The recent secret military documents posted by the website Wikileaks revealed to the ordinary American a disturbing, but unsuprising, reality regarding the Pakistani government: Pakistani intelligence has a cozy relationship with the Taliban and other terror-supporting groups. To the ordinary Muslim or former Muslim like myself, that is not a revelation, but an expected reality. It is really not a secret that Muslim governments such as Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and almost all of them must deal with and get on the good side of underground Islamist groups if they are to survive.
So why did the U.S. keep Pakistan’s connections to the Taliban a secret, while publicly attacking the Afghani president, Hamid Karzai, for having links to the Taliban? The Obama administration, with the help of the mainstream media, viciously attacked Karzai, calling him corrupt, linking him to the poppy drug trade, and connecting him to the Taliban. They reported what Karzai said privately: “I would join the Taliban.” Karzai denied such a statement. However, at the time of the reporting of this statement there was intense pressure on Karzai from the U.S. and the media accused him of all sorts of corruption and weakness in bringing the country together and in dealing with the Taliban. I can well imagine Karzai making such a statement privately to the effect of: What do you want me to do, join the Taliban?
If we look at all Muslim governments, even the Saudi variety to whom President Obama bowed, they are all corrupt and many are much more corrupt than Karzai. But we do not hear any public criticism from Obama of other Muslim regimes. Most Muslim countries are political basket cases and every Muslim leader must deal with underground terror groups who are often popular among the masses. Such groups take it upon themselves to enforce Sharia law and monitor and intimidate Muslim leaders who do not comply with it. Muslim leaders met in Cairo in 1991 to sign the Cairo Declaration stating that “Sharia supercedes any other law.” The reason they did that was partially to placate Islamist groups and the Organization of Islamic Conference whose priority is to make Sharia law supreme. Even Obama assigned a U.S. Muslim representative to the OIC. That is why, personally, I believe that when Obama said “we are a Muslim country” he really meant it.
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