Is Wahhabi terrorism bad in France, good in Syria?

by: Mohamed Omar

Posted in Allmän islamkunskap, Europeiska muslimer, Terrorism, Wahhabism by Mohamed Omar on mars 23, 2012

In mid March a Wahhabi fanatic attacked a Shiite mosque in Brussels and killed the imam. A week later it was time for the Wahhabis to strike again. Mohammad Mehra, a young Frenchman of Algerian origin killed seven people. Three children were among the victims.
The murderer then barricaded himself in his apartment until he suddenly decided to jump out of a window. As he was falling he got sprayed with bullets by the hundreds of police who were besieging the building.
President Sarkozy condemned the acts with very harsh words. Rightly so. The problem is that Sarkozy, while going after Wahhabi terrorists at home, supports them in Syria. This is what makes his moral stance questionable.
The French, and other Western governments, support Wahhabi fanatics in Syria, but they do not want them at their own back yard. In France a Wahhabi fanatic and terrorist like Mohammad Mehra is hunted, besieged and shot while in Syria Wahhabi terrorist groups are applauded as they kill soldiers, women and children.
In my eyes this looks like a moral dilemma. Western governments clearly have a credibility problem. Not only do they give all kinds of support to the likes of Mohammad Mehra in Syria, they also have friendly relations with the Saudi regime.
Saudi Arabia is the birthplace of Wahhabism, the ideology espoused by Mohammed Mehra and most of the insurgents in Syria. Wahhabism is the official sect of Saudi Arabia and it actively tries to spread it throughout the world. Without Wahhabism there would be no Al-Qaeda.
In fact “Al-Qaida”, or rather “Qaidism” since it is more of a way of thinking than an organization, is just another expression of Saudi Islam or Wahhabism. The Wahhabis, or Salafis as they call themselves, are divided into several groups but they all share a common world view, which includes a strong element of “internal Islamophobia”.
By that I refer to their understanding of themselves as the only saved sect and their virulent rejection of other Muslims, especially Sufi oriented Sunnis and Shiites. This “internal Islamophobia” means that they demonize all other Muslims and dismiss most of the great Mystics, Theologians and Philosophers of the past.
The sect was founded in the 19th century by a preacher of the name Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, thus they are called “Wahhabis”, i.e. the followers of Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, as sects and schools of thought are normally named after their founders.
During the hunt for Mohammad Mehra and the siege of his hideout Toulouse turned into a small scale Bab Amro. The French authorities cut of water and electricity as the police waited for him to surrender. A single Wahhabi gunman managed to shake an entire city! Imagine if France had to deal with thousands of armed Wahhabi fanatics set on tearing down the government. Well, that is exactly the situation in Syria.
After this incident Sarkozy should think twice before blaming the Syrian government for its crack down on Wahhabi terrorist groups. These groups kill children, rape women, use civilians as human shields and occupy residential areas.
Perhaps Sarkozy just wants to use them to take down the government in Syria and then dump them after the job is finished. I don’t think it will be that easy. These groups have a different vision of future Syria. They want to install a Wahhabi state similar to Afghanistan under the Taliban and they think they are commanded by God to do so.
The French government should know that its friendship with Saudi Arabia and its backing of Wahhabis militants in Libya and Syria will embolden the Wahhabi movement globally. The so called “Arab Spring” has led to a surge of Wahhabi influence all over the everywhere and their self confidence has never been as high. They feel they are winning and that Syria is within reach. The attack on a Shiite mosque in Brussels and the massacre in Toulouse are two expressions of this new confidence.
If you play with fire you might get burned and Wahhabi terrorism on your own back yard is much more unpleasant than watching the Syrian people suffer from a distance. But once the wild dogs of Wahhabism are unleashed anything can happen.
Western governments are betraying their own values and the values of their peoples by supporting these Wahhabi groups in Libya and Syria and by maintaining friendly relations with the Wahhabi dictatorship of Saudi Arabia.
I call on Western governments to be faithful to their own values. Nothing more, nothing less. Stop supporting Wahhabism in Syria! If not for the sake of the Syrians, then for your own sake. You cannot fight Wahhabi terrorists with one hand and support them with the other. You have to realize that if you strengthen the forces of Wahhabism in Syria and in the Middle East as a whole this will have repercussions on the Muslim communities in the West.
I know that morals do not mean much do politicians but I call on Sarkozy to contemplate the pain of Syrian mothers. To kill children is a bestial act, whether in France or in Syria, whether in Toulouse or in Homs. The pain of Syrian mothers, who have lost their children to Wahhabi terrorists, is no different from the pain of French mothers, whose children were shot by Mehra.
Please, Sarkozy, stop supporting Wahhabi terrorism in Syria! Instead you should sit down with the lawful Syrian government and the genuine, peaceful opposition, and try to contribute to the implementation of the reform program.
As you grieve the French soldiers murdered by this fanatic Wahhabi, try to understand the feelings of the Syrian people who have lost thousands of soldiers and police officers, murdered in cold blood by the ideological and religious friends of Mohammad Mehra.
Mohamed Omar is a Swedish freelance writer. He works for Islam Times.

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