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Thursday, 25 October 2012

America, Al Qaeda and Taliban - By Latheef Farook


It is common knowledge that Al Qaeda and Taliban were American creations to implement its military agenda in the region.
In the aftermath of the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, there emerged numerous resistance groups called mujahedeen to liberate their country. Amongst them was Al Qaeda established by Osama bin Laden
who hails from a wealthy Saudi family and gave up all his wealth and comforts   to liberate Afghanistan. Osama Bin Laden funneled money, arms and fighters from the outside world into the Afghan war.

The US, hell bent on defeating its super rival Soviet Union in Afghanistan spent billions and supplied mujahedeen with money, training and arms. This included the supply of lethal Stinger missiles, which shot down Soviet helicopter gunships while Pakistan, China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States supplied with cash and arms.
sovietwar1Thus in this war against Moscow bin Laden became a reliable American partner.  He was elevated to heroic state by millions in the Islamic world due to his magnificent efforts and sacrifices   while the US media gave him all the kudos   as a multi-millionaire abandoning his millions and living in the caves of Afghanistan to fight the Russian occupiers.

As expected and, as predicted by those who knew Afghan history, the Afghans got Soviet Union to bleed before withdrawing in humiliation from Afghanistan within ten years in 1998. 

Once the war was over, instead of closing ranks in the true spirit of Islamic brotherhood, mujahedeen groups started fighting among themselves to grab power.  People who suffered immense expected peace and relief. However all their hopes of a better future were dashed and the infighting brought   untold misery.

It was around this time in the latter part of 1994 there emerged   a group called Taliban-meaning students, whom US war monger President George Bush   thought was the name of a pop-group. America hand in glove with Saudi Arabia and the oil rich Gulf States selected Afghan students from religious schools in Afghan refugee camps in Pakistan, trained, armed and financed them to defeat the warring factions and capture power in Afghanistan.

Taliban gained control over several Afghan cities in lightning speed and shocked the world when they successfully captured Kabul in September 1996. Disillusioned with warring factions and several years of conflict, Afghans welcomed the Taliban who restored some measure of peace and stability to their troubled nation. 

 Though demonized and ostracized by the US and Europe now, Taliban made significant positive contributions. They   brought law and order and stability to that lawless country, wiped out some rapacious war lords and gangsters, ended civil wars, stamped out corruption, paved the way for trade and commerce to flourish by making roads safer for people to travel from one corner to another without the fear of being waylaid or attacked, destroyed poppy cultivations and eliminated drug barons to cite a few.

ridley 2Taliban were also known for their honesty, integrity and moral principles. So much so British woman journalist Yvonne Ridley, arrested by Taliban while in Afghanistan, converted to Islam following her release   due to the   dignified treatment she received from her Taliban captors. This was quite contrast to the American and NATO  soldiers known for their gang raping of Afghan, Iraqi, Libyan and other women  in these countries.
However, according to Western media, a flurry of regulations forbidding girls from attending school and women from working quickly brought them into conflict with Islamic teachings. Taliban’s extreme policies towards women, women’s education and employment and the like were contrary to the rights and privileges offered to women by Islam.  

Imagine the predicament of Afghan women particularly female patients and doctors. For example no male doctor could treat a woman patient and all female doctors had been sacked. Women were not allowed to visit or attend hospitals for treatment creating a nightmare for relief organizations and medical aid groups. The ban on the education of females meant that the majority of teachers who were women lost their jobs as all girls’ schools were closed. As a result there seemed no future for females aspiring to become doctors or those already qualified to serve their communities as professionals in other walks of life. 

The immediate need was economic relief to the starving population, restoration of social order and rebuilding the infrastructure. There were hundreds of thousands of widows, orphans, maimed and crippled men, women and children and the aged, and they all needed support. These were not the priority of Taliban if we are to believe the western media which remains war mongers deadly tool.   

Meanwhile the US with its own agenda to control the oil sources of Central Asia   tried to make a deal with their Taliban friends for an oil-pipe line to run from the Caspian Sea and through Afghanistan to the warm waters of the Gulf. The secret discussion was reported to have taken place in Texas in the US but was supposed to have fallen through. The US then believed to have dropped their support for their Taliban friends, and as a prelude to complementing its designs on the region, unleashed a well-orchestrated media campaign demonizing the Taliban coupled with an attack on Islam trying to link both together.

The media campaign, the UN sanctions and the US pressure on the Taliban once again brought untold misery to the already impoverished people.  

In the midst came the Kuwaiti crisis triggered by Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990. Osama bin Laden who saw the American and NATO atrocities and destruction in the gulf under the guise of liberating Kuwait turned against America. 

 Boys between 12 and 18 killed by NATO bombing
Following a public condemnation of the oppressive and autocratic Saudi monarchy for allowing U.S. troops to enter and operate in Saudi Arabia, Osama Bin Laden moved to Sudan and eventually, in 1996, to Afghanistan, where he had earlier fought against the Soviet troops and where he was warmly welcomed by the Taliban and its top leader, Mullah Omar. Hundreds of Gulf and other Arabs who were disgusted with the disgraceful roles of their rulers in collaborating with US to kill Muslims also joined Al Qaeda to fight against America.

Taliban  allowed Bin Laden to recruit freedom fighters and run training camps .The United Nations Security Council passed two resolutions UNSCR 1267 (1999) and 1333 (2000), asking the Taliban to  hand over Bin Laden. The Taliban dismissed Security Council resolutions. After the alleged bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 the US asked the Taliban to turn over Bin Laden. The Taliban refused.    
In the midst came the September 11 events in New York and Washington which were swiftly exploited by President George Bush and his neo-conservative cabal to impose their hegemony on Afghanistan, and thus, Central Asia, to serve US oil companies, arms industries and other corporate establishments. Within 48 hours, George Bush accused   Al Qaeda of masterminding this attack, without any investigation   to find out the actual perpetrators of the 9/11 tragedy and demanded the Taliban authorities hand them over for trial in US.

Refusing to yield to US pressure and blackmail, the Taliban asked the US to submit proof of Osama bin Laden’s involvement in the 9/11 events. The US was too arrogant to furnish any proof, and put the onus on their new enemy the Taliban to do so. The Taliban began conducting their own investigations, but before any conclusive evidence could be collected, the US Allies invaded Afghanistan.

US ivasion in normal Afghanistan life
The US, the sole superpower certainly does take the cake for its sheer bloody conceit, its shameful betrayals of erstwhile allies, breaking its word dozens of times and imagining it is completely above international law. It plays by its own rules, thumbs its nose at international treaties and kicks anyone in the behind when questioned about its despicably bullying behavior. Its contemptible actions and those of its sycophantic Western confederates have exposed power politics in their most primitive and ruthless form.

Washington let loose its destructive military juggernaut on the poorest of the poor Afghans, pitiable people forced to forage for a single meal and who didn’t know where their next nibble would be coming from.  All humanitarian appeals not to wage war on Afghanistan went unheeded. Taliban was routed out by December 2001; thousands of Afghans were slaughtered, installed a puppet regime and began implementing its agenda covering the entire region.

mullah omarThe US blitz turned what was already a battered and blemished land into a region of nearly complete devastation. In addition to human casualties, roads, homes, TV and radio stations and hospitals were destroyed. Carpet-bombing, missile attack, and cluster bombs were responsible for killing thousands of civilians. In addition thousands more died from starvation or exposure, including children, who make up more than half of the population of Afghanistan. Everyone except the victims failed to view the issue from the Afghan perspective. Many of these impoverished victims knew little or nothing about politics. Indeed, a good many of them were not aware that a country called America even existed. The bombardment which wreaked unspeakable collateral damage on the nation was a violation of both international law and the United States law, set forth in the UN Charter, a treaty ratified by the US and therefore part of the supreme law of the land under the US Constitution. 

The Taliban would have been the darlings of Washington if only they had agreed to be party to the proposals of the US oil cartels to exploit the resources of Central Asia. Their failure to do so and more significantly their refusal to extradite Osama bin Laden put them on a crash course with Washington. But they paid dearly for their unyielding position on bin Laden, demonized as America’s Public Enemy Number One. They were thrown out of power and suffered slaughter in the process as the world’s sole superpower exacted its vengeful pound of flesh.  
The US rushed to sign agreements with Central Asian countries for oil exploration in an endeavor to keep both China and Japan out of the scene. In the guise of introducing democracy, freedom and human rights, the US aggression brought back to power war lords, gangsters, hooligans and murderers, who terrorized, looted and killed innocent people. Karzai’s administration, protected by US troops, was confined to Kabul, while opium production began to flourish and drug cartels again became active. Around 75 percent of world’s opium comes from Afghanistan and with opium poppy being cultivated in 28 out of 32 provinces and, according to UN sources, Afghan opium farmers and traffickers brought home billions.

Ten years later today Americans had to withdraw with humiliation in the same way Soviet Union ran away from Afghanistan. This proves what Indo-Pak sub continent’s great poet philosopher Sir Allama Mohammad Iqbal said - “Afghanistan remains a grave a graveyard for invaders. So much even Alexander the Great said “it is easy to get into Afghanistan, but extremely difficult to get out”.

Taliban has once again emerged not only as a force to reckon with but to even drive out Americans. However even today very little is known about the inner working of the Taliban due to their deep secrecy that has always surrounded them.

 Summing up the situation Malalai Joya who is the youngest and most famous female MP in Afghanistan who now lives in exile and whose bravery and vision have won her an international following had this to state in her book “ Raising My Voice”;

“Afghans are represented in the media as a backward people, nothing more than terrorists, criminals and henchmen. This false image is extremely dangerous for the future of both my country and the West. The truth is that Afghans are a brave and freedom loving people with a rich culture and a proud history. We are capable of defending of independence, governing ourselves and determine our own future. But Afghanistan has long been used as a deadly playground in the Great Game between superpowers, from the British Empire to Soviet Empire, and now the Americans and their allies. They have tried to rule Afghanistan by dividing it. They have given money and power to thugs, fundamentalists and warlords who have driven our people into terrible misery. We do not want to be misused and misrepresented to the world. We need security and helping hand around the world, but not this endless US led so called “War on Terror” which is in fact war against the Afghan people”. By; Latheef Farook


Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Nationalists pose bigger threat than al-Qaeda


With the death toll nearing 100, Anders Behring Breivik has been arrested and charged with Norway's worst act of terrorism. His lawyer has indicated that Breivik had planned the attack for some time and would explain in court on Monday why he thought his act of terrorism was necessary.

After a predictable and revealing knee-jerk response by security experts interpreting the massacre at a Labour Party summer camp on Utoya island and a car bomb attack on a government building in Oslo as the work of Muslims inspired or directed by al-Qaeda, it transpires that the real culprit in the case was more likely to be motivated by anti-Muslim sentiment.

Significantly, early reports reveal Breivik's admiration for bigoted groups such as the English Defence League and Stop the Islamification of Europe, which campaign against Muslims and the building of mosques. Similarly, Geert Wilders' Freedom Party in Holland appears to win Breivik's approval because it seeks to protect Western culture from a growing threat of so-called "Islamification".

While we must await the outcome of police investigations and court proceedings before reaching any firm conclusions about Breivik's motivation, it will nevertheless be instructive to begin an analysis of a violent extremist nationalist milieu in Europe and the US, and its dramatic shift towards anti-Muslim and Islamophobic thought since 9/11. To be sure, this will certainly be more relevant than an analysis of al-Qaeda terrorism.

At the outset, however, Breivik may have to explain to outsiders why he did not choose to bomb a mosque instead. Surely, for the violent nationalist confluence he represents, that would have been a direct hit on the enemy. Instead, by choosing to attack a government building and a Labour Party summer school, Breivik is drawing attention to what many fringe nationalists see as the political failure of mainstream and left-wing politicians to confront the Muslim threat. So-called appeasers of the "Islamification of Europe" have become as hated as Muslim activists and therefore face the same kind of attacks.

Terrorism is propaganda, not just violence

In addition, Breivik can claim to have followed a long tradition of terrorism target selection that is intended to send a strong message to politicians in an attempt to persuade them to change policy. As leading terrorism scholar Alex Schmid reminds us, terrorism is a form of communication that "cannot be understood only in terms of violence". Rather, he suggests, "it has to be understood primarily in terms of propaganda" in order to penetrate the terrorist's strategic purpose.

Breivik appears to understand Schmid's analysis that terrorism is a combination of violence and propaganda. "By using violence against one victim," a terrorist "seeks to coerce and persuade others", Schmid explains. "The immediate victim is merely instrumental, the skin on a drum beaten to achieve a calculated impact on a wider audience." This is certainly the kind of rationalisation that perpetrators of political violence have adopted in many contexts in pursuit of diverse political causes for decades.

Many extremist nationalists in Norway, the rest of Europe, and North America will be appalled by Breivik's resort to terrorism and in particular his target selection. However, Breivik is likely to argue that he has sent a powerful and coercive message to all politicians in the West that will help put the campaign against the "Islamification of Europe" at the top of their agenda.

Crucial, therefore, for Breivik that he should explain his purpose as publicly as possible so that it is not misunderstood or misinterpreted. He is therefore very likely to want the widest possible audience to know why he has chosen to adopt the established tactic of terrorism so as to win an opportunity to deliver a political message. His innocent victims, he might think, are necessary collateral damage in a war that has to be won.

Breivik may hope that others will take inspiration from his act and seek to emulate him. Terrorism may be repulsive to many who share Breivik's bigoted anti-Muslim views, but it is a tactic that only requires a small number of adherents to achieve its purpose, whatever the cause. So if even only a handful follow his route, Breivik will count that as a success.

Whether he was acting alone or in concert with others, Breivik stands apart from a significant number of other violent nationalists in the West who share his hostility towards Muslims - but whose plans to commit acts of terrorism have so far failed to reach such deadly fruition. Breivik, by contrast, has demonstrated the skills that are necessary to plan and execute acts of terrorism of any kind, especially crucial when bombs and firearms are involved.

Nationalist terror plots in the UK

In the UK, for example, there have been important convictions in recent years of violent nationalists before they have been able to carry out terrorist attacks.

Robert Cottage, a former British National Party candidate, was jailed in July 2007 for possessing explosive chemicals in his home. The cache was "described by police at the time of his arrest as the largest amount of chemical explosive of its type ever found in this country".

Martyn Gilleard, a Nazi sympathiser, was jailed in June 2008 after police found nail bombs, bullets, swords, axes and knives in his apartment, as well as a note in which he had written: "I am so sick and tired of hearing nationalists talk of killing Muslims, of blowing up mosques, of fighting back ... the time has come to stop the talk and start to act."

Then there is Nathan Worrell, a "neo-Nazi described by police as a 'dangerous individual', who hoarded bomb-making materials in his home, and was found guilty in December 2008 of possessing material for terrorist purposes and for racially aggravated harassment".

And one Neil MacGregor pleaded guilty to "threatening to blow up Glasgow Central Mosque and behead a Muslim every week until every mosque in Scotland was closed".

As Mehdi Hasan, editor of the New Statesman, has pointed out, figures compiled by Europol, the European police agency, suggest that the threat of Islamist terrorism is minimal compared with "ethno-nationalist" and "separatist" terrorism. According to Europol, in 2006, one out of 498 documented terrorist attacks across Europe could be classed as "Islamist"; in 2007, the figure rose to just four out of 583 - less than one per cent of the total. By contrast, 517 attacks across the continent were claimed by - or attributed to - nationalist or separatist terrorist groups, such as ETA in Spain.

More recently, on January 15, 2010, Terence Gavan, a former soldier and British National Party member, was convicted of manufacturing nail bombs and a staggering array of explosives, firearms and weapons. It was, Mr Justice Calvert-Smith said, the largest find of its kind in the UK in modern history. The fact that David Copeland used nail bombs to deadly effect in London in 1999 makes this an especially disturbing case. Gavan had previously pleaded guilty to 22 charges at Woolwich Crown Court:

"Police discovered 12 firearms and 54 improvised explosive devices, which included nail bombs and a booby-trapped cigarette packet, at the home Gavan shared with his mother. He told detectives he had 'a fascination with things that go bang', the Old Bailey heard. After the case, head of the North East Counter Terrorism Unit David Buxton said Gavan posed a significant risk to public safety. 'Gavan was an extremely dangerous and unpredictable individual,' he said. 'The sheer volume of home-made firearms and grenades found in his bedroom exposed his obsession with weapons and explosives ... Gavan used his extensive knowledge to manufacture and accumulate devices capable of causing significant injury or harm."

Unlike Lewington, Gavan is reported as having specifically Muslim targets in mind. In particular, he is reported to have planned to "target an address he had seen on a television programme that he believed was linked to the July 7 bomb attacks in London". In one hand-written note he explained: "The patriot must always be ready to defend his country against enemies and their governments." Again, like Lewington, he would have posed a threat to Muslim communities throughout the UK, especially those areas such as Bradford and East London most popularly associated with large Muslim populations.

Finally, it is only necessary to recall the circumstances of the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 to be reminded of extremist nationalists' bomb-making capacity and target selection. Timothy McVeigh was able to utilise skills and contacts he acquired in his US military service to build and detonate a bomb that killed 168 victims, injured 680 others, destroyed or damaged 324 buildings within a sixteen-block radius, destroyed or burned 86 cars, shattered glass in an additional 258 nearby buildings, and caused at least $652m worth of damage.

With minimal help, McVeigh was able to inflict more harm and damage with one bomb than four suicide bombers in London operating under an al-Qaeda flag in London ten years later.

Significantly, McVeigh attacked a federal government building for reasons that will make perfect sense to a number of violent extremist nationalists - most especially Anders Behring Breivik. (By: Dr. Robert Lambert)

Dr Robert Lambert is Co-Director of the European Muslim Research Centre at the University of Exeter and Lecturer at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St Andrews. He is co-author of Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim Hate Crime: UK Case Studies and author of Countering al-Qaeda in London, which will be published by Hurst in September 2011.


Thursday, 9 December 2010

Theology and Terrorism; No legitmacy – no influence

The question: Can you do counterterrorism without theology?

In the aftermath of the 7/7 attacks, religion was singled out by many in the government as the key driver behind terrorism. The vows to win the battle for hearts and minds came along with an unprecedented emphasis on the Muslim community as the provider of "home-grown" solutions to what was seen as a home-grown problem. All that was needed, it was argued, was for the Muslim community to "get its house in order".
To continue clinging to this discredited hypothesis, after countless reports and testimonies by intelligence services both here and in the US, (the latest being Eliza Manningham-Buller's to the Iraq enquiry) would be preposterous. It was foreign policy that fuelled radicalisation. In fact, religion can be a valuable tool in combating terrorism, refuting terrorists' attempts to confer religious legitimacy on their actions. A Gallup study in 2008 showed that many of those Muslims who opposed terrorism did so on religious grounds, whereas those condoning it did so for political, not religious, reasons. Many Muslim organisations in the field of counter-radicalisation utilise an Islamic ethical framework in their work.
However, integrating theology into a government counterterrorism effort is an altogether different matter. Governments are simply not best-placed to engage in the intricate and complex business of theology. As John Denham recognised rather belatedly in 2009, "Government and local government are not experts on religion". By nature, they seek to control debates and manipulate them to suit their political priorities. Their fraught relations with communities – already strained by the impact of draconian counterterrorism laws and allegations of torture – means that they simply do not have the legitimacy or trust needed to engage in sensitive theological discussions. Any attempts to do so are likely to be read as an unwelcome interference, leading to a further breakdown in trust.
All of these fears played out in the during the implementation of the Prevent agenda, which left widespread disillusionment in its wake. What began as an effort to involve communities as partners in the prevention of extremist violence quickly took on a life of its own, morphing into a large-scale experiment in social engineering, blending security haphazardly with questions of cohesion, identity and integration. The government's limited understanding of religion manifested itself in a preference for nebulous, politicised terms such as "moderate" and "radical" which served as a stick with which to beat those organisations and individuals it did not agree with, and shepherd the errant in the right direction.
While the government was devising criteria to determine what constituted a "moderate" Muslim, it was violating its own standards by creating, funding and promoting groups whose version of Islam fit neatly with its political agenda. This peculiar version of "democratic engagement" served to marginalise many groups. It created an artificial distinction between "moderate" and "extremist" which was exploited by both government and the various Muslim bodies that had become involved.
In fact, the government's own research identified numerous "drivers" for radicalisation, including political and economic grievances and social and psychological factors. Yet it chose to focus on theology as the element from which all extremism stemmed.
None of which is to say that engaging with religious communities has no role in counterterrorism. However, the experience of Prevent has revealed the dangers of making theology a key part of the counterterrorist toolkit. The political machinations involved in determining who could participate and who could not have consumed considerably more time and effort than can be justified by the results of these projects, while also encouraging sectarianism within the Muslim community. And while the government worked to influence theological debates, its failures in other fields – rendition, torture, detention without charge – undermined the legitimacy and trust which might have enabled it to play a genuine role in such discussions.
Theology has provided far too much of a temptation to government – providing it with a convenient distraction from its own responsibilities. There is no way to avoid the long-term painstaking work of tackling inequality, increasing participation and empowering the civic institutions that are vital to tackling terrorism and extremist violence. A mere fatwa here or theological roadshow there will simply not do the trick. (By; Intissar Kherigi)
Intissar Kherigi studied Law at King's College, Cambridge, then specialised in human rights at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, London School of Economics. She has worked in the House of Lords, the United Nations in New York, and the European parliament in Brussels.

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Journalist Attacked in Sri Lanka

Tamil journalist attacked in Colombo

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 17 November 2010, 10:17 GMT]
Unidentified gang of eight persons severely assaulted a Tamil journalist Lenin Raja, 28 in Wattala area in Colombo when he was returning home after duty at Vetri FM electronic media operating from Colombo Tuesday night around 11:00 p.m. Lenin Rajah rushed with the injuries to Wattala Police Station made a complaint in this regard. 

Lenin Rajah was later admitted to the nearby government hospital, media sources said.

He was seriously injured in an attack on the Vetri FM station by an unidentified gang in July this year. (Tamil Net)

British Tamil journalist arrested in Sri Lanka
[ Friday, 19 November 2010, 07:21.47 PM GMT +05:30 ]
Sri Lanka State Intelligence officers arrested a London based Tamil journalist Wednesday at the Colombo Airport, while the journalist was on his way to visit his family, Journalist for Democracy in Sri Lanka (JDS), a dissident exciled journalist group that first released the Channel-4 execution video said in an urgent alert.
A British passport holder, Karthigesu Thirulogasundar, 37, was arrested by the officers attached to Sri Lankan state intelligence agency and currently being held in an undisclosed location. Thirulogasundar was previously attached to London based popular TV channels Deepam TV and GTV.

He is currently working as a full time journalist for London based radio station, IBC, the news alert said.

Thirulogasundar was visiting Sri Lanka, hoping to see his aging mother who is seriously ill. (Lankasri)

Journalism In Jaffna Is A Walk Through A Minefield

The pressure aimed at newspapers published in Jaffna to set a self censorship has been intensified during the past few days states Center for Human Rights in Sri Lanka (CHR).
A group armed with poles and sticks had come to the avenue where ‘Yal Thinakural’ newspaper office is situated state members of the editorial board of the newspaper. The members of the group with their faces covered had remained there for more than one hour in a threatening manner.

The members of the editorial board say the group had arrived with a person who had come on the pretext of staying in ‘Thinakural Guest House.’ They ask how could a group armed with sticks and poles wander about without being noticed by the Police and the Army whose members are deployed at every nook and corner in Jaffna.

Threatening letters were distributed among newspaper officers in Jaffna on the 25thNovember. This letter was published in ‘Udayan’ and Yal Thinukural’ newspapers on the 26thNovember and was also published in ‘Sudaroli’ on the 27th.  

Throughout the past year the newspapers in Jaffna were published amidst severe threats and challenges. Journalists were threatened and there were many threatening phone calls to members of editorial boards of these newspapers.   
‘Yal Thinakural’ newspaper had its newspapers set on fire and several of its sales agents murdered.

During the last ten days attacking a group of JVP members including its Parliamentarian Sunil Handunneththi, distribution of threatening letters and threatening a journalist of the ‘Yal Thinakural’ in Kayts were reported from Jaffna.

The Centre for Human Rights in Sri Lanka emphasizes that independency of the media including newspapers is vital to set up democracy in the post war period in the North. The CHR calls upon all parties to mediate to protect journalists, printing of newspapers and their distribution. (Lankatruth)

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Sri Lanka News Debrief - 16.11.2010

Today on Debrief: - Military intelligence units behind attack in Jaffna -- JVP..... Women's Movement for Freedom demands immediate release of Sri Lankan maid Risana Nafeek..... Ranil wants public sector salaries increased.....Tourism officials set to launch new promotional theme initiative

Does It Mean Gota’s Men Cracked Handunneththi’s Head?

Defense Secretary, retired lieutenant in the S.L Army, Gotabhaya Rajapakse, blatantly violating ministerial regulations and engaging in politics, has said emergency regulations cannot be removed due to the activities of the JVP and the TNA.   
The JVP and the TNA, are political parties that oppose the government but are increasingly being hailed by masses in the North. This situation irritates the Rajapakse regime and the Army has been directly deployed to prevent the two parties having any rapport with the masses in the North.
Meanwhile, a Sinhala speaking armed group assaulted and attempted to assassinate JVP Parliamentarian Sunil Handunneththi, who went to Jaffna for political activities with several others. Fortunately, the murder attempt was thwarted and would be assassins retreated when a crowd gathered at the site.    
However, two groups were appointed on orders of President Percy Mahendra regarding the attack but so far no one has been arrested.  While investigations are being carried out the relevant secretary (Minister) talking about implementing laws and withdrawing them could be termed as the cart jumping before the horse.  (Lankatruth)

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Thursday, 25 November 2010

War on Terror and War on Error; by M. R. Mohamed - Sri Lanka



The conspicuous military approaches consequent to the 11 September 2001 attack on the World Trade Centre and the fierce clashes between civilizations are predominant in the new international order.

In the Dawwa service of Rasoolulla (sal) an entire community structure was established and introduced to the world civilization within 23 years. This has clearly created and divided a great path in today’s world. While the Muslim countries following Islam and the other nations function separately, it can be observed that super powers such as the UNO, USA, UK, EU and Russia are operating on a massive plan against Islam.

It can also be observed that in addition to terrorism, Islam and patriotism, errors are now openly discussed in the Western world. The War on Error is now gaining momentum.
But the people of the Western world are thinking differently. They realize that the United Nations, the political authorities of the super powers and the media are creating and spreading a great lie regarding the Muslims. However, no organization or strong media has been formed to gather and reveal these alternative views.

Bush’s War on Terror has not ended. Syria and Iran are further targets. The attack on the World Trade Centre cannot be approved by any Muslim. That was not an American military centre. It was a place of work and livelihood for people. The attack on 11 September 2001 engendered widespread sympathy within America and the rest of the world. 

Using this sympathy as capital, the Bush administration began a major work plan against Islam, to seize lands and resources of the Muslims.

Ordinary American administrators, the public and the entire military participated in this directly and indirectly. Countries such as Britain and Australia also similarly participated. The war against the Muslims was thus institutionalized globally.

Contemporary activities of Bush are more horrendous than the tyranny of Hitler. The tyranny of Hitler did not affect Islam or the Muslims to this extent. It was different. Analysts say Bush’s war has led to more terrible and greater devastation than the destruction caused by Hitler and in the 1st and 2nd World Wars. The grabbing of Muslim land by Bush’s neo-colonialism in the name of war on terror is more cruel than these destructions. Our resources are entirely plundered, and permanent American military bases are established on Muslim lands.

Osama Bin Laden’s unsophisticated war mongering stance against the West by the name of Al Qaida, and bombing approaches are likewise painful in the Islamic view. These triggered Bush’s war on terror against Islam.

The questions asked in the West today are: Who is a terrorist? What is the definition of terrorism? What are the determining criteria?  A public body acceptable to everyone is urgently needed to undertake this. Only through such a body, the totality of the world errors can be understood by all.

Basically, there is no change regarding Muslims in formations and countries such as UNO, USA, UK, EU and Russia. Their intention is to destroy Muslim ascendancy. Faces may change often but there will be no change in this policy. There is deep unity among them in this regard. Therefore, opportunities for realizing their errors or making them aware of the errors are absent. Awareness can be created only by the Islamic Khilafat principle. There is no other course.

The Israeli walls arose in the same century of the destruction of the Berlin wall that divided East and West Germany. Palestine was fragmented. Why did not the Bush administration come forward to give effect to the decision of the International Court of the UN that this was illegal?

The rejection of Hamas (Not in Violence side but their Engagement with Fair Electoral Process), which won a major victory democratically in Palestine, and the acceptance of Fatah under the leadership of Mahmoud Abbas, which lost the election, to form the government, is akin to murder of world democracy. Although the people desired that Hamas should form the government, the Western world did not allow this. The grant of money in millions, weapons and full international recognition against this desire, is a despicable act. To which institution in the world can anyone complain about this injustice?

The pre-planned entry into Iraq, even before the decision of the UN and the IAEA, breaching international law and justice, norms and boarders, and the destruction of the entire resources, devastating the lives of people, was a great tyranny. The Iraqis have to pay a high price to be liberated from this.

The information that America, Britain and France are united in covering up the historical background of Sudan’s Darfur problem in order to weaken the Islamic state, to transform Darfur into a separate state and to find the Sudanese government guilty, is not new.

They planned and suppressed and restrained leftist and alternative thoughts. By holding the UN veto power in their hands they have placed the Muslim world in a perilous position. It is felt that the veto power is needed at least for one Muslim state. It is said that Malaysia is the appropriate nation.

The failure by both communities (Islam and West) to learn from history and to realize our errors is an indication that destructions will continue. History must be subject to analysis. The results of such analysis must be considered, past errors must be realized and new approaches must be adopted.

Has the world today forgotten the destruction caused by Hitler? Have they forgotten what happened to America in Vietnam and to Russia in Afghanistan? These experiences are sufficient for the UN and the West to institute a new civilized system. It is more beneficial to learn from historical errors and the lessons of history rather than from ideologies.
We now need new Umar Mukhtars with ability to intellectually struggle against colonialism. The role of intellectuals is vital in solving cotemporary problems. This is the basis of the  intellectual jihad of today.

Only the Islamic-ethical intellectual principle of Khilafat, and movement towards it, will provide a solution to the Muslim community to escape the clutches the Western world. It is appropriate to say that the British soil is providing a significant opportunity to intellectuals for such thought. 

(Written by: M. R. Mohamed (, Published in Tamil in Meelparvai-Sri Lanka, on 02nd of November 2007, Issue 138, Page 10)