Why Has Our Planet Become Savage?
23 November 2015
By Khalaf Ahmad al-Habtoor
These days I find myself in a permanent state of shock, horror and confusion.
We live in a world where human life is devalued, where barbarism, racism and
bigotry are the new norm. Watching the news is depressing. Desperate people
fleeing conflicts finding all doors barred. Women enslaved and abused and
children's bodies seen mangled by shrapnel.
And who would have thought that Paris, the City of Lights, would ever go
dark, the army would be deployed in the streets or that a government decree
would be issued silencing anyone who disseminates theories at odds with the
government line as ''a conspiracy theorist''. I won't be surprised if an
Orwellian-type 'thought police force' is established. People have questions,
but aren't getting answers and that's the problem.
I'm angry too that so many fingers in western capitals are pointing at Islam
as the cause of all evils when my faith, one of peace and tolerance, has been
hijacked by creatures without souls. When I listen to statements from the
mouths of American politicians I can hardly believe what I'm hearing.
Donald Trump has vowed to close all mosques and force Muslim Americans to
carry special identity cards. What next? Will they be told to pin green
crescents on their lapels in the same way the Jews of Germany had to sport
yellow stars? Many of his Republican rivals are using the vilification of
Muslims as a vote-getting ploy.
Likewise Britain, France and Belgium are planning the closure of certain
mosques and community centres. Muslims are being asked to disassociate
themselves from terror although they are the ones who've suffered most from
terrorism over the years. Also, Syrian refugees risking their lives to reach
Europe have become pariahs overnight.
A Rhode Island state senator, Elaine Morgan, is calling for Syrian refugees
to be placed in camps ''segregated from our populace''. ''The Muslim religion
and philosophy is to murder, rape, and decapitate anyone who is non-Muslim'',
she says. Presidential hopeful Ben Carson compares the refugees to ''rabid
dogs''. All of this hate on the part of politicians merely because fake
Syrian passports were deliberately planted close to the bodies of suicide
bombers in Paris.
A few questions
In all honesty, I don't know what to believe any more. Like so many others, I
need answers to these perplexing and very troubling questions:
• Why was ISIS permitted to expand over great swathes of Syria and Iraq?
According to Fox News, declassified Pentagon documents dated 2012 obtained by
Judicial Watch under the Freedom of Information Act ''predicts the rise of
ISIS and the establishment of a caliphate''. In this case, why did Obama say
in September 2014 that its rise took the U.S. by surprise?
• Is there any truth to statements from the President of Chechnya Ramzan
Kadyrov and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to the effect that the
self-ascribed ISIS Caliph Baghdadi, alleged to be formerly known as Simon
Elliot , was trained by the Mossad? It wouldn't be the first time. Morten
Storm, a convert to Islam, reveals in a book that he was formerly undercover
agent for western intelligence agencies tasked with infiltrating Islamist
• Why was ISIS's de facto capital Raqqa permitted to carry on business as
usual under U.S.-led coalition airstrikes? And as was quoted in the
Washington Free Beacon and elsewhere, Rep. Ed Royce, the Chair of the House
Foreign Affairs Committee complained that ''the pilots come back to talk to
us, they say 'three-quarters of their ordnance we can't drop, we can't get
clearance even when we have a clear target in front of us'?'' Is he right?
• Why did it take so long for the U.S. to bomb convoys transporting ISIS
stolen oil? And when they were following Russia's intervention, why,
according to the Wall Street Journal, were fliers dropped alerting the
drivers to abandon their trucks before they were hit? Which states are buying
that oil via third parties? Are there banks laundering the group's income
from oil, gold and stolen artefacts?
• When the British terrorist ''Jihadi John'' and the head of ISIS in Libya,
Wissam Najm Abd Zayd Al-Zubaydi, were so easily pinpointed by surveillance
satellites and assassinated, why is it that Baghdadi is so hard to locate and
why weren't highly visible convoys of the terrorists' SUVs struck?
• Which country or countries are supplying ISIS with heavy weapons? And why
are the Kurds and the recognized Libyan government battling ISIS being
deprived of such weapons?
• There is a video of President Putin telling journalists at the recent G20
summit that ISIS is being financed by businessmen from 40 countries including
those from G20 member states, adding that he provided examples ''based on our
data''. If he's correct then, why aren't those concerned being tracked down
• Why did Israel open its hospitals to treat injured Al-Qaeda and Nusra Front
fighters, as revealed by the Wall Street Journal? Similarly, the Turkish
newspaper Sunday's Zaman quotes a nurse working in a hospital in Mersin
saying she's sick of treating ISIS fighters. The Washington Post asserted it
was told by ISIS commander, ''We used to have some fighters – even high level
members of ISIS – getting treated in Turkish hospitals.'' If that's so, what
was the reason for treating monsters, who execute children, bury women alive
and place men in a wire cage to be drowned, with such compassion?
• Who are the so-called 'moderate rebels' the Obama administration is backing
after they've been grouped together under the new banner ''Victory Army'' and
are reports that they are fighting alongside Al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat Al-Nusra
Why is it that President Obama and David Cameron shirk from branding the
Muslim Brotherhood - the ideological forerunner of all Takfiri groups – as
Early last year, an alleged British lobbyist for the Muslim Brotherhood was
invited to meet President Obama at the White House. In February this year, a
Muslim Brotherhood Judge was pictured making the four-fingered Rabaa sign at
the State Department following his meeting with officials and when White
House spokeswoman Jan Psaki was questioned by reporters she appeared to show
that she had no issue with the photograph – a poke in the eye to the Egyptian
This month, however, lawmakers in both the House and the Senate are pushing
for a bill to be passed that would declare the Brotherhood a terrorist
I don't have access to insider intelligence but let me put it this way. When
the pieces of the jigsaw are fitted together something doesn't smell right.
After Paris, the world is gung ho to exterminate ISIS. France is cooperating
with Russia to bomb them mercilessly. Yet Obama says they are contained and
his strategy is working even as they threaten to turn the White House black,
announce New York and Washington are next and are believed to be developing
chemical weapons. You couldn't make this up!
Charles Krauthammer writes in The Telegraph that while France is creating a
coalition to destroy ISIS, Obama ''responded to Paris with weariness and
annoyance. His news conference in Turkey was marked by a stunning tone of
passivity, detachment and lassitude, compounded by impatience and
irritability at the very suggestion that his Syria strategy might be
Rather than falsely blame Muslims for the rise of ISIS, there may be other
shoulders on which at least some of the blame should fall. It's time they
Khalaf Ahmad al-Habtoor is a prominent UAE businessman and public figure. He
is Chairman of the Al Habtoor Group - one of the most successful
conglomerates in the Gulf. Al Habtoor is renowned for his knowledge and views
on international political affairs; his philanthropic activity; his efforts
to promote peace; and he has long acted as an unofficial ambassador for his
country abroad. Writing extensively on both local and international politics,
he publishes regular articles in the media and has released a number of
books. Al-Habtoor began his career as an employee of a local UAE construction
firm and in 1970 established his own company, Al Habtoor Engineering. The UAE
Federation, which united the seven emirates under the one flag for the first
time, was founded in 1971 and this inspired him to undertake a series of
innovative construction projects – all of which proved highly successful.