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FTR #369 “Either Kashmir or Palestine!”

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The program continues discussion of the background of the attacks of 9/11 and sets forth some of the history of Islamofascism. (As noted in numerous programs, this is not to be misunderstood as characterizing Islam as fascist. There is a powerful fascist/Nazi presence in Islam that threatens not only the Islamic community, as well as humanity as a whole. The phenomenon of Islamofascism is a paramount element in For The Record programs concerning 9/11.)

1. The broadcast opens by noting that the Saudi Bin Laden Group (the family’s construction firm) began in 1931, just before Saudi Arabia itself coalesced as a sovereign nation. It is noteworthy, in that regard, that SBG’s legal counsel is Sullivan & Cromwell, the old Dulles law firm. Sullivan & Cromwell recently figured in attempts to weaken the Treasury Department’s money laundering rules. The Dulles brothers, the Saudi/Wahhabi/Petroleum kingdom, the Third Reich (in its above-ground and underground phases) and Sullivan & Cromwell have been inextricably linked with the development of the economic relationships underlying the events of 9/11. “The bin Laden family’s economic and financial empire was founded in the early part of the twentieth century by its patriarch, Mohammed Awad [Osama Bin Laden’s father]. Born in Hadramaut in Yemen, he moved to Saudi Arabia in 1928 and settled there. From very early on, the family was closely connected to King Abd al-Aziz, and involved in the emergence and formation of the Wahhabi kingdom. It was the king who helped the bin Ladens start their business by hiring them to do the construction work on part of the royal palace, and later exclusively giving them the job of renovating the holy sites in Mecca and Medina. This mutual trust gave the family hope for success in a kingdom that had yet to be developed. In 1931, Mohammed bin Laden founded the Saudi Binladin Group (SBG), or Bin-Ladin Organization, in Jeddah, and it quickly became one of the kingdom’s leading companies. Its close ties to the Saudi rulers also explain why the family’s business affairs were rarely decided by the ministries or during official meetings. There were no formal offers for the bin Ladens. Instead, contracts were drawn up directly by the king’s personal secretary, and authorized by royal decree. For several years, the group had been the official and exclusive contractor for the kingdom’s holy sites, as well as for Jerusalem’s holy sites until 1967.” The maneuvering taking place in the contemporary period in, and around, the land-mass known to the Nazi geopoliticians as the “Earth Island” has its foundation in ecopolitical dynamics that were evident in the 1930’s. This program seeks to illustrate some of that history. (Forbidden Truth; Jean-Charles Brisard & Guillaume Dasquie; Copyright 2002 [SC]; Thunder’s Mouth/Nation Books; ISBN 1-56025-414-9; pp. 105-106.)

2. In illustrating the evolution of the history of Islamofascism, this program utilizes the work of John Roy Carlson (real name Arthur Derounian.) The author of the book Undercover, among other titles, Carlson was a prominent anti-fascist investigative reporter in the 1940’s and 1950’s. In 1952, he published a book about the fascist/Islamic political connection that has great significance for today. That book, Cairo to Damascus highlights the Islamofascist political forces at work in what the Nazi geo-politicians called “the Earth Island”—the giant, contiguous land mass stretching from the Straits of Gibraltar through to the Pacific Ocean. More than half-a-century ago, the Grand Mufti presaged the Islamofascism which threatens the world today—from Palestine to Kashmir. “In February 1951 he suddenly reappeared in Karachi, Pakistan to meet old friends who had supported his cause in Iraq and to preside over a twelve-day World Moslem Congress. In a typical inflammatory address, he called for a ‘full struggle’ by the Moslems ‘to meet the aggressor’—meaning, in this instance, the non-Moslem Hindus of India. He assured the delegates: ‘We shall meet next with sword in hand on the soil of either Kashmir or Palestine.’” (Cairo to Damascus; John Roy Carlson; Copyright 1951 by John Roy Carlson; Published by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.; ISBN 51-11068; p. 423.)

3. The program reviews the subsequent development of the WMC, after the “Grossmufti’s” 1951 address to that organization. “A few years later, the WMC, then headed by Pakistani Dr. Inamullah Kahn, mailed Holocaust-denial literature to every member of the U.S. Congress and the British Parliament. The WMC’s official mouthpiece, Muslim World, carried the ads for The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and Henry Ford’s The International Jew. . . . Dr. Khan also served as an advisor to the Saudi Arabian royal family, which lavished funds on the WMC. In addition, the Saudi Arabian government retained the services of American neo-nazi William Grimstead as a Washington lobbyist. . . Soon, the World Muslim Congress began working closely with U.S. intelligence and Pakistani military officials, who were covertly supporting the Afghan mujahideen in their fight against the Soviet-installed regime in Kabul. This effort was strongly endorsed by Dr. Khan, who served for many years as the Pakistani representative of the Nazi-infested World Anti-Communist League, which played an important role in the Reagan administration’s ‘secret war’ in the Golden Crescent.” (The Beast Reawakens; Martin A. Lee; Copyright 1997 [HC]; Little, Brown & Co.; ISBN 0-316-51959-6; pp. 225-226.)

4. Next, the program relates Carlson’s interview with Hassan el-Banna, the founder and Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, one of the principal Islamofascist elements underlying the development of the Al Qaeda milieu. “All that I had learned about Hassan el Banna and the unquestioned loyalty he inspired in his cutthroats only whetted my desire my desire to meet him. It proved more difficult than I expected, because of his deep hatred of ‘Europeans.’ Finally one day, accompanied by my friend Gamal, I walked into Ikhwan headquarters for my audience with the Supreme Guide.” (Cairo to Damascus; p. 91.)

5.The Muslim Brotherhood advocates a totalitarian, Islamic theocracy. “‘The Koran should be Egypt’s constitution, for there is no law higher than Koranic law,” the Moorshid began. ‘We seek to fulfill the lofty, human message of Islam, which has brought happiness and fulfillment to mankind in centuries past. Ours is the highest ideal, the holiest cause and the purest way. Those who criticize us have fed from the tables of Europe. They want to live as Europe has taught them—to dance, to drink, to revel, to mix the sexes openly and in public.’” (Ibid.; pp. 91-92.)

6. “I asked his views on establishing the caliphate, the complete merger of Church and State—the Moslem equivalent of religious totalitarianism, as in Spain.” (Idem.)

7. “‘We want an Arabian United States with a caliphate at its head and every Arab state subscribing wholeheartedly to the laws of the Koran. We must return to the Koran, which preaches the good life, which forbids us to take bribes, to cheat, to kill one’s brother. The laws of the Koran are suitable for all men at all times to the end of the world. This is the day and this is the time when the world needs Islam most.’” (Idem.)

8. The Islamist viewpoint has much in common with right-wing Christian reaction—in the early 1950s and today. “I could not help making a mental note that the word ‘Christian’ has been similarly used and with similar fanaticism among Western exponents of authoritarianism.” (Idem.)

9. “‘We are not eager to have a parliament of the representatives of the people,’ the Supreme guide continued, ‘or a cabinet of ministers, unless such representatives and ministers are Koranic Moslems. If we do not find them, then we must ourselves serve as the parliament. Allah and the religious councils will limit our authority so that no one has to fear dictatorship. We aim to smash modernism in government and society. In Palestine, our first duty as Moslems is to crush Zionism, which is Jewish modernism. It is our patriotic duty. The Koran commands it.’” (Idem.)

10. “He was silent, and then nodded, to indicate the interview was over.” (Idem.)

11. Illustrating another element of continuity between the Islamofascism of Carlson’s day and that of today, the broadcast reviews material concerning the board of directors of Al Taqwa, an Islamofascist institution targeted by the Treasury Department as a supporter of Al Qaeda. Among the luminaries on this list is “Hassan el-Banna.” “Included on the list are Yousuf Abdullah Al-Qaradawi, the grand mufti of the United Arab Emirates, and five members of his family; Mariam Al-Sheikh A. Bin Aziz Al-Mubarak of a branch of the Kuwaiti royal family; and members of the prominent Khalifeh family of the United Arab Emirates. Sisters Huta and Iman Binladen, who live in Saudi Arabia, and Hassan el-Banna, a leader of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood group, are listed.” (“Shareholders in the Bank of Terror?” by Lucy Komisar; Salon; 3/15/2002; p. 2.)

12. Next, the program discusses Yugoslavian Muslims who fought alongside the Third Reich. The Grand Mufti recruited Bosnian Muslims for the Third Reich and, as can be seen here, some of the Yugoslav Islamofascists joined the Mufti in the attempt to annihilate Israel during the 1948 war of independence. One of the Balkan veterans fighting with the Arabs was Stefan Meyer. “He had been caught by the English on a submarine off Italy and imprisoned in various camps. Finally, he and another German, a captain in the Wehrmacht, had escaped. They had been fighting with the Arabs since then. He and other Germans had fought in Katamon in Jerusalem (confirming Israeli disclosures that instructions had been found there in German). I noted that Stefan was well-dressed and smoked expensive cigarettes.” (Ibid.; p. 396.)

13. Meyer’s relatively luxurious lifestyle suggests that his financing came from a source other than the Arabs, themselves. “‘I don’t receive money from any Arabs. Someone else gives it when I need it,’ he said. ‘You will meet many Germans here. We have headquarters here and in Beirut. There are also many Yugoslav Moslems here. Some of them are living in a mosque. I will introduce you to them. Yugoslavs and Germans are everywhere in the Syrian army.” (Idem.)

14. Another Yugoslav veteran of the Third Reich fighting alongside the Mufti was Keil Zanovitch. “After Stefan’s glowing introduction, Keil became friendly. He told me had served under Nazi General Hans Guderian, and fought in Smolensk and Stalingrad. Later he had joined quisling Pavelich. Keil was a career militarist, an expert trainer and technician, and was engaged in that capacity in the Syrian army.” (Note that Ante Pavelitch was the leader of the Croatian Ustachi, the brutal fascists that fought alongside Hitler.) (Ibid.; p. 404)

15. In a drinking session with Meyer, Zanovitch and one of their associates, Carlson noted the continuity between the 1930s in Germany and the postwar period in the Middle East. “My head reeled. Where was I—in Berlin? What year was this—1938? Was Hitler really dead? I recalled that the Arab with whom I was sitting had taken part in the abortive 1941 Nazi putsch in Iraq. Caught by the British, he had been imprisoned in South Africa, had escaped, and eventually had been made military commander in Jerusalem by the Grand Mufti, with whom he had conspired in Baghdad.” (Idem.)

16. As tensions between the United States and Iraq escalate, it is worth remembering that Saddam Hussein’s political heritage is rooted in the pro-Axis uprising the Grand Mufti engineered in 1941. One of the players in the scenario described here (not mentioned by name in Carlson’s account) was Saddam Hussein’s uncle and political mentor, Khairallah al-Tulfah. “Haj Amin spent two years as a fugitive in Lebanon and Syria, then suddenly turned up in Baghdad, where Iraq’s pro-German Arabs vied with one another to entertain him. The Iraqi Parliament voted him a grant of $72,000. He received funds from the Iraqi Secret Service. Under a check-off system all Iraqi officials and civil servants paid him a percentage of their salaries. Funds flowed in from various political and charitable groups. Gifts were received from Egypt and Ibn Saud, King of Saudi Arabia. The Mufti was also financed heavily by the Nazis and the Italians.” (One of Ibn Saud’s good friends and associates was Mohammad Bin Laden.) (Ibid.; p. 415.)

17. “Haj Amin lavished huge funds on the men he had placed in office, and gained enormous influence over Iraqi officials, army generals, police chiefs. He controlled major appointments; he whipped up Axis sentiment among the illiterate and fanatical masses for a Jehad against the Allied cause, and otherwise perfected his fifth column machine. Against this background Axis propaganda itself was intensified. Germany was set up as a ‘savior to the Moslem world,’ and Hitler was touted as ‘a descendant of the Prophet, the enemy of the Jews and the British, the Protector of Islam’ who was devoting himself to the establishment of an Arab federation free from British control. Serving as virtually the uncrowned king of Iraq, the Mufti was now ready to write Hitler proposing ‘collaboration in all spheres.’” (Ibid.; pp. 415-416.)

18. “According to a New York Times report, captured German documents later revealed that an agent of the Abwehr, the dreaded nazi counter-espionage and sabotage unit of the Wehrmacht , arrived in Baghdad, disguised as a Rumanian businessman, ‘to carry on relations with the Mufti and prepare for [the] uprising.’” (Ibid.; p. 417.)

19. “On April 21, 1941, under the Mufti’s direction, the Iraqi politician, Rashid Ali el Khailani, with the aid of generals controlling the army, staged a coup against the Iraq government, forced the regent to flee, and made himself prime minister. King Farouk of Egypt and Riad el Solh, later Lebanon’s prime minister, sent messages of encouragement. Forthwith, the Mufti issued a fatwa—the summons to a holy war.” (Idem.)

20. “It was a critical hour for the Allies. With Iraq in Nazi hands, the next Axis step would be to cut off the Allies’ Middle East oil suplies, block off allied aid to the U.S.S.R., isolate British armies in the Middle East, and bring a junction of the German and Japanese forces somewhere in Asia, sealing the Allied fate.” (Ibid.; p. 418.)

21. The struggle underway in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s is the same struggle underway today, from Kashmir to Palestine. “In February 1951 he suddenly reappeared in Karachi, Pakistan to meet old friends who had supported his cause in Iraq and to preside over a twelve-day World Moslem Congress. In a typical inflammatory address, he called for a ‘full struggle’ by the Moslems ‘to meet the aggressor’—meaning, in this instance, the non-Moslem Hindus of India. He assured the delegates: ‘We shall meet next with sword in hand on the soil of either Kashmir or Palestine.’” (Cairo to Damascus; John Roy Carlson; p. 423.)

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