The diary of a Saudi man, currently living in the United Kingdom, where the Religious Police no longer trouble him for the moment.
In Memory of the lives of 15 Makkah Schoolgirls, lost when their school burnt down on Monday, 11th March, 2002. The Religious Police would not allow them to leave the building, nor allow the Firemen to enter.
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
The War on Terrorism - Let's Get Real
I'll have a lot more to say on this subject as time goes on, but for the time being let me offer a few personal observations.
1. The invasion of Afghanistan got rid of the Talibaan regime, which was good. However it more or less stopped in Kabul, and Osama bin Laden is still somewhere over there watching satellite TV and enjoying the scenes of devastation as they appear in Bali, Madrid, London and who knows where else. Meanwhile the US and its allies sent its huge armed forces into Iraq, which, although ruled by a psychotic with little regard for human life, was no great threat outside its own frontier, and in that respect was little different from Zimbabwe or Uzbekistan, apart from their lack of oil. In doing so they have transformed that drab and dull country into a true Disneyland for wannabe Jihadis. The bored, unemployed and gullible youth of Saudi Arabia have been flocking across the border in search of excitement, danger and the chance to go to Paradise. The Iraqi insurgents, who are certainly not stupid, have been more than happy to allow this seemingly-endless supply of morons to kill themselves as suicide bombers, while the Iraqis themselves do the hi-grade stuff like remotely-detonating roadside bombs and firing anti-tank weapons.
Now President Bush isn't the brightest star in the sky, but I've always credited Prime Minister Blair with having a few more brain cells, and it might gradually dawn on the pair of them that: - they haven't even won a single battle in the War on Terror - they have created more terrorists than they have killed - getting rid of Saddam Hussein is only worthwhile if you can guarantee that his regime will be replaced by one that is universally respected, can control the country by itself, and is not run by a bunch of loony imams; there seems to be no guarantee of that at the moment - there might be more benefit by redeploying their troops to where they can actually fight terrorists, not create them - parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan would be a start. - there might be even more benefit in using their intelligence forces to penetrate terrorist organisations, instead of using them as stooges to produce concocted evidence of "Weapons of Mass Destruction" and other nonsense.
2. The real seed-corn of Islamic terrorism is the hatred that is spewed out in mosques and madrassas throughout the world. They feed on real or imagined grievances in Iraq, Palestine, or Chechnya, but if those didn't exist they'd go looking for others, because there is a certain faction of my co-religionists who sincerely believe that Islam is destined to become the One and Only True Religion of the World. Cut the oxygen off from them and we'll start to cut out the cancer rather than just deal with the symptoms. And that will involve, amongst other things, being not very nice to Saudi Arabia.
3. Being very close to the English and the recent events in London has reminded me what nice people they are, but it really is time for "no more Mr. Nice Guy". These are a people who will apologize to you if you bump into them, and it's really your fault. There is a substantial proportion of the UK population who are still concerned about not upsetting the Muslim community here, for example by targetting young Asian men for searches. Well, I have three thoughts on that: - it's the Muslim community who should be worried about not upsetting the majority, not vice-versa. It's the majority who are getting blown up, and they don't find it funny. - the suicide bombers have so far been young Asian men, not Scotsmen in kilts or heavily pregnant ladies with small children. It therefore seems a sensible use of police time to concentrate on the former and not the latter. - they shouldn't let anybody in, and then take an age to expel people who shouldn't be here. They could actually learn something from Saudi Arabia in that respect, or better still, Australia.