SHAFAQNA – In what can only be described as a rare moment of political clarity … that or Washington actually grew a conscience, US Secretary of State John Kerry admitted to Daesh (aka ISIL) dark genocidal agenda, validating once and for all those calls experts, academics, politicians, and religious clerics have made over the past few years.
It was Dr. Andrew Morrow, a prominent Islamic scholar, and author of The Covenants Of The Prophet Muhammad With The Christians Of The World, who, back in the summer of 2015 launched the Genocide Initiative hoping to shine a light on the reality of Wahhabism – the radicalism it has inspired, and the bloodshed it has rationalized.
Backed by religious figureheads such as Bishop Francis Kalabat of the Chaldean Catholic Church, Dr Morrow and his supporters have worked to mobilize the world’s attention; keen to raise a network of truth, tolerance, and compassion to oppose the evil which has permeated Daesh’s ideology.
If the road to recognition was a difficult one, it is clear those efforts Dr Morrow invested in denouncing Terror, and its armies have finally carried onto the political world, allowing for a few truths to be spoken, and dialogue to be restored.
For the second time in a week, the United States publicly recognized Daesh’s crimes against all religious minorities in the Middle East, thus offering victims the dignity of the truth. It is important to remember that if the Black Flag Army has in fact darkened the skies of Arabia with the miasmas of its hatred, it is the denial of Wahhabism’ perverse nature which most of all has angered victims.
From all corners of Arabia, beyond ethnicities and faiths, all manners of people have died before Daesh’s pernicious radicalism … this dogma which illegitimately claimed to be the carrier of Islam’s truest traditions.
Beyond all divides, whether east or west, north or south, communities have stood together in the fear of Wahhabism, threatened in their faith, and victimized in their flesh. It is this pain, and this injustice which so many suffered under, activists have campaigned to see recognized. Under Daesh’s blade Christians, Yezidis, and Muslims (Shiites and Sunnis) have stood as equal. All have seen their respective shrines and places of worship defiled; all have lost loved ones and precious memories of a time when faith stood a common denominator, and not a divider of men.
Branded heretics, and infidels those who cried God against Daesh have been hunted down with a ferocity reminiscent of the Crusades. A vengeful plague, Daesh armies have desecrated holy grounds across the Greater Levant, purposely working to eradicate History from men’s memory, so that only its hate would exist.
Under Daesh, under Wahhabism, all Believers have stood in the line of fire. Under this new radicalism it is all the sons of Abraham – the father of nations, who have been earmarked for annihilation. To see such injustice, cruelty, and rabid intolerance recognized will help towards the denunciation of the real evil of our times: Wahhabism – this diseased dogma which has sat behind false religious sanctity, while clamouring for bloodletting.
It is such an abject negation of the divine religious scholars wanted to see both exposed and denounced. Eventually … finally their calls were heard … not only that, their calls were answered.
Days after the House passed a nonbinding resolution by a 393-0 vote condemning ISIS atrocities as genocide, John Kerry said Thursday (March 17, 2016) that ISIS has been committing genocide against religious minorities in the Middle East.
“Daesh is genocidal by self-proclamation, by ideology and by actions,” Kerry said in a televised address, using another name for the Sunni militant group. “We must recognize what Daesh is doing to its victims. Naming these crimes is important but what is essential is to stop them.”
He went on: “Daesh is also responsible for crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing directed at these same groups and in some cases also against Sunni Muslims, Kurds, and other minorities.”
While words, however damning and condemning will never evaporate the ignominy so many communities were put through for they dared walk a path Wahhabism could not, in its blindness, recognize as worthy, America’s testimony to the world will go a long way by way of vindication.
At such a time when the world stands divided along ethnic and sectarian lines, reason very much needed to re-enter the fray.
And while it is likely Kerry’s announcement was made under political duress, his words will nevertheless allow for a broader conversation to be held on the ideological nature of Wahhabism – the cornerstone upon which Daesh, and its other acronyms have rested upon.
Back in February the Obama administration came under fire at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing when lawmakers grilled Kerry over why the State Department had not yet branded ISIS massacres of Christians a genocide. “The whole world knows Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East,” Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a California Republican and frequent critic of the Obama Administration, said at the hearing.
Five years after Daesh raised its odious flag, the world stands a step closer to recognize the true nature of its ideology, and finally come to terms with the fact that Wahhabism remains the very negation of Islam.
Contrary to popular belief, Islam absolutely forbids any form of persecution against religious communities. The Quran reads: “to me, my religion, to you, your religion.” The Prophet Muhammad himself wrote a series of covenants (peace treaty) with Christian communities which stipulate that no harm would, and should come to them by Muslims’ hands.
And while there is no denying that men have seldom abided to such commands, blame falls not on Islam, but those who failed to heed its calls for tolerance.
By Catherine Shakdam – This articles was published first in the American Herald