Brussels–Terror Begets Terror Spectacularly


March 27, 2016

Terror begets terror. Brussels just proved this, once and for all, spectacularly.

by Charles B. Anthony

Black gold and Sykes-Picot have made sure that the Middle East has never been a stable place. But the last 15 years of organised violence have accelerated the degeneration to the point of breaking up any stability left into splinters of abject chaos.–Charles B. Anthony

Every war we fought, dictator we propped up, terrorist we armed and proxy conflict we encouraged, helped bring us to what happened on March 22 in Brussels

The sanest thing we could have ever done after the two hijacked planes crashed into the Twin Towers in 2001 was ask why. What motivates people to take so many lives and their own so spectacularly? After all, when a crime is committed, the first thing any law official looks for is a motive.

But this was the age of the Project for the New American Century, multiple theatre wars and redeployment of American forces in pursuit of American interests. The neocons had successfully managed to hack into the US government and somehow Tony Blair at the same time.

We all know the story: it’s painfully repetitive and would be stupid if it wasn’t so gloriously engineered. American writer Gore Vidal acutely labelled it “perpetual war for perpetual peace”: Peace, not desired but a disingenuously given excuse for war to reign indefinitely.

And so in pursuit of power, resource and hegemony, we set off to war and never looked back.Black gold and Sykes-Picot have made sure that the Middle East has never been a stable place. But the last 15 years of organised violence have accelerated the degeneration to the point of breaking up any stability left into splinters of abject chaos.

Each bomb we, the West, dropped on Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya rippled through the desert sands, winning hearts and minds to hatred, forever changing the landscape of a region already traumatised from a century of systematic and sustained abuse.

Every war we fought, dictator we propped up, terrorist we armed and proxy conflict we encouraged, can be found in the genesis of what happened om March 22, 2016 in Brussels.

Militant political Islam from the East, whether we like it or not, is a bastard love child of the West: midwifed in the dungeons of Nasser’s Egypt, aided by the CIA as counterweight to Pan-Arab nationalism then raised on the milk of Kalashnikovs in Afghanistan as proxy force to fight Russia.

Al-Qaeda via Iraq’s occupation grew until the gory propaganda of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi bubbled over, creating ISIS. The NATO-backed destruction of Libya and support for the destabilisation of the Syrian government, with a wishful view to easily deposing Assad, added to the perfect storm.

The more these competing  Chief Firemen talk, more Brussels

Fifteen years of rapidly growing hostility towards Muslims in the West coupled with a foreign policy that both indirectly and directly fuels militant political stands of Islam, is a powerful recruiting sergeant. Enter hashtag Caliphate.

If September 11 was blowback, what is happening now is a collection of multiple backdrafts, where world leaders fight to be chief fireman, clambering to put out flames foolishly using only oxygen.

And as fire engulfs, spreading to every capital, so blame increases. It’s not me it’s you. It’s your hijab, beard, minaret and inability to take a joke. Who cares if the number one victims of ISIS worldwide are Muslims? What does it matter that the people fighting ISIS on the frontline, by and large, are Muslim.

And so, within an hour of the Brussels bombings, #StopIslam starts trending worldwide, even though every Muslim I encountered yesterday on social media was actively praying for Brussels.

Racism is ultimately a tool used by the powerful to divide and rule for economic purposes. In slavery the white power structure could only benefit from the bodies of black people if it successfully argued that black people didn’t have souls. Today, imperial wars in the Middle East in pursuit of power and resources can only truly be maintained if victims of the bombings, dug out of the rubble, are a sub-human other: terrorists in short.

Fifteen years of rapidly growing hostility towards Muslims in the West coupled with a foreign policy that both indirectly and directly fuels militant political stands of Islam, is a powerful recruiting sergeant. Enter hashtag Caliphate.

In a globalised word, where borders are becoming more irrelevant, what happens a hundred miles away can never be distanced or dismissed. The rise of social media has seen the spreading of information wrestle the monopoly of ideas from the hands of the few to the smartphones of the many. Today 140 characters on Twitter are more powerful than 140 RPGs in Raqqa, and don’t ISIS know it.

Contrary to belief, ISIS is a wholly modern phenomenon; a product of sour times, with a nucleus firmly traced back to a resource war. But analysis and declarations of “I told you so” won’t do much in the way of combating what evidently is a very clear, present, rising and physical threat. So, if bombs and racism are not the answer, what is?

Something we should have done 15 years ago: Ask why. Many of us argued in the years following the attacks on the Twin Towers, that in order to be tough on terrorism you had to be tough on the causes of terrorism. Those voices, like the two million that marched against the war in Iraq were maligned and ignored, to the peril of a future generation.

Drain the swamp if you don’t want flies. If the bog of material excuses invoked by the demigods by al-Qaeda in 2001 could fill a river, today they make up an ocean.

Yemen, Turkey, Syria, Tunisia, Libya, Nigeria, France, Belgium, Britain, Spain, Iraq, Sudan, Palestine, I could go on; the list is unfortunately long and perilously connected. As a human my natural instinct is defend humanity therefore I sincerely wish to see an end to inhumane violence on a international scale, irrelevant of country. Je suis human.

On a personal level: what happened in Brussels could quite easily happen in London. On a smaller scale it already has. In July 2005 I was on the tube, a stop away from Russell Square, as the bombs struck the London underground leaving hundreds of fellow Londoners dead or injured.

I am not willing to become victim of someone else’s graphic spectacle without a serious fight. This world is as much my stage as it is their’s. Acting is too important to be left to David Cameron, Francois Hollande or Barack Obama. My role is to hold power to account for failing us terribly. Terror begets terror. Brussels just proved this, once and for all, spectacularly.

– Charles B. Anthony  is a writer, filmmaker, columnist, producer/host of Middle East Eye’s Blink News and researcher for Will Self.

The views expressed in this article belong to the author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Middle East Eye.

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8 thoughts on “Brussels–Terror Begets Terror Spectacularly

  1. When politicians talk, men, women and children die. Surrounded by Secret Service or equivalents, they pontificate, while Brussels and more Brussels blow up. Obama, Cameron, Hollande et. al keep talking while we, ordinary citizens of the world, run for cover. Where to run when we know that we are no longer safe, even in our bedrooms.

    So let the struggle for power and black oil continues. How true: “Fifteen years of rapidly growing hostility towards Muslims in the West coupled with a foreign policy that both indirectly and directly fuels militant political stands of Islam, is a powerful recruiting sergeant. Enter hashtag Caliphate”. –Din Merican

  2. Also, governments of powerful nations that cynically support and arm corrupt and repressive regimes in developing countries for geopolitical or economic reasons (including access to important commodities such as oil).

    China supporting North Korea, USA supporting our 1Malaysia regime, France supporting kleptocracies in West African former French colonies, USA supporting the regimes in Uzbekistan, Egypt, Bahrain, Pakistan

    Nations that act ethically in their foreign policy such as Sweden, other Nordic countries, Canada, are less likely to be targeted in angry “blowback” actions.

  3. In the name of national interest what is one or two million innocent soul in collatoral damage? And as the world economic picture worsen more and more war will break out everywhere. This is the standard SOP of the neo con.

  4. So which “Western” politician is willing to gamble with the popularity of his and his political party and tell his electorate and say, yes, Charles B. Anthony is absolutely right.

    Leaving aside history for the moment, and going forward, is the following what Charles B. Anthony want?

    Sit down in a civilized manner with people we used to call “cowards”, “murderers”, “terrorists”, who cheerfully behead our very own innocent citizens on the Internet, make peace with them, pump in billions of our taxpayers’ money and develop these communities / countries to become self-sustaining economies which will then compete with our own national industries and actually take away jobs from our already hard-pressed workers? Just see what China is doing right now. You want to knowingly create a few mini-Chinas right on Europe’s doorstep?

    And of course if Israel doesn’t like it and make a fuss, well, they and their international bankers can all jump into the Sea of Galilee and wait for their Messiah to appear to rule the World.

    And Russia will say, hey, you guys are all hypocrites. All you are interested is to monopolize the oil. We will not have any of that. Give us some of Crimea and we may close one eye.

    Any Western politician now wishing to retain popular power must be seen to fight to the finish. Their electorate demands it, and ISIS welcomes it.

    So Mr. Anthony, sorry to say, it is already too late for any soft options. For every bloodied, mangled, unidentifiable body the Western press shows on the streets of Brussels or London, ISIS can show hundreds in the bombed desolate towns and villages across the sacred desert sands. Neither you nor any bleeding heart journalist, film maker can turn back the clock or hope to by putting your China-made pen to elegant prose. If you think you can, run for political office and prove it.

    It has to be a fight to the finish, unless of course the Good, Loving and Merciful God wakes up, comes down from His High Heaven and do whatever a Good, Loving and Merciful God does.

  5. An eye for an eye will leave us both with one each. Well in the country of the blind the one-eyed man is king.

  6. “It has to be a fight to the finish,” Wayne

    Yup. Armageddon is actually something related to the “Shariah Rating” that our most brilliant PMO comes out with. Nothing justifies self-praise like the scream of “God is Great” in Arabic, in the throes of exploding a suicide vest. Even that, they copied from the Tamil Tigers, who weren’t circumcised.

    Perhaps it also goes a long way to explain King David’s proclivity for the excessive culling of foreskins from the Philistines.. The Amerindians learnt it from the French, who misread the Biblical word ‘circumcision’ as ‘scalping’. Anyway, a head is a head. Risky behavior is contagious.

  7. Western Imperialism enables Muslim Extremism but Islam is a problem. Nobody wants to admit this. Islam has not been through a civilizing process. And many Muslims -too many- are proud of this.

    Like any Religion which has not been tamed, Islam seeks to impose control. You don’t have to look far. There is only so much a State can do to wield religion as a tool of oppression. In Malaysia, subjugation is embraced.

    It’s mind-set and if we disregard the violence committed by IS, do we really see any difference in the core beliefs of say UMNO, PAS and even Amanah and this Islamic criminal organization ?

    Do we see a rejection of dogma as unsuitable for a peaceful coexistence between a diversity of people and beliefs ?

    No we don’t.

    Western Influence is embraced and scorned. Embraced because it brings luxury to a certain class and scorned because ultimately it breeds a kind of independence from constricting ideologies. And this is unsuitable when it comes to Muslim elites to maintain hegemony.

    It’s this kind of liberal pandering, that will handicap the West in what Wayne correctly identifies as a fight to the finish.

  8. /// Wayne March 27, 2016 at 4:40 pm
    It has to be a fight to the finish, unless of course the Good, Loving and Merciful God wakes up, comes down from His High Heaven and do whatever a Good, Loving and Merciful God does. ///

    If I think I know your thinking, I must read this as facetious. This is the nub of the unsolvable problem of the Abrahamiac faiths – all three of them – they are claim to be the right god and the only god. And all these murderers are doing it in the name of god and know that god is on their side.

    Well, you can wait long long; wait until Kingdom come.

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