Responsible Terrorism

A. Scott Piraino

It appears that Al Qaeda was behind a series of bombings in Madrid that killed 200 people, and injured 1500. Proof came when Spanish authorities obtained a videotape of a man claiming to represent the Al-Qaeda network. A man speaking Arabic on the tape said “We declare our responsibility for what happened in Madrid exactly two and a half years after the attacks on New York and Washington”.

It is important that we realize, Al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility for their campaign of terror, but they have not admitted the attacks were their fault. The tape also said, “this is a response to the crimes that you caused in the world, and specifically in Iraq and Afghanistan”. So, what exactly are our crimes?

We supplied Osama Bin Laden while he was fighting the Russian occupation of Afghanistan. We also supported Saddam’s regime when he decided to attack neighboring Iran. After the United States helped Bin Laden drive the Russians out of Afghanistan, he formed Al-Qaeda, (the base). Saddam Hussein negotiated an end to the war with Iran after eight years of bloody stalemate, then decided to invade Kuwait.

Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden are psychotic murderers and we should never have had anything to do with them. But the fact remains, both men turned against us after the United States supported them during their wars. Our actions do not explain their actions, or Islam’s pathological hatred of the United States.

Osama Bin Laden’s own words are mostly diatribes of lies and propaganda, particularly his outrageous statements about the United States. “America, head of the infidels in particular, bear hate and grudge against Islam and Muslims that cannot be described”. “The US government has committed acts that are extremely unjust, hideous and criminal”.

The truth is the United States has had very few military conflicts with the Arab world. The US Navy engaged the Barbary corsairs early in the 19th Century. Our troops fought against Germany in North Africa in World War Two. The US also intervened to separate warring factions in Lebanon and Somalia, and Presidents Reagan and Clinton ordered air strikes in retaliation for terrorist bombings.

The Gulf War in 1990 was the first war the United States waged against an Islamic nation before September 11th 2001. Of course our purpose was to liberate Kuwait, and we fought that war with an international coalition that included Islamic troops. We did not even overthrow Saddam Hussein after the first Gulf War, instead we negotiated an end to hostilities and enforced sanctions to prevent Iraq from re-arming.

By contrast, Britain and France occupied many Islamic nations for over a century, and created the modern geopolitical map of the Middle East. Britain carved Persia into Iraq and Iran, and it was Britain that gave the Israelis control of Palestine. The French suppressed Arab nationalists, and fought viciously to keep Algeria a French colony after WW II.

The Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, and today the Russians are fighting a brutal war against the Muslims of Chechnya. Serbia has ethnically cleansed and slaughtered Muslims in Bosnia and Kosovo. Even the Chinese are killing Muslims, in their western province of Xinjiang.

If Al Qaeda’s real purpose is to strike at those who “bear hate” against Islam, they would be bombing the Serbs, the Russians, and the Chinese. Instead Bin Laden has declared a holy war against “Jews and Crusaders”. Bin Laden justifies his hatred of the United States because we are “occupying the lands of Islam in the holiest of places, the Arabian Peninsula, plundering its riches, dictating to its rulers, humiliating its people”.

Bin Laden fails to mention that the Saudis invited US troops into their country after Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait. They were petrified by the massive Iraqi army dug in on the borders of Saudi Arabia. After the first gulf war, the US military presence was reduced to a mere 5000 men, mostly air force personnel enforcing Iraq’s no-fly zones. Now that the second Iraq war has ended Saddam’s regime, the US has announced plans to withdraw all US military personnel from Saudi Arabia.

As for Saudi Arabia‘s riches, the Saudis nationalized, (seized), their oil industries from petroleum companies years ago. They have had full control over their oil wealth ever since. Saudi Arabia is now the world’s largest crude oil producer, oil exports earned them $81 billion in net revenues last year. With their low population, those oil revenues give the Saudis some of the highest standards of living in the world.

Bin Laden’s claim that the United States is “occupying,…plundering,… and humiliating” Saudi Arabia is clearly a lie. He has only made one statement that provides the real explanation for Al Qaeda’s campaign of terror against us. “Our terrorism is a good accepted terrorism because it is against America, it is for the purpose of defeating oppression so America would stop supporting Israel, who is killing our children.”

When Israel was recognized by the United Nations in 1948, Arab armies from Egypt, Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon, attempted to drive them into the sea. The Israelis held their ground, then launched an offensive that drove the Arab armies from their territory. In 1949 a UN brokered armistice brought an end to outright war, but no end to raids and reprisals from Arab territories.

Then Egypt’s President Nasser closed the Suez Canal to Israeli shipping. Negotiations over access to the canal continued for six more years, while Israel endured border attacks from Palestinian guerrillas. In 1956, Israel had had enough, and launched a coordinated air and ground assault that captured the Sinai peninsula, and forced Egypt to settle the canal dispute.

Over the next decade the Arab alliance received massive arms shipments from the Soviet Union, and by 1967, another war was inevitable. Faced with an imminent invasion, Israel launched an air campaign that destroyed the Arab air forces. With total air superiority, the Israeli army routed the Arabs and captured the West Bank, Gaza strip, and Jerusalem. The war only lasted six days, and established Israel as a military power in the Middle East.

In 1973 Egypt and Syria made a final attempt to destroy Israel by launching an invasion on the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur. The Israelis were taken by surprise and took heavy casualties fighting on two fronts. Only superior Israeli generalship allowed the Israelis to regroup, and counter-attack into Egypt and Syria.

With a population of only five million citizens, Israel has repeatedly defeated the Arab armies of the Middle East. The Israelis have also occupied Palestinian territories in the West Bank and Gaza Strip since 1967, and forced these Muslims to live under an Israeli government. These humiliations at the hands of Israel are the real motivation behind Islamic terrorism.

When Egypt’s President Nasser led the Arab Alliance in wars against Israel he proclaimed his intentions were, “the eradication of Israel.” In 1956 he made the Arab opinion of Israel clear, “There will be no peace on Israel’s border because we demand vengeance, and vengeance is Israel’s death”. On the eve of the war in 1967 he said, “We will not accept any…coexistence with Israel…The war with Israel is in effect since 1948.”

President Nasser’s statements sound similar to the rhetoric of Osama Bin Laden, but when Nasser spoke, the Arab world still believed they could destroy Israel. No Arab army today can openly challenge Israel on the battlefield. So they wage war by other means, with guerrilla attacks, hijackings, and terrorism.

The PLO, Hezbollah, Hamas and now Al-Qaeda all stand for the Arab world’s rage against a victorious Israel.

The PLO began as an umbrella group for various Palestinian factions fighting Israel, and emerged as the leading Islamic terrorist group of the 1970’s. The PLO was guided by the Palestinian National Covenant, a document filled with anti-Israel hostility, and the clearly stated goal of “the elimination of Zionism in Palestine“. In the name of eliminating Zionism, The PLO adopted a radical, and despicable strategy: They have the right to kill civilians of any nationality, anywhere, because they are at war with Israel.

Among the infamous attacks conducted by the PLO are the mid-air explosion of a Swissair jetliner that killed 47, the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, and the coordinated shoot-outs at the Rome and Vienna Airports. Passengers on commercial jetliners, Olympic athletes, and tourists were all legitimate targets in the PLO’s war against Israel. The idea that innocent people can be killed to draw attention to a cause, or to protest a perceived injustice, has since motivated Islamic terrorists.

Today Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah, Hamas, Al-Qaeda and a myriad other groups all use terrorism as an accepted strategy to achieve their ends. Ironically, Islamic Jihad is responsible for killing President Anwar Saddat of Egypt. His crime was signing a peace treaty with Israel, and recognizing the Jewish State’s right to exist. Agreeing to peace with Israel is an act of treason to these terrorist groups, even if the peacemaker is another Arab.

In September of 2000, Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups employed a new and terrible weapon in their war against Israel. Suicide bombers have succeeded in detonating 112 of their grisly bombs, killing 450 Israelis. This new terror campaign has certainly succeeded in unsettling Israel, and fraying the fragile peace process.

Palestinians know who the bombers are, they are publicly paraded and feted before going on their suicide missions. Nevertheless, Palestinian authorities have adamantly refused to take responsibility for the suicide bombers, or restrain them. They do complain loudly when Israel uses security checks and fences to prevent suicide bombers from entering Israel, however.

When Al-Qaeda hijackers destroyed the World Trade Centers, Palestinians celebrated by dancing in the streets.

Why? Because the Islamic world loathes the State of Israel. They are Islam’s true enemy, not the Russians, the Serbs, the Chinese, or Saddam Hussein. The Islamic world was vindicated on 9-11 because we were finally made to pay for our support of Israel.

The Arab powers have tried every means to annihilate the Jewish state. If they had succeeded there would be no PLO, or Hamas, or Al-Qaeda. But Israel has survived, and grown into a prosperous, modern democracy.

For the Islamic world, this is the worst humiliation of all.

While Israel has prospered, the Arab nations has stagnated. Islamic governments have squandered their oil wealth on their own opulent regimes, or purchased weapons to make war on each other. In many Arab countries, per-capita incomes, educational levels, and living standards have declined.

A report commissioned by the United nations in 2002 illustrates how far Islamic civilization has fallen behind the modern world. The gross domestic product for all Arab countries is less than the GDP of Spain. Arab unemployment, at 15 percent, is the highest in the developing world. This dismal economic performance is despite over three trillion dollars in oil revenue investment over the past 20 years.

Arab countries have also failed to provide their peoples with a modern educational infrastructure. Less than two percent of over 270 million Arabs have internet access, one of the lowest ratios in the world. Only 330 books were translated into Arabic in 2002, about one fifth the number of books translated into Greek that year.

The UN report also cites a more ominous statistic; 51 percent of older adolescents expressed a desire to emigrate, citing lack of education, freedom, and job opportunities. The cities of the Islamic world are seething with underemployed Muslim men whose best hope for a better life is emigration to Europe or the United states. These radicalized, frustrated young men have become the standard bearers of Islamic terrorism.

Modern Muslims are faced with a stark choice; accept their part in their military, economic, and cultural failures, or blame someone else.

Al-Qaeda insists that we are responsible for the attacks against us. Israel is responsible for occupying Palestine. the United States is responsible for supporting Israel. Even Spain can be held responsible, for supporting the US War on Terror.

Where does this “reasoning” end? On September 11th 2001, over 3000 Americans were killed to protest Islam‘s humiliation by the West. 200 Spanish commuters were incinerated in a Madrid subway last week because Spain supports the US War on Terror.

These are sick people. People who desperately want to believe that they are the victims of a conspiracy by “Jews and Crusaders”. That Israel and the United States are the source of all their troubles.

Otherwise they would be responsible.

Published in: on March 22, 2004 at 6:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

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