Are We Losing the War on Terror?
Some Questions From Ali Sina
Dear Mr. Sina:
I think that you are doing a very brave
thing. As has been claimed by the moderators of Freethought Mecca,
Islam has not been examined and debunked the same way other
triumphalist religions have been, such as Christianity. There are
some things that I strongly disagree with you. Can you answer
maybe some of these questions?
1. What is your take on terrorism? The man
who has been charged with hunting Bin Laden for the last 10 years,
CIA analyst Michael Scheuer (who wrote Imperial Hubris), wrote
that Muslims do not hate America for our behavior or beliefs but
for our foreign policy. You might disagree with this.
I answered your first question in this
Michael Scheuer is certainly very wrong.
|2. What is your take on the political movement represented by
Al-Qaida? While many Western scholars call it a nihilistic
movement with no pertinent goals, Scheuer believes that it does
have pertinent goals: the destruction of
, the ousting of American-backed tyrannies (see
I believe the above article will also answer
your second question.
Again Scheuer is wrong.
|3. What is your take on our foreign policy? We haven't been
quite innocent. You know that
could have been a true democracy had the CIA not installed the
Shah. We support some of the most brutal regimes such as
that are unstable, creul to minorities, export terrorism to us,
American foreign policies have been wrong towards
is reaping what she sowed 51 years ago. But at that time America was
manipulated by Britain, which the Iranians call the Old Fox. Despite the
fact that Britain never colonized Iran officially, the Iranians have never
had an enemy more formidable than Britain. And it is not out of malice. It
is in their blood. I had discussions with Brits in the forum of this site
who are completely in agreement with me but support their government's
stealing the wealth of the Iranians and fornicating
with the Mullahs of Iran. When the Europeans smell money they just
can't help it. They forget they are humans. They become like a pack of
wolves vying with each other to devour the carcass of their poor
American foreign policies
change with each new president. Some of those policies have been wrong.
Those mistakes can be attributed to ignorance, paranoia and faulty
intelligence but rarely to sheer malice. I can't say the same about the
As for Bush's foreign
policies, I support them. He seems to
understand that the only way
can be in peace is when other countries are democratic. Bush's support of
Saudi and Pakistani regimes is dictated by pragmatism. The question is
which one is the less evil, the people or their governments. In these two
countries the governments are less evil than the people. Yes you heard it
first here. The only place that does not mince the words and say things as
they are. In Saudi Arabia and in Pakistan the regimes are far more
preferable to the brainwashed ignorant masses. If in those countries the
power fall into the hands of the people it would be disastrous. 25 years
ago this was the case in Iran. Shah was a despot but he was far better
than the masses of ignorant people. At that time, America should have
supported him. Alas in those days America was governed by an inept
president. Carter was not cut for the presidency. Much of the problems we
face today is because of this man's inability and lack of
So it is wise to support the regimes in Saudi Arabia,
Pakistan and deny the Islamic government in Algeria even though they won
the election. Remember; democracy is not just coming to power with a
populist vote. You must also respect the rights of the minority. Hitler
came to power with a populist vote but his party was not democratic.
To bring democracy in
Saudi Arabia and in Pakistan, we have to work with the present dictators
and push for change. The change must
happen in the minds of the people before it can translate into
After 25 years Iranians have changed. Now they are no
more the religious zombies that they were 25 years ago. Now they want
genuine democracy and their government is the real evil. So in Iran the
situation is reverse. There you should not cooperate with the government
but try to undermine it and topple it. So Bush's policies vis-à-vis Iran
is correct. His policies vis-à-vis Afghanistan and Iraq are also correct.
He needs to be supported and not criticized.
But those who collaborated with Saddam or collaborate
with the Mullahs of Iran, stating that Bush does the same in SA and
Pakistan are hypocrites. There is no comparison between these two