Islam used as smokescreen for greed

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There was a short period of time -- for about 10 years or so, after the partition of British India in 1947 and birth of the new state of Pakistan -- when the Pakistani nation was as secular in thought and practice as any advanced secular Muslim country in the world, such as Turkey and formerly Iran.

Those were the glorious years of nationwide industrialization and development in the country under the benign military rule of Field Marshal Ayub Khan, a graduate of Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. At that time, it was generally believed Pakistan was poised to become an economic Asian tiger in the region.

Things went awry when corrupt civilian politicians -- in cohort with some crafty Muslim clergy, who in turn were financed and supported by Saudi Arabian petro-dollars and their penchant for establishing thousands of seminaries in Pakistan -- produced brainwashed young men to fight and kill in the name of Islam.

In due course, they resorted to blackmail by suicide bombings and other forms of terrorism, especially against America. In reality, all this was not so much about Islam as about money, power and privilege.

Things became worse when Soviet Russia invaded Afghanistan, and dollars from America and Saudi Arabia started flooding the pockets of Afghan tribal leaders, village mullahs and Pakistani generals in the hope it would help stem the tide of terrorism against our country.

As it turns out, this policy proved counter-productive. Of the $1 billion a year spent on rebuilding Afghanistan, a sizable amount seeps into Pakistan, and has raised the cost of living a thousandfold. The bad guys have discovered how easy it is to milk the American cow by playing the Islamic card.

In their greed for easy money, these guys have sullied national character. The youth of the country is corrupted by the ill-gotten wealth their elders are getting their hands on so easily. They also are corrupted by depraved and proven criminals who have made it big in politics. The younger generation learns from its elders.

It is therefore no surprise when an amateurish young man called Faisal Shahzad -- now known as the "Broadway Bomber," age 30 and a naturalized U.S. citizen coming from an upper-class family in Pakistan, frustrated and broke -- tried to resolve his monetary problems by contacting the global jihadi movement, whose real jihad is for money from the U.S. administration.

Islam is only a smokescreen.

Zia Rehman


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Trey Enfantay
Trey Enfantay 05/17/10 - 03:10 am
A great letter, Zia, thanks.

A great letter, Zia, thanks. Remember where President Obama got his early elementary education...... Is it starting to become clearer now?

fd1962 05/17/10 - 07:26 am
Surely there is more to sixty

Surely there is more to sixty years of history and accomplishment than this Cliff-Note version?!

Nat the Cat
Nat the Cat 05/17/10 - 08:26 am
This entire Letter is a

This entire Letter is a "Smokescreen." The Terrorist attacks of 9/11 were not for money by Middle Eastern thugs. It was in the name of the great Muslim Prophet Mohammed and the great Muslim God Allah that over 3000 innocent American men, women and children were murdered by our own Civilian Aircraft.

aladienfadel 05/17/10 - 09:14 am
Apparently we need to know

Apparently we need to know the history and the politics of all Muslim majority countries in the world. This became necessary since we started to interfere politicaly and militarily in their countries. I do not recall any terrorist attacks by Muslims against America before 1990. Prior to that, it was Palestinians against Israel. The pattern is clear, every time the united states carry out military intervention in a country, terrorist attacks start from that country. It is not Islam against the west or against in the infidels. It is an automatic reaction for citizens to defend the country they belong to. Another observation is that terrorist attacks come from countries that are friendly with the united states. This is not strange because we are supporting oppressive regimes that does not represent their citizens.
It is time to leave these countries to clean their mess on their own. Democracy can not be achieved by foreign intervention.

TheFederalist 05/17/10 - 05:26 pm
"Democracy can not be

"Democracy can not be achieved by foreign intervention." Wow...either this poster is totally devoid of any historical information regarding, not only the USA's involvment in foreign countries, but other nations as well, and leaving behind a democratic system of government, or he is being disingenious. I guess one could even argue that Iraq is now democratic because of US intervention? Where do people come up with these notions?

Mr. President. DO YOUR JOB, and secure our borders!!!

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