Friday, April 22, 2005

Man, am I sick of conspiracy theories!

In response to the article of Khaled al-Dakheel, that I posted on this blog previously and that I had sent him privately, a Saudi friend (whom I love dearly) sent me (after a couple intervening emails) the following article from US News. The article is a little longish, but you will get the idea from reading the first page only. It talks about covert efforts by the US to promote "moderate" islamic thought within the arab world. Maybe I over-reacted, but I took my friend's message as an implicit warning against people such as al-Dakheel, labeled as "liberals", who are fooling faithful muslims on instructions from the CIA, and sent him the following answer:

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Salam,

Thank you for forwarding the link to that article from US News. I in fact knew about the covert efforts this article is talking about a long time ago. Yes, these efforts have some scary aspects to them, but they are quite natural: America has been targeted, and we should acknowledge the right of any nation that feels targeted to defend itself by any and all legitimate means. (Of course, we may argue about the legitimacy of the methods described in that US News article, but that is another story.) Now, since we know about these efforts, the worst thing that can happen, and it is in fact happening, is to label anyone who deviates from the mainstream of political or religious thought as a traitor and an agent of the CIA. I am sure many in your country and elsewhere will label Khalid al-Dakhil as a CIA agent, because he dared to deviate a tiny bit from "religiously correct" thought, and talk like Tabari did about historical incidents involving the Companions of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). That is in my view wrong, and only shows the intolerance and narrow-mindedness of a large part of muslims today and their profound inability to distinguish between legitimate analysis or criticism and illegitimate libel. We have become a nation that doesn't accept multiple views and interpretations, while historically islam has always known a multitude of views. And, even though there has always been a "tought police" that controls the orthodoxy of what is being said and done, never in the history of Islam has the control over ideas been as tight as it is today (as proof: if you read history books, you will find many unflattering details that great sunni scholars felt perfectly comfortable mentioning about the Companions of the Prophet, and which today are extremely taboo to talk about). Only a couple days ago, a jordanian islamist (Yaser Zaatra, whom you may know already), has written an article in a Moroccan islamist newspaper about the evolution of islamist movements in the arab world in the past two decades. Please read it and see for yourself how intolerant these so-called islamist groups were to one another; no wonder that they have committed atrocities in the name of islam everywhere on the planet, that they kill shia minorities in pakistan and now in iraq. I personally am completely sick of people who call the killing of iraqi policemen and civilians and the beheading of hostages "legitimate resistance" in the name of islam, without offering any viable political alternative, apart, maybe, from transforming iraq into a new taliban-like state(*). I am also very sick of these so called "scholars" and "intellectuals" (Zaatra is actually one of them) who continue to describe bin Laden and Zawahri as "Sheikhs" with total impunity -- not only that, they continue to enjoy acceptance and be invited in the mainstream media (on al-Jazeera for example), while everyone who dares describe the beheadings and other atrocities in iraq as acts of terrorism is denounced as a traitor and an agent of the West. If only the US intervention succeeds in reducing such a strong bias against reason, and restore some sanity to a completely insane world, I can assure you that many sick people like myself will in fact welcome it. History teaches us that not all foreign intervention by imperial powers is detrimental to indigenous people: if the french government hadn't put a lot of pressure on Morocco in the early nineties to come clean on human rights, moroccan prisons would perhaps still be full of political prisoners, to this very day.

Regarding the covert efforts themselves, well, as a proud muslim, who believes that islam is a true religion of justice and compassion, revealed and protected by God himself, I believe that, ultimately, no harm will be done, islam will not suffer, and muslims in the long run will only benefit from these tribulations and trials (provided they behave islamically, i.e. in a wise and measured fashion). In the early days of revelation, when our forefathers were a small and oppressed minority, they found great comfort in verses like this one, which may be applicable (to a certain extent) to our situation today: "And when those who disbelieve plot against thee (O Muhammad) to wound thee fatally, or to kill thee or to drive thee forth; they plot, but Allah (also) plotteth; and Allah is the best of plotters." Quran, 8-30

(*) When the so-called mujahedin took power in Afghanistan after they defeated soviet troops with CIA backing, didn't the country slip into a decade of famine and civil war, with millions of afghan refugees pouring into neighboring iran and pakistan and tens of thousands of civilians killed (maybe even more than the soviet killed) ?

2 comments:

Khalij-Khazar said...

I am very happy I discovered your blog. I enjoyed reading this post along with the others.

Karim said...

Hi khalij-khazar, and welcome to our blog. I am glad you enjoyed the posts, and I hope we'll see you frequently here.

Karim.