Back during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, American intelligence agencies funneled large quantities of money and weaponry to the various jihad groups that sprang up to resist the infidel Soviet invaders of the Ummah. Under those circumstances, it wouldn’t have been surprising to read something like the following in a radical Islamic publication circulated in the Middle East and South Asia:
“We Muslims should help America in its jihad against the USSR. Muslims have experienced Soviet aggression more than anybody else. And now in alliance with Washington we have a chance to pay them back for all of the suffering that the Soviets have inflicted on the Islamic world. We call upon Muslims and American Christians to join in a united Islamic-Christian jihad against the Satanic Soviet Union.”
Yep, that’s what it was like. But that was then; this is now.
I composed the above quote by switching around selected proper nouns and adjectives in a sentence from the story below. According to UCSJ:
Russian Muslim Leader Declares Anti-US Jihad
Talgat Tadzhuddin, one of Russia’s two competing chief muftis, has once again declared jihad against the US, this time because of its support for Georgia, according to a September 8, 2008 report by the online news web site Gazeta.ru. “The USA are fiends of hell who impose spiritual assimilation on anybody who strikes back against their filthy hands,” the mufti is quoted as saying, further characterizing the West as “enemies of the human race.” An August 29, 2008 BBC Russian service report carries an additional quote: “We [Muslims] should help Russia in its jihad against the USA. Muslims have experienced their aggression more than anybody else. And now in alliance with Moscow we have a chance to pay them back for all of the suffering that the Americans have inflicted on the Islamic world. We call upon Muslims and Russian Orthodox to join in a united Islamic-Orthodox jihad against the Empire of Satan.”
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Muslim and Orthodox commentators have reacted by criticizing the mufti’s statement. In 2003, Mufti Tadzhuddin called for a jihad against the US in reaction to the war in Iraq, but he then kept silent on the topic, reportedly at the insistence of the government.
It seems that what goes around, comes around. What a difference twenty years can make!
Can there be any clearer indication of how badly we have botched our Caucasus policy?
Forget for a moment the argument over whether Georgia is a democracy or not. Come down from the moral high ground long enough to assess our long-term aims in resisting the Great Jihad.
It doesn’t matter whether or not George Soros bankrolled the regime in Tbilisi. And I don’t have to believe that Putin is the Savior of the West to come to the conclusion that our actions in the Caucasus have done serious damage to our strategic interests.
By poking around on Russia’s borders we have helped cement a de facto alliance between Moscow and the Great Jihad. Things didn’t have to be this way — it’s not in the Russians’ long-term interests to make friends with the mujahideen in their midst. And the Kremlin may come to regret doing business with the mullahs and the imams, just as we have.
But now that we’ve played our blundering hand in Russia’s near abroad, it’s in Moscow’s short-term interests to aid and abet as much Islamic mayhem as possible directed against America and its allies.
Great job, Foggy Bottom! What a superb strategic coup!
Hat tip: Holger Danske.