Jihad causes poverty, not the other way ’round

Poverty, not Islamic State, has radicalised Muslim Filipinos

Really? The stupid is hardwired in this one. Another scribbler from The Times wants to sell you the old canard that poverty causes jihad.  There is no cure….

Philippine troops on the outskirts of Marawi.

Places of violence and horror tumble suddenly on to the consciousness of the world, so nobody should worry that they had never heard of an obscure city in the southern Philippines named Marawi. Until six weeks ago, few foreign experts knew much about this town of 200,000 people on the island of Mindanao either.

Marawi sits on a beautiful lake. It is noted for the quality of its hand-made brassware. The Aga Khan endowed a museum there; The Rough Guide to The Philippines describes it as “generally peaceful”. But then, in late May, this picturesque place went overnight from insignificance to the most toxic international notoriety.

A band of local Islamist militants, rumoured to include fighters from the Middle East, rampaged through the town, killing Christians, seizing public buildings and hoisting above them the black flag of Islamic State. The effect on the local population has been drastic — unknown numbers of civilians killed and 400,000 people displaced across the region, as The Philippines security forces fight an urban battle against snipers, rockets and IEDs.

The occupation of Marawi has also set off a wider frisson of alarm about its potential to become the latest base of international terrorism. As the co-called Islamic State loses its grip on Mosul in Iraq and comes under pressure in Raqqa in Syria, so, the fearful reasoning goes, it will naturally seek out new opportunities in other unquiet places of the world — and Mindanao is at the top of the list.

“What’s happening in Mindanao is no longer a rebellion of Filipino citizens,” said the Philippines’ solicitor-general, Jose Calida. “It has transmogrified into invasion by foreign terrorists who heeded the clarion call of the IS to go to The Philippines if they find difficulty going to Iraq or Syria.”

There you have it. Its jihad. Why would this dolt from the Times have you believe its something else?

The right-thinking world, the conclusion is, must tool up and unite to prevent this from happening. But to treat the struggle against international jihadism as a game of whack-a-mole, against a singular enemy that can be bashed down wherever it pops up, is to misunderstand the problems of regions such as the southern Philippines — and, indeed, those of the Middle East.

The Maute and Abu Sayyaf groups, which continue to cling on to parts of Marawi, are described as “ISIS affiliates”. The Islamic State’s official media has acknowledged them as its representatives — but evidence of meaningful direct help, in the form of significant supplies of money, weapons or personnel, is scant. Islamic State is a T-shirt, a flashy international brand adopted by the participants in a local conflict that will only be susceptible to a local solution.

“…Evidence of direct help, significant supplies of money, weapons and  personnel”  has been coming from just about all of the 56 Islamic nations around the world that finance the jihad.

The island of Mindanao, and the Sulu Sea to its east, is a region as remote from the lives of affluent Westerners as can be imagined — but it is the exploitative ambitions of outsiders which have shaped its miserable politics. For centuries it was ruled by independent sultanates, with sophisticated systems of administration and trading treaties with Europe and the US. Waves of powerful colonisers — Spanish, American, Japanese — came to The Philippines, but never achieved more than partial dominion over Mindanao.

Sophisticated? Treaties?  Are we rewriting history again?

Foreign powers were succeeded in time by what local people refer to as “Imperial Manila”: the modern Philippines state, dominated by the interests of the northern, Roman Catholic majority, by whom many Muslims feel themselves to be discriminated against. This is the most significant thing about Mindanao — not its mosques or its brasswork, but the fact that it is the poorest area in a poor country. Of the 81 provinces in The Philippines, Lanao del Sur, of which Marawi is capital, is the poorest of them all.

Ah, rich Catholics, and poor discriminated Muslims who are oppressed, where did I hear that rubbish before?

The struggle for the “Moro nation” — an independent Muslim homeland in Mindanao and Sulu — has been pursued by various armed groups with varying degrees of idealistic fervour and cynical opportunism. The Maute group is a clan gang, which has enriched itself through drug-dealing; Abu Sayyaf has used the pretext of jihad to extort millions of dollars in ransom for local and foreign hostages. They have flourished, not because of their religious devotion or nationalist ambitions, but because they can buy the loyalty of desperate people who have been abandoned by more benevolent authority.

Gibberish. They thrive because of fear. And Islam.

“Of course, the people here are vulnerable to people with power, with money and ideas,” a local leader told me in Marawi the other week. “If I was a poor man, if I did not have the good fortune of an education, I would want to join the jihad too.”

For decades government after government has vowed to “crush” the unrest by force of arms, often with the help of US troops. All have failed. The recent “affiliation” of Filipino jihadis to Islamic State is a public relations gift to the government — because it allows it to present itself not as the neglectful author of poverty and injustice, but as the passive victim of an implacable, external evil.

Do I hear ‘its our fault, we have to give them … blah blah…?’

The disasters that have befallen Marawi and Raqqa are not an identical contagion, which can be treated by zapping it with the hypodermic of military force and international “solidarity”. They are unique and complex crises, which have arisen from centuries of neglect and oppression.

No. These disasters are manmade. Homemade, if you prefer. Entirely rooted in Islam.

Islamic State, al-Qa’ida and the Islamist insurgencies of the southern Philippines are symptoms, not a cause. You no more solve the problem with an army than you can treat a dose of smallpox by scraping the spots off with a razor blade.

In order to eradicate the problem, you get rid of the mosques and of the hate preachers. That’s the first move. A lot of other things can be done to get rid of Islam, but there has to be an iron will to do it. Who is up to it?

The Times

In other news:

2017.07.05 (Philippines)
An Abu Sayyaf-linked group beheads two Vietnamese hostages.

2 thoughts on “Jihad causes poverty, not the other way ’round”

  1. Here’s your first clue:

    ” The Aga Khan endowed a museum there; The Rough Guide to The Philippines describes it as “generally peaceful”.

    The Aga Khan is heir to the hereditary legacy of Hasan I-Sabah, aka Hasan The Assassin. He is the multi-billionaire leader of the muslim’s Ismaeli (ASSASSINS) sect. He is THE Assassin Chief.

    He also hosts such penumbrinaries as Justin Turdeau on his Bahamian private island retreats, and subverts many other governments as well – he even conned Canada’s former (‘Conservative!’) PM, Stephen Harper, into ceding the former Canadian War Museum grounds and buildings to him, rent and tax-free, for the next 99 years, AND garnered another $35M to help him build a huge new “Tolerance Mosque” outside Toronto, and another whitewashed ‘Peaceful Islamic History’ and cultural centre in Canada as well.

  2. Poverty Doesn’t Cause Crime; CRIME CAUSES POVERTY


    THEM: “Let’s import muslims to study at our universities!
    They won’t be dangerous to us because they’re already rich – right?!

    After all, as all liberals already know, only poverty causes crime! Whee!”

    Here’s some dedicated jihadis with their higher-learning institute university degrees:


    (But … but … everyone knows islam is defensively specific grievance-driven, not offensively general doctrine-driven! And … and … poverty causes crime, so this poor starving engineering student had every reason to hate!) LOL! Just Kidding!

    Esseghaier was doing PhD work in nanosensors (not your typical ignorant savage):


    A typical corporazi round-table discussion:

    “Geez, Bob! We’ve managed to save a bundle by downsizing and out-sourcing all our labor problems to our 3rd-world slave-pens, but shipping costs are still eating us alive!”

    “No problem Gary – we’ll simply order our puppet politicians to bring all our slaves here! Whee! Their leftist voter-base will go along, because they’re dumb suicidally masochistic racists who want the rest of what they presume is their “evil racist” white race diluted with dumb peaceful grass-eating ‘noble savage’ DNA!”

    Some of the poorest places in the world have the lowest crime-rates, and not only because there’s nothing left to steal. And some of the richest areas have the highest crime-rates – at least for a while. All so-called islamic countries (nations which had been violently invaded, genocided and conquered by the islamic crime-gang for centuries) are at the very bottom of the world’s developmental indices; without the free oil revenues, they’d have absolutely NOTHING. They and their people are even poorer than jungle-dwelling savages in chanty-towns in South America.


    Because islam was founded by a rapacious and greedy bandit-king, and remains only a global extortion racket and crime-syndicate: it demands Submission to gangster conformity on literal pain of death and actively discourages individual free-thinking innovation.

    When Western liberals try to draw parallels with western culture, they’re really only employing the cognitive-thinking logical fallacy evasion tactic known as the Argumentum Tu Quoque, which in this case can be most basically summed up as: “ISLAM ISN’T EVIL BECAUSE WE ALL DO IT TOO!” As if simply listing more than one unrelated wrong could somehow then miraculously turn one of them into a right!

    They’ve never actually dared to read the moslems’ own stuff – their Qur’an, sahih ahadith, Tabari histories, Ibn Hisham’s rendition of Ibn Ishaq’s sirat rasul allah, nor any of the four sunni nor one shia maddhab fiqhs of sharia crime (“law”).

    They always just put their BIGOTED, fact-free OPINIONS up against the moslem’s own most official commandments and subsequent historical FACTS. That’s careless, criminally negligent slander, where they assume they have the right to accuse others of crimes, without having the personal responsibility to gather any facts for evidence against them (i.e: us).

    By definition, (our Western,) “civilized” cultures DO NOT ATTACK OTHERS FIRST – they obey the Golden Rule which forbids this, and so enjoy trust & progress.

    The only “cultures” which attack (decapitate, straight-up murder, etc) other people, are, by definition, the (Eastern,) barbaric ones which go by the might-makes-right jungle law; and so they inflict distrust & stagnation on them selves and on everyone else, too… when one’s day is taken up with plotting attacks against one’s neighbours and defending against their attacks, one doesn’t have time to work for a living, much less peacefully discover invent innovate or market new ideas and products – which is why we have technology and they still live in dirt and ruins.

    Because if “all indoctrinating cultures are really the same,” as the liberals would like to choose to pretend then, then it’s never the cultural software that’s at fault, so it must be the physical hardware – in other words, they’re simply advocating for the false notion that the moslems are impoverished because we are smarter than they are (and so, we caused their poverty) or that the moslems are simply racially inferior and can’t help being mindlessly violent animals, the poor benighted little dears.

    Liberals can’t seem to simply man up and admit that the might-makes-right, violent “culture” of islam is evil all on it’s own, regardless of any/all other evils! And that’s simply because they already know it is, but are personally too scared to admit it, the cowardly traitors.

    Obviously, those parochial bigots only know some recent, ‘western’ history; they’ve been able to safely ignore all the moslems’ Eastern depredations; to them, nazis and moslems aren’t exactly the same, simply because moslems are poor brown people from Africa, and the nazis were rich white Europeans! How shallow.

    For the last 1,400 years, islam has openly and OFFICIALLY declared criminal, aggressive war on all of humanity, officially, right in their “holy” Qur’an. And they’ve acted on it, too – with a historical average of a lot less than 1% of the global population, they’ve still managed to be responsible for over HALF of all murders (and all other crimes). Islam has murdered over 270 million people (that’s OVER A QUARTER-BILLION INNOCENT LIVES SACRIFICED TO ALLAH so far)! Islam has committed more murders (and all other crimes) than EVERY other human creed (both secular and religious)!

    So, because of their official, “THOU SHALT KILL!” creed, (and even with having bred themselves up to be one fifth of the world today,) the moslems are still from between four and several hundred times more likely to commit murders (and all other crimes) than EVERYONE ELSE, combined!

    More proof, from here:


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