While the world’s focus was on Iran and Afghanistan for the last year or so; some important and rather ominous things have been happening in a part of Russia called the Caucasus. This particular region of Russia is geographically and demographically closer to the greater Middle East than to Europe and thus influenced more by radical Islamic fundamentalism in general and the Iranian regime of Mullah’s and their attempted influence in the area in particular. What has been taking place in parts of Russia may actually be closely related to people and events in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan In my opinion some or all of these events are most probably being financed by the Mullah’s of Iran just as the other Islamic terrorist organizations around the world.
The headlines in the past weeks were very telling. “Two female suicide bombers attack Moscow subway; 40 dead 90 injured.” Who would attack Moscow’s subway system and why would they do it? Russian investigators have said that a 17 year old from Dagestan, Dzhanet Abdurakhmanova, wife of a slain Islamist rebel was one of the two suicide bombers. Her name, Dzhennet, found frequently among Muslim women in Russia, is derived from the Arabic word Jannat, meaning paradise. Her husband Umalat Magomedov, a militant leader was killed by government forces in December. Dagestan is one of the predominantly Muslim provinces in Russia’s volatile North Caucasus region.
The second subway bomber has been has been tentatively identified as 20-year-old Markha Ustarkhanova from Chechnya, the widow of an Islamic militant leader killed last October while he was preparing to assassinate Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, who is backed by the Kremlin. The dominant religion in Chechnya is also Islam.
Faced with the unrest in the Caucasus and bombings in Moscow, the Russian President Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin have called for the terrorists to be “unceremoniously” destroyed. They broadened the targets to include their accomplices, even those who help these terrorists “tangentially.” Only time will show how serious they are and how far they will go to eliminate this Islamic threat within their borders.
The above incidents and counter actions by the Russian police forces all indicate a worsening situation within Russia’s borders. An unstable Russia would be disastrous for world peace. The Caucuses part of Russia has been boiling for some time now. Fueled by Islamic fundamentalist fever sweeping the rest of the Middle East and financed heavily by the regime of Mullahs in Iran; the Islamic movement in the Caucasus will most certainly cause problems for the Russians and as a normal extension, to the rest of the Western world.
To those who are still in total denial and skeptical about the rise of Islamic fundamentalism worldwide which targets the USA in particular and the West in general; these bombings as well as other terrorist acts in Western countries should be wake up calls. Islamic fundamentalism in its current context, theory, and power emerged after Ruhollah Khomeini came to power in Iran in 1979. Khomeini institutionalized the “export of revolution” and creation of a global Islamic rule, not only as an ideal but as a specific goal and program within various parts of his constitution.
Iranian constitution reads, in part, “The Army of the Islamic Republic and the Revolutionary Guards Corps… carry not only the duty of protecting the borders but also ideological duty, i.e., Jihad for God and struggle to spread the rule of God’s law in the world.” The Eleventh Act of the constitution reads, “The government of the Islamic Republic of Iran is obligated to base its general policy on the coalition and unity of the Islamic nations and to try to fulfill the political, economic, and cultural unity of the Islamic world.”
But why would Iran support terror within Russia? I believe this to be the Iranian regime’s insurance policy. So far, the Government of Russia has not supported USA’s efforts to apply heavy sanctions on the Iranian regime in order to put a stop to their nuclear weapons program. Iran’s regime wants to keep it “reluctant ally” in line by supporting the Islamic Fundamentalist movements in the Caucasus. Every time the US State Department seems to have an agreement with the Russian government on heavy sanctions on Iran; more bombs go off; more Russians die and as a result the Russian government refuses to go along with heavy sanctions requested by the US Government as well as many other European countries.
Iran’s terrorists operate in Turkey, Pakistan, and India in Asia; Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait in the Middle East; Belgium, France, Austria, Sweden, Italy, Cyprus, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and Greece in Europe; and Argentina in Latin America. The mullahs of Iran enjoy a free rein to maneuver and operate in any given country is directly correlated to the frequency and the number of terrorist activities in those countries. We can easily state that the Iranian’ regime is neither inclined nor able to abandon terrorism as one of the primary instruments of her foreign policy. It certainly seems like terrorism will remain intertwined with the mullahs’ foreign policy for a long time to come. And a nuclear Iran would be more than a serious threat; it would be a disaster for her neighbors near and far.
Unfortunately, the skeptics and those in denial may only start to wake up about the long arm of radical Islamic Fundamentalist terror when suicide bombers become a reality on our soil. Let us hope that day never comes. Complete defeat and eradication of what is taking place in Caucasus is as important as the eradication and defeat of the Taliban in Afghanistan and Al Qaida around the world for the survival of the Western Civilization and world peace as we know it.
A nuclear Iran ruled by radical Islamic fundamentalist Mullahs and their minions should never be acceptable to the Western world. The Russian are as vulnerable to this threat as the Americans, the Chinese, the Turks, the Europeans and of course most of all the Israelis.
Hope may be eternal but actions speak louder than words…
Currently chairman of Marco Island’s Code Enforcement Board, Tarik Ayasun has given many years of community service to various organizations.