There are approximately 1.8 billion Muslims on Earth. That is
approximately 24% of the world population. They live in regions spanning
North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, and reaching as far as
Southeast Asia. There are Muslim communities in virtually every nation -
and in many - they have played a pivotal, constructive, and welcomed
role in national development.
If even 1% of the world's Muslims were violent terrorists bent on
conquering the world, that would constitute an army 18 million strong -
or in other words - larger than the next 20 largest armies on Earth
combined. Most critics of Islam infer that the number is actually much
higher than 1% - many suggesting that the majority of Muslims
either are engaged in or support terrorism. It is logical to conclude
that if even 1% were dedicated to terrorism and the "conquest of
infidels," the war would have ended in their favor long ago.
It is clear that there is not even 1% across Islam engaged in or
supporting terrorism. Across the Arab World, the vast majority of
Muslims, Christians, other sects, and the secular, stand united against
terrorism. It is clear that a mountain of lies stands between many and
the truth - a mountain built so tall that it leaves entire segments of
targeted populations in the perpetual darkness of ignorance.
From Whence Terror Flows
The source of terrorism is not the Qu'ran - a book that few critics of
Islam have even picked up let alone genuinely read - but rather a very
easily traced money trail that leads to Washington and London.
It is indeed the Western World that has created, branded, and marketed
"radical Islam," which is for all intents and purposes a strictly
political tool designed to provoke direct Western military interventions
where possible, and fight conflicts by proxy whenever direct military
intervention is not possible.
In Syria and Iraq, the US has used its terrorist
proxies to do both - first to fight the government of Damascus and its
allies by proxy, and when that failed, to set a pretext for direct US
It has also been used domestically, as one former analyst once put it, "to enlist our obedience for the construction of the prison planet." Indeed,
under the pretext of "fighting terrorism," the United States and much
of Europe has been transformed into an invasive police state and despite
stripping away the freedom and liberty of the Western World for the
promise of security - the peoples of the West find themselves with
For those that have been sucked up into "radical Islam," it seems very
real. Just as the US uses patriotism to convince young men and women to
devote their lives to foreign invasions, wars, and occupations against
scores of sovereign nations around the world - predicated on "freedom,
democracy, and self-determination" even as US militarism strips all of
the above away from the planet - that fraction of a fraction of 1%
engaged in "radical Islam" truly believe in their cause - no matter how
nonexistent and contradictory it is in reality.
And "radical Islam" does not exist in a vacuum. It requires a medium to
interact with. That includes a equally extreme, but opposite "radical
ignorance" and fear sown across the Western population. Together, the
two feed each other creating a perpetual pretext for foreign war, a
perpetual sense of injustice against Muslims to which US-armed and
funded terrorists can rally around, and perpetual fear and hatred spread
across the Western World.
It is the age-old political tool of empires - divide and conquer - honed
to perfection and supercharged through information technology -
particularly social media.
Wahhabism - The Key to Arab Conquest
Part of "radical ignorance" includes a deep and profound ignorance of
history. Understanding the actual inception of "radical Islam," more
accurately known as Wahhabism, dispels many of the most virulent lies
spread about Islam - that is has always been a barbaric, warlike
ideology. Militant Islam is a relatively new phenomenon, invented by the
House of Saud, then cultivated and exploited to its full potential by
the British Empire and its American heirs.
The Ottoman Empire and mastery over the Arab World was coveted and
contested by the British Empire. The promise of Arab independence was
dangled over the heads of the founders of many of the dynasties now
ruling Arabia - dynasties that were carved out through cults of
personality and a violent misinterpretation of Islam known as Wahhabism.
The British, after betraying the Arabs, would harness this political
tool to do what all empires do best - divide and conquer - and
specifically so regarding the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
As the British Empire unraveled, the Americans picked up where London
left off. The Saudis and their neighboring Persian Gulf kingdoms have
been propped up by the West since the end of World War 1. Since World
War 2, many of the same dynasties have sat in power, armed, funded,
protected, and invited into some of the most lucrative business deals
and economic activity in human history.
It was with members of the Muslim Brotherhood that the US attempted to
overthrow current Syrian President Bashar Al Assad's father, Hafez
al-Assad with. It was the US with the Saudis and factions within
Pakistan's military and government who oversaw the very creation of
militant groups like Al Qaeda to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan.
And it is to this very day still very much a US-European enterprise
perpetuating the Saudi regime in Riyadh, arming it to the tune of
hundreds of billions of dollars in weapons and military support, and
using Riyadh admittedly as an intermediary through which Washington,
London, and Brussels arm and fund the worst, most virulent terrorist
organizations on Earth.
Even current US President Donald Trump - who regularly cites "radical
Islam" as an enduring threat to America's national security, has signed
off on immense weapon deals to the very nations the US uses to cultivate
and perpetuate global terrorism.
The US and Europe Drive Terrorism, Not Islam
Each and every terrorist attack that unfolds across North America or
Europe is followed by a tidal wave of propaganda aimed at further
bolstering a "clash of civilizations." The fearful public either cowers
or lashes out against Muslims - led by establishment voices including
the newly christened "alt-right."
Muslims and Islam are blamed and the same collection of elementary
talking points are rolled out to fan the flames of hatred and hysteria.
Points of logic including the number of Muslims on Earth versus the
actual number of terrorists are never discussed.
Also never discussed is the fact that terrorists - particularly those
either members of the self-titled "Islamic State" (ISIS) and Al Qaeda,
or those inspired by such groups - are indoctrinated, radicalized,
armed, funded, and supported by Washington, London, Brussels, and a
collection of the West's closest allies in the Middle East - namely
Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, Jordan, and Israel.
It was in a leaked 2012 US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) memo that
revealed the US and its allies' intent to create what it called a
"Salafist principality" in eastern Syria. The memo would explicitly
state that (emphasis added):
If the situation unravels there is the possibility of
establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in eastern
Syria (Hasaka and Der Zor), and this is exactly what the supporting
powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime, which is considered the strategic depth of the Shia expansion (Iraq and Iran).
On clarifying who these supporting powers were, the DIA memo would state:
The West, Gulf countries, and Turkey support the opposition; while Russia, China, and Iran support the regime.
"Salafist" (Islamic) "principality" (State) would indeed be created
precisely in eastern Syria as US policymakers and their allies had set
out to do. It would be branded as the "Islamic State" and be used first
to wage a more muscular proxy war against Damascus, and when that
failed, to invite US military forces to intervene in the conflict directly.
2014, in an e-mail between US Counselor to the President John Podesta
and former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, it would be admitted
that two of America's closest regional allies - Saudi Arabia and Qatar -
were providing financial and logistical support to ISIS.
The e-mail, leaked to the public through Wikileaks, stated:
...we need to use our diplomatic and more traditional intelligence
assets to bring pressure on the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia,
which are providing clandestine financial and logistic support to [ISIS]
and other radical Sunni groups in the region.
Despite admissions from the United States military and high-level
politicians that ISIS was literally a creation of its own intentional
foreign policy and perpetuated through state-sponsorship by America's
closest regional allies, both the administrations of President Barack
Obama and President Trump would continue signing weapon deals,
maintaining diplomatic ties, and strengthening military and economic
cooperation with these state-sponsors of terror.
Simultaneously, the US and Europe also continue encouraging and
protecting Saudi Arabia's global network of faux-madrases - centers of
indoctrination often under the watch and even co-management of Western
intelligence agencies ensuring a constant, fresh supply of potential
patsies for local terrorist attacks and recruits for the West's proxy
armies fighting abroad.
In other words, the problem of "radical Islam" is manufactured and
perpetuated by the West. Without the money, weapons, and support
provided by the US and Europe to nations like Saudi Arabia, their toxic
political tools would quickly dull and be swept into the dustbin of
human history. As seen in Syria itself, where hundreds of trucks per day
from NATO territory are no longer able to supply ISIS positions within
the country, ISIS is unable to sustain itself. It lacks genuine popular
support in a region where the vast majority of Muslims, Christians, and
the secular remain united against it and has no means of sustaining
itself without immense and constant state sponsorship.
"Radical Islam," or Wahhabism is no different. Both continue to exist
through the intentional and malicious foreign and domestic policy of
Western governments and the special interests that influence them.
Know Yourself and Know Your (Real) Enemy
For those that believe that "radical Islam" is real and an enduring
threat to "Western civilization," they would be wise to heed the words
of ancient warlord Sun Tzu who said, "know yourself, and know your enemy and you will never be defeated."
This means identifying the true source of "radical Islam's" power by
tracing weapons, money, and leadership to their sources. For those that
believe "Islam" is the fundamental problem, indulging in cherry picked
Qu'ran verses is monumentally irresponsible. A true enemy must be
honestly studied which means cherry-picked versus must be put into
context, the Qu'ran as a whole, must be read, and deep and objective
study must be undertaken to truly "know one's enemy."
Meeting and talking with Muslims, observing their communities, and
learning their ways - if one truly believes Islam is a threat - is also
fundamental in order to "know one's enemy."
Yet it is likely that many who blindly hate Islam do so as a spectator
sport. They are disinterested in the truth because picking a side and
rooting is the extent of their intellectual, physical, and moral depth.
For others, it is a means of profiting. Finding a niche in the West's
massive propaganda machine and picking up crumbs for one's bank account
and ego has become a viable business model for many.
But for those with the moral integrity to do so, a genuine look into
"radical Islam" will reveal a much more troubling and real enemy. One
that does not menace us with a foreign culture, religion, or ideology
from abroad, but one that lies right in our midst, cloaked in
patriotism, humanitarianism, and all that passes for "Western
Tony Cartalucci, Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, especially for the online magazine“New Eastern Outlook”.