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Zulhijja 20, 1431/ November 27, 2010 # 47
Verse of the Week:
"Those only are believers whose hearts become full of fear
when Allah is mentioned, and when His communications are
recited to them they increase them in faith, and in their
Lord do they trust. Those who keep up prayer and spend
benevolently out of what We have given them. These are the
believers in truth; they shall have from their Lord exalted
grades and forgiveness and an honorable sustenance."
-Holy Qur'an 8:2-4
Hadith of the Week:
On the authority of Abu Hurairah, may Allah be pleased with
him, who narrated that the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon
him, said: "Oh Allah, bear witness that I have issued a
warning concerning failure to fulfill the rights of two weak
ones in society: orphans and women."
[Sunan Ibn Majah, #3678]
Submitted by Sis. Kristi
Evil is rampant: Editor's note
Think: Billions of dollars donated for Haiti have
disappeared. The country is in a complete mess, with 1000
plus cholera deaths reported. The US can take over countries
thousands of miles away and pump millions into the criminal
entity known as Israel. It cannot help the people of Haiti
who are poor and black and live next door to us. Isn't that
institutionalized racism favoring the Zionist Jews?
Jamaat al-Muslimeen [News]
P.O. Box 10881
Baltimore, MD 21234
From Imam Badi Ali [National Shoora Leader] Jamaat
al-Muslimeen North Carolina
Spotlight #1: The problem in America regarding the basic
issue of food is that families hardly ever eat together.
They watch TV even if they eat together and the noise keeps
normal conversation down. On Thanksgiving for once they are
able to sit together to eat. By contrast, during Ramadan,
Muslims get to eat together 29 or 30 times. Count our
Spotlight #2: Obesity is a major sickness across America.
People eat too much and they eat too much junk food.
Fasting extra fasts like the Prophet, pbuh, did on Mondays
and Thursdays can help break the cycle.
Spotlight #3: Eating habits are connected to many mental
problems. People who are stressed out, depressed or nervous
can indulge in food without thinking of what they are
eating, or how little or how much they are eating. Here
prayer and du'a [supplication] to Allah can help.
Fasting on Thanksgiving: Sis. Kristi fasted on Thanksgiving
in memory of the righteous among Native Americans who were
deprived of their rights and mistreated. She says, this
might be a good idea for next Thanksgiving. We have a year
Thoughts on "Thanksgiving"
By Nadrat Siddique
As many New Trend readers are aware, "Thanksgiving," as it's
celebrated today has little or nothing to do with its
historical reality. Native people had, from time immemorial,
held feasts to give thanks to the Creator for all they had.
So, the claim that the first Thanksgiving occurred only
after the colonists arrived, is a racist statement from the
outset, writing off Native celebrations. It is akin to
saying that 9-11 was the first terror event on U.S.
soil—never mind the many massacres of Native people, and
lynchings of Black people. As the link at the end of this
piece illustrates, the precise date of the first
Thanksgiving was not 1621, as is claimed. It is unknown.
However, numerous colonist-initiated Thanksgiving
celebrations were held in the Northeastern U.S. (in the area
now known as New England), usually following a massacre of
Among the more well-known of these was the "Thanksgiving"
which followed the massacre of Wampanoag people (Native
American--or Red Indians, per the Indo-Pakistani
misnomer--tribe) and the butchering of their leader
Metacomet (known to the Whites as King Phillip), his head
hung from the village square by the colonists. Plymouth
Colony then called for a day of thanksgiving for their
"victory" over the Native people. The perfidy of the
incident is particularly horrifying when one considers that
Metacomet's father, Massasoit, had only a generation earlier
hosted the White settlers who landed near Plymouth Rock,
saving them from famine.
As Muslims, we are often in the difficult position of having
to respond to a greeting such as "Happy Thanksgiving." Some
Muslims feel that it necessary to return the greeting out of
concern for adaab (Islamic etiquette), or to be incompliance
with the Qur'anic injunction to return a greeting with one
But words are powerful. They are essential in the colonizing
of minds. And they can help perpetuate a myth, in this case,
that of a warm fuzzy Thanksgiving, in which Native people
and White settlers feasted and cavorted in friendship. But
Islam teaches us to stand with the oppressed, against the
oppressor. As aware Muslims we have the option to politely
deflect the greeting, then briefly explain why we do not
celebrate it. It is an opportunity to educate people, and
bust some myths.
It's odd how sensitivities of some groups in society are
paramount, while others are completely disregarded. Why, for
example, don't people who embrace "Thanksgiving" consider
how a Native person would feel on an occasion commemorating
the massacre of his ancestors. Carrying this point further,
why is there not a public furor at such a celebration? In my
opinion, there should be.
I'm almost certain a furor would result, if, for instance,
there were a festive holiday commemorating/coinciding with
the deaths of Europeans (this would be nothing more far
fetched than what occurs on Thanksgiving). On the other
hand, the near coincidence of Eid ul-Fitr—determined by the
moon, not an invention of individual Muslims—with September
11 was a cause for major brouhaha (not to intimate that all
the victims of that sad event were Caucasian, or that
suffering did not occur on that occasion). But
Thanksgiving—despite the fact that its celebrations
throughout U.S. colonial history were nearly always
announced or correlated with a massacre of Native
people—seems to raise no such concern. This is part of the
dehumanizing of Red, Black, and Brown Peoples, that their
graves may be trampled upon at will, their genocide
mythologized into national celebrations. So, clearly the
desensitization alluded to earlier has been effective across
broad sectors of the society.
Finally, the crushing of public sensitivities to a targeted
population (in this case Native people) is a crucial part of
a propaganda war, which allows their genocide to be
perpetuated, or at least not redressed. It is up to us to
decide if we wish to participate.
With thanks to L.C. for providing this valuable link:
Tasks for Muslim Activists: Peacefully Act Against Zionism
Which area of the struggle can you help with?
Support work for Muslim political prisoners. [Zionism
has taken justice away from Muslims.]
Media reports related to Muslims & Oppressed people
across the country.
Sending Qur'ans, hadith and Islamic literature into US
Monitoring the pro-regime activities of ISNA, ICNA,
MPAC, WD and other sold outs.
Helping needy Muslim men and women who can get on
their feet with a little help.
Working with women's groups to create awareness of
Jamaat al-Muslimeen's shoora members have selected prominent
political prisoners to write to and support in a variety of
ways. Readers who volunteer to help will be working with one
of the shoora members. Here are some of the prisoners we are
and many more.
Dr. Shaykh Omar Abdel Rahman.
Imam Jamil Abdullah al-Amin. (The interview, by Nadrat
Siddique, with his wife, Sis. Karima, is a must read for
Dr. Ali Timimi
Dr. Aafia Siddiqui (Also check the outstanding efforts
for her by Br. Mauri Saalakhan.)
Ahmed Abdel Sattar
Br. Shifa [from Bangladesh]
Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan
You do not have to agree with the all the viewpoints of the
prisoners. Our task is to see that their human rights are
not violated, awareness of their plight continues and they
are released sooner than later.
Unite Against Zionism
What have you done against Israel today by Peaceful
Boycott all businesses which support Israel. [See NT web
site for info compiled by Sis. Karen]
Boycott Nestle products.
Boycott McDonalds and Disney
Boycott Starbucks and Estee Lauder
Boycott Home Depot
Unite Against Zionism
Prominent Norwegians Call for
Cultural and Academic Boycott of Israel
European Jewish Press
One hundred famous Norwegians, led by the country's national
football coach, have signed a petition demanding a cultural
and academic boycott of Israel, accusing its educational
institutions of "playing a key role in the occupation" and
equating it with apartheid .. .. Egil Drillo Olsen, coach
for the national Norwegian football team, recently wrote in
Aftenposten, the country's second largest paper, that the
call to boycott Israel was "in line with what 90 percent of
the world's population believes. There cannot be many other
opinions." The petition is the last item in a string of
similar and high-profile initiatives to have taken place in
Norway over the past two years.
Hajj Khutba in Saudi Arabia: Written by US Intelligence
From Nadrat Siddique
Orwellian Hajj Khutba....I wonder if DHS wrote this for
Our media observer says:
Dr. Muqtedar Khan has a track record of support for
anti-Islamic forces. Is this typical of Muslims from India's
upper classes who love Uncle Sam?
The cycle of collaboration is completed here. A government
appointed "imam" gives the
Hajj khutba, condemns Islamic resistance as "terrorism," and
Muqtedar Khan praises it and his article is published in the
Zionist Washington Post.
Behind the scenes in Saudi Arabia: BBC November 26: The
Saudi government has announced the arrests of 149 Islamic
"terrorists." The arrests of so many Muslims in such a small
population indicate the hollow situation in the holy land.
The regime spends $1 billion on internal security, which
means it is holding the entire population under surveillance
Next three items from Kaukab Siddique, Ameer of Jamaat
Be Politically aware: We Are not Fighting Anyone's Race or
This is a racist statement: "Boycott Jewish businesses."
This is NOT a racist statement: "Boycott Jewish businesses
which support Israel."
Be Aware of the Correct Islamic Position on Israel
Israel is a terrorist entity which has no legitimacy at all.
It has taken Palestine by force of arms.
Most Jews and Christians and Muslims who criticize Israeli
ATROCITIES are not against Israel's legitimacy. Even good
Jews like Noam Chomsky and Amy Goodman criticize Israeli
atrocities, not the existence of Israel.
Israel is in occupation of Palestine and must be evicted.
Just because you took my home by force of arms and expelled
me, and are still in occupation of my home years later, does
not make my home, your home.
An Invitation I did not accept.
Exchange of Emails with CBS, Dom Giordano Show. Admits he
Hasn't Read Irving's Books but Wants to Condemn Siddique for
the Irving Connection
Subject: Quick Questions from Dom G.
Hi Dr. Siddique,
Sorry for the abundance of e-mails and thank you for giving
me a response yesterday, but Dom wanted to see if you could
answer a few questions he wrote for you.
Do you believe Jews suffered a Holocaust at the hands of the
Nazis in which approximately 6 million Jews were killed?
Is America a satanic system?
What do you think of the work of David Irving?
The Dom Giordano Show
WPHT-CBS Radio, Philadelphia
Dr. Siddique's Reply:
I believe that all human suffering should be part of our
perspective on life.
The Jews suffered tremendously under Hitler. Germany has
paid billions in reparations.
When will African Americans and Africans be paid
If you have read anything of David Irving's writings, let me
know. Have you read his books on Hitler and Churchill?
What questions do they raise in your mind?
There is no point in discussing Irving if you have not read
About the holocaust, have you read of the destruction of
German civilian populations by the allies. Let me know what
you have read.
Final Email from Mike Viso: [Emphasis added.]
Thank you for your getting back to us. Dom has read some of
David Irving's work, but not his books. We still would love to have you call in to be a guest with Dom. Please let us
know if this possible. You have been very kind and generous
with your time and I thank you sincerely for that.
Latest news from Kashmir: NT Monitor
November 25: Much respected Kashmiri preacher Mirwaiz Farooq
who leads a peaceful movement for the separation of Kashmir
from India was beaten up by Hindu extremists while he was
speaking in the city of Chandigarh. The incident has sparked
unrest in Kashmir. Here is a snippet from Press Trust of
"As the news broke in Srinagar, Kashmir, thousands of people
took to streets in downtown and raised pro-freedom and
anti-India slogans. The protesters clashed with police in
Bohri Kadal, Naidkadal, Gojwara, Nowhatta and Bohri Kadal
Reinforcements were rushed to the areas to restore law and
order as movement of traffic was also affected by the
Police and paramilitary forces were deployed in other parts
of the city as there were rumors that the Mirwaiz was
Attacking Islam from within
Shi'ite Sectarians Attack Islamic Truths Quite Blatantly
By Kaukab Siddique
Ali bin Hussain, narrates from Ali, r.a.: I was with the
messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be with
him, when Abu Bakr and Umar came from the front. The
messenger of Allah, pbuh, said to me: These two are the
leaders of the people of Paradise, both the young and the
old, the people of the past generations and of the
generations to come, except for the prophets and messengers,
but O Ali, do not tell them. [Hadith in Sunan of
Focus only on one sahabi [companion of the Prophet, pbuh] is
the way sectarianism emerges. The Prophet, pbuh, gave the
place of excellence to Abu Bakr, r.a., followed by Umar,
r.a., followed by Usman, r.a. among men. Among women, he
placed Ayesha, r.a., Umm Ammara, r.a., Umm Waraqa, r.a., Umm
Haram, r.a., at the top.
This is the anniversary of Caliph Usman, r.a. He was
murdered by people who cunningly, and against his will,
brought up Ali, r.a. as Caliph. Ali, r.a. was a brave
fighter and a man of learning, of piety and generosity but
he was not a leader. The Prophet, pbuh, never gave him a
position of leadership.
At a time when the Ummah is mourning Usman, r.a., the
Shi'ites completely ignore his murder and instead focus on a
grotesque interpretation of a Hadith to claim that the
Prophet, pbuh, wanted Ali, r.a., to be the first Caliph and
declared his intent at a place called Ghadeer Khum. The
Shi'ites have declared the anniversary of Ghadeer an EID
day, although in Islam there are only two Eids, fitr and
Their interpretation of Ghadeer Khum is far fetched to say
the least. The Prophet, pbuh, called Ali, r.a., his MAULA
which can mean friend and/or protector. He wanted Muslims to
consider Ali. r.a., their friend and protector. It had
nothing to do with making Ali, r.a., the Caliph or the
Prophet's, pbuh, successor. Hereditary succession is not
permitted in Islam.
Shi'ites have the right to follow their odd interpretation
of that one Hadith. Let Shi'ites be Shi'ites. We have no
problem with that, but to impose their weird interpretations
on the Muslim world as a whole must be stopped. The losers
will, inshallah, be the Shi'ites, if they continue. Islam
must not be distorted into sectarian bits and pieces.
Reader Response to Our "Muslims Rallying to the Defense of
Ayesha Siddiqa [r.a]"
No Whipping Please!
Re: "If you are real Shi'ites, whip those among you who are
insulting our Mother."
As Salamu Alaikum,
I am glad to verbally defend all of the prophet's wives, but
I am not going to whip anyone. I read this statement and I
disagree with it. I would rather take a non violent
approach. Also, I do not think that we should blame all of
our problems on the Zionist Jews. Before accusing anyone of
wrong doing, you need to show the evidence.
You cannot condemn anyone solely on what they believe.
Raheema Pater Rov
Re: Israel behind Anti-Siddique Blitz. [A spiritual
As-Salaam Eleikum Brother!
The attacks against you for speaking up against untruths,
lies and social corruptions by a group of people (or any
group, for that matter) is very similar to what I
experienced. Consequently, I feel compelled to voice my
"testimonial" on your behalf.
In the end, if your motives and actions were based on Faith
in God Almighty and His Law and Guidance then you have Allah
Almighty on your side. To speak up against Injustices for
the "social good" on behalf of those who are being
persecuted and/or are being deprived of their rights is
every Muslim's spiritual, religious and moral duty.
Inshallah, in the end victory will be yours in more ways
then you can imagine possible at this time. Because Truth
prevails no matter how ferocious the attacks by your enemies
or their assumed "successes" against you.
And, this experience will, inshallah, make you aware that
Trust in Allah Almighty to provide for all your needs in
this "Dunya" will be affirmed and strengthened.
It may take time for the truth of your words to be
understood by other people. And then your enemies will
realize that they paid a heavy price for their actions. This
has been my personal experience and I feel that in the end
the struggle was all worth it.
Allah Almighty's Truth and Justice are more powerful that
those of all of the misguided, moral and social corrupters
of this world.
Sofia, New York City
The writer teaches English in NY.
Letter:Re: US-Iran Collusion.
Iranian Reader thinks Jundullah Islamic Leader was CIA
What exactly is your complaint about Jundullah vis-a-vis
Iran? This CIA-funded, armed and trained group continues to
receive aid and blessings from their masters in Langley and
Tel Aviv, just as PJAK does on Iran's Northwestern frontier,
despite the fact that both groups are nominally considered
"Aghaye" Riggi, prior to his recent unfortunate demise, even
appeared on Voice of America where he was declared to be
"the leader of a popular Iranian resistance movement" and
was referred to as "Doctor" throughout the course of the
Editor's Note: Please read New Trend carefully. The US has
declared Jundullah a terrorist group and is supporting Iran.
Neither the US nor Israel showed any concern at Iran's
summary execution of Jundullah leader Rigi and numerous
other Islamic fighters from Sistan-Baluchistan area.
A Jundullah leader from Egypt was killed by the US in an air
strike inside Pakistan, probably guided by Pakistani
Summary executions based on coerced confessions or
fabricated confessions are violations of Islamic Law
[Shar'iah]. Iran is yet to bring any evidence that its
victims were working for the CIA. An interview by VOA or a
smear by ABC does not mean that the mujahid was not
independent. Taliban have appeared on BBC. Does that mean
they are agents of Britain? President Ahmedinejad was
interviewed by Jewish-Zionist media when he came to the US,
including a long interview with hard core Zionist Jew Larry
King of CNN.
Iran has a long history of collusion with the US, including
support for the US invasion of Afghanistan as well as
fulfillment of the UN-US embargo and sanctions for 10 years
on Iraq. The problem Iran has is with Israel, which is a
case of rivalry. Iran is yet to say the word JIHAD against
the US or even Israel.
Iranian propaganda against Taliban and al-Qaida, plus 9.11
conspiracy theories, as well as support, with millions of
dollars, for both Karzai and al-Maliki, two puppets of the
US, should help you to understand Iran's role. Slogans in
favor of Palestine are nothing more than slogans. Hamas
lacked the fire power to destroy even one Israeli tank
during the onslaught on Gaza. That's how much Iran has
helped Hamas. Hizbullah too did not have any efficient
rockets to hit Israel during the fighting. It was pathetic.
Iran is nothing but clever talk and choreographed slogans.
Our America: [With thanks to Sis. Hamdiyya Fatima,
Charlotte, North Carolina]
Extreme Right Winger Rush Limbaugh's Weird Comments on
President Obama's "wildly distorted" version of
Thanksgiving- where the pilgrims and Native Americans traded
food and wealth during a cold winter- has greatly upset Rush
Limbaugh. In fact, Limbaugh was so shocked the president
would thank Native Americans for their "rich culture," he
thought the White House's official Thanksgiving declaration
was a hoax.
Compared to George Washington's 1789 declaration, Limbaugh
argues, Obama's is practically sacrilege. Decrying "the myth
of the first Thanksgiving," Limbaugh read an excerpt of the
President's declaration, adding personal touches in places
like "Native Americans' rich culture continues to add to our
nation's heritage" (here he inserted "at their casinos and
reservations." Then he repeated several variations of "this
has got to be a parody" to himself incredulously as he
mulled over the text, which he followed by interpreting
President Obama's comments: "We were the invaders... we were
incompetent idiots, we didn't know how to feed ourselves, so
they came along and showed us how, and that's what
Thanksgiving is all about."
Speaking with a caller, Limbaugh clarified what the real
story of Thanksgiving is about: "the true story of
Thanksgiving is how socialism failed," he tells the caller,
noting that "the Indians didn't teach us capitalism" and "we
shared our bounty with them... because we first failed as
socialists." The caller, David, seemed thrilled with that
explanation, but it sounds like the sort of thing American
history scholars may have a bit of a problem with.
Pakistan: Treachery by the Kayani Military Command: NT Media
US and NATO Officers working in Paki Military HQ in
On November 24, the Pakistani military admitted that it has
accepted officers from NATO and the US office of defense in
its 12 Corp Army Headquarters in Quetta. [Dawn, a pro-regime
paper, is the source.]
The CIA, the same source reports, is already in Quetta.
[Aga Khanis are welcome to answer this report up to 300
The Facts about Sect leader Aga Khan and his clan
By Qasim Ali Ismail
While the some Muslims countries and organization are
investing in Pakistan, Aga Khan is looting Pakistan Aga
Khan Foundation "bought over 200 billion dollars worth Habib
Bank for only 10 billion dollar."
Aga Khan Foundation is exempt from Taxes, Sales taxes and
duties and hence Aga Khan Hospital can buy the dame
chemicals for 1/3rd to 1/4th prices as compared to any other
organization in Pakistan . Aga Khan Foundation was given
absolutely free 300 acres of land in Malir by Mushraf (An
indeed a big theft and corruption)
Aga Khan took over many amenity plots for peanuts and
prohibited offering Salah in those Jamat Khanas which do not
face Ka'bah and when genuine Ismailis went to the High Court
Aga Khan proudly said that no one is permitted to offer
Salah in those Jamat Khanas and when poor, elderly, fragile
Akber Ali made a small mosque in front of Jamat Khana n
Karimabad, Federal B Area Karachi, he was shot dead one fine
morning by Ismaili Fidaeen. These Fidayeen who also work as
MQM Ghundas [thugs] also killed Syed Salahuddin of Takbeer
when he wrote a detailed article about Aga Khan's designs
for Chitral. These same people shot dead Mulana Ubidullah
Chitrali when he published a small pamphlet about
underground designs and aims of Aga Khan in Chitral
It is true that Zia Ul Haque handed over 100 acres of land
for Aga Khan Hospital but in return what poor people of
Pakistan got? Nothing. Even if a dead body comes to Aga Khan
Hospital the hospital may fetch several hundred thousand
Every years thousands of Aga Khanis migrate from India to
Karachi and other parts of Sindh but both criminal MQM and
Jeye Sindh remain silent and Government of Pakistan despite
knowing all the facts keep its eyes shut
It was stupidity of Zia Ul Haque when he praised only the
building of Aga Khan and did not see the intentions and aims
Now Aga Khanis are being given Educational Boards to destroy
the moral and ethical fabrics of Pakistan.
Somalia: NT Media Monitor
Somali-Americans used to Shore up Puppet Mogadishu
November 25: Bashir Abdi, a wealthy Somali-American, was
shot and killed on the outskirts of the Mogadishu enclave
held by pro-US-Israeli forces. He was the owner of stores in
the mall at 24th and Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis. He had
gone to Somalia to work with the tiny power bloc being
defended against al-Shabab by non-Muslims Ugandan
Mohamed Abdullahi, a Somali-American from Buffalo, NY, is
now "Prime Minister" of Somalia. [Source: Fox 9.]
Ugandan troops admitted for the first time on November 25
that they opened fire on Muslim civilians in Mogadishu,
killing 2 and wounding 10, including children. They are
being "disciplined." [Africa News].
British Afghans Join Jihad in Support of Taliban.
Pakistanis Join Taliban in Good Numbers along with Tajiks,
Uzbeks and Arabs
[Courtesy British paper the Guardian, November 25.]
British-based men of Afghan origin are spending months at a
time in Afghanistan fighting Nato forces before returning
to the UK, the Guardian has learned. They also send money to
the Taliban.A Taliban fighter in Dhani-Ghorri in northern
Afghanistan last month told the Guardian he lived most of
the time in east London, but came to Afghanistan for three
months of the year for combat. "I work as a minicab driver,"
said the man, who has the rank of a mid-level Taliban
commander. "I make good money there [in the UK], you know.
But these people are my friends and my family and it's my
duty to come to fight the jihad with them."
"There are many people like me in London," he added. "We
collect money for the jihad all year and come and fight if
His older brother, a senior cleric or mawlawi who also
fought in Dhani-Ghorri, lives in London as well.
Intelligence officials have long suspected that British
Muslims travel to Afghanistan and Pakistan each year to
train with extremist groups.
Last year it was reported that RAF spy planes operating in
Helmand in southern Afghanistan had detected strong
Yorkshire and Birmingham accents on fighters using radios
and telephones. They apparently spoke the main Afghan
languages of Dari and Pashtu, but lapsed into English when
they were lost for the right words. The threat was deemed
sufficiently serious that spy planes have patrolled British
skies in the hope of picking up the same voice signatures of
the fighters after their return to the UK.
The dead body of an insurgent who had an Aston Villa tattoo
has also been discovered in southern Afghanistan.
British military officials say there have been no recent
reports of British Taliban in Helmand in southern
Afghanistan and that the overwhelming majority of foreign
fighters are Pakistanis. Not since John Walker Lindh, the
so-called American Taliban, was captured in late 2001, has
the US admitted to having successfully captured an insurgent
from a western country.
In the main US-run prison near Bagram airfield, there are
just 50 "third country nationals" being held, a spokeswoman
said. "Most of these are Pakistani, with small numbers from
other countries in the region," she said.
According to a senior officer at the National Directorate of
Security, Afghanistan's equivalent of MI5, foreign fighters
tend to be Arabs, Chechens, Pakistanis or from central
Asia's former Soviet republics such as Tajikistan and
NATO in Afghanistan:
Islamic Caliphate is the Problem NATO sees if Jihad
Excerpted from a report by Saqib Bukhari, written for Hizb
ut-Tahrir [UK] with a link to Imran Yousafzai
The issue now at hand is that the Communist threat is gone;
however, as we have heard many a time, the red menace has
been replaced by the green crescent and one can safely
deduce that NATO will be looking to form a more pronounced
alignment of its policies and strategies to protect its
ideology of Capitalism from a revived Islam rippling
throughout the world. However divergent interests and threat
perceptions of its constituent states has created a deep
tension in NATO in terms of a strategy that is best suited
to deal with the threat.
To illustrate this point, one should analyze the presence of
NATO troops in Afghanistan as part of its war on terror and
understand how the operation in the region (including
Pakistan) is deeply controversial and is acting as a thorn
for many of the states involved. It is of no secret that
NATO presence in the region is geared to curtailing the
possibility of an Islamic government taking power. This
sentiment is further echoed by a former British General, Sir
Richard Dannatt, who in an interview expressed his concern
that an 'islamist agenda, which if we don't oppose it and
face it off in Southern Afghanistan or Afghanistan or in
South Asia, then frankly that influence will grow... to the
high- water mark of the Islamic Caliphate'
His statement typifies the concerns that have been voiced by
politicians, academics and policy makers regarding the
aspirations of the masses in the Muslim World to live
according to Islamic governance.
The point of contention, however, is whether or not the
'Islamist threat' will be a pressing issue to the point of
devising a mission statement that will explicitly take such
a reality into consideration and become part of its core
activity or will it lie in a peripheral space. The reasons
for such potential disagreements amongst NATO states lie in
Its mission in Afghanistan is deeply unpopular
The NATO alliance seems deeply split in relation to the
issue of Afghanistan and its presence in the region. This
split is made clear by a recent speech by U.S Defense
Secretary, Robert Gates, who stated that NATO was in 'a
state of crisis' and levied much of the blame on the
European's lack of commitment to deploying troops to fight
the Taliban and other mujahideen groups in the region.
Essentially a two-tiered alliance has formed, where certain
countries such as U.S, Britain and Canada have committed
fully to the tasks at hand and are willing to employ and
implement the NATO values but there are other countries that
are reluctant to toe the line.
The reasons for such reluctance are many fold; a) a number
of states including Germany cannot get public or
parliamentary support to deploy troops under the NATO guise,
simply because the war has been viewed with great skepticism
on part of the Europeans who considered it to be a ill
thought out objective coupled with the fact that the
Neoconservative Bush Doctrine was unpopular and its war
mongering aspirations were detrimental to European interests
and threat perceptions. Secondly, the European experience of
2 world wars has left a bitter taste in the mouths of policy
makers and public so to fully commit to the mission is
resulting in an unsure hesitancy. A third difference is
predominantly methodological; all NATO countries recognize
the threat of an Islam taking political assertion but for
most European states, such revivalism is not one to be
countered with warfare but rather at home using domestic
anti-terror policies, law enforcement initiatives and
educational enactments in order to create a friendlier
version of Islam, a secular European Islam so to speak that
can be projected to other parts of the Muslim world.
2010-11-28 Sun 12:06:57 cst