Muslims Are Their Own Worst Enemy

Muslims are numerous but powerless. Divisions among
Muslims, especially between Sunni and Shi`ites, have
consigned the Muslim Middle East to almost a century of
Western control. Muslims cannot even play together. The
Islamic Solidarity Games, a regional version of the
Olympics, which were to be held in April in Iran, have
been cancelled because the Iranians and the Arabs cannot
agree on whether to call the body of water that
separates Iran from the Arabian Peninsula the Persian
Gulf or the Arabian Gulf.

Muslim disunity has made it possible for Israel to
dispossess the Palestinians, for the U.S. to invade
Iraq, and for the U.S. to rule much of the region
through puppets. For example, in exchange for faithful
service, Egypt receives $1.5 billion a year from
Washington, which enables President Mubarak to buy off
opposition. The opposition had rather have the money
than support the Palestinians. Therefore, Egypt
cooperates with Israel and the U.S. in the blockade of
Gaza.

Another factor is the willingness of some Muslims to
betray their own kind for U.S. dollars. Don`t take my
word for it. Listen to

neoconservative
Kenneth Timmerman, head of the
Foundation for Democracy, which describes itself as
"a private,
non-profit organization established in 1995 with grants
from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) to
promote democracy and internationally-recognized
standards of human rights in Iran."

By now we all know what that means. It means that the
U.S. finances a
"velvet"
or some
"color
revolution"
in order to install a U.S. puppet. Just
prior to the sudden appearance of a
"green
revolution"
in Tehran primed to protest an election,
Timmerman wrote that


"the National Endowment for Democracy has spent millions of dollars
during the past decade promoting `color` revolutions in
places such as Ukraine and Serbia, training political
workers in modern communications and organizational
techniques. Some of that money appears to have made it
into the hands of pro-Mousavi groups, who have ties to
non-governmental organizations outside Iran that the
National Endowment for Democracy funds."
 

So, according to the neocon Timmerman, funded by the
National Endowment for Democracy, it was U.S. money that
funded Mousavi`s claims that Ahmadinejad stole the last
Iranian election.

During President George W. Bush`s regime, it became
public knowledge that American money is used to purchase
Iranians to work against their own country. The
Washington Post,
a newspaper sympathetic to the neocon goal of American
hegemony and war with Iran, reported in 2007 that Bush
authorized spending more than $400 million for
activities that included
"supporting rebel
groups opposed to the country`s ruling clerics."

This makes the U.S. government a
"state sponsor of
terrorism."
For confirmation, one of the U.S. paid
operatives, who conducted terror operations in Iran, has
ratted on his terrorist supporters in Washington.
Abdulmalek Rigi, leader of the Baloch separatist group
responsible for several attacks, was recently arrested
by the Iranians. Rigi admitted that the Americans in
Washington assured him of unlimited military aid and
funding for waging an insurgency against the Islamic
Republic of Iran. (Read his confession

here.
)

Possibly Rigi was tortured into confession. It is the
American way. If the
"light of the
world,"
the
"indispensable people,"
and the
"shining city on
the hill"
tortures people, perhaps the Iranians do
as well. Rigi`s younger brother, himself on death row in
Iran, has said that the U.S. provided direct funding to
the separatist group and even ordered specific terrorist
attacks inside Iran (see Antiwar.com, Feb. 23, 2010 and
also  here
and

here
.)

The U.S. and its NATO puppets have been killing Afghan
women, children, and village elders since Oct. 7, 2001,
when the U.S. military invasion
"Operation Enduring Freedom," a proper Orwellian title for a
self-serving war of aggression, was launched. The U.S.
installed puppet president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai,
is bought and paid for with U.S. dollars.

The money that Washington gives Karzai finances the
corruption that supports him. Karzai`s corruption and
his treason against the Afghan people encourage the
Taliban to keep fighting in order to achieve a
government that serves Afghans instead of Washington,
D.C.  (Officials
puzzle over millions of dollars leaving Afghanistan by
plane for Dubai
, by Andrew Higgins,
Washington Post,
February 25, 2010.

Without the puppet Karzai selling out Afghans to
Washington, the U.S. would have already been driven out
of the country. With Karzai paying Afghans with American
money to fight Afghans for the Americans, the war drones
on into its ninth year.

Feminists, liberals, and naive American flag-wavers
will say that what is written here is utter rot, that
Americans are in Afghanistan to bring women`s rights and
birth control to Afghan women and to bring freedom,
democracy and progress to Afghanistan, even if it means
leveling every village, town and house in the country.
We, "the
indispensable people,"
are only there to do good,
because we care so much for the Afghan people who live
in a country that most Americans can`t find on a map.

While this collection of naïf`s rants on about America
"saving" Afghans from whatever, the White House and the Congress are
conspiring against the American people to cut $500
billion dollars out of Medicare in order to give the
money to private insurance companies. Jobless benefits
are about to run out for millions of Americans, whose
jobs have been moved offshore in order to make the rich
richer. The U.S. Senate failed on Friday, Feb. 26, to
extend jobless benefits. A single Republican Senator,
Jim Bunning of Kentucky, was able to block the bill
because it would cost a measly $10 billion and
"would add to the
budget deficit."

The "fiscally
responsible"
Bunning supports blank checks for wars
of aggression (war crimes under the Nuremberg standard),
and payoffs to investment banks for wrecking the
retirement plans of most Americans. Bunning sends the
bills to the unorganized and unrepresented Americans,
whose jobs have been stolen by corporate offshoring of
jobs and whose retirements have been stolen by the
endless greed of the Wall Street investment banks.

What fool believes that the U.S. government, which is
totally indifferent to the fate of its own citizens,
cares so much about Afghanistan that it will spend blood
and treasure to bring
"progress"
and "women`s
rights"
to a country half a world away, while it
drives its own citizens into the ground?

At Washington`s behest, the government of Pakistan is
conducting war against its own people, killing many and
forcing others to flee their homes and lands. The
Pakistani government`s war against its own citizens has
caused military expenses to soar, putting Pakistan`s
budget deep in the red. Deputy U.S. Treasury Secretary
Neal Wolin

ordered the Pakistani government to raise taxes
to
pay for the war against its own people. (The puppet
ruler, Asif Ali Zardari, complied with his American
master`s orders. Zardari declared a broad-based value
added tax on virtually all goods and most services in
Pakistan. Thus, Pakistanis are forced to finance a war
against themselves.

The "cakewalk
war"
in Iraq has lasted 7 years instead of the
promised 6 weeks, and the violence is still ongoing with
Iraqis killed and maimed nearly every day. The reason
Americans are still in Iraq is because the Iraqis hate
each other more than they hate the American invader. The
vast majority of the violence in
"the Iraq war" was committed between Iraqi Sunnis and Iraqi Shi`ites
as they cleansed one another from neighborhoods.

The majority Shi`ites regarded the American invasion
of Iraq as an opportunity to gain power over the
minority Sunnis, who ruled under Saddam Hussein.
Therefore, the Shi`ites never engaged the American
invading forces. The minority Sunnis (20 percent of the
population) gave most of their effort to fighting the
Shi`ite majority, but in their spare time a few thousand
Sunnis were able to inflict serious losses on the
American superpower.

Finally realizing the power of lucre in the Arab
world, the Americans put 80,000 Sunnis on the U.S.
military payroll and paid them to stop killing
Americans.

This is how the U.S. won the war in Iraq. Iraqis sold
out their independence for American dollars.

Considering that a few thousand Sunnis were able to
prevent superpower America from successfully occupying
Baghdad or much of Iraq, had the Shi`ites joined with
the Sunnis against the invaders, the U.S. would have
been defeated and driven out. This outcome was not
possible, because the Shi`ites wanted to settle the
score with the Sunnis, who had ruled them under Saddam
Hussein.

This is the reason that Iraq today is in ruins, with
one million dead, four million displaced or homeless,
and the professional class having fled the country.
Iraq, under the American puppet Maliki, is an American
protectorate.

As long as Muslims hate and fear one another more than
they hate their conquerors, they will remain a
vanquished people.

Paul Craig Roberts [email
him
] was Assistant
Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan`s
first term.  He was Associate Editor of the
Wall
Street Journal.  He has held numerous academic
appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair,
Center for Strategic and International Studies,
Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow,
Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was awarded
the Legion of Honor by French President Francois
Mitterrand. He is the author of


Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider`s Account of
Policymaking in Washington
;
 Alienation
and the Soviet Economy
and

Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy
,
and is the co-author
with Lawrence M. Stratton of


The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name
of Justice
. Click

here
for Peter
Brimelow`s
Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts
about the epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.
His latest bookHow The Economy Was Lost,

has just been published by CounterPunch/AK Press.