Weekly column by Konstantin von Eggert
In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy two questions stood out: “Why do ‘they’ hate America and the West so much?” and “What is to be done with militant Islam?” I think there is a more or less clear answer to the first (and was from the very beginning) but there is still no coherent response to the second. It may be coming soon.
Konstantin von Eggert
Militant Islamists hate the West for everything that it is, simultaneously good and bad: democracy and pornography, freedom and selfishness, feeling of superiority and lack of moral compass. I know it is unfashionable to say this, but George W. Bush was the first to realize this – and act accordingly, as a true leader of the whole of the Western world. By the way, I am certain that Al Gore, had he won the elections in 2000, would have done the same.
The Islamists hate weakness and love to exploit it because they derive their ideology from the inferiority complex Islam possesses, especially in the Middle East. Bush instinctively grasped that and struck out in a matter of weeks, demolishing the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.
His next venture, the 2003 invasion into Iraq, was also a great idea. If not removed from power, Saddam Hussein might have wreaked a lot of havoc in the region (as was his habit before), as UN sanctions weakened and the Russians, Chinese and French craved more corrupt oil deals. Iraq is a moderate success story so far, all circumstances considered. No predictions of its collapse came to be true, and compared to the surrounding countries, it does look like a fairly free country, again, taking into account the local specifics.
My only problem with the Iraq war is that it might have distracted the United States from doing the job properly in Afghanistan. The jury is still out on this one. It is remains within the powers of the Obama Administration and the next one, whether it’ll be Obama-2, or a Republican one, to correct the situation and reverse the hasty troop withdrawal. Islamists all over the world see this retreat as a sign of defeat and fatal weakness. It is sad that Barack Obama does not understand this and does not care to learn.
But the second question “What is to be done?” will heavily depend on the outcome of what goes on now in the Arab world. The “Arab Spring” is to a significant extent a consequence of Bush-era policies, and in this respect very much a consequence of 9/11. Few in the Middle East and elsewhere would dare to admit it. Do you remember Daniel Pipes’ suggestion that “militant Islam is the problem and moderate Islam is the solution?” Well, revolutions in the region give us a chance to find out whether there is such a thing as a moderate Islam. Events of the last year for the first time give the political Islam a chance to be integrated into the political framework of responsibility, accountability and freedom of choice, something the demonstrators on the streets of Cairo, Tunis and Damascus demanded and continue to call for. If Muslims in the Middle East follow this path, then the sacrifices of the last ten years were not in vain. If, as one of Israel’s former intelligence chiefs Daniel Rotschild remarked, “the Arab Spring will turn out to be the Islamists’ triumph,” then … well, then the struggle that came into the focus of our lives on that bright September day ten years ago will have to go on.
The views expressed in this article are the author’s and may not necessarily represent those of RIA Novosti.
What is Russia's place in this world? Unashamed and unreconstructed Atlanticist, Konstantin von Eggert believes his country to be part and parcel of the "global West." And while this is a minority view in Russia, the author is prepared to fight from his corner.
Konstantin Eggert is a commentator and host for radio Kommersant FM, Russia's first 24-hour news station. In the 1990s he was Diplomatic Correspondent for “Izvestia” and later the BBC Russian Service Moscow Bureau Editor. Konstantin has also spent some time working as ExxonMobil Vice-President in Russia. He was made Honorary Member of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.
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- email@example.comHow much did the US Government pay you to write this?05:17, 10/09/2011I honestly cannot believe all of the September 11th propoganda coming out of Canada, Russia and the United States this week with the approach of anniversay of the planned demolition of the World Trade Center Towers in New York City and the attack on the Pentagon with a US Cruise missile.
Am I missing something here?
It is a well known fact in the United States and Canada that the acting Republican US Administration planned and executed the World Trade Attack for a number of financial reasons, many now associated with Peak Oil.
No foreign terrorists were involved in the attack as it was US Government and US Military operation.
Around 3,700 lives were lost on this particualr day. I do not mean to sound cruel but BIG DEAL!
Do you know how many people are killed in the United States every year from car accidents, accidental shootings, smoking related cancers, and car accidents related to drinking and driving.
Would anyone be surprised if this number is around 200,000?
Russia alone looses 100,000 people a year or more to above, 20,000 alone due to excessive drinking.
So why all of this attention on the destruction of the World Trade Center Towers in New York City and the US Cruise Missle attack on the Pentagon.
GIVE IT A REST!
The September 11th events were staged by the United States Republican administration at the time as a False Flag event to enrage the American people and people around the world to allow the US Government to use the US Military in combined operations to 1) Cease the light crude oil reserves of Iraq and return them to US oil company control. 2) To seize and control a land route in Afghanistan for an oil and gas pipeline that was being built out of Turkmenistan.
This pipeline now sends natural gas and oil from Turkenistan, down through Afghanistan, through Pakistan to the Arabian Sea to be sent back to the United States.
The False Flag events of 911 alowed the United States government to use the US military to accomplish these objectives.
That is why the New York Trade Center Towers were destroyed and the Pentagon attacked with a cruise missile.
Why mass media concerns in the United States, Canada and Russia continue to promote this event as a foreign terrorist act is completely beyond me.
Apparently the mass conditioning will continue until its time for another False Flag event. I think this scares me the most, and Russia has the most to loose.
The United States, Canada and Europe are running out of both oil and natural gas. Depletion is expected between 2020 and 2030. It is extremely serious. The largest remaining supplies of oil and natural gas are in Russia.
Russia has the most to loose by propogating this 911 myth. Why? Because Russia will be the next target for a False Flag event.
The documentary on youtube called "Loose Change" is important to watch to learn more about the events around September 11th. then watch documentaries on Peak Oil at www top documentries com.
Knowing this information helps you to understand the mass media propogation machine at work.
Any anti-ISIL operation in Iraq cannot be effective unless the Islamic State is attacked in Syria. But the final statement of the Paris Conference did not mention Syria as a precaution against disunity in the coalition and with due regard for the Russian position. Professor of the Chair of Modern East Department of History, Political Science and Law in RSUH