Sunday, 8 August 2010

Is al-Qaeda Racist ?

Yesterday marked 12 years since the 1998 US Embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya. Believed to have been carried out by members of Egyptian Islamic Jihad, under the direction of al-Qaeda, the near simultaneous attacks claimed the lives of approximately 235 people. 212 Kenyans, 11 Tanzanians and 12 Yanks, note the vast difference in numbers of Africans killed compared to Americans.

Nairobi, Kenya 1998.

Just last month two members of the Somalian Islamist group, Al-Shabaab, self detonated in Uganda. Targeting crowds watching the 2010 World Cup final, the two separate attacks killed approximately 74 people, again the vast majority of them Africans.

Kampala, Uganda 2010

In reacting to these more recent attacks a senior US administration official accused some groups ,including al-Shabaab and al-Qaeda, of being racist in using black Africans as “cannon fodder”. Barack Obama himself then accused them of racism when he commented that these groups see Africa as “a potential place where you can carry out ideological battles that kill innocents, without regard to long-term consequences, for their short-term tactical gains” and also pointed out that these groups “do not regard African life as valuable in and of itself”.

I disagree. I do not believe these groups to be racist.

I disagree because it's fucking obvious that the reason the loss of African lives was much greater than the loss of non-African lives, in all the aforementioned attacks, has nothing to do with racism and everything to do with the fact the attacks happened in Africa. Not only that but some of the bombers that carried out the attacks were Africans themselves.

I disagree because I believe, and may I just point out the blindingly obvious here and inform Obama and his administration, that these groups, and hundreds more like 'em, see not just Africa as a place “where you can carry out ideological battles that kill innocents, without regard to long-term consequences”, they see the whole fucking world that way ! Neither do they regard just African life as not “valuable in and of itself”, they see no life as valuable you twats ! They see life as completely expendable and only consider Islam as 'valuable in and of itself'. If no one in the US administration has figured that one out yet then they're all in the wrong fucking jobs !
Either way, we're supposed to be winning a war against these fuckers, wiping them off the face of the fucking earth, I do fucking hope accusing them of 'racism' isn't part of our battle plan. Somehow I don't think that will really have much effect.

In fact the only effect that tagging people who are willing to fly commercial jet-liners full of people of all races, into buildings full of people of all races, in order to further an ideology believed by people of all races as 'racists' will have, is to confuse fucking everyone as to exactly what racism is.

Oh, one more thing, carrying out ' ideological battles, without regard to long-term consequences' sure sounds a lot like the US foreign policy as of late, does it not ? It near fucking perfectly sums up the entire Cold War !

On a little more serious note I don't think the US administration believes any of these attacks to be race related. They're just pointing to race as a reason, in order to shift blame from both US foreign policy itself and the Islamist groups themselves.

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