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America’s #1 Problem: Wahhabi-Salafi-Deobandi Extremism

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America’s #1 problem is being at the mercy of Saudi Arabia and its Wahhabi-Salafi-Deobandi extremist ideology. As long as this ideology and its sponsor are allowed to control American politics with impunity, Americans will continue to have their social programs cut and be under the perpetual threat of Wahhabi terror.

By Alamdar Khadr

America faces a wide array of problems. From poverty to political corruption, you name it, we have to suffer through it. Much of what is fueling poverty and corruption are the wars that are waged by the military-industrial complex. The complex attempts to suck out as much resources from America as it can and relocate that wealth within the prism of our never-ending wars which for the most part have been taking place in the Muslim world for decades. From bribing elected officials to kicking poor children out of Medicaid, the war machine will do anything to sustain its wars in the Middle East and Muslim world. This machine, however, has an enabler: Saudi Arabia and its Wahhabi-Salafi-Deobandi extremist ideology.

Saudi Arabia: The Military-Industrial Complex’s Greatest Enabler

Part and parcel of the military-industrial complex’s deadly escapades in the Muslim world is one single foreign country and its existential creed: Saudi Arabia and its Salafi-Wahhabi-Deobandi exclusivist ideology. The Saudis have spent more money purchasing arms from the U.S than any other country in world history and have been unchallenged in their first place in exporting terror throughout the world.

If you are an arms corporation in America, your best foreign client is going to be Saudi Arabia. Just think about it, President Trump just signed a deal worth over $110 billion in arms sales to the country. As a result, Lockheed Martin or any other arms dealer will make sure that its #1 foreign client stays happy. This means that the United States government and its officials who were sponsored into office by arms companies must go along the interventionist dictates of Saudi Arabia and subject themselves as shills for Wahhabism’s global agenda of terror. This includes waging a ceaseless war against Syria, Iraq and Yemen. It means lobbying the U.S government to maintain and tighten sanctions against countries it deems as its enemy, the greatest of them all being Iran, and turning a blind eye to global Wahhabi terrorist networks and organizations which the Saudis sponsor.

It’s the Wahhabi-Salafi-Deobandi Exclusivist Ideology, Stupid

The principle question that must be asked here is what drives Saudi domestic and foreign policy? Saudi Arabia was founded on, and driven by an 18th century extremist ideological offshoot of Islam called Wahhabism, also known as Salafism. The term “Wahhabism” is coined after the ideology’s founder Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab (d. 1792). The ideology later expanded into South Asia (with the help of Saudi money) under the name of Deobandism who – in its 20th and 21st century manifestation – is now almost undistinguishable from its Arabic counterpart both in its puritanical views and its appalling violence against minorities and women. In fact, one of Wahhabism’s earlier 13th century ideologues, Ibn Taymiyyah (d. 1328), is also an ideologue of Deobandism meaning that it is just a South Asian version of Wahhabism. One only needs to mention the Taliban (a Deobandi group) in order to make the case.

The Wahhabi-Salafi-Deobandi (WSD) ideology is founded on the premise that Muslims who do not adhere to its particular interpretation of Islam are heretics and subject to punishment and even execution (e.g. beheading). The ideology also holds that all non-Muslims are by default hell-bound and disposable given their inner lack of worth.

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Alaistair Crooke offers us the best summation of Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab and his ideology:

Abd al-Wahhab demanded conformity — a conformity that was to be demonstrated in physical and tangible ways. He argued that all Muslims must individually pledge their allegiance to a single Muslim leader (a Caliph, if there were one). Those who would not conform to this view should be killed, their wives and daughters violated, and their possessions confiscated, he wrote. The list of apostates meriting death included the Shiite, Sufis and other Muslim denominations, whom Abd al-Wahhab did not consider to be Muslim at all.

The above is the current ideological force that drives Saudi Arabia both in its domestic and its foreign policies. From chopping off the heads of political dissidents to exporting terrorists to Muslim countries it wishes to subvert, it is driven by a world view that is espoused by Wahhabism. But the exporting of terrorists to Muslim countries is not limited to these Muslim countries only. Part of the new twist to 20th and 21st century Wahhabism is that this totalitarian view of the world must also be exported to non-Muslim countries and have its populations subjected to the new cultish creed.

As dark as this world-views seems, its implications in the real world are even scarier. The Saudis are committed to taking these draconian textbook views and making them a reality, and they have been doing this since the country’s foundation in 1932. They have killed – and this is no exaggeration – millions of Muslims across the world through instigating terror attacks and initiating and/or perpetuating civil and sectarian wars. The following are only some of the crises in the world that Saudi Arabia and Wahhabism have had a direct role in:

  • Algeria (1991-2002),
  • Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988),
  • Afghanistan (1996-Present),
  • Iraq (2003-Present),
  • Lebanon (1975-1990),
  • and Syria (2011-Present) just to name a few countries.

Muslims are not the only victims of Saudi-sponsored Wahhabi violence. The Western world has also had to deal with it in its own territories.

Just think of the following list of terror attacks:

  • 9/11
  • The 7/7 attacks on the London Underground
  • The Bataclan attacks (and multiple others) on Paris
  • The Madrid train bombing
  • The Fort Hood shootings
  • The San Bernardino shootings
  • The Boston Marathon bombings
  • Manchester bombings

Every single attacker in the above list have been fueled by WSD extremism. It is obviously not feasible to list all the attacks here, but this gives our readers a good idea as to the real world concrete dangers posed by this ideology as sponsored and nurtured by the Saudis, Qataris and other Gulf states.

Why the Wahhabi-Salafi-Deobandi Exclusivist Ideology is Relevant to All Americans

In their quest to ward of the Soviets, Saudi Arabia created Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan in order to ensure that Wahhabism, and not secularism would dominate the region. Al-Qaeda would later stage a terror attack against the United States in 9/11.

Fast forward a few years, when the United States invaded Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Qatar (another state sponsor of WSD extremist terrorism) funded, trained and supported extremist Wahhabi militant groups in order to subvert Iraq’s new secular government that was mainly a coalition of Shias and Kurds (two groups which the Saudis despise). These militant groups later on coalesced into Al-Qaeda in Iraq, and then morphed into the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI).

In neighboring Syria, Saudi Arabia sponsored the Al-Qaeda-based rebellion against Bashar al-Asad, both rebellions– under the tutelage of the Saudis – fused into the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) which then expanded to Africa and South Asia thus giving us ISIS’s current global reign of terror.

Since the inception of ISIS, Saudi Arabia has continued to support and fund the organization given the group’s ideological affinity to the Saudi and Qatari royals and the fact that they serve their ideological interests across the Middle East. This is a fact that was even acknowledged by Hillary Clinton in her leaked emails in so far as these two countries being prime funders of ISIS and other terrorist organizations.

Since the inception of Al-Qaeda, and especially ISIS, Americans have been suffering under regular terror attacks that are inspired by a WSD extremist ideology. Yet the Saudis are allowed to fund and build Mosque after Mosque in the United States that preach this very same ideology that wants Americans to either die or submit to their twisted version of Islam.

The carnage does not stop there. The U.S is now hostage to Saudi financial corruption. The Saudis and the arms industry control U.S foreign policy and by extension, how its annual budgets are spent. All major politicians in the US are in the pockets of the military-industrial complex. This has three major implications for Americans:

  • As long as these politicians cater to Saudi financial corruption, they will always turn a blind eye to Saudi Arabia’s financing of terror groups and institutions that promote WSD terror across the world (this includes local Saudi funded Mosques in the United States). This means that not only Muslims are in danger of attacks from WSD extremist groups, American citizens will also be under the perpetual threat of terror attacks.
  • In order to make their ideology supreme in the Muslim world, the Saudis and Qataris and their arms-industry associates will continue to bribe, blackmail and pressure the U.S government into endless wars. Wars require money, and the money will be taken out of social programs in the US, including Medicaid, Social Security benefits and Food Stamps. In fact, according to President Donald Trump’s recent budget proposal, he intends to cut $4.1 trillion from social programs in order to spend more on the military. Is it a coincidence that this budget proposal came right at the time Mr. Trump was visiting Saudi Arabia and signed a $110 billion arms deal?

As long as Saudi Arabia and its puritanical ideology are allowed to run the affairs of the world and the United States with impunity, all Americans (except for arms corporations and corrupt politicians) will be adversely affected.

Tulsi Gabbard is one of the Few Politicians Calling a Spade a Spade

Given the extend to which Saudi money controls U.S congress, there are a few politicians who have explicitly called out the WSD exclusivist ideology and its Saudi sponsor that is ruining so many American lives. The most outspoken of these politicians is Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawai who so far has not been corrupted by Saudi money:

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If we are to have an America that puts the needs of its citizens first as well as an America that is free from the fear of Wahhabi extremist terror, we must empower politicians like Rep. Gabbard who have the courage to fight the good fight and keep us safe at home.

Alamadar Khadr is a political columnist and blogger at the World Shia Forum. He lives in the United States with his family.

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