by Editor (Editorials, Crescent International Vol. 48, No. 7, Muharram, 1441)
It was bad enough to have nasty creatures like Benjamin Netanyahu and Donald Trump in power. Add to that such other obnoxious creatures as Narendra Modi, Muhammad bin Salman, and Boris Johnson, and we truly are in the age of vicious monsters.
There are others in Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa but our concern is with the evil trio comprising rulers of the US, Zionist Israel, and Hindu India because they affect Muslims directly. We must also add to this list Muhammad bin Salman, appropriately dubbed “Mr. Bone Saw” after he ordered the dismemberment of Jamal Khashoggi’s body in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last October.
What they all have in common is their extreme hatred of Islam and Muslims. Netanyahu has been murdering Palestinians — Muslims and Christians — for decades. He makes no bones about it. As soon as Trump was elected president in 2016, he banned people from several Muslim countries branding them a threat to the United States. That the US has murdered more than five million Muslims since 2001 is a trifling matter.
And now we have Modi, the Hindu fascist who was first elected prime minister of India in 2014, after presiding over the coldblooded murder of more than 2,000 Muslims in Gujarat in February 2002. He was Gujarat chief minister at the time. This was the right qualification to become India’s prime minister. He has emerged from the ranks of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a Hitlerite organization with a Hindu twist. Its avowed aim is to turn India into a Hindu state where there is no room for any other religious groups, especially Muslims.
And Muhammad bin Salman has made sure that anyone even mildly oriented toward Islam or opposed to his idiotic policies is killed. Scores of religious scholars are languishing in Saudi Arabia’s notorious prisons where they face the death penalty. Why? Because they prayed for reconciliation and unity among Muslims!
These monstrous thugs are also closely aligned with each other. Trump, Modi, Netanyahu and Bin Salman are all bosom pals. Their reasons may be different. For instance, Trump embraces the Zionist thug because he knows the Israeli lobby in the US can help him get re-elected next year. He is the lobby’s slave.
Trump embraces Bin Salman because he wants the Bedouin’s wealth. He has made no secret of this. Netanyahu and Modi embrace each other because of their shared hatred of Muslims. Besides, India is the largest purchaser of weapons from Israel. And now Bin Salman has also embraced the Hindu — yes, imagine the Wahhabi obscurantists that brand other Muslims as kafirs but have no problem embracing idol worshipers like Modi as a friend and ally. What does Bin Salman want from Modi? The medieval kingdom has just announced investment of $75 billion in India, at a time when Modi has launched a genocidal war on Muslims in Kashmir. Bin Salman is not going to lose any sleep over it.
There is a common misconception that India is an emerging power. It is nothing of the sort. Here is why. A number of Indian banks have either gone bankrupt or are on the verge of doing so. Hindustan Aeronautical Limited (HAL), India’s flagship aeronautical company, has a debt of more than $75 billion and is on the verge of bankruptcy.
During Modi’s first run for prime minister in 2014, he had said 550 million people in India do not have toilets. He promised to build 10 million toilets in his first term. He failed to fulfill this pledge as he did providing jobs for tens of millions of unemployed Indians. More than 400 million Indians live in absolute poverty earning less than $1/day. Hundreds of millions have no shelter. Entire families live on sidewalks or in sewers.
Far from addressing these pressing economic problems, Modi has embarked on an anti-Muslim crusade. There is nothing like stoking hatred of “the other” to arouse the jingoistic tendencies of the masses. And with the exception of Saudi Arabia, the other three — the US, Israel, and India — claim to be democracies. This is what democracy delivers. Adolf Hitler had also come to power by winning an election.