Putting Everything in Perspective
A letter from Jamal
Hassan to Parvin Darabi on the role
of America in World Affairs.
In my first communication to you in this series I mentioned clearly
that USA was never and is not an angel. I am reiterating the same
statement once again. But if we objectively analyze the historical
reasoning behind one party being bad or good, I am afraid, we hardly find
It is true the USA was suffering from a paranoid mentality from
communist influence. Many of our leftist friends would cite examples of US
bombing of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos using Napalm and Agent Orange. Yes,
these were extreme measures USA took. History will tell if those were
necessary to contain the perceived global expansion of communism. But our
leftist friends while criticizing all the wrongdoings of "US
imperialism" and "decadent capitalism" fail to mention a
single word about the ruthless and heartless totalitarianism prevalent in
communism. My own maternal uncle went to the former Soviet Union with high
hopes. That was long time ago, probably he was the first Pakistani student
who enrolled in a Soviet University. His dream was shattered in no time.
He was totally disillusioned to see the real face of communism. Life was
lifeless there as he said
later on. Today, as an American he decided to spend his olden days in this
country. Most communist countries in the name of proletariat dictatorship
did not show any respect for individual life. So millions of people could
perish in a short time without any question. The end justifies the means.
For building the utopian world of workers' paradise, an individual is
treated like a bolt in a
Regarding today's backwardness of Afghanistan, I would blame the
Russians more than the Americans and West. The Russians did not have any
business sending troops to its neighboring country on the first hand.
Afghanistan was already a pro-Soviet country. USA had every right to be
alarmed. Again, during the cold war day, no communist entity attacked this
country directly. The assessment of globalization of communism or the
domino theory was a theory.
On September 11, 2001 Islam attacked USA directly. Also, the
proliferation of wahhabite mosques and numbers of charities on US soil -
all are linked with a spider web of Islamists. While there was hardly any
a single instance of Vietcong hijacker hijacking a US plane or a North
Vietnamese communist committing terrorist attack on US interest, USA
conducted a military campaign in that region with extreme prejudice.
Compared to that global Islamism backed by oil rich Arab countries with a
sizable percentage of billion Muslim of the world could pose a much bigger
threat to US national security. Not only that this threat is as real as
night and day; also the entire Western world or in
other words the human civilization could be at a stake. Even if the
possible success of domino theory in yesteryear, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos-
one after another country could fall under communism. But ultimately those
would be regimented godless societies without enough mineral resources
could hardly sustain. Arab countries are totally different case. I can
confidently say, the religion Islam as it is practiced today could hardly
change or reform unless there is radical change in the main source of
Islam, that is Arab countries. Proliferation of Wahhabite mosque systems
had such an impact on US soil! John
Walker Lindh or Jose Padilla were groomed in this land directly under the
influence of mosques. I was shocked to see a few of
Bangladeshis I knew who were quite liberal
in Bangladesh, suddenly became extremely orthodox after stepping on in
this land of plenty. Most of them live in a virtual world where our mother
earth is divided into two parts - for believers and for non-believers.
Many of them dream someday USA would be turned into an Islamic paradise.
We were aware of this situation for sometime. Uncle Sam was reluctant to
poke his nose in mosques. After 9/11, a little paranoid USA is going for a
closer scrutiny of US mosques. I do not blame the Unites States. If I were
US President, I would watch these potential dens of terrorists. I have no
problem saying that to you.
Enormous wealth accumulated in some of the Arab countries not only
is detrimental to progress like democratization and secularization. Also,
reform in Islam would be far fetched idea because of the tremendous
influence of the people of this land on Muslims of other regions in the
world. In my last letter I talked to you
about Wahhabization in Bangladesh and Indonesia. I am giving a
clear scenario. The two military dictators of Bangladesh, General Ziaur
Rahman and General H.M. Ershad started a process of Islamization in this
overpopulated impoverished country. The size of state of Wisconsin,
Bangladesh has a total population of 130 million now. Land is so small,
and people are becoming more and more mosque oriented. So a Hong Kong,
South Korea or Taiwan model would never be possible to attain. Day by day,
Bangladesh is becoming another Afghanistan. The present Prime Minister
Khaleda Zia allowed Madrassah graduates to join Bangladesh army ten years
ago when she ran the country for the first time. Today, 10 to 11 percent
of the Bangladesh armed forces are almost Taleban minded Bangladesh.
Middle Eastern oil money has been coming not only from Saudi Arabia and
Gulf states, but countries like Libya and Iraq as well. It was alleged
that an Islamic fundamentalist daily was patronized by Iraqi money.
As a secular freedom loving person with a Third World background
(Bangladesh) I am closely watching the events in South Asia. I have
identified the Middle Eastern countries' undue influence is the main
reason for the backwardness and Islamization of Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Unlike communist countries of yore, these oil rich Arab countries are not
going away so soon. Primarily these nation states have stable source of
wealth, also they have divine toxification and finally the middle class
are not in dire strait as their counterparts in any former communist
country. This is time to stop the expansion of Arab imperialism. Of
course, any unpredictable dictator with potential to harm infidel west
must be stopped. And the time is now.
That is all for now.