Charlie Hebdo & The Old World Order
By Khaama Press - Sun Jan 25 2015, 10:27 am
By S. Mubashir Noor
In the aftermath of Charlie Hebdo, Western Europe can finally make amends for its mistakes since Armistice Day 1918 by completely clamping down on Muslim migration to the neighborhood. This will force Muslims to learn to love themselves before they expect others to reciprocate. It will help shake off the malaise of learned helplessness that has overwhelmed their lives. They will work towards making their own countries livable, aware that no handouts also mean no strings attached. Sink or swim, do or die.
This won’t come to pass because the stakes are too high. Misery is big business and business is good. For the many sponsors of manageable chaos, every child born below the poverty line is an opportunity to make a buck. An upwardly mobile third-world is bad for investors, and bad for the soul.
The Entente powers are unwilling to relinquish the right to tut-tut their colonial peasantry. Simultaneously they cannot risk diluting their predisposition to war and disease, for big defense and pharmaceutical contracts depend on it. Immigration is a carrot dangled to these world-weary, a ticket to the promised land of plenty, free of strife and strain.
Now the chickens have come home to roost. The war has announced itself at their doorstep, and freedom fears for its life. Ironically Britain and France have only themselves to blame for a gross miscalculation. At the end of World War I, they greedily divvied up Muslim lands comprising the vanquished Ottoman Empire, thereby dismantling the only leash that would fit rapidly radical Islam, the Caliphate.
Outwardly, the logic was flawless. The Ottoman Empire consisted of local power brokers looking for a leg up. Despite having pledged their allegiances to the Ottoman Sultan, the circumference of nationalities nonetheless provided cracks to chip away at. The Arabian peninsula was especially vulnerable, the Arabs having little in common with their Turk overlords. The Sultan was no mere despot however, he was also Caliph of the Muslim world.
The Islamic institution of the Caliphate was established by companions of the Prophet Muhammed to provide historical continuity to Islam. It survived 1300 years, many relocations and the Mongols. Unlike the Roman Catholic faith where the Pope is law unto himself, the Imam (chief cleric) of the Great Mosque in Mecca has little to no spiritual sway in the Muslim world. The Caliph was considered the spiritual and military leader of the Muslim Ummah (entire community). His personal virtues or lack thereof were irrelevant. He was the only person under Islamic law able to declare offensive jihad.
When the Caliph spoke, Muslims shut up and listened. That was the status quo. It is hard to imagine these alternate realities of Islam slipping into the mainstream had the Caliphate survived. Such theological anomalies and their progenitors would have been flagged and dealt with post-haste to preserve the body politic. Detours of faith propped up by wayward sons would erode the Caliph’s political capital in the Islamic world. That would be unacceptable.
From Morocco to Indonesia, large swathes of Muslim land fell under generations of European rule in the 19th & 20th centuries. Their British & French sovereigns recut the socio-economic fabric to better dress the fealty of their new subjects. Land was exploited, cultures diminished and histories rewritten.
When they grudgingly parted ways after World War II, power was transferred to the local blue-eyed boys, thereby keeping one hook in the national life force. The other hook was planted into infant economies. Promise of money replaced the yoke of tyranny. Neo-colonialism in the form of super-lending entities like the IMF and World Bank came to be. The premise was simple, keep the colonial rat in the money maze. If the Muslim world were addicted to beg and borrow, the Entente owned their first borns for perpetuity.
Trampled underfoot by one scourge after the other, the Muslim consciousness sought refuge in religious introspection. Like a little child it grew possessive of this comfort blanket, lashing out at the mere suggestion of replacement or repair. How else would they get by? For quick perspective, India, that bastion of poverty, has almost 30% of its 1.2 billion living on less than USD $6 a month. 31% of that figure are Muslims.
Muslims display as much humor on the subject of Islam and the Holy Prophet as the Jews do about the Holocaust. They don’t debase other faiths and expect the same courtesy extended to them. If respect is a two-way street then Charlie Hebdo is the land-mine. Three million new copies of another passion-stoking cover may plump up their retirement benefits, but puts them in the crosshairs of other malcontents. Thanks to France and friends, the Muslim world is teeming with them.