I haev read a very interesting post by excellent Italian blogger Paolo di Lautreamont which summarizes very well the situation lived today in Muslim countries:
The new Jihadi Islam’s limit is in Pakistan. The spring campaign in Afganistan was unsuccesful. Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a Taliban’s ally War-lord and opium trafficker, has announced his decision of funding exclusively a new political party, Hezb-i-islami, similar to Batasuna in Basque Country, Hezbollah in Lebanon or Hamas in Palestine.
The attention of the wahhabi strategists is now focused in Pakistan, a country with nuclear weapons. All of the Sunni Muslims will have to counterbalance the nuclear challenge of Teheran, without being dependant from Washington. As a result, Pakistan is one of the countries which are more at risk in the planet, with Iran and Russia, the latter considering itself the victim in a new reissue of the Cold War and considering as a second hand problem the conflict with the Islamic fundamentalism.
The detonators have been the “judicial revolt” and the problems with the Red Mosque. Yesterday 2 suicide terrorist attacks -in the south and in the north- have caused 32 victims, of which the greater part were policemen. Since the “battle” of the Mosque in Islamabad 140 people have been killed by terrorist attacks. The President Pervez Musharraf has proclaimed the Martial Law, after the attack against an office of the ex-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, in exile in London, the only opposition leader who has supported the attack against Red Mosque.
The use of religious structures as a military basis is -according to Daniel Pipes- a new way of war in Islam, after revolution, the cuop d’état and the civil war.L’utilizzo di strutture religiose come basi militari costituisce –sostiene Daniel Pipes- una nuova forma dell’islam di guerra, dopo la rivoluzione, il golpe e la guerra civile.
There are no differences between the guerrilla leaders which operate in Pakistan and the Taliban ideology. The Islam of the soul is dead after the assassination of the Afghan poet Sayd Bahodine Majrouh, in Peshawar on 1988. He was the author of « Songs of love and war » (Other press), which was dedicated to the pashtun women. For the people inside the Mosque, the Mussharraf’s attack is a shame which must be washed on blood. But the Pakistani Government defines the Taliban as “unbelievers“. And after the “liberation” of the Red Mosque, the effective chief of Al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has made a statemente against Musharraf. The president (no democrat, ça va sans dire) considered the mosque Lal Mashid as a “fortress which should be conquered by force”, and that was made with the support of the West and China (read L’Opinione of July 17th).
The Mosque of Islamabad, built in the 1980’s, is a part of the religious center built around the madrassa Jamia Hafsa. The Islamic school hosts 9000 students, most of which are women. The founder Maulana Abdullah was reveared because of his anti-Soviet preaching. Maulana Abdullah was murdered in 1998. His successors were his two sons Abdul Aziz and Rashid Ghazi: their ideology derives from the tradition of Deoband, in India. It is and alternative verssion of the “British” Islam: their foundators were inspired in a return to the “simplicity of the Prophet“, similar to Salafism.
The deobandit school has formed Taliban monk-soldiers since december whose dream was ended on 2001.
According to Roland Jacquard: “Al-Qaeda’s target is to desestabilize Pakistan to obtain Pakistani nuclear arsenal.… Since 1997, bin Laden had already spent great sums to corrupt some nuclear engineer and obtain the complicity of the generals and other members of the Pakistani secret service”. The Intelligence Service is independent. Born in 1948, the ISI is controlled in a little part by Musharraf and has been one of the architects of the uncomprehensible tolerance towards the rise of the Pakistani madrassas. Musharraf hislef has flirted with the Pakistani pro-Al-Qaeda party, the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA).
Aware of the explicit support of the MMA, and of the implicit one from ISI, the two sons of Maulana Abdullah have built (illegally) dozens of mosques and madrassas, have proceeded to give away books and videos, have closed businesses “deemed against Saria law“, have created the Brigades of the burqa, formed by veiled women and armed with bambou. Today Pakistan is divided in two.
By the way, the Chief Judge Iktifar Chaudry (right) which was expelled by Musharraf has been reinstated in his post. Musharraf has already said he respects the rulling and that he fully accepts it.