Shamil Sultanov: War of Civilizations
- War of Civilizations Started
Today they have been talking about religious fundamentalism as of a
negative phenomenon, meaning extremism and terrorism behind religious
symbols. But for a believer the very definition of 'fundamentalism'
is more of a positive concept, proceeding from the etymology of this
word: allegiance to fundamental basics of the doctrine, i.e. to the
Word of God. And when we are talking about 'revival of spirituality'
in Russia today, we mean the people's need to return to the
foundations, i.e. to the basics of the religious faith, while totally
rejecting any manifestations of extremism.
Conversation with Shamil Sultanov, political analyst
War Between Americans and Americans
The first direct clash between two civilizations inside the United
States in the new century happened on September 11, 2001: between the
center of the new global empire, -- the so-called 'world government',
represented by supranational structures and organizations, -- and
American national forces, -- rightwing American fundamentalism, which
already has quite a few supporters in the US. Some estimates say that
there are at least 250 280 rightwing radical organizations that are
known, which have about a million members (other figures say there
are 2 to 2.5 million members). One of the traits of these
organizations like Michigan Militia, Branch Davidians, etc.
is that they are militarized. The example of Timothy McVey is pretty
demonstrative, since the core of American fundamentalist
organizations consists of people who have military and technological
experience, as well as their own ideology and mentality. These people
have a lot more negative attitude towards the American way of life
than many open opponents of the United States on other continents do.
September 11 is birthday of Timothy McVeigh. He was executed on June
11, 2001. He was sentenced to death for organizing the Oklahoma City
bombing, but the Democrats would not cross all T's for quite a while.
For there is confrontation between fundamentalist radicals and
Democrats inside the US first of all. Bush could have sentenced
McVeigh to life in prison instead of death. But why he did not do it?
Being held in prison, McVeigh would have become a sort of a national
hero for American fundamentalists, even because after seven years in
confinement he would not turn in any of his companions, even though
he was undergoing all kinds of mental and physical interrogations and
tortures. On June 11 many websites of American rightwing radicals
published warnings that Washington would not get away with McVeigh's
execution. You can say that September 11 was some sort of a
specific beginning of fundamentally new model of a civil war inside
the United States.
Right now the American system has no enemies on the outside. Russia,
China or separated Muslim world are posing no threat to the US.
Russia's gross domestic product is almost two times lower than GDP of
the State of California. But the history shows that in the conditions
of monopolies the main enemy of organized systems is always coming
from the inside.
American Democrats, Bearers of Antinational Ideology
What should the White House have done right after the September 11
attacks? To put it bluntly, the American society is splitting up.
What happened in the end of the year 2000 during the presidential
elections virtually showed that the split started emerging to the
surface already. But the September 11 showed that the split is much
deeper. And the American establishment is not ready to overcome this
split and change its strategy; nor it is ready for a radical change
in the economic system, which actually made the US the only
Thus, the global clash of civilizations started inside the United
States from the head-on collision of American fundamentalists and
Democratic establishment with the 'world government' behind it.
Similar processes are going on all around the world. Confrontation
between the fundamentalist tendencies and the official system,
created in the image and likeness of the Western democracies as a
rule, is present in virtually each country.
At the same time some changes have happened in the US for the past
thirty years, when Islamic fundamentalism, Latin American
fundamentalism, etc. started increasing along with the Anglo-Saxon
fundamentalism, i.e. US national interests are absorbing a wider
spectrum of various movements.
Religious Factor in War of Civilizations
War between civilizations today is not confrontation between habitats
of civilizations or groups of certain countries. First of all, it is
what's happening inside these countries. At the same time, the
spiritual component, the factor of faith, is brought to the
forefront. The US is number two in the world to show conflict of
civilizations inside. Muslim regions are number one. Because most of
the so-called Muslim regimes are not Muslim de-facto. On the other
hand, such confrontation is a lot more dramatic in the Islamic world,
since fundamentalist tendencies here are much stronger. There are
several reasons for that.
1. Strategic factors. First, it is Islam. In my point of view, Islam
is the only religion in the world that has maintained its energy as
the religion of unity of the sacred and the social. Islam did not
degrade or assumed some masscult form. Remember, Spangler said that
Christianity died by turning into art.
2. Meaning of a personality. This is where a pretty interesting and
paradoxical moment is present. In the modern world of technologies
the meaning of human factor is increasing. On the one hand they say:
progress are machines, automatic equipment, technological processing
chains, etc. But on the other hand, human factor turns out to be most
important. The logic of material development seems to be pushing
towards the creation of corporate and bureaucratic anonymous
structures. Nevertheless, the meaning of creative personality is
constantly increasing. If in the West the development of personality
used to be spurred by Protestantism exclusively, today, once the
Christian religion turned into one of the branches of show business,
Islam is ahead of everybody else with its rational ethics, and Islam
is stimulating the development of strong and free personality, a
fearless hero of the new generation.
The dynamics of modern capitalism is determined first of all by the
people, who due to their thinking and due to their creative potential
end up in the right place at the right time. For example, Bill Gates
is a self-made man. But let's take a look at it from the other
perspective: in the final analysis, modern technological systems are
based on a certain aggregate of fundamental scientific discoveries.
Proper concentration of creative people and search for proper
progressive ideas sooner or later opens up entire economic epochs. In
the final analysis the technological Western civilization of
consumers is based on fundamental discoveries of the 1920s-1940s.
Contradictions Within Society of Consumers
Pretty substantial contradictions are arising: the entire Western
system per se is aimed at forming a total consumer. On the other
hand, this civilization is advancing only by creative people. In
other words, the Western system needs Gates as some special creative
function, and not as a personality. But within the idea of Tawheed
(Monotheism) the human factor plays a fundamentally different role.
Splitting of a personality into functions contradicts Islam, since
Islam demands all-encompassment and total faith. There was a time
when Sartre said about personality in the Western civilization: «A
person is totality that constantly gets detotalized». Contrary to
this, you can say that an Islamic personality is totality that
constantly overcomes degrading influence of the Western values and
strives towards the complete life and faith.
Today the Islamic region is in borderline situation. On the one hand,
it has something to do with economic and geopolitical factors, and
with oil first of all. And this is why the dependence and the
ambitiousness are growing higher, as well as proper geopolitical
scope and everything else. On the other hand, the level of education
has been rising for the past 20-30 years with generations of people
who graduated from Western universities but still remained Muslims.
The Islamic factor has a unique feature: it is a mighty and unifying
basis. In Islam you can encounter greatly educated people as well as
totally illiterate ones. This is a sort of proto-society, where
certain ideas are circulating, and these ideas are really ready for
social experiments. For example, Palestinians are one of the most
educated nations in the world. Palestinians are ahead of Russia in
the number of students per 1,000 people. And in the Middle East their
level is close to the level of the Israelis.
When we are talking about the Islamic phenomenon as an alternative to
the Western society, another feature must be stressed: due to certain
reasons Islamic fundamentalism is more powerful than fundamentalism
in any other country, -- both quantity-wise and quality-wise. Some
estimates say that in Muslim states 35% are ready to sacrifice their
own lives for sake of the Faith. It actually means that there are two
civilizations existing within the Islamic region: the fundamentalist
one and the traditional one. And this fact is pretty noticeable.
A whole number of Western fundamentalist trends, which today are
still marginal in their areas, are in touch with the Islamic
fundamentalists. They really are marginals because in the West 90% of
radicals belong to the middle class. On the one hand, they do not
represent the destitute classes, and on the other hand there are not
representatives of the elite either. In this sense Islamic
fundamentalism is something fundamentally different, since it is
capable of uniting the middle classes, the illiterate parts of the
poor, and various elite groups.
So who really attacked W.T.C. in New York City?
On September 11, 2001 Osama Ben Laden announced that he had nothing
to do with the terrorist acts, and that these attacks were conducted
by the right wing, who are against the sway of Jewish bankers. There
is a good trustworthy chance that he really did not participate in
these terrorist acts, but due to some reasons (maybe secret services
played a certain role in it), he to a certain extent funded the
American fundamentalists. So, there must have been some contacts with
terrorists, if you take into account financial capabilities of the
Ben Laden is a very complex figure. To a certain extent he is playing
a game. And another question is to what extent the US and Pakistani
intelligence contributed to his career. International terrorism is
always created by secret services. Moreover, international terrorism
and secret services are twins. When the two superpowers were in
confrontation, the US would support those who fought against pro-
Soviet regimes. The USSR had its radicals too; sometimes they were
called national liberation movements.
The question is that it is hard to control such entities all of the
time. When the Soviet Union collapsed, Russia had no time for
control. The US has another problem. America does not understand the
East. It could be evident from the events that happened in Iran in
1978. That's where the largest regional center of the CIA in the
Middle East used to be located. They had good salaries and good
bonuses. But 95% of the CIA agents stationed there could not even
speak Farsi. They were hanging out with the Shah and
releasing 'optimistic' reports.
The US does not have enough experts on the East, but the British do.
The British know the East well. So why are the Americans and the
British not cooperating? The problem is that business is business,
including political business. Everything else is put on the back
Will Ben Laden Ever Get Caught?
I don't think he will. Here is only one example: blasts in Tanzania
and Kenya were blamed on him. That's when he became allegedly one of
the main terrorists in the world. And then everything subsided.
Nobody knows anything. The question is: according to the official
version, how could the CIA let Ben Laden put himself together, muster
up his strength and organize and carry out something comparable to
Pearl Harbor, or even more terrible by its psychological effect?
The question is always being asked: why Ben Laden's financial links
could not be traced for so many years? But was it supposed to be
done, proceeding from the theory that international terrorism is a
combined product of activities by secret services? Another thing is
that it cannot be fully controlled. They were trying to do the job
for their own selves, but something else came out of it. It seemed to
the US that it was recruiting Ben Laden, but on the other hand Ben
Laden said many times that he is the one using the US.
Why Islamic Fundamentalism is Dangerous for Western Liberalism?
The US has concentrated on Islamic fundamentalism, because Islamic
fundamentalism is different from other fundamentalist trends. You can
even say that before the September 11 American fundamentalism was
controlled by the US official system to a certain extent. But Islamic
fundamentalism is something else. Not because it is an existing
phenomenon, but because it is an objective prerequisite for something
different. It is a living boiling mass, where more and more new
people are ready to sacrifice their own lives for the sake of the
Faith. And it is out of the control of US intelligence services,
which means that it is strategically dangerous for America from
their viewpoint. After the collapse of the USSR Islamic
fundamentalism became a US adversary as a civilized alternative.
Today Islamic fundamentalism is not just a countertendency of
development. It is a real foundation for political counter-elite to
be formed, which the 'world's rulers' are afraid of the most, while
keeping the elites of all even tiny countries under their watchful
eye. This is where the Iranian example is very graphic.
In the beginning of 1978 during Shah Iran had an organized political
elite loyal to Shah: tens of thousands of people plus hundreds of
thousands of the middle class. And who was against them? Some Mullahs
who had no economic or political resources, who had no links to the
army, and who could not even oppose to Shah's secret services. But it
turned out that after Shah's successful economic transformations were
made in Western manner, multitudes of peasants headed for the cities
and that's when the conflict of basic values had started, and that's
when clerical and political counter-elite was formed as part of this
In Egypt, for example, there are several mosques on each street. And
there is a number of mosques where charismatic mullahs are preaching.
A large number of people gather to hear their speeches. The tension
is so high that the people remain excited after listening to their
sermons. And the authorities always tighten security around such
Even though such charismatic leaders systematically get removed, the
example is what's important. The religion only gets stronger with the
blood of martyrs. One such person makes tens and thousands of
potential Shaheeds (martyrs). He sets up a model of heroic behavior
for the society, which is clear to ordinary people. Islam and Islamic
fundamentalism, which have gotten stronger from the confrontation
with the Western globalism and overall degradation of culture
worldwide, is the only socio-cultural, religious and spiritual
phenomenon, where a model of heroic personality can be shown.
It forms a personality that can never be integrated into the Western
system of values. There cannot be a heroic personality in the West,
where it is not needed. In the West heroes only exist in Hollywood
dreams, created to make Western citizens blow off some steam, while
they are still yearning for an image of a superman. They are not real
heroes. But Islam creates a model of a real heroic personality. The
criterion is: you are a hero if you are ready to sacrifice your own
life for your beliefs. Then you are not a hypocrite (a Munafiq), but
a real Shaheed (a martyr) who defeats death.
Clashes of civilizations are a conflict between types of a heroic
personality. If some civilization wins, it destroys any alternative
models of heroic personality. Western heroes are mechanical robots,
cyborgs or terminators who defend economic interests of the 'world's
government'. Heroes of Islam are fighters for the triumph of God's
justice for all people.
Why the US concentrated on Afghanistan? The problem is not Ben Laden.
The problem is the Taliban. Because concerning an institutional state
entity, the Taliban is representing a mature fundamentalist form from
a geopolitical perspective. What the West succeeded interrupting in
Algeria and crushing in Sudan, had sprung up in Afghanistan. But
there is yet another aspect.
Saudi Arabia and Pakistan started fearing radicalization of the
Taliban regime more and more. There are various reasons for that.
The current US Administration had an agreement with Abdallah Ibn Saud
that the Saudis would support Bush at the elections by raising the
oil prices first of all. If the prices did not go up, Gore would have
been elected President. For the US it is not typical that an average
American votes against the ruling administration during an economic
rise. Back then the Saudis organized two economic crises.
There is also another moment in politics: you must always create a
coalition. If you will all by yourself, then you will end up making a
large number of enemies. There already were some prerequisites for
this kind of a coalition in Afghanistan. The Taliban got in the way
of Pakistan and the Saudis by becoming independent, even though the
Taliban was created on the Pakistani soil. Moreover, Pakistan kept
supporting the Taliban thereafter. And it is understandable. Any
country is supposed to take care of stability around it. If you have
a strategic opponent by your side, then you are interested in having
peace at your other borders. But it doesn't matter much. The Taliban
is a composite phenomenon. It is an element of Pashto energy, as well
as an element of the Islamic energy. It is a sort of a
proto-ideology. It implies formed fundamentalist principles and an
elite recruited in a certain way. It also implies national goals.
Objectively, the Taliban is the force that virtually managed to
complete the mission of unification of Afghanistan. It is a national
goal, which they almost attained. Sure, such a force does not come
from thin air. Of course, Pakistan and the US helped them at a
certain stage. But they helped them out of their own interests.
Concept of Controlled Conflicts
Concept of controlled conflicts is based on the principle of not
letting chaos happen. Control of territories by your enemy is the
number two dangerous thing; number three is when your territory is
controlled by a coalition: your friends and your foes. The best
option is when your territories are controlled by your supporters.
But chaos is the most unacceptable option. Because chaos in
Afghanistan will be posing a threat to the situation in Pakistan. But
there is China right behind Pakistan. Clash between China and India
in the conditions when China will not let Pakistan be eliminated is a
threat of a spontaneous Third World War when nuclear weapons will be
used. The question number two is: what is a country with 20 million
of population, but where there is no power? A drug supplier at best,
guilty of deaths of many Americans and Europeans?
The Taliban was being accused of drug trafficking. But the Taliban
started actually fighting against drugs, out of religious beliefs.
Another thing is that they did not always succeed in doing it. East
is East. In reality there were compromises involved on many
occasions. On many occasions chiefs of Pashto tribes would sell drugs
in exchange for loyalty to the Taliban regime. And until the Taliban
got consolidated, they could not take any radical measures. But
leaders of the Northern Alliance were the ones who profited from drug
trafficking the most.
The real head of Saudi Arabia today is Prince Abdallah. He is much
more of an Arab nationalist than Fahd is. But fundamentalism is an
enemy of the Saudi ruling regime. Especially that Osama Ben Laden is
from Saudi Arabia originally. Right now he is a hero for many
ordinary Saudis. Osama is a self-made man, who brought America down
on its knees. Why is there a serious coolness in the relations
between the Saudis and the Americans today? While the US is taking
its time in Afghanistan, hundreds and thousands of new Ben Ladens are
being born in Arab states, even the ones who are given the same
name. At a certain stage the Taliban started playing their own
strategic game. On the one hand unification of Afghanistan is good,
but on the other hand it is a problem for Pakistan. Pakistan is
supposed to be coordinating its position, while considering the
position that it is in at this moment. And the Taliban has started
making statements in support for Chechnya, they also started
threatening Central Asia and Musharraf personally.
When fundamentalist regime of the Taliban started playing not by the
Western rules, it became a threat to all of them and for Russia, -
and that's the prerequisite for creating a coalition. But the fact
that Osama Ben Laden transferred a million dollars to the Michigan
Militia to organize terrorist acts was only a pretext for a big game.
Hardly anybody knows about it, but the wife of Deputy Secretary of
Justice was on board the Boeing that was shot down by the US Air
Force. She made two phone calls when she said that the plane was
seized by ordinary Americans.
The logic of what is going on in the US is that there is an enemy,
and it is not some mythical international terrorism. The enemy is
Islamic fundamentalism. But nobody is going to say 'fundamentalism'.
They would rather call it 'extremism' or 'terrorism'. This is how the
entire system is united and placed on a new level: the new world
order. The new world order is supposed to have an enemy. There was a
time when the US set the rest of the world against the Soviet Union.
And right now a new structure must be built: the new strategic order
is for 5-10 years ahead. Unlike Moscow, they are thinking a few moves
ahead. The US has determined its strategic enemy: Islamic
fundamentalism, which must be destroyed from Washington's standpoint.
Which Fundamentalism Will Win?
There are some parallels with the confrontation between the USSR and
the world of capitalism. But the USSR was a state entity, and Islamic
fundamentalism is not. Is it a strength or a weakness? It is both
strength and weakness. In Algeria they cannot handle things, nor can
they solve any problems in Palestine.
Can fundamentalists win? What is victory? For me the victory is that
a radical change has happened in the minds of the Turkish students
for the past 15 years. 90% of Turkish students are viewing themselves
as Muslims first of all. What is victory? To seize the telephone and
telegraph station ? Just like Bolsheviks did?
No, in the context of today's global transitional period victory is a
process. A true victory is fundamentalist reorientation of the mind;
it is a radical overcoming of hypocrisy from both inside and outside.
Students of today are the elite of tomorrow. Today's Turkish or
Egyptian students are the future elite of these countries. Which way
will they go?
But there are complicated processes going on inside today's political
elites as well. For example, the things that Musharraf did when some
top officials were removed from the political establishment. It can
be viewed as a clash between clans, but you can also assume that no
radical purging has been done, and that there was some kind of an
agreement involved. And the traces of that agreement can still be
seen, when the Taliban leadership were brought out of Qunduz, when
the Northern Alliance did not call the Taliban 'captives', but they
called them 'guests' instead. Musharraf is not a dictator. He just
would not have been able to deal with his opponents. Then there must
be certain people inside the Pakistani elite, who stick to the
Victory means winning the people first of all, which implies forming
a model of certain type of behavior. A hero is not the one who jumps
on an embrasure screaming 'Allah Akbar!' ('God is Great!') and blows
his enemy up. A hero is first of all the one who creates a real model
of behavior and sets an example for hundreds and thousands of others.
The weakness that the US has is that virtual heroes cannot have any
effect on people's minds, but they only influence the emotions.
In reality many experts agree that Hollywood is playing the global
cathartic role for the Western civilization. Like, a person with some
tendencies towards violence comes to see a movie and blows off his
steam. But there is a flipside as well. Multiple use of
the 'Hollywood syndrome' creates a civilization of cowards with split
double-sided consciousness. An ordinary American watches a movie and
feels like he is Schwarzenegger, for example. Then he comes out of
the movie theater, and somebody comes up to him and says, «'Give me
your money man, or I'm gonna bust your ass». The model of his
behavior changes right away: he would put his hands up andcompliantly
say, «here is the money, take it». The Western civilization has
technologies, science, material achievements, but it has no heroes.
The syndrome can be seen from how long the Americans were discussing
Vietnam. Vietnam was being discussed from several different
perspectives, and this is why America lost its heroes as a result, --
and this is one of the key moments for the American right wing. The
American society acknowledged the war as being unnecessary and
crossed out the lives of thousands of people, -- the American
commandos, who were fighting the war and risking their lives. On the
one hand, there is human capital, and on the other hand, there is
fundamentalist civilization, which has Islamic fundamentalism in its
vanguard, which totally rejects the society of consumers: the cult of
things, the cult of stomach, the cult of material wealth, -- anything
which is against the faith, the religion, spirituality or fundamental
values. This is where the entire society is being formed: the group
of people ready to sacrifice, -- the heroes whose number increases
On the one hand, the Western civilization will no longer be able to
ever give birth to heroes. Soviet writer Gorky once said, «And you
will be living in the ground like blind worms do. Nobody is going to
write legends or sing songs about you».
On the other hand, getting some technologies is a matter of time for
the fundamentalists, even though the West is still ahead. Some time
ago the US was seriously discussing the use of nuclear weapons in
Afghanistan. That's nonsense. As soon as the US uses nuclear weapons,
it will mean that the US agreed to uncontrolled use of nuclear
weapons. And where will the US go then? They have been saying that
the Taliban vanished and disappeared. But the Taliban did just what
true Muslims, true fundamentalists were supposed to do. Pakistan has
closed its borders and virtually assumed a hostile position, and
Afghanistan was getting supplies through Pakistani territories. And
starvation has started in the country. Millions could have died.
Would it be a blow to the cause of Islam? Yes, it would. And smart
people from the Afghan government decided to disappear. But actually
the war in Afghanistan is only starting.
Afghanistan is the center of the East. And the East is the home of
Wisdom. There are certain agreements and expectations. And there are
agreements at a certain level.
Right now the Afghans are in an ideal position: they received weapons
from Russia, and the US is giving them money. There are various ways
they are getting money from them. As long as there is money,
everything will be all right. Problems will start when a real
distribution of power starts and when money supplies will be cut:
this is when the problem will be about «who will have the upper
hand». And there are all prerequisites ready for it: Tajiks have
tanks, warplanes and proper field commanders in Tajikistan; and Uzbek
leader Karimov is on the side of Dostum. According to some scenarios,
it may lead to further explosion in Central Asia, but this time
without the Taliban, but because the Taliban left. However strange it
may sound, the Taliban were some sort of a stabilizing force in this
kind of situation. Some field commanders are already saying that an
unjust thing happened back in the 1920s.
Many Tajiks were listed as Uzbeks in 1930s. And it cannot be
forgotten. As long as there is money, everybody is calm. But when the
money runs out and somebody will be short of something, that's when
distribution will start. People are already armed. There can be no
coalition government in the East: either strict dictatorship under a
charismatic leader, or chaos, when everybody is fighting against
everybody. In Afghanistan chaos may be created artificially.
What will Russia be left with? Why is Russia helping the
antiterrorist coalition? Just to solve the Chechen problem?
The US tricked Putin. Russia has virtually parted from China. Moscow
joined the pro-American coalition because Russia is weak. Weakness
means that there are dozens of ways to affect the situation in
Russia, to destabilize its domestic situation, its establishment, and
its economy. Due to the fact that the transitional period in Russia
was not completed, Russia is more dependent on external factors than
even Saudi Arabia is, let's say. Today Saudi Arabia is integrated
into the Western economic mechanism. But its integration has the
nature of interdependence. And Russia depends on the West, but the
West does not depend on Russia. In this sense China depends on the US
in the need to provide its economic growth. China depends more on the
Western markets, technologies and capital than the West depends on
China. But the West still depends on China substantially as well.
China made a move to distance from the policies of the US and the
West. Because the Chinese are in a much better position than Russia
is. Today there are only two self-sufficient states on our planet:
the US and China. China can even be ruled out. Its domestic
development can be hindered, the country may get starved, but it can
never be destroyed or destabilized to such an extent when
irreversible processes can get started. But Russia can be. You never
know if the present-day situation with oil prices is not a game
between the US and the Arab regimes against Russia. Free Western
capitals still need to get access to Russia's hydrocarbon reserves.
I think that Putin's attempt to make some strategic move is really
obvious: if you can't win in a direct clash, then you have to give
in. This is how it goes: Putin went to America so that Bush could
give him a carte blanche to play against the Yeltsin Family. Because
the problem is to really build the Putin regime. And today on the one
hand there are elements of the Putin regime, but on the other hand
real power belongs to the Family. Until September 22 Putin's
positions were pretty tough, and Russian Minister of Defense Sergei
Ivanov was saying that no military bases would be provided. Then the
US started sending some signals: «We could give you some
information». Putin had to seize the real power from the Family and
to give key government posts to his people. Putin needed a carte
blanche, but he did not get one. He needed a joint statement on the
fight against terrorism plus corruption. But the latter was only
mentioned in passing. From the American standpoint everything is
clear: Putin gave away all of his bargaining chips. Had his visit
taken place in early October, then he may have gotten something. But
once everything was already done, the plan of relations with Pakistan
was already developed and pressure was already put on India. And
now it makes no sense to be giving any bargaining chips to Putin,
from the American standpoint.
What can the Islamic Ummah oppose to the US?
There are really no civilizations on our planet. Capitalism at the
stage of globalism has virtually annihilated all civilizations. The
only stronghold of possible variety of civilizations is Islamic
fundamentalism and fundamentalist elements in various countries, both
in underground and in semi-underground forms. It is not the matter of
a clash of civilizations, but rather some head-on collision of
fundamentalism and Western technological quasi-civilization. And
variety of civilizations can be revived after such a clash.
Islamic fundamentalism started getting stronger back in the 60s. Only
30-35 years went by, and today there are hundreds of millions of
fundamentalists who are not afraid to die. And they are opposed with
2-3 billion cowards. When we are talking about annihilation of
civilizations by globalism, it implies deaths of nations and deaths
of people. But it is the work of Satan. The Koran says that the Most
High made the people into nations and tribes, so that they could come
to know one another. But now hundreds of nations and cultures just
ceased to exist. Deaths of civilizations and cultures is the work of
Satan. Fight between fundamentalism and the Western civilization is
the fight between the Ummah (Nation) of Allah and Satan.
Allah promised victory to the forces of Good. We the Muslims are
saying: «The true reality is only the existence of Allah». Virtual
world of the West is the work of Satan. I do not see Allah in
Hollywood's symbols. I do not see the love of the Most High in the
propaganda of same-sex love. There is no reality in total hypocrisy.
And since it is no reality, then it's illusion. Illusions inevitably
lead to Satan. When you encounter an illusion, you must eliminate it.
Not the reality, but the illusion must be eliminated. There is no
straight way to Allah without it.
Shamil Sultanov, political analyst, Candidate of Historical Sciences
From the text of Mr. Sultanov's interview to All About Islam
newspaper, published by Ansar.ru Internet edition
Translated from Russian by Kavkaz-Center
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