|Qaeda: The Measurement for 'Success'
|September 10, 2004 1933 GMT|
By Kamran Bokhari
On the eve of the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, the main question confronting U.S. counterterrorism agencies is where, when and how will the next al Qaeda attack in the United States occur? There is a widespread view that the organization will seek to surpass the scale of the 2001 attacks -- which, according to conventional wisdom and superficial readings of al Qaeda communiques, typically translates to casualty counts.
But is this an accurate perception? How does al Qaeda itself define the parameters of a "successful" attack?
Though casualty counts might be one tactical consideration on the part of al Qaeda planners, a look at the history of the group's operations and its strategic objectives severely undermine the argument that inflicting massive casualties is the benchmark for "success."
In our view, the actual threat level posed by al Qaeda has been greatly exaggerated in American minds -- recognizing that the group cannot possibly attack the United States at will..."
MIM: Bokhari's pronouncements as Stratfor analyst regarding Bin Laden and Al Qaeda not being a major threat sound eerily familiar to a speech he made as the spokesman of Al Muhajiroun and the head of the Muslim Students Organisation in 1999 at SMSU. Bokhari also invited Al Muhajiroun's second in command,Anjem Choudary to speak at the university where he was billed as the "Chairman of the Muslim Lawyers Association ( another name for Al Muhajiroun). SMSU contributed $800 to the event.
1999-2000 Public Affairs Grants Awarded
Kamran Bokhari, Muslim Students Association, $800. Symposium on "Islam and the West." Speeches by Anjem Choudary, Chairman of the Society of Muslin Lawyers in the United Kingdom, on "Islam and Democracy" and Faiza Noor, Muslim activist, on "Universal Human Rights," April 12, 2000. http://publicaffairs.smsu.edu/how/pagrant/PAexamples.html
(It is also worth noting that his father was an employee of the Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations in New York at the same time Bokhari's group published an article stating that the UN was a "legitimate terrorist target".)
In this essay Bokhari mocks a student (Rod Stark) who wrote an essay entitled "Terrorism a serious threat to society" in which he contended that :"...International terrorism is a serious threat facing civilized societies throughout the world. Americans can no longer afford to remain uninformed of these matters..." http://www.southweststandard.com/93-20/f2.html
Stark mentions Osama Bin Ladin as being a "high ranking member of terrorist organizations such as the Mujahideen Brigades and al-Jihad." This is highly inaccurate. Al-Jihad, currently led by Dr. Ayman Al-Zawahiri, is an Islamic organization active in Egypt that seeks to overthrow the authoritarian regime of Husni Mubarak. As for the "Mujahideen Brigades," this is a fictitious organization, a creation of the global ‘tabloid' media. There is no factual information as regards its leadership, members or existence. As for Bin Ladin, it is public information that he is the leader of the World Islamic Front for Jihad Against Zionists and Crusaders, an organization that was launched in February 1998. This organization seeks to liberate Muslim land.
I am quite amazed at how fighting occupation forces can be conveniently and arbitrarily dubbed as "terrorism." If this is the case, then Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and Ben Franklin could also be considered terrorists by the British government. Bin Ladin is no more than a suspect in the bombings of the U.S. Embassies in East Africa. But the media, dancing to the tune of the federal agencies, has already indicted him.
The general principle of a person being innocent until proven guilty is conveniently and arbitrarily suspended in the case of Muslims–who have become the "usual suspects."
The U.S. government has yet to provide a shred of concrete evidence that proves Bin Ladin's involvement in the bombings. He is being attacked for the alleged acquisition of nuclear weapons by those who themselves maintain the largest arsenal of such horrible weapons, and happen to be the only ones who have used them to date.
As a Muslim, I am concerned that through this "Get Ussamah Bin Ladin" campaign, the U.S. government is trying to distort and obscure reality. Those who oppose Western (in particular United States) hegemony and neo-colonialism are declared "terrorists." It is no secret that the intelligence apparatus of hegemonic nations like the United States and the United Kingdom, through their embassies, conduct operations under the cloak of diplomatic immunity. Puppet regimes in the Muslim world are kept in power through these diplomatic conduits. It is ironic that the on one hand the United States is the champion of human rights, while on the other hand it openly and hypocritically supports petty tyrants, well known for brutally oppressing their citizens.
Last year during a globally televised interview, Bin Ladin, publicly urged the mothers of U.S. troops stationed in the peninsula to put pressure on their government to withdraw its support to the corrupt Saudi royal family. Otherwise, their children would be unfortunate victims of a struggle which does not even concern them. All of this is conspicuously neglected and images of Bin Ladin as an evil satanic figure are conjured up by the western media. Interestingly, this same satanic individual was assisted by the U.S. government during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 80's. It is quite fascinating how yesterday's freedom-fighters become today's terrorists. http://www.southweststandard.com/93-21/f2.html
MIM: This is a report about Bokhari's speech at a panel presentation on "Iraq in Crisis" which he made as SMSU student in 1999.
"I begin with the name of God." That's how Kamran Bokhari began his speech at the panel presentation "Iraq in Crisis" Feb. 2. His message was clear: the Muslim world must be reunited under one government. An Islamic government supported by its people. This ideology is Bokhari's life work.
Bokhari, a senior majoring in political science, is far from an ordinary undergraduate student. At age 30, he is the official spokesperson for the Al-Muhajiroun in North America, which in Arabic means "The Immigrants." It is an organization that is active in many Muslim countries.
Al-Muhajiroun actively advocates social, economic and political change within the Muslim world. Bokhari said the word Muhajiroun is used 76 times in the Koran, the holy book of Islam.
"We are an Islamic group trying to re-establish the Islamic State (the Caliphate) through intellectual, ideological, political and revolutionary means," Bokhari said. However, the group is not militant, he said.
Bokhari was born in Islamabad, Pakistan, the country's capital city. He lived there until he was 3 years old and then his family moved to New York City. Since then he has shifted between Pakistan and New York, and lived in India for a few years.
Bokhari's father worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Pakistan and throughout his career he had been posted in various countries and embassies.
Bokhari said he was lucky to have a father who worked in that area of government, because it afforded him the rare opportunity to see the world. Bokhari's father is now employed in the Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations in New York City. Bokhari's mother was a schoolteacher. He also has two younger sisters.
|Kamran Bokhari speaks during a panel discussion on the Iraq crisis. Bokhari is the planning coordinator for the Muslim Students Association at SMS. (photo/Alexandra Eaks)|
"...Bokhari said he was lucky to have a father who worked in that area of government, because it afforded him the rare opportunity to see the world. Bokhari's father is now employed in the Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations in New York City. Bokhari's mother was a schoolteacher. He also has two younger sisters..."
MIM: This was a press release issued by Al Muhajiroun praising the bombing of the UN building in Baghdad.
United Nations: A Legitimate Target?
Al Muhajiroun - Monday, August 25, 2003
Last week witnessed two tremendous operations by the Mujahideen, one in Palestine and the other in Baghdad. As far as Palestine is concerned there are no doubters that the Jewish occupiers of Muslim land must leave or face the consequences, fit for those who perpetrate aggression against Muslims. Surprisingly however, there are still some who believe that the United Nations (targeted in the bombing in Baghdad) is an independent organization representing the wishes of the so-called 'international community' as opposed to a quango organization doing the bidding of the US.
A cursory glance at the United Nations reveals that this tool, tongue and hand of the US had, as its first 'achievement,' giving away the Muslim land of Palestine to the Jews in 1948. Consequently every UN resolution attempting to discredit the pirate State of Israel has been vetoed by its master, the US. Indeed only resolutions which are anti-Muslim are ever seen to be acknowledged and acted upon, at the behest of the US, such as the barbaric (10 year) sanctions on food, medicine and basic needs, imposed upon the women and children of Iraq, leading to the death of millions of innocent people.
Moreover was it not the UN which recently stood by to watch the US and UK murder innocent people in Iraq? Rather than condemning the US and UK murderers, rapists and thieves in Iraq, we find that the UN are in fact accomplices with them, aiding and abetting them to siphon off the oil of the Muslims, allowing them to continue to occupy Muslim land and helping them to usurp Muslim resources. Verily it was the UN soldiers in Bosnia who were recorded to have stood by when the barbaric Serbs massacred Muslims. The UN first decided to take away the weapons of the Muslims (fearing that they might actually defend themselves and establish Islamic rule) and thereby facilitated their massacre, and were then even photographed helping in the mass murder and gang rape of Muslim women and children. The wounds are still fresh.
For those Muslims who may still be confused, we would ask them to study the history of the United Nations which was preceded by the League of Nations in Europe and which itself was preceded by a Christian alliance of countries, in the middle ages up until the 19th Century, opposed to the expansion of the then Islamic State i.e. Al-Khilafah or Othmani Khilafah (to be precise). Established upon the principles of freedom and democracy, the UN expounds the four freedoms emanating from the capitalist ideology, based upon secularism or the separation of divine law from political life. An examination of the 'UN Declaration of Human Rights' shows how the freedoms of 'expression', 'ownership', 'worship' and 'personal freedom' form the bedrock of the UN's constitution, all being alien to Islam, which, far from such anarchy, demands complete, exclusive and non-negotiable submission to the law of the creator, Allah (SWT).
Even the fig-leaf of 'representation' and 'participation', behind which the UN tries to cajole the Muslims, no longer hides their nakedness. The blatant disregard of the UN, by the US and UK, in the latest Iraq episode shows that what really matters to the UN is what the US government decides. Any potential objectors will initially be intimidated or threatened, and, if all else fails, they will be branded 'supporters of terrorism' by the US, and then subsequently ignored!
In conclusion, the UN is no more than a front to legitimize US foreign policies. A rubber stamp to legalize the spilling of Muslim blood, a green light signaling the turning of a blind eye to any atrocities committed against Muslims. Hence we see that only the Muslims defending their life, honor and property are in fact 'terrorists' for the UN, as opposed to the Russians who massacre Muslims in Chechnya or the Jews who occupy Palestine or the Hindus who gang rape Muslim women in Kashmir or the US & UK who carpet bomb Muslims in Afghanistan or the US & UK who occupy and continue to kill Muslims in Iraq or the tyrant rulers (given credibility by the UN) who continue to oppress Muslims in Muslim countries…etc…etc…
One of the many benefits of 9/11 was that it clearly delineated the two camps of Islam and Kufr (non-Islam), the camp of Haq (truth) and that of Batil (falsehood), the camp of sovereignty and supremacy for God as opposed to sovereignty and supremacy for man made law. Verily Muslims have no choice but to reject all alliances apart from those with Muslims. This means rejecting the UN and any organization or body propagating man made law. As Allah (SWT) says in the Qur'an:
'O believers do not take the Jews and Christians as friends and protectors. They are just supporters of and love each other alone. And whoever does turn to them is one of them. Verily Allah does not guide the oppressors' [EMQ 5:51]
'The believers are a single brotherhood' [EMQ 49:10]
Let it be known therefore that all regimes, governments and bodies (implementing man made law) in the world today are rejected by Muslims and that the only legitimate authority, recognized in Islam on the state level, is that of the Islamic State i.e. Al-Khilafah, which must be established by Muslims and which will carry the message of Islam to the world - striving for Izhar ud-Deen i.e. the total domination of the world by Islam, through its divine foreign policy of Jihad.