Since the beginning of the first war of the 21st century, questions have arisen about the root causes of terrorism.
The initial question came as part of the war of ideas waged by the jihadis and their apologists that sought to hold the liberal West responsible for the violence because of its foreign policy. Naturally, this position reflects the interests of the region's oil-producing regimes, and it is intended to deflect attention from brewing social unrest in the region and turn attention back on Western democracies. The strategem was successful for a while with the mainstream media, and it continues to prevail in the academic world of Western Europe and America. However, the campaign to embarrass the West began to fail as criticism from within the Greater Middle East turned against the very regimes and movements leading the jihadi propaganda efforts. Dissidents, opposition movements and advocates for democracy burst from under the oppression of governments and militant Islamists and accused the latter of of massive abuses of human rights and sometimes genocide. A three way struggle has developed between authoritarian and jihadist forces (Where they were at each other's throats), who blame the West, dissidents who accuse the region's fascists, and liberal democracies, who are divided on how to respond to the challenges. With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact, the acceleration of demcratization in Latin America, the decolonialization in Africa, and the modernization of China, the main area of contention in terms of dictatorship, fundametalism, and oppression is now the Greater Middle East. And as the Jihadi terror forces strike both inside and outside the region, the future of this part of the world will determine peace or conflict in the ongoing confrontation with terrorism.
The region's challenges make it into a "Middle Earth" from Western Sahara to Jammu and Kashmir, various ethnic and ideological forces are vying for political and economic dominance, military powers are growing and international coalitions are involved in containment and peace missions.Whoever siezes power in the oil producing countries will be able to control world markets and use them in the conflict. Whoever can establish jihadi emirates will be able to supply cells operating in the West. Whoever can challenge the oppressive regimes and provoke reforms will hold the keys to peace and progress, not only in the region but internationally.
We need to take a look at the geopolitical map in order to understand what makes up "Middle Earth". Morocco, Jordan, Kuwait the UAE and Oman are constitutional monarchies, which in the big picture want peace and are moving-very slowly- toward liberalization. Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Yemen and Mauritania are republics transitioning from authoritarianism to pluralism, albeit at a very low speed. Syria and Libya (until recently) have ultranationalistsocialist regimes controlled by dictators.Saudi Arabia and Iran are Islamist theocracies. The house of Saud is an absolute monarchy and Iran (the Khumeinist republic) is totalitarian. Sudan is an Islamist republic and Somalia has a transitional government vying for powere against jihadi forces. In Afghanistan, the democratically elected govt. has a mix of conservative Islamic parties and secular elements, but is still struggling against the Taliban. Iraq, freed from the Baath, has a pluralist constitution but is riven by opposing forces, pro Iranian Shia elements, Sunni conservatives, autonmous Kurds and a panoply of Salafists, Khumeinists, and progressives. Qataris a constitutional monarchy supporting jihadism and hosting al Jazeera. Lebanon, which has had a democratic (But sectarian) past, is a battlefield between Hezbollah and Cedars Revolution. Pakistan, although not in the Middle East, is neverhteless a major player in Middle Earth. It is a nuclear power nd, under an elected presidency influenced by the military, hosts the largest contingent of jihadists in the world. The Cypriot Greeks and Turks have partitioned their Island but not reached an agreement. Israel and the Palestinians continue to trade fire despite the signing of a peace process almost 20 years ago. The Palestinians are divided between those that want peace, but want more land and those who do not wnat any form of peace (Palestinian authority) and want all of the land (Hamas), which of course wants Israel destroyed and the creation of an Islamic emirate.
Throughout Middle Earth minorities are not faring well. Jihadis, jihadophiles and apologists want you to believe that Christians and Jews have lived peacefully amongst Muslims for centuries (When this was never the case and is still not the case today). They deny that Christians and Jews lived under a dhimmi status or downplayed the dhimmi status as a name given to non Muslims living amongst Muslims.
Pnly recently the Kurds developed autonomy (in Iraq) on just 2o percent of what they believe is their national homeland in the region, since pieces of it reside in four different countries. The other three governments (Turkey, Syria and Iran) oppose Kurdish autonomy. EVERYWHERE across teh region ancient minorities are suppressed, regardless of the form of govt. that they live under. Assyrians and Chaldeans in Iraq, Berbers in Algeria, Copts in Egypt, and Black Africans in Sudan. But even ethnicities that constitue the majority in one place are suppressed in another (Arabs in Iran, Shia in Afghanistan to name two). Equally persecuted are women who enjoyed no rights at all under the taliban, enjoy very few rights in Saudi Arabia, Iran and Sudan, and generally suffer discrimination in most countries of the region. In short, the status of human rights in the Greater Middle East is the WORST ON THE ENTIRE PLANET.
In addition, Middle Earth is plagued with extreme, racist, intolerant, radical and violent ideologies. Ancient and medieval ideas have cause endless bloodshed on all continents. Even in the 20th century, and despite modernity and the rule of law in Europe, Nazism resulted in genocide, Fascism in crimes, and Bolshevism in purges, gulags, and oppression. The Middle East in the past century has had its own oppression, crimes, and genocides perpetrated by totalitarian ideoligies such as TAKFIRISM, WAHABISM, SALAFISM, KHUMEINISM, and ultranationalism and sectarianism. But unlike the rest of the world, Middle Earth continues to live under these murderous doctrines, the infamous "Thaqafut al Maout" (Culture of death). These ideologies, married to power and money, have been devastating to the peoples of the region and the outside world.
The Western public is developing its ability to understand the danger: hence the heart of the jihadi/jihadophile/apologist propaganda machine is to deny the West a complete understanding of the real ideology behind the war, and to substitute misinformation about jihadists intentions and aspirations. Hence, to proceed with the massive changes in foreign policy that are needed, the American public (The West in general) must be FULLY educated about the issue.
This is what I am here for. To expose the blatant lies, misinformation and fallacies that are posted on here from people like, MR. CREOSOTE, SAHAAFI MUJAHID, TheGreen, Ali999, Faith Kaya and the rest of the jihadophiles and apologists (dusslekamp).
More to come. All info obtained from Dr. Walid Phares.
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