- Military News Analysis -
Tashkent,with inputs from correspondents at Islamabad, and Washington D.C.
Now that the American Military Action has finally begun, a wise thing to do would be for the American intelligence to keep their ear to the ground to monitor what is being told to the faithful in all mosques across the globe. .
The sermons at the mosques are the real roots of terror
What they hear would give the FBI and CIA interesting leads for the future. This espionage war will play an role second only to the military offensive. This is so since the sermons at the mosques are the real roots of terror in the context of Islam being the most highly organised religion where the faithful have to physically meet five times in a day ostensibly to pray. But in effect they assemble five times to mobilize themselves for any action in defense of their religion that perpetually threatens others and so perceives itself at threat all the time. "Islam in Danger" is a rallying cry for all Muslims since the inception of Islam, fourteen centuries ago. And so the practice of meeting regularly five times during daylight hours serves a useful purpose of remaining in a state of mobilization forever.
Since the formation of Islam, its growth was based on military offensive against non-Muslims and hence the need for Muslims to stay in a state of mobilization to attack and hence the public announcement of the call to come together (the Azan) which is issued by the Muezzins 5 times in a day
Since the formation of Islam, its growth was based on military offensive against non-Muslims and hence the need to stay in a state of mobilization to attack. No other religion has this kind of a paranoia of its followers meeting regularly and keeping alive on a hourly basis their commitment to a common cause. The sermons at the mosques are the real roots of terror since it is here that the faithful are constantly motivated to pick up arms against all perceived enemies. The public announcement of the call to come together (the Azan) which is issued by the Muezzins has no parallel in any other tradition. No other religion has this kind of a compulsive mobbing together of its followers. While this practice is followed with religious punctuality in normal times, it acquires a unfathomable desperation during times of crisis. The American attack on Afghanistan is the one such crisis. In fact this attack is going to lead to a crisis, with no precedent in the history of Islam and in fact, in human history.
American and Western missions and all white people (diplomats, tourists, employees of multi-national corporations) would be the target of Muslim retribution all across the Muslim world
Many readers will think that this is like crying wolf. But it is fact that will be borne out by future events, that the American action all be met with severe retaliation by Muslims in different forms and on different fronts. The likely targets outside the USA are going to be all American and Western mission, all white people (diplomats, tourists, employees of multi-national corporations) would be the target of Muslim retribution all across the Muslim world. Those Muslim Governments who have supported the US offensive like the government of Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Jordan would be the first targets of terror attacks and mass unrest. And those Muslim Governments who have failed to oppose the American action will be targeted sooner or later. These governments include most of those in the Muslim world, except those of Iraq and Iran. The congregations at mosques would be cajoled to take to the streets and make it difficult for their governments to remain silent on the American action. The American action would be portrayed to the faithful as an attack on Islam and this would be the subject of many sermons at mosques all across the globe from today onwards.
The USA has started this war, but it will not be able to stop it
Retribution would also be in the form of more desperate terrorist attacks in different parts of the Western world and it is this that might make the war efforts more widespread. It is anybody's guess that the war has started off in Afghanistan, but it will not remain confined to that country for long. The next few months will bear this out. In this context, we would like to point out that the American and Western diffidence of constantly saying that "Islam is a religion of Peace", Islam forbids suicide attacks." "What happened on the 11th of September is unislamic" is not going to impress any believing Muslim. If at all it may put some Westerners of guard. To know they enemy is the first step to win a war.
Communism was described as the 20th century Islam, so is not Islam the 21st century Communism?
In fact when the Cold War was on, we do not remember any American statesman saying that "Communism is an ideology of peace." "Communism forbids violence" etc. In fact the US was so trigger happy as to jump at the first opportunity to contain or attack the Communist powers. So war prepared was the US that the American President (and the Soviet President) always carried the suitcase that had the nuclear code (the football) with all intention to press the nuclear trigger at the first hint of a soviet attack. We can see that changed response today, when the enemy of the USA calls for open destruction of the US. "Death to the Great Satan America" was never a slogan given by the communists. At the height of the Cold War, Communism was described by an American author as the 20th century Islam, so is not Islam the 21st century Communism? And does not Islam call for the same treatment as did Communism? Are the Americans anxious of the reaction of Muslim-Americans and Muslims all across the world to an open declaration by the US that their adversaries are Islamic terrorists and that Islam encourages such acts and so the Americans are going to fight the root of this terror?
Margaret Thatcher, the former British Prime Minister has had the courage to call a spade a spade, when will Tony Blair and George Bush do so?
As a military tactic, it is good sense to keep the enemy guessing of ones intentions and to keep the enemy a divided lot. And to that effect the Western and American protestations of Islam being a religion of peace are fine. But if this is an actual belief then it is a self-deceptive and self-destructive perception of benignity of an enemy whose viciousness is a proven track record of fourteen hundred years.
Our advice is to be prepared for the worst, now that the attack on Osama and his Taliban hosts has been launched. The moment messages of casualties start spreading, followed by exhortations from Osama to fight the kafir Americans - a message that will be echoed and amplified through the loudspeakers across the Dar-ul-Islam; the easily excitable Muslim masses will be in a ferment the world over. The governments in the Muslim world will have their hands full with quell this frenzy in the streets of the crowds pouring out of the mosques. The well-networked, well-financed and well-equipped Blackbeards (a nickname for Edward Tech the famous pirate) will start their mayhem.
If they could cause the vandalism at Manhattan and Pentagon, with no apparent reason. Then we can imagine what they would have in store for the world now that the American attack has begun. Here is a statement that gives us a peep into the mind of the devil himself.
"The shape of things to come" - In the Words of the Satan
Osama Bin Laden's taped remarks, aired on an Arab television station after the U.S. and British strikes began yesterday (Sunday, 7th October 2001). The remarks, refer to the Sept. 11 terror attacks on New York and Washington and the expected future action that Muslims should take. The text is translated from the Arabic.
(QUOTE) "I bear witness that there is no God but Allah and that Mohammad is his messenger.
" There is America, hit by God in one of its softest spots. Its greatest buildings were destroyed, thank God for that. There is America, full of fear from its north to its south, from its west to its east. Thank God for that.
"What America is tasting now is something insignificant compared to what we have tasted for scores of years. Our nation (the Islamic world) has been tasting this humiliation and this degradation for more than 80 years. Its sons are killed, its blood is shed, its sanctuaries are attacked, and no one hears and no one heeds.
" When God blessed one of the groups of Islam, vanguards of Islam, they destroyed America. I pray to God to elevate their status and bless them.
" Millions of innocent children are being killed as I speak. They are being killed in Iraq without committing any sins, and we don't hear condemnation or a fatwa (religious decree) from the rulers. In these days, Israeli tanks infest Palestine - in Jenin, Ramallah, Rafah, Beit Jalla, and other places in the land of Islam, and we don't hear anyone raising his voice or moving a limb.
"When the sword comes down (on America), after 80 years, hypocrisy rears its ugly head. They deplore and they lament for those killers, who have abused the blood, honor and sanctuaries of Muslims. The least that can be said about those people is that they are debauched. They have followed injustice. They supported the butcher over the victim, the oppressor over the innocent child. May God show them His wrath and give them what they deserve.
"I say that the situation is clear and obvious. After this event, after the senior officials have spoken in America, starting with the head of infidels worldwide, Bush, and those with him. They have come out in force with their men and have turned even the countries that belong to Islam to this treachery, and they want to wag their tail at God, to fight Islam, to suppress people in the name of terrorism.
"When people at the ends of the earth, Japan, were killed by their hundreds of thousands, young and old, it was not considered a war crime, it is something that has justification. Millions of children in Iraq is something that has justification. But when they lose dozens of people in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam (capitals of Kenya and Tanzania, where U.S. embassies were bombed in 1998), Iraq was struck and Afghanistan was struck. Hypocrisy stood in force behind the head of infidels worldwide, behind the cowards of this age, America and those who are with it.
"These events have divided the whole world into two sides. The side of believers and the side of infidels, may God keep you away from them. Every Muslim has to rush to make his religion victorious. The winds of faith have come. The winds of change have come to eradicate oppression from the island of Muhammad, peace be upon him.
"To America, I say only a few words to it and its people. I swear by God, who has elevated the skies without pillars, neither America nor the people who live in it will dream of security before we live it in Palestine, and not before all the infidel armies leave the land of Muhammad, peace be upon him.
"God is great, may pride be with Islam. May peace and God's mercy be upon you.
- Osama Bin Laden
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