The takfiri terrorists rampaging through the Muslim East (aka the Middle East) and the neocon/Zionist warmongers are two faces of the same coin. They are in fact one and the same entity, only using different labels. True, the takfiris are junior partners in this unholy alliance and are used to provide justification for the warmongers’ endless wars and mayhem. Remember former US Vice President Dick Cheney’s assertion soon after 9/11 that this war is likely to last 50–100 years? We are barely into the second decade of the neocons’ perpetual war.
The takfiri terrorists, American warlords, and Zionist war criminals are all possessed by the Iblisi notion of superiority. The “exceptionlism” of the Americans (they cannot do anything wrong even if they slaughter millions of people) is equivalent to the Wahhabi/takfiris’ claim that they are the only ones who follow “true Islam”; other Muslims are “kafirs” and must be killed. The Zionists claim to be the “Chosen People.” These racist notions have gelled to create a toxic brew in the Muslim East where mayhem has become the norm since 9/11. We must also recall General Wesley Clark’s revelation made to Democracy Now radio program on March 7, 2007 when he said that soon after the 9/11 attacks, he visited the Pentagon to meet then Secretary of Defence (Offense) Donald Rumsfeld and his deputy, the arch Zionist Paul Wolfowitz. When he went to meet some of the other people in the Pentagon that had worked for him, one of the generals showed him a paper that listed seven countries the US was going to attack: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and rounding off with Islamic Iran.
Clark cannot be called a conspiracy theorist, as is the wont of the neocon warmongers who tar anyone exposing their crimes with this brush. He is a four-star general who was the NATO commander in 1999. What has transpired in the region since 9/11 confirms what Clark revealed in his 2007 interview.
The terrorists and war criminals, however, also need mules to advance their agenda. It is interesting to note that there are willing accomplices for the neocons’ nefarious agenda. The neocon warlords have found nominal Muslims that are eager to advance the war agenda in return for two minutes of fame and some bakhshish. Again, this is not an allegation. As early as 2003, Cheryl Benard of the Rand Corporation outlined in a paper a plan to create “leaders” for Muslim communities in the West. She was candid about the Western stooges’ lack of support among Muslims. Her prescription was to promote them in the media as well as provide them funding and other platforms. She wanted to create Muslim agents to promote the West’s agenda.
One does not have to look far for evidence. These clowns exist among Muslim communities in the US, Canada, Britain, and continental Europe. They are the modern-day equivalent of the Brown Sahibs that Lord Macaulay had talked about in his 1885 Minutes on Education in India. Today, the “Brown Englishmen” and indeed some “Brown Englishwomen” strut about presenting themselves as “leaders” of the Muslim community in the West. These ideological mongrels always want to be on the winning side; they have no commitment to anything, only their personal interest, hence their availability for sale to anyone willing to pay them.
There is also another pack of mules that is being used by the takfiris for their dirty work. These mules come from Europe and North America. Alienated from society and unable to find satisfaction in life, they are lured into the takfiris’ trap. While the exact number of people who have trekked to Syria or Iraq is unknown, they have been used and abused by the takfiris in different ways. The women are sexually exploited and passed around. Two years ago, both the Tunisian and Algerian governments revealed that hundreds of their female citizens had been lured by the takfiris and impregnated. It became a scandal in Tunisia. Such behavior is completely immoral but the takfiris have never cared about principles, Islamic or otherwise They only use the name of Islam to fool gullible Muslims.
Youth from Europe and North America, especially those who have converted to Islam, have been exploited in other horrible ways. Blackmailed by the takfiris to prove they are “genuine Muslims,” they are often sent on suicide missions. Takfiri leaders often mock these gullible youth after sending them to their death.
Thus, both the takfiri terrorists and their neocon war-criminal allies exploit other people for their nefarious agendas. Muslims need to be wary of such exploitation and take steps to prevent the youth from falling into their trap. As for the Brown Sahibs and Sahibahs, let them grovel at the feet of their white masters. Bootlicking comes naturally to them.
Zafar Bangash is Director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought