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Saturday, December 9, 2023

Is Shia Extremism Going Under the Radar?

This is Lucknowi Tehzeeb today right out of old Lucknow, the day after Ashura (ie ‘muharram’).

In the photo above, on the left are – Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and Ayatollah Ali Khameini, founder and upholder of the international Shia revolution. That isn’t scary to most people, which is why I bring you the man on the right – Sayyid Hasan Nasrallah – General Secretary of the Lebanese clandestine state-within-a-state – the Hezbollah. He’s currently one of the Middle-East’s most dreaded and powerful men whose legions today control Lebanon and half of Yemen. This was a group that started as a band of mountain dacoits in 1983 and today controls two governments, its own school system, military, TV channel, website and radio.

Now one might ask that why should this scare anyone? The Hezbollah, unlike Sunni terror groups, thrives on a historically established Shia culture of ‘hysteria of the minority’. Throughout history, the Ismaili Nizari ‘Assassins’, the Qarmatiyyah, the Abbasid Shia groups have all had one common denominator – they recruit from places where they find Shia minorities as their core philosophy rises from a standpoint of ‘the righteous minority against the oppressive majority.’ For nearly 1400 years, this strategy of theirs has been successful.

And for this reason, the entire Seljuk Turk and Ayyubid empires were for a time, brought to their knees by these suicidal mountain dwellers who relied on only public hysteria. Even the powerful Shah of Iran who ignored a part of his own country’s history ended up a pauper due to these historically troublesome jihadis.

While MSM has made it amply clear that ISIS has been recruiting from places like Bhatkal in Karnataka or Kasargod in Kerala, no one seems to bother that Hezbollah and Iraq’s Badr brigades might be recruiting from Lucknow. Unlike Sunni terror groups who thrive in areas where they necessarily need a Sunni majority, the Hezbollah follows the medieval Nizari strategy of setting up bases in places where the Shia are preferably in a minority.

And if this isn’t bad enough, Hezbollah’s economy is supported largely by the international narcotics trade. It is pretty funny that while ISIS has almost been defeated, their enemies (who were themselves equally horrendous people to begin with) are becoming more and more brazen day by day.

In the process of turning a blind eye to Syria and Iraq and thanks to our inability to comprehend the dynamics of this medieval conflict, our country might soon be a battlefield between these orc-like monsters.

For those of you who still cannot fathom the levels to which Shia ‘revolutionary’ ideals have seeped into Bharat, I bring you the ‘cab driver’ from Bangalore.

Forget the small and petty brawls one has on someone’s timeline or on some page based on someone else’s opinion. The bigger picture comes to light when social media is viewed in light of the Syrian Civil War – the very first war thus far to have been fought on land, air and the cyberspace simultaneously. This war is the pinnacle of social media’s side effects in its ability to mobilize entire populations across continents to some desert battlefield.

Not surprisingly, the two greatest users of social media in this regard, have been the ISIS and the Kurdish Peshmerga – two opposing bloodthirsty sides which have mobilized international volunteers from as far as Uighur Xinjiang and Chechnya, to Hejaz, Morocco, Nigeria and Bharat. I cannot help but notice a strange pattern in all of this – the last war that was this internationalized was the Spanish Civil War wherein the battlefields were contained within one single country but the entire continent of Europe was fighting there.

While the Spanish Civil War’s internationalization achieved the cementing of the right and the left wings of the modern political spectrum, the Syrian Civil War’s internationalization has achieved in immortalizing a rather curious rubbish heap – the Shia-Sunni conflict, which today has become mankind’s longest known continuous conflict within this Yuga.

While most non-Muslims never even had to care about this conflict thus far, for lack of its knowledge, today it can get you killed anywhere between Pakistan and the shores of America. The aforementioned trend that I referred to pertains to how humans have become machines over time and a mere hysteria of something somewhere in the world can trigger emotions in the mind of someone not even related to the issue at hand.

I remember a cab driver in Bangalore – a Shia Muslim who had uncanny amounts of knowledge about Hezbollah, the Badr Brigade of Iraq and pretty much everything about Al-Nusra, ISIS and those whomever he considered his religious enemies. Upon further inquiry, I found out that he was a Kannada speaking Muslim who got hooked on to this stuff through Facebook and how an Iranian Imam who maintains a highly low profile got to know about his tiny, almost non-existent community near old-Bangalore, and began to make visits to their mosque upon sanction from Khameini himself.

To test the veracity of this man’s words, I tried a little bit of Farsi with him and he actually was knowledgeable in that language to a certain degree. I tried throwing around the oft-repeated Quranic verses of Ghadir Khumm with him and he knew them all by-heart. This man was not joking. He expressed a deep desire to go and die while defending the tomb of Ali in Najaf, Iraq, and when I asked him as to how that far away conflict even affected him in any way, all he said was that he was a Shia and nothing else, not even Indian. At least he was honest.

His claims cemented the reality of how a medieval plague of Kaliyuga has entered the electronic mainstream of today to the extent of finding itself trans-continental legitimacy in the minds of people completely unrelated to it in any and every way. The words of Victor Hugo as to how one can never defeat an invasion by an idea keep ringing in my ears when I see people assuming the responsibility of avenging the aftermaths of some distant war upon themselves.

This is where the border-less leftist views of Abrahamic religions come into confluence with electronic cyberspace the immortalization of medieval Semitic superstition-based ethnic conflicts whose ultimate aim was and still remains the totalitarian mind-control of all humans in general. Those who will not conform will die by their sword as history and present day show us.

The Shia-Sunni conflict is one that has transcended all barriers that long-time hatreds hitherto were hindered by. Time and circumstance were two such hindrances as we see in the case of the Iranian-Roman struggle, where once the Iranian nobility ceased to be Zoroastrian and began to fight each other more than any outsiders as a collective, the historic Iranian-Roman struggles that spanned over 700 years, simply died out. As for those who remained or tried to remain Zoroastrian – they were either killed, expelled from Iran or were made to eventually reconcile with the reality that was Shia Islam and convert to it in order to alleviate themselves of their miserable existence.

Social media not only immortalizes the ideas behind historic hatred while spreading them to totally unrelated populations thereby involving them as well in its nexus, but it also profiles a person forever. For instance, if I were in any western European country, I would have been ostracized socially by now and I would have lost my job. In fact in a place like London, my security would’ve been at risk. If I were in the Middle East, I could have come under physical assault for just posting stuff on Facebook. If I were in some other parts of Bharat itself, my life would be at risk by now.

While medieval hatreds that sprung out of a tiny piece of land in some far away desert can be fanned easily by just re-bottling and marketing them to various audience in palatable ways via mass media, social media is way more dangerous in that. It permanently stamps you as belonging to a particular camp. Whether or not you are in either camp or simply a passer-by, you will be dragged into a conflict that does not involve you, you will be auto-assigned to a camp and you will be forced to stick to that side.

Thanks to Facebook’s deliberate and well-planned role in the orchestrated Arab spring, we live in a world where cab drivers in Bangalore preach Khameini. We live in a world where borders don’t even matter anymore. We live in a world where a certain religion that we want to stay away from will somehow find a way to keep imposing its spit-covered ugly face on our porch.

But above all, Kaliyuga is not about blaming the technology around you. It is all about knowing the path of darkness that humans will walk down while viewing the entire process of doing so as a purely circumstantial scenario whose events were bound to unfold anyway.

(This article has been collated from Facebook posts of Aashrai Arun Shrivaths)

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