How, really, to contain and defeat perverted and violent Islamic fundamentalism


By Alan Hart

If perverted and violent Islamic fundamentalism (PVIF) in all of its manifestations is to be contained and defeated there’s one thing above all others that must happen – Western leaders, starting with President Obama, must open their minds to the fact that consequences have causes and then address the causes.

There are two main and related causes of PVIF.

(1) American-led Western foreign policy for the Arab and wider Muslim world including its double standard as demonstrated by refusal to call and hold Israel to account for its defiance of international law and rejection of the Palestinian claim for justice.

(2) The corruption, authoritarianism and repression of most if not all Arab and other Muslim regimes. In most cases they are regimes supported/endorsed by American-led Western foreign policy.

1 and 2 cause/provoke Muslim hurt, humiliation, anger and the despair of no hope. Generally speaking these feelings do not of themselves turn Muslims into killers/terrorists or even supporters of those who do the killing and/or order it. The real problem is the exploitation and manipulation of these feelings by deluded/mad preachers and other self-styled leaders who misinterpret and pervert Islam for their own purposes.

Regarding (1) above… There are some commentators who assert that American-led Western foreign policy created Al-Qaeda and ISIS. I think a more accurate summary statement of what happened is that American-led Western foreign policy created the environment and the conditions in which PVIF could emerge and grow.

Fawaz Gerges put it this way:

“Between 2003 and 2010, the power vacuum and armed resistance triggered by the US-led invasion and occupation of Iraq, as well as the dismantling of Saddam Hussein’s former ruling Baath party and the Iraqi army, provided a fertile terrain for Al-Qaeda’s growth and an opportunity to infiltrate the increasingly fragile body politic.”

He added, and I agree with him, that ISIS is “a manifestation of the breakdown of state institutions, dismal socio-economic conditions and the spread of sectarian fires in the region.”
John Feffer’s take on events, with which I also agree, is that “ISIS is decidedly a homegrown product of the turmoil that has engulfed two states: Iraq since the U.S. invasion in 2003 and Syria since the aborted Arab Spring uprising that began in 2011.”

I stand by the view I expressed when President “Dubya” Bush had a premature political ejaculation and claimed victory in Iraq. I wrote at the time that he and Prime Minister Tony Blair were the best recruiting sergeants for violent Islamic fundamentalism. (The question arising is did they know what they were doing – I mean were they committed to the neo-con agenda and wanting to create an enemy, or, were they just ignorant and stupid?)

Regarding (2) above… With words President Obama himself has gone some way to acknowledging that the corruption, authoritarianism and repression of Arab and other Muslim regimes is one of the main causes of the rise and growth of PVIF.

In an editorial for the Los Angeles Times the day before the opening in Washington D.C of the three-day summit on combating extremism he wrote:

Groups like al Qaeda and ISIL exploit the anger that festers when people feel that injustice and corruption leave them with no chance of improving their lives. The world has to offer today’s youth something better.
Governments that deny human rights play into the hands of extremists who claim that violence is the only way to achieve change. Efforts to counter violent extremism will only succeed if citizens can address legitimate grievances through the democratic process and express themselves through strong civil societies. Those efforts must be matched by economic, educational and entrepreneurial development so people have hope for a life of dignity.

Unfortunately they were only words. And the question I would put to Obama is this. Can you name me one Arab country in which citizens can address legitimate grievances through the democratic process and express themselves through strong civil societies?

An honest reply would be “NO!”

If President Obama and other Western leaders were prepared to get to grips with the causes of PVIF instead of addressing only its consequences, there are two things they could do to vastly improve the prospects of containing and defeating it.

One would be to use their influence with leverage as necessary to persuade Arab leaders that it really is time for authoritarianism to give way to democracy. If Arab leaders agreed (no matter how reluctantly) this would rob PVIF of its most persuasive argument – that the Arab and other Muslim masses have nothing to gain from politics and non-violent demands for change.

The other would be to use as necessary the leverage they have to cause Israel to end its defiance of international law. The double standard of Western foreign policy which allows Israel to commit crimes with impunity is the cancer at the heart of international affairs. If it was cured a major cause of Arab and other Muslim hurt, humiliation and anger would be removed, and that would make closing the vast majority of Arab and other Muslim hearts and minds to PVIF propaganda a mission possible.

The above should not be taken to mean or imply that I have more than the smallest amount of hope that Western leaders will have the good sense to come to grips with the main causes of PVIF. I am only saying what I think could happen if they did.

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  1. I think Mr. Hart does service for Israel here. ISIS is a manifestation of some complex socio-political factors. Sooo intelligent. It is the creation of Zion, and its owners. Not quite as intellectual, perhaps.

  2. An uprising is in preparation right here in this country. The Muslims right here in the U.S. are beginning to voice their displeasure for and disgust over these radical ISIS sociopaths tarnishing the real Islam, and dishonoring the real teachings of God. It is sad though to know that this nation’s taxpayers allow their tax money to be used to found this slobbering bunch of maniacs. Washington D.C is the main reason why the real threat to Americans is not foreign but domestic. These ISIS “terrorists” like to recruit the youth. Any youth dumb enough to get involved with this bunch needs to understand, your future is short. I do not agree with what America does foreign or domestically. But this is my homeland, and once the patriots get pissed off, ISIS is going to have more than its hands full. It is going to take the citizens of this nation to eradicate them. America is not perfect and its government needs a lesson n humility and compassion for sovereign nations and their people. We are trying. ISIS doesn’t stand a chance, and it is only a matter of time.

    • We’re not supposed to notice how all the ISIS commanders appear to be Chechen terrorists trained by the CIA…Or that Israel has given them air support and treated their wounded in N. Israeli hospitals. Or that the CIA had a training camp for them in N. Jordan. Or that our puppets ( Saudi Arabia, Qatar ) have been funding them while we’ve been shipping weapons to them through Turkey. No they simply grew out of the sand.

  3. I disagree overall as well – my suspicion, based on various minor pieces of evidence, is that the leadership of ISIS are literal assets of Western intelligence, and that ISIS appears (and essentially is) very authentic to the participants. This is a brilliant and simultaneously evil system of organization – on the one hand, they maintain control of the whole entity for ongoing use, and on the the other hand you corral all would-be violent extremists into one area (and you can conveniently begin taking out the drones en mass with air-strikes, other forms of direct military action etc. Your lieutenants will never get taken out (not unless you want them to) because they will always know where and when the strikes are coming.

    But the drivers for the participation of the followers is certainly as you have stated. If you turn a region into a vast wasteland, both in terms of institutional decay and economic desolation, then the youth of that region will at least attempt to rise up against the oppressive force.

    The Albert Pike quote concerning the three world wars is applicable here. It doesn’t matter of that letter is authentic or not – the fact is, it is being followed word for word.

  4. Headline “perverted and violent Islamic fundamentalism” following with a picture of Palestinians on a funeral march with dead baby in hand….. instant fail
    The very blueprint, foundations, fostering and funding of the “Perverted and violent Islamic fundamentalism”, (of the ISIS/Daish/al-CIA-duh kind) is openly exposed now…Rothschilds NWO extending evil through its criminal hub, the counterfeit construct of Israel, heading-it-up ….. lets not pretend otherwise

  5. How to contain and defeat islamists? Gaddafi knew the answer to this one very well, that’s why NATO has removed him from the world. NATO is the ally of islamists. Sponsoring, training, etc.

    • Yup. Gen. Wesley Clark recently said that our “friends” and “allies” created ISIS/ISIL, etc. That’s right. The ISIS rats essentially work for Mossad and the zio elements of the CIA/MI-6 Rogue Rothschild Network that has the world in a death grip.

  6. I have a thought, how about we stop invading and bombing Islamic countries? What too simple? The article starts with the false assumption that Obama is not just another puppet and must somehow wake up. I would submit that he is merely a player, playing the American people from another angle. The truth is we are past the time of democratic resolution in our own country so why would we expect it to just work out somewhere else? As Americans have become war weary and a little more informed to the lies that brought them to war the state frantically tries to demonize someone, anyone. Iraq, Libya, N.Korea, Russia etc… it is simply absurd. If we want to end what you call PVIF I suggest we take care of the traitors running our own country and let these other countries sort out their own messes.

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