Apr 07, 2016 09:00 UTC

Last time we briefly discussed the Saudi role in besmirching the image of justice-seeking and liberating Islam represented by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The 8-year war imposed against Iran by the US through its puppet Saddam was the climax of the alliance of the Arab reactionary regimes, especially the regime in Riyadh, against the Islamic Iran. However, they paid dearly for this alliance and cooperation. Failing to achieve even a single goal of the 8-year war, Saddam was forced to withdraw and recognize the international borders. But then this frustrated ruler of the Ba’ath party occupied Kuwait to cover up its failures.

None of the events of past decades could serve as a lesson to the Arab regimes led by the Saudis. They continue considering the Islamic Republic as their enemy and leave no stone unturned to deal blow on Iran. The United States and other enemies of the Islamic Republic have played serious role in creating the climate of Iranophobia and hatred of Iran in the region. This hatred and conflict has persisted in economic, military, political and cultural spheres. The arsenals of the Arab regimes, especially those of the Saudi regime, are brim with the US and European arms. As for the political front, the Saudis and their accomplices have toed the US line to isolate the Islamic Republic. With regard to the cultural front, the al Saud tried to depict a twisted image of Islam to put hindrances against the growth of lofty values of Islam represented by the Islamic Republic of Iran. In view of this, the Wahhabi regime in Riyadh exerted its utmost to invest huge amount of petrodollars to build Madrasahs in different Islamic countries to recruit Muslims, especially the young generation, to the backward and barbaric teachings of Wahhabism. The outcome of such Madrasahs in Afghanistan and Pakistan were the Taliban and al-Qaeda as the generators of terrorist groups under the guise of Islam. Taliban launched its offensive against the government of Mujahedin in Afghanistan in 1996 and dominated over large parts of the country with the help of the Pakistani spying service.

The Taliban and al-Qaeda forces imposed medieval rule in the villages and cities of the occupied Afghanistan. The girls were banned from going to school and the men had to avoid shaving or cutting their beards. Women had to wear burkas in public. Usage of many tools and appliances was prohibited. Although such a barbaric and medieval rule dominated over Afghanistan, few of the Western governments was ready to condemn its inhumane acts. Even some of the leaders of Taliban would commute to the Arab and Western capitals. The acts of Taliban with the support of the Saudi regime and Pakistan were not concealed to the Western regimes especially the United States. Yet, since these acts were all in line with the Western objectives, the Westerners turned a blind eye to the crimes committed by the savage members of Taliban and al-Qaeda. If a single act of the kind were done in the West or an ally of the West, their propaganda horns would kick up a wide ballyhoo at the political and media atmosphere. This was because Taliban helped the Westerners depict a totally tarnished image of Islam to the people in Europe and America vs. the justice-seeking, peace-loving and liberating wave of the Islamic Republic of Iran. In such circumstances, al-Qaeda led by Osama bin Laden was active in Afghanistan with the support of the Pakistani secret service. These conditions went on till the suspicious 9/11 events. Those events set the ground for pushing forward the schemes of the US and its allies in the region under the guise of war on terror. In less than a month, the warmongering US president George W. Bush issued the order of assaulting Afghanistan on October 7.

The United States invaded Iraq on March 20, 2003. Of course, the Iraq war couldn’t be launched with the pretext of combating terrorism. Hence, a new justification was forged: this time to find and obliterate the Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. The measures and decisions of the American warlords in Iraq prepared the ground for the formation of one of the greatest terrorist groups, namely, Daesh. It was first announced to be a branch of al-Qaeda. But the outfit separated from al-Qaeda as it ceased to follow the al-Qaeda leadership. Iraq, just like Afghanistan, became the nexus of the interests of the Arab and Western regimes. The Saudi regime, which was seriously concerned over formation of a Shia-majority government in Iraq, put creation of crisis in the country on top its agenda. Thus, a deep link was shaped between the Ba’athists and Takfiri-terrorist groups. People with extremist ideas entered Iraq to fight the US but in practice they would target civilians with their suicide operations. The Iraqi markets and districts of, particularly the Shia-inhabited areas, were mostly victimized by these savage acts.

The most important point to note is the role of the US and Western regimes in moulding, supporting and continuation of the activities of terrorist groups in West Asia and Islamic countries. The Takfiri terrorist outfit Daesh is among the Salafi Jihadi groups and tries to set up the so-called “Islamic Caliphate” in Syria and Iraq. The group was shaped in Iraq on October 15, 2006 after a meeting among a number of the armed groups. During the session, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was appointed as the ringleader of the terrorist outfit. Next time we will discuss the issue further.