The war on terror rages on with more gusto and illegality than we would like to believe. The change in language by Western governments seems to be just that - lip service. In the United States for example, the clandestine war against Iran - and those that do not cower to its demands - continues to receive money, intelligence and logistical help in ever increasing amounts.
Seymour Hersh’s recent article in the New Yorker epitomises this. In the article we are told how the CIA and other security services of America are actively funding proscribed terrorist organisations like the Mujahideen-e-Khalq. Hersh informs us that ‘The M.E.K. has been on the State Department’s terrorist list for more than a decade, yet in recent years the group has received arms and intelligence, directly or indirectly, from the United States.’
But the most revealing and to some extent what every Muslim knows - we all know how hypocritical and sinister the Bush administration is - were the links the US has with Al-Qaeda! Yep – that’s the very same Al-Qaeda that it is reportedly ‘fighting’.
Hersh has this to say about a group going by the name Jundallah, ‘One of the most active and violent anti-regime groups in Iran today is the Jundallah, also known as the Iranian People’s Resistance Movement, which describes itself as a resistance force fighting for the rights of Sunnis in Iran. “This is a vicious Salafi organization whose followers attended the same madrassas as the Taliban and Pakistani extremists,” Nasr told me. “They are suspected of having links to Al Qaeda and they are also thought to be tied to the drug culture.” The Jundallah took responsibility for the bombing of a busload of Revolutionary Guard soldiers in February, 2007. At least eleven Guard members were killed. According to Baer and to press reports, the Jundallah is among the groups in Iran that are benefiting from U.S. support.”
Hersh continues ‘… “The Baluchis are Sunni fundamentalists who hate the regime in Tehran, but you can also describe them as Al Qaeda,” Baer told me. “These are guys who cut off the heads of nonbelievers - in this case, it’s Shiite Iranians. The irony is that we’re once again working with Sunni fundamentalists, just as we did in Afghanistan in the nineteen-eighties.” Ramzi Yousef, who was convicted for his role in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who is considered one of the leading planners of the September 11th attacks, are Baluchi Sunni fundamentalists’
I would advise those of us who don’t yet to understand the phenomenon of ‘terrorism’ to read Seymour Hersh’s article and see for ourselves why so many people, Muslims and non-Muslims, are suspicious of policies like ‘Preventing Violent Extremism’. They see and hear how the very same governments do the complete opposite and instigate terrorism against a sovereign state. Fortunately, the Muslim community at the grassroots level can see through this hypocrisy and is not so gullible to fall in line, like those who have been taken in by the ‘war on terror’ rhetoric.
Once more, it’s foreign policy stupid!