Domestic Extremism in the US, “War of All against All”
The pro-Israeli US President Donald Trump whose extremist policies have accelerated the domestic extremism in the US, will take the country to the “state of nature” when there was a “war of all against all”.
Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) which monitors hate group and other extremists throughout the United States and exposed their activities to law enforcement agencies, media and the public defines “a hate group as an organization with beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.”
In this regard, Anthony H. Cordon wrote on the website of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), on July 5, 2017, “The focus on terrorism and Islamist extremism often leads Americans, our politics, and U.S. media to ignore the fact that what we call “terrorism” and Islamic extremism is only one part of the pattern of American extremism and violence. The FBI publishes an annual summary of the patterns in hate crimes, and one that has steadily improved its coverage of all forms of religious extremism. For example, the latest report—covering 2015—was issued in November 2016 and is the first to include seven new religious anti-bias categories (anti-Buddhist, anti-Eastern Orthodox, anti-Hindu, anti-Jehovah’s Witness, anti-Mormon, anti-other Christian, and anti-Sikh), as well as an anti-Arab bias motivation…There were 5,818 single-bias incidents involving 7,121 victims. Of those victims, 59.2 percent were targeted because of a race/ethnicity/ancestry bias; 19.7 percent because of a religious bias; 17.7 percent because of a sexual orientation bias; 1.7 percent because of a gender identity bias; 1.2 percent because of a disability bias; and 0.4 percent because of a gender bias. There were an additional 32 multiple-bias incidents that involved another 52 victims. Of the 4,482 hate crime offenses classified as crimes against persons, intimidation accounted for 41.3 percent of those offenses, while 37.8 percent involved simple assault and 19.7 percent involved aggravated assault. There were 2,338 hate crime offenses classified as crimes against property, and the majority of those (72.6 percent) were acts of destruction/damage/vandalism….Of the 5,493 known offenders, 48.4 percent were white, 24.3 percent were black or African-American, and race was unknown for 16.2 percent of the offenders. The rest were of various other races. These data are a grim warning that overt, criminal acts of racism still present a major challenge in U.S. society.”
CNN also reported on August 17, 2017, “White nationalist and neo-Nazi hate groups have made headlines over…the violent clashes in Virginia, but what does their influence look like outside of Charlottesville? President Donald Trump denounced violence “on many sides” after protesters and counterprotesters clashed. But the President faced bipartisan criticism for failing to call out the racist and white supremacist views of those who had traveled from across the country for the event…The number of hate groups in the United States has ticked up since the 2016 presidential campaign began…Meanwhile, the number anti-Muslim groups skyrocketed and other types of white nationalist, neo-Nazi and neo-Confederate groups reversed their pattern of decline to tick upward…The number of total hate groups has risen 17% since 2014, to 917 organizations, according to data from the Southern Poverty Law Center. The SPLC specifically pointed to a “presidential campaign that flirted heavily with extremist ideas” for the recent uptick in these groups.”
While, citing Alt-America, under the caption, “The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump” by Dan Neiwert, The Guardian wrote in November 26, 2017, “Domestic terrorism in America–acts that are plotted and executed on American soil, directed at US citizens, by actors based here–spiked dramatically…The large majority of these crimes were committed by rightwing extremists–some 115 in all, compared to 63 cases of Islamist-inspired domestic terror, and 19 cases of leftwing-extremist terrorism. Rightwing extremist terrorism was more often deadly than Islamist extremism…For at least a generation, rightwing homegrown extremists have been far and away the largest source of terrorism in the United States.”
It also quoted a blog by Timothy Garton Ash who said…“a conspiracy led by “evil Zionists” and “greedy traitorous goyim” was “ramping up” a police state in the United States for malign purposes…Unlike the mainstream media, law-enforcement analysts who studied domestic terrorism were not blind to the reality of what was happening.”
However, although American Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama manipulated the 9/11 tragedy and its drastic aftermath to secure the illegitimate interests of Israel through the fake gobal war on terror which was, in fact, a war against the Islamic countries and the Muslims, as ground realties have proved, yet President Donald Trump has crossed all the limits in protecting the political, economic and religious interests of the Jews and Israel at the cost of Muslims and patriot Americans. What the President Bush and the President Obama were doing covertly, President Trump has been doing overtly. So, there is co-relationship of America’s internal and external policies which have increased domestic extremism in the US.
It is notable that during the presidential election-campaign, through various false flag terror operations, the US and Israel wanted to obtain their covert aims against Russia and the Muslims, including patriot Americans. Israeli secret agency Mossad had also provided the President Trump with an opportunity to manipulate various terror assaults of Europe and America to win the US presidential election and to reunite America and Europe, as a rift was created between America and its Western allies, especially Europe on a number of issues. And, President Trump had left no stone unturned in implementing anti-Muslim policies, while speaking openly against the Muslims and Syrian immigrants. Trump had started exaggerating the threat of Islamophobia, while, some incidents were not linked to Islamic State group (Also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh), but were the result of self-radicalization of the individuals.
Regarding the shooting at the gay night club in Orlando (Florida) which killed at least 49 individuals on June 12, 2016, The Washington Post in an article, under the caption, “Trump’s reckless, dangerous Islamophobia helps the Islamic State”, wrote on June 13, 2016, “Trump’s standards, his comments about the Orlando shooting have been reckless and self-serving. They are also dangerous for the country…the strongest remaining force that propels the Islamic State is the Islamophobia of Trump and his European counterparts, argue senior intelligence strategists for the U.S.-led coalition. Inflammatory, xenophobic statements about Muslims reinforce the jihadists’ claims that they are Muslim knights fighting against an intolerant West. Trump unwittingly gives them precisely the role they dream about.”
In this respect, Khaled A. Beydoun opined on the Aljazeera multimedia network on March 13, 2016, “The world brand Trump is becoming synonymous with expansion of racism and incitement of Islamophobia…I think Islam hate us, said Donald Trump, 24 hours before the Republican presidential debate in Miami…is a call to his voting base, to further galvanise them around a disdain for Islam that not only heightens hateful fervour at his rallies, but incites violence on American blocks and pushes bigots to the ballot box…the statement is rooted in the very ignorance and hate which made him the darling of bigots and surged him up the polls…Islamophobia…the suspicion and fear of Islam and its 1.7 billion adherent-is political ideology for Trump.”
Nevertheless, the incident of shooting at the gay club in Orlando not only exposed that false flag operation, but also endorsed other false flag terror-attacks in the US and Europe. In this connection, in an interview with Brazilian TV on June 14, 2016, the ex-wife of the Orlando shooter Omar Mateen Sitora Yusufiy revealed that American FBI pressurized her to keep quiet about his homosexuality. While, Mateen had been dubbed as an Islamic terrorist by the American politicians, senior officials and commentators, following reports that he had pledged allegiance to the ISIS, but FBI wanted to downplay the personal and self-hating nature of the assault.
President Obama stated on June 12, 2016, “Federal authorities had made no definitive judgment on the killer’s motivation, and whether he was inspired by or directed by Islamic State or other terrorist groups.” Obama clarified by explaining “Orlando shooting was the result of Mateen’s personal resentment in relation to the gay club.”
Similarly, the teenager Ali David Sonboly who killed 9 people in Munich had no connection with the ISIS. Police investigation disclosed that he was “a mentally troubled person” and police also discovered extremist material, linked to the attack by Andres Behring Brevik, the white supremacist who murdered 77 persons in Norway in 2011. In the same way, the shooting in the French city of Nice on July 15, 2016 was also a false flag terror-act, as CIA-Mossad arranged it with the help of ISIS which used homegrown terrorists of France.
Likewise, at least eight people were killed on October 31, 2017 when the driver of a pickup truck hit people on a cycle path in Lower Manhattan, New York City near the World Trade Centre. The vehicle then hit a school bus, injuring two adults and two children on board.
According to the US media reports, “American investigators found ISIS-related images and videos on Saipov’s cellphone…handwritten notes in Arabic near the truck that indicated allegiance to the Islamic State…But investigators had not uncovered evidence of any direct or enabling ties between Mr. Saipov and ISIS and were treating the episode as a case of an “inspired” attacker.”
Nonetheless, various conflicting reports show that like previous terror attacks in the US and Europe, the New York terror attack was also a false flag operation, conducted by Mossad in connivance with some CIA operatives and the ISIS terrorists. It may also be individual act of Saipov who had been inspired by the extremist agenda of ISIS. Even then, responsibility goes to the agents of these intelligence agencies, who have, already, been radicalizing the Muslims and Christians by dividing them on religious lines in order to fulfill the Zionist agenda of Israel. While, contradictory and anti-Muslim statements of the Pro-Israeli President Donald Trump about the terror assault have further verified this collaboration.
Showing immediate reaction and US double game, President Trump tweeted, “In NYC, looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person. Law enforcement is following this closely. We must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere. Enough! The United States will be immediately implementing much tougher Extreme Vetting Procedures. The safety of our citizens comes first!” He did not elaborate further.
Regarding the New York terror attack, on November 2, 2017, President Trump again tweeted on immigration, calling for an end to “chain migration…lets people bring their whole family with them, who can be truly evil.”
President Trump first introduced the screening process during the election campaign on a pledge to indefinitely ban the Muslims from entering the United States—his campaign aides later tried to finesse as a broader policy aimed at implementing “extreme vetting” for immigrants from certain countries. As president, he introduced a ban on arrivals to the US from a number of mainly-Muslim countries.
While, America’s Western partners, especially European countries had strongly condemned Trump’s travel ban on the Muslim countries, as discriminatory and violations of human rights, and in a statement, the American Civil Liberties Union civil rights group said that the term “extreme vetting” was a “euphemism for discriminating against Muslims.”
It is mentionable that 59 people were killed and more than 500 others injured on October 1, 2017, when a gunman-an American national, Stephen Paddock opened fire on concertgoers from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada. Next day , through its Amaq propaganda agency, ISIL, claimed responsibility for the incident, disclosing that, “the Las Vegas attacker is a soldier of the Islamic State in response to calls to target coalition countries—converted to Islam several months ago”—but provided no evidence to support the assertion.”
Senior US homeland security officials said that there was no evidence Paddock had links to international or domestic terror groups or ISIS.
On social media, many individuals have pointed out that if Paddock had been a Muslim, if he had shouted “Allahu akbar” before he opened fire on all those concertgoers in Las Vegas, the term “terrorist” would have been used almost immediately to describe him, as a link to Islamist terrorism, even without evidence.
It is also of particular attention that since the fundamentalist party BJP led by the Indian Prime Minister Narindra Modi came to power in India, it has been implementing anti-Muslim and anti-Pakistan agenda. Encouraged by the BJP, assaults on Muslims, Christians and other minorities by the Hindu extremist parties might be cited as instance. India which has strategic partnership with Israel has perennially been manipulating the double game of the US-led West regarding world phenomena of terrorism in connection with Pakistan and Afghanistan.
In wake of Modi’s aggressive diplomacy, India has continued shelling in Pakistani side of Kashmir which remains a nuclear flashpoint between both the neighbouring countries.
Emboldened by the President Trump, both Tel Aviv and New Delhi have been equating the ‘wars of liberation’ in Palestine and Kashmir with terrorism. Their main purpose is to divert the attention of the West from their own state terrorism, while employing delaying tactics in the solution of these issues.
It is noteworthy that when Obama’s pro-Israeli strategy and anti-Muslim policies were clearly exposed, before the end of his tenure, he wanted to rectify his blunders. In this context, on December 23, 2016, the US abstained and allowed a UN Security Council resolution, condemning Israeli settlement construction in the occupied territories of the Palestinians to be adopted, defying extraordinary pressure from the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s government which was in alliance with the then President-elect Donald Trump.
In response, President Donald Trump who had already vowed to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by pledging that the Palestinians would no longer have a platform at the UN when he becomes president on January 20, 2017 said, “We cannot continue to let Israel be treated with such total disdain and disrespect. They used to have a great friend in the U.S…the beginning of the end was the horrible Iran deal, and now this (U.N.)! Stay strong Israel, January 20th is fast approaching!”
President Trump’s Israeli connections were proved on December 6, last year when he officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reversing nearly seven decades of American foreign policy and setting in motion a plan to move the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to the fiercely contested Holy City.
America’s Western allies and even the pro-US Islamic counties have rejected Trump’s move, which reversed decades of US neutrality on the status of Jerusalem.
Undoubtedly, angry elements within the Muslims countries, especially in the pro-Arab states may react against America and its interests in the form of terrorism and other violent actions. Trump has also provided the terrorist outfits like ISIS new ammunition for recruitment of militants and to radicalize the Muslims in the US and other Western countries. Trump’s decision will offer extremist groups a valuable opportunity to capitalise on anti-US sentiment. Particularly, it could increase the domestic extremism in the US.
To what extent President Trump wants to obtain Israeli illegitimate goals at the cost of Muslims and the loyalist Americans could be judged from the terrorism-related assaults which occurred in the Spanish city of Barcelona on August 17, 2017 and in her town of Cambrils on August 18, 2017. After condemning the terror attacks and offering US assistance to Spain, the US President Donald Trump suggested “fighting terrorism by executing Muslims with bullets dipped in pigs blood.”
As already mentioned, there is a co-relationship of the US internal and external policies. In these terms, it is owing to Donald Trump’s flawed external policy that the United States have lost leverage of bargaining over the small countries like Pakistan, North Korea, Iran and Turkey who have refused to follow America’s coercive diplomacy whose major aim is to complete the Zionist agenda of Israel.
While, domestic extremism keeps on going in America. In this respect, a Southern California couple was arrested recently and was accused of torture and child endangerment after 13 of their children were found captive in the couple’s home, with some of them shackled to beds. It is also an example of extremism. Similarly, recent attack on the deputies, ambushed by a gunman in South Carolina and death of York County Detective Michael Doty on January 18, this year might be cited as instance.
Notably, a blog by Chris Arkenberg, published by the US Foreign Policy Com, under the title, “What a new U.S. civil war might look like,” on October 10, 2017 pointed out, “Following an earlier 2017 survey, Foreign Policy’s Best Defense blog opened a poll about the likelihood of a second U.S. Civil War. It’s easy to imagine that a second civil war might proceed like the first: two institutionalized factions wielding state militaries against each other along prescribed strategic fronts. Generals would choose a side… Indeed, much of the last century was about deconstructing the habits of large-scale, state-driven conventional warfare. As networks distribute power to the edges, warfighting shifts further away from a handful of monolithic forces and towards a diverse web of small actors. Warfare now often proceeds from ideologically and economically marginalized communities whose suffering and fear is wielded by cunning global actors. They become guerrillas, rebel factions, proxies, and insurgencies. Sometimes they look more like tribal conflicts composed along racial, religious, familial or economic lines, often on top of resource crises that push violence to become a necessary solution…To neglect this distinction risks missing the signs of coordinated disruption and violence. For the United States, the shape of future homeland conflicts will be asymmetrical, distributed, and heterogeneous. A contemporary homeland conflict would likely self-compose with numerous dynamic factions organized by digital tools around ideological and affinity networks. It would likely be a patchwork of affiliated insurgency groups and their counterparts engaging in light skirmishes along the overlapping edges of their networks, mixed with occasional high-value terror attacks against soft and hard targets. Such groups are much smaller than conventional militaries and where they lack in firepower, they wield transgression. As in Charlottesville and Berkeley, the fronts are less territorial than ideological.”
Besides, the fundamentalist President Donald Trump has continued criticizing CIA, FBI, judiciary, media and some other key institutions. For example, in the recent past President Trump has alleged CIA for interference with his agendas and termed its officers as “Sick People.”
Taking note of his extremist policies, many top officials of the Trump Administration have resigned.
In America, CIA, FBI and Department of Homeland Security which are working as “a state within a state” or “shadow Government” or “Deep state means,” are also clandestinely working against one another. They do not respond to the civilian political leadership-the President and the Congressmen who are also fighting a war of nerves against each other.
We may conclude that acceleration of domestic extremism in the US, coupled with rift among America’s security agencies and key institutions, created by the fanatic President Donald Trump, will take the US to the “state of nature” when there was a war of “all against all” in the sense of Thomas Hobbes who described, “life in such a state is too short and fraught with suffering and insecurity.” It may also envelope the entire world by dividing them on religious lines and may culminate into ‘clash of civilizations’ in the sense of Huntington, particularly between the Muslim and the Christians worlds. Again, there could be a war of “all against the all” on global level.
Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants, Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations