CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 12, 2017 – Whenever a terrorist attack occurs anywhere in the world, one of the first questions that arises is “Why do they hate us?”
An article by “The Clarion Project” explains the basics in simple, easy to understand language that everyone should read. Some might call it “Islamophobia” but it is far from anything that relates to a fear of Islam. Rather, the analysis focuses on information well-known to virtually everyone since 9/11/01 and simply compiles that information to present an insightful explanation.
In 1744, Muhammad ibn Saud and Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab made a political bargain: ibn Saud would protect ibn Abdul Wahhab and spread his creed, while ibn Abdul Wahhab would legitimize Saudi rule over an expanding circle of Bedouin tribes in the Arabian peninsula which had been subdued through a new jihad, or holy war. With this political-religious alliance, tribal raiding could now be carried on as a religious cause.
As a result ibn Abdul Wahhab legitimized jihad against fellow Muslims for the first time, and thanks to his military alliance with ibn Saud, he was allowed to duplicate Muslim conquests of the seventh century during the time of the Prophet Muhammad.
Over time, Wahhabi Islam became the glue for holding together the emerging Saudi state. With that unification came the Ikhwan which consisted of numerous Bedouin tribes with little or no knowledge of Islam,
What the Bedouin did possess, however, was a desert mentality that brought with it a powerful sense of zealotry to the extent of being fanaticism when applying the new religion to their daily lives.
Unfortunately, this movement began in Arabia which is, to a large degree, a cultural wasteland. It is a dark, medieval, paranoid place that exists in one of the harshest environments in the world.
Thanks to oil, Saudi Arabia is wealthy today, but socially it is one of the least cultivated countries in the Arab world. Even in the 21st century, Saudis cannot grasp the concept of human rights. For that reason, they typically resort to simplistic ideologies combined with an inept conception of social relationships.
In the end, this boils down to a common denominator wrapped up in two things, loyalty and submission, first to Islam and then to the tribe or clan. The very word “Islam” translates into English as “submission.”
Fast forward to the present and, as “The Clarion Project” points out, “most (terrorist) attacks do not include clear demands.” That’s because Muslims have been fighting so long and have been filled with hate for so many centuries, they have forgotten what their true motivations really are.
Of course, there is always the argument that the core philosophy of Islam is to rule the world, but that message is confused, even within its own leadership.
“The Clarion Project” points out that there are two general categories which provide reasons for terrorist attacks.
The first goal is to change the policies of various regions which no longer conform to the ideals of the Islamists.
The second group consists of direct encounters with non-Muslims in an effort to undermine their economies, create fear in their people and, in the process, attempt to ultimately control those societies.
In the broad scheme, both categories are designed to establish Muslims as the dominant religion in the world by living under the ideals of Islam, Sharia Law and a renewed Caliphate.
When Muslims are in the minority, they tend to observe local customs and generally do not cause trouble. This is not to say they assimilate. Instead they grow their individual communities to such a degree that sheer numbers eventually allow them to make demands.
This is one of the key elements of the Syrian refugee situation. It has nothing to with compassion or the lack thereof. It has everything to do with blending cultures that, like oil and water, do not mix.
The second part of the strategy is to blend with the new environment until they have a powerful majority and then go in for the kill to establish sharia, take control and dominate that society with a new Caliphate.
Writing in the “Christian Science Monitor” James Brandon states that Hizb ut-Tahrir, an Islamic group determined to re-establish the Caliphate, claims “a revived caliphate will end corruption and bring prosperity.… It will let Muslims challenge, and ultimately conquer, the West.”
Many Muslims even believed the idea of a Caliphate was not feasible given the way the West outnumbers them in manpower and military strength. Then in mid-summer of 2014 a new organization became known throughout the world as the “Islamic State.”
President Barack Obama called them a “jayvee team” and frequently stated that “ISIS is not Islam.” Yet nothing can be more Islamic than the Caliphate.
The Caliphate of 2014 may have been a surprise, even to Islamists, but it also demonstrated that the reality of a true Caliphate is no longer wishful thinking.
And so the process continues, with nit-picking mini attacks which serve notice that ISIS is forever lurking in the shadows all the way up to large scale 9/11-style attacks designed to scare everyone for long periods of time while disrupting Western economies in the process.
So there it is, it’s not much more difficult than that to understand precisely “Why they hate.”
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Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
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