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16-31 Dec 2004

A War between old bedfellows

By Mohammad Khalid

Oslo: In the post 9/11 era, the Muslim Fundamentalists are emerging as anti-West and anti-US forces in the world. The U. S. and the Western media is according over-projection to their activities in various parts of the world. But are they really anti-West or anti-Capitalist forces emerging in the Muslim world? Do they deserve any support by the masses in Muslim countries? Do they really deserve to be representatives of Muslim masses? These are the issues we must ponder upon before deciding to support such elements.

In fact, the interpretation of Islam presented by these Mullahs is totally different from the real meaning of Islam under which it is a simple, progressive and enlightened religion. The progressive leaders of the Muslim world, some of them mentioned above, wanted to follow that progressive path of Islam which was not only the need of hour but a demand of Muslim masses. Through their misinterpretation of Islam these Mullahs created a permanent polarization in the Muslim societies throughout the world. This polarization is still going on.

The history shows that these fundamentalists were never anti-West and anti-Capitalism. In fact, during the Cold War era, they always stood shoulder-to-shoulder with these Western ideologies against whom they claim to be fighting today. By declaring the concept of equality as un-Islamic and describing capitalism as closer to Islam, they strengthened the hands of US imperialism in the cold war against former Soviet Union. In fact, the Capitalist West nurtured the illogical misinterpretations of Islam by these illiterate Mullahs against the “God-less system of equality of human beings” during the Cold War era. The West knew their price and kept them feeding directly, or some times indirectly, in their so-called ‘JIHAD against the concept of equality’.

The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan provided the Western Capitalists a golden opportunity to mobilize all their Islamic stooges throughout the world in a practical war (or JIHAD) against that ‘UN-ISLAMIC’ ideology. General Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq of Pakistan, who came into power after executing a nationalist Pakistani leader Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, was made the head or the Commander-in-Chief of those “JIHADIS.” All puppet Muslim leaders of Middle East were instructed to despatch fundamentalist volunteers to fight for ‘liberation of Afghanistan’. Worth billions of dollars’ arms and ammunition were supplied to these ‘BROTHERS OF THE WEST’ free of charge. The Pakistani usurper and dictator became the bridge between fundamentalist Jihadies and the Western World. The Generals of Pakistan and these Jihadi leaders made billions of dollars through smuggling of weapons, acquired as aid from the West, in open markets and by doing drug businesses. Apart from their shameful role in Afghan Jihad, which was in fact a war between Soviet Union and theUS systems, these so-called champions of Islam had disgraceful history in their respective national politics. They not only stood against the liberation and independence struggles in most of Muslim countries, and indirectly strengthened the hands of colonial and imperialist powers, but vehemently opposed any progressive movement for economic prosperity of Muslim masses and end of the menace of poverty. Take the example of South Asia where majority of Muslim religious leaders opposed creation of Pakistan. They went to the extent of issuing Fatwas against Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal. When Pakistan was created with Allah’s blessings and as result of Muslim nation’s relentless support to the enlightened and progressive leadership of that time, these Mullahs launched campaigns of hatred against progressive nationalist leaders and their great ideologies in the name of Islam. In their opposition to these ideologies they went to the extent of physical elimination of progressive and charismatic leaders of the Muslim world. In Pakistan, these blood thirsty Mullahs killed thousands of their opponents in the educational institutions, like the University of Punjab and Karachi University. They still celebrate the hanging of nationalist leader Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, under a concocted murder case, by their godfather, General Mohammad Ziaul Haq. In Indonesia, during late sixties, they murdered hundred thousands of Muslims just for supporting Suekarno’s progressive ideas. Their hatred against Kamal Attaturk is evident in their speeches and writings.

In fact, the interpretation of Islam presented by these Mullahs is totally different from the real meaning of Islam under which it is a simple, progressive and enlightened religion. The progressive leaders of the Muslim world, some of them mentioned above, wanted to follow that progressive path of Islam which was not only the need of hour but a demand of Muslim masses. Through their misinterpretation of Islam these Mullahs created a permanent polarization in the Muslim societies throughout the world. This polarization is still going on.

The brand of Islam these religious champions are presenting to the world is not only rejected by non-Muslims but by enlightened Muslims throughout the world. Due to their negative conduct, in majority of Muslim countries these fundamentalist elements faced humiliating defeats in the elections. Their overall proportion in the parliaments of majority of Muslim countries was almost negligible.

Today, these mercenaries of Capitalism and opponents of Islamic concept of equality and justice are emerging as ‘Muslim Jihadis’ and anti-West Mujahideen. They are trying to befool Muslim masses with their anti-American slogans. But Muslims know their real faces. They know that fundamentalists’ struggle against West is in fact a war between two ‘Old Bed-fellows of Cold War era.’ The real reason for their annoyance with the West is not Capitalism’s inhuman and anti-poor policies. Rather their real issue is end of their utility in the eyes of the West. After the end of Soviet Union, Capitalism does not need their services, their Fatwas against socialism and communism are no more required , their role as fighters against Soviet system is finished. The West is not willing to spend its tax payers’ money on these mercenaries. After being thrown out by the West like used condoms, they have turned against their former masters.
They vow to destroy the West as they did to the Soviet Union. But the Soviet Union was destroyed by a well planned scheme of the American C. I. A. in which their role was just that of a gang of illiterate and ignorant fighters who did not even know whose war they were actually fighting for. They kept thinking that they were fighting for Allah but in fact they were fighting for the Western Capitalism. And Allah is never with those people who betray their own people and who keep their minds and senses shut to the hard realities.

We, the Muslim masses, do not want this abandoned lot to become our so-called leaders or spokespersons. They were never our representatives, rather they are the representatives of their own self interests. Our war against the unjust system and exploitation of human beings is going on for centuries and in this struggle we have sacrificed a lot. Our struggle is not based on any religious, ethnic, or national grouping. Rather, we speak for all the human beings, irrespective of their religious or ideological affiliations. Let these Mullahs fight their own war with their old masters. We are not party to this war between two old bed fellows as both of them are devils, cruel, and enemies of humanity.
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