Wahhabi Islam’s Egyptian Success Reveals the Pseudo-Religion As A Threat To True Islam

[Contrary to conventional wisdom (formerly a domain of the “legitimate media”), like this wisdom offered by CNBC (SEE: Commentary: Saudis Gain Upper Hand on Syria’s Battlefields), the Saudis, backed by Obama, have misread their fellow Muslims, causing them to overplay their hand full of “Islamist” cards.  Their pushing of the shadowy Muslim Brotherhood into the revealing light of day in Egypt and their sponsorship of “Al-Qaeda” in Syria, as well as their brutal crushing of the Shia in Bahrain and in Eastern Saudi Arabia, have all helped to paint in broad red strokes a very clear picture of the true nature of Saudi “Islam.”  

In my opinion, giving this victory to political Islam in Egypt was a brilliant stroke by whoever is watching over the human race and over the repressed people of Egypt and all of the Middle East.  By giving the Brotherhood (the Ikhwan) the power to enforce their plans, these plans have been revealed as the true crimes against man which they truly are.  By trying to enforce the false “Shariah” of Saudi Islam on the educated middle class and the poor of Egypt, the people were made aware of the idiocy that they were being forced to abide by and to submit to.  Using the analogy of the wisdom given in the article below, hoping that Egypt would not become Pakistan, it becomes very easy to see the dangers of giving the bloodthirsty pseudo-Islamists a little power.  

In Pakistan’s Swat Region, once the pseudo-“Islamists” were given power over the people there, the people eventually demanded that the authorities bring them all to real justice, even though the people themselves were the ones who voted for Sufi Muhammad‘s “Shariah” courts.  Thankfully, in Egypt, the people wised-up very quickly to the Brotherhood’s plans for them.  In Egypt, as in all such experiments that dabble with the Ikhwan, their false “Shariah” turns-out to be virtual carbon copies of that which has been historically enforced by the Taliban.  

All Talibanized “Shariah” reflects these teachings of the original “Ikhwan,” who emerged from the deserts of Saudi Arabia to seize the Great Mosque in Mecca.  Their leader,  Juhayman al-Otaiba, preached a form of “rejectionist Islamism,” which was later embraced and protected by the Saudi authorities after the siege was ended, to be exported wherever the vile seeds of Wahhabism could be successfully transplanted.

From the “the letters of juhayman


Using the template provided by the Saudis, Wahhabi acolytes have since been sent-out all over the Muslim world, to murder their fellow Muslims, those who refused to conform to the the false Saudi “Shariah.”  Witnessing the Taliban (Students of Wahhabi “Islam”) as they brutally enforced their ideas about God’s Law, seeing atrocities that they never, ever expected to see, such as public floggings, beheadings and the bombing of Mosques, it does not take long to turn stomachs and to change minds.

Give the corrupt, murderous Saudi and Qatari regimes enough ropes and someone will eventually use it to hang all of the so-called “Royal” psychopaths.]  

Islam’s enemy!

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Mahmoud Salem

It goes without saying that the Egyptian crisis is now beyond repair. None of the parties involved, including the military, have the power to resolve the conflict that the country seems destined to engage in. At some point there was hope for such a solution, but it now all seems that we are heading to an unprecedented economic and political disaster of epic proportions, with the complete collapse of all state institutions, alongside with the economy.

On the flipside, such disasters offer some unique opportunities for those entrepreneurially minded; for example, anyone starting a private security company now will be making insane money in the near future.

Given that I mainly work in the area of social media, my new business of choice will be a dating website for former Muslims to find like-minded partners in their countries. I bet that by the end of the Muslim Brotherhood’s rule of Egypt, I can have as many users as Facebook does in this blessed country. As the old saying (that I just made up) goes “Wherever there is a crisis of faith, there is an opportunity”.

I am not the first or the last person to write about Egyptian Muslims’ crisis of faith that started the moment Islamists took power and enlightened Egyptians on the fantastic legislations and policies they wanted to implement in the name of Shari’a, with Islamic jurisprudence to back it up. I also will spare you anecdotal evidence on the rise of atheists in Egypt, or the kind of conversations that are now acceptable to have in Egyptian society.

I will simply propose the following argument: What is happening in Egypt, no matter how unfortunate, seems to have a single silver lining, which is the complete and utter defeat of the political Islam project worldwide. At this point, it seems that Egypt’s destiny is to either defeat or contain Islamism, thanks to the Muslim Brotherhood, who is now officially the most ferocious enemy that Islam as a faith has ever seen.

Locally it is easy to make that case. The utilisation of Islam and Shari’a as the sine qua non for all political events and legislation- no matter how absurd, corrupt or self-serving- was bound to run out of effectiveness eventually. Once that started happening, the intellectual bankruptcy of the Islamist ideology became clear.

Their Islamic state is nothing but a reshuffling of the Mubarak state, without actually reforming or fixing it in any real way, nor an actual vision of how an actual model for an Islamic state would function. Their “Shari’a constitution”, while centralises power, preserves corruption and removes checks and balances, does not truly represent or openly preach Shari’a, much to the chagrin of many Salafis.

Their Islamic economic plans and policies are notions or fantasies that show that they have the understanding of economic policy of an eighth grader, and their social policies, especially when it comes to women, seems to truly aim at bringing back the middle ages.

Having that level of failure associated with Islam generally, and political Islam specifically, is bound to make them both lose credibility even amongst the truest of believers, half being in shock of what can be done in the name of their religion and the other half openly wondering where is the divine blessings that are supposed to be showered upon them from heaven due to supporting Allah’s people. As disenchantment with political Islam grows, so does disenchantment with the religion itself, which many believers are finding both distressing and inescapable. Secularism would have saved you that trouble.

On the international level, it is safe to say that what is happening in Egypt is destroying the international Muslim Brotherhood project, as Egypt is becoming less of a role model and more of a cautionary tale. While Pakistan infamously announced that they do not intend to follow the Egyptian model, this was only the harbinger of what was to come.

Moroccan politicians have openly warned of the Egyptianisation of Morocco as they attack talking points against the Moroccan Brotherhood. The UAE government is now openly at war with Brotherhood cells, along with Kuwait, who are calling the local branch as agents of Egypt.

The Jordanian government has effectively used what is happening in Egypt to discredit and marginalise their local branch, and the Syrian opposition is becoming equally wary with aligning with any Islamist, whether Brotherhood or others.

When it comes to the west, the damage is even greater.  In the US, the myth that the Muslim Brotherhood are democratic reformers is all but dead, and the notion that they are reliable partners is also being equally challenged. Europe, on the other hand, only had one question that they needed answered: Is Islam compatible with Democracy and human rights? The answer that they received from observing the situation so far has been “No”.

The effect of them reaching that realisation will have serious consequences in regards to European immigration policies and laws, let alone elections of parties with extreme, if not prejudiced views, towards Muslims. A friend of mine who is a professional Islamic apologist, who spent the past 10 years jet-setting Europe being invited to inter-faith dialogue conferences where he would argue Islam’s democratic heritage and values, informed me that the invites to such conferences have stopped coming for a while now. “They are not interested in listening anymore,” were his exact words.

Of all three Abrahamic religions, Islam seemed to be the one with the most staying power, and the one destined to take over Europe over the next half century. This is no longer the case, with every enemy or critic of Islam or Islamism now has all the evidence they ever needed to back their fair or unfair arguments thanks to the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.

As for Egyptian citizens, they are very close to an open civil conflict with the Islamist forces, which will either end in the defeat of the Islamists and their rhetoric forever, or with the Islamist forces hanging by a thread to power here as the entire society shifts away from the religion, much like Iran did, but on a much faster pace.

Egypt’s Islamists have waited 80 years to get into power, and now that they have, the countdown to their now-inevitable fall has begun. One day we will all live in a secular Egypt, and it will all be thanks to the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Mahmoud Salem

Mahmoud Salem

Mahmoud Salem is a political activist, writer, and social media consultant. His writings could be found at http://www.sandmonkey.org and follow him @sandmonkey on Twitter

Jewish Think Tank Nails Obama’s Pro-Islamist Tilt

Obama’s Islamist Tilt


By Kyle Shideler

Important overseas populations are drawing the conclusion that the Obama administration is quietly realigning itself in the Middle East, toward the Islamists.

Recently returning from a visit to Egypt, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) noted that many of the Coptic Christian minorities he met believe the United States supports the Muslim Brotherhood’s vicious rule there:

“I was told people think the United States is developing relationships with the Muslim Brotherhood because it believes the party is going to remain in power,” Wolf said. “[T]he feeling is that as long as the Brotherhood protects the United States’ interests in the region, it can act with impunity within its borders.”

Such sentiments are increasingly common in Egypt. Protestors against Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Cairo stood outside the Egyptian Foreign ministry, and accused the U.S. of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood.  The leadership of the primary Muslim Brotherhood opposition, the National Salvation Front, refused to meet with Kerry, citing his “pro-Morsi stance.” And U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson has been repeatedly accused of leading an effort to transform Egypt “into Pakistan,”  which is to say, a militarized, hardline-Islamist state. For his trip to Cairo, Kerry brought with him news of the release of $250 million in aid for Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood-led government, a figure which would have been larger still had Congress not intervened.

Nor are the Egyptian opposition the only ones convinced that America has become the strongest ally of the Muslim Brotherhood, or their even more violent Islamist brethren.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai recently accused the U.S. of partnering with the Taliban in a cynical strategy to prolong the military campaign in Afghanistan.  Karzai’s statement is ridiculous on its face since it’s difficult to give credence to any argument in which the Obama Administration appears anxious to remain in Afghanistan.

But given the repeated U.S. efforts to conduct negotiations with the Taliban, grant them an embassy,  and resist declaring them terrorists, one wonders if Karzai is quite as far off the mark as an objective observer would think he would be. Even if Karzai were speaking to a domestic audience only, shouldn’t the idea that the U.S. is partnering with the Taliban be so laughable as to be completely inconceivable even among isolated Afghan tribal peoples?

And, of course, if the idea of the U.S. collaborating with the Taliban should be considered as likely as flying pigs, then the idea that, in Syria, the U.S. is actively arming Jihadist groups, including Al Qaeda-affiliates, should be an idea popular with only the tinfoil hat crowd.

But increasingly it’s not.

As long time specialist on Syria, Barry Rubin, notes:

The United States is helping arm and perhaps helping to train radical Islamist guerrillas who want a Sharia state in Syria, who believe Israel should be wiped off the map, and who may soon be murdering and oppressing Christians and other groups in Syria itself.

Author of the Long War Journal, and an authority on Al Qaeda, Bill Roggio agrees:

The State Department announced that it would provide $60 million in direct aid to the Syrian Opposition Coalition, an alliance of Syrian groups that has come out in support of the Al Nusrah Front after the US designated it as a Foreign Terrorist Organization and al Qaeda in Iraq’s affiliate in Syria in December 2012.

The struggle for Syria is becoming a repeat of the prior situation in Libya.  There, the U.S. provided assistance, including air cover, for Libyan rebels with openly admitted Al Qaeda ties. And we continue to reap the consequence0efits”  of that decision today from Benghazi to Mali. Now, the U.S. is doing the same for the Al Qaeda-affiliated Syrian groups.

Apropos the concerns of the protesting Egyptians, not only does U.S. policy risk turning Egypt into Pakistan, but increasingly, in our own way, we are turning our own country into Pakistan. We are, objectively speaking, supporting Islamic fundamentalists, and yes, even terrorists with the one hand, while opposing them with the other. We have transformed ourselves, in the span of a decade, from a nation that declares, “You are either with us, or you are with the terrorists,” to a nation that is credibly accused of arming terrorists.

And as in Pakistan, there is perhaps some room for debate over whether this schizophrenic policy is due largely to an increasingly incompetent bureaucracy (of the sort that invites a virulent twitter anti-Semite to be awarded a women’s rights award) or if it is by Machiavellian design.

But there’s no question over what gave rise to the increasing belief that the United States is backing the Muslim Brotherhood over religious minorities in Egypt, providing aid and comfort to the Taliban, or supporting violent jihad in Syria and Libya. What gave them that idea? We did.

Kyle Shideler is the Director of Research and Communications at the Endowment for Middle East Truth (www.emetonline.org).

US Spy Agencies Contradict Pentagon Claims On Afghan war

US spy agencies more pessimistic on Afghan war


“We assess that the Taliban-led insurgency has diminished in some areas of Afghanistan but remains resilient and capable of challenging US and international goals,” according to the report. — Photo by Reuters

WASHINGTON: After 12 long years of war in Afghanistan the best US intelligence can say is that a reslient Taliban is “diminished in some areas,” spy agencies said Tuesday in a notably pessimistic report.

The US military habitually issues positive assessments of its progress in pushing back the Taliban and building up Afghan forces, but an annual report to Congress from the intelligence community was downbeat.

The agencies warned that the Afghan economy is headed for a downturn when Western aid declines after most Nato troops leave next year, while battlefield progress is tentative and fragile in areas due to be handed to Afghan forces.

“We assess that the Taliban-led insurgency has diminished in some areas of Afghanistan but remains resilient and capable of challenging US and international goals,” according to the report.

The assessment was presented by National Intelligence Director James Clapper at a Senate hearing Tuesday.

According to the document, the Taliban’s leadership continues to shelter in cross-border sanctuaries in Pakistan, “which allows them to provide strategic guidance to the insurgency without fear for their safety.”

Progress in security was “especially fragile” in areas where large numbers of US-led forces were deployed as part of a troop surge in 2010. Those areas are now being handed over to Afghan government army and police.

The intelligence assessment contrasted with upbeat statements often put out by the Pentagon and its field commanders, which have touted major progress and painted the Taliban as severely damaged and divided.

The report to Congress said Afghan security forces had proven capable of safeguarding major cities and key roads near “government-controlled areas.”

But the Afghan air force, which is trying to build up a fleet of helicopters and small aircraft, has made little headway.

The report played down Al Qaeda’s influence, saying the group had only limited reach and that it was mainly seeking propaganda victories rather than having a genuine impact on the battlefield.

Afghanistan’s economy, which has grown steadily in recent years, is expected to slow after 2014, the report said, when international funds will begin tapering off after Nato forces pull out.

“Kabul has little hope of offsetting the coming drop in Western aid and military spending, which have fueled growth in the construction and services sectors,” it said.

Commentary: Saudis Gain Upper Hand on Syria’s Battlefields

[By supporting Saudi Arabia and Qatar, as they wage war against the “Shia crescent,” we are once again using ethnic cleansing as a weapon of war.  By following a policy of attempted genocide, as we wage war against a people because of their religious beliefs, assisting Sunnis, as they seek to destroy their Shiite competition, we are following the same path as did Hitler in Europe.  (SEE: Be Careful: Russia Is Back to Stay in the Middle EastSyria, L’Enfant Terrible of Foreign PoliticsIRAN-IRAQ: Pipeline to Syria Ups Ante) ]

Commentary: Saudis Gain Upper Hand on Syria’s Battlefields

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By: Felix Imonti

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Syrian rebels gather around a T-72 tank, captured from government forces, in the flashpoint Syrian province of Idlib near the border with Turkey.

As the war in Syria moves into a third year, there are serious concerns that the violence will spread throughout the Middle East. No one seems to have the answer how to bring the war to an end, but now it appears the Saudis are going to try.

When Sunni tribes in Syria make appeals for protection from the brutality of the Al-Assad regime, their Sunni kinsmen in the Gulf States of Saudia Arabia and Qatar have a hard time ignoring them. The blood ties are broad and deep; moreover, the appeals came at an opportune moment for Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia is troubled by the “Shia Crescent” that has extended from Iran through Iraq, into Syria and to the Mediterranean shores of Lebanon. The uprising in Syria created an opportunity for Saudi Arabia to use tribal bonds to destroy the regime of Syrian strongman Bashar Al-Assad. His fall would break the Shia (read as, Iranian) chain of power through the region and begin the process of pushing back its influence. The Gulf States have their own potentially volatile Shia minorities to worry about–to the Gulf States, the more limitations on Iranian influence, the better.

With Al-Assad driven out, the Saudi-based, fundamentalist Wahhabi Sect that had been established among the Syrian tribes can, the reasoning goes, secure the continuation of Sunni domination there. That would protect the security of the Kingdom and the wealth and power of all of the other rulers along the Gulf.

Qatar agrees with the Saudis that Al-Assad has to be removed, but has a much less religiously radical vision for Syria’s future. The successor regime that Qatar envisions would be a government under the leadership of the social elite that would bring a modern government and economy to the country.

“Working at arm’s-length through Qatar enabled the U.S. and Ambassador Chris Stevens to maintain the fairy tale that it was providing only non-lethal equipment to Syria’s rebels.”

At first, it was Qatar that had the tactical advantage in promoting its vision. The Emirate had sent Special Forces to Libya to remove Gaddafi. Qatar spent an estimated $2 billion to arm, train, and to lead Libyan forces against the government, which included the funding of the February 17th Martyr Brigade and its leader Abdel Hakim Belhadj.

From the time that Ambassador Chris Stevens was named liaison with the rebels in Libya in March 2011, he worked closely with the leader of the February 17th Martyr Brigade. When President Obama authorized in 2012 the distribution of heavy weapons to the rebels, it was Abdel Hakim Belhadj with his Qatari credentials who gave the ambassador an open channel.

Working at arm’s-length enabled the U.S. to maintain the fairy tale that it was providing only non-lethal equipment to Syria’s rebels. After the murder of the ambassador, the supply chain to the arms of Libya was broken.

Circumstances have shifted to favor the Saudis. The United States no longer has an organization that it can use as a weapons-smuggling front and insists that Washington will provide only non-lethal materials to the rebels.

American dithering worries the Saudis, with their memories of the growth of Al-Qaeda and the rise of Osama Bin Laden–the battlefields of Afghanistan nurtured the radicals who turned on their former benefactors. That could happen again in Syria if the war continues and more radicalized warriors are released upon the world.

Saudi Goal: End the War ASAP

King Abdullah had anticipated that the Al-Assad regime would collapse much sooner than is proving to be the case. Every day that the war continues is seen in Riyadh as a threat to the stability of the Kingdom. One means to bring the war to an end is to control the flow of weapons; the Saudis have moved in that direction by turning to an unusual source for heavy weapons that would force recipients to depend exclusively upon the Saudis for additional supplie: the former Yugoslavia.

The former Yugoslavia had developed a major munitions industry that has survived the break-up of the Communist state. M60 recoilless weapons and M79 Osa anti-tank rocket launchers from Croatia are appearing in large quantities throughout Syria. According to an article in the New York Times, the source of these and other weapons has been traced to the Saudis. Recipients appear to be the more moderate, indigenous members of the Free Syrian Army that have objected to the influx of the more radicalized foreign Jihadists.

At the same time, the Saudis are seeking an alternate course to end the fighting through a political settlement with Syria. Riyadh has opened negotiations in Jordan with Al-Assad’s government. Prince Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, the son of the Saudi king, is leading the Saudi delegation.

Even Russia Has Reason to Fear Saudis

And what of Al-Assad’s other big ally, Russia? Al-Assad’s dependence on Russian determination is itself a weakness in his defenses. The Russians have indicated that they do not anticipate a NATO invasion. Without NATO intervening, there is the possibility for some kind of settlement that would preserve Russia’s interests — even if it excludes Al-Assad.

The Saudis may be able to get the Russians to bend. Saudi Arabia has the means to make life for the Russians dangerous. Wahhabi cadres operating in the Moslem regions of Russia are already starting uprisings. Once-peaceful areas in Russia are no longer safe, and Moscow has not figured how to deal with the problem.

Is Russia prepared to sacrifice its own stability to save Al-Assad? The Saudis are in a position to force Putin to consider seriously the answer to that question.