by Zafar Bangash (Editorials, Crescent International Vol. 42, No. 10, Muharram, 1435)
The American political system is hostage to money. Lobbies rule the roost. The US, however, is not the only country where money talks. Other countries also use money to buy influence or favour. The Saudis use money to create fitna in the Ummah.
“America has the best democracy money can buy” is an old adage that has perhaps now become a cliché but there is no denying the fact that the American political system is taken hostage by people with money. Politicians of every stripe are in somebody’s pocket. There is an army of Public Affairs Committees (PACs) — the America-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) being the best known and most ruthless — that manipulates the American political system. Long before elections are held, candidates are purchased, mainly by AIPAC. This led the TV commentator, Pat Buchanan, a former speechwriter for US President Ronald Reagan, to declare the US Congress “Israeli occupied territory.” It would be difficult to name one American politician who is not on the payroll of some vested interest group, especially the Israel lobby.
The US, however, is not the only country in the world whose political system is so thoroughly corrupted by money. To see how this works, we must understand the nature of politics in the Western world. Contrary to the popularly peddled myth, democracy is not a system of government of the people, by the people, for the people. This is a catchy slogan with little or no relation to reality. People are simply used as cannon fodder during election time creating the illusion that they have a say in who is elected to office.
In every Western society, rival candidates represent the same vested interests: the military-industrial-banking complex. No “elected” official can go against the wishes or interests of this parasitical class. It is, therefore, not surprising that regardless of who wins an election or what party controls the congress or parliament, no policy is formulated that would affect the interests of this group. The 2008 financial meltdown in the US offers a good example. Through their devious and unethical practices, banksters in the US virtually ruined the economy but the government bailed them out and left millions of ordinary Americans out in the cold.
Using money to buy politicians or favours has become a global phenomenon. The Zionist regime uses AIPAC and the Zionists’ control of strategic media outlets — Fox News, Wall Street Journal (in the US), and The Times, The Daily Telegraph, and Sky News (in Britain) — to blackmail politicians into doing its bidding. The Washington warlords in turn use the lure of dollars to buy politicians, journalists and even civil servants in other societies to advance their nefarious agenda. This is evident in Pakistan as well as a number of other countries. Thanks to WikiLeaks, we know a lot more about how US officials use money to bribe people. Often, American diplomats use very insulting language about people they bribe. In one particular cable from the US embassy in Islamabad, the American diplomat wrote to the USState Department that Pakistani journalists can be bought for a mere invitation to the embassy. Have such disclosures shamed or discouraged Pakistani journalists from kissing the Americans’ feet? Perish the thought. The disgraceful behaviour of Pakistani TV anchors proves that they are completely hooked on US dollars and have no self respect.
Other players also use money. The Saudi regime has been dishing out riyals to buy the loyalty of Muslims worldwide. While the Saudi ideology of Wahhabism has few followers, the regime is able to create fitnah among Muslims because it finances a vast network of madrasahs. The process starts with selecting young men from poor families with few prospects of advancement in life in such countries as Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, etc. They are first recruited into one of the Saudi-financed madrasahs in the home country. Students with potential are then given a scholarship to study at Madinah University. This is the dream of every poor student. After spending a few years and being thoroughly brainwashed, these students, now carrying the title of an “alim,” are unleashed on the Ummah. The result is total disruption in Muslim societies.
What is currently happening in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Syria, Lebanon and a host of other countries can be traced directly to this Saudi-sponsored fitnah. Sectarianism is their specialty. Distorted interpretations of the fundamental texts of Islam are used to divide and confuse Muslims. Hatred of those not following this obscurantist ideology is a primary function of Saudi policy. All this is done through the lure of money that is given to people with little means of livelihood from other sources.
To understand the criminal nature of Saudi policy, contrast the handouts to madrasahs and the training of itinerant mawlanas with the abuse and exploitation of labourers in Saudi Arabia. These poor labourers from the same countries as the mawlanas, are forced to work in back-breaking jobs yet hundreds of thousands have been driven out of the kingdom under the spurious pretext that their paperwork is not in order.
One can begin to see the nexus between the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia. They use money, blackmail and/or brute force to coerce politicians and others into toeing their line. Evil would be an apt description of the terrible trio.