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Sorran Arasan | Exclusive to Ekurd.net
Terrorist has not been made just by Saudis
“but let’s not let diplomatic niceties keep us from pointing to the insidious role that Saudi Arabia plays in sowing instability, and, for that matter, in tarnishing the image of Islam worldwide.
The truth is that Saudi leaders do far more to damage Islam than Trump and Cruz can do.
The much better reason to be concerned with Saudi Arabia is that it has promoted extremism, hatred, misogyny and the Sunni, Shiite divide that is now playing out in a Middle East civil war.
Saudi Arabia should be renamed the Kingdom of Backwardness”.
By Nicholas Kristof April 20, 2016 The New York Times.
Briefly, Wahhabism is a radical and exclusionist branch of Islam and has been Saudi Arabia’s dominant faith since 18th century.
This puritanical form of Islam, founded by Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab, is an austere, strict and uncompromising form of Islam that believe in a literal interpretation of Quran and an unchangeable doctrine of oneness/unity of of God, tawheed, as the sole creator and the only object of worship.
Any violation of the doctrine, tawheed, is regarded as polytheism or idolatry and deserves to be punished by death.
True Wahhabism believe those who do not practice their interpretation of Islam are heathen and enemies.
Wahhabism as a messianic radicalism hopes to restore a fantasized Caliphate centered on a desert, a sacred book, and two holy states, Mecca and Medina.
Emerged in massacre and blood and the fancy of eternity life in paradise after death, it manifests itself in a surreal relationship with women, against non-Muslims treading on sacred territory and savage Sharia laws.
This radical ideology bears an obsessive hatred of imagery, changes, enlightening and consequently arts, nakedness and freedom.
Saudi Arabia, an ISIS that has made it, an essay by Kamel Daoud, translated by John Cullen from French.
“Black Daesh white Daesh”
“The former slits throats, kills, stones, cuts off hands, destroys humanity’s common heritage and despises archeology, women and non-Muslims.
The later is better dressed and neater but does the same things, The Islamic State; Saudi Arabian.
In its struggle against terrorism the west wages war on one, but shakes hands with the others.
This is a mechanism of denial, and denial has a price.
Preserving the famous strategic alliance with Saudi Arabia at the risk of forgetting that the Kingdom also relies on an alliance with a religious clergy that produces, legitimizes, spreads, preaches and defends Wahhabism, the ultra puritanical form of Islam that Daesh feeds on”.
The reading goes on “They were not born jihadist they were stickled in the bosom of Fatwa Valley with a waste industry that produces books and aggressive editorial policies and media campaigns.
There are thousands of Islamic newspapers that impose a unitary vision of the world, tradition and clothing on the public spaces on the wording of the government’s laws and on the ritual of a society they deem to be contaminated”.
That’s correct; billions of dollars spent annually on these kind of propaganda.
The aim groups of these type of propagandas are vulnerable people having affinity to be radicalized because of their socio- economic background, beside that they may even have the epigenetic, which can be inherited, that make them to be stickled in the bosom of Fatwa Valley easy.
Yet, another reason which has been crucial in helping the Fatwa Valley to create a marked, an environment and consumers for their rubbish has been the western intervention in the region.
This intervention has been based on selfishness, monopoly power, arrogance and one-way interest, instead of collaboration based on respect, human right, human integrity and mutual interests.
This self centered policy with economic benefits and executive powers as it’s core requires stability and the West wrongly has thought, and still thinks, it has been able to establish and maintain it by supporting dictators and corrupt regimes like Saudi, Iran, Turkey etc.
The puritanical and uncompromised ideology of Wahhabism with oneness God, tawheed, as it’s core can’t be the main problem in the long term, this kind of ideology is self destructing, you can live in the 6th century for ever.
To be realistic the main threats to democracy, stability, peace, human rights etc.
on one side, are Shiite regime like Khomeini’s, Sunni muftis, leaders like Erdogan and the Shaikh of Arab world who on one hand create and support terrorist organizations like IS, Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq and Hezbollah and on other hand are allied with Putin or the West, this people never will or can think of a radical change.
And on the other side, the policy of West in the ME.
The sum of the mentioned reasons works as a fuel system for the machinery of Wahhabism and other extreme ideologies that produce and defend IS and other terrorist organizations.
Human behavior, a product of her psychological development?
The developmental psychologists Erik Eriksson used term epigenetic principle in his book identity: Youth and crisis (1968) and used it to encompass the notion that we develop through an unfolding of our personality in predetermined stage, and that our environment and surrounding culture influence how we progress through these stages.
This biological unfolding in relation to our socio-cultural setting is done in stages of psychosocial development, where progress through each stage is in part determined by our success, or lack of success, in all the previous stages.
The term epigenetics refers to heritable changes in gene expression, active versus inactive genes, that does not involve changes to the underlying DNA sequences; a change in phenotype without a change in genotype.
This in turn affects how cells read the genes.
Epigenetic change is a regular and natural occurrence but can also be influenced by several factors including age, the environment, lifestyle, and disease state.
At least three systems include DNA methylation, histone modification and non-coding RNA associated gene silencing are currently considered to initiate and sustain epigenetic change.
Gene expression is the process by which information from a gene is used in producing functional gene products like proteins.
Knowing that proteins are essential in how brain cells response to different events and designing our communication with the environment and knowing that proteins are a functional product of genes then we can easier understand the importance of epigenetic which in turn is influenced by lifestyle and environment.
It is quite popular to say that the terrorists are not born as Jihadist, but if we believe that epigenetic is heritable (for that matter even other genetic changes caused by environment and lifestyle) then we may argue that the jihadists possibly inherited the tendency to be fundamentalists from their parents who actually were not jihadists themselves but passed down the ability to their children.
And these children grow up in an environment that in turn pave the way for them to be radicalized.
In other words, these individuals may have the predisposition to be radicalized.
It is essential to understand the possibility that epigenetic changes in grandparents of jihadists may have been affected, at least partially, by the environments and lifestyles that in turn have been created by the long times conflicts between ME and West, therefor it is important to mention some crucial historical events which might have major impacts on shaping the relations/conflicts between ME and West (see part VII).
But one should bear in mind; in this regard, at least, two questions are indispensable: can epigenetic, or other genetic changes as a result of environment and lifestyle, have influence on mankind’s behavior and her obsessive hostility towards others? Is there any connection, relation or association between these environmental, lifestyle changes and backwardness, progress or modernization of a society? Although, answering these questions is not an easy (and may be impossible) task they should still be asked.
But, our duties as intellectuals, human rights activists, politicians etc.
are working for a genuine and friendly fundamental environment as a basic ground for equilibrium model of relationship with respect for mutual interests, instead of defending a colonial relationship like Sykes-Picot agreement which inevitably requires, mourning Saddam, and supporting dictators like him.
Sorran Arasan, a specialist physician in eye diseases Sweden.
He is a senior contributing writer for Ekurd.net. This is part 6 of a 8-part series titled “West still mourning Saddam Hussein!”, see below.
The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own.
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Other parts of the series
West still mourning Saddam Hussein! – Part VI (September 14, 2017)
West still mourning Saddam Hussein! – Part V (August 31, 2017)
West still mourning Saddam Hussein! – Part IV (August 21, 2017)
West still mourning Saddam Hussein! – Part III (August 9, 2017)
West still mourning Saddam Hussein! – Part II (July 29, 2017)
West still mourning Saddam Hussein! - Part I (July 24, 2017)