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28 Jan 2009, NewAgeIslam.Com
The War Within Islam: Talibanism vs the glorious faith of Rumi and Akbar

By K Subrahmanyam

28 Jan 2009, 0011 hrs IST,

 

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Editorial/TOP_ARTICLE___The_War_Within/articleshow/4037750.cms

British foreign secretary David Miliband was partially correct when he talked of the inappropriateness of using the term "war on terror". This was pointed out in this newspaper as far back as October 2001. In World War II, the German blitzkrieg or Japanese carrier operations were strategies to establish and promote the ideologies of the Nazis and Japanese militarists. The war was waged against Nazism and Japanese militarism. Similarly, terrorism is the strategy of the perverted Islamist extremists to propagate their ideology all over the world.

 

As happened in the case of the Nazis and Japanese militarists there is an assumption of racial and ideological superiority by Islamist extremists. They believe that it is their manifest destiny to bring the entire world under the dominance of their version of Islam. And this version of Islam has nothing to do with the glorious Islam of Baghdad, Samarkand, Delhi and Agra or that was preached by Jalaluddin Rumi, Omar Khayyam, Amir Khusro and Akbar. Just as the Nazis perverted the term socialism and degraded it as National Socialism, the followers of al-Qaeda and Taliban have degraded Islam and are using a perverted cult to advance their ideology. Just as the Nazi and fascist ideologies had their followers and supporters all over Europe, there are supporters of the perverted Talibanised Islam in various Muslim countries.

 

The war is against this ideology and it's not going to be won unless there is de-Nazification as happened in Germany or the demilitarisation in Japan. While this could be carried out in Germany and Japan only after effective military occupation, similar exercises for al-Qaeda and Taliban have to be done without military occupation of Pakistan. Fortunately a much larger portion of the Pakistani middle class consider themselves victims of this perverted Islamist cult than there were anti-Nazis in Germany during the heyday of Adolf Hitler.

 

There is a lot of talk of root causes that are alleged to have led to the present situation. And both Palestine and Kashmir are included in the list of root causes. The latest to say this are Miliband and Pervez Musharraf. Palestine was to have been an independent state under the UN partition plan of 1947. Jordan's King Abdullah conspired with the Israelis and ensured that there would be no independent Palestine. More Palestinians have died at the hands of Muslims than at the hands of Israelis. This is not to deny the Israeli intransigence in finding a fair and just solution to the two-state issue.

 

The root cause in the case of India is not Kashmir but the Pakistani elite's belief in the two-nation thesis. Musharraf in an interview in 2002 pointed out that while Hindus worshipped cows, Muslims ate them; while Hindus worshipped thousands of Gods, Muslims had only one. Therefore, they belonged to two different civilisations. Underlying this perception is that Muslims cannot coexist with other cultures within the same polity. Musharraf forgot that the glory of Islam in India reached its peak during a period when the two cultures interacted and the Muslim emperors of India, including Aurangzeb, refused to accept the jurisdiction of the Caliph. The present perverted Islamist cult, which originated from the harsh deserts of eastern Saudi Arabia in the 18th century, are not the heirs to the glorious Islamic past.

 

It was Jinnah who argued that with the lapse of paramountcy every Indian ruler had the right to join India, Pakistan or to become independent. And the ruler's word was final. British Parliament accepted this. Pakistan tried to outsmart India when they argued in favour of lapse of paramountcy and the decision on accession resting wholly on the rulers. That ended in Kashmir's accession to India. They thought they could take over Kashmir through tribal infiltration. They succeeded to some extent but failed in their main objective. They tried again in 1965 and failed. In 1971, they thought they could drive 10 million refugees into Indian soil. The result was the secession of Bangladesh.

 

The Kashmir problem was Jinnah's gift. His idea was to fragment India just as the ISI continues to do. There is only one root cause for the present situation. The Muslims in Pakistan have to decide whether they will follow the mainstream traditions of Islam that gave it its glorious past or whether they will adopt the perverted cult that sets them against all other civilisations. After the 26/11 Mumbai attacks Pakistan finds itself totally isolated.

 

Palestinians and Kashmiris did not carry out the 9/11 attack, the Bali bombing, the Madrid train explosions or the London blasts. They were carried out by people conditioned to hate all other civilisations. Talibanisation is creeping in from the tribal areas towards Punjab in Pakistan. The US and NATO are now determined to contain Taliban. India has to contain the infiltration of jihadis on its side. It will be up to the Pakistani middle class, including its military leadership, to decide whether they want their children and grandchildren to live in a Talibanised and internationally isolated Pakistan.

 

Today's "war against terrorism" is likely to be fought within Pakistan between the perverted Talibanised elements and the majority Pakistanis who follow traditional Islam. The Pakistani army, which has used the jihadists as an instrument of an expansionist foreign policy, has to take a stand. They stood on the side of the Americans in 2001 and will do so again. Meanwhile, their policies continue to exact a very high price from the Pakistani people.

 

The writer is a Delhi-based strategic affairs analyst.

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From    Ashok Chowgule <ashokvc@chowgulegoa.com>

To:       Sultan Shahin <Editor@NewAgeIslam.com>

date     29 January 2009 15:26

 

Understanding the Muslim Mind

Author: Dr Omar Zia

Publication: Islam Watch

Date: January 29, 2009

URL: http://www.islam-watch.org/Omar.Zia/Understanding-the-Muslim-Mind.htm

29 Jan, 2009

 

Continuing with my last topic of evolution, or lack thereof, in a Muslim mind, let me give you three real-life examples of how I observed Islam’s toxic effect on the mind of Muslims and how, in my view, they will effect the world around us in the foreseeable future.

 

1.      Mind of a Sri Lankan Muslim

 

Two years ago while travelling through Sri Lanka I befriended a taxi driver in Colombo.

 

He was a young devout Muslim from a family of ten: two aged parents and eight grown-up children. He was the youngest member of the family born and bred in Sri Lanka. From my chats with him during several excursions in the city, I pieced together a detailed picture of the conditions and aspirations of Muslims in Sri Lanka.

 

Muslims constituted only 7% of the population in Sri Lanka. This boy of 22 knew that. He told me in a meaningful way that non-Muslim Sri Lankans are too cautious when it comes to raising a family. They worry about the education and upbringing of their offspring too much; for that reason, birth-rate amongst non-Muslims is quite low. Muslims in Sri Lanka, on the other hand, believe that Allah will provide everything and do not care how many children they have. This boy was prophetic. Current Muslim population of Sri Lanka is listed as 9% according to many guide-books.

 

Upon my enquiry as to how he got along with his non-Muslim neighbours, he praised them for their placidity and then complained that he found it quite annoying that Muslims had to take their cowardly neighbour religious sensitivity into account and slaughter animals hidden from the public eye. He assured me that as soon as Muslims were in ascendancy in his country, which, he was sure, would happen in his lifetime, one of the first laws to be passed will be sanctioning of slaughtering of animals in the open, like in any Muslim country. While visiting Hindu temples with me, he proudly informed me that Muslims never allow non-Muslim Sri Lankans to enter mosques, as they were unclean. He was also quite sure that if allowed, Muslims being the worthy fighters and jihadis, can sort out the Tamils within a very short time.

 

In order to understand better the Muslim society in Sri Lanka, I even accepted his offer of a cuppa at his house towards the end of my stay.  All that I had heard from this young ‘time bomb’ proved absolutely certain. Indeed, the visit proved even more shocking: the rest of his family members appeared even more radicalized and angrier at their majority countrymen. I felt absolutely horrified at the prospect of what is in store for the affable, but oblivious to danger, non-Muslim Sri Lankans.

 

2. Mind of my young, ambitious nephew

 

On my last visit to Pakistan, my 18 year nephew visited me and implored to arrange a visa for him to go to England. He was close to completing his schooling but was quite despondent of his future prospects in Pakistan. I explained to him that even though I will endeavour to help him all I can, the final word would rest with the British consulate and it would be his academic records, which, in the end, would decide his fate. My motive was to inspire him to study harder as he seemed quite lacking in knowledge for his age. I also told him that he would have to supplement his studies in England with menial jobs. He seemed absolutely comfortable with that news.

 

As I was once analyzing a disturbing verse from the Quran (9:29), he arrived. I decided to test him on his humanity and asked if he had ever read Quran. He proudly replied that he had, several times, but only in Arabic and therefore did not understand any of it. I explained the verse to him and asked for his thoughts on this fascist verse. Without any hesitation, he responded that he absolutely believes it is correct. Upon my flustered query as to how can he think of subjugating or killing his hosts in England, he replied to my astonishment that once Islam has overwhelmed England, this verse would become mandatory and Allah’s deed must be carried out. I couldn’t help but feel awed at the corrupting power of Islam.

 

3. Mind of my educated, progressive, and nonreligious Muslim brother

 

The third incident, which I wish to relate, came soon after the above incidence during a dinner chat with my progressive, highly educated and largely non-religious brother. I was lamenting to him at the Taliban’s tactics of usurping power in Pakistan. He coolly informed me that Taliban are good people except that they have interpreted Islam wrongly and all true Muslims harbour a Taliban within them. Much shocked at this statement, I asked him to show me what part Taliban had misinterpreted from the Quran. Noticing that he was attempting to change the subject, I persisted and asked him if he had read the Quran with the understanding of it meaning. Not surprisingly, the answer was a somewhat embarrassing "NO".

 

After the dinner, I asked him to bring out his translated copy of the Quran. He did not possess one. What he luckily did have though was a functioning computer in his son’s room. I persuaded him to sit with me and I got out the verses which were being used, with proof and through their own mouth by Osama, Naik, Israr and many other unabashed fascist nuts. I showed him ahadees, which corroborated those verses from the Bukhari and Muslim collection. I could almost hear his Islamic world collapsing inside him and heard his heartbeat rising. I knew that I was very near to my goal of making him see the truth. It was just seconds away when all of a sudden he almost toppled the monitor and got up in a rage screaming that it was all western propaganda. He started an incoherent, and increasingly alarming, tirade against the Jews, the West and America and eventually blamed me for being an instrument in the hands of some Western think-tank. Suffice it to say that I left his house with a heavy heart that there is little no hope for a peaceable future for our globe.

 

Dr. Omar Zia is a Pakistani-born ex-Muslim.

 

Manoj Padhi

Date:   Thu, 29 Jan 2009 02:49:45 -0600 [02:19:45 PM IST]
From:  Manoj Padhi
To:  sultan Shahin <Editor@NewAgeIslam.com>
Subject:   Re: Obama Must Prosecute Rumsfeld for War Crimes By Matthew Rothschild - January 27, 2009

Since when Animal torture has become a crime ?

Terrorists are considered Animals in India and when dogs get mad, we shoot them. Any amount of torture is permitted.
Must read and forward links
<http://www.indianexpress.com/news/human-rights-terrorists-are-animals-we-nee.../416004/

<http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Terrorists_are_animals_SC_judge_/rssarticleshow/4038562.cms

<http://hindtoday.com/Blogs/ViewBlogsV2.aspx?HTAdvtId=3126&HTAdvtPlaceCode=LKA


Hope, the following humorous letter written by Don Rumsfeld to a terrorist sympathizer will open your eyes..

I endorse this and if you do , please send a brief comment..

Taking Care of the Guantanamo Detainees
<http://www.strategypage.com/humor/articles/military_jokes_lark.asp

A person wrote a letter to the White House complaining about the
treatment of a captive taken during the Afghanistan war. Attached is a
copy of a letter they received back:

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, D.C. 20016
Dear Concerned Citizen:

Thank you for your recent letter roundly criticizing our treatment of
the Taliban and Al Qaeda detainees currently being held at Guantanamo
Bay, Cuba.

My administration takes these matters seriously, and your opinion was
heard loud and clear here in Washington.

You'll be pleased to learn that, thanks to the concerns of citizens
like you, we are creating a new division of the Terrorist Retraining
Program, to be called the "Liberals Accept Responsibility for Killers"
program, or LARK for short. In accordance with the guidelines of this
new program, we have decided to place one terrorist under your
personal care.

Your personal detainee has been selected and scheduled for
transportation under heavily armed guard to your residence next
Monday.

Ali Mohammed Ahmed bin Mahmud (you can just call him Ahmed) is to be
cared for pursuant to the standards you personally demanded in your
letter of admonishment. It will likely be necessary for you to hire
some assistant caretakers. We will conduct weekly inspections to
ensure that your standards of care for Ahmed are commensurate with
those you so strongly recommended in your letter.

Ahmed's meal requirements are simple, but we strongly suggest serving
meals that do not require utensils, particularly knives and forks.
Also, these should be "one-handed" foods; Ahmed will not eat with his
left hand since he uses that for personal matters.

He generally bathes quarterly with the change of seasons, assuming
that it rains, and he washes his clothes simultaneously. This should
help with your water bill. Also, your new friend has a really bad case
of body lice that hasn't been completely remedied. Please heed the
large orange notice attached to your detainee's cage: "Does not play
well with others."

Although Ahmed is sociopathic and extremely violent, we hope that your
sensitivity to what you described as his "attitudinal problem" will
help him overcome these character flaws.

Perhaps you are correct in describing these problems as mere cultural
differences. He will bite you, given the chance, but his rabies test
came back negative, so not to worry. We understand that you plan to
offer counseling and home schooling. Your adopted terrorist is
extremely proficient in hand-to-hand combat and can extinguish human
life with such simple items as a pencil or nail clippers. We do not
suggest that you ask him to demonstrate these skills at your next yoga
group. He is also expert at making a wide variety of explosive devices
from common household products, so you may wish to keep those items
locked up, unless (in your opinion) this might offend him.

Ahmed will not wish to interact with your wife or daughters (except
sexually) since he views females as a subhuman form of property.
However, he will be eager to assist with the education of your sons;
have available for their use several copies of the Q'uran.

Thanks again for your letter. We truly appreciate it when folks like
you, who know so much, keep us informed of the proper way to do our
job. We think this watching over each other's shoulder is such a good
way for people to interact that we will be sending a team of federal
officials with expertise in your line of work to your place of
business soon, just to help you do your job better. Don't be concerned
that they have the power to close your business, seize your property,
and arrest you for any violation of the 4,850,206 laws, codes,
regulations and rules that apply to your profession. They're really
there just to make sure you're doing everything the proper way. That
is what you wanted, right?

Well, thank you for this opportunity to interact with such a valued
member of the citizenry. You take good care of Ahmed - and
remember...we'll be watching.

Cordially...Your Buddy, Don Rumsfeld
---
On Thu, Jan 29, 2009 at 1:14 AM, ghulam.muhammed <<ghulam.muhammed@gmail.com> wrote:
Obama Must Prosecute Rumsfeld for War Crimes
By Matthew Rothschild, January 27, 2009

If I were Donald Rumsfeld, and what a horrible thought that is, I wouldn't be traveling abroad any time soon. And I might be out looking for a disguise here at home.

Because Rumsfeld stands before the world as an unindicted war criminal for ordering torture while he was Bush's Secretary of Defense.

No less a figure that the UN's Special Rapporteur on Torture said on CNN Monday that "Rumsfeld clearly authorized torture methods." The Rapporteur, Manfred Nowak, said the United States has an "obligation" to investigate this, and he has passed his recommendation on to the United Nations.

The smoking gun is a December 2, 2002, directive Rumsfeld issued that ordered sensory deprivation, stress positions, isolation, and the use of dogs on prisoners.

He also admitted hiding at least one detainee from the Red Cross, which violates the Geneva Conventions.

And, according to Seymour Hersh, he set up a Secret Access Program "that was given blanket advance approval to kill or capture." Summary executions constitute a war crime.

Plus, he had "command responsibility" for those under him who were doing the torturing. If he knew about war crimes and did not try to stop them, he's also guilty of a war crime.

"Rumsfeld was intimately involved with the interrogation of a Saudi detainee, Mohamed al-Qahtani, at Guantánamo in late 2002. General Geoffrey Miller, who later transferred many of his harsh interrogation techniques to Abu Ghraib, supervised the interrogation and gave Rumsfeld weekly updates on his progress. During a six-week period, al-Qahtani was stripped naked, forced to wear women's underwear on his head, denied bathroom access, threatened with dogs, forced to perform tricks while tethered to a dog leash, and subjected to sleep deprivation," <Marjorie Cohn reported for Alternet.

The evidence against Rumsfeld has been on the table for years now.

Back in 2005, <Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said there was prima facie evidence that Rumsfeld was a war criminal.

And Amnesty International said that if the United States didn't prosecute Rumsfeld, then foreign governments should. "If anyone suspected of involvement in the U.S. torture scandal visits or transits through foreign territories, governments could take legal steps to ensure that such individuals are investigated and charged with applicable crimes," Amnesty International USA said.

More recently, the general who investigated Abu Ghraib concluded that the most senior Bush administration officials committed war crimes.

"There is no longer any doubt as to whether the current administration has committed war crimes," Retired Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba wrote, in the preface to a report by Physicians for Human Rights last year. "The only question that remains to be answered is whether those who ordered the use of torture will be held to account."

Taguba believes that Bush himself could be brought up on war crimes. "The Commander-in-Chief and those under him authorized a systematic regime of torture," <he said, in the preface to "Broken Laws, Broken Lives."

Finally, the <Senate Armed Services Committee released a report late last year that implicated Rumsfeld in the abuse of detainees.

"Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's authorization of aggressive interrogation techniques for use at Guantanamo Bay was a direct cause of detainee abuse there," it said. He also "contributed to the use of abusive techniques, including military working dogs, forced nudity, and stress positions, in Afghanistan and Iraq."

So why is this man allowed to walk free?

To show that we're a country of laws, to show that we respect human rights, to show that we oppose torture, Barack Obama must instruct the Justice Department to prepare an indictment against Donald Rumsfeld.

And failing that, it'll be up to some courageous foreign government to nab this fugitive from justice.

Ghulam Muhammed

Date:    Thu, 29 Jan 2009 11:58:22 +0530 [11:58:22 AM IST]

From:   ghulam muhammed  

To:       sultan Shahin <Editor@NewAgeIslam.com>

 

Subject: A running thread of deep saffron - By Christophe Jafferlot - The Indian Express

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/a-running-thread-of-deep-saffron/416409/

 

A running thread of deep saffron

 Christophe Jaffrelot

Posted: Jan 29, 2009 at 1107 hrs IST

 

The people behind the Malegaon terrorist attack fell into three categories — Sangh parivar cadres, army men and old Savarkarites. The first person to be arrested by the police, Pragya Singh, was a sadhvi and former ABVP leader. A second group of the accused comprised army men, retired or not, related to the Bhonsle Military School (BMS). Major Ramesh Upadhyay, a former defence services officer was arrested first, but the key figure was Lt Col Prasad Purohit, who had approached Upadhyay when he was posted at Nasik as liaison officer. Purohit and Upadhyay imparted military training to young activists — including bomb making — and were instrumental in getting arms and explosives.

Most of the training camps took place in the BMS, which had been directed by Rtd Major P.B. Kulkarni between 1973 and 1988, andwho had been associated with the RSS since 1935. In fact, the Bajrang Dal organised training camps in the BMS (Nagpur) as early as 2001. The five accused mentioned above were all members of Abhinav Bharat, a Pune-based movement initiated by Purohit in June 2006, whose working president was Ramesh Upadhyaya but whose president was none other than Himani Savarkar, V.D. Savarkar's daughter in law, who also headed the Hindu Mahasabha. 

 

The people, the places and the modus operandi are revealing of the continuity that underlines the Hindu tradition of terror, harking back to V.D. Savarkar. The young, revolutionary Savarkar had created the first Abhinav Bharat Society in 1905. The movement drew its name and its inspiration from Mazzini's 'Young Italy', but was also influenced by Frost Thomas's Secret Societies of the European Revolution, a book dealing mostly with the Russian nihilists. The movement was dissolved in 1952, but ten years back, just before finishing his term as Hindu Mahasabha president, Savarkar had created the Hindu Rashtra Dal, another militia whose mission was to impart military training to the Hindus in order to fight the Muslims, Gandhi's followers and the Mahatma himself. This movement cashed in on the work of the same institution — the Bhonsle Military School, started in 1935 by B.S. Moonje, another Nagpur-based Savarkarite, after a European tour which had exposed him to Mussolini's Balilla movement.

 

Like the Abhinav Bharat of today, the Hindu Rashtra Dal attracted Hindutva-minded Maharashtrian Brahmins — especially from Poona — who found the RSS insufficiently active. Some of them also had connections to the British Army.

 

Nathuram Godse and N.D. Apte, the two main architects of Gandhi's assassination, are cases in point. Godse thought that RSS strategy contented itself with "organisation for the sake of organisation". The Hindu Rashtra Dal, by contrast, organised training camps where volunteers learnt how to manufacture bombs and use guns from bicycles and cars. The key instructor was N.D. Apte who had served the army as Assistant Technical Recruiting Officer. In this capacity, he could use the War Service Exhibitions — which were intended to attract young Indians to the army — to initiate Hindu Rashtra Dal members into the art of modern arms.

 

The Hindu Rashtra Dal's terrorist agenda culminated in the assassination of Gandhi, who had already been a Savarkarite target before — in 1934, they threw a bomb in Poona Municipal Town Hall where Gandhi was making a speech against untouchability. 

 

While today's Abhinav Bharat belongs to an old tradition harking back to Savarkar and even Tilak, the new element here lies in the implication of one serving officer of the Indian army. Certainly, any institution can have a black sheep. But was he that isolated? He has already named other officers who would have been his more or less passive accomplices and his colleague, Upadhyay, who once headed the <Mumbai unit of the BJP's ex-servicemen cell. The BJP, indeed, inducted ex-army men in large numbers since the 1990s. After the BJP came to power in 1998, two dozens ex-servicemen more joined the party. This inflow of ex-army men may reflect the increasingly communal atmosphere of the institution. In December 2003, a survey by the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies for Tehelka, one of the first among army men — and probably the most comprehensive — showed that 19 per cent of the soldiers interviewed felt that the army practised some religious discrimination — and 24 per cent of the Muslims among them shared this view.

 

Instead of distancing itself from the Hindu terrorists, as it had done in the 1940s, this time the Sangh Parivar has decided to support the Malegaon accused. Bajrang Dal chief Prakash Sharma declared that "policy makers should be worried if the Hindus were taking to arms because of the government's skewed approach to war on terror" and admitted that the Bajrang Dal was running training camps too "to boost their morale [the Bajrang Dal's members]. The country wouldn't get its Abhinav Bindras if there were no armed training for the youth".

 

In a way, the RSS, with the Bajrang Dal, has created a buffer organisation to handle the dirty work that the Sangh was earlier obliged to do itself — work similar to that of the Savarkarite organisations, whether they are called Hindu Rashtra Dal or Abhinav Bharat.

 

The writer is a political scientist and South Asia specialist at CERI, Paris

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