Date: 20 Feb 2009




From Narain Kataria, New York

The world is under siege.  This siege has been laid by radical Islamists.  Radical Islamists believe in the holy war – Jihad, a pure and simple terrorism.  Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini had said:  “Holy war (jihad) means the conquest of all non-Muslim territories.”  Islamic groups use jihad to achieve the political dominance of the entire globe.  

Jihad is a doctrine of permanent warfare.  It is to be continued in every country wherever Muslims live.  It is incumbent on jihadists to slaughter the unbelievers, kidnap and rape their women, enslave their children, all for the simple reason that they do not believe in Allah, Koran and Mohammed.  Another Islamic scholar Syed Abul A'ala Maudoodi, founder of the Jamaat-e-Islami proclaimed:  “The goal of Islam is to rule the entire world and submit all of the mankind to the faith of Islam.  Any nation or power that gets in the way of that goal, Islam will fight and destroy it.”  

Shaikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, who planned the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993, funneled these words to his fellow faithfuls:  “Oh, you Muslims everywhere, sever the ties of their nation, tear them apart, ruin their economy, instigate against their corporations, destroy their embassies, attack their interests, sink their ships, and shoot down these airplanes.   Kill them in land, at sea, and in the air, kill them wherever you find them.” (Babbin, in the Words of Our Enemies, p. 60) 

Radical Islamists are very honest when they talk about their vision of future of Islam.  They are forthright when they say that their aim is to establish Caliphate – means rule of Allah - all over the world.  The concept of Caliphate has stirred the imagination of radical Islamists.  Caliphate existed from 632 to 1924 when the last remnant of Caliphate was abolished in Turkey by Mustafa Kamal Pasha.

In Germany 73%, in Poland 77%, in India 73%, in Russia 71%, in U.S. 67% and in Canada 61% people believe that Islam is the most violent religion.

In view of the above sample exhortations from the Muslim leaders, the question arises: “Should we believe in the sanctimonious rhetoric that Islam is a peaceful religion? Can we counter the religious bigotry and obscurantism by dilettantism?  Will the liberal intelligentsia that believes in political correctness succeed in handling radical Islamists extolling the virtues of violence and savagery?  Will the willful prevarication of left-leaning political class save us from the impending doom and imminent disaster?” 

There are more than 57 Islamic countries in the world.  In the arc extending from Cairo to Jakarta, India and Israel are the only two credible non-Moslem democracies.  Israel is completely surrounded by Moslem nations.  Islamic nations are just waiting for an opportunity to destroy, annihilate and erase Israel’s existence from the face of Earth.

History is testimony to the fact that Moslems forcibly wrested one third of India from Hindus at the time of Partition in 1947.  In 1974, Moslem nation Turkey, militarily invaded Cyprus and forcibly created a Moslem state in it. Moslems have transformed Lebanon from the Christian majority state to the one that is Moslem majority.  A brand new Muslim nation of Kosovo has been planted in the heart of Europe.

George W. Bush, in his State of Union Address on Jan. 29, 2002, in order to describe governments that he accused of helping terrorism coined the term “Axis of Evil”.  President Bush named Iran, Iraq and North Korea. But in the changed circumstances, the term “Axis of Evil” can be modified and extended to Iran, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

Iran is covertly developing nuclear weapons.  Fox News recently reported that Iran is capable of producing nuclear bomb this year.  Iran has acquired BM25 land-mobile missiles with a range of 3500 km that can strike targets in Europe.  It is testing ballistic missiles designed to destroy the American cities.  In addition to that Iran is surreptitiously supplying the rockets, missiles and other dangerous weapon systems to Hamas and Hizbollah in Lebanon.   

Saudi Arabia is building mosques all over the world.  These mosques then run Madrasas.  Madrasas are the factories for manufacturing terrorists.  Terrorists are systematically trained in Pakistan by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Agency (ISI) and then exported all over the world to kill the infidels (again, infidels are those 4.5 billion non-Muslim humans on globe that do not believe in Allah, Koran and Mohammad).  Thus, ISI, the Pakistan’s official intelligence agency is waging a jihad against the infidel India and is using the nuclear weapons to blackmail her.

In that country, which is more than 99% Islamic, the thorough cleansing of religious minorities has already been completed.  Fuelled by petro-dollars from Saudi Arabia and emboldened by Pakistan’s Islamic bomb, Islamists are on a march to establish Caliphet and impose Sharia (Islamic law) on all of us.  China’s direct military help to Pakistan, Russia’s similar help to Iran and other Arab nations has further increased the appetite of Jihadists to achieve their dream of Islamic domination over the Western Europe, America and India.

Saudi Arabia is notorious for being a big funding source for the hate-filled extremist ideologies.  A few years ago Saudi Arabia’s ruler King Fahd had himself ordered a fundraising in the amount of $100 million for families of Palestinian terrorists.  According to a State Department report, the Saudi Arabian donors are a primary source of funding to the terrorist outfit Hamas in Lebanon.  Wealthy Saudi Arabians who are closely related to the King have been bankrolling extremism through various charitable contributions.  Again, according to another State Department report, Al Qaeda is a constant fundraising machine; the country from where it raises the most is, indisputably, the Saudi Arabia.

Pakistan has become not only the laboratory of radical Islam but it also is a major sponsor of terrorism.  The political disintegration of Pakistan is not only central to winning the war on terror, but also  essential for a stable peace in the South Asia.  Pakistan uses terrorism as a tool of its foreign policy.  The Pakistani politicians are very shrewd and cunning by nature and design.  They meticulously follow the strategy established by Prophet Mohammed in the Treaty of Al-Hudaybiyah in 628 – to buy time and build the military strength. 

On one hand, the Pakistan administration has been maintaining the façade of working closely with United States in fighting Taliban terrorists in Afghanistan, and on the other most of its core commanders aid, abet and hobnob with the Jihadists to advance the cause of Islam.  In the process, they have fleeced the American taxpayers tens of billions of dollars.  In order to fool the US, once in a while, they arrest some poor Moslem guy, declare the arrest of a leading local commander of some militant group, give wide publicity to the fabricated event and hoodwink US.  Pakistan is the true epicenter of terrorism in world, as well as the breeding ground of future hard-core terrorists.

Addressing a meeting at Asia Society, Salman Rushdie, the famous Booker award novelist said:  The headquarters of the Al Qaeda, the headquarters of the Taliban, the headquarters of Lashkar-e-Taiba, the headquarters of Jaish-e-Mohammad are in the world’s center of terrorism – Pakistan.

Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, addressing the conference organized by Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) in New York at New York Palace Hotel said that he was worried about the Islamic Jihad developing in India.  

There is a growing concern in the world that nuclear Pakistan will inevitably assist other radical Islamist countries and groups, including those that have targeted Israel, to develop their own nuclear weapons. 

It is important to remember that the same ideology that caused the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York, 11/26/2008 massacres in Mumbai, 7/7/2005 attacks on London’s public transport network, 3/11/2004 Madrid train bombing, 9/1/2004 merciless murder of school children at Beslan, Russia, 3/5/2003 terror blast in Bali, Indonesia, has in the last ten years resulted in the murder of thousands of Indians (mostly Hindus) in hundreds of terror incidents.

In 1940’s we defeated Nazism.  A few decades later, we smashed Communist ideology.  In the 21st century, however, we are confronted with a deceitful, hateful and the most dangerous enemy who has entrenched itself in our midst.  At approximately 22% of the global population, the Islamists are determined to impose their ideology on the remaining 78% gullible but peace-loving citizens of world!  

If we look at it carefully, it is really not that difficult to defeat the diabolical designs of our enemies who use sophistry and subterfuge.  We know that, in the past, Islam had touched the nadir of humiliation in 732 at the hands of Charles Mortell, the defender of Europe, at the Battle of Tours.  Again in 1971 Bangladesh War, valiant Indian forces lead by Zoroastrian Field Marshal Manekshaw, Jewish General J.F.R. Jacob, and Sikh Lt.-Gen. Jagjit Singh Arora made East Pakistanis sheepishly surrender at Dacca.  The brave Indian commanders captured over 90,000 Moslem soldiers as prisoners-of-war, who foolishly and mistakenly believed the Islamic propaganda that they did indeed belong to an invincible “marshal race!”  In the situation, the defeated Pakistani soldiers had to beg for mercy. 

Islamists have plans to plant the Islamic flag on White House, 10 Downing Street, New Delhi and other major capitals of the world.  America is the military superpower.  India has the manpower, brains and technology.  Israel has a clear-cut strategy to overpower the Islamists, as also understands their dreadful, inhumane ideology.  

For the sake of the survival of human civilization, freedom, liberty and democracy, it is imperative that these democracies devise strategies in cooperation with UK, France, Russia and other victims of Islamism, to extirpate the threat to our existence. 

In order to avert the looming catastrophe of unprecedented magnitude, it is absolutely essential that we give up squeamishness, apathy and pusillanimity.  Apocalyptic annihilation is staring us in our eyes.  We can ignore it only at our own peril!

*The author is the President of Indian American Intellectuals Forum, a New York based association.  It organizes seminars and holds public meeting with a view to spread an awareness about the menace of terrorism.