In the U.S we have become insulated against uncomfortable truths in the effort to be politically correct. We want so badly to not appear Islamophobic, that the Islamofascist have free reign in this country. The Chechens involved in the Boston Marathon bombings are of the exact jihadist ideology of Al Qaeda- the root, however is Saudi-based: Wahhabi Salafists. (In Afghanistan and Pakistan, Wahhabi-Salafists operate through Deobandi militants eg Taliban and Sipah Sahaba.)
Here is my essay on “Sleeping with the Enemy, US Partnership with Saudi-Wahhabis: https://lubpak.com/archives/66449
Robin Wright’s essay for the New York Times is a good primer for those that need to understand the Wahhabi and Salafist radicalism, and the threat to the U.S. and intent of the global jihad.
Our American myopic dependence on Saudi oil has interfered with our stated goals towards a nation and world of democratic morals and principles. I understand political self-interest, but there comes a time when a nation must realize that its partisan political gamesmanship from Bush to Obama has impeded progress in domestic exploration and development of our own source of oil, as we debate endlessly about subsidizing renewable energy, sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves and geothermal heat, we allow natural gas, our own rich, subterranean resources to linger untapped, forever tied to Saudi petrodollars.
And over the bodies of brave troops, injured and lost American youth, ten years long, there is no meaningful advance in the fight against terrorism. Despite a decade of foreign wars, US soldiers killed and countless non-combatant tribal victims, Iraqis and Afghans killed, jihadists continue to increase globally. As true patriots, we must be willing to face the unintended consequences and/or folly, of our past decisions, ever aware of each subsequent administration putting a good face on wars abroad regardless of realities on the ground.
Largely, in cases like the Boston Marathon terrorist act, the American public does not fully grasp the incremental advances of Jihadist Saudi-funded terrorists, due in part to the press and administration remaining fixated on “al Qaeda” as a monolithic organization and buzz word- when the organization that long since branched out and metastasized into many different organizational names, countries and is present in all of the jihadist outreach, including Arab Spring movements, most notably Egypt, but also Syria, and a presence in the “stans,” south through Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to the edge of Afghanistan, and west to Uzbekistan, the legendary Silk Road, and north of Azerbaijan, the Chechnya, notwithstanding, jihadists are recruited. Stratfor defines jihadists as follows, “we generally consider the jihadist movement to be divided into three basic elements: the al Qaeda core organization, the regional jihadist franchises, such as al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and grassroots operatives who are radicalized, inspired and perhaps equipped by the other two tiers but who are not members of either.” Al-Harbi and young Tsarnaev, fit this last category.
We continue to resist understanding, with all the press dialogue that these were two (or three) radical Chechens that are “linked to al Qaeda,” although underestimated by press ostensibly as only having “read the al Qaeda literature.” And the “lone gunmen” mentality or high-profile explosive attempts are now minimized to allay fears, that they are only now hitting “soft targets.” Ask the grieving families of those killed or injured in Boston whether we should be comforted by a sense of relief in resisting calling them terrorists, or, that we are less likely to have a repeat 9/11, as only a handful of foreign operatives still manage to kill Americans at public events and plan attacks in public places.
The American public for the most part- and I blame the press and administration for this –remains uninformed due to a lack of in-depth reporting. It is disengenuous, for self-absorbed, elected politicians to appear on top of every issue, when they clearly are not. These are “terrorists.” Call them that. They are not Islamic, they are radical Islamists. Whether they come in singles, pairs, or groups from Chechnya , Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, they have a few things in common: they are Salafist/Wahhabis, enemies to moderate Islam and Christian and Jews alike, and consider the West, whether Shias, Christians or Atheists, no difference, apostates and infidels that are to be killed. We must call them what they are: Jihadists. Shias, Sunni Sufi Barelvis, Ahmadis and Christians are being killed in Malaysia, Burma, Pakistan and other countries, by the Saudi-financed, ISI backed Deobandi militants of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ with close links with Taliban and Al Qaeda). Chechnyans, Somalians and Uzbecks alike have joined the ranks of jihadists, no different in intent than that of the AlQaeda, Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas- the brutal ideology is the same.
In the Boston Marathon attack, to ignore the perpetrators Russian Chechnyan background as if this is different from al Qaeda, is to be in denial or ignorance. This is a continuation of the naiveté that lulled us into pre-9/11 complacency. Are the attempts at minimizing the Boston area terrorism, as localized and not our problem, an American public attempt reminiscent of erroneous days in history where America was isolationist prior to WWI and WWII? I am not suggesting invasion, I am suggesting awareness and involvement.
Consider that Al Harbi was the last name of the Saudi injured in Boston attacks and who has now be been deported from US. Review for a moment from Arabic sources what every American should be apprised of, and yet escapes mainstream press:. Many from this same Al-Harbi’s clan are steeped in terrorism and are members of Al-Qaeda. Out of a list of 85 terrorists listed by the Saudi government shows several of Al-Harbi clan to have been active fighters in Al-Qaeda:
#15 Badr Saud Uwaid Al-Awufi Al-Harbi
#73 Muhammad Atiq Uwaid Al-Awufi Al-Harbi
#26 Khalid Salim Uwaid Al-Lahibi Al-Harbi
#29 Raed Abdullah Salem Al-Thahiri Al-Harbi
#43 Abdullah Abdul Rahman Muhammad Al-Harbi (leader)
#60 Fayez Ghuneim Humeid Al-Hijri Al-Harbi
Then you have Al-Harbi clan members in Gitmo:
Salim Salman Awadallah Al-Sai’di Al-Harbi
Majid Abdullah Hussein Al-Harbi
Muhammad Abdullah Saqr Al-Alawi Al-Harbi
Ghanem Abdul Rahman Ghanem Al-Harbi
Muhammad Atiq Uwaid Al-Awfi Al-Harbi
Al Harbi was the last name of the Saudi injured in Boston attacks. This follows a similar pattern and is reminiscent to the Saudis that were taken out on special plane post 9/11.
Al Qaida under different names was supported in Afghan Jihad against Soviets. Al Qaida later became the Chechen resistance with mercenaries of Wahhabi Salafi Deobandi Groups from Saudi, Qatar, UAE, Jordan and Pakistan fighting in Chechnya. This gave Putin the excuse to be brutal. The Chechen resistance which started off as largely secular is now taken over by Jihadi Wahhabis Salafi Deobandis. The result is an unending conflict. Although Putin is now aligning with us due to this Chechnyan threat, he is not to be trusted. But, neither are the Saudis.
Why this soft-peddling, in fact, past cheek kissing (Bush), and deep bowing (Obama’s first visit) to Saudis, over our commitment to being an oil-ally, ignoring the human rights abuses and the fact that the 9/11 terrorists were Saudis, as was bin Laden. Who, after a decade of suicide bombers, still funds the radical Madrassas turning out suicide bombers, even today? Saudis.
Why the selective morality? The US and allies at times appear Machiavellian in outlook with a striking difference in narrative and actual conduct. We continue to support Al Qaida in Syria, ignoring the well-publicized presence of Al Qaeda infiltrated there. The Syrian resistance to a brutal dictator started off as a progressive secular struggle but now taken over by Al Qaida, no different than the freedom fighters in Egypt transitioning into the Muslim Brotherhood. On the streets of Egypt CNN and Fox News sought out Americanized Egyptians that talked in English of liberty; these are not the same people in power now in Egypt. And yet we will not face the embarrassment of these facts. The story of Syria, for example, is eerily similar to Chechnya.
Where fifty percent of the population of Bahrain came out on the streets to overthrow an oppressive monarchy, the US and allies, who like to think of ourselves as supporting freedom and liberty throughout the world, sat idle watching TV narratives of hopes of democratic victors. We were interpreted by the rest of the world as being immobilized, as the powerful U.S. Fifth Fleet stood by idly to watch a progressive uprising squashed by brutal Saudi Royalty forces. Some have voiced the fear of a link of Bahrain, Iraq and Iranian Shia as the reason for inaction. This Shia-Iran solidarity theory has not proven out to be a threat to the U.S.. Iran is more “Khomeinism” than “Shiism”, and no such global Shia Jihadist solidarity has ever been proven.
What do we need to do? Have a principled foreign policy and begin non-partisan approach to foreign affairs. We cannot allow Saudis to continue to in essence to hold us hostage in fear of oil markets plummeting as in the 70s. At some point it will come back to bite us as it did in 9/11, 7/7 and Boston. Most mosques in N. America and Europe are funded by Saudis. Moderates are being marginalized; just as certain as it is common knowledge that the radical jihadists are funded by Saudi money in Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan, Egypt, Syria and Bahrain, and gain ground there.
While I do not pretend to know all the answers to these complex issues, some of the solutions lie in:
1) Creating an awareness among Muslims that Orthodox Islam is the correct path and they do not need to go to new innovative political movements and seek radical Islam against a demonized West.
2) The West must stop supporting and using these movements; that is, short term goals maybe accomplished but longer term ramifications are expensive as we saw in Iraq and Afghanistan.
3) Mecca and Medina together with Jerusalem might be made international cities of peace. In this way, these cities cannot be used to further the agenda of one religious movement or another.
We have to stop the outdated conventional war mentality of invasion, and focus on changing ideologies and overcoming their hate narrative, coupled with secure borders and working with other nations to purge the threat of terrorism by recognizing them within our own borders, and others with similar concerns (even China is concerned of Jihadists in Kashmir and Western Xinjiang province) and avoid the political correctness of calling Fort Hood gunmen like Maj. Nidal Hasan, “work related violence,” or a few Chechnyans “isolated, unrelated criminal incidents;” indeed, the Boston bombing “suspect”, although Dzhokhar Tsarnaev admitted the attack, Tsarnaev is being called a “self-radicalized militant,” and may be read “miranda rights,” as a civil case is evident, with the possibility of clever lawyers arguing his case; common criminality is at hand. Obama being a lawyer himself, is it surprising, he has declared they “will not be treated as enemy combatants…tried under civilian justice?” This falls into the administrations assertion that great progress is being made against Muslim terrorists, and lists a long list of local Islamist terrorists that are now in serving time in US prisons under this system- so, apparently, let us refrain from allowing them to be recognized as Jihadists. And, still, according to the Supreme Court, it is Congress’s call on whether to decide a person is an “enemy combatant” and an “Operational terrorist” where the FBI need not read the Miranda Rights, under the “Public Safety” category, and testimony is admissible later.
In November 2009, in the wake of the Ft. Hood jihadist attack, ACT! for America Executive Director Guy Rodgers wrote a column in which he coined the term “Jihad Denial Syndrome.” In the wake of the Boston Marathon jihadist attack, Andrew McCarthy noted in National Review Online, “…willful blindness remains the order of the day.” “He seemed so nice.” referring to Tsarnaev. The president and administration, the media, and academia, appear fflicted with “Jihad Denial Syndrome.” John Guandolo, former FBI agent and expert on terrorism and the Muslim Brotherhood, has voiced how the jihadist support network in the United States and abroad is making terrorist attacks like the one in Boston possible.
To give you an example of the world-wide networking of Wahhabi Salafists, in Saudi Arabia, I have heard stories from my Muslim friends that when Muslims go for Hajj (pilgrimage) to Mecca they are not allowed to take any printed materials with them. When they come back the pious and innocent minds of traditional Muslims are then given the hate materials of Wahhabi proselytizing, centered around protecting the royal family and violently anti-West. As I have heard it expressed by a Shiite friend of mine: “Just because a few thugs aided by Col Lawrence of Arabia MI6 have taken over the holy places of Islam; this does not mean they represent Islam.”
If we are schooled by the lessons of history, counterterrorism measures in wars of aggression can only be useful if we awaken from our sleepwalking through a decade of political finger-pointing over past wars, and take future action to change the root ideological imperatives that drives our attackers in the first place.
As for political correctness, we need to remove the blinders and be quicker to recognize true evil in our midst, as radical Islamists- Know this: traditional Sunnis and Shias live in harmony. And, they live in harmony with secular, agnostics, atheists, Christian, or Hindu, et. al. Whether it is the trend today to deny the United States was founded as a Christian nation, in “God we Trust,” remains on our currency, and is part of our heritage; and yet the Founders saw fit to separate church and state by the Constitution, thereby protecting the U.S. citizens from the tyranny of a religious majority, and yet guarantees religous freedom of worship. That said, Americans should take comfort in knowing that most Muslims believe Muslims and Christians are brothers in faith. I have often heard expressed how both believe in God and a messenger or (spiritual) son sent by God. Muslims simply have an additional messenger Mohammed (Pubh), but interestingly the most fundamental common bond or belief of Muslims and Christians is they are both waiting for the return of Jesus (a.s.) to sort out the differences.
These are two great religions of the world and should work together to eliminate the radicalized hate mongers, and those who create divisions suggesting we have a clash of civilizations. We don’t. And, the villains, if you are waiting for the buzz word: Al Qaeda, instead, add them to the many terrorists with the same doctrine: the source: Wahhabis Salafis.
Those same deviants, whether Chechnyans, or the SSP, Haqqani Network, LeT, and LeJ in FATA Pakistan, who have murder as a solution for saying “merry X’mas” and shooting of innocent teenage girls, like Malala, for reading books, must be stopped. But, in order to stop the slow metastasizing of terrorist attacks against “soft targets” at events such as the Boston Marathon, and the next catastrophe, we must not be so blind and PC to ignore that these are related incidents by terrorists whether sent straight from al Qaeda or home-grown influence by them, or countless other organizations, they represent people we do business with: radical Wahhabis Salafis Deobandis funded by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia-the roots of terrorism.
Then, perhaps it is time to base American foreign policy on the principles of our Founding Fathers: Democracy, liberty and human rights. Perhaps even attempt to work together more closely with nations that reflect these values, including allies like Pakistan sharing information, CIA with ISI, commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia, Gen. James Mattis who is working with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, should work closely with General Kayani of Pakistan and insist on truth in private and public discourse so the American public knows with whom it deals: the Chechnyans were Islamist terrorists.