by Editor (Editorials, Crescent International Vol. 46, No. 11, Rabi' al-Thani, 1439)
The current geographical configuration of the Muslim East (aka the Middle East) is the direct result of the Sykes-Picot agreement of 1916. It was a grand conspiracy against Muslims whereby the heartland of Islam was parceled into nation-states and power handed over to illegitimate but ruthlessly ambitious tribal leaders. Since they had no support among the masses, they remained dependent on the colonial powers that have played havoc with the lives of tens of millions of people.
Some of these regimes camouflaged their illegitimacy under the guise of Arab nationalism while others took refuge behind an Islamic façade. Both now stand exposed. Arab nationalism suffered successive defeats at the hands of Zionist nationalism until it was forced to surrender to Zionism. Those who carried the Islamic flag, in particular the Bani Saud-ruled kingdom, were exposed by the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979.
For decades, the Arabian regimes tried to present themselves as “champions” of the Palestinian cause. This was a complete fraud but it took successive military defeats at the hands of the Zionists to expose their incompetence. Recent developments, especially relating to the future of Jerusalem, have forced these regimes to come out of purdah and declare their subservience to imperialism and Zionism openly. This is a positive development since the Muslim masses will no longer be fooled by their rhetoric.
The Arabian rulers’ extreme incompetence, cowardice, and venal character are now out in the public domain. They never had legitimacy to begin with because they did not allow the masses to exercise their fundamental right to choose their own leaders. Without the support of the masses, these regimes are forced to depend on outside powers but there is a huge price to pay for such support.
It is the Bani Saud-ruled medieval kingdom that finds itself at the end of the rope today. Ruled by an incompetent and erratic young prince, Muhammad bin Salman — who has taken on his clan cousins as well as the religious establishment (one would not want either as dinner guests!) to grab maximum power in his own grubby and blood-stained hands — may have bitten more than he can chew. There are distinct signs of the impending demise of Bani Saud. After all the misery it has wrought, it would come none too soon.
Civil wa, a distinct possibility, may lead to the rotting Kingdom’s disintegration. If the Najdi Bedouins who masquerade as “Custodians of the Two Holy Masjids” are driven from power, this will hasten the demise of their regional puppets as well.
The global Islamic movement has two tasks ahead of it: one internal, the other external. On the internal front, removal of Bani Saud from power is an essential prerequisite for the liberation of the Holy Lands all the way from Makkah to Jerusalem, the latter of which lies in the clutches of the illegitimate Zionist.
We can look forward to positive changes in the coming years provided Muslims make the commitment to bring about such change.