Taliban: America Harnesses “Islamic Organisations”
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Political Observation - Clarifications on America’s Harnessing of “Islamic Organisations”
First: One of the requirements of political perception is exploring issues and events according to their circumstances, avoiding logic, and abstaining from generalisation or analogy, except by way of reminding, familiarising, elucidating, and cautioning, lest the Muslim should be stung from the same hole twice. America smoothed the path of the “Islamic” movements to accede to power or partake in it when the Arab Spring erupted amid a situation that had its own context and geopolitical scope, namely the Greater Middle East Initiative (GMEI) which stipulated dismantling and restructuring the region. This made it inevitable for America to harness the Islamic movements to regulate the dynamism of the masses, vent their anger, and void their resentment, considering they were the more influential tools of amassing, mobilising, motivating, steering and controlling the masses during the extremely delicate process of dismantling and reproducing the regimes.
In this regard, the US harnesses the Islamic movements through either vertical infiltration i.e., leaderships, or horizontal infiltration i.e., training, establishing, and polarising, or through subjugation and exploitation. All this for the sake of containing the sides that may stray from the path and controlling the fallout of the political project, the crises, and the international, domestic, and regional tussles through investing in all the stakeholders and tinkering with all the contradictions.
Moreover, US policy is built first and foremost on interests and pragmatism, and on exploiting the circumstances and turning crises into opportunities. Although the decision-making process in America is determined by the prevailing wing within the deep state, differences therein and amidst the one single camp over strategies, priorities and styles tend to linger due to programmatical, philosophical and domestic considerations. An example of this narrative is the statement of a Taliban leader who was quoted as saying that the “agreement with America was concluded in 2018, but some American political forces opted for aggravation and conflict.” Another example is what happened at the US Senate just before the Arab Spring erupted when former prominent Republican Senator John McCain attempted to pass a bill supporting “democracy, human rights, and civil liberties” in Egypt, ahead of the parliamentary elections of November 2010 which Mubarak’s ruling party won by an overwhelming majority and the regime was accused of rigging, but Dianne Feinstein, Chairperson of the Intelligence Committee, blocked the bill. This proves that US decision makers are not always single-heartedly united, and that differences affect America’s strategies and priorities in her domestic and foreign policies.
One of the other components influencing domestic political events is the clash between the factional interests, tussle between the collaborators and plots of the rulers against their opponents such as when Abdul Fattah al-Sisi got rid of all the top brass who helped him conspire against Mohammed Morsi; he removed Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Mahmoud Hegazi, with whom he has family ties, after he had returned from the US where he partook in an antiterrorism conference with other military commanders. Al-Sisi also removed Maj. General Mohammed el-Keshki who was in charge of supporting Khalifah Haftar. Al-Sisi also personally oversaw the apprehension of General Fuad Abdul Halim, who had strong ties with the US defence secretary and CIA director, as he feared America would betray him and as he wanted to deepen its reliance on him.
By this token, the capitalist pragmatic policy turns yesterday’s friend into today’s enemy, and yesterday’s enemy into today’s friend, and does not give weight to religion except to the extent it benefits from it.
America supported Muslim Azerbaijan against Christian Armenia, and sided with the Muslims of Kosovo against the Serbs; and she has been vulgarising the plight of Uyghur Muslims in China in order to incite the Islamic world against China, exactly as she did in the Afghan war against the Soviet Union, which enabled her to engender a leadership bloc within the Islamic organisations loyal to her such as Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, Burhanuddin Rabbani and the senior Taliban operative Abdul Ghani Baradar, who was released by Pakistan at the behest of the CIA after spending over ten years in captivity following a joint Pakistani-US intelligence operation that led to his capture in 2010, and who has recently flown from Doha in the company of several Taliban leaders to Afghanistan onboard a Qatari military jet which would not have been able to leave Qatari airspace had it not been for America’s permission. The Washington Post reported that Baradar met the CIA director on 23 August in Kabul, and this could pave the way for an American recognition and thus encourage the countries of the world to recognise the government of the Taliban.
It is imperative to reiterate that America’s decision to hand the reins of power over to the Taliban falls within the context of proxy wars, backseat leadership and the Pivot to Asia policy which entails linking Central Asia to its south. It also falls within the context of the geopolitical scope of China and the Central Asian region which constitutes Russia’s Achilles’ heel. Nevertheless, rehabilitating the Taliban Movement, which was founded under the care of the Pakistani intelligence services, could have a knock-on effect on the Middle East region within the cycle of political haemorrhaging of the region and the Muslims, and within the US endeavour to direct, control and orchestrate the internationalist grudges and contradictions. This is deduced from the vigilance and precautions taken by Russia and China on their respective borders and from the standpoint of French President Macron who sounded the alarm bells from what he referred to as “Islamic terrorism”.
Second: To claim that America has been defeated and that the Taliban have won is the very thing America wants to propagate and sell to the Muslims. It would be wrong to suggest that it would not be in America’s interest to seem defeated and thus her admission of defeat must be genuine; it would be wrong to suggest this because America had achieved her declared aim of banishing the Taliban in less than four weeks when she seized the capital Kabul in November 2001. Moreover, the reality on the ground does not denote an American defeat by the Taliban since the situation does not indicate America’s inability to whitewash the Taliban. America killed more than 200 Taliban operatives during the invasion alone to remind the group of the big stick and to deter it from overstepping its function whereas the Taliban could not kill the same number of American soldiers in seven years. While the Muslims lost in Afghanistan hundreds of thousands of innocent people and mujahideen, America has lost 2443 soldiers and contractors since 2001, most of them in the early years too. After 2014, the death toll of the Americans was only 92 and in the past four years, America lost only one soldier. This is not a defeat. In fact, America has achieved a host of logistical gains since she occupied Afghanistan in terms of training, upgrading her weapons and developing new fighting techniques in addition to thwarting some significant Chinese investments since 2007 such as the Aynak Copper Mine infrastructure project. Hence, when we say America has not been defeated by the Taliban, we are describing reality as it is, not as we wish it to be. Furthermore, there are several indications corroborating the fact that the Taliban movement is an American project concocted via the Pakistani intelligence services; Admiral Mike Mullen admitted during his testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee that the Taliban was a virtual arm of the Pakistani intelligence services.
Third: Despite the domestic motives behind America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan such as the 2022 mid-term elections and the Taliban’s attempt to adapt to reality, reconcile with the opponents of the Aqeedah within the framework of a participatory government without any preconditions and establish a peace which will qualify Afghanistan for a regional functional role, thanks to what she possesses in terms of geopolitical sensitivities and supply routes that would make the covetous forces salivate and lure them into the trap. The Taliban movement is also endeavouring to reconcile with the world order and exact recognition. This was expressed by Sirajuddin Haqqani a year ago during his interview with the New York Times. He said, “there is no peace agreement following intensive negotiations without mutual concessions” adding that “Afghanistan could not sustain living in isolation… a new Afghanistan will be a responsible member of the international community”. The stakeholders’ forward escape and their readiness to recognise and deal with the Taliban movement to avert the deluge is part and parcel of the series of traps laid by the US for its adversaries and for the Muslims with the aim of exploiting them for its international initiatives. Muslims are oblivious to their civilisational project and continue to consume the traps thrown at them and the resulting weeds whose harm is far greater than their good in the best of circumstances because they drive Muslims towards aberration and confusion, and sidestep the project of their real revival whose cornerstone is establishing life, the state and society on the ideology of Islam in its high-bred formula, and carrying the message of Islam to the world via Jihad. This is what the Taliban, al-Qaeda and the centrist Islamic organisations lack in the first instance, and thus, it would be wrong to rely on them in any shape or form. It is rather imperative to seek the doctrinal alternative, which does not accept anything less than a Khilafah on the method of the prophethood. The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “a Muslim is never stung from the same hole twice.”
17 Muharram 1443h
25 August 2021