SHAFAQNA – It was Abraham Lincoln I recall who once proclaimed: “Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves.”
And: “Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought. Let us have faith that right makes might and in that faith let us; to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.”
Why you may say do those quotes matter when spoken in relations to the United States government’s friendships with Gulf monarchies?
For one, they speak of a time when moral and ethics took precedent over political opportunism and profiteering. They also spoke of a time when the idea which was America – this one free nation under God, spoke of principles so great they could neither be sold nor bartered with. And so I ask once more, where has America gone to with its friendships with Gulf monarchies, and theocracies?
I am not so naïve as to believe that America owes the world anything … just like the world I would say owes America not an ounce of its freedom or territorial sovereignty. I understand too that America stands at war with Terror – this nefarious and unpalatable enemy who feeds on the blood of the innocent and ambition to rob communities of their right to pray God in the fashion which suit them best.
But Terror was engineered. Terror did not simply spring out of thin air to suffocate others. Terror we absolutely need to comprehend was aided, and abated before it could become this grand threat plotting humanity’s demise away. You read correctly: humanity.
I will not insult and belittle the victims of Terror by arguing with you, geography and whose life is more deserving of your anger – that of a Yemeni child born to a faith Wahhabism despises or that of US soldiers in Afghanistan fallen to al-Qaeda.
Terror has come to claim humanity for itself and it is our humanity which in the end we ought to hold on to if we are in fact to defeat this cancerous monstrosity.
And so again I ask you: where has America gone to as it sits today on the tyrants’ tables?
Why bargain with the devil and risk eroding at the very institutions which, once upon a time, made America great? Why deny nations the very Freedom and Liberty America’s forefathers claim by the strength of their arms, and the conviction of their hearts? Why stand with the enslavers when America could speak for the oppressed?
No one is arguing that America is not at war … America has been in a state of perpetual war for several decades already, and yet it does not seem any closer to a satisfactory resolution. How many more American lives will have to be sacrificed to the war complex for America to recognise that it was tricked into nefarious friendships, and conned into hating the wrong parties?
What greater betrayal but to jeopardise the sanctity of your own civil liberties? What greater sin but to become the very oppression you once swore to defeat, so a free nation could stand under God?
It is French philosopher Voltaire who said: “To learn who rules over you, simply find who you cannot criticise.”
Today I believe this entity to be Saudi Arabia. How long did it take the families of the victims of the 9/11 tragedy to demand that accountability be given where accountability was due?
A murderous, theocratic, reactionary regime Saudi Arabia is literally drunk on the blood of its victims, and yet no challenge has been made to its rule. Worse still, Riyadh has grown as bold as to threaten those parties which wish to hold it accountable – I’m speaking here of the United States of America and the United Nations.
America has said to absolutely rejects Islamic radicalism and yet it has supported the very manifestation of such ideology: Saudi Arabia.
America has called upon world nations to rise against Terror, and its governments have turned a blind eye to Terror itself for it was draped in petrodollars and lucrative military contracts.
What will happen when Terror is done cleansing the Middle East and Asia? What will happen to those weapons America and other Western capitals have been so eager on selling vindictive theocracies?
And so I ask you one last time: where has America gone to?
By Catherine Shakdam – Director of Programs for the Shafaqna Institute for Middle Eastern Studies
This article was published as well in the Huffington Post