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Amir-Aslani: Civilization is in Conflict with Saudi sponsored Wahhabism and Shiahs not the enemy.

Lawyer Ardavan Amir-Aslani (l), interviewed by our Publisher Victor Bjorgan (r), in Paris, France.

Ardavan Amir-Aslani in his office in Paris, France

 

 

In an exclusive interview with  the International Lawyer and Author Ardavan Amir-Aslani, the respected expert on Middle East issues conducted a thorough analysis on the French and Iraqi political reality in relation to Islamic Terrorism, on supporters of terrorist violence and opinion on the role of Iran as a factor of peace and stability to the Middle East. In the interview conducted by our Publisher Victor Bjorgan, the lawyer Amir-Aslani said that “we are going through a conflict of civilization with a certain version of Sunni Islam, incarnated by Saudi sponsored Wahhabism”, and affirmed that ” France is unable to use the words “Islamic terror” to qualify this specific minority “, that “Shiahs are not the enemy” and ” to defeat the so called Islamic State you need boots on the ground. Iran is willing to put boots on the ground and they are already doing so by fighting together with the Iraqi Army and the Shia militias. The only solution is to bring in a massive Iranian military involvement to definitively crush the Islamic extremists. There is no need for a direct Iranian intervention. The Shiah militias and the Iraqi army are sufficient. There is a de facto cooperation between Iranian proxies and the US Air Force.”

Lawyer Ardavan Amir-Aslani (l), interviewed by our Publisher Victor Bjorgan (r), in Paris, France.

Lawyer Ardavan Amir-Aslani (l), interviewed by our Publisher Victor Bjorgan (r), in Paris, France

Here we publish the full text of the interview with this renowned public person, Dr. Ardavan Amir-Aslani:

Question: What is your analysis of the situation in France following the terrorist attacks occured last January?

AAA: Although I am concerned about the situation, I believe it may not be sufficient to solely condemn the attacks. We also have to condemn those who provide the ideological backbone and financing for radical islamists. Whether we like it or not, we are going through a conflict of civilization with a certain version of Sunni Islam, incarnated by Saudi sponsored Wahhabism.

Question: Why the Sunnis?

AAA: If you look back at the last quarter of a century, you will notice that the terrorist attacks that have been perpetrated were done by extremist Sunnis identifying with the Wahhabi and Salafist schools of thought. Be it the terror attacks of 9/11 in New York or those of London, Madrid etc.. all were perpetrated by radical Sunni Muslims.

Question: What is the position of France in regard to the Sunni extremists?

AAA: Unfortunately, France looks at the Islamic terror problem from an ideological angle. The French government, ever so hopeful to strike mega arms deals with the Arab Sheikdoms of the Persian Gulf hates to call the problem by its genuine name of “Islamic terror” for fear of offending its potential arms clients. The French foreign ministry is dominated today by what I call “Talibans of non-proliferation” and Iran haters.  These people focus on Iran which does not have a nuclear bomb and is a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and drop Pakistan from their spectrum which is a nuclear armed country who has gone through three wars with its neighbor India and is officially a sponsor of Islamic terror be it the Taliban in Afghanistan or the Lashkar Tayeba in the Indian Kashmir. The second angle from which France looks at the issue is from that of the perspective of the right wing of Likud and its war mongering rhetoric.

Question: What is your comment about the way the people in France reacted to the terrorist attacks in January?

AAA:  The tragedy of the situation is that both the French government and the media abhor the qualification of the terror attacks for what they were, i.e. Islamic terrorism. Last week the French President managed to talk about the situation in France for two hours without even mentioning the expression “Islamic terror”. More than half of all foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria are Saudis. Bearing in mind that 80% of the fighters in Iraq and Syria are foreigners, this puts the Saudi contingent at somewhere near 20,000 fighters. Thus the violence that they subject the local population to. By not addressing the problem for what it is, the entire French Muslim population, numbering in the millions may become the subject of suspicion by the general French population. Today, approximateky 3000 French nationals have fought in the ranks of the so-called Islamic State in Irak and in Syria. If France is unable to use the words “Islamic terror” to qualify this specific minority nothing will change. By naming Islamic terror for what it is one may distinguish the terrorists from the general well integrated French Muslim population. By not doing so you put everyone in the same basket.

Question: About individual freedom, do you think this French ”war on terror” can affect Liberty in France?

AAA: When I was a law student, my Professor used to ask us ”who is the strongest man in France”. In reality, the Investigative Judge (Juge d’Instruction») is ther strongest man in this country as he can order the arrest of anyone and the confiscation of his assets without any prior indictment. By saying this, I affirm that France already has the legal framework to efficiently fight against Islamic Jihadists witout any need for additional laws to be enacted. After 9/11 it was different in the United States, they needed a Patriot Act. Here in France it is not necessary.

Question: What about the other side of the Islamic World, the Shiites and Iran?

Ardavan Amir-Aslani in his office in Paris, France

Ardavan Amir-Aslani in his office in Paris, France

AAA: The Shiahs are not the enemy. There is no Shiah nuclear bomb contrary to the Sunni bomb that Pakistan has. Terrorism is an exclusive Suni Wahhabi affair dominated by the Takfir school of thought. The organization of the Shiah faith through an hierarchical clergy prevents any excess.The concept of Ijtihad or the rethinking of religious principles is a permanent event in the Shiah faith, while in the Sunni version, it has ceased for centuries.

Question : Some experts say that the efforts of the coalition against ISIS in Irak and Syria is weak, accomplishing a role of eroding and stopping any further expansion, in the best of cases, but unable to defeat ISIS.

AAA : This is part of a prevalent conspiracy theory which purports that the bombardments are simply meant to stop the progress of the so called Islamic State without actually defeating it. I do not agree with this theory. To defeat the so called Islamic State you need boots on the ground. Iran is willing to put boots on the ground and they are already doing so by fighting together with the Iraqi Army and the Shia militias. The only solution is to bring in a massive Iranian military involvement to definitively crush the Islamic extremists. There is no need for a direct Iranian intervention. The Shiah militias and the Iraqi army are sufficient. There is a de facto cooperation between Iranian proxies and the US Air Force.

 

Question : What do you thing about the position of the United States Congress on these issues ?

AAA : Difficult to say. But in the U.S. Congress two strong lobbies are acting against an Iran nuclear deal: the Israel and the Saudi lobbies. By accepting to address the joint houses of congress without prior coordination with Obama, Netanyahu has transformed bipartisan support for Israeli into that of a predominantly Republic concern.

Question : And the Saudis ?

AAA : The influence of the Saudis in the region is an exaggeration. It is more a matter of wallet diplomacy than otherwise. Yemen has fallen to the Shiah Houthis and they could do nothing about it. Their strategy to topple the Assad regime and the Shiah government in Baghdad is a failure. All they have managed to do is to topple the only freely elected government in Egyptian history through a military coup. Still, Egypt is not stable and Sissi cannot allow himself to sleep in the same bed for two consecutive nights. The Sinai has been transformed into the Far West with Islamists rampaging across the land. There is no stability in Egypt.

Question : And the role of the Muslim Brotherhood?

AAA : The Muslim Brotherhood’s strength is due to the fact that it is a grassroots movement that provides a viable alternative to the model of Oil Sheikdoms of the Persian Gulf. Hence the war the new second in line Saudi crown prince declared on them in Morocco two weeks ago. Iran on the contrary, is a pragmatic country that will be available to live with a Brotherhood run country as it did with Morsi in Egypt.