A non-military solution to ISIL will be the most effective

2 01 2015

By Adnan Oktar

The campaign started by the coalition forces against ISIL is continuing intensively. However the desired results cannot be attained from these air strikes. Pentagon Spokesman John Kirby said that the threat posed by the ISIL will not be eliminated “within days or months” and that the extremist group is good at adapting to changes. “It’s going to take a serious effort by all involved. We do believe that we’re talking about years here,” he said. These words are an embodiment of the doubts regarding the extent to which these military operations are expected to work.

The ideology of ISIL

President Obama’s confession in an interview aired on the ’60 Minutes’ program on CBS television is very important. He said, “The U.S underestimated the rise of ISIL in Iraq and Syria.” What the US underestimated was actually the impact of the ideology of ISIL in expanding the organization.

In the same program Obama also said, “Islam is a religion that preaches peace and the overwhelming majority of Muslims are peaceful. But in the Muslim world right now, there is a cancer that has grown for too long that suggests that it is acceptable to kill innocent people who worship a different God.” The most important point to be emphasized here is the existence of a power structure with faulty ideas. That means that one of the most important elements in preventing this is to enlighten the whole world and to raise awareness against these faulty ideas.

As a matter of fact, Obama’s address to the UN General Assembly in September was a good confirmation of this fact; “It is time for the world — especially Muslim communities — to explicitly, forcefully, and consistently reject the ideology of organizations like al Qaeda and ISIL. It’s time to end the hypocrisy of those who accumulate wealth through the global economy and then siphon funds to those who teach children to tear it down.”

Indeed a problem, which has snowballed like no one ever expected has arisen, one that could not be solved merely with military measures. New recruits to ISIL are coming even from the countries supporting the coalition every single day. From the Philippines to the UK, from France to Pakistan, from Japan to the USA, people from all around the world are adopting the philosophy of ISIL, moreover are personally joining their ranks.

The Soufan Group, the Strategic Research Center based in New York, states that more than 15,000 foreign militants from at least 81 countries have entered Iraq and Syria in three years. The report, titled “Foreign Fighters in Syria” and prepared by Richard Barrett notes; “Over 12,000 foreign fighters have gone to Syria since the three-year conflict began, more than traveled to Afghanistan during its ten-year war and violent aftermath. And they continue to arrive.”

The coalition doesn’t prevent new recruits going to join ISIL

There is an immense and intensive effort in social media to gather new recruits for the organization. Professor Anthony Glees, the Director of The University of Buckingham Center for Security and Intelligence Studies who researched this ideological activity expressed this in the following words; “Extremist groups are deliberately misleading British youths by preaching false religious doctrines and promising a better life. None of these young people are poor, needy or followers of discriminating ideologies. Most of the British youths who fight alongside the Islamic State extremist group are well educated and qualified. And they consider jihad as an interim activity. This is something surprising as it is generally believed that a good education can keep people away from terrorism.”

The fact that The Sun Daily reported about Sally Jones’ (45)- a rock music singer and mother of two- leaving the UK to join ISIL shows that this is not something that can be brought to an end with bombings.

The most important part of the matter comes into play at this stage and that is the necessity of conducting a massive educational campaign that will prevent new recruits to the organization.

Operations carried out have a negative impact

Gilles De Kerchove, Counter-terrorism Coordinator of the EU, says that the primary power of ISIL consists of some 31,000 militants. In point of fact, the number of those who embrace ISIL among the great masses who’ve been persecuted by occupations, wars and various dictators is far higher. These people find the organization close to themselves and prefer living with them; as a matter of fact, no other alternative has ever been presented to these people who’ve suffered a great deal in Iraq and Syria. However, no one should doubt that the environment would have changed with breathtaking speed if the people of the region were made to feel that they would be embraced lovingly. That is because love always defeats hatred.

On the other hand, the concept of armed intervention harbors many contradictions within itself, so much so, that the main goal of such an intervention is to stop an organization who inflicts violence upon innocent people and to protect the rights of civilians- primarily their right to live. However in air strikes on suspected hostile targets, scores of civilians invariably lose their lives. Every city that is bombed, every innocent person that dies, merely increases the hatred and the rage of the people in the region. Former CIA Officer Michael Scheuer, who served as the Chief of the Bin Laden Issue Station, voices this mistake of the USA as follows; “U.S. military intervention in any Muslim country means more donations, recruits, and popular support for IS, al-Qaeda, and other like-minded organizations.”

Indeed, what happened in Afghanistan and in the US intervention in Iraq are two very clear proofs of this fact: Armed interventions cause great losses of life and property and can only be realized with very high costs and what’s more, achieving stability through armed interventions has never been possible in the engagement areas such as Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. When we look back in history, we also are confronted with the fact that the USA dropped eight million tons of bombs in Vietnam yet still lost that war.

Intellectual struggle against the ideology of ISIL

“Replacing opinions that create violence with the right opinions” instead of falling into the delusion of “preventing violence with violence” would – before all else – prevent new recruits joining the organization. Any organization that loses its philosophical underpinnings is bound to come to an end. For that reason, pointing out and carefully critiquing the superstitions and resources other than the Qur’an that have been embraced by ISIL (assuming that they represent Islam) and explaining the truth of the Qur’an to make these wrongs right, is a crucial effort that will yield far better results in the long term.

 

The writer has authored more than 300 books translated in 73 languages on politics, religion and science. He may be followed at @Harun_Yahya and www.harunyahya.com.

 

Adnan Oktar’s piece on Daily Mail:

http://dailymailnews.com/2014/12/29/a-non-military-solution-to-isil-will-be-the-most-effective/

 


Open Letter to the Editors of the New York Times

31 12 2014

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

By Sam Bahour
December, 31, 2014

A view of Gaza City

Re “Gaza Is Nowhere” (By Roger Cohen, Dec. 30, 2014):

I started writing this as a Letter to the Editor, but my anger could not be conveyed in only 150 words, so I am posting this open letter instead:

Readers expect greater accuracy from New York Times columnists.

How dare Mr. Roger Cohen suggest that Gaza, a part of my homeland, is “nowhere!”

If Mr. Cohen is at a loss to know where Gaza lies, allow me to guide him. The Gaza Strip, as well as Gaza City, were both part and parcel of Historic Palestine, between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River. Following the colossal injustice that resulted in the displacement of more than half of the Palestinian people, and then the creation of what we know today as the state of Israel, and the subsequent military occupation of the remaining Palestinian lands of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the Gaza Strip become part and parcel of an Israeli-militarily-occupied territory. It is this military occupation under which many of my friends and colleagues were born and live to this day.

 

Smoke rises from buildings in Gaza City following Israeli airstrikes

Despite the bitter life Gazan Palestinians face, they know exactly where they are and who they are. To Mr. Cohen’s possible disappointment, I will not sugar-coat reality with euphemisms or attempt to bury the international community’s disgraceful failures by dwelling on internal Palestinian political dynamics.

What Mr. Cohen terms a “high-tech Israeli facility,” is, in reality, an Israeli military garrison and checkpoint that is equipped with U.S. technology aimed to keep Palestinians locked into the world’s largest open-air prison called Gaza.

The Palestinian road worker who impressed Mr. Cohen is not “among the more productively employed of Gaza’s 1.8 million citizens.” The Gaza community is alive, albeit not well. If he had taken the time to look again without his biased lens, he would have seen an entire society struggling to be productive in a reality where electricity is a luxury, clean water is a distant thought, and having the ability to travel freely is a foreign concept to yet another generation of Palestinians.

Mr. Cohen claims that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) is “the only dust-free environment” in Gaza. Spare me, please. Has he forgotten that Gaza has been on the receiving end of three major Israeli military operations within the past six years, which left scores dead and wounded and the rest traumatized for life. If he had only taken the time to visit Palestinian homes he would have found other “dust-free environments,” if dust was of such major concern to him. He would have experienced the generosity of a people battered for decades yet miraculously finding a way to go on educating their war-affected children, sustaining themselves economically, continuing to love, and stubbornly maintaining hope for a better tomorrow, even as they are forced to live in imposed darkness. Indeed, as retired Palestinian diplomat Afif Safieh has famously said, Palestinians have been “unreasonably reasonable” given what has fallen upon them.

To add insult to injury, Mr. Cohen assumes the role of spokesperson for Palestinians, claiming the utmost urgent matter in Palestinian lives is the need “to end the lockdown of Gaza.” Lockdown, Mr. Cohen, is a move used to keep prisoners in their cells. Ending the lockdown is allowing the prisoners to interact among themselves and visit the prison yard. Thank you Mr. Cohen, but no thank you. We have the right to be free from the prison imposed on us by Israel and bankrolled by your country. Our utmost urgent matter is that Israel end its nearly five-decade-long military occupation and allow Palestinians to return to their homes, after which we will take care of ourselves.

I can go on, but you are not interested in Palestine or Palestinians. Your career requires you to feed the stereotypes about my home, me, and my people, and for that, you are part of the problem, not the solution. That, Mr. Cohen, is what is truly “shameful.”

Sincerely,
Sam Bahour
Al-Bireh/Ramallah, Palestine
www.ePalestine.com

http://epalestine.blogspot.com/2014/12/epalestine-open-letter-to-editors-of.html


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29 12 2014


2014 In Retrospect

29 12 2014

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By Adnan Oktar

On the eve of the New Year, people wish to believe that things will change for better, a new order with emerge. “Let’s hope for a better year,” they say, that is a good intention, a fine expectation and a source of hope for them. That is what we also hope will happen, of course. Insha’Allah (God willing), 2015 will be a good year for the whole world.

This hope must be maintained; however, it must not be forgotten that a new year is not a magic wand to change the course of events. The difficulties we faced over the year, the toxic ideologies and slowly strengthening hatred, will not suddenly come to an end. We hope that 2015 will be a year when peace will reign, but we also need to do things to bring that about. We therefore need to cast our eyes briefly over what was done wrong in the difficult year 2014:

We entered 2014 with the Syrian civil war. The war, which began in 2011, is still going on, with no intervention from the outside and no proposed solution, and 2014 went down as the year that saw the worst losses in the Syrian war. The death toll has exceeded 200,000, and is known to be certainly very much higher.

The self-ascribed Islamic State (IS), born out of the Syrian civil war, founded a state of its own in 2014. Strategic areas of Syria and Iraq are now under its control. This terrorist organization, which rendered NATO, the UN and the super powers helpless, is the result of wrong western policies toward the Middle East.

The Ukraine crisis, the result of greed alone, ended in a nightmare for a fine European country and ended in nearly 3,000 dead. The EU, which sought to extend its influence in Ukraine while sidelining Russia but which also sat back and watched the internal conflicts, and Russia, which refuses to blink on the subject of its former allies, are still settling their accounts. The resurrection of the Cold War era rivalries appears to be the handiwork of the US deep state.

While all this was going on, the horror of Ebola also appeared, though initially it attracted little world interest. The international organizations believed that money set aside for a solution to the problem in poor countries would not “bring profit.” Vaccination campaigns only began toward the end of the year, after the disease started appearing in the US and Europe; and after more than 6,000 deaths.

In 2014, Crimea went under Russian control. Scotland made a bid for independence, but failed. While the Central African Republic (CAR) was the scene of murder and genocide, Boko Haram continued with its horrifying attacks in Nigeria. One action by Boko Haram, which attracted global condemnation, was the kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls, of whom 223 are still in the custody of the terrorist organization.

While all this was going on, 748 people lost their lives in incidents in Iraq in March alone.

As the Israeli-Gaza conflict was making headlines, other conflicts were raging on in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. While all this was happening, a Malaysian jet disappeared, another was shot down over Ukraine, 289 people lost their lives in a ferry disaster in South Korea and 301 in the Soma mine disaster in Turkey. Millions of people were made refugees in 2014, and hundreds lost their lives while seeking refuge in new countries in rickety boats. People also starved to death in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria.

As the number of refugees was rising and the world was being dragged into poverty, Europe began introducing laws to prevent the arrival of migrants. The European Parliament’s elections resulted in wins for extreme right and left wing parties rather than those from the center. Since being anti-migrant is regarded as a “vote winner” it became a popular policy with parties contesting the polls. Anti-migrant protests are still taking place in Germany in these last days of 2014. The economic crisis has had a devastating impact on countries such as Greece, Iceland, Greek Cyprus, Belgium and Italy, but has also affected the entire euro zone. Falling oil prices have affected Russia and the Middle East most of all. 

NSA snooping records, pictures of torture perpetrated by the regime in Syria and finally the CIA torture report were all exposed documents that left their mark on 2014. But these actually said nothing new.

2014 was a difficult year. But when we look back, we see that a great many of these tragedies were the result of using violence against violence, selfishness in the face of ambition or a preference for self-interest over human life. Again when we look back, we see that all these tragedies served the world’s arms manufacturers and various lobbies that profit from the artificial Cold War climate that efforts are being made to establish. The savagery we witnessed over the year had perhaps never before been so wide-ranging and horrifying.

We will be entering 2015 with problems. Nothing is just going to vanish with a magic wand. If the policy of violence in the world persists, then nobody should be surprised if these incidents are multiplied many times over in the years ahead. If the global community and the super powers in particular, fails to learn from 2014 and insists on implementing the same failed policy, then this scourge afflicting almost all countries will continue to grow and become even more ghastly. The year 2014 teaches us is: Violence in the face of violence is leading the world to destruction. The means are wrong. The policy being applied needs to change. The source of the violence must be targeted, and an age of education using the language of love must begin. The scale of the horror means that we need to understand the sign given us by Allah. Unless the method changes, the years ahead will see even more sufferings and afflictions. It would be a shame to waste another tragic year in order to grasp this fact. Let us not forget that 2015 will change nothing; it is we who can be the instruments of change.

The writer has authored more than 300 books translated in 73 languages on politics, religion and science. He may be followed at @Harun_Yahya and www.harunyahya.com.

 

Adnan Oktar’s piece on Arab News:

http://www.arabnews.com/columns/news/680241


The Inevitable Price of Dictatorship

28 12 2014

Posted by Sami Jamil Jadallah on June 2, 2012

By Sami Jamil Jadallah

With the on going killing fields of Bashar Assad’s Syria, by now Washington, Tel-Aviv, Moscow, Berlin, Paris and London should know the “inevitable” price of dictatorship. In the same way Damascus, Baghdad, Algeria, Tripoli, Sana’a, Mogadishu, Khartoum, Tehran, Cairo and Tunis know the price of dictatorship. There is always a heavy price paid by the people and nation, later than sooner.http://www.veteranstoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/dictatorship.jpg

For decades Western powers specially the United States and of course, Moscow as the capital of the former Soviet Union supported criminal dictatorships for reasons that has nothing to do with the rights and benefits of the citizens of these countries but their own selfish and criminal interests.

The United States for and on behalf of Israel always supported Arab dictatorships as a way to provide security and safety for Israel and supported regimes the likes of Mubarak and Ben Ali under the guise of “law and order regimes, ”, first as Anti-Communists and later on as anti-Islamists. It gave material support to Saddam Hussein from the day he came to power in 68 to his 8 years war against Iran, all the way to his invasion of Kuwait and overlooked his killing fields in Halabja and all over Iraq setting the stage for Iraq as a failed state.

The Soviet Union was no different; it supported dictatorships in the Middle East in Syria, Algeria, Libya, Yemen, (at one time) all in the name of “liberation” and as a counter balance to the United States during the Cold War. But then the former Soviet Union always supported criminal regimes thorough out East Europe and Central Asia.

Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria would not be in the mess they are in but for the long time dictatorships that ruled these countries, whether it is individual dictatorship as Barre, Saleh, Ben Ali, Saddam, Mubarak, Assad I and II, Qaddafi or collective dictatorship as is the case in Algeria.

These dictatorships not only ruined the lives of hundreds of millions of people, imprisoned them, tortured them, abuse them, impoverished them, abused them, violated their privacy, but looted the country as they went on to secure law and order for the West and of course “revolutionary” for the former Soviet Union.

By now citizens of these countries should also know the price of silence, the price of not standing up for the criminal regimes ruled by security agencies not for the security of the country but security and longevity for the regimes. The entire state apparatus and all of the resources were put to serve and protect the regimes.

One has to wonder if things could be the same now if the people took to the streets in the hundreds of thousands if not in the millions in the early days of these dictatorship before they solidified their police state. Would Saddam succeed in taking Iraq to ruin, or would Assad pass his regime to his son, or would Mubarak be behind bars, or would Saleh leaves Yemen in ruins, or would Bin Ali loot the country or Qaddafi dies a humiliating death?

One has to wonder how many millions of people would have been saved if America and the West did not provide the political and security covers for such dictatorship and one has to wonder the thousands of lives that could be saved in Syria if Russia decides to walk away from Bashar Assad leaving his fate in the hands of his people and the rope waiting for him?

One has to wonder the trillions of dollars wasted on wars the last 40 years and the millions of people who died and the armament that went up in smoke only to fill the coffers and treasuries of Washington, London, Paris, Berlin, Moscow and Tel-Aviv. One has to wonder the trillions in human capital that was snuffed by 5-cent bullets. Years of family care and decades of educations snuffed because America and Moscow provided covers for these dictatorships.

All of these dictatorships without exception created political parties in their own image; corrupt, incompetent, wasteful, and failing the likes Mubarak National Democratic Front, and Nasser’s Arab Socialist Union, and Ali Saleh’s General People Congress, Al-Bashir’s National Congress Party (lost half of Sudan), Ben Ali’s Rally for Constitutional Democracy, Saddam Hussein’s Arab Ba’athist Party, Assad’s Arab Ba’athist Party.

Others like Libya’s Qaddafi ran the country to ruin with his “Jamahiriya” or “State of the Masses”. Of course Algerian perhaps has the longest running dictatorship with “military” controlling and having all the say so over the National Liberation Front and the Algerian State since independence.

All the blood, the tears, the lost hopes and futures, the exiles, the poverty, the unemployment, the poor run down infrastructures, all the resources of the nation and people were simply wasted and blow away so that Saddam can pass on his kingdom to his kids, and Mubarak can pass his presidency to his son Jamal, with Assad successful in passing his farm to his son Bashar. Qaddafi was killed before he passed his “State of the Masses” to his son Saif. Ali Saleh did succeed in looting the country and passing almost every thing in Yemen to his family while escaping the International Criminal Court.

America and Tel-Aviv gave their full support to the later Shah only to inherit the rules of the Mullahs and the Revolutionary Guards in Iran. What goes around must comes around, with the US paying trillions and tens of thousands of lives as the costs of misguided policies and support for criminal dictatorship.

Let us hope the price of freedom in Syria will not be the same as the price in Iraq and Libya and Sudan. The Palestinian people have to learn sooner than later there is and will be a heavy price they will pay for the dictatorship they call the Palestine Liberation Organization.


After Cuba; Why Not Palestine ?

26 12 2014

Posted by Sami Jamil Jadallah on December 19, 2014

by Sami Jamil Jadallah

Like AIPAC, which has a stranglehold on America’s policy in the Middle East, the self “Exiled Cuban” community of Florida has exercised similar stranglehold over US policy toward Cuba. These two communities unique in political powers representing less than 3% of US population have exercised undue, dangerous toxic and monopolistic influence over US foreign policy issues related to Israel and Cuba.Obama Cuba

Given the power and influence of the “Self Exiled” Cuban community, President Barack Obama, more courageous than Richard Nixon when he opened diplomatic relationships with China, took the most courageous step of any president in the last 60 years, when he announced the opening of diplomatic relationship with Cuba. A country the US has put under illegal international siege and embargo for over 60 years.

Such decision by President Obama took the Cuban community of Florida by firestorm enraging it with the likes of Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fl) declaring

“ appeasing the Castro brothers will only cause other tyrants from Caracas to Tehran to Pyongyang to see that they can take advantage of President Obama’s naiveté during his final two years in office”.

Senator Rubio continued to state, “ as a result America will be less safe as a result of the President change in policy”. Senator Robert Mendez (D- NJ) quickly condemning the president decision with promises to block any efforts to improve relations. It is interesting to note that the “Cuban” congressional contingency is the most Zionist even more than some Jewish members of Congress.

“It’s absurd and it’s part of a long record of coddling dictators and tyrants that this administration has established,” Senator Rubio continued to declare

“ at a minimum, Barack Obama is the worst negotiator that we’ve had as president since at least Jimmy Carter, and maybe in modern history of the country.”

I am sure Senator Rubio is unaware that President Jimmy Carter was the one who negotiated the Camp David Peace Agreement between Israel and Egypt.

In Florida where the self Exiled Community plays a major role in local politics and business, denunciations of President Obama policy toward Cuba was swift and as expected at all levels.

Governor Rick Scot (R-Fl) declaring his opposition stating “ as long as Cuba choose dictatorship over democracy, I will continue to support the embargo and sanctions against them”.

Other members of Congress specially those members of the Cuban community of Florida like Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart were outraged with the President decision “President Obama’s decision to allow the Castro regime to blackmail the United States and abandon our pro-democracy principles is an outrage,”.

Rep. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Florida Republican, perhaps more Zionist than Bibi Netanyahu declared “This misguided action by President Obama will embolden the Castro regime to continue its illicit activities, trample on fundamental freedoms, and disregard democratic principles.”

President Obama recognizing the role and contribution of the Cuban community, a role that no one can deny stated

“Meanwhile, the Cuban exile community in the United States made enormous contributions to our country –- in politics and business, culture and sports. Like immigrants before, Cubans helped remake America; even as they felt a painful yearning for the land and families they left behind. All of this bound America and Cuba in a unique relationship, at once family and foe.”

However special interests or one issue “community” whether religious or ethnic or “nationalistic” must not have a monopoly over broad US national and international issues and policies.

Well, perhaps President Obama can muster the same courage and declare “independence” of American foreign policy from AIPAC giving full recognition of the State of Palestine and demand an end of the Israeli Occupation, the longest in modern history.

True Mr. President “After all, these 50 years have shown that isolation has not worked. It is time for a new approach.” The same can be true of US policy toward Palestine.


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