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Why al-Qa’ida Is Attractive (for U.S. Support of Other Islamists)

December 11th, 2013 - 6:02 pm

If you have never understood U.S. Middle East, policy here it is: The response to September 11.

What do I mean? Simple.

There are two ways to respond to September 11:

  1. There is a struggle with revolutionary Islamists, which is a huge battle that is parallel to the Cold War or the Allied-Axis conflict. America must organize a united front to fight this battle against the Islamists: Sunnis or Shia; Turkish, Iranian, or Arab; the Muslim Brotherhood, Salafists, and al-Qa’ida; Hamas, Hizballah, and even the Taliban.
  2. Or, what seems easier: having many more allies and fewer enemies only to focus on al-Qa’ida. After all, who else attacked the United States, Great Britain, Spain, Kenya, etc.?

That’s it. Honest. And guess what? The Washington insiders, “experts” (anything but), officials, many intelligence people (including John Brennan, the head of the CIA), military officers, and sectors of the Republican party (especially Senator John McCain) believe this.

In Washington, it is not good for one’s career not to believe it.

But it is understandable, after all (albeit also inaccurate and stupid).

Look at this point:

Who do you believe is an enemy who wants to fight and hurt America and the West?

  1. The Syrian and Egyptian Muslim Brotherhoods, the Salafists, al-Qa’ida, Hamas, Hizballah, the Taliban, Iran, and Turkey.
  2. Just al-Qaida?

See what I mean?

And suppose we could get all these not al-Qa’ida Islamists as allies?

Suppose we could get all these non al-Qa’ida Islamists to repress al-Qa’ida and so stop terrorist attacks? Wouldn’t that be an easier job? One less involved, theoretically, in costing American lives and in costing money? One that would be popular with voters?


And finally, of course, that is what the administration and much of the mass media believe.

The problem is, though, that gets the Islamist ideology wrong. Al-Qa’ida and the other revolutionary Islamists have different tactics but not different goals. Learning that lesson will take years and be very painful. The wrong ideas are deeply embedded in large parts of the arrogant, ignorant, and financially interested establishment.

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Qatar and al Qaeda

Other than the very public backing of al Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood rebels to overthrow secular regimes, Al Jazeera and Qatar have a complicated history when it comes to terrorism. According to leaked American diplomatic cables published by Wikileaks, Qatar’s record of counter-terrorism is the “worst in the region.” According to the cable, “hesitant to act against known terrorists out of concern for appearing to be aligned with the U.S. and provoking reprisals.”9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was on the payroll of the Qatari Ministry of Electricity and Water. In fact, it was a no-show job, and he used the time and money to travel to different countries. Months before his capture, KSM was interviewed by Al Jazeera reporter Yosri Fouda. According to the FBI and CIA, American intelligence was on the verge of capturing KSM in 1996 in connection with the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, until he was tipped off by a member of the Qatari royal family, Abdullah bin Khalid al-Thani. Described as a “deeply religious” member of the family, Abdullah al-Thani was formerly the Minister of Religious Affairs, in 1996, and then Minister of Interior of Qatar until June 2013.

Qatar was also the home of the alleged Taliban embassy, which turns out to have been a farce. Despite Obama telling the world that Karzai and the Afghani government were in discussions with the Taliban in Qatar, the story was later changed when it was revealed that the Taliban had not in fact opened an embassy, but a small office which featured the al Qaeda flag. In this regard, the Obama administration is of two contradictory minds: on one hand, it was announced that Karzai’s government was making peace with the Taliban; on the other, it was announced in June 2013 that American government did not recognize the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

Qatar and Pakistan, one of the world’s most corrupt states with a military and intelligence services who regularly behave like mercenaries groups, enjoy a cordial relationship. The Pakistani-military subsidiary and construction company National Logistics Cell, which may fairly be termed a corporate division of the Taliban, is partnered with private Qatari investors. NLC has completed several and is working on a number new of construction projects in Qatar. Formally a part of the Pakistani Army, during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan the truckers in the NLC began transporting heroin, in additional to military supplies. This led to the coalescence of a narcotics mafia within the Pakistani military, who eventually found common ground with the Islamic anarchists of the Taliban. Due to their cooperation in the context of opium production and transportation, it is not unreasonable to suspect that the NLC in Qatar is heavily involved in narcotics. Moreover, it was reported by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) that the Afghan opium harvest grew by an astounding 49% in 2013, reaching an estimated 5,500 metric tons. Considering the origin of the NLC in the Pakistani military complex, it is unsurprising that in December 2011, the Chief of Pakistan’s ISI, Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha, traveled to Qatar.

Hamas in Qatar
In October, it was confirmed by Al Monitor that the leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, was living in a “guest house” in Doha, receiving “guests from around the world.” In the same article, another senior Hamas source called the terrorist groups relationship with Qatar “excellent.” In a well-established pattern of providing terrorists with a megaphone that reaches all corners of the world, Qatar invited Meshaal to speak on Al Jazeera, where he excused his absence from Palestine, obliquely citing the “activity” in the Arab region near Egypt. It would seem that Meshaal no longer feels safe in Palestine now that the new Egyptian government has decided to crack down hard on the Muslim Brotherhood spinoff that is Hamas.

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It has seemed to me since shortly after 9/11 that the wave totalitarianism that went trough the West in the form of fascism and communism in the mid 20th century is now making its way through the Muslim world. Its goal is expansion and colonization of the West. And although I don't agree with those like MB4 who has commented that all Muslims are determined to fight and hurt the West true moderates are often hard to find for the same reasons it was hard to find dissidents in Hitler's Germany or Stalin's Russia. Pretending that just al Qaida is the problem is just self delusion. And pretending that immigration will moderate Islam is a vin hope given the rates of inmarriage and the prevalence of honor killing. They are currently demanding sharia for themselves and given continued encouragement they will impose sharia on us like any other colonizing entity. Post colonialism will get you colonized.
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Could we as a third option use disinformation, false flag ops, etc. to pit some jihadist groups against others - sunni jihaddists against Hizbollah for example. That is what's happening in Syria without even our encouragement. It should be encouraged, no? I suppose that could be considered just a permutation of option one above, but we wouldn't be doing the fighting.
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