11/18/2004 Part 2 of a
Three Part Series
History of Fundamentalism:
How far apart are Al-Queda and Extremist Judeo-Christianity? By Tanya C.
Hsu Senior Political Analyst & Director of Program Development
Institute for Research: Middle East Policy
America's First 9/11
On September 11, 1990 President George H.W. Bush addressed a joint session of Congress
alerting America and the world to the threat posed by Saddam Hussein and Iraq. His central
rationale for intervention warned of Iraqi troops moving toward the border between Kuwait
and Saudi Arabia in preparation for an attack upon the Kingdom:
"In the early morning hours of August 2nd, following negotiations and promises by
Iraq's dictator Saddam Hussein not to use force, a powerful Iraqi army invaded its
trusting and much weaker neighbor, Kuwait. Within three days, 120,000 Iraqi troops with
850 tanks had poured into Kuwait and moved south to threaten Saudi Arabia. It was then I
decided to check that aggression "
In mid-September the Pentagon confirmed that 250,000 Iraqi troops with 1500 tanks were
massed on the Saudi border. Saudi Arabia's leaders, briefed by the US, believed they faced
an existential dilemma: invasion and overthrow by Saddam Hussein, or infidel troops using
the Holy Cities of Islam to attack fellow Arab Muslims. Under great American and domestic
political pressure, Saudi leaders allowed US troops to stage and launch their war upon
Iraq from Saudi soil.
Although the Pentagon to this day refuses to declassify the photographs of the Iraqi troop
build-up, images obtained from commercial Russian satellite imagery companies have become
available. Two high resolution photos in particular provide a comparison. The first
clearly reveals Iraqi vehicles massed in and around Kuwaiti oil field infrastructure.
(See exhibit #1)
#1 Satellite Image: Vehicles massed around Kuwaiti oil fields September 11th
Canadian Broadcasting Company)
second image reveals a Kuwait/Saudi border completely devoid of Iraqi vehicles.
satellite analysis revealed no Iraqi troops on the border between Kuwait
There were no tanks. There was nothing. Just empty desert for miles on end.
(See exhibit #2)
#2 The Kuwait-Saudi Arabian Border/September 11th 1990. (Source:
Canadian Broadcasting Company)
Saudi leadership had been deceived into an alliance, and America
would pay dearly 11 years later.George
H. W. Bush and the Pentagon had done more than manipulate a long term friend and ally.By failing to understand and consider the level of
perceived defilement the presence of U.S.
troops in Saudi
would generate, Bush triggered a series of reactions that led directly to the terror
attacks of 9/11.
at the time, Osama bin Laden approached Crown Prince Abdullah with an offer to raise an
army and fight Iraqi troops, to preclude the need for the presence of US troops upon the Holy
Land.Prince Abdullah rejected the offer.
Although the Saudi government ultimately permitted US troops to launch attacks against
Saddam Hussein to protect the kingdom, Muslim adherents saw it a different way. They saw
infidels launched from the Holy Land of Islam to strike down fellow Muslims.Osama bin Laden abandoned any allegiance to
the Kingdom at that moment, vowing to bring down both the United
and the House of Saud.
stands alone in the world, an island in the sand.In
100 years it has gone from uniting a land of tribal leaders, warlords, Bedouin and traders
to a closed society protecting its Muwahhadin form of Islam.The state has come to be despised by many fellow Arab nations for
projecting a conservative form of Islam that does not represent the majority.It is simultaneously loathed by many Saudi
ex-patriots for its failure to provide for the Saudi people.The Kingdom is feared and reviled by Americans on both sides of the
political fence and from almost every member
of Congress for its decadent ruling family, business connections to the Bush family, as
the origin of Osama bin Laden, or all.
Kingdom is facing its biggest crisis to date.Should
not change from within, it will be a lose-lose situation for the Kingdom and the United
States.As one of the fastest climbing nations from
complete underdevelopment to global prominence, Saudi
could descend even more rapidly.Glacial
reforms have usually been more successful and less painful to any nation's populace.Saudi
no longer has this luxury.
message to the Kingdom from the United
has become deafening. The US
demands reform of the Kingdom
according to American democratic ideals. The US
wishes to see its own image reflected in a Saudi democracy.The Bush administration remains steadfast in its conviction that forcing
democracy upon Iraq
will yet be a remarkable success, and will be a model for change throughout the Middle
a decade long plan of action cautiously implemented by the Kingdom to reform from within,
on its own terms and according to its culture, the US
demands instantaneous results. The Kingdom
has come to a point of no return.
questions remain: Will the Kingdom move ahead and show the world that Islam, the Holy
and the people are not the fearsome shadowy entities being portrayed? How will this be
accomplished, and can it beat the clock and proceed before Al-Qaeda and others decide to
for them?How easy will it be to change
perceptions in the US
where think tanks such as the highly influential and media savvy American Enterprise,
Brookings and Washington Institutes with their varied scholars continually
accountable for nearly all present Middle
groups and movements outside of the Kingdom are dedicated to changing the SaudiKingdom
and overthrowing Muslims who are not true practitioners of Islam: Saudi Salafi
apostates.Clearly these groups
oppose the hard-line position of the Wahhabi ruling family, in their view
oppressive to the Saudi people.
scholars find Islam to be a religion of equality and charity, beauty and compassion.Not providing for the general population is haraam
(forbidden) in Islam.The royal House of
Saud is perceived not to have changed since King Abd al-Aziz stated, after the discovery
of oil, fill my belly and I don't care about it and don't
educate the children too much or they will rebel.
resistance leader, who prefers to call his organization a Renaissance
Movement, agrees that change within Arabia
is necessary and timely.In a personal
interview with this author, he described his dream for the nation as follows:
would like to] take back Saudi wealth outside Arabia,
the assets must be returned to the people, and education must become new.[We would have] vocational systems, colleges, and
an industrial revolution will begin [an] agricultural industry is not enough.All Muslims will be welcomed.The women will be in universities, teaching and
studying they will be in the elections.If a
woman wants to build a bridge in the country, that is fine!In the time of the Prophet women were fighting to climb trees to work!We will negotiate with non-Arab nations, except on
our conditions this time.
leader of this organization, also made clear that there would be full equality for women,
a distribution of the wealth from oil to the people because the natural resources belong
to the ummah (people of the state).
leader of another organization puts it this way:
Saudi regime imposed on the people a life that does not appeal to the free believer.The people wanted to encourage what is right and
forbid what is wrong they can't.The
regime dismisses them from their jobs and in the event that they continue (to speak out)
they are detained in prisons.I have rejected
to live this submissive life that is not befitting of man let alone a believer.
started to publish some declarations. However, the Saudi Regime did not like this and
started to exercise pressure insisted I keep my mouth shut I decided to look
for a land in which I can breathe a pure, free air It is much better to live
under a tree than to live in palaces in the most sacred land where injustice
is so widespread.
are these reformers who have tried to disseminate the same message as the president of the
Congressmen and women, academics, television pundits paid handsomely for expressing their
horror of such a system as Saudi
first quote is from Dr. Muhammad al-Masari, Director of the Party for Islamic Renewal,
based in England.Dr. al-Masari is personally regarded by Osama bin
Laden as a valued Islamic teacher; bin Laden having tried to persuade him to come to Afghanistan
to educate his ignorant Mujahadeen while they trained in the Al-Queda camps.
second is Osama bin Laden
the end of the Cold War Osama bin Laden stated, This collapse made the US
more haughty and arrogant, and it has started to look at itself as a Master of the World,
and establish what it calls the New World Order.William Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard, the iconic journal of
neo-conservative thought, agrees with bin Laden.As
Kristol himself wrote on America's
current policy towards the Arab world: It is a greater war for shaping the Middle
East.It is a war that is intended to change the
political structure of the entire region.The
world is a dangerous place.[Neocon] doctrine
maintains that the problem with the Middle
is that [there is an] absence of democracy and of freedom.The way to fight is to create a New World Order, to create a new Middle
East.Kristol and his fellow arch-conservative advisers
to the Bush administration firmly believe that fanatic Wahhabism is
undermining the stability of the entire region.
the 9/11 Commission closed its books and concluded that the cause of the attacks on the
World Trade Centre and Pentagon were caused by Islamic fundamentalism (an
oxymoron within Islam), they failed to learn during the process that Osama bin Laden
believes that the Wahhabi rulers in Saudi
are too fundamental for his tastes.
failure on the part of the Commission was surprisingly glaring: a significant conflict of
interest.Thomas Kean (D NJ), 9/11
Commission Chairman, neglected to reveal his personal and ongoing business dealings with
Osama bin Laden's brother-in-law,
Khalid bin Mahfouz.Democratic
Senator Bob Graham and Michael Moore also forgot to mention the Kean- bin Laden business
relationship in their damning expos�s of the Saudis.Kean remains a
director of Amerada Hess, the oil company partnered with Saudi
Delta Oil.One of Delta Oil's biggest
financial backers is bin Mahfouz, who has also supported Manuel Noriega, Abu Nidal, Saddam
Hussein and George W. Bush. Saudi contracts secured by the Carlyle Group benefit Democrats
equally if not more so than Republicans: One of Carlyle's founding members is Daniel
Rubenstein, a Democrat who worked for president Jimmy Carter, and its chairman is Louis
Gerstner Jr., close associate of the Clinton White House.
Saudi government has maintained close relations with every US
administration. Yet this close relationship, in the past much needed, has eroded.Saudi
key force continues to be petroleum.
the world scrambles to connect the dots to define the threats of terrorism that do indeed
exist, as opposed to those which are mirages, books are churned out rapid fire.A raft of cynics attempt to link groups on both
sides of the Atlantic
to terrorism.Key gaps have been glaringly
overlooked.As Lee Hamilton of the 9/11
Hearings Committee testified on Capitol Hill in special summer session, we knew all about
Osama bin Laden's fatwa's and 9/11, but we still did not get it.
presidential candidate John Kerry upped the ante during his campaign: To put it
bluntly, we will not do business as usual with Saudi
Arabia.Regarding the US reliance on Saudi oil, Kerry said,
If we are serious about energy independence, then we can finally be serious about
confronting the role of Saudi Arabia in financing and providing ideological support for
Al-Queda , reinforcing anti-Saudi oratory.
is in a position to influence market prices.In
2004 the Saudi reserves were estimated at 260 billion barrels; approximately 25%of
the world's proven reserves, and has the largest surplus production capacity.Americans continue to demand greater supply to
support their leading per capita consumption.Rather
than make energy efficient changes that would decrease US demands, candidate Kerry
demanded that Saudi
play by new American rules. Saudi
may be alone in a sea of sand, but animosity from the US
toward the region has forced it to reach out to new allies.
the explosive relations between the US
and Muslim world require two major changes:The
US must stay out of the Muslim lands as occupiers, and cease unconditional support of Israel.
Instead, the US
takes sides in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, the thorn in the side of all Arab
has begun another Crusade to conquer the Middle
as Islam views it.Most policy makershave
ignored the importance of Islamic justice and history to the peoples of the region. The
history of fundamentalism goes largely ignored.
examining the history of the region and culture, and by ignoring the reasoning behind the
ongoing attacks against the United States and Western allies, the losses will be far
greater than the 3,000 people lost during 9/11, the 1,146 US troops killed in Iraq, the
1,080 contractors killed or missing, and the thousands upon thousands of severe injuries
to US troops.Terrorism is not a
new phenomenon, it has never been eradicated, and it has been with us for thousands of
years.It certainly did not begin with Islam
or Al-Queda, and the principles of what many call freedom fighters are honorable to those
who fight their war.As President Yasser
Arafat is laid to rest we recall that Nelson Mandella was considered a
terrorist not too many years ago.
West can not win this battle unless its knowledge base and strategies completely change.
of Fundamentalist Terrorism
term fundamentalism originated from the 1920s Protestant movement in America
guided by five fundamentals: the absolute truth and literal word of the Bible;
the Virgin Birth of Jesus; Jesus' resurrection; the "supernatural"
atonement of Christ's blood forgiving sins, and the authenticity of the Gospel miracles.Fundamentalism is predicated on the beliefs that
these are the only truths, and that disbelievers are an evil that must be fought.Using this template the Muwahhadin (commonly known
outside of the Middle
as Wahhabi) of Saudi
are no more fundamental than millions of American Christians today.William Kristol wrote, Muslim fundamentalists
regard the Koran every word of it as God's own language as if
this were unique to followers of Islam.Of
course most Muslims believe such: Qu'ran literally means
Recitation (from God).
it is estimated that there are at least 25,000 followers of Al Qaeda globally, primarily
and Egypt.There are 1.3 billion Muslims across the world.If Al Qaeda members represent 0.002% of the entire
Muslim population it would require a membership growth up to 13 million Osama bin Laden
supporters before Al Qaeda had just 1% of all Muslims under his sway.
By contrast, 11%, or 660 million, people throughout
the entire world call themselves evangelical Christians.According to a recent Gallop poll, 42% of Americans
call themselves evangelical.Evangelical (from
the Greek euangelion, meaning good news of Jesus) can be identified by four
components: conversion, or a belief that lives need to be changed; the interpretation that
all truth is to be found within the Bible; activism, in that all believers are dedicated
to the service of God; and crucicentrism, the belief that Jesus Christ's death
represents atonement for ones' sins.Daily
more than one million people watch the most popular religious leader in America,
far right wing Evangelical Reverend Pat Robertson's 700 Club television
program, donating $100 million per year to support his message.And that message is a warning of the danger of the
warlike Islam, Islam the
mechanism for Satan's plan to prevent the return of Jesus Christ the Lord, with
Prophet Mohammed a wild-eyed fanatic, robber and brigand.On October 10th, 2004 Robertson
threatened George W. Bush and Osama bin Laden both in the same breath:Speaking from Jerusalem on behalf of God, Robertson
claimed: God says, 'I'm going to judge those who carve up
the West Bank and Gaza Strip! , lest any US president have any fanciful notions
about returning the Occupied Territories to their former owners.Robertson guaranteed that he will form a third
political party taking millions of Evangelical Christian American voters with him.
(Robertson ran for president of the United States in 1988.)These relatively new Zionist Christians fervently back
America's support for Israel as a precursor to the biblical end of timesThe Reverend also put Osama bin Laden on notice
that he must not frustrate God's plan" to have Jews rule the Holy Land until
the Second Coming of Jesus.
Reverend Jerry Falwell, another infamous Evangelical Christian preacher, called the
Prophet Mohammed a pedophile and terrorist, and claimed that 9/11
was really caused by pagans,
abortionists, feminists, homosexuals, the American Civil Liberties Union, People for the American
and all who have tried to secularize America.Of the above he said, you helped this
happen."When challenged, Falwell
justified his comments by quoting Scripture: "Proverbs ,
which says 'living by God's principles promotes a nation to greatness, violating those
principles brings a nation to shame.Falwell
overlooked Scripture not so favorable to Christianity's roots, including incest,
murder, and slaughter of innocents.
the Old Testament/Torah, Moses himself said to his people after murdering two kings, as
they prepared to pass Jordan,
When the Lord thy God shall bring thee into the land
whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the
Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites,
and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou;
thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them,
nor shew mercy unto them: ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their
images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire.And thou shalt consume all the people which the
lord thy god shall deliver thee shall destroy them with a mighty destruction, until
they be destroyed Moses, Deuteronomy 7:1 7:23, Hebrew Scriptures (Old
Testament), King James Version.
Evangelicals are now seen as a far greater threat to the average Muslim, with their
crusading zeal and political influence in America,
backed up by the greatest military force in the world. With Israel
presiding over more than 400 nuclear warheads sitting in their back garden, the
Judeo-Christian movement offers no quarter.
has had a dark legacy of injustice.It was
used to justify racial segregation in the Jim Crow era, paraphrasing Biblical
passage as evidence of the truth of the position of the supremacist Ku Klux
Klan who have always used violence, terror, murder and fear to spread their message of
white purity.It is said that every town in
has at least one active member of the Klan remaining today. It is an open organization,
was a significant political force just a few decades ago, proudly supports US
government projects (highways, roads, etc.), and many in Congress today must hide their
past sympathies with the organization.
of the US Congress are intensely vocal, however, in their Christian devotion, using
biblical passages to underscore their faith.Professing
minimum religiosity or not mentioning it at all places a candidate at a disadvantage to
politicians professing absolute loyalty to Christ.Americans
want to know that their representatives are as faithful to the Christian church as they.Americans are now the second most religious
nation in the world, behind only India.
Almost 60% of Americans attend church weekly.Fifty
two percent of Americans would not vote for an atheist for president even if
well-qualified, Thirty eight percent would not vote for a well-qualified Muslim.
US Attorney General John Ashcroft is a member of Assembly of God Church.No dancing, no alcohol, no makeup, and no card
playing is permitted, and his staff must pray to Jesus in his government office daily,
despite laws separating church and state.In
2000, prior to his appointment, Ashcroft gave an interview to a white racist magazine, the
Southern Partisan, proud that it was one journal that was able to set the record
straight.He also claimed that America
has no king but Jesus.
believe that President Bush, a Born Again Christian, is strongly allied with Israel
in part because of his sincere belief in the Coming of the Messiah.The forgiving attributes of
Christianity were absent during Bush's reign as governor of Texas,
where he was credited with executing 155 prisoners, more than any other official in US
History.Bush had said Texas
did not sign the Vienna Convention, so why should we be subject to it?" Many
Christian Zionists are growing rapidly and significantly in their absolutist support of Israel,
embraces their enthusiastic financial aid despite knowing that Christians believe Jews
will go to Hell unless they accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Trent Lott, Rep. Tom Delay, Rep. Bob Barr, Rep. Dick Army, Senator Orrin Hatch and other
Republican lawmakers are members of the Council for National Policy (CNP).The Council's leaders include one R. J.
Rushdoony, founder of the Chalcedon Foundation. In his monthly newsletter, Rushdoony gives
voice to those such as the Reverend William O. Einwechter, a Pennsylvania
minister who is also the VP of the National Reform Association that pushes for a Christian
government.Einwechter believes that parents
should stone to death their wayward children, as "[T]he execution of the rebel in
view is just, merciful, and preventive. Just, in that the transgressor deserves to die;
Merciful, in that his quick death prevents the destruction of the family, society, and
others; Preventive, in that it strikes fear in the heart of other would-be rebels and
restrains them from taking a similar ruinous course."Similarly Rushdoony advocates death for treasonous acts including idolatry;
slave-ownership; and desires a complete global Christian domination. World conquest.
That's what Christ has commissioned us to accomplish. We must win the world with the power
of the Gospel. And we must never settle for anything less writes his peer George
becomes more surreal: In March of 2003, at least 13 members of the US Congress attended a
ceremony for the Reverend Sun Yung Moon, crowning him as Moon declared himself to be the
Messiah who personally saved the souls of Hitler and Stalin.The ceremony was held in the DirksenOfficeBuilding
in the Senate, which requires permission by a senator.Moon also happens to own the Washington Times, the conservative newspaper of
how can this be any less terrifying than Muslims who have strayed from Islam, the religion
that condemns harm to man more than any other?Why
has the West become fixated upon Islam as a religion of violence and terror, when it is in
fact the exact opposite?More importantly, why
are the voices that articulate and counter these overflowing masses of hypocritical
accusations effectively silenced?They are
easy to find but the US
media fails time and again to air these views.
first recorded case of terrorism can be traced to the Jewish Zealot-Sicarii,
who lived in Jerusalem
in 100 BCE.The Zealot-Sicarii (meaning
daggermen) cut the throats of their victims (women and children included) in
the public arena in order to gain maximum attention and instill fear and anxiety in the
instructed his followers who did not have weapons to buy them even if it meant selling
suggesting that He and His followers were also Zealot-Sicarii.The curved Sica dagger was used for terrorist
assassinations upon the
term terrorism (terreur) was first used during the French Revolution in 1792,
when the peasants revolted against King Louis XVI and his queen, Marie Antionette.This was known as the Year of
Terror.Modern terror was then
characterized by the activities of the Russian Narodnaya (Peoples' Will), the
Bolsheviks, who were the primary �migr�s to Israel
after the Russian Revolution. In the 1990s terror in the Balkans offered hope to the
regular people, as it did in Kashmir,
and Xinjiang (China).
#3 Same Vision, Different Sides
Irgun and Hezbollah)
Irgun poster distributed in Europe 1947
Hezbollah poster distributed in Lebanon 2004
1946, Menachem Begin, leader of the Irgun Zionist organization, terrorist number
one and later Israeli prime minister led the attack on the KingDavidHotel
in Jerusalem.Fifty kilos of explosives set on timers destroyed
the hotel and killed 91 people (mainly British).Prime
minister of Israel Yitzhak
84, & 1986-92), also a self-described terrorist, was the leader of the equally radical
Stern Gang.He assassinated the British
resident minister Lord Walter Moyne in Cairo
and executed the assassination of Count Folke Bernadotte, UN Mediator on September
17, 1948.Shamir remained a member of the Knesset until his
retirement in 1996.
the first suicide bombings occurred at Acco (Acre)
Prison, when Jewish prisoners detonated a massive bomb permitting 255 prisoners to escape.A month prior, four Jewish prisoners had been
hanged and subsequently referred to as martyrs.
An American Israeli doctor, Baruch Goldstein, opened fire on a mosque on
the Feast of Purim (February 1994) at the Tomb of the Patriarchs.Goldstein, a member of the Kahane Kach terrorist
group, killed 50 Muslim Arabs and wounded more than a hundred others, knowing that he
would be murdered in retaliation on site. His grave, now a pilgrimage site for many who
honor him reads:
Here lies the saint, Dr. Baruch Kappel Goldstein,
blessed be the memory of the righteous and holy man, may the Lord avenge his blood, who
devoted his soul to the Jews, Jewish religion and Jewish land. His hands are innocent and
his heart is pure. He was killed as a martyr
Jewish extremists sit in the Knesset, demand Israel
abide only by Jewish religious laws, and advocate the continuing violence against the
other corners of the world, terrorism looms large.Hindus do not have a negative perception of suicide for terror activities. In
fact, Veda scripts taught that suicide was the greatest sacrifice. Hindus now routinely
attack Muslim mosques in India.The Liberation
Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)
are one of the world's leading terrorist groups.The Tamil Tigers are the first organized modern group to use female suicide
bombers, called Birds of Freedom.
Tiger Birds of Freedom wear a
cyanide capsule around the neck to be taken in the event of impending capture. Tamil
Tigers, until the recent war in Afghanistan and Iraq, had carried
out at least five times more such terrorist attacks than all other similar groups put
membership of the fighting force alone is estimated to be over 10,000.These men and women will not only kill by
suicide bombings, but will hack to death women and children. On 18
the Birds of Freedom attacked three villages.Their
victims were dragged from their sleep and hacked and chopped to death using machetes and
swords. ``I heard the Tamil women laughing as if they had gone mad, said one farmer
who managed to escape. Over 60,000 lives have been lost to the Tamil Tiger's civil
war against Sri
Sinhalese Buddhist majority.
common denominator of terrorism remains anti-imperialism.Democratization and a resurgence of spiritualist motivations combined with
decolonization almost guarantee a rise in rebel terrorist activities.History remains a blueprint of today's
Exhibit #5:Terrorist Organization Membership
in Saudi Arabia in 1957 of a Yemeni father and fashionable Syrian mother with a penchant
for Parisian couture, Osama
bin Muhammad bin
Laden is assumed by many to be Wahhabi.
this day academics recycle the same information: that the 13th-14th
century scholar Ibn Tammiyya is bin Laden's mentor.Osama bin Laden's ideas are more accurately a blend of Saad Qutb,
a modern day scholar of Islam who called for a rebellion against corrupt rulers of Arab
nations, and the
7th - 8th century Iraqi radical Dhul-Khuwaysarah, who argued over
the Muslim community's political status after the death of Mohammad.According to
those who know bin Laden personally, his true mentor and guide was a modern day
Palestinian professor of Sharia'h law, Sheikh Abdullah Assam.
was born in 1941 in Palestine,
fought in the 1967 Yom Kippur war, was a protagonist of the Egyptian Muslim
Brotherhood, and co-founded HAMAS.In 1973 Assam
received his PhD in Usool ul-Fiqh (the Principles of Islamic Justice) from Al-AzharUniversity
teaching in Jordan
he moved to Jeddah,
and taught Shari'ah Law, writing many books on his interpretation of Islam and the
meaning of jihad.He wrote Jihad means
fighting. It does not mean to fight with the
pen or to write books or articles in the press or to fight by holding lectures.His work conveyed a message of self-defense in the
preservation of Islam; well thought out, concise, and expressing his commitment to a
reformation or the corrupted religion, Assam
advocated living a life of charity and purity in all things. (See exhibit #6)
of his students in Jeddah was a young Saudi millionaire named Osama bin Laden.
#6: Abdullah Assam
in Traditional Afghan Hat
his Defense of the Muslim Lands Assam stated, If a piece of Muslim land
the size of a hand-span is infringed upon then jihad becomes fard 'ayn (mandatory) upon
every Muslim male and female without the permission of its parents.He believed that Expelling the kuffr from our
land is a compulsory duty upon all The first [duty] is repulsion of the enemy
aggressor who assaults the religion If only Muslims had fought in Palestine,
would not have been lost.
saved his harshest criticism for the rules of Saudi
and other Muslim nations whom he saw as having abandoned the true meaning of Islam:The protection of the religion takes
precedence over the protection of wealth.Therefore
the wealth of the rich is not more valuable than the blood of the Mujahideen.Let the rich beware and take heed of the law of
Allah concerning their wealth
bin Laden who had previously enjoyed the fast paced lifestyle of the Beirut
nightclubs was drawn to Assam's
message to stop the display of obscene wealth he saw by the Saudi princes while poverty in
the Kingdom increased. Accusing the Saudis of suppressing scholarly voices in opposition
to the ruling family, bin Laden began issuing declarations in the Kingdom and was ordered
to cease.When he refused, he left for the Sudan.Despite repeated requests from his family to
apologize to King Fahd, he refused.The
Saudi government subsequently froze his assets and stripped him of his citizenship in 1994
Kingdom was Allah's.
US troops on Saudi soil, Sheikh Assam
predicted, Our occupying enemies are very deceptive and execute programs to extend
their power in these regions (Afghanistan,
etc.).. He intended for his Jihad to
spread to the lands that had once been under Muslim control: Bukhara
and Yemen.But Palestine
is the foremost Islamic problem it is the heart of the Islamic world. I thought
were Heart and soul are not the same.
to fight against the Soviets in Afghanistan Abdullah Assam
vowed to create a network of highly motivated Muslim fighters, shrouded in mystique and
invincibility, cloaked and unnamed, throughout the globe.Many of those who came to fight in Afghanistan
were well-educated young men trained in engineering, computer science and medicine, and
angered by the continual encroachment of Western forces upon Muslim lands.Yet they were poorly educated in the teachings of
Islam.The availability of information from
the bookshops, libraries and Internet meant they were often merely self taught rather than
guided by true Muslim scholars.In the 1980s
traveled to America,
visiting 50 US
cities in order to spread his message and recruit more volunteer fighters.
Osama bin Laden had established himself in Afghanistan.He arrived dressed in the finest English woolen
trousers and English custom-sewn Beal Brothers boots, covered by the Afghan shalwar kameez
(traditional clothing).He was mild mannered,
spoke classical Arabic, and quiet.He noted
the names and addresses of the wounded as he visited them in the hospital, left them with
cashews and English chocolates, and later sent large unexpected checks to patients.He spent millions to build roads, schools, a
hospital and storage depots, replacing those destroyed during the Soviet-Afghan war.To war-torn Afghanistan,
he became known as the Good Samaritan, or Saudi Prince.
Osama bin Laden Not a Cave Dwelling Primitive (Source: BBC)
bin Laden 1971 (far right) at Oxford
bin Laden and Abdullah Assam
finally went their separate ways in a dispute over their primary targets.Bin Laden wanted to take the Jihad straight to the US,
whom both saw as the primary cause of the contamination of the Holy Cities of Arabia;
wanted to take the fight straight to Israel
to liberate Palestine.
1989 Sheikh Abdullah Assam
was killed by a bomb blast detonated underneath his car in Peshawar,
Pakistan.To this day the murder remains unsolved although
Osama bin Laden,
ISS and America's
CIA are all suspects.
Laden, like his mentor, also issued clear warnings, writing fatwa's in 1996 and 1998
as to Al-Queda's intent.On October
Cole was bombed, killing 17 American sailors, when the ship refueled in Yemen.
Al-Queda expected a rapid retaliation by the US
that would justify an attack on American soil.When
a response failed to materialize, the planned World Trade Centre and Pentagon hijackings
were postponed.These attacks upon the US
would thus be legitimate because they were in self-defense and because the US
had yet to withdraw troops from Muslim lands.According
to the 9/11 Commission Report, the US
government agencies then missed more than 30 opportunities to pre-empt these hijackings.
1993, when the World Trade Centre was bombed for the first time, the United States did not
hold Osama bin Laden accountable he was named as being responsible only after 2001.Bin Laden has specifically denied knowing
Ramzi Yousef (now in prison for the 1993 bombing) or having any connection to or relation
with the explosion.Instead, a letter from
The Liberation Army was sent to the New York Times claiming responsibility:
We declare our intent for the explosion on the mentioned building.This action was done in response for the American
political, economical, and military support for Israel,
the state of terrorism, and to the rest of the dictator countries in the region.(Currently the US
government supports Israel
to the tune of between $8 billion and $13 billion dollars per year, including forgiven
bin Laden predicted a United
invasion of Iraq,
and Sudan.As though on cue, the US
has indeed invaded Afghanistan,
is questioning Iran's
policies, and is focusing upon the Sudan
and Syria.Like the others states, Sudan
is an oil producing nation. Sudan
pumps 300,000 barrels of oil per day, and earns more than $2 billion per year from oil.Its President Omar Hassan al-Bashir Bashir said,
"There is an agenda to seek petrol and gold in the region this high life that
they (the West) enjoy now is a result of the theft of the colonies and their riches and
to regurgitated wisdom, Al-Queda does not wish to remain in the 14th
century and certainly does not reject modernity.Osama bin Laden has enthusiastically embraced the most sophisticated
satellite and computer technology. Until the US
invasion of Afghanistan
he emailed his second-in-command Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri frequently, referring to the
Taliban as backward because they did not comprehend the need for 21st century
media relations.Al-Queda members in their
messages complained about salary levels, missing accountancy papers, and excessive cell
do not live in caves because they embrace a primitive lifestyle akin to the Prophet but
rather to disappear quickly. The Solieman tunnels and caves in Afghanistan
are impenetrable.Even Genghis Khan was unable
to find the people when he invaded Afghanistan
in the 13th century.Warned
in advance of Khan's invasion, Afghanis fled underground to these same tunnels and
thus.Genghis Khan thus rode over a land he
believed was devoid of man.
November 2001, three to four thousand Taliban and Al-Queda members, including bin Laden
and his wives, escaped the bombing by US forces of Tora Bora.Four months later the US
claimed to have killed 500 Taliban and Al-Queda members during the bombing of Shah-i-Kot;
but only 10 bodies were found, hundreds of men having escaped. Rewards of $25 million
uneducated rural Muslims for Bin Laden's head were inconceivably ignorant of the
religious terrain: turning over any Muslim to the enemy is forbidden in Islam.
bin Laden and Al-Queda's main purpose is to rid the Arabian
of the House of Saud.In their analysis the
Saudi royal family is decadent and corrupt, and the people oppressed as the ruling family
live in lavish palaces and drive extreme luxury cars.They view the House of Saud as the very cause of modern Islamic militancy, a
natural consequence of which is extremism, revolt, anarchy and assassinations, replete
throughout the world's history.Bin Laden
may view himself as an Islamic Robin Hood, taking from the rich to give to the
poor, one of the central requirements of Islam.
1997 bin Laden specifically stated that he wished for an
end to occupation and the Western and American influence on our countries.
Saudi King Fahd allowed US troops to fight Muslims from Muslim soil, al-Queda perceived
how hypocritical this was of the Kingdom: Saudi
owed its very existence to the intervention of the ulamas (religious leaders) during the
original conflict between Saud and his brother Abd Allah in the 19th century.Abd Allah had asked for intervention from Muslim
Iraq when Saud took leadership of the nation but his request to the ulamas had been
rejected because foreigners (the Iraqis) could not enter the Holy
land.History reveals that any exceptions were
exclusively for Arabs.Taqi
al-Din ibn Taymiyya, the 13th century inspiration for Wahhabi
Islam, permitted foreigners on Muslim land.A
pious Sufi (mystic) and medieval Hanbali theologian and professor, he allowed the Egyptians
Mamluks and the Syrians
(heretics and apostates), to fight the invading Mongols, jihad being
obligatory for protection.
the Al-Queda leadership looked on from Afghanistan
as the Kingdom put American demands above the requirements of Islam.This grave sin, as Al-Queda saw it, tipped the
balance between a relatively hands-off approach to now saving the land from the Saudi
Salafi, who were subordinate to the US an
act against Islam.
Does Al-Queda Want?
in 2001 did not hate Americans or envy their freedom; in fact it had stated the opposite:
American civilians are not targeted in our plan.Regarding the attacks in Afghanistan
bin Laden stated, We do not want innocent people to be killed by the US
bombing because of us.We will evacuate
the major cities and we will go to the mountains, deserts, and jungles to regroup and
launch attacks on the US
forces and their allies.
importantly Osama bin Laden clearly is offended by the continued presence of the US
on Saudi soil, and adamantly rejects its continuing aid to Israel,
not comprehending how it is possible for the US
to sacrifice its own people to serve the interests of the Israeli Jewish State.
views the Kingdom as oppressive and extreme in its practices, denying freedom to the
people while itself not being free of American control.The argument from resistance movements is that the Saudis are
fanatical about dress codes, ritualistic matters, and even private matters for
the home only.They want equal education for
men and women, open elections, and accountability to all citizens.Would Al-Qaeda's
prescription for petroleum call for "oil to be used as a weapon"?
will find there were [in history] many types of dealings between the Muslim nation and
other nations in time of peace and in time of war in treaties and matters of
commerce As for oil, it is a commodity that will be subject to the price of the
market according to supply and demand Osama bin Laden in 1997.
bin Laden's proposed a reconciliation initiative in an audiotape released
in 2004, by which Al-Queda would cease any attack upon European nations (our
neighbors to the north as he termed them) as long as they simply removed their
troops from Muslim lands. US troops are a humiliating presence reminiscent of
imperialism, and the final Crusade in the attempt to control the world's economy via
control of the world's oil supply.Bin
Laden calls for Al-Queda's actions upon the West in the name of his Islam; George W.
Bush has called for two wars upon the Muslim lands, even using the word
crusade, claiming his decision arose after consulting a higher
once being a CIA ally in the war against the Soviets, Osama bin Laden has now effectively
been turned in to a new Prophet a Messenger bringing the issue of change within the
to the forefront of foreign policy debate.He
has become mythological not because he has successfully dealt devastating attacks upon the
but because he is a figure who has stood firmly against not only the American
infidels but also the House of Saud.
its short historical existence, the Kingdom stands at a pivotal point in history: no
matter where it turns it will find no other choice but change.The question is who will provide the model for
reform?Will it be George W. Bush or Osama bin
Laden? More importantly, is there a better way?
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