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Greater Middle East faces threats from religious extremism and jihad

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Greater Middle East faces threats from religious extremism and jihad

Due to Joe Biden and his administration’s repetition of Barack Obama’s bankrupt diplomacy, America’s image is on fastest decline. Although some analysts are seeing America as a declining superpower, in my personal opinion, it is too early to jump into such conclusion. America still remains a major player in global affairs, and most importantly, Joe Biden is not the last president of the country. As we know, Biden has numerous health issues, while his “partner” in the administration, Kamala Harris has already been proved as worthless and totally incapable for holding such important position. Meanwhile, media reports claimed, Kamala Harris is losing his working ability due to severe side effect of the Havana Syndrome, which she has experienced recently. Meaning, pretty soon, White House will be over-burdened with an incapable Biden-Harris duo. With such a devastating scenario, the clashes among global powers should be taken into active consideration as it has been constantly changing the scenario in the world and its balance of power. Experts say, as far as nations, peoples and societies are concerned, nothing remains the same and this is also the case with countries and international institutions. Monitoring these changes and the resulting transformations is useful for forming awareness, building visions and foreseeing the future.

Some analysts and thinkers from within and without the United States of America are talking about the decline of the US role internationally, and this is a retreat and “withdrawal” that was theorized by a broad ideology inside America. One of its most prominent preachers and theorists was former President Barack Obama, who unlike other presidents, was not satisfied with authoring one biographic work but he wrote more than one, and is still promising more. The incumbent President Joe Biden was Obama’s deputy for two presidential terms, and understanding the propositions of such an ideology with this strength is a great, noble and beneficial task.

With the decline of the American role at the international level and the rise of China as the new global superpower, the United States is gradually

This decline of the American role at the international level and the rise of new global powers — in the forefront of which is China — is a decline that can be easily monitored. America is abandoning its allies around the world while its decisions weaken allies through banning strategic weapons, impeding reforms, exercising pressures on allies, and showing leniency with opponents at the same time. All point to the fact — the gradual decline of US in its international role and imperial power.

Some analysts are unwilling to except the fact about America’s decline in policy of maintaining its role in the world, especially its commitment of fighting violent extremism and terrorism. They say, talking about the decline of the American role does not mean, in any way, “the end of history” nor will America become a weak state overnight. No one talks about this, and what can be observed in parallel with this is the resurgence of fundamentalism in the Islamic world with the support of the American and Western liberal leftists as America and the West have become a refuge and an international center for all fundamentalist groups and their leaders.

While President Joe Biden and his administration are facing the hit of the humiliating retreat from Afghanistan as well Washington’s appeasing tendencies towards Iran and its proxies and Palestinian Hamas, which too has pronounced allegiance with Iran, America has been showing disturbing attitude towards the Arab and Muslim countries, especially Saudi Arabia, which faces terrific threat from terror-patron Iran and its proxies.

Saudi Arabia, under the magnanimous leaderships of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has dealt with all the necessary seriousness in confronting the phenomenon of terrorism. The Kingdom and the other leading Arab countries such as Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have learned, through depth of knowledge and extensive experience, that it is not possible to eliminate terrorism and its organizations without dealing with its main source — the political Islam groups.

The statements of the Saudi Crown Prince are the best evidence for this. Moreover, Saudi Arabia has tightened control over the “funding” and the institutions into which these groups had previously infiltrated; some of them became a model for what institutions can do in the face of terrorism when they are restructured in the proper way by redefining their priorities and cleaning them from the elements of political Islam.

According to analysts, the repeated accusations against Saudi Arabia of any responsibility for the terrorist crime of September 11, 2001 is a politically failed and academically exposed approach, and it represents cheap blackmail that is inappropriate for respectable countries that are also big powers in the world. On the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, there has been an apparent difference between those who are aware of the reality and depth of the fundamentalist danger as Saudi Arabia does, and those who deal with phenomena emerging out of it as what is happening in the Western countries, and this is not out of ignorance, but due to the order of their priorities and interests. In this particular case, America has stepped into the anti-Saudi propaganda vessel of Iran and the promoters of political Islam.

We have witnessed how Western countries have previously found their interests linked to political Islam groups repeatedly over the past decades, and one of its prominent examples was those ominous events in what was known as the ‘Arab Spring’, where fundamentalist and extremist groups were intended to impose their direct rule over the Arab nations. We have seen this in Tunisia, in Egypt and many other countries. Most importantly, behind the “Arab Spring” movements, there have been a visible alliance of Islamists and Leftist blocs, whose sole intension was to establish as reign of terror in the Arab countries.

One need to understand, the seeds of political Islam was originated from the Indian subcontinent (from the Deobandi schools) and Afghanistan in the east; Egypt, Libya and Morocco in the west, and from Malaysia in the south to Turkey in the north. In the middle of all this danger lies Iran, its regime, its followers and its militias in Iraq and Syria as well as in Lebanon and Yemen. Abul ala Maududi, Ruhollah Khomeini, Hassan Al-Banna and Sayyid Qutb are examples of what ideas and organizations that fundamentalism can create and change over decades.

Egyptian President Anwar Sadat’s statements can be remembered when he reiterated and affirmed that there is no difference between the Brotherhood and other terror groups, and that “wilayat Al-murshid” is no different from “wilayat al-faqih”.

Possibly It is time for Biden administration to understand, while no one denies America’s power and influence, it should also be remembered – Saudi Arabia and the Arab countries are not banana republics in any way. There is possibly no more scope for the US and other Western nations to extort billions of dollars and other forms of strategic benefits from Saudi Arabia and the Arab nations through vile blackmailing tactics. While the greater Middle Easter nations and the Arab world have been facing threats from religious extremism and jihad, it will eventually learn the ways and means of defeating such evil forces. For attaining success in this regard, policymakers in the Arab world, particularly Saudi Arabia need to adopt policies of building their own favorable media strength both in the Middle East as well as in the Muslim world and beyond.

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An internationally acclaimed multi-award-winning anti-militancy journalist, research-scholar, counter-terrorism specialist, and editor of Blitz. Follow his on Twitter Salah_Shoaib

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