Flirting with the Caliphate

After 9/11 attacks, the spirit of liberty and democracy which was urging the world and was supposed to had been able to uproot the seeds of Islamism once and for all, had gradually folded away. Ironically, however, and after the Bush era, we have witnessed a skyrocketing raise in both popularity and value of militant and political Islamism. An unexpected Islamist booming that has been characterized by its pertinacity, its vigor and its ability to suffuse across the Middle East and among Muslim communities of Europe and North America, and even infiltrate the Western political and academic domain; Islamists have even managed to coin an intellectual nomenclature to shelter their bigotry—Islamophobia.

There is a notorious Hadith attributed to the Prophet that Islamists consider it one of their mottos states : “I have been made victorious with terror (cast in the hearts of the enemy).” That indicates essentially that acts of terrorism and barbarities, suicide bombing and brutal beheadings, were and still a typical Islamist strategy to coerce the west to tolerate the Islamist agenda and eventually submit to the establishment of a totalitarian Islamist Nizam in the Middle East.

Soon after the White House had revealed its intention to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, Mr. Azzam Tamimi—a staunch London-based Muslim Brother and one of Hamas special envoys to Europe and a presenter at Islamist satellite TV channel Al-Hiwar — had explicitly (on a webcast) warned the west and the whole world of the serious consequences of such a move; the man who rushed into streaming immediately after hearing the news, looked extremely agitated. That indicates clearly that the Muslim Brotherhood as the de facto incubator of all Islamist movements (whether categorized as moderate or violent) could potentially unleash an all-out holy war against the west. They have plenty of cash, and a battalion of suiciders dispersed widely over the globe and ready to use.

But that’s just the predetermined outcome of a long trajectory that began some 80 years ago, and eventually will have to come to an end soon or later. This prolonged cat-and-mouse game has only emboldened Islamists provocations and gave them a false impression that they are somewhat feared and dreaded.

By contrast with the previous administration, The Trump administration with all its shortcomings was brave enough to make an about-turn and decided to tackle the roots of the terrorism dilemma and not only its symptoms. The Trump administration has grown conscious of the misconception — that once prevailed and still prevailing in the U.S. and EU political sphere for many reasons — that the Muslim Brotherhood is somehow a breed apart from the rest of Islamist groups, one who deserves a privileged treatment. While when taking a closer look, one finds that most of the high-ranked terrorists have or had strong ties with the organization or at least were influenced by its ideological literature—from Bin Laden who was a pupil of the notorious Muslim Brother Mohammed Qutb (brother of Sayyid Qutb (The stellar of Islamism and a member of the MB)) when he was teaching Islamic theology in Saudi Arabia, to ISIS’ Amir al-Mu’minin ( Commander of the Faithful) Abou Bakr Al-Baghdadi who is himself a “ Muslim Brother” in the words of the organization spiritual leader cleric Youssef Al-Qaradawi.

The Muslim Brotherhood is the Pandora’s box that oversees, premeditates and commands all terrorist operations across the world through an internal understanding between the faithful. From Gaza to Sri Lanka, and from France to Nigeria, there are always traces to be found of the organization. And as long as it is able to function freely and with impunity, the terrorism phenomenon will continue to horrify the world.

It was not surprising that Shiite Islamist republic of Iran along with ruling Sunni Islamist party of Turkey were the first to rebuke the U.S. initiative. That’s mainly due to the pivotal role the Muslim Brotherhood plays in preserving an aura of reactionisn, hatred and antisimitism in the Middle East— its huge propaganda apparatus has succeeded over the course of the years to silence any potential voice in the Middle East that could stand up to the voice of Islamic fascism, while simultaneously clothing itself in vestments of a freedom fighter who stands on behalf of the oppressed.

A liberal Middle East is by no means beneficial to a Mullah regime or a caliphate-oriented party. A liberal Middle East who adheres to western and universal values means the end to the Islamist slogan “Palestine is the central cause of the Islamic Ummah,” simply because there would be no Ummah (nation) to fight for and wage Jihad wars to revive it. The Aqsa mosque would be no more than any other mosque in Toronto or Nouadhibou, stripped of any utopian prophecy or mystical connotations.

A liberal Middle East would also put an end to Pan-Arabism that still finds its essential nutrients in Islamism after its defeat in the 1967 Six-Day War, which will lead to the establishment of a new doctrine and a new perspective and of course a new regional relations based on national interests of each independent state separately rather than on racial unity, on individual dynamics rather than on collective conventions, on realism rather than on utopianism, on inclusiveness and not exclusiveness, and that will lead automatically to a total and definite normalization of relations between Israel and the Arab countries. That is doable only if the Arab world becomes free from the ghost of Islamism, and in order to achieve this goal one cannot disregard the Muslim Brotherhood nor its gulf states’ patrons.

The world might yet suffer devastating blows, cutting off the serpent’s head would inflect serious damage to world peace and cause an unprecedented bloodshed. However, if it is done properly and thoroughly it will cut off the umbilical cord that connects all terror cells to each other and to their mainstay.

Certainly, that will be a painstaking task, a complex and nuanced internal process. To detach such organization from its broad network and its ties that reache out to the highest levels of world politics would indeed cause an international resistance. Its well-established political, cultural, economical, social and mediatic arms, might very well, indeed, demand an implementation of a project that is no less effective and encompassing than the denazification process that postwar Germany had undergone. The U.S. should concurrently use its power and influence to pressure Arab leaders who are in one way or another complicit with Islamist ideology for their own sake, to make significant cultural and educational breakthrough to de-Islamize their societies and cleanse their inconsistent constitutions of any influence deriving from Dark Age dogmas.

Islamism has now reached the phase where it should by all means already be commanding an imperial state considering its broad appeal in the abode of Islam; Islamists are only struggling to reap the harvest of their long labor in the Middle Eastern soil; all the ingredients requirements and criteria to create a popular upheaval against the Arab dictatorships are there, and it is just a matter of time before they could possibly ousted the last dictator and establish a ferocious medieval caliphate. Unfortunately there are circles in the west that support this course.

About the Author
Taha Lemkhir is a Moroccan writer and photographer. Degree in Arabic literature and Islamic studies. Critic of Islamism. languages: Arabic, English and Spanish. He Lived part of his life as an Islamist— until enlightenment flashed through his heart.
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