Islamist, Politics, Violence, U.S., Interventions, Repression
Organized religion is a bad business, anyways. History shows us that religion is responsible for more violent deaths than any other factor in human civilizations, if you can call them civilizations. This is why religion must stay out of politics, and this is why our founders created a secular state. While religious issues have caused lots of blood shedding, those are always settled by the people involved in very disputes, themselves. External forces cannot settle these issues, and those would rather become worse with external involvements. Beside this, not every country is made for Democracy. Many of those may have not even attained the social evolutionary stage, suitable for Democracy. A very good example is Iraq.
It was being run by a brutal, secular dictator. There were atrocities and human rights violations. But, there was peace, and generally speaking, people were not getting killed on streets every day. Dictator was a possible threat to Israel and other monarchies that we support in Middle East. We decided to take out that dictator on the bases of false accusations of weapons of mass destruction and support for Al-Qaeda. Both blames ultimately turned out to be false. We took out the dictator, though. But, we paid a huge price for that. Over 4500 U.S. troops died, 1.4 trillion dollars spent on post-9/11 wars, so far, tens of thousands of soldiers wounded, hundreds of thousands have PTSD and other psychological disorders, over 1.5 million civilians killed, over ten years of multiple continuous wars.
Still the problems are not solved. Those are far worse than before interventions. Removal of Saddam opened up a Pandora box. The regime, elected in Iraq, is very sectarian. They enforced harsh anti-Sunni policies. They also had our backing. So, we get blamed for their atrocities, too. At the same, with the help of our allies like extremist, Wahhabi Saudi Arabia and Israel, we engineered an uprising against another dictator, Assad of Syria.
Just like the war against Soviet Union in Afghanistan, we started supporting the anti-Assad extremist groups with money and arms. Following the footsteps of their forefathers, CIA engineered Al-Qaeda and Taliban in Afghanistan, extremist, Sunni “revolutionary” fighters soon started showing their broader ideas. They just do not want to topple Shiite Assad regime in Syria, they want to take out Shiites in Iraq, too, forming Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. All this was similar to Al-Qaeda which later on turned against us on the issue of U.S. military bases in Saudi Arabia.
Iraq, along with many other Middle Eastern countries, is in crisis, once again. This sounds very good for our divide and rule policy which we inherited from Romans and British, and for the corporate control of precious oil resources. But who is paying the price? Of course not politicians, not media. It is U.S. tax payers, and U.S. troops and their families. So, who cares? Some even want to go back to Iraq. What? Are they crazy? If all that spending and long war just made it worse, what can we achieve, now?
In the middle of all this, we are still allied to the highly divisive Saudi Wahhabis, extremist rebels in Syria, and there is credible insider evidence from U.S. government and CIA that we have always provided, and are still providing financial support to Muslim Brotherhood, and its off-shoots in many countries. Some readers would consider the claim of U.S. support to Muslim Brotherhood as highly scrupulous. But, there is lots of evidence that first British, and then us choose highly divisive Wahhabi Saudi regime and Muslim Brotherhood as our allies in our policy to divide Muslims, so that we can control them, long time ago.
Unfortunately, the overwhelming evidence is now showing that this divide and rule policy is seriously backfiring on us. Most Muslims are now fed up of U.S. based regimes, dictators and terrorists. They have ruined the countries, their economies and peace. Terrorist attacks and violence has become a routine in many of these countries. Religious extremists are fully exploiting this anti-U.S. sentiment. At least Iraq and Syria have a great danger of falling into the hands of extremists. If that happens, it can become a huge threat for Israel, the country we have been trying very hard to save.
In Iran, we threw away, one of the first democratically elected governments in any Muslim country. Their fault was that they wanted to take control of oil production and supply. We replaced him with a dictator like Shah. His decades of rule were brutal and highly repressive. Still he had our full support. Obviously, the anger against him was re-directed to his supporter, United States. He was thrown away by a massive and popular uprising. The new regime was Islamist, and naturally, anti-American. We have fought the Islamist regime since it took power, and very strong sanctions against it are still in place. But, when our own supported Syrian rebels become a threat, who are we trying to turn, to? Iran.
Pakistan was a very strong ally in war against Soviet invasion in Afghanistan. After the war we abandoned Pakistan because it tested nuclear weapons, and allegedly sold the nuclear technology to some countries, to be able to financially survive U.S. sanctions. Pakistan was left alone to deal with 30 million Afghan refugees, and arms, terrorists and drugs coming from Afghanistan. Then came 9/11. We wanted to attack Taliban in Afghanistan who were providing safe heavens to Al-Qaeda, both our former allies. Sanctions against Pakistan were still in place. But, it was impossible to fight a war in Afghanistan without Pakistan’s support.
In order to bring Pakistan aboard, the law which authorized sanctions against Pakistan had to be out of the way? So, we found an escape goat. Abdul Qadeer Khan, the central figure in Pakistan’s success with atomic technology. With the help of corporate media, we said that it was not Pakistani government. It was Qadeer Khan who did all of that, all by himself. Really? Sanctions were lifted, anyways, and Pakistan became an ally, again. The war in Afghanistan pushed lots of terrorists into semi-independent tribal areas of Pakistan. Terror events became a daily routine in Pakistan. Instead of properly helping Pakistan to deal with it, we started droning civilians. Good luck with Muslims trusting us, anymore.