“American blood tastes sweeter, and we are coming for you” paraphrases a battle cry
that rang through the streets of Paris on Friday, November 13, 2015. As shots and explosions rang out at Parisian symbols of Western culture, the people cried, and brutality unfolded. Make no mistake, this is a religious war. President Obama may dance around the words all he chooses, but the dance does not change the facts. ISIS and its allies have declared the war to be holy and just, based on its interpretation of Islam. It matters not that the religion is Dharmic faiths, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Rastafarian, or even other Muslims. It matters only that Western Culture and Eastern Cultures exist. Dissenting with the ISIS interpreters of Islam lands even fellow Muslims on an uncomfortable enemies list alongside Western and Eastern Civilization. Denying the role of religion in this war is like sending firefighters to fight the smoke rather than attack the fire. The structure will burn, and the smoke will hang in the air unfettered.
America, The Great Satan
With the Cold War decisions to use the drug trade to help fund secret, off-the-radar CIA ‘low-intensity’ wars and to align with various political factions of Islam evolving theocratic states with Shariah Law, the United States left its moral high ground floating in the wake of its fear of Soviet Communist expansionism. The Cold War legacy of the U.S. government’s drug trading is evident in shattered families across the United States and in its streets and alleys lined drug hazed with lost souls. Making a case for the U.S.’s involvement in the growth of the second generation drug cartels we fight now would not be difficult. Why and how the U.S. lost its Constitutional soul to trading drugs leads back to the myriad proxy wars it fought at the height of the Cold War: Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Central and South America. The argument is made that proxy wars have been fought throughout history and, it particular, they kept the Cold War from becoming too hot. Whether or not you agree with the rationale, other peoples and their children died by the millions in proxy wars, and it was the first time the U.S. paid for proxy wars by trading drugs thereby bypassing Congress. In May 2009, Shunya published Namit Arora essay, America, the Cold War, and the Taliban pointed out that:
“…In the 60s and 70s, anti-colonial and nationalistic struggles were cropping up in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Blinded by its anti-commie paranoia, the US saw even popular movements for social and economic justice as precursors to communism, their leaders as Soviet proxies, and was determined to combat and crush them. But, given the unviability of direct military engagement on so many fronts, proxy war was the only military option left to the US. There was one minor obstacle though: how to finance all these proxy wars? Many Congressmen asked awkward questions, especially after the disaster in Indochina. When they agreed to fund, they wanted debates and oversight. The idea of a new, recurring source of money — bypassing the Congress — gripped the minds of many.
A source was soon identified: illicit drug trade. In the 19th century, Britain had used opium trade to fund its colonial operations in the East. Now it was the turn of the US. Just when the global opium trade was at its lowest ebb in nearly two centuries (opium is the raw material for heroin), the CIA struck alliances with drug lords to greatly expand drug-production in Burma, Laos, Colombia, and Afghanistan, as well as with the mafia to streamline distribution (some of which ended up in the US, extracting ‘funds’ from the American public in other ways). For protecting their assets or looking the other way, the CIA got a slice of the proceeds that it promptly funneled into covert military operations….”
Without taking the time to understand the complexities of the long history of Islam, the U.S. attempted to place impediments in the way of Soviet expansion. Big mistake. The world of Islam is not a mirror image of Western Civilization dressed in different garb. Rather than take the time to understand, the U.S. chose a bull-in-a-china-shop approach. U.S. government CIA forges pumped out alliances with Islamists in Sukarno’s Indonesia, Nasser’s Egypt, and Bhutto’s Pakistan and Hamas was welcomed into the blacksmith’s shop.
Realization that Islamic revolutionaries who, in addition to not liking Jews, didn’t like either the U.S. or Soviet forms of government dawned when the Ayatollah Khomeini returned from France to Iran in 1979 and declared “… in our domestic and foreign policy, … we have set as our goal the world-wide spread of the influence of Islam… We wish to cause the corrupt roots of Zionism, capitalism and Communism to wither throughout the world. We wish, as does God almighty, to destroy the systems which are based on these three foundations, and to promote the Islamic order of the Prophet …” (Bayan, No.4 (1990), p.8). The big box of U.S. government Band-Aids was immediately broken out of the emergency reserve closet to fix one wound after another.
Still not understanding Islamic history or the difference between Sunni and Shia Muslims, the U.S. went into overdrive to support Iraq’s Saddam Hussein in a grotesque eight-year war against Iran. At the same time on another front, the U.S. became alarmed that its plan for a Shariah state in Afghanistan was not progressing fast enough to preclude Soviet influence, an unholy alliance formed with Pakistan. Of course this was 1979 and Pakistan’s leader was General Zia, an orthodox Muslim, who deposed and murdered Zulfikar Bhutto, the legally elected prime-minister. From its Pakistani vantage point, the U.S. countered the 1979 invasion of Afghanistan using a previously deployed proxy group called the Mujahideen (a plural form of Mujahid for one engaged in Jihad). President Carter authorized the formation and use of the Mujahideen. President Reagan kicked it up a notch with Operation Cyclone, the code name for the CIA program that armed and financed the Afghan Mujahideen before and during the Soviet war in Afghanistan. In 1985, President Reagan introduced the Mujahideen leadership, including Osama bin Laden, at the White House saying, “These gentlemen
are the moral equivalents of America’s founding fathers.” In 1987, the U.S. provided over $600 million in aid to the Mujahideen, the Saudi’s matched the funding, and Mujahideen opium farms provided the rest. Reagan was wrong, and the U.S. continued to plant and tend the seeds of its future. Afghanistan was expendable. When the U.S. left in the late 1980s, the Taliban eventually came to power, Al Qaeda was born, etc.
The U.S. left Afghanistan to wallow, but it also left books for the future generation of fighters. Before the resurgence of madrasas there was the University of Nebraska textbook project. News Rescue published Genesis Of Islamic Radicalism: The US Textbook Project That Taught Afghan Children Terror on December 24, 2012, which reflected on:
“What converted the Afghanistan into this terror radiating machine? Perhaps the answer lies in a 53 million dollar project conducted from 1980-1994… A US funded project that printed textbooks to teach Afghanistan children in school the art or war and terror. Millions of books were made and printed in Pakistan under this project and disbursed to Afghanistan schools to teach the kids to love war and so-called Jihad. Dead Russians and guns and other weaponry were the material in these books made for the young readers, to imprint a culture of violence in their infantile minds….”
A third-grade mathematics textbook asks: ‘One group of Mujahideen attack 50 Russian soldiers. In that attack, 20 Russians are killed. How many Russians fled?’ A fourth-grade textbook ups the ante: ‘The speed of a Kalashnikov bullet is 800 meters per second. If a Russian is at a distance of 3200 meters from a Mujahid, and that mujahid aims at the Russian’s head calculate how many seconds it will take for the bullet to strike the Russian in the forehead.’
Karma is a Bitch
So here we are mourning the losses in France, reflecting on the memories of the horror of 9/11/2001 and scratching our collective heads. Perhaps it’s time to reclaim the moral high-ground with some honesty. The U.S. isn’t alone in this mess, but it is the biggest toad in the hole. The U.S. facilitated and, in part funded, the growth of Islamic extremism through secrecy and, apparently, great ignorance of the balance of history. The U.S. didn’t deserve the massacres of 9/11/2001 any more than France deserved the slaughter in Paris on November 13, 2015.
Unseating the Taliban in Afghanistan, overthrowing Saddam Hussein in Iraq, attempting an Iranian buy-off, upending stability in Egypt, Libya, Syria and the rest of the Middle East in the so-called Arab Spring has just provided further excuses for extremists to kill, maim, and torture any human not willing to accede to their vision of a new caliphate. It’s time for citizens to dump the U.S. government secrecy that hides the drug trade and promote proxy wars. It’s passed time to learn history, but it couldn’t hurt. The threat to drink American blood is not idle, but the taste can be soured with honesty. Radical Islam is not a tool to be used by the West when it sees fit and, as configured, cannot coexist with Western Civilization. The past is biting us in our proverbial behind. Lesson to be re-learned: The enemy of my enemy is not necessarily my friend.