“Crusade led not by King Richard, the Lion-hearted, but by Clinton the Liar,” said George Galloway participating in the debate over the recent 72-hour Anglo-American bombardment of Iraq in the British House of Commons. “Why should the lives of British servicemen be put at risk and innocent men, women and children in Iraq be sacrificed in a desperate attempt to save Clinton’s skin,” questioned another Labour left wing member Dennis Cavan. These two quotes should suffice to drive home the point that the present Anglo-Saxon aggression on the eve of the American president’s impeachment vote in the House of Representatives conducted in defiance of the international law, the weight of world opinion and even the Charter of the United Nations under whose authority the offensive was carried out has nothing to do with compelling Baghdad to comply with the resolutions of the Security Council. Further, they amply demonstrate the extent of hypocritical and deceptive unipolar world we are living in wherein the Judeo-Christian world could manipulate any given circumstance to further its nefarious designs at will, and that too in the name of the “will of the international community”.
Islamic history has seen two instances wherein the Muslims were forced to lead a prolonged life of disgrace and subjugation. The first of them was the result of the European Crusades led by the Roman Catholic Church during the 11th and 12th centuries AD to recapture Jerusalem and to decimate the Muslim power. Such was the combined Byzantine onslaught with the active participation of King Richard I (the Lion-hearted) of England, Emperor Frederick I of Germany and King Philip II of France that the Muslims lost control over Jerusalem and most of the Palestine, Syria and Asia Minor (Turkey) for 88 years. The second devastation was caused by the Tartars led by the fearsome Hulagu (Halaku) Khan in 1258 AD that left most of the Muslim world and particularly Iraq plundered and shattered to pieces with the destruction of the entire Muslim intellectual and literary heritage of the time. The post-Ottoman Caliphate era dominated chiefly by the Anglo-American hegemony which extends up to the present one, could be bracketed under the third of the series wherein the entire developing Muslim world is relentlessly groaning under the oppressive imperialistic designs of the developed West.
The antagonism of the Jewish-Christian world with the Islamic one is mostly centred around the control of the holy land, Jerusalem. In the entire Islamic history they were able to gain control over it from 1099-1187 AD until Sultan Salahuddin Ayyubi decisively demolished their combined might and recaptured it once for all. The West could not even think of Palestine thereafter until Britain gained control of the region under the Mandate of the League of the Nations in the aftermath of the defeat of the Ottoman Empire at the hands of the Allied forces in World War I in 1921. Here the Judeo-Christian world led by the UK and US seized the golden opportunity of taking revenge of the Crusades from the Muslims. They shrewdly utilised the opportunity to consolidate their hold over it and rigged the population of Palestine with Jews from around the world eventually creating a Jewish state, Israel. Since then the duo is working for the consolidation of this Zionist state either by weakening or eliminating its potential adversaries. The Arabs fought four wars since then to eradicate Israel but were able to meet with little success. After the end of the Iran-Iraq war in the late 80s, Iraq did assume a rare significance in the Arab world and seemed to be the most potential threat to the existence of Israel with its fourth largest army in the world. This sent alarm-bells ringing in the West. Those who are well aware of the machinations and back-door manoeuvres of the Judeo-Christian world would not be surprised if it itself was responsible for creating the conditions necessary for Iraq to invade Kuwait to later justify the decimation of the former. This contention lends credence by the fact of the panic the western media created at the declaration by Saddam Hussein to possess chemical weapons and his warning to Israel to desist from attacking any Arab nation or risk retaliation by chemical weapons. And within months Iraq invaded Kuwait. To sum up, the present Anglo-American aggression of Iraq, as George Galloway rightly said, is nothing but the resumption of Crusades of the Medieval period and has nothing to do with implementation of the Security Council resolutions. “Never will the Jews or the Christians be satisfied with thee unless thou tread their path,” proclaimed a divine saying 1400 years ago. And its underlying remedy shall be “Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies of Allah and your enemies, and others besides, whom ye may not know, but whom Allah doth know”.
The so-called Milli Parliament held a session in Bangalore last month. It was the second year in a row that, this organisation representing the lunatic fringe of visionless activists emerging from the Aligarh Muslim University held its meet in a South Indian city. That the organisation managed some crowd should not detract us from recognising its vicious character and partisan appeal that could cost dearly to Muslims in India. That its very name should be perceived as an outrage in a sovereign republic is something to be dealt with by the Government agencies which, we suppose, were not unaware of its activities. However what we are concerned with is, its narrow appeal, albeit limited, to a section of unemployed, gullible Muslim youth in poorer and more backward states such as Bihar and Uttar Pradesh who could be ideal recruits for any humdrum activity.
The organisation led by a self-professed revolutionary had to its credit nothing but a couple of rhetoric-laced books, a few conventions in Delhi and Aligarh with the help of hired busloads of youth, two impressive yet vacuous edifices for the headquaters, a periodically on-off Urdu weekly, and lot of purposeless junketeering across the country which is characteristic of Delhi-based leaders from UP and Bihar. Megalomania and ego-boasting is apparent from statements that proclaim its convention to be maiden session of Indian Muslims’ Parliament in Delhi after the decline of the Mughal power in the Red Fort (vide presidential address May 22, 1993). Added to the list a totally farcical exercise in 1995 to recruit Muslim youth from India for “jehad” in Bosnia christened as Bosnia March. While none knew who went to Bosnia and the demonstration in The Hague from India — the “Parliament’s” office-bearers being unable to make the facts public — it is amply clear that the outfit is one more ploy to hog headlines in the Delhi-based sensational press. Peddling bluster and bluff, it has merely registered itself as a new dream merchant, with much glossier packaging. However doubtful may be its capacity to address itself to the aspirations of Muslims, it is at least sure that it does not lack the capacity to infuriate the known enemies of Indian Muslims and is hell-bent on providing them another handle against the much oppressed community.
Totally bereft of any sense of history, vision for future and the situation of Muslims in India, the Milli Parliament carries enormous potential for damaging communal harmony, Muslims’ resurgent belief in secular polity (shaken by the demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya) and atmosphere of coexistence.
That such organisations are being allowed to operate, proliferate and whip emotions is in itself a pointer that some quarters in India have a vested interest in keeping the emotional cauldron ever boiling. For them, a Milli Parliament in Aligarh, or Darsgah Jehad o Shahadat in Hyderabad or TMMK in Tamil Nadu serve the basic purpose of igniting the communal filibuster from the weaker and more vulnerable Muslims, which then comes in handy to wreak reprisals on them in much larger proportions. If indeed this is the purpose, then it falls upon Muslims to beware of the agent provocateurs among themselves and fortify the community from within against provocations.
Wooing away Muslim youth from such parochial pursuits will be a less daunting task if Muslim organisations pay heed to creating employment opportunities with the same zeal with which they work for educational upliftment. Hands and heads without work and vision tend to fall easy prey to appeals emerging from the lunatic fringe.