|Two Men by the Sea - Caspar David Friedrich|
There are many types of revolutions. The most obvious kind is the one we have recently witnessed in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and in Ukraine. However, there are other sorts of revolutions that are more subtle although they may also result in bloodshed.
During the course of my research on terrorism, the Arab-Israeli conflict and on delegitimising campaigns, I couldn't avoid realising the concatenation of events from late 1990's onwards, when a true revolution subtly sprouted.
In 1997, the Arab League, in a well thought out strategy, decided to revive (near the UN General Assembly) the Resolution 181 as a basis for the Arab-Israeli peace agreement, knowing that it had been considered void after their utter rejection of the 1947 Partition Plan. What is interesting about the timing of this move is that it seems to be linked to other events, that can't be coincidental (since coincidences do not exist): in 1998, the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania suffered a bombing attack; in 2000, the the USS Cole in Yemen suffered yet another bombing strike. These events were attributed to Al-Qaeda (AQ) but, according to Christopher M. Blanchard (in Al Qaeda: Statements and Evolving Ideology), Bin Laden had always denied its authorship despite saying that whomever did it had his support and shared motivations.
The United States till this day attribute those attacks to AQ, but what if the official account is partially misleading (for political considerations)?
Al-Qaeda's 9/11 attacks, in 2001, had the following goals:
- To deliver a destructive strike against America in retaliation for its aggression in the Islamic world (i.e. to implement a strategy of intimidation: the US didn't change your policy vis-a-vis the Islamic nations, so we attacked her)
- To indicate and support the "emergence of a new virtuous leadership" dedicated to opposing "the Zionist-Anglo-Saxon-Protestant coalition"
- "To prompt [the US] to come out of its hole." (i.e. to implement a strategy of provocation and attrition: to cause America to retaliate and, thus, to attrit its economic, political and military power).
Thereafter, the AQ's leadership served as an inspiration to several Islamic causes and, in June 2005, Ayman Al-Zawahiri laid out the three foundations of AQ (Sharia law-based government; liberation of Islamic homelands and liberation of the people through the rejection of rulers who violate Islamic laws and principles) and although many Muslim organisations distance(d) themselves from radical Salafist causes, they all abide by the same Big Satan-Little Satan doctrine and aim at the same: attrit by all means necessary the US, Europe and Israel (the synecdoche of Jews) to the point of making the two first bleed economically [in order to accept the massive Arab investment, pushing them to engage in wars that will cause mass Muslim migration into their borders (i.e. the refugee strategy)]; and to the point of destroying the latter.
By any means deemed necessary...
The Arab League, after 1997, decided to use the UN as a platform from which it would start its political war of attrition.
Al-Qaeda, its affiliates and other Islamic terrorist groups, act as the Arab League's unofficial armed wing and the wagers of the military war of attrition.
The BDS movement (born in July 2005, a month after Al-Zawahiri laid out the three pillars of Al-Qaeda) and its many associates were charged with the cultural and economic war of attrition.
I take my hat off to the Saudi-led Arab League of Nations for the way they carried out one of the most well organised revolutions this earth has ever had the pleasure to witness. They were smart and played the game well. But...
For every revolution there is a counter-revolution.