20 November, 2018

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From September 11 To Manchester Massacre & Beyond: Why?

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

The massacres of innocents from the September 11 infamy to Manchester and beyond are indeed evil acts that break the heart of humanity and deserve the utmost condemnation. There is no question that the culprits, if they are alive, should be hunted down and brought before the law.

After each of these massacres however, the easiest of questions that were raised and investigated was how did it happen where it happened; but the more difficult one to face and never answered in full is why do they continue to happen? The question how is usually answered in terms of lapse in security. After investigation more resources would be demanded and received by the security forces, which would be born ultimately by the tax payer. The irony is that each time the security is improved the terrorists find a hole in the security net and exploit that hole to stage their next attack. This has been the sad history of focusing the solution to terrorism entirely on tightening security measures.

Yet, the hard question why is never asked and even if asked the answer takes the form of a hackneyed narrative that terrorists ‘hate our freedom and way of life’.   Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Australia and Teresa May in Britain have been eloquent after the Manchester massacre in their determination to defeat Islamist terrorism and its hideouts. Such vocal pronouncements have been heard even previously from their predecessors in the U.S, France and other parts of the West. But the only problem is that they don’t seem to look at their own role in provoking terrorism in the first place.   

The suicide bomber Salman Abedi who detonated the evil device in Manchester – which device appears to be technologically more sophisticated and thereby informing the world that these perpetrators are fast learners and are scientifically advanced – has been identified as a foot soldier of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, an al-Qaeda affiliate that was promoted by members of the NATO to kill Gaddafi and topple his regime. Investigations by the British Foreign Affairs Select Committee reveal that when Tony Blair joined NATO’s so called humanitarian intervention in Libya, Gaddafi was reported to have telephoned him twice and said on one occasion, “They (Jihadis) want to control the Mediterranean and then they will attack Europe”.  What a prophetic statement from that deceased dictator!

NATO succeeded in destroying at that time a country that enjoyed, in terms of the UN Human Development Index, the highest standard of living in Africa. Also, according to the U.S. foreign service officer Christopher Stevens, published by Wikileaks, “Libya has been a strong partner in the war against terrorism and … Muammar al-Qadhafi’s criticism of Saudi Arabia for perceived support of Wahhabi extremism … reflects broader Libyan concern about the threat extremism.”  In advancing the cause of oil and imperialism Obama and the NATO leaders turned Libya into a killing field and produced hundreds of Salman Abedis who, like al-Qaeda in the aftermath of post-Russian from Afghanistan, are creating havoc in Britain and Europe.  Was this fact ever discussed in international gatherings and the official media?

Ever since the September 11 attack on U.S. soil and even before President Bush embarked on his crazy War on Terror, which has so far caused hundreds of thousands of unwanted deaths and cost trillions of precious dollars, many right thinking men and women in the West and elsewhere have been asking world leaders and their international fora to initiate an objective analysis on the real reasons behind that infamy and all other horrific incidents right down to the Manchester massacre and threatening to continue in the future. Until now these leaders and the international bodies have ignored this plea and instead focused narrowly and entirely on the single issue of radical Islamism. It is true that Islamism in its militant variant is the most prominent culprit. This variant is a concocted distortion by a tiny minority within a great religion that is not only practised today by nearly one-fifth of humanity but also produced one of the most glorious civilizations in history, without which even the European Enlightenment would not have occurred when it did. Professor Khaled abu-Fadl, “the Pope of tolerant Islam” has described this distortion as ‘The Great Theft’.  

However, the propagators and practitioners of this distorted Islam such as the ISIS, al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, Jama’a Islamiyya, the Taliban and others did not emerge out of a historical vacuum. They in their collectivity represent not only a twisted religious ideology but also the deranged response from the Muslim subaltern to a Middle East Order designed by the architects of Western imperialism.  While their ideology emanates from an extreme form of Salafism whose nursery is Saudi Arabia, a close ally of the West, the genesis of the ruling Middle East Order goes back to the immediate aftermath of the break-up of the Ottoman Empire.  It is in the manufacture and maintenance of this Order that one finds the real answer to the question WHY?

Every time the people of this region tried to dismantle that Order and replace it with one of their own the West sabotaged it either with cunning diplomacy or with outright violence. From the time of the democratically elected Prime Minister Dr. Mosaddegh in Iran in the 1950s, whose government was thrown out by a CIA engineered coup, right down to the 2011 Arab Spring which demanded change but ended in the restoration of the ancient regime, the West has determinedly demonstrated its intransigence in maintaining its imperialist design.  The chaos that is reigning today in the Middle East whose ripple effects are felt in the Western and other parts of the world is the direct result of a battle between the demand for change and the resolve to maintain the status quo.  Instead of addressing this fundamental issue and by deliberately misdirecting this battle into a war between Islamist extremism and civilization or modernity the West has intentionally created a growth industry of Islam-demonization that is adding more fuel to the raging fire.                

Dr. Ameer Ali, School of Business and Governance, Murdoch University

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    While we condemn any attack on innocent people by any one ….this terrorism issue is out of context now …please define us what is terrorism?
    Niether UN nor sociologist have dentine it…yet..
    When Indians were fighting British for the freedom from British empire it was called freedom struggle by Indians..
    When south Africans were fighting to free them from white domination they were called freedom fighters by south Africans
    When. TAMIL.Tigers fighting for HOME Land they were called as freedom. Fighters by Tamils…
    So meaning and connotations change according to different people…
    All terrorism acts should be condemned…life is life …no matter they are from US or Somalia …all human being are same ..
    Fanaticism should be wiped out..Islamic extremism and suicide is a cope cut from Tamil Tigers …
    There is no place in Islamic for such acts …it is totally Haram to do all this act of violence

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      I can’t under all this undue fuss over the definition of ‘terrorism’. Terrorism is:
      DELIBERATE KILLING OR PHYSICALLY TARGETING OF INNOCENT THIRD PARTY NON COMBATANT CIVILIANS IN PURSUIT OF A POLITICAL, MILITARY OR VENGEFUL OBJECTIVE.

      Armed with this definition it is quite a simple matter to identify whether a particular a group is terrorist or not.
      Soma

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        soma

        Meaning/definition can be anything. The big question is who create them
        indirectly as well explained in this article. If cause is not diagnosed or wrongly diagnosed intentionally or unintentionally the cure or the pill given can even be fatal.

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          Why muslims re like Tamils. they cannot accept that they are the common denominator in violence. Instead, they try to become the victims. Who asked them to be violent. did the west say, go and blow up, become Jihadis, ISIS, AL-Qaeda etc., It is the muslims extremism and desire to dominate the world that cause problems and kill inoocents.

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        धन्यवाद! सोमस जी (Thanks somass ji) for the clarification. ————————-Are you saying that by your definition of terrorism the Tri forces, JVP, Muslim Home Guards, Green Tigers DJV, IPKF, LTTE and other armed Tamil groups ……..IPKF, …………………………………. were terrorists? Thanks.

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        soma,

        A good attempt at defining a terrorist. You will also need include states that can be regarded as terrorist states!

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        Liberal thinker soma, thanks for helping us identify “terrorists”. The infamous pogroms of 1958, 1977, 1983 were directed against Tamil civilians in pursuit of vengeful objectives. In 2007 Gotabaya arrested Tamil speakers, confined them to camps – some never to be seen again. Why? Gota explained “All Tamils are terrorists”. The weapon to be used to eradicate Lankan “terrorism” is removal of the language/religion divide.

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        So the SL military is also terrorist. Glad you have come to that conclusion, Soma.

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        This definition fits perfectly to label Srilanka government and its security forces as terrorist organisation which over the years in pursuit of political, military and vengeful objective deliberately killed and physically targeted innocent third party non combatant Tamil civilians as well as fishermen of Tamil Nadu.

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        Will dropping a bomb from an fighter jet knowing that inncocents will be killed – is it terrorism? Can a state be a terrorist if they want a regime change?

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      It is the Islam common denomination. If Islam is a religion of peace, why mullahs preaching the wrong can influece the devotees to be violent. in the past, buddhists had been killed by both the christians and by muslims. buddhims has been destroyed by both groups. why buddhists did not become violent ?.

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    What the British say about Wahhabis.

    An article in Newsweek (http://www.newsweek.com/uk-report-terror-saudi-arabia-public-finding-618508) has drawn attention to the views held by British on Wahhabi threat and role of Saudi Arabia in financing radical Islam in UK.

    An investigation reportedly authorized by David Cameron has come out with very sensitive information on how foreign entities transferred funds to promote radical ideology in UK. The writer says the findings may not be made public “due to the “very sensitive” nature of the results which are believed to contain references to Saudi Arabia, a close ally of the U.K. and known sponsor of ultraconservative Wahhabist Sunni Muslim ideology around the world.”

    The foreign affairs spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats, Tom Brake, has written to Prime Minister Theresa May, who was the home secretary at the time the inquiry was launched in 2016, demanding answers.

    “As home secretary at the time, your department was one of those leading on the report. Eighteen months later, and following two horrific terrorist attacks by British-born citizens, that report still remains incomplete and unpublished,” Brake wrote, according to The Guardian.

    “It is no secret that Saudi Arabia, in particular, provides funding to hundreds of mosques in the U.K., espousing a very hardline Wahhabist interpretation of Islam. It is often in these institutions that British extremism takes root.”

    When Gnanasara made public outcry about Wahhabi threat in Sri Lanka, several people (Shyamon, Hilmi, Laksiri, Native Vedda) depicted him as a ‘Right wing Monster’, ‘Sinhala Buddhist racist, Buddhist Fascist. Theses goons might say ‘If British are saying, there must be some truth in it’.

    It is high time our rulers pay attention to what Gnanasara is talking instead of licking the ass of the Muslim politicians to get their support to stay in power. Save my ass. Who cares for the country?

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      Eagle Eye———————————————————“What the British say about Wahhabis” —————It does not matter that what May says about Wahabis, what is important is that she does not want the foreigners to stay in the UK whether you are a Wahabi or smelly Sinhala/Tamil. You should advise your smelly people to come home.

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        Native Vedda—————————————————————————————-
        “You should advise your smelly people to come home.”————————————————-Native Vedda, you mean their original Para-Homeland Bharat, India, Bengal, Orissa, Bihar, Tamil Nadu etc, and NOT Lanka, the Land of Native Veddah Aethhoo, I guess. Right now there are too many Paras from Bharat, India, Damba-diva.

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      Eagle Eye, you are trying to make out that Gnanasara (May his Mr Universe muscles increase) is trying to protect Islam from Wahhabists. If true, G is not a monster. But why the hell does the noble G demand a BBS Buddhist/Sinhala only SL? Maybe the assessment by Shyamon, Hilmi, Laksiri, Native Vedda may be correct! (By the way, G has a case to answer for drunk and disorderly behavior in public).

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        K.Pillai, —————————————————————————————–
        “But why the hell does the noble G demand a BBS Buddhist/Sinhala only SL? Maybe the assessment by Shyamon, Hilmi, Laksiri, Native Vedda may be correct!”——Yes, correct. Why? —————————–Read Mahawamsa——This was the Problem Tamils , Hindus, ran into, the Catholics ran into, the Christian fundamentalists ran into ( and then they baited and bribed BBS to attack Muslims starting in 2012, funded, aided and abetted by the Christian fundamentalist West, Norway and Israel), and the Muslims. –Remember, the Sinhala “Buddhists” are brainwashed in the Mahawamsa, just like the Pali Theraveda Tipitaka, and they follow the Mahawamsa, to the letter, while ignoring the Tipitaka.———————————————————————————————————————-Mahawamsa is an Insult to the Buddha——-By Sharmini Serasinghe –

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        Caution- The following is more suitable for the broad-minded and the wise. Others are kindly advised to pass! —————————————————————————-

        Wonder if ours might have been a wiser, and a more ‘humane’ society, had our ‘ancient’ history, been based on Aesop’s Fables, instead of the Mahavamsa. For if not for the Mahavamsa, the Sinhalese may not have been endowed, with the reputation, of “Sinhalaya Modaya (The Sinhalese are Fools)”! ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————-

        In this “wonderland” called Sri Lanka, and in this day and age, one still comes across ‘academically’ educated, and supposedly intelligent ‘Buddhists’, but sadly lacking in wisdom, who reverently believe, that the Buddha walked out of his mother’s womb, and walked seven steps, while lotuses blossomed, under his feet! ———————————–https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/mahavamsa-an-insult-to-the-buddha/

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      It was British past actions which directly led to all the violence in the Middle East. As the author points out, it started with the dismantling of the Ottoman Empire. They helped set up Saudi Arabia, inserted European settlers into Arab land (Israel), and interfered in many places from Iran to Suez.
      Now they have the nerve to complain about Muslim terrorists in Britain! And we have kalu suddas over here to applaud.

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    I can understand this writer who would not be entertained in the Australian media for his “speaking truth to power” attitude, while he works for Murdoch University having turned to Colombo Telegraph to express his views, unpalatable to Western policy-makers.

    I would suggest that he does not need to condemn small atrocities in order to discuss far greater atrocities of much greater magnitude. This is aimed clearly at appeasing the wrath of his Western paymasters who might label him a “terrorist sympathiser” if he were to broach the subject of massive crimes against humanity committed in several Mid Eastern countries by Western interests without a sedative preamble.

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    Ameer Ali, Lankan #3, citizen are all muslims. They some how do not identify why their “religion of Peace” people are vulnerable to violence. Why do they blame the west when what happens is muslims getting the same treatment what they are doing all over the world in the name of this peace of religion. Web is full of articles about islamic atrocities on other cultures, forceful conversions, killings of devotees of other relgions. They scold Ven. Ghanasara when only thing what the buddhist monk doing is exposing muslims beringing 100s of mullahs or clerics, most of whom are wahabis, to preach the religion, politicians settling muslims in lands while clearing ancient buddhist sites, national parks etc., how they are treating buddhist women, employees, Even recently, they, I heard had atacked a police station in Mullativu area. and they have beaten a buddhist monk in polonnaruwa. If that beating is the truth, that shouldbe the second such beating including the attack on the buddhistmonk inaluthgama. The list is a very long one.——————————– Some how, instead of constant cleaning of their closets, muslims should understand that their holy book is vulnerable to wrong interpretation and incite violence. None of the muslims here, blame why muslims are wrong, why muslims can be brain washed by opposition forces and why muslims can not be for anti-violence as buddhists are. —————————— On the other hand, we believe in Karma which is do some thing and you get it back. So, don’t expcet good,. Just think if the religion is peaceful as said, why devotees are so dumb and vulnerable to violence. Devotees should be allowed to investigate and understand the truth. Muslims follow the tradition.

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    The author is correct, the US and NATO have wreaked havoc on multiple Islamic nations. But if we use historical parallels, the US also did the same to Germany and Japan during World War II. They bombed not only civilian centers but also the manufacturing plants. Eastern Germany was occupied by the Soviets after the war, who plundered the natural resources and used civilians as slave labour in Siberia. So let me ask the author, why did these countries not produce suicide bombers (after the war) who attacked the West in retaliation? I would argue, there is some incompatibility between Islam and democracy. This is the real issue. Democracy now goes hand-in-hand with capitalism. Those countries that reject democracy do not fully embrace capitalism. So there is some kind of correlation between authoritarian government, lack of women’s rights, lack of a free press, and low GDP, high levels of poverty, etc. A few Arab countries, it would seem, defy this formula. That is because of their petroleum reserves. But now that the demand for oil is declining, the formula is again effective. We are seeing social unrest and mass migration to the West. You cannot defy the median indefinitely. The Islamic nations will return to abject levels of poverty if they refuse to accept democracy. Just compare the trajectories of Singapore and Malaysia after they separated.

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      Ameer Ali should understand that Japan is a buddhist country which suffered. Yet, they overcame it and, before china which is another Asian country with buddhist background, they went over the aggressor. What does Saudi arabia do. they produced Wahabism and it is wrecking the whole world. Saudi arabia bought $ 350 billion weapoms most will end with ISIS and Yemanies like muslims get killed.

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    The western governments taste their own medicine so called human rights today.
    Under this human rights millions of Muslims are allowed to stay in the west and even have citizenship whereas a foreign Muslim working in a Middle East country can’t become a citizen even if he / she live and work there for 50 years.

    Saudis and Qatar states are financing extremism through so called Mosques in the west.

    There is no place for human rights in Islam so they can’t understand so now muslims are killing the people who gave food and accommodation.

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    Amir, you must admit that there are dangerous and anti-social versus in the Kuran. The truth is 1slam is struggling survive in the modern world, Muslims act the same way as a fish out of the water. If Muslims don’t change themselves for good, the non-Muslim world will change them for the best.

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    As for 9/11, was it Bin Laden, hiding in a cave in Afghanistan, who masterminded it? Rather Impossible. The real culprits are the CIA and the Mossad when Bush (jnr.) needed a pretext to invade Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003. Wonder whether there would have been so many so-called jihadi groups if not for 9/11.

    As for Al-qaida, Hilary Clinton is on record saying that the US created Al qaida to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan. So, when you think of it, the REAL culprits for the emergence of ALL the so-called jihadi groups are the West and the Soviet Union.

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    The chaos of the ME is true. But the Manchester bomber’s father fled Libya under Gaddfi to settle down in a democratic country where elections are held regularly, governments are changed without bloodshed. Even Muslims and Hindus get elected to parliament and become ministers. This hardly happens in ME countries.Ameer Ali and people of his kind are apologist for the terror being committed in the name of Islam. Ameer Ali it is people like you who cause problems for the majority of the peace loving Muslims in the world including Sri Lanka.

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