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Indigenous Peoples

Under the Rule of Islam

 

by Frederick P. Isaac

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Self-Interest
 

 

History has shown that there has always been a strong Western power that has allied itself with an Islamic warmonger. Britain and France allied themselves with the Ottomans as early as the Crimean War of 1853-1856 against Tsarist Russia. During the First World War Germany and Turkey were war allies. Later, Great Britain and the Arabs became allies, headed by the desert Sheikhs, mainly of the Hashemite tribe of the Saudi families of the Arab Peninsula. After the Second World War, the United States threw its weight in the Middle East and Africa. It helped the Saudi clan to emerge as the leading Arab-Islamic nation in the Middle East and helped Egypt to emerge as the leading Arab-Islamic nation of North Africa and the Islamic world. To safeguard their interests, Western countries have knowingly aggrieved the indigenous natives. Islamic regimes have been feasting on the misery of the indigenous people of the Middle East with the encouragement and blessings of the West (Hiro, 1989: p 55).

Assyrian appeals to the players of world politics and key power brokers have had little effect in curbing their agenda of hegemony. Self-interest foreign policy and economic interests has overridden justice. The West, being in control of the global wealth and advanced technology, has forsaken its Christian God. Until recently, the whole of the Western Hemisphere, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, were collectively called the Christian countries or the Christian world. They are now described as the Western countries. They have dropped mention of their religion and seldom identify themselves with their faith as their democracies have become more secular. By doing so, they have earned themselves the name “The West”. Islam fills the religious vacuum left by secular Western democracies.

Western countries claim that to maintain a healthy economy, business should be given primacy. The West is more concerned about the growth and enhancement of the economy of their countries, rather than risk reducing or losing market outlets by maintaining their traditional Christianity image and so reduce the priority of furthering the cause of human rights. They explain that worship is personal, as far as the Christian is concerned. But when it comes to people of non-Christian faith, in Western countries, the West endorses their religion and supports them as part of their inherent culture. They are obliged to respect and assert them at the expense of the persecuted Christians in the East and the rest of the Islamic countries. Whatever happened to reciprocity? The West has a Christian history, but has largely forsaken it, underestimating the tenacity of other religions that come to fill the vacuum.

 

 

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