Is The U.S. Engaged In a Muslim Religious War … On the Side of Islamic Jihadis?

Backing One Side Against the Other In Someone Else’s Religious War Is Dangerous

Preface:  Americans would be disgusted if the might of the U.S. military and the riches of the U.S. treasury were used to support one Christian faith (say Methodists) in a shooting war against another faith (say Luterhans).   We would be even more offended if the U.S. backed one Hindu sect in a war against a competing Hindu sect, or one school of Judaism against a competing school of Judaism in an armed battle.   But that’s exactly what we’ve been doing … backing one Islamic faith against another.

We are not siding with one sect or the other.  Nor are we claiming that all people of any particular sect are bad or violent people. 

What we’re saying is that the whole problem is that the U.S. is taking sides … in someone else’s religious war.

Many Americans assume either:

(1) The U.S. doesn’t take sides in religious wars


(2) We are fighting a crusade against Muslims

Neither assumption is correct. In fact, we are fighting a religious war on the same side as the Muslim jihadis.  Unfortunately – as shown below – this is neither wild-eyed conspiracy theory or  breathless hyperbole.

Specifically, the U.S. has directly inserted itself into a sectarian war between the two main Islamic sects, backing the “Sunnis” and attacking the “Shiites” (also called “Shia”). See this, this and this.

For example, American political leaders have been very close to Saudi (i.e. Sunni) leaders for decades:

(Obama has been similarly close to the Saudis.)

Saudi Arabia is the center of the Sunni branch of Islam.  It is also the center of the most radical sect of Islam … the “Wahhabis” (also called “Salafis”), the most radical and terrorist-minded Sunni sect.   But the U.S. has long supported the Madrassa schools within Saudi Arabia which teach radical Wahabi beliefs.

The U.S. has also supported the most radical and dangerous Sunni elements around the world.

For example, the U.S. National Security Adviser admitted that the U.S. created, organized and armed the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan to fight the Soviets.  The Mujahadeen are predominately Sunni.

The Mujahadeen eventually morphed into Al Qaeda, which is a Sunni organization.

During various times and places, the U.S. has also backed the Muslim Brotherhood … another Sunni group.

We supported Al Qaeda Sunni terrorists in Libya and Mali,

We’ve long supported Sunni terrorists in Chechnya.

We support MEK terrorists – who are Sunnis who target Shias – in Iran.

We support the brutal Sunni government in Bahrain as it crushes its majority Shia population whenever it pushes for democratic reform.

We supported Al Qaeda Sunnis in Bosnia.

The “rebels” in Syria who we’ve been supporting are Al Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood.

As the New York Times reports this week:

In Syria’s largest city, Aleppo, rebels aligned with Al Qaeda control the power plant, run the bakeries and head a court that applies Islamic law. Elsewhere, they have seized government oil fields, put employees back to work and now profit from the crude they produce.

Across Syria, rebel-held areas are dotted with Islamic courts staffed by lawyers and clerics, and by fighting brigades led by extremists. Even the Supreme Military Council, the umbrella rebel organization whose formation the West had hoped would sideline radical groups, is stocked with commanders who want to infuse Islamic law into a future Syrian government.

Nowhere in rebel-controlled Syria is there a secular fighting force to speak of.

Why should Americans care if our government is backing the Sunnis over the Shiites?

Because we are supporting the side which carries out most of the terrorism.  Indeed, Sunni Muslims commit most of the terrorist acts worldwide.

For example, the National Counterterrorism Center’s 2011 Report on Terrorism found that:

Sunni extremists accounted for the greatest number of terrorist attacks and fatalities for the third consecutive year.   More than 5,700 incidents were attributed to Sunni extremists, accounting for nearly 56 percent of all attacks and about 70 percent of all fatalities. Among this perpetrator group, al-Qa‘ida (AQ) and its affiliates were responsible for at least 688 attacks that resulted in almost 2,000 deaths, while the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan conducted over 800 attacks that resulted in nearly 1,900 deaths.  Secular, political, and anarchist groups were the next largest category of perpetrators, conducting 2,283 attacks with 1,926 fatalities, a drop of 5 percent and 9 percent, respectively, from 2010.

(The National Counterterrorism Center’s 2011 Report found that Muslim terrorism is mainly directed against other Muslims:

Muslims continued to bear the brunt of terrorism.


In cases where the religious affiliation of terrorism casualties could be determined, Muslims suffered between 82 and 97 percent of terrorism-related fatalities over the past five years.

The percentage of Muslim terror attacks in the U.S. is relatively small).

Could our support for Al Qaeda and Muslim Brother terrorists all over the world come back to bite us?

Our backing of Sunnis in Afghanistan led to 9/11.*  Top American government officials have also implicated the Saudi government in the 9/11 attack.

Our backing of Sunni extremists in Chechnya led to the Boston bombings.

Our backing of Sunni extremists in Libya led to attacks on our embassies in Libya and Tunisia.

And McClatchy interviewed an Al Qaeda terrorist fighting against the Syrian government – with U.S. backing – as saying:

When we finish with Assad, we will fight the U.S.!

Postscript: Not only have we been backing the Sunnis against the Shias, we have also backed the Sunnis against secular leaders such as Saddam Hussein and Gaddaffi.

* The question of whether 9/11 or the Boston bombings were false flags is beyond the scope of this post. 

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  • jadan

    I do not believe it is correct to say US foreign policy backs one religious group over another. The US would like to eradicate Islam if that were possible. The next best strategy is to hobble with sectarian violence those Muslim countries that deny US hegemony. The US blew up the Golden Mosque in Iraq. It revived the sectarian divisions Saddam had struggled to control. It is not Saudi religion the US supports, but Saudi compliance. They are obedient cocksuckers. That is the ideal US client: an obedient cocksucker. 911 was not blowback. The Muslim world does not have the wherewithal to pose any kind of serious threat to the US National Security State. The Towers did not come down as a result of being struck by airliners. Only American gullibility and ignorance makes this seem plausible. It was a false flag operation to create political will for military intervention in the ME. Al Queda was created for this purpose, to be the terrorist Enemy. It was theater. Boston is theater. The War on Terror is purest theater, which is to say, it would not exist if it were not cultivated and promoted by the US Government. Radical Islam must be supported and directed otherwise it would fade away. The Arab majority does not like it any more than the Saudis liked their native son, OBL. So long as “Al Queda” persists, stable Muslim countries can be destabilized and destroyed. This is a gift the US gives Israel: a self-divided Arab world that cannot threaten Israel’s existence. The War on Terror is Bullshit.

    • You’ve been listening to too much anti-Semitic propaganda, which is being spread everywhere by the Muslim Brotherhood.

      The US government is completely riddled with Muslim Brotherhood moles.

      • gordon strickland

        And you’ve been listening to too much pro-corporate Koch propaganda which is being spread everywhere by the Tea Party. The US government is completely riddled with big-business moles from: Koch, GE, Halliburton, Raytheon, Boeing, Monsanto, Bayer, United Healthcare, BP, Chevron, and on and on ad nauseum…ALL who profit from your fear of Muslims, or another’s fear of Jews.

        • The Koch brothers, unfortunately, have little or no influence in the US government.

          They aren’t the ones who are paying all those semi-literate lefty trolls (probably including you).

          • gordon strickland

            Big business OWNS. How can you argue with that? The article you originally linked to is sourced from Koch/Tea Party/CPAC/whatever propaganda. Muslim Brotherhood taking over our government?? PSHAHH…It was taken over a very long time ago. All that aside, I never said the Koch Corporation solely wields influence, but I DID make a short list of some of the really big money players that do, and have actually taken over.

          • gordon strickland

            HAH, I think you just want to get more hits to your blog so YOU get a little cut….

          • gordon strickland

            Look, I’m not trying to be sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood, they’re a bunch of smelly fundamentalist scum in my opinion, BUT to surmise there’s one of them hiding around every corner, maybe even under your bed or an employee of the government is folly, because that paranoia is a distraction from the JPMorgans, General Dynamics, Exxons and Newscorps that take **YOU** (and me and most of the rest of the world really) for everything you’ve got.

        • gordon strickland

          And also more to the point of the ORIGINAL post, these mega-corporations profit from instability.

        • gordon strickland

          Here’s a really good example of how much big-business OWNS. (and please read thru the supporting links and documents rather than just taking my word or the C&L blog’s word for it)

      • SGT DeFawlt

        Only a bigoted Zionist could regard Jadan’s comment as an “anti-Semitic” attack. You’re an oxygen thief.

  • gozounlimited

    And the Islamic Jihadis….. Sweathead and Gore are spraying their death all over Cali this morning…. waiting on the 2,000 fires? Assholes?

  • Tonto

    “Our backing of Sunnis in Afghanistan led to 9/11.*”

    Horseshit it did. Our own government did 9-11. Afghans did not load those three buildings with explosives and drop them in New York City.

  • Washington76

    Al Qaeda Never Existed

    An excerpt from the documentary, “The Power of Nightmares” Robin Cook, a former British MP and Minister of Foreign Affairs wrote that Al-Qaeda, “literally ‘the database’, was originally the computer file of the thousands of mujahideen who were recruited and trained with help from the CIA to defeat the Russians.” Thus, “Al-Qaeda” was born as an instrument of western intelligence agencies. The creation of Al-Qaeda was facilitated by the CIA and allied intelligence networks, the purpose of which was to maintain this “database” of Mujahideen to be used as intelligence assets to achieve US foreign policy objectives, throughout both the Cold War, and into the post-Cold War era of the ‘new world order’.

  • Fortunately most NATO populations are completely incapable of digesting what this information means.

  • Todd Howes

    Stating that us taking sides in the Muslim war is equivilent with us taking sides with the Baptists or the Methodists isn’t entirely fair. If the Baptists committed terror attacks, participated in genital mutilation, denied girls the opportunity for an education, declared Jihad on America and our closest ally in the Middle East (Israel) then we would be justified in aiding the Methodists if they condemned these actions taken by the Baptists.

  • Rais

    Saudi Arabia is not the center of Sunni Islam. Wahhabism, the sect promoted by Saudi Arabia, is inimical to Sunni Islam.