Shwartz: America's Struggle notes

Sunday, October 28, 2007 11:01 AM

The wahhabi/neo-Salafi story key to understand all else US-Saudi alliance Saudi allies to protect oil and keep it out of hands of the enemies Creation of US Saudi Strategic Alliance by Roosevelt around WW2 time Communism kept the relationship going, mutual enemy of US and Saudi Arabia Wahhabis and Neo-Salafis were reformation movements seeking to purify Islam's traditions
The Wahhabis gained influence by capturing Mecca and being able to spread their interpretiation of Islam to the whole Muslim world that came to Mecca for Pilgrimage. The Wahhabi/neo-Salafi ideology grew as a result of the vast oil. This allowed the formation of transnational pan-Islamic institutions providing grants world wide to other Muslim leagues and mosques to further spread their Jihad requirement ideology

Presence of the US army, an Infidel army not only offended the Saudis but created unrest in the Kingdom Al Quaeda derives its approach from ideology and history Part of the necessity of every Muslims was to be prepared for the Jihad at all times and not become accustomed to peace. Muslim scholar of the 13th Century , Ibn Taymiyya, equated Jihad with the 5 pillars of Islam. Sayyia Qutb expanded on Ibn Taymiyya's notion and said it was the "right to revolt" of the Muslims against unfaithful rulers.
Al Qaeda and the wider Wahhabi /neo-Salafi movement have created a grand strategy based on the events and personalities that define the history of Islamic revolutionary thinkers. They have reinterpreted Islamic history to bolster their position

Al Qaeda will be satisfied with the US when, the US and Britain evacuate from Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Arabian penninsula. But if they do that, US interests will be vulnerable. The true problem isn't the War on Terrorism, but rather the war againnst the Wahhabi/neo-Salafi movement.
Bush feared the fusion of tyrannical ideology with strategic resources. Imagine the scale of terrorist' crimes possible.

The institutions set up the the military foundations for a global Islamic insurgency
The Palestinian Shaykh Abdallah Yusuf Azzam established Al Qaeda, meaning "Solid Base" of true Muslims linking over 24 Islamic Groups

America Stepped in when Saddam Hussein threatened to take over Kuwait and the oil reserves and alter the oil prices and use oil money to underwrite political and military policies By the US choosing to defend Saudi Arabia, Bin Laden as part of Al Quaeda didn't want american women fighting to protect Saudi Arabia.

The question in Iraq is, can the central govt survive a civil war. If not, Iraq will disintegrate. Iraq would split: the Kurds would create a Kurdistan, the Sunni's would join the Wahhabi/neo-Salafi movement; the Shiites would be on the side of the US and would create a greater Shiite state east of Saudi Arabia. The US cannot satisfy both Shiites and Sunnis. The US should side with the Shiites because in Iraq, the Sunnis teamed up with Wahhabi/neo-Salafi in slaughtering the Shiites. The heads of countries in the Arab world will also side with the US for fear of Wahhabi/neo-Salafi overthrowing their rule. If the US's democratization of Iraq fails, the next approach will be the utilization of the cultural, sectarian, and tribal divisions that exist.

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