I’m betting that the majority of the eight hundred and forty seven people who follow this blog won’t even bother to read this, let alone comment. Some may even stop following it considering this post’s content, especially woolly headed bleeding heart liberals, who prefer to bury their heads in the sand. Or the shoot first brigade. So be it!
Ever since the West redrew the boundaries in the Middle East at the end of World War One to create a homeland for the Jewish nation in Palestine, we have continued to meddle in that part of the world.
While in recent years we in the West abhor what both Muammar Gadaffi and Saddam Hussein did in their respective countries, and the Middle East at large, there is no getting way from the fact that together with the one remaining strongman, Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, at least they kept a lid on what became the Wahhabist and G20 backed so-called Islamic State.
The politicians of the Western nations continued to dither and wring their hands while talking about sanctions and how to save face by taking away any further financial backing for ISIS. Thank god that Vladimir Putin was prepared to actually do something about the situation by siding with Assad, much to the US’s annoyance.
Will the west join in? Certainly not until the US finally accepts that Putin is not the leader of a communist nation, and therefore not the enemy of the West!
Would ISIS exist if we hadn’t panicked and got rid of Saddam Hussein and Colonel Gadaffi in the first place? I don’t think so, do you?
Now we hear that the western intelligence community no longer knows the whereabouts of twenty-eight thousand potential jihadists they were tracking. The West, in particular the US, have to stand up to be counted and join Putin? It doesn’t help when Trump starts antagonising Iran. We created this mess, so its up to us to end it. It strikes me that what is also needed is for Middle Eastern nations of all persuasions to stop sitting on the fence and also join forces to end this madness before once again the leaders of the Western World panic and start World War Three in the Middle East.
My dear friend and fellow author Robert Bauval, who was born and brought up in Egypt, has summed up the situation perfectly in a post on Facebook:
“I have often heard people comment that Islam means “peace”, assuming, wrongly, that it is a derivative of the word “salam” which does indeed mean “peace”. But actually Islam means “submission” i.e. to submit to Allah. The expansion of Islam from Arabia where it began in the 7th century, has been mainly through warfare and occupation of other countries mostly under Christian, Hindu and Buddhist religions.
The hard truth for everyone to accept is that Islam has, in the last century or so, produced Wahabism in Saudi Arabia (perhaps the most extreme form of social Islam) and, in more recent times the Muslim Brotherhood which itself gave rise to Hamas, Gamaah El Islamiya, and eventually more fundamentalist factions such as Al Qaida, El Shabab, Boko Haram and finally the most extreme and violent of all: Daesh/ISIL. It is high time that we all, non-Muslims and Mulsims alike, accept this undeniable fact and stop pretending that the barbaric violence carried by fanatics shouting “allah’u Akbar!” has nothing to do with Islam. Only then will we be able to face the problem squarely and implement solutions to reform this religion so that it becomes secularised and tolerant of others as, indeed, are all other major religions active today.
I know that this post will cause accusations against me of “racism”, “Islamophobia” etc… I am fully aware of this. But I have lived and worked nearly 35 years of my life in Muslim countries (Egypt, Oman, Iran, Sudan, Saudi Arabia), and all who know me well –Muslim and non-Muslim friends— will vouch that I am nothing of the kind. But I stand out now, as everyone should, to call a spade a spade, in the hope that Muslims all over the world take a good look at their religion and reform the manner it is taught and practiced, so that it can survive and be part of the modern world based on Liberal Democracy and, especially for Muslim communities in Europe and the New World, embrace the virtues and values of Western Constitutions. This, I am convinced, is the way forward.”
We will see many more jihadist attacks in our countries, unless or until our politicians stop trying to appease the bleeding heart liberals among us and gird their loins to join forces with Russia’s equivalent of Winston Churchill, Vladimir Putin, to end this madness once and for all.
While undoubtedly there are genuine refugees (families) among the hundreds of thousands now on the move towards the West seeking sanctuary. At the same time there is no getting away from the fact that young single men of military age like the twenty-eight thousand potential jihadists who have apparently vanished into the woodwork, are still arriving in the West.
There is a serious lesson to be learnt by the West, from now on stay out of the affairs of other nations! No good will ever come from trying to impose our political will and way of thinking on others. Whether we in the West like it or not, we all follow different paths, both religious and political…