Monday, October 4, 2010
27: Obama Accounting: Why is the US So Entangled with Al-Qaida?--3
Muslims have been fighting each other for control of predominantly Muslim countries and countries into which Muslims have migrated since about 817AD. There is enormous historical rage within Islam over "which way is the right way".
Israel became a focus for Muslim rage during the Jewish migration from Nazi Germany and Europe in the 1930s. As Great Britain recognized the independence of Arab and other colonies, historical disputes became more pronouced. The Jewish migration back to the "Holy Land" from Europe in the 1930s and 1940s brought increased pressure into the area.
Great Britain asked the United Nations for help. In about 1947, borders or partitioning for land for Christians, who also lived in the Middle East, and for Jews, present in the Holy Land but then with an increasing population, were established. The state of Israel was created.
Both Christians and Jews are minority populations in Palestine. Only about 7% are Christian, only about 1% is Jewish. Other Muslim migrated to Palestine to intensify the struggle over land and government influence.
The US became more heavily involved due to increased Muslim vs. Christian tensions in Lebanon, spreading to other areas from 1979 to about 1991. The US fought one of the last "third world wars" in Afghanistan against Communist Soviet (USSR United Soviet Socialist Republics) military about the same time, ending in about 1989.
In the 1980s Afghanistan war against the USSR, access to oil for gasoline, became a significant item for US vs. USSR competition, as well as being a foreign natural resource sought by British and US oil companies.
With withdrawal of foreign military, Muslim sectarian conflict intensified. The Taliban took control, but was recognized by only a few Arab Muslim countries. There was no stable government in Afghanistan for about 7 years following the USSR withdrawal.
From August, 1988 through 1989, "the late Abu ebeida El-Banashiri established the trining camps for our mujahideen against Russia's terrorism. We used to call the training camp Al-Qaida", from the Arabic "qa'idah" for foundation or base, or military base. Osama bin-Laden says al-Qaida was established "by mere chance...The name stayed."
Former British Foreign Secretary Robin cook said al-Qaida should be translated "the database", a reference to computer files of thousands of mujahideen militants recruited and trained by the CIA to help defeat the Russians.
After the withdraw of the Soviet from Afghanistan and the collapse of the Soviet Russian economy in about 1989, the US remains in Afghanistan. Against the Soviets, the US was an ally to Muslims, like CIA operative Osama bin-Laden and thousands of other Muslims. Now the Muhajahideen Muslims face the US as an enemy.
Obviously, there are personal connections. In November, 1989, Ali Mohamed, a former Special Forces Sargent stationed in Fort Bragg left the military for Santa Clara, CA. Later Ali Mohamed went to Afghanistan and Pakistan, to become "deeply involved in bin-Laden's plans".
About a year later, on November 8, 1990, the FBI raided the New Jersey home of Ali Mohamed's associate El-Sayyid Nosair. The FBI found evidence of terrorist plots including plans to blow up NYC skyscrapers. Nosair later was indicted for his connection to the 1993 World Trade Center vehicle bombing and the murder of Israel's Rabbi Meir Kahane on November 5, 1990.
In 1991, Ali Mohamed helped bin-Laden move to the Sudan.
The entanglements between soldiers, first as allies, then as enemies, foreign Muslims living in the US and "the West" as students or visa workers, US citizens who have become Muslims in the US or elsewhere, whether as recruits throughout the "black civil rights movement" or recruits to al-Qaida and Islam recently during the Middle East conflicts are mindboogling.
62% of al-Qaida operatives are university educated. Al-Qaida operatives spend enormous amounts of money taking flying lessons, flying on commercial airlines around the world, renting cars, buying "safe houses". This is a violence not based on poverty or lack of education.
The difficulty in reaching some conclusion to the Middle Eastern conflict may be more complex. If it is due to the joining of US Muslims, in the US military, affirmative action government and other office hires, recruited during the "black civil rights movement", into the worldwide Muslim Jihad, different approaches may be needed.
"Loyalty oaths", "The Pledge of Allegiance" and other pro-USA loyalty statements are performed easily by mainstream Americans. But these have become daily issues for the ACLU (American Civil Liberty Union) and other lawyer groups in lawsuits brought by ethnic and other groups in the US against the USA. But if the USA is the next al-Qaida target economically, politically, or militarily, loyalty oaths may become necessary.
Graphic: Detour sign, Chase's Calendar of Events, 2010.
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