39 Sunni-Muslim countries join Saudi-led military coalition, challenge Iranian influence
Saudi Arabia is pushing ahead with its plans of creating an international Islamic army. Saudi-led Islamic Military Alliance (IMA) comprises of 39 Sunni Muslim states including nuclear-armed Pakistan. According to a report published this week by the British newspaper Guardian, former Pakistan army chief Raheel Sharif has been tapped to become the first commander of this “Muslim Nato”.
Saudi-led Islamic army is not backed by Iran, which is busy building a rival Muslim block by financing and arming standing armies and terrorist militias in Shia-majority countries and regions.
The declared aim of this military alliance is to fight terrorism. Ironically, its leading member states are direct sponsors of Jihadi terrorism across the world. Pakistan’s military actively nurtures and sponsors Islamic terrorist groups operating against Hindu-majority India, along with its long-standing ties with Taliban in Afghanistan. Gulf Arab States and Turkey have supported and funded Islamic State (ISIS) at one time or another.
British newspaper The Guardian reported the creation of the joint military structure with the command centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia:
Pakistan’s retired army chief has agreed to become the first commander of the “Muslim Nato”, a fledgling military alliance of mostly Sunni Islamic states led by Saudi Arabia.
The Pakistani defence minister, Khawaja Asif, revealed on television that Sharif would become the first commander-in-chief of the Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism (IMAFT), a proposed coalition of 39 countries that will have its headquarters in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.
The military build-up is the latest phase in a thirteen-hundred-year-old Shia-Sunni rivalry that began in the 7th century soon after the death of Mohammad, the founder of Islam. The Shia-Sunni conflict did not arise out of pure theological or spiritual differences but started as a tribal feud over the control of the conquered territory and war-booty left behind by Islam’s founder.
Remember President Obama and other liberals repeating the claim that “Islamic fundamentalists kills more Muslims than non-Muslims”? Well, they are simply talking about an inner-Islamic feud gone full-Jihad. With hardly any Christians, Jews, Yezidis and other soft targets left in the Muslim Middle East to wage Jihad on, Shia and Sunni factions are once again turning on each other.
Unlike Christianity or Buddhism, the founder of Islam, Mohammad, created an earthly empire in his own lifetime, laying down not only the concept of carnal rewards in the afterlife but also an imperialist blueprint for a conquest of neighbouring lands and subjugation of non-believers. The Islamic calendar does not start with the birth or the enlightenment of its founder, but when he acquired political power by migrating from the town of Mecca to Medina. As mass migration takes place from Arab and Muslim lands into Christian Europe, ‘conquest by migration’ is a conscious motivation for many followers of Islam.
If post-modern Europe has lost its sense of purpose and history, many in Muslim World have neither put aside their tribal squabbles nor given up on the dreams of world domination rooted in their theology — shared fervently by both Islamic State (Sunni) and Islamic Republic of Iran (Shia).
Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini once said, “Islam is politics or it is nothing.” Today, Jihad and mass migration are continuations of the very politics by other means — with Western liberals serving as unwitting allies.
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