No sign of a coherent strategy for defeating perverted and barbaric Islamic fundamentalism

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By Alan Hart

In Western political and mainstream media circles the great debate about what must be done if perverted and barbaric Islamic fundamentalism (PBIF) is to be contained and defeated is heating up. But nobody participating in this debate (be it President Obama or Tony Blair or whoever) wants to come to grips with the real issue. In my view the question that takes us to the heart of it is the following.

What could and should be done to address the prime causes of Arab and other Muslim hurt, humiliation, anger and despair which open hearts and minds to PBIF’s propaganda?

Generally speaking these feelings do not of themselves turn Arabs and other Muslims into killers/terrorists or even supporters of those who do the killing and/or order it. The transformation happens because these feelings are exploited and manipulated by deluded/mad preachers and other self-styled leaders who misinterpret and pervert Islam for their own purposes.

As the BBC’s Mark Mardell put it, “The continued rise of violent, anti-Western, Islamic fundamentalism is one of the defining challenges of our time.” He added: “There is no lack of emotive words and stirring phrases from politicians around the world but it is questionable if they have a coherent strategy to counter it.” (My emphasis added).

I think the truth can be stated more explicitly than that. Western leaders and their governments do not have a coherent strategy to counter PBIF in all of its manifestations because they are focused on dealing only with consequences not causes.

As I have previously written there are two main causes of Arab and other Muslim hurt. humiliation, anger and despair.

One is 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.

The other is 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).


Addressing these two main causes is something that can’t be done with bombs and bullets. They only make matters worse.

And though it is necessary, ramping up security and surveillance on our home fronts throughout the Western world may also be counter-productive to some extent if it leads to Muslims feeling that they are being unfairly targeted.

In my analysis American-led Western foreign policy makers could make a good start on addressing the prime causes of Arab and other Muslim hurt, humiliation, anger and despair if they ended their double standard with regard to Israel by putting the Zionist (not Jewish ) state on notice that it will be isolated and sanctioned if it continues to demonstrate nothing but contempt for international law and its lack of interest in justice for the Palestinians.

That really would give Western foreign policy a degree of credibility and respect and by doing so assist the process of taking some of the wind out of PBIF’s sails.

But in my view the single most important thing American-led Western foreign policy makers could and should do is to use their influence, with carrots and sticks 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 PBIF of its most persuasive argument – that the Arab and other Muslim masses have nothing to gain from politics and non-violent demands for change.

There was recently a good indication that President Obama understands this. In an opinion piece for the Los Angeles Times he went quite a long 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 PBIF. He wrote:

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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.

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Fine words but there is no sign of a policy to give them substance.

 


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6 COMMENTS

  1. It is appalling to witness the wanton savagery visited upon Moslems by other Moslems. This is the worst threat to Islam since its founding. Only Moslems can address and remedy this pandemic. Like any disease one must ask where it comes from. Hurt, humiliation, etc., is not enough and indeed only makes excuses.

    Islam went from nonexistent to major world power in less than 100 years, stretching in all directions from the Far East to the Atlantic. That is unique in history. But somewhere at Islam’s genesis there is a fatal design flaw. It is for Moslems to find and correct it. Where in the Koran does it give permission for wild attacks on other Moslems? Does it not instruct Moslems to hold fast to the rope Allah has provided, that is building the wider Islamic family, minorities and non-Moslems included?

    Interestingly, the violent streak has been identified and exploited by Islam’s worst enemies for their own gain, and for some reason too many Moslems are falling into a trap that only serves those who want Islam destroyed. Moslems must find this weak spot that seems to be omniscient yet dormant and deadly, only waiting for the the right conditions.

    Perhaps a ten point pledge or similar which is Islamically acceptable and easy for Moslem populations everywhere to follow. Moslems deserve better than the thousands of Moslem criminals tormenting fellow Moslems and demolishing peaceful population centers.

  2. Basics first. Removing the Israeli-Zionist perverted and barbaric fundamentalism from “ISIS”, and then the USA and then the world would resolve many world problems.

  3. The fabric of any society is not expected to understand spiritual processes, and this leaves them vulnerable to those who seek power or money. Knowledge is the anchor and when it is ripped out, then the recovery is long. When the student is ready, the teacher will come. Most people are in kindergarten because their culture has had the knowledge ripped out. I would start with community based co-ops for homeowner and car insurance.

  4. “No sign of a coherent strategy for defeating perverted and barbaric Islamic fundamentalism”

    True, same that can be said of Christian Fundamentalism. The obvious solution would be to isolate both of them economically and crush both of them and let them lay in the scrap heap of history where they belong. But of course we all know there is money to be made in strife. Peace? Not so much.

    And so it goes.

    Reap what you sow.

  5. Again, a mystery… a new web site is needed: One that sticks with a certain perspective. A site has the right to categorize a piece, right. Express biases – even whether or not they are based on sound data. But this one is just confusing: Alan Hart – as I recall a fairly reasonable guy – now asserting that ISIS/ISIL represents something “Islamic” — hunh? Certainly this is not VT’s view. It is obvious that the thing called ISIS is a perversion of humanity, not the religion called Islam. It is, if VT’s writers can be considered to share a perspective – a product of zionism – once and done.

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