(In Kuala Lumpur, a futuristic and lush tropical city of
hospitable Malays, the Foreign Ministers of the Islamic States
convened the Conference on Terror. I attended it as an observer.
The following is A Talk I Never Gave at the Conference or)
UFO and Terror
“My wife has been raped by a Martian”. It was a favourite and
frequent headline in 1950s, when the power was not concentrated
to a present extent, and journalists had to do with UFO stories.
With years, veracity of the opinion-makers did not change, but
their malice grew considerably. Millions of newspaper copies,
billions of TV frames and zillions of words postulate Islamic
Terror as the latest scourge of mankind. It is not strange, Your
Excellencies, that your defensive reflexes took precedence over
your common sense, and you try and justify, renounce or explain
Islamic Terror – by the persecution of Palestinians in the
Apartheid State of Israel, or by the US siege of Iraq and
colonisation of Saudi Arabia. You gave some pretty good reasons,
but, as a PR professional, I’ll tell you: one can find good
reasons for anything.
In the fervour of explanations, you forgot to ask yourselves the
first question of a scientist: does it exist? Is there such a
phenomenon, Islamic Terror? Yes, there is a lot of spin, and the
media takes it for granted. But a say-so would not suffice as a
proof of existence. In 18th century, good people of Salem in New
England carried out a crusade against witches. Whoever would
doubt the very fact of the female alliance with Devil, would
surely be marginalised or presented as a Satan’s stooge. For
centuries, there was a spin about Jews who consume Christian
children’s blood for Passover. Hundreds of books and articles
were published on the subject; England still has a child saint
supposedly martyred by bloodthirsty Jews.
But now we disregard this silly spin. It is a right time to do
the same with the latest Witch Hunt, the newest Blood Libel,
so-called Islamic Terror.
In my opinion, it exists in the same way and to the same extent
as the Jewish Conspiracy and Yellow Peril. There is a scattering
of few disjointed and unconnected guerrilla movements in the
world, that of Basques (ETA) and South Lebanese (Hezbollah),
Corsicans and Mindanao (South Philippines), Irish and
Columbians, Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, UNITA in Angola and HAMAS
in Palestine. There is no way or reason to select a few of them
on a spurious ground of some religious affiliation and ascribe
them to Islamic Terror Network.
People of South Lebanon, South Philippines, Corsica, Basque
country, or Palestine have their legitimate grievances, but
their connection to their religion is just a question of
colouring. In the same vein, the war of Iran and Iraq could be
(but should not) be described as the war between Sunni and
Shiite Islam, but we know that the religious factor was not an
important one in the decisions of Saddam Hussein and the Iranian
Practically nowhere one can find an Islamic terror organisation
per se, fighting for the establishment of an Islamic state.
Before the collapse of Communism, the Palestinians preferred a
left-wing ideology to fight their oppressors. Among Palestinian
militant leaders, a place of honour was held by a Christian,
George Habash. HAMAS of Palestine grew as the only movement
expressly permitted by the Zionist Apartheid state, while
non-religious FATAH was suppressed. Thus, the feelings of the
oppressed Palestinians were channelled by the Jews into this
Hezbollah fighters of Lebanon fought against Israeli and
American occupation, not for the Islamic rule. They are similar
to the Irish Republicans, not famous for their Islamic beliefs.
Chechens continued their two-hundred year long war against
Russian rule, building temporary alliances with America, Germany
and Turkey. Their biggest alleged achievement, explosion of
Moscow high-rise buildings, was actually performed by an Israeli
citizen Mr Anatoly Chubais, it was disclosed last month by
another Israeli citizen, Dr Boris Berezovsky.
Could we select the ‘Muslim terrorists’ by their methods? Surely
not. IRA bombed London pubs well before Hamas discovered Tel
Aviv café. The Tamil Tigers, non-Muslim militant organisation,
trained by Israeli Mossad, is the world leader in suicide
bombings. There is no case to presume existence of Islamic
Terror at all. Until we come to 9/11, when President Bush
proclaimed its existence and announced the World Wide Muslim
Conspiracy of al Qaeeda.
The perpetrators of the 9/11 are still unknown to us. The
instant recovery of a hijacker’s passport intact on the place of
jet crush should be counted among the most spectacular miracles
of all times, well ahead of Daniel’s trip into the fiery
furnace. The old Babylonian furnace surely did not develop the
temperature of burning jet fuel. Arab-language flying manuals in
the trunk of a car, inaudible videotapes and other conveniently
recovered exhibits make Moscow trials of 1937 a bright example
of justice incorrupt. The prisoners of Afghani war have been
kept away from prying eyes, in the limbo of Guantanamo, lest
they disclose the greatest secret of all: their innocence.
On the other hand, there is an accumulating evidence of Israeli
Connection. Warning messages on the Israeli network INIGO were
sent to Israelis on Manhattan, in real time, when the planes
left their airfields. In all airports utilised by hijackers, one
Israeli company ICTS attended to security. Jewish financial
companies made forward insurance stock deals that enriched them.
Israel utilized the 9/11 events to its full capacity: present
massacre in the Palestinian cities is described as ‘the war on
terror’. The Muslim neighbours of Israel were terrorised into
passivity by the American rage. Destruction of Afghanistan
raised the threshold of the world sensitivity to horror, and
made possible the present invasion of Palestinian cities.
Probably it is not enough for the verdict, but the same can be
said about al-Qaeeda’s alleged involvement.
There is no Islamic terror, but there is an Israeli-American
terror of Dar al-Islam. You have not sinned; but you were sinned
against. Thus, when the US President and his media question you,
“what do you do about the Islamic terror?’, I suggest, Your
Excellencies, a good Jewish reply, ‘What terror?’