Heightened Senses

Hello. I'm Imraan. This is the only thing I own outright; I write from time to time, in the hopes that free-association might save a trip to a sanatorium.

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Good Terrorists, Bad Terrorists (as it seems, in both cases, it is us!)

In case you’re wondering who the good terrorists are…you know, the ones committing horrendous crimes internationally… well it looks like it’s about to be us…again. Of course, with our supporters in al-Qaeda; the spiritual inheritors of those jihadists whom we trusted so much in the ’80s’. Abandon all hope… at least in us. O how I lament for our Syrian brothers…

This needs to be read. We need reminders…warnings… no doubt our leaders will not read these.

“Does President Obama know he’s fighting on al-Qaeda’s side?”

He, and they, are ready “to fight to the last drop of other peoples’ blood” as George Galloway said to that belligerent “drink-sodden ex-Trotskyist popinjay” Christopher Hitchens once. Look at what happened to his career. Let us hope he has paid for his crimes, too.

Sheer arrogance – O leaders of the free world, just where exactly are your grandfathers now? Do you nor think that you will join them? There is a poetic irony here; the men who are so ready to inflict death don’t seem to think that they too will die some day. But most likely they will not be blasted and their limbs shred from their bodies or hanging by tendons; most likely no invading or occupying army will be responsible for their deaths; most-likely, fire will not rain from the sky targeted by a drone that is operated by someone in a desert in Nevada; most likely, their country will not be taken over by a bunch of murderous jihadist monsters who will decimate the land and savagely oppress their people.

The trouble is, that they are almost totally secure in knowing that some day they will die in comfort. Perhaps in their beds, warm and surrounded by their loved ones. A comforting, dignifying thought. Which is perhaps why they cannot comprehend the fact that their involvement in the Middle East over the last decades has caused immeasurable suffering.

One wonders why on earth these powers think that they have a right to get involved in a war thousands of miles away from them? A war, incidentally, which they caused, and would only be continuing.

Why have we, as an ummah prostituted ourselves to these powers that have never served us; we have enslaved ourselves to the hypocrites and the treacherous long before black gold was discovered; do we not remember the Fitna, with the forming to a large degree a treacherous and godless dynasty that ruled over the Muslims, who had not decades before been liberated from ‘jahiliyya’…(ignorance), which led to another dynasty being formed…perhaps even more wicked and corrupt.

Why on earth are Syrians rebels, who apparently seek freedom, calling for interventions by the United States, when their own lands in the Golan Heights are being occupied by her satellite state next door; the country which has systematically massacred countless of their kinsmen over decades of disastrous foreign policy (anyone remember chemical weapons falling over Fallujah…or Gaza even…you know, the ones that they denied possessing or using, but then retired from service just this year).

They speak of freedom, when they supported the corrupt and wicked Mubarak; speaking of which what freedoms do the Saudis, Bahrainis or Yemenis have? What about the Palestinians?

Is anyone interested in what might become of the Kurds, Alawis, Christians of various stripes, the Shi’a – all of whom make up significant minorities.

Why is it that when the rebels used Sarin gas several months ago was no one tried for it; why were funds never stopped from going to them? Yet the Syrian government of course, which so-far hasn’t been involved in chemical weaponry as far as the evidence shows (though this can change), has become a pariah state.

Does anyone remember the claims by Syrian state media that there were armed terrorists causing chaos in the earliest protests – that they were involved in jihad long before the west recognised it. Only Robert Fisk had the courage to say this some months into the uprising of Syrians – but by which time already terrible calamities were befalling one of the last bastions of Arab dignity (at least compared to most other Arab states). Indeed, many anti-Assad Syrians are claiming that Hizbollah were involved right at the start – and if this is true, one wonders why the media couldn’t make this a more prominent point in their coverage. But they ought to be excused, because they were too busy to cover for the most part the tragic story that became and is Bahrain (an honest oversight), with whom we are now trading in arms.

Then Syria was suspended from the Arab League – because apparently this collection of “corrupt kings and puppet presidents” (Galloway) somehow had the democratic interests of their Syrian brothers in mind… ironic? What happened to Bahrain or Saudi Arabia in this regard?

Then the Americans and their Saudi and other allies formed the Friends of Democratic Syria – which then had to be changed in name because, hey, guess what, people weren’t that stupid to recognise the fatuousness of such a group.

There are many points and subtleties that will need elaborating and elucidating; but let us just remember Iraq. I was twelve years old at the time we went to war. Ignorant as I was, I thought just for a while that the removal of Saddam Hussein woulld bring freedom to that nation. That country had no history of continuous suicide bombings until we interfered…go figure…

We were shown maps of where the WMD’s were, we dismissed the reports of the UN Inspectors who went in to look for phantom weapons, we quickly forgot the link between Al-Qaeda and the Iraqi Regime…and it became a hunt for Saddam Hussein quickly…Does anyone remember when we lost track of as much perhaps 18bn Dollars of Iraqi money… (http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/06/19/missing-iraq-money-may-be-as-much-as-18-billion/)

Meanwhile, the farce of the peace-protest is ongoing, for both the Palestinians and the Syrians; one wonders what is next.

Shall we hold hands and wait for the apocalypse to come? Some say that the fate of world-peace rests in the hands of a rather suspect character that is Putin. But then, would I rather that it was in the hands of the criminal President of the freest country in the world?

Certainly, whether or not one believes in a messianic figure who will come and restore humanity to this world, I wonder if the only hope we have left is, in fact…hope – in some imaginative capacity. Certainly any real prospects seem to have been cast into the dustbin along with those allegations of WMDs and maps that Colin Powell ought to use for a burial shroud when his time comes. Hope though, you’ll ask, In God-knows-what?… For it certainly our Syrian brothers – or at least the ones with a shred of dignity  – will not place it in us, duped and doped as we are.

“Impressions of Gaza”

I know some argue that I am involved in a sort of hero-worship of Noam Chomsky, however I must admit that I thoroughly liked the following piece, which he wrote some two weeks ago, after having visited Gaza at the end of October – as far as I can tell, this is the most accurate picture available on the web (that is, from someone who is sympathetic toward the plight of our Palestinian brothers). 

“Even a single night in jail is enough to give a taste of what it means to be under the total control of some external force. And it hardly takes more than a day in Gaza to begin to appreciate what it must be like to try to survive in the world’s largest open-air prison, where a million and a half people, in the most densely populated area of the world, are constantly subject to random and often savage terror and arbitrary punishment, with no purpose other than to humiliate and degrade, and with the further goal of ensuring that Palestinian hopes for a decent future will be crushed and that the overwhelming global support for a diplomatic settlement that will grant these rights will be nullified….” (for the full text visit Chomsky.info)

Though this is an old quote, so far as I know, I think that this is perhaps the best description of what it means to be a Palestinian living in occupied lands (again, from the same piece):

 

The purposeful humiliation is also not new, though it constantly takes new forms. Thirty years ago political leaders, including some of the most noted hawks, submitted to Prime Minister Begin a shocking and detailed account of how settlers regularly abuse Palestinians in the most depraved manner and with total impunity. The prominent military-political analyst Yoram Peri wrote with disgust that the army’s task is not to defend the state, but “to demolish the rights of innocent people just because they are Araboushim (“niggers,” “kikes”) living in territories that God promised to us.”

 Again, it looks like there will be a bloodbath in the besieged Gaza – PressTV reports that the death toll now stands at least 100 dead  – for an army with precision-guided missiles, it’s incredible as to how often they manage to shoot at civilian complexes, killing several members of the same family…certainly, I don’t condone Gazan firing at arbitrary targets, but for what is supposed to be the most ‘efficient’ (and they use this term with pride) military machine in the world, it’s astounding as to how often the Israelis manage to miss their targets completely, or use outrageous force at that. 

But of course…they will always carry out an ‘independent internal investigation’. As the Persian saying goes, I think there is something very true about “the arrogance of power“. 

 

 

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