A Putin-Trump pact

In his speech to the US Congress on February 28, Donald Trump, with a streak of unrepentant ire, pronounced: “I have directed the Department of Defence to develop a plan to demolish and destroy ISIS – a network of lawless savages that have slaughtered Muslims and Christians, and men, women, and children of all faiths and beliefs. We will work with our allies, including our friends and allies in the Muslim world, to extinguish this vile enemy from our planet.”

 Yet, ISIS did not come from nothing. Like all ideologies, “Radical Islamic Terror” arose from the material conditions of war; in this instance, from Turkey across the Middle East into North Africa and Mali; and into parts of Eastern Europe (the Caucasus, Chechnya). It arose to combat large global standing armies in the form of NATO and the Russian/former Soviet army.

That is, to put it graphically, IED’s (improvised explosive devices) and suicide bombers, on the one hand, versus large tank, mortar, artillery and aircraft formations; legally allowed bombs of mass destruction; long range cruise missiles; and drone attacks. Jihad ingenuity and terror versus large-scale conventional military terror. David versus Goliath. There was no way that David could confront Goliath’s formations frontally and win.

Radical Islamic Terror arose in response to global systems of mass surveillance, the CIA and the Russian intelligence services. (Such mass surveillance, which Snowden, Assange and Manning, in their own ways, have brought to light; not by supposition and declaration but by hard data. And therefore, now exiled, holed up, or in jail.) And, additionally, to combat the routine work of CIA and Russian espionage: lies, disinformation, electronic warfare; opportunistic intervention and fomenting of civil war; the coercion, or assassination of national and international leaders by disease, fungi, bombings, poisoning and so on.

Radical Islamic Terror also arose to combat the scourge of private mercenary contractor armies, which run thousands of programmes in the theatre of NATO wars. Mercenary and contractor armies are dedicated to both electronic warfare and para-military ground operations; and often act with impunity. It arose to combat its totalitarian global chain of command: from the cheerleaders and gospellers of war, demonizing ‘enemies’, subverting facts, suppressing information, CNN, BBC, FOX, MSNBC, to the contractors in charge of prisons, arms exchange and sale, covert instruction and supply of arms to ‘moderate’ terrorists, logistical support to standing armies, and drone assassination. It has christened this totalizing force, Christian, Western.

The US and NATO created mayhem, terror and havoc in the Middle East;  from Turkey to Egypt to Mali, up beyond the Caucasus. This barbarianism precipitated backlash: Radical Islamic Terror, the refugee crisis in Europe, the instability of the European Union. The point is that Radical Islamic Terror is effect; and not cause. And President Donald Trump knows this. He says, if the NATO leaders, Bush, Clinton, Obama etcetera had gone on a holiday, gone to the beach or something, done nothing, the Middle East would have been in a better position today. He has vowed to “bomb the hell outa ISIS.”

However, ISIS is just the latest incarnation of Jihadism, a movement of fragments which morphs and confounds by its scale, intentions, capacities, complexity and difference. As long as there is an invasive NATO or Russian neo-colonial or imperialist standing army, there will be an ISIS. The genie has been let out of the bottle. You cannot wage interminable war against a civilization, culture, a people without expecting sudden impact, the ingenuity of terror to take hold and resist. So, the status quo is terror versus terror; the terror of NATO and Russia versus Jihad terror; terror does not have a party, a race, a culture, a civilization, a face. Terror is an ideology: it is shared. Radioactive.

Trump has been called a Hitler, reckless, a demagogue. However, he has called the Middle East a “disaster”. He has vowed to end US “nation-building”, a euphemism for US terror. He has said what no other US president has dared say. Responding to a question calling Putin a “killer’, he responded: “There are a lot of killers. You think our country is so innocent?” On Syria, he had said: “I have tremendous feeling for the people involved in this horrific humanitarian crisis in Syria. My first priority will always be to protect and serve our country, but as President I will find ways to help all those who are suffering.” He has said, “I will give it one hell of a shot”; referring to his intention to vie for a peace deal between the Palestinians and Israelis. He has pledged to be “neutral” in this “deal”.

Both Putin and Trump are cool and savoir faire practitioners. They must make an authentic anti-terror pact. They must first sit with the Israelis, Palestinians, and their Middle Eastern counterparts, and make peace. Peace between the Israelites and Palestinians will precipitate more peace; and will set the mood, tone, template, high moral impetus, for peace globally. This is a rare opportunity for global détente on terror. Let us hope the CNN, the CIA and the Clinton and McCain crooks, do not put a spanner in their spokes.

(Dr Wayne Kublalsingh is a Trinidadian who has worn many hats, including university professor, writer, activist, social commentator and tireless crusader for authentic economic development.)

3 Responses to A Putin-Trump pact

  1. jrsmith March 7, 2017 at 11:57 am

    In this white world everything is as the white folk wants it or else.
    ( Radical Islam) there is not such a thing its the white folk excuse because they dont understand or frighten to be outspoken about Islam…..
    As like (Voodoo) they never understand the African oldest religion because its way above they heads, because nothing is written and because its all spiritualism……so the white folk answer introduce they own religion and lay claims (Voodoo) is evil…….

    The faith of (Islam) is taught to the kids from the time they can speak , when kids are growing up between 9 to 10 a lot of the kids could recite most of the (Quoran ) from front to back its like having a degree .. the only thing they need is in the name of (Allah) thats the motivation …

    People in our region have not the faintest idea what they letting themselves in for and our individual islands. We cannot call people sinners and ignore the facts that there is lots of sinners around us…all we see is talk talk , all mouth and trousers , leave well alone , our region hasn’t achieve much in the past 60 years, we are still waiting…………………………..

  2. Othneal March 7, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    Dr. Kublalsign reads like an apologist for Islamic State. He
    conveniently avoided the real motivation that drives IS. Which is to Islamise the world and subject the whole of humanity to the tyranny of sheira law It is not a mystery that Islam, having contributed enormously to the scientific advancement of human development, remains anchored in the dark ages.
    All the religions of the world have contributed in equal measure to the misery that blights the lives of so many today.
    Essentially, the reason for this is that, despite being arguably the most intelligent creatures that populate the Earth, Man in his arrogance and egotism is without Godly Wisdom. Without Godly Wisdom mankind is doomed, despite having all the resources for a universally satisfying life at their disposal. Much like giving a dolphin all the parts of a watch and expecting it to assemble it.
    Our world has such great potential !!!

  3. Patricia Harvey March 7, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Trump and Putin are the latest set of savoir faire robbers who are panting to get their share of the spoils of the Middle East…and everywhere else. To believe differently is to be hopelessly naive. The world is up for grabs and typically, these two have their hands so deep in each other’s pockets, that they cannot single-handedly rob anyone else. So they join up. Small nations will do well to be most careful and put measures in place to safeguard themselves if they can.
    The first step will be to demonize the target, then give the dog a bad name…and hang it.


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