more.
Lastly, there is Pakistan, which is the perfect example how Islamic countries have been exploited. Under Gen.Zia, Pakistan allowed its resources to be used so that the Russians could be given a bloody nose in Afghanistan. Ofcourse it was rewarded in the form of the latest F16’s and a wink and a nod to its export of terrorism to other areas. But what has it lost out? Most importantly, Pakistan has lost out on democracy, because the army continues to throttle its people into submission. The leftover of the Afghan experiment was a surplus of arms of the AK47 variety, which has contributed to increasing the level of bloodshed in Pakistani cities during moments of strife. More dangerously, the ISI, its intelligence agency, which cut its teeth with the Afghan experiment,has become an organization that is totally out of the control of either the civilian leadership(that is when there is such a thing!) or the army. The ISI has been instigating conflicts in the region and beyond, as well as within its own borders.
Gen.Musharraf has also had to compromise and yield to the American’s in order to sustain himself in power. The ultimate losers are the Pakistani people, as once again, a military dictator has come to stay with American support. If in the process, Pakistans national interests are sacrificed, then so be it! The US has asked for and got airbases like Jacobabad; Musharraf has had no option but to comply! So 55 years after gaining independence from the British, Western troops have again landed in Pakistan, occupied Pakistani territory, and trampled on its sovereignty, ONLY so that Musharraf and his rogue army can continue to stay in power.
These examples, in addition to Saudi Arabia, the other Middle Eastern states, Indonesia etc. are all examples of how Islamic countries have been systematically exploited by Western powers taking advantage of criminal elements within their system. It wasn’t Islam that was at fault, it the fault of the leaders who allowed their countries to be exploited by these imperialist countries for their own selfish interest. The people suffered, and reacted by taking to terrorism. But now, the US has taken to using Terrorism as an instrument of its State Policy as we have seen in Afghanistan where a puppet regime was installed in the guise of fighting a “War on Terror”.
The frustration that the Muslim people face is understandable. But they must understand that Terrorist acts are only to going to bring disrepute to their noble cause. They must recognize the real problem and work to fight that.
Islam has not failed its people. It’s the people working the system who have failed Islam and bought it disrepute. Islam has been colonized, and the Muslim people are paying the price for the foolish actions of their leaders, not all of whom they chose. But I feel that the solution to their problems is with them. They cannot afford to be like cowards. They have to identify their real enemies and take decisive action to fight this new wave of imperialism. The Iranian revolution should be the ideal. The Iranian people have shown Islam the way forward. They have proven that real democracy in their countries can work even when (or perhaps BECAUSE) Americans are not around. Iran is today a thriving democracy with a free press and it has done that by throwing off the American yoke that was around their neck.
People across the Islamic world, from Pakistan to Egypt, must emulate the Iranian Revolution and work to bring about a similar revolution in their respective countries. The pro-US puppet regimes that have turned their countries into American colonies and bought so much misfortune to their people must be sent packing like the Shah-of-Iran was. And the Americans must be told in no uncertain terms where exactly they get off.
THIS, and not Terror, is the solution to the frustration facing the Islamic world. By attacking America, these terrorists are only handing them a stick with which to beat the Islamic World further into submission. Instead, the Muslim people should organize and take decisive action against those people(s), the modern day Mir Jaffars, who serve as American puppets to colonize the Muslim people.