Pitting Muslims against one another
Hameed Abdul Karim
Saudi King Abdullah bin Abd al-Aziz, second left, talks to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, right, as Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, center, and Amr Moussa, Secretary General of the Arab League look on during a group picture of Arab leaders before their summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday, March 28, 2007 which was expected to focus on how to revive Middle East peace efforts. (AP)
The other day Al-Jazeera featured a former MI5 agent who confirmed what many people know. He confessed the British intelligence units stoked conflict between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland and got them to go for each other's throats. MI5 got the results they wanted. Strife and bloodshed followed and a 'compassionate' London had to intervene to bring about stability in the strife torn land. Or that's how the story went in the corporate media.
The former MI5 agent was citing this as a case in point in response to a question about the Al-Tafar incident where Iraqi Shia policemen had allegedly slaughtered over 50 civilians they picked up from their homes and the streets in retaliation against, a suicide bomb attack in which dozens had died. He went on to say the Tal-Afar incident bore all the hallmarks of a CIA or MI5 covert operation. He added he knew certain bankers too were connected to CIA and MI5 subversive operations and that this was true in the Al-Tafar case.
He recounted the incident where Iraqi police had arrested British SAS agents carrying bombs in the vehicles they were traveling in. They were dressed in Arab garb a la Lawrence of Arabia. The new Iraqi police locked up the SAS agents and were working according to the due process of law as the British and the Americans had taught them.
What happened next was not what the Iraqi police or the spanking new 'democratically' elected Iraqi government expected from the British or the Americans. The British army came a calling and forcibly removed their colleagues from their cells.
But the arrests exposed the real culprits behind the bombing spree in civilian spots in Basra. It was the British - the good Samaritans who had come to liberate the poor Iraqi's from Saddam's tyranny!
The MI5 agent's admission gives credence to the belief the Bush and Blair regimes are behind the fresh outbreak of violence in Muslim states. For example there was a brief period of peace in Somalia under the Islamic Courts, but the Western powers brought back the warlords into power with the help of their proxy – Ethiopia. And now Somalia is back in the throes of yet another conflict.
Sudan is another country that is embroiled in a civil war. As if the Southern insurgency was not enough, the Western powers opened a new front in Darfur. The West's corporate media carries 'horror stories' about the situation there but never ever mentions the havoc the insurgents have caused in Darfur or the internecine warfare between various Darfari gangs.
Sudan has another 'crime' to its list. It has allowed China to invest in its oil fields. Thus diminishing the Western powers' dominance of energy resources. Sudan's previous 'crime' was it had a pharmaceutical plant that provided inexpensive and effective medicines to its people, thus preventing the western drug companies from exploiting poor health conditions of the Sudanese people. So President Bill Clinton, currently the great globetrotting 'humanist', bombed the plant, reducing it to rubble. Thousands of Sudanese have died of curable illnesses like TB since Clinton's act of state terror.
It might do us good to remember the Afghan government under the Taliban had chosen to lease its oil and gas fields to an Argentinean company despite protests from the Bush regime. Bush wanted the Taliban to give the lucrative deal to Halliburton for a pittance. His vice president Dick Cheney was once the boss of this conglomerate. But the Taliban refused. The rest is history.
A similar situation exists in Pakistan. Apparently 'Busharaf' had gone too far in his book 'In The Line of Fire'. He had exposed America to such an intolerable extent that the Bush regime has decided he too has to go. And so 'disturbances' are taking place in the capital. Besides the judicial crisis, a recent clash between the Taliban and Pakistani tribal-groups that claimed over 50 lives suggest that things are taking a turn for the worse in Pakistan.
There is also a 'Zaidi Shia' uprising taking place in Yemen. This is a major cause for concern for the Gulf because it is well known the Western Powers want the 'Shia-Sunni' clashes they have engendered in Iraq to spread throughout the region. A similar attempt in Iran where a busload of Iranian soldiers were bombed seems to have failed - thankfully.
Here in Sri Lanka the Qadiani problem has suddenly taken centre stage and Muslim organisations have expressed, quite rightly, genuine concern. But they've got to watch out. The Qadianis believe their founder was a prophet and that Jesus Christ lived, died and lies buried in Kashmir. There might be a hidden fist behind this episode considering that another group calling itself the Imam Mehdi Ra Gohar Shahi has entered the fray looking to win over converts to their brand of heresy. If the controversies explode in clashes, various human rights groups sponsored by the Western powers will come down hard on Sri Lankan Muslims blaming them for intolerance.
But all is not lost. Behind these dark clouds there is a silver lining. Saudi King Abdullah has gone public with his long held private beliefs announcing the American and British occupation of Iraq was illegal much to the shock of the Western powers. And as if this was not bad enough he brought about reconciliation between the Hamas and Fatah sending alarm bells ringing in Washington.
It would be good if Saudi King Abdullah teamed up with Iranian President Ahmedenejad and formed a 'collective caliphate'. They could then join hands with other like-minded leaders like Venezuela's Hugo Chavez. Together they could lead both Muslim as well as non-Muslim states out of the clutches of the Western powers - or the 'Anglosphere' - those racist frauds like media mogul Conrad Black want to establish. Maybe then it would be kosher for Sudan to sell oil to China or Japan without fear of reprisals from the Empire. That doesn't mean Mossad, CIA, MI5 or SAS would put up the shutters. On the contrary they might increase their subversive operations around the globe. You can be sure of that. But then Al-Jazeera would be around to catch them out. Hopefully.
Daily Mirror International 11 April 2007
The Island 12 April 2007