Toxic Zen Story #22: Green Dragon Zen and Physical Zen in the Palestinian struggle, from Yasser Arafat to Usama Bin Ladin: Suicide Bombing.
. 'Husseini's men attended SS training courses
. and visited Sachsenhausen. At an early stage the
. mufti was aware of the extermination of the Jews
. and he tried to persuade the Axis to extend the
. extermination to North Africa and Palestine. He
. also repeatedly proposed the Luftwaffe bomb Tel
. Aviv. When he found out that efforts were underway
. to save Jews by means of various barter
. arrangements, he did all he could to foil them.' -
. Simon Wiesenthal Center
____ Background for Toxic Zen Stories _____________________
____ Introduction ________________________________________
From "Nazi Cult Beliefs - (3) The German Vril":
. 'A frequent visitor to Landsberg prison where
. Hitler was writing Mein Kampf with the help of
. Rudolf Hess, was General Karl Haushofer, a
. university professor and director of the Munich
. Institute of Geopolitics. Haushofer, Hitler, and
. Hess had long conversations together. Hess also
. kept records of these conversations. Hitler's
. demands for German "living space" in the east at
. the expense of the Slavic nations were based on
. the geopolitical theories of the learned
. professor. Haushofer was also inclined toward the
. esoteric. As military attache in Japan, he had
. studied Zen-Buddhism. He had also gone through
. initiations at the hands of Tibetan lamas. He
. became Hitler's second "esoteric mentor",
. replacing Dietrich Eckart.'
From Wulf Schwartzwaller, The Unknown Hitler
Eckart was an occultist and magician leader of the Thule Society who was certainly the earliest corrupting influence on Hitler's psyche. But after Eckart's death and meeting Haushofer, Adolph took a hard right turn to become the first Nazi.
In "The Morning of the Magicians" (1960; 279) by Louis Pauwels and Jacques Bergier they write:
. 'Occultism teaches that, after concluding a
. pact with hidden forces, the members of the group
. cannot evoke these forces save through the
. intermediary of a magician who, in turn, can do
. nothing without a medium. It would seem therefore
. that Hitler must have been the medium, and
. Haushofer the magician. Rudolf Hess had been
. Haushofer's assistant when the latter was a
. professor at the University of Munich.'
. 'It was he who had brought Haushofer and
. Hitler together. His flight to England during the
. war was the result of Haushofer having told him
. that he had seen him in a dream flying to England
. in an airplane. In one of the rare moments of
. lucidity which his inexplicable malady allowed him
. the prisoner Hess, the last survivor of the Thule
. Group, is said to have stated formally that
. Haushofer was the magician, the secret Master.
(see Jack Fishman: The Seven Men of Spandau.)'
Hitler also adopted the Buddhist suwastika (the symbol of positive rotation) and reversed it into the direction of evil, to drive home the point. He also liked Tibetan Buddhism, which is the source of Aryanism (http://www.crystalinks.com/hitler.html
. 'Another important mystical organization
. behind the formation of Nazism was the "Vril"
. Society, which had been named after a book by Lord
. Bulward Litton - an English Rosicrucian. Litton's
. book told the story of an Aryan "super race"
. coming the Earth.'
From William Bramley, The Gods of Eden
. 'In Berlin, Haushofer had founded the Luminous
. Lodge or the Vril Society. The Lodge's objective
. was to explore the origins of the Aryan race and
. to perform exercises in concentration to awaken
. the forces of "Vril". Haushofer was a student of
. the Russian magician and metaphysician Gregor
. Ivanovich Gurdyev (George Gurdjieff). Both
. Gurdjieff and Haushofer maintained that they had
. contacts with secret Tibetan lodges that possessed
. the secret of the "Superman". The Lodge included
. Hitler, Aalfred Rosenberg, Himmler, Göring, and
. Hitler's subsequent personal physician Dr. Morell.
. It is also known that Aleister Crowley and
. Gurdjieff sought contact with Hitler. Hitler's
. unusual powers of suggestion become more
. understandable if one keeps in mind that he had
. access to the 'secret' psychological techniques of
. the esoteric lodges. Haushofer taught him the
. techniques of Gurdjieff which, in turn, were based
. on the teachings of the Sufis and the Tibetan
. lamas- and familiarized him with the Zen teaching
. of the Japanese Green Dragon Society ...'
From Wulf Schwartzwaller, The Unknown Hitler
. 'One member of the German Vril was Professor
. Karl Haushofer - a former employee of German
. military intelligence. Haushofer had been a mentor
. to Hitler as well as to...Rudolph Hess. (Hess had
. been an assistant to Haushofer at the University
. of Munich.) Another Vril member was the second
. most powerful man in Nazi Germany: Heinrich
. Himmler, who became head of the dreaded SS and
. Gestapo. Himmler incorporated the Vril Society
. into the Nazi Occult Bureau. Yet another mystical
. group was the Edelweiss Society, which preached
. the coming of a "Nordic messiah".... Herman Göring
. had become an active member of the Edelweiss
. Society in 1921 while living and working in
. Sweden. Göring believed Hitler to be the Nordic
From William Bramley, The Gods of Eden
. 'The idea for the use of the swastika by the
. Nazis came from a dentist named Dr. Friedrich
. Krohn who was a member of the secret Germanen
. Order. Krohn produced the design for the actual
. form in which the Nazis came to use the symbol,
. that is reversed, spinning in an anti-clockwise
. direction. as a solar symbol, the swastika is
. properly thought of as spinning, and the Buddhists
. have always believed the symbol attracted luck.
. The Sanskrit word 'svastika' means good fortune
. and well being. According to Cabbalistic lore and
. occult theory, chaotic force can be evoked by
. reversing the symbol. And so the symbol appeared
. as the flag of Nazi Germany and the insignia of
. the Nazi party, an indication for those who had
. eyes to see, as to the occult nature of the Third
From Bernard Schreiber. The Men Behind Hitler
Apparently, Haushofer was there at the beginning, the middle and the end. His son tried to atone, but failed and was killed.
From "The Swastika and the Nazis - The Haushofer Connection":
. 'Among Haushofer's students at Munich
. university was a young, bright army officer:
. Rudolf Hess. Soon Hess became Haushofer's favorite
. student. Later Hess also became one of the closest
. associates of Hitler. He was serving time with
. Hitler at Landsberg. It is a well known fact that
. it was Rudolf Hess who introduced Haushofer to
. Adolf Hitler, and also that the professor
. frequently visited the Führer while he was writing
. Mein Kampf in Landsberg Fortress prison after his
. failed Munich putsch in 1923.'
. 'After Hitler came to power in 1933, Professor
. Haushofer was instrumental in developing Germany's
. alliance with Japan. Most of the meetings between
. high rank Japanese officials and Nazi leaders took
. place at his home near Munich. He saw Japan as the
. brother nation to Germany, the Herrenwolk of the
. 'Before the war Professor Haushofer and his
. son Albrecht maintained close contacts with
. British members of the Golden Dawn. When war
. between Germany and England broke out Haushofer
. tried to use his influence with Hess in trying to
. convince Hitler to make peace with the British.'
. 'In the Spring of 1941, after having failed to
. convince Hitler, Haushofer urged Hess to make a
. direct contact with the Duke of Hamilton, a
. Scottish member of the Golden Dawn. On may 10,
. 1941, Hess took off for Scotland. Whether Hitler
. knew his plans or not is still subject of debate
. among historians.'
. 'The British government, however, didn't even
. want to hear Hess' peace propositions and put him
. in jail incommunicado. After Hess' failure the
. Nazis denounced him as mentally disturbed.'
. 'Karl and Albrecht Haushofer fell from grace.
. Albrecht became involved in a failed coup d'etat
. against Hitler on July 20, 1941. Karl Haushofer
. was sent to the infamous Dachau concentration
. camp, and Albrecht to the Moabite prison in
. Berlin, where was later executed.'
The astonishing fact here, is that Karl Haushofer's wife and Albrecht's mother was half-Jewish.
Can you imagine what it was like for her? To see her husband's disciple (Hitler) go on to create a hell on earth for her people? This is the kind of fate reserved for those who attach themselves to Zen believers.
. 'Some authors claim that, while in Japan,
. Haushofer was active in the ultra-secret Green
. Dragon Society, whose members were under oath to
. commit ritual suicide if faced with dishonor.
. After the war Haushofer was among the Nazi members
. to be put to trial before the Nuremberg War Crimes
. Tribunal. But Professor Haushofer never went to
. trial. After killing his wife, Karl Haushofer
. committed suicide in the traditional Japanese way,
. cutting his intestines with a sharp samurai short
. sword, in a personal, formal ceremony called
. seppuku (commonly known as hara-kiri).'
So, Karl got the rare opportunity to observe the results of his thorough observance of Zen principles, on his trip to Dachau. He paid the price of following those principles, and acting on those distorted views, with the life of his family. How very ZEN, is this amazing story.
In Toxic Zen Story #19, we saw how Eugen Herrigel created an astonishing hoax in relating his story of enlightenment with Awa, the Kyujutsu (his variant of Kyudo Archery) master, in Japan. All of it turned out to be based on misunderstandings, and out and out lying by Herrigel (who even lied about which University he taught at in Japan).
In Toxic Zen Story #20, we see Eugen Herrigel lighting the match for the Holocaust at the Philosophy Department at Erlangen University near Nuremberg, along with his alter ego, Julius Streicher and his friends in the Theology Department: Werner Elert and Paul Althaus. The "Erlangen Report" produced by those bright lights was the source of the Nuremberg Laws, which led to Kristallnacht, which led to Auschwitz.
Julius Streicher was hung at the Nuremberg War Crime Trials, and the Nazis of Academia walked free, including Eugen(ics) Herrigel, to publish his incredibly erroneous slander of Buddhism, "Zen in the Art of Archery", first in 1948, and then infecting the entire world.
In Toxic Zen Story #21, we see how the Nuremberg Zen of Herrigel (and Suzuki), the Green Dragon Zen of Haushofer and Hitler, and the Physical Zen of the martial arts made their way into Israel, to the effect of corrupting and undermining the Zionist movement at its core, to the suicidal endangerment of the State of Israel itself and to permanent War in the Middle East.
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Green Dragon Zen and Physical Zen have found a new home in the Palestinian struggle. The following chart, describes the inheritance relationships for Zen influences in the evolution of Palestinian political and terrorist organizations. This will be a handy chart to keep track of what is a complex lineage. It is not 100% inclusive, but lists the major organizations, people and connections (I have it in two places in case it is censored in one or the other):
We will go on to explain the links, starting with Haj Amin el-Husseini.
Although it may seem that in writing this, I am picking on the Palestinians, you must understand that in the previous article (Toxic Zen Story #21) I have assigned the real poisonous cause of this struggle in the Middle East, originally to the Kibbutzim of Israel. And I don't mean Zionism, I mean the Zen that corrupted Zionism, which was originally practiced in the Kibbutz.
So, I am picking on everyone's cherished, distorted views equally.
From the article "The Arab/Muslim Nazi Connection", by Paul Longgrear, Raymond McNemar:
. 'A picture taken in 1943 of the Grand Mufti of
. Jerusalem Haj Amin el-Husseini reviewing Bosnian-
. Muslim troops - a unit of the "Hanjar (Saber)
. Division" of the Waffen SS which he personally
. recruited for Hitler. (http://www.cdn-friends-
. 'The Führer's Mufti: After World War I, the
. Great Powers of Europe jockeyed for influence in
. the Middle East's oil fields and trade routes,
. with France and Britain holding mandates
. throughout most of the region. In the 1930s, the
. fascist regimes that arose in Italy and Germany
. sought greater stakes in the area, and began
. courting Arab leaders to revolt against their
. British and French custodians. Among their many
. willing accomplices was Jerusalem Mufti Haj Amin
. el-Husseini, who fled Palestine after agitating
. against the British during the Arab Revolt of
. 1936-39. He found refuge in Iraq – another of Her
. Majesty's mandates – where he again topped the
. British most wanted list after helping pull the
. strings behind the Iraqi coup of 1941. The revolt
. in Baghdad was orchestrated by Hitler as part of a
. strategy to squeeze the region between the pincers
. of Rommel's troops in North Africa, German forces
. in the Caucuses and pro-Nazi forces in Iraq.
. However, in June 1941 British troops put down the
. rebellion and the Mufti escaped via Tehran to
. Italy and eventually to Berlin.'
From the website "Timeline of Palestinian Israeli History and the Israel-Palestine Conflict":
. '1936-1939, Palestinian Arab Revolt led by Haj
. Amin Al-Husseini. Over 5,000 Arabs were killed
. according to some sources, mostly by British.
. Several hundred Jews were killed by Arabs.
. Husseini fled to Iraq [there he staged the coup
. for Hitler] and then to Nazi Germany.'
By the way, the Iraqi Coup of 1941 was staged with the help of Khairallah Tulfah, who was Saddam Hussein's uncle and the man who raised him, and inculcated him with the same Nazi frame of mind, as was had by el-Husseini, the Grand Mufti. (See Toxic Zen Story #16).
Returning to Longgrear and McNemar's article on the Arab/Muslim Nazi Connection:
. 'Once in Berlin, the Mufti received an
. enthusiastic reception by the "Islamische
. Zentralinstitut" and the whole Islamic community
. of Germany, which welcomed him as the "Führer of
. the Arabic world." In an introductory speech, he
. called the Jews the "most fierce enemies of the
. Muslims" and an "ever corruptive element" in the
. world. Husseini soon became an honored guest of
. the Nazi leadership and met on several occasions
. with Hitler. He personally lobbied the Führer
. against the plan to let Jews leave Hungary,
. fearing they would immigrate to Palestine. He also
. strongly intervened when Adolf Eichman tried to
. cut a deal with the British government to exchange
. German POWs for 5000 Jewish children who also
. could have fled to Palestine. The Mufti's protests
. with the SS were successful, as the children were
. sent to death camps in Poland instead. One German
. officer noted in his journals that the Mufti would
. liked to have seen the Jews "preferably all
. killed." On a visit to Auschwitz, he reportedly
. admonished the guards running the gas chambers to
. work more diligently. Throughout the war, he
. appeared regularly on German radio broadcasts to
. the Middle East, preaching his pro-Nazi, anti-
. Semitic message to the Arab masses back home.'
. 'To show gratitude towards his hosts, in 1943
. the Mufti travelled several times to Bosnia, where
. on orders of the SS he recruited the notorious
. "Hanjar troopers," a special Bosnian Waffen SS
. company which slaughtered 90% of Bosnia's Jews and
. burned countless Serbian churches and villages.
. These Bosnian Muslim recruits rapidly found favor
. with SS chief Heinrich Himmler, who established a
. special Mullah Military school in Dresden.'
. 'The only condition the Mufti set for his help
. was that after Hitler won the war, the entire
. Jewish population in Palestine should be
. liquidated. After the war, Husseini fled to
. Switzerland and from there escaped via France to
. Cairo, were he was warmly received. The Mufti used
. funds received earlier from the Hitler regime to
. finance the Nazi-inspired Arab Liberation Army
. that terrorized Jews in Palestine.'
From the Simon Wiesenthal Center's website:
. 'A Moslem Leader in the Service of the Nazis
. 'Husseini's contribution to the Axis war
. effort was more successful in his capacity as a
. Moslem leader. He recruited and organized Bosnian
. Muslim battalions in 1943, known as the Handjar
. (Sword), who were put into the Waffen-SS. They
. fought partisans in Bosnia, participated in the
. massacre of civilians there, and carried out
. police and security duties in Hungary. Husseini
. also helped boost the fighting morale of the
. 'Husseini's Support of the Final Solution'
. 'Husseini's men attended SS training courses
. and visited Sachsenhausen. At an early stage the
. mufti was aware of the extermination of the Jews
. and he tried to persuade the Axis to extend the
. extermination to North Africa and Palestine. He
. also repeatedly proposed the Luftwaffe bomb Tel
. Aviv. When he found out that efforts were underway
. to save Jews by means of various barter
. arrangements, he did all he could to foil them.'
. 'After the War - Evading Prosecution'
. 'When the war ended, Husseini was arrested in
. France, but in June 1946, he escaped and made his
. way to asylum in Egypt. Although there was ample
. proof to arrest him as a war criminal after the
. war, the Allies made no effort to do so. They were
. deterred by Husseini's prestige in the Arab world.
. In 1946, Yugoslavia, asked for his extradition,
. but the Arab League and the Egyptian government
. succeeded in having the demand tabled. '
Other Arab political leaders and groups adopted the Nazi mindset ... as Longgrear and McNemar continue ...
. 'The Arab Embrace of Nazism: Husseini
. represents the prevalent pro-Nazi posture among
. the Arab/Muslim world before, during and even
. after the Holocaust. The Nazi-Arab connection
. existed even when Adolf Hitler first seized power
. in Germany in 1933. News of the Nazi takeover was
. welcomed by the Arab masses with great enthusiasm,
. as the first congratulatory telegrams Hitler
. received upon being appointed Chancellor came from
. the German Consul in Jerusalem, followed by those
. from several Arab capitals. Soon afterwards,
. parties that imitated the National Socialists were
. founded in many Arab lands, like the "Hisb-el-
. qaumi-el-suri" (PPS) or Social Nationalist Party
. in Syria. Its leader, Anton Sa'ada, styled himself
. the Führer of the Syrian nation, and Hitler became
. known as "Abu Ali" (In Egypt his name was
. "Muhammed Haidar"). The banner of the PPS
. displayed the swastika on a black-white
. background. Later, a Lebanese branch of the PPS –
. which still receives its orders from Damascus –
. was involved in the assassination of Lebanese
. President Pierre Gemayel.'
. 'The most influential party that emulated the
. Nazis was "Young Egypt," which was founded in
. October 1933. They had storm troopers, torch
. processions, and literal translations of Nazi
. slogans – like "One folk, One party, One leader."
. Nazi anti-Semitism was replicated, with calls to
. boycott Jewish businesses and physical attacks on
. Jews. Britain had a bitter experience with this
. pro-German mood in Egypt, when the official
. Egyptian government failed to declare war on the
. Wehrmacht as German troops were about to conquer
. 'After the war, a member of Young Egypt named
. Gamal Abdul Nasser was among the officers who led
. the July 1952 revolution in Egypt. Their first act
. – following in Hitler's footsteps – was to outlaw
. all other parties. Nasser's Egypt became a safe
. haven for Nazi war criminals, among them the SS
. General in charge of the murder of Ukrainian
. Jewry; he became Nasser's bodyguard and close
. comrade. Alois Brunner, another senior Nazi war
. criminal, found shelter in Damascus, where he
. served for many years as senior adviser to the
. Syrian general staff and still resides today.'
. 'Sami al-Joundi, one of the founders of the
. ruling Syrian Ba'ath Party, recalls: "We were
. racists. We admired the Nazis. We were immersed in
. reading Nazi literature and books... We were the
. first who thought of a translation of Mein Kampf.
. Anyone who lived in Damascus at that time was
. witness to the Arab inclination toward Nazism." '
. 'These leanings never completely ceased.
. Hitler's Mein Kampf currently ranks sixth on the
. best-seller list among Palestinian Arabs. Luis Al-
. Haj, translator of the Arabic edition, writes
. glowingly in the preface about how Hitler's
. "ideology" and his "theories of nationalism,
. dictatorship and race… are advancing especially
. within our Arabic States." When Palestinian police
. first greeted Arafat in the self-rule areas, they
. offered the infamous Nazi salute - the right arm
. raised straight and upward.'
. 'The PLO and notably Arafat himself do not
. make a secret of their source of inspiration. The
. Grand Mufti el-Husseini is venerated as a hero by
. the PLO. It should be noted, that the PLO's top
. figure in east Jerusalem today, Faisal Husseini,
. is the grandson to the Führer's Mufti. Arafat also
. considers the Grand Mufti a respected educator and
. leader, and in 1985 declared it an honor to follow
. in his footsteps. Little wonder. In 1951, a close
. relative of the Mufti named Rahman Abdul Rauf el-
. Qudwa el-Husseini matriculated to the University
. of Cairo. The student decided to conceal his true
. identity and enlisted as "Yasser Arafat." '
From there on the evolution grows ... Haj Amin el-Husseini is the one person that ties together every single active terrorist group involved in the Palestinian struggle. The Muslim Brotherhood of Hassan al-Banna began in Egypt in the twenties, but like all of the other Arab social movements of the time, they became swept up through the leadership of the Grand Mufti, into the Nazi dream of becoming completely free of the Jewish contaminant in Islamic society. This is a dream that is ubiquitous for all of these groups.
After Sadat made peace in the late 1970s, the Muslim Brotherhood became Islamic Jihad in almost every country surrounding Israel.
From "Arafat, the Nazi", by Joseph Farah - August 14, 2002
. 'Arafat is a Nazi sympathizer. '
. 'In an interview last week, published in Al
. Sharq al Awsat, a London Arabic daily, reprinted
. in the Palestinian daily Al Quds, Aug. 2, and
. translated by Palestinian Media Watch, Arafat
. called the Arab leader and Nazi ally, Hajj Amin
. al-Husseini, "our hero." He drew an analogy
. between himself and al-Husseini who survived as a
. leader despite world pressure against him because
. of his Nazi ties. '
. ' "We are not Afghanistan," said Arafat in the
. interview. "We are a mighty people. Were they able
. to replace our hero Hajj Amin al-Husseini? There
. were a number of attempts to get rid of Hajj Amin,
. whom they considered an ally of the Nazis. But
. even so, he lived in Cairo, and participated in
. the 1948 war, and I was one of his troops." '
. 'Arafat seldom tells the truth, but, in this
. case, his facts are correct. ' ...
. 'On March 1, 1944, Arafat's hero was in Berlin
. making a dramatic radio broadcast: "Arabs! Rise as
. one and fight for your sacred rights. Kill the
. Jews wherever you find them. This pleases God,
. history and religion. This saves your honor." '
. 'The grand mufti was not just Arafat's "hero,"
. as he says. Arafat was, in fact, so close to al-
. Husseini that the young terrorist called him
. "uncle." Arafat's real name is Rahman Abdul Rauf
. el-Qudwa al-Husseini, though his actual blood
. relationship with al-Husseini is in question. His
. entire career was sponsored by the dreaded Nazi
. mufti. He was, indeed, Arafat's mentor, his
. inspiration for 40 years of terror, murder, hatred
. and international duplicity. '
From "Yasser Arafat: Nazi trained", by David N. Bossie - August 9, 2002
. 'The mufti barely escaped trial for treason by
. fleeing to Egypt in 1946. There he made young
. Yasser Arafat, then living in Cairo, his protege.
. The mufti secretly imported a former Nazi commando
. officer into Egypt to teach Mr. Arafat and other
. teenage recruits the fine points of guerrilla
. warfare. Mr. Arafat learned his lessons well; the
. mufti was so proud of him he even pretended the
. two of them were blood relations. '
. 'Mr. Arafat first shed Jewish blood during
. terrorist raids in 1947 and has kept it up ever
. since. He also became a leader in Palestinian
. politics and was the first Palestinian nationalist
. to declare, "Violence is the only solution," that
. "Liberating Palestine could only take place
. through the barrel of a gun." During the 1950s,
. Mr. Arafat lived and worked as an engineer in
. Kuwait. There, he recruited followers for Fatah,
. his Palestinian guerrilla group. Mr. Arafat also
. raised funds from rich Persian Gulf oil and
. construction millionaires in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait,
. Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. These Persian
. Gulf millionaires remain Mr. Arafat's main
. financial backers a half-century later. They also
. comprise the al Qaeda terror network's primary
. source of funding.'
. 'Mr. Arafat's Fatah terror network began
. conducting murder raids into Israel from Syrian
. bases in 1964. Mr. Arafat's raids triggered the
. 1967 Six Day War between Israel and its hostile
. Arab neighbors. Despite causing this disastrous
. defeat for the Arabs, which lost them strategic
. territory in Egypt, Syria and Jordan, Mr. Arafat
. emerged as a hero. The "Arab street" lauded Mr.
. Arafat for the purity of his hatred for Israel;
. they could have cared less that his actions
. resulted in military disaster. Mr. Arafat used his
. popularity to merge Fatah with the Palestine
. Liberation Organization in 1968. Since then Mr.
. Arafat has been on a mission, a man wholly
. dedicated to destroying Israel in order to replace
. it with a Palestinian state. '
. 'While Mr. Arafat's anti-Israel terrorism is
. popular with Arab peoples, it is less beloved by
. their Arab rulers. Cheering for PLO terrorists who
. murder Israelis is much easier than controlling
. its murderous, undisciplined thugs. Mr. Arafat and
. his ruthless PLO terrorists were violently
. expelled from three different host countries:
. Syria in 1968; Jordan in 1971; and Lebanon in
. 1982. From 1982 to 1994, Mr. Arafat and the PLO
. resided in Tunisia. Mr. Arafat returned to world
. attention when he supported Iraqi dictator Saddam
. Hussein during the 1990-91 Gulf War. This foolish
. move temporarily turned his Persian Gulf financial
. supporters against him. Mr. Arafat now seemed
. 'The Palestinian Intifada uprising against
. Israeli rule beginning in 1987 rescued Mr.
. Arafat's career. At first Mr. Arafat tried to stop
. the Intifada since it threatened his dictatorial
. control over the Palestinians. Mr. Arafat, a
. control freak, pays only lip service to democracy.
. PLO elections are always rigged. But the uprising
. in the Palestinian occupied territories continued,
. so Mr. Arafat began lending it military
. assistance. Israel tried everything to quell the
. Intifada, but nothing worked, so Israeli Prime
. Minister Yitzhak Rabin and his foreign minister,
. Shimon Peres, cut a deal with Mr. Arafat in 1993.
. In return for limited autonomy by a Palestinian
. National Authority ruled by him, Mr. Arafat
. promised to renounce terrorism and accept Israel's
. right to exist.'
. 'Mr. Arafat soon broke his promise to the
. Israelis. Palestinian terrorist bombings murdered
. 256 Israelis between September 1993 and September
. 2000. Mr. Arafat oversaw the assassinations of any
. Palestinian opposed to his one-man rule. '
From "Arabs 'Idolise Hitler' ", by Jack Bloom, The Sowetan (Johannesburg), October 2, 2001:
. 'Even today, Hitler's Mein Kampf ranks high on
. the best-seller list among Palestinian Arabs.'
. 'The preface to the Arabic edition claims that
. his "theories of nationalism, dictatorship and
. race ... are advancing especially within our
. Arabic states". When Palestinian police first
. greeted Yasser Arafat in the self-rule areas, they
. offered the infamous Nazi salute.'
. 'In April a columnist in the Egyptian
. government daily Al-Akbar defiantly repeated his
. "thanks to Hitler, of blessed memory, who on
. behalf of the Palestinians, revenged in advance
. against the most vile criminals on the face of the
. earth. Although we do have a complaint against him
. for his revenge on them was not enough".'
. 'The current Mufti of Jerusalem, Ikrama Sabri,
. who is appointed by Arafat, continues the vitriol
. against Jews and denial of the Holocaust.'
. ' "Six million Jews dead? No way, they were
. much fewer," he sneered in March last year.'
. 'Further, "I am filled with rage towards the
. Jews. They are the most cowardly creatures Allah
. ever created." '
. 'Hajj Amin el-Husseini is revered by the PLO
. leadership, including his relative Arafat (real
. name: Abdul Rauf El-Codbi el-Husseini). In 1985
. Arafat extolled his memory and emphasised that
. "the PLO is continuing the path set by the
. 'A senior commander in Arafat's personal
. bodyguard is Fawzi Salem al-Mahdi (known as "Abu
. Hitler"), whose two sons bear the first names
. Hitler and Eichmann.'
. 'The scholar Bernard Lewis noted that "Nazi"
. became a term of opprobrium in the Arab world only
. with the post-war Soviet influence. Previously,
. Jews and Zionists were abused as communists,
. Bolsheviks and Soviet agents.'
From "Abdullah Azzam - The godfather of jihad.", by Chris Suellentrop, April 16, 2002, Slate, MSN:
. 'As the Lenin of international jihad, Abdullah
. Azzam didn't invent his movement's ideas, but he
. furthered them and put them into practice around
. the world. He constructed the religious ideology
. for the war against the Soviets in Afghanistan,
. recruited Arab mujahideen to implement his vision,
. and built the international network that his
. disciple, Osama Bin Laden, would turn into al-
. Qaida. Azzam applied his ideas in his native
. Palestine, too, where he served as a founding
. member of Hamas. After Sept. 11, Americans
. believed that Bin Laden transformed the world in
. one swift stroke. But it was Azzam who, years
. before, laid the groundwork for the current wars
. in Afghanistan and the Middle East.'
. 'Political Islam's Great Communicator and
. traveling salesman, Azzam trotted the globe during
. the 1980s to promote the Afghan jihad against the
. Soviets. By the time of his death in 1989, he had
. recruited between 16,000 and 20,000 mujahideen
. from 20 countries to Afghanistan, visited 50
. American cities to advance his cause, and
. dispatched acolytes to spread the gospel in 26
. U.S. states, not to mention across the Middle East
. and Europe. His Mujahideen Services Bureau in
. Peshawar, Pakistan, served as a way station and
. training ground for fresh recruits as they
. arrived. Among those inspired by Azzam: Mohammed
. Salameh, convicted of conspiracy, assault, and
. explosives charges for his involvement in the 1993
. World Trade Center bombing; Wadih El-Hage and
. Mohammed Odeh, convicted for their roles in the
. 1998 East African embassy bombings; and Osama Bin
. Laden. The Encyclopedia of the Afghan Jihad, an
. 11-volume al-Qaida training manual, names two men
. in its dedication. One is Bin Laden, who is listed
. as the "faithful helper" of the other man,
. Abdullah Azzam.'
... So, Bin Laden had two mentors, Azzam and the Egyptian doctor (below), al Zawahiri.
. 'Why should we care about Azzam now, 13 years
. after his death? Because his ideas live on after
. him, fueling the conflagrations in Afghanistan and
. Palestine. Azzam proclaimed that any land that was
. once ruled by the Islamic caliphate, even if it
. were as small as the span of a person's hand, must
. be recaptured if it falls into the hands of
. infidels. As he wrote in Defense of Muslim Lands,
. his best-known booklet, "With reference to the
. Russians, it is not permitted to negotiate with
. them until they retreat from every hand span of
. Muslim territory. With the Jews in Palestine,
. likewise." This doctrine roused Bin Laden to issue
. his 1998 fatwa declaring that Muslims must kill
. Americans in order to expel the United States from
. Saudi Arabia's holy sites. It also sheds light on
. the "tragedy of Andalusia," a phrase mentioned on
. the Oct. 7 videotape released by Bin Laden and his
. lieutenants. If the caliphate is to be restored to
. its full glory, radical Muslims must reconquer all
. of Islam's historic lands, including southern
... There it is ... world domination by Islam. A serious goal of determined men, and one that has in the past led to world war and 100 million dead. This seems to be an unfortunate and obsolete thought from the past. The mistake is to think that it is simply an echo of Hitler, when it is in actuality an echo of something more fundamental to life itself, that determination to set something right that feels deeply wrong, no matter what the cost.
. 'The caliphate also included, of course,
. Palestine, by which Azzam meant Israel. Unlike Bin
. Laden, who was (is?) more concerned with toppling
. secular Arab regimes, Azzam insisted that the
. Palestinian cause was pre-eminent. As a young man,
. Azzam fought in the Six Days War, fleeing to
. Jordan after Israel occupied his hometown, a West
. Bank village near Jenin. In 1970, he broke with
. Yasser Arafat's Palestine Liberation Organization
. because he believed the PLO was too secular. He
. accused the PLO of trying to overthrow Jordan's
. King Hussein rather than focusing on the true
. goal, the destruction of Israel. '
. 'Azzam's dispute with the PLO foreshadowed a
. disagreement that developed between him and Bin
. Laden in the late 1980s. As the battle with the
. Russians approached endgame, Bin Laden hoped to
. wage jihad on multiple fronts, simultaneously
. against the United States and against the profane
. rulers of the many nations from which the
. mujahideen had been recruited. Azzam, however, had
. always seen the Afghan war as a training ground
. for the ultimate war in Palestine. Now he hoped to
. transfer the mujahideen to his homeland and take
. the war directly to Israel. '
. 'Already, Azzam had helped to establish Hamas,
. and during the first intifada in 1987, Arafat's
. PLO was forced to co-opt Azzam's ideas and
. rhetoric when Hamas championed them. (Yossef
. Bodansky, in Bin Laden: The Man Who Declared War
. on America, says the PLO also sent Palestinian
. youths to Afghanistan for mujahideen training.)
. Azzam had redefined the conflict: For many,
. Palestinians were no longer engaged in a
. nationalist struggle to establish a state. They
. were conducting an uncompromising battle to
. reclaim lost Muslim lands. "There will be no
. solution to the Palestinian problem except through
. jihad," Azzam wrote in accordance with his motto,
. "Jihad and the rifle alone: no negotiations, no
. conferences, no dialogues." '
. 'Before he could attempt to carry out his
. plans, Azzam was assassinated in Peshawar by a car
. bomb. (His murder was never solved, though the
. Pakistani Interservices Intelligence Agency, the
. CIA, and Bin Laden have all been touted as
. suspects.) Bin Laden assumed control of Azzam's
. organization and directed it toward his ends.
. Azzam's hopes of a climactic struggle with Israel
. appeared dashed.'
... When the spear tip of evil is broken off, it is always because another more purposeful penetrating weapon is available ... in this case al Zawahiri and Bin Laden are the ones to take things to the next level.
. 'More than a decade later, however, Azzam's
. vision appears triumphant. The Arab mujahideen
. never followed him home to Palestine, but his
. ideas took root there. The result is delivering
. suicide bombers into the heart of Israel,
. fulfilling the dream he expressed during a 1988
. speech: "The Palestinian youth came here to
. Afghanistan, and also non-Palestinians, and they
. were trained, and their souls became prepared, and
. the paranoia of fear disappeared, and they became
. experts. Now, every one of them returns … ready to
. die." '
From "Ayman al-Zawahiri - The Man Behind Bin Laden", by Lawrence Wright, New Yorker:
What is described here is the flow of events from al Zawahiri's efforts, which result in Egyptian Islamic Jihad's self-destruction as a movement, but which further his own career as he moves on to Bin Laden's enterprise in Afghanistan. There, he removes his rival, Bin Laden's previous mentor Abdullah Azzam (who also started HAMAS), and takes Al Qaeda into the spotlight.
Bin Laden appears to be the alter ego to the Egyptian doctor, and so they need to be discussed together. Al Qaeda appears to be the al Zawahiri-Bin Laden show, from the middle to the end, and the Abdulah Azzam-Bin Laden show from the beginning to the middle ...
. ' ... They came to the village of a local
. militia commander named Gula Jan, whose long beard
. and black turban might have signaled that he was
. a Taliban sympathizer. "I saw a heavy, older man,
. an Arab, who wore dark glasses and had a white
. turban," Jan told Ilene Prusher, of the Christian
. Science Monitor, four days later. "He was dressed
. like an Afghan, but he had a beautiful coat, and
. he was with two other Arabs who had masks on." The
. man in the beautiful coat dismounted and began
. talking in a polite and humorous manner. He asked
. Jan and an Afghan companion about the location of
. American and Northern Alliance troops. "We are
. afraid we will encounter them," he said. "Show us
. the right way." '
. 'While the men were talking, Jan slipped away
. to examine a poster that had been dropped into the
. area by American airplanes. It showed a photograph
. of a man in a white turban and glasses. His face
. was broad and meaty, with a strong, prominent nose
. and full lips. His untrimmed beard was gray at the
. temples and ran in milky streaks below his chin.
. On his high forehead, framed by the swaths of his
. turban, was a darkened callus formed by many hours
. of prayerful prostration. His eyes reflected the
. sort of decisiveness one might expect in a medical
. man, but they also showed a measure of serenity
. that seemed oddly out of place. Jan was looking at
. a wanted poster for a man named Dr. Ayman al-
. Zawahiri, who had a price of twenty-five million
. dollars on his head.'
. 'Jan returned to the conversation. The man he
. now believed to be Zawahiri said to him, "May God
. bless you and keep you from the enemies of Islam.
. Try not to tell them where we came from and where
. we are going." '
. 'There was a telephone number on the wanted
. poster, but Gula Jan did not have a phone.
. Zawahiri and the masked Arabs disappeared into the
. mountains... '
. ' ... In June of 2001, two terrorist
. organizations, Al Qaeda and Egyptian Islamic
. Jihad, formally merged into one. The name of the
. new entity—Qaeda al-Jihad—reflects the long and
. interdependent history of these two groups.
. Although Osama bin Laden, the founder of Al Qaeda,
. has become the public face of Islamic terrorism,
. the members of Islamic Jihad and its guiding
. figure, Ayman al-Zawahiri, have provided the
. backbone of the larger organization's leadership.
. According to officials in the C.I.A. and the
. F.B.I., Zawahiri has been responsible for much of
. the planning of the terrorist operations against
. the United States, from the assault on American
. soldiers in Somalia in 1993, and the bombings of
. the American embassies in East Africa in 1998 and
. of the U.S.S. Cole in Yemen in 2000, to the
. attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon
. on September 11th.'
. 'Bin Laden and Zawahiri were bound to discover
. each other among the radical Islamists who were
. drawn to Afghanistan after the Soviet invasion in
. 1979. For one thing, both were very much modern
. men. Bin Laden, who was in his early twenties, was
. already an international businessman; Zawahiri,
. six years older, was a surgeon from a notable
. Egyptian family. They were both members of the
. educated classes, intensely pious, quiet-spoken,
. and politically stifled by the regimes in their
. own countries. Each man filled a need in the
. other. Bin Laden, an idealist with vague political
. ideas, sought direction, and Zawahiri, a seasoned
. propagandist, supplied it. "Bin Laden had
. followers, but they weren't organized," recalls
. Essam Deraz, an Egyptian filmmaker who made
. several documentaries about the mujahideen during
. the Soviet-Afghan war. "The people with Zawahiri
. had extraordinary capabilities—doctors, engineers,
. soldiers. They had experience in secret work. They
. knew how to organize themselves and create cells.
. And they became the leaders." '
. 'The goal of Islamic Jihad was to overthrow
. the civil government of Egypt and impose a
. theocracy that might eventually become a model for
. the entire Arab world; however, years of guerrilla
. warfare had left the group shattered and bankrupt.
. For Zawahiri, bin Laden was a savior—rich and
. generous, with nearly limitless resources, but
. also pliable and politically unformed. "Bin Laden
. had an Islamic frame of reference, but he didn't
. have anything against the Arab regimes," Montasser
. al-Zayat, a lawyer for many of the Islamists, told
. me recently in Cairo. "When Ayman met bin Laden,
. he created a revolution inside him." '
... This is a very long biography of al Zawahiri, we move ahead to the critical section ...
. 'Zawahiri arrived in Jidda in 1985. At thirty-
. four, he was a formidable figure. He had been a
. committed revolutionary and a member of an
. Islamist underground cell for more than half his
. life. His political skills had been honed by
. prison debates, and he had discovered in himself a
. capacity—and a hunger—for leadership. He was
. pious, determined, and embittered.'
. 'Osama bin Laden, who was based in Jidda, was
. twenty-eight and had lived a life of boundless
. wealth and pleasure. His family's company, the
. multinational and broadly diversified Saudi
. Binladin Group, was one of the largest companies
. in the Middle East. Osama was a wan and gangly
. young man—he is estimated to be six feet five
. inches—and was by no means perceived to be the
. charismatic leader he would eventually become. He
. lacked the underground experience that Zawahiri
. had and, apart from his religious devotion, had
. few settled beliefs. But he had been radicalized
. by the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, and
. he had already raised hundreds of millions of
. dollars for the mujahideen resistance.'
. ' "You have the desert-rooted streak of bin
. Laden coming together with the more modern
. Zawahiri," Saad Eddin Ibrahim observes. "But they
. were both politically disenfranchised, despite
. their backgrounds. There was something that
. resonated between these two youngsters on the
. neutral ground of faraway Afghanistan. There they
. tried to build the heavenly kingdom that they
. could not build in their home countries." '
. 'In the mid-eighties, the dominant Arab in the
. war against the Soviets was Sheikh Abdullah Azzam,
. a Palestinian theologian who had a doctorate in
. Islamic law from Al-Azhar University. (He is not
. related to the Azzam family of Zawahiri's mother.)
. Azzam went on to teach at King Abdul Aziz
. University, in Jidda, where one of his students
. was Osama bin Laden. As soon as Azzam heard about
. the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, he moved to
. Pakistan. He became the gatekeeper of jihad and
. its main fund-raiser. His formula for victory was
. "Jihad and the rifle alone: no negotiations, no
. conferences, and no dialogues." '
. 'Many of the qualities that people now
. attribute to bin Laden were seen earlier in
. Abdullah Azzam, who became his mentor. Azzam was
. the embodiment of the holy warrior, which, in the
. Muslim world, is as popular a heroic stereotype as
. the samurai in Japan or the Hollywood cowboy in
. America. His long beard was vividly black in the
. middle and white on either side, and whenever he
. talked about the war his gaze seemed to focus on
. some glorious interior vision. "I reached
. Afghanistan and could not believe my eyes," Azzam
. says in a recruitment video, produced in 1988, as
. he holds an AK-47 rifle in his lap. "I travelled
. to acquaint people with jihad for years. . . . We
. were trying to satisfy the thirst for martyrdom.
. We are still in love with this." Azzam was a
. frequent speaker at Muslim rallies, even in the
. United States, where he came to raise money, and
. he often appeared on Saudi television. Generous
. and elaborately polite, Azzam opened his home in
. Peshawar to many of the young men, mostly Arabs,
. who had heeded his fatwa for all Muslims to rally
. against the Soviet invader. When bin Laden first
. came to Peshawar, he stayed at Azzam's guesthouse.
. Together, they set up the Maktab al-Khadamat, or
. Services Bureau, to recruit and train resistance
. fighters.... '
. '... This army of so-called Afghan Arabs soon
. became legendary throughout the Islamic world.
. Some experts have estimated that as many as fifty
. thousand Arabs passed through Afghanistan during
. the war against the Soviets. However, Abdullah
. Anas, an Algerian mujahid who married one of
. Abdullah Azzam's daughters, says that there were
. never more than three thousand Arabs in
. Afghanistan, and that most of them were drivers,
. secretaries, and cooks, not warriors. The war was
. fought almost entirely by the Afghans, not the
. Arabs, he told me. According to Hany al-Sibai, an
. alleged leader of Jihad (he denies it) now living
. in exile, there were only some five hundred
. Egyptians. "They were known as the thinkers and
. the brains," Sibai said. "The Islamist movement
. started with them." '
. 'Zawahiri's brother Mohammed, who had loyally
. followed him since childhood, joined him in
. Peshawar. The brothers had a strong family
. resemblance, though Mohammed was slightly taller
. and thinner than Ayman. Another colleague from the
. underground days in Cairo, a physician named
. Sayyid Imam, arrived, and in 1987, according to
. Egyptian intelligence, the three men reorganized
. Islamic Jihad. They began recruiting new members
. from the Egyptian mujahideen. Before long,
. representatives of the Islamic Group appeared on
. the scene, and once again the old rivalry flared
. up. Osama Rushdi, who had known Zawahiri in
. prison, told me that he was shocked by the changes
. he found in him. In Egypt, Zawahiri had struck him
. as polite and modest. "Now he was very
. antagonistic toward others," Rushdi recalled. "He
. talked badly about the other groups and wrote
. books against them. In discussions, he started to
. take things in a weird way. He would have strong
. opinions without any sense of logic." ...'
. '... Unlike the other leaders of the
. mujahideen, Zawahiri did not pledge himself to
. Sheikh Abdullah Azzam when he arrived in
. Afghanistan; from the start, he concentrated his
. efforts on getting close to bin Laden. He soon
. succeeded in placing trusted members of Islamic
. Jihad in key positions around bin Laden. According
. to the Islamist attorney Montasser al-Zayat,
. "Zawahiri completely controlled bin Laden. The
. largest share of bin Laden's financial support
. went to Zawahiri and the Jihad organization, while
. he supported the Islamic Group only with tiny
. morsels." '
. 'Zawahiri must have recognized—perhaps even
. before bin Laden himself did—that the future of
. the Islamic movement lay with "this heaven-sent
. man," as Abdullah Azzam called bin Laden. Azzam
. soon felt the gravitational force of Zawahiri's
. influence over his protégé. "I don't know what
. some people are doing here in Peshawar," Azzam
. complained to his son-in-law Abdullah Anas. "They
. are talking against the mujahideen. They have only
. one point, to create fitna"—discord—"between me
. and these volunteers." He singled out Zawahiri as
. one of the troublemakers....'
. '... Bin Laden's final break with Abdullah
. Azzam came in a dispute over the scope of jihad.
. Bin Laden envisioned an all-Arab legion, which
. eventually could be used to wage jihad in Saudi
. Arabia and Egypt. Sheikh Abdullah strongly opposed
. making war against fellow-Muslims. Zawahiri
. undermined Azzam's position by spreading rumors
. that he was a spy. "Zawahiri said he believed that
. Abdullah Azzam was working for the Americans,"
. Osama Rushdi told me. "Sheikh Abdullah was killed
. that same night." On November 24, 1989, Azzam and
. two of his sons were blown up by a car bomb as
. they were driving to a mosque in Peshawar.
. Although no one has claimed credit for the
. killings, many have been blamed, including
. Zawahiri himself, and even bin Laden. At Azzam's
. funeral, Zawahiri delivered a eulogy....'
I think it was a prescription from the Egyptian doctor, whoever delivered it.
. '... Islamic Jihad began its assault on Egypt
. with an attempt on the life of the Interior
. Minister, who was leading the crackdown on Islamic
. militants. In August of 1993, a bomb-laden
. motorcycle exploded next to the minister's car,
. killing the bomber and his accomplice. "The
. minister escaped death, but his arm was broken,"
. Zawahiri writes in his memoir. "A pile of files
. that he kept next to him saved his life from the
. shrapnel." The following November, Zawahiri's men
. tried to kill Egypt's Prime Minister with a car
. bomb as he was being driven past a girls' school
. in Cairo. The bomb missed its target, but the
. explosion injured twenty-one people and killed a
. twelve-year-old schoolgirl, Shayma Abdel-Halim,
. who was crushed by a door blown loose in the
. blast. Her death outraged Egyptians, who had seen
. more than two hundred and forty people killed by
. terrorists in the previous two years. As Shayma's
. coffin was borne through the streets of Cairo
. people cried, "Terrorism is the enemy of God!" '
. 'Zawahiri was shaken by the popular outrage.
. "The unintended death of this innocent child
. pained us all, but we were helpless and we had to
. fight the government, which was against God's
. Sharia and supported God's enemies," he notes in
. his memoir. He offered what amounted to blood
. money to the girl's family. The Egyptian
. government arrested two hundred and eighty of his
. followers; six were eventually given a sentence of
. death. Zawahiri writes, "This meant that they
. wanted my daughter, who was two at the time, and
. the daughters of other colleagues, to be orphans.
. Who cried or cared for our daughters?" '
. 'Zawahiri was a pioneer in the use of suicide
. bombers, which became a signature of Jihad
. assassinations. The strategy broke powerful
. religious taboos against suicide and the murder of
. innocents. (For these reasons, the Islamic Group
. preferred to work with guns and knives.) Although
. Hezbollah employed truck bombers to attack the
. American Embassy and the U.S. Marine barracks in
. Beirut in 1983, such martyrdom operations had not
. yet worked their way into the modern vocabulary of
. terror. In Palestine, suicide bombings were
. virtually unknown until the mid-nineties, when the
. Oslo accords began to unravel. Another of
. Zawahiri's innovations was to tape the bomber's
. vows of martyrdom on the eve of the mission.'
. 'Obsessed with secrecy, Zawahiri imposed a
. blind-cell structure on the Jihad organization, so
. that members in one group would not know the
. activities or personnel in another. Thus, a
. security breach in one cell should not compromise
. other units, and certainly not the entire
. organization. However, in 1993, Egyptian
. authorities arrested Jihad's membership director,
. Ismail Nassir. "He had a computer containing the
. entire database," Osama Rushdi, a former member of
. the Islamic Group, told me. "Where the member
. lived, which home he might be hiding in, even what
. names he uses with false passports." Supplied with
. this information, the Egyptian security forces
. pulled in a thousand suspects and placed more than
. three hundred of them on trial in military courts
. on charges of attempting to overthrow the
. government. The evidence was thin, but, then, the
. judicial standards weren't very rigorous. "It was
. all staged," Hisham Kassem, the publisher of the
. Cairo Times and the president of the Egyptian
. Organization for Human Rights, told me. "The ones
. you think are dangerous, you hang. The rest, you
. give them life sentences." Under Zawahiri's
. leadership, Islamic Jihad had succeeded,
. unintentionally, in assassinating the Speaker of
. Parliament, in 1990—the intended target was the
. Interior Minister—and in killing a schoolgirl. In
. the process, the organization lost almost its
. entire Egyptian base. If Islamic Jihad was to
. survive, it would have to be outside Egypt....'
. '... Emboldened by the success of the "Black
. Hawk Down" incident in Somalia, bin Laden
. escalated his campaign against America. In
. November of 1995, Al Qaeda bombed the National
. Guard communications center, in Riyadh, where
. American troops were training Saudis in
. surveillance methods. Five Americans were killed.
. Al Qaeda struck again in June of 1996, with a
. bombing at the Khobar Towers dormitory, in Dharan,
. Saudi Arabia, which killed nineteen American
. servicemen. (U.S. intelligence officials suspected
. that Iranian extremists were responsible, but they
. subsequently learned that Zawahiri called bin
. Laden immediately afterward to congratulate him on
. the operation.)'
. 'Bin Laden declined to take credit, but two
. months later, on August 23, 1996, he issued an
. edict entitled "Declaration of War Against the
. Americans Occupying the Land of the Two Holy
. Places." In this lengthy statement, published in
. the London newspaper Al-Quds al-Arabi, bin Laden
. boldly lays out his case against the Saudi ruling
. family and its American backers. "Everyone agrees
. that the shadow of a stick cannot be straightened
. as long as the stick is crooked," he writes.
. "Hence, it is imperative to focus on attacking the
. main enemy." He argues that the West deliberately
. divided the Muslim world into "states and mini-
. states," which could be easily controlled. He
. declares, "There is no higher priority, after
. faith, than pushing back the American-Israeli
. alliance." He calls upon all Muslims to
. participate in jihad in order to liberate Saudi
. Arabia and restore the dignity of the Islamic
. community. "In view of the enemy's strength, fast
. and light forces must be used and must operate in
. absolute secrecy."...'
The last two organizations are HAMAS and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. HAMAS, as is the case with Al Qaeda, was started by Abdullah Azzam ...
From "the evolution of islamic terrorism: an overview", by John Moore, Frontline's website:
. 'Islamic Resistance Movement (HAMAS): Emerging
. from the Muslim Brotherhood during the first
. Palestinian intifadah (1987), HAMAS has become the
. primary anti-Israeli religious opposition in the
. occupied territories. The group is mainly known
. for its use of suicide bombers and is loosely
. organized, with centers of strength in Gaza and
. certain areas in the West Bank. HAMAS, while
. condemning American policies favoring Israel, has
. not targeted the U.S. directly.'
. 'Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ): The PIJ,
. emerging from radical Gazan Palestinians in the
. 1970s, is apparently a series of loosely
. affiliated factions rather than a cohesive group.
. The PIJ focus is the destruction of Israel and the
. creation of a Palestinian Islamic state. Due to
. Washington's support of Israel, the PIJ has
. threatened to strike American targets; the PIJ has
. not "specifically" conducted attacks against U.S.
. interests; Arab regimes deemed as un-Islamic are
. also threatened. The group has stated its
. willingness to hit American targets in Jordan. PIJ
. cadres reportedly receive funding from Tehran and
. logistical support from Syria.'
And this is the point. As will be shown in Toxic Zen Story #22, the very same Nuremberg Zen of Herrigel (Toxic Zen Story #20), and the Zen of the Green Dragon Society of General Karl Haushofer, mentor of Hitler (Toxic Zen Story #2), and the Physical Zen of the martial arts (Toxic Zen Story #7, 8, 9 and 10) ... are what is propelling and undermining the State of Israel that supports the Occupation, the oppression of Palestinian people, and the repression of progress for peace with a settlements policy that is inflammatory to the Arab people and Islamic culture in general. This is the true source of the hellish and endless cycle of tit for tat violence that is possessing the Middle East region.
See the graph (I have it in two places in case it is censored in one or the other):
Yes, the Palestinians were right. There was something terribly wrong in Israel from the early days. The Zen meditation in the Kibbutzes goes all the way back to before the second world war, and was the fuel that fed the engine of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and his connection with Himmler.
Of course, nothing that the Palestinians have done to remedy this situation, then or up to now has in any way had the appearance of enlightened wisdom. Political solutions and Islamic fundamentalism corrupted by Zen do not solve anything.
The Israelis have a problem to take care of. And now, so do the Palestinians.
Because of the Nazi-Green Dragon Corrupted influence which drives the minds of Haj Amin el Husseini, Yasser Arafat, Abdullah Azzam, Ayman al-Zawahiri and Usama Bin Laden ... every moment spent in prayer to Allah with the same mind as those men is time spent in Zen meditation on the destruction of Israel, not the kind of prayer you intended at all !
And all the time you have spent following these men has built up a momentum in your life that won't just cease when you stop following them. You need to do something to counter the Zen momentum built up in your life, otherwise it will drive you, your family, your village or settlement or refugee camp or town or city, straight into catastrophe.
The only thing that cancels the effect of Zen Buddhist meditation, is the Buddha's highest teaching, the Lotus Sutra. You need to chant Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo to save whatever you can in this messy situation.
You don't need to tell anyone you are chanting, it can be done privately.
You do need to make a loud noise, just a whisper, a vibration inside for the medicine of the Law to work in your life. If you fear discovery, turn on the radio, loudly is OK. You can chant when you drive, or are laying down, anytime is OK. This will work to clear up the illness of Zen, I guarantee it !!!
The latest news (September 2003) is not encouraging. After a relatively quiet Summer, the back and forth between Hamas and the Israelis is back on. There was an attempt by Bush and Powell to put the Palestinian prime minister, Mahmoud Abbas into the forefront on the negotiations and take Arafat out of the picture.
It is always correct to take the corrupted people that undermine everything out of the negotiations. Arafat is such a one. Unfortunately, so is Sharon.
So, in early August, both sides renewed the Jihadic suicide bombings and Israeli assassinations. Abbas is now sidelined and impotent, and back comes Arafat, with whom Sharon really wishes to deal.
It has been noted before that there is a grammar to this dialog, with the syntax spelled out with bombs and rockets.
What has not been noted before, is that there is a real conversation going on, between persons possessed of the exact same evil, of the Zen mind.
It is a conversation that communicates on a covert channel, with encrypted phrases about what kind of shocking and mind-numbing emptiness can be produced next.
It is like two Rinzai Zen Roshis exchanging Zen koans and stories on alt.zen. The Mind of Evil (Bodhidharma) exchanging distributed information and instructions between its separated bodies.
Sharon and Arafat only wanted to get back to their conversation in an undisturbed way. They have weighty matters to discuss, in explosive terms.
This is precisely the same kind of discussion being held between George W. Bush and Usama Bin Ladin. And this is why Iraq had to be attacked in such an urgent way: Usama was in danger of being caught or killed, and that would put an end to the dialog.
So pulling out enough troops of Afghanistan, and creating another elusive enemy on the run (Saddam) that can ultimately be caught with ease, since he has no Al Qaeda network to flee to, draws the attention away from keeping Usama Bin Ladin around to have more disastrous discussions with.
(You wonder why Al Qaeda seemed to get lucky break after lucky break in pulling off 9/11? They had something to say, and Bush wanted to hear it, and become his true self by hearing it.)
Mahmoud Abbas and his Israeli predecessors, who might potentially end the communication session of evil, on the network of chaos, misery and death in the Middle East, are the real threat being resolved: the threat to the status quo of evil.
At the end of 2003 the practice of parading unfortunate infidels in front of Islamic television and then mercilessly beheading them with a large knife has become the fashion in the terror capitals of the middle east. Zarqawi rules Baghdad with a blade of steel.
This is very Zen ... the reduction of compassion in all that behold the horror of beheading.
Everywhere that Zen corruption through Nazism flourishes, becomes the capital of decapitation, Saudi Arabia both terrorist and official, Pakistan terrorist and now Iraqi terrorist.
In all these places are heard the echoes of Nanking. The touch of the Samurai's blade held by the hand of emptiness.
At the end of 2004, Arafat has died. Mahmoud Abbas has a chance to make changes, but will the mind of Zen give in without a fight? No. There will be an exchange of death blows to spoil any chance of easy peace, you can be sure.
Only the abandonment of Zen meditation in Israel, and the adoption of of the Lotus Sutra in its place will release the pressure in this boiler.
Change has come (December 2011). Obama appears not to want to continue this conversation (in the syntax and grammer of bullets and bombs), he actually intends to bring down the curtain on this sorry chapter of American History.
He has almost taken Al Qaeda out of the picture, and the troops are all out of Iraq, which will have to decide whether to sink into chaos or continue to be a functioning democracy on its own.
Afghanistan is getting an army, armed and trained to pursue the same national decision: sink or swim. They have enough newly discovered mineral wealth (see Scientific American October/2011) to make themselves one of the richest countries on earth, should they choose not-chaos.
Democracy movements have transformed the middle east: Khadafy of Libya, and soon, Assad of Syria, so who's next?
But the sticking point is still Israel and Palestine. Bibi Netanyahu likes to write his Zen koans in the language of bullets and bombs.
He has new weapons with which to wage total war, such as the mind-numbing Settlement Apartheid Zen, which is guaranteed to create the kind of Arabic powerlessness and fury that generates more terrorism: such as that created in the crushing defeats of the 1967 war.
You simply raise a new generation of demons that way and perpetuate this demonic dialogue for another half-century.
The Zen-corrupted religious extremists who demand blood, will always get it by the bucket, when the politicians listen to them.
And here we are in the Fall of 2012 with Bibi Netanyahu shopping a war with Iran, while Iran builds a nuclear weapon to destroy Israel and threaten Europe with nuclear missiles.
Remember that one of the places that harbored the Nazi Husseini in his flight from justice was Iran (along with Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, and Gaza, where he ruled) These locations are not accidental. His legacy is Tantric-Zen-corrupted-Islamic-hatred of Israel, a kind of madness for which there is only one cure: chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo.
And people on the ground in those countries and in Israel must chant (secretly) to cure this ill. That prayer is literally the only hope for peace in this world.
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The Buddha's highest teachings were the purpose of the Buddha's advent on this earth.
The Buddha did not appear on this earth to drain people's compassion with discussions of the emptiness and meaninglessness of life which is just a void.
The Buddha did not appear on this earth to teach people to live in such a narrow and momentary way, that there would be no context for self-examination and conscience.
The Buddha did not appear on this earth to possess people's minds with such illogic as to befuddle their ability to choose correctly between what is good and what is evil.
The Buddha did not appear on this earth to teach people how to commit atrocities and genocide, in the exploration of their "infinite possibilities", or "new states of being".
The Buddha did not appear on this earth to teach people how to maim and kill with their hands efficiently, quietly, loudly, with increased terror inflicted, or to maximize their subjugation to control the public sentiments for political ends.
These are all profoundly evil distortions of the Buddha's true teachings, which introduce infinities in the variables holding good and evil, removing all shades of gray in the propositional calculus of value.
Simply stated, the Buddha made his advent on this earth with the purpose of teaching the compassionate way of the bodhisattva, which is at the heart of the true entity of all phenomena, which is the eternal Buddha at one with the eternal Law. Which is how to navigate the sea of sufferings of birth, aging, sickness and death. He originally set out on his path, because of his observation of the sufferings of common people and wanting to understand the source of those sufferings (enlightened wisdom) and how to transform those sufferings into unshakable happiness (enlightened action).
No matter what intent you start out with, for political reasons or to protect yourself and your family ... when you embrace the void and acausality of Zen, in that moment you create an emptiness in your future. Each time you embrace the void again, that emptiness grows. But it really doesn't have to be ...
Nichiren Daishonin writes (Encouragement to a Sick Person, WND p. 78):
. "During the Former and Middle Days of the Law, the
. five impurities began to appear, and in the Latter
. Day, they are rampant. They give rise to the great
. waves of a gale, which not only beat against the
. shore, but strike each other. The impurity of
. thought has been such that, as the Former and
. Middle Days of the Law gradually passed, people
. transmitted insignificant erroneous teachings
. while destroying the unfathomable correct
. teaching. It therefore appears that more people
. have fallen into the evil paths because of errors
. with respect to Buddhism than because of secular
Because Bodhidharma discarded the Buddha's highest teaching (the Lotus Sutra), and due to his lazy nature turned to shortcuts to enlightenment, he came to the distorted view that life is acausal and empty, that the true entity is the void.
This erroneous view really comes from a misunderstanding of the Sutra of Immeasurable Meanings, where the True Entity is described by negation (the only way it can be): "... neither square, nor round, neither short, nor long, ..."
The description of the True Entity is logically voidal, but the True Entity itself is not. Bodhidharma was simply confused, due to the slander of negligence (laziness), and false confidence. The truth of life is that at the heart of the True Entity is the compassion of a bodhisattva for others.
Non-substantiality does not mean empty. Life has value. Humans are respectworthy. There is a purpose to everything. And every cause has an effect, so we are responsible for our thoughts, words and deeds. Zen is acausal. Zen is the greatest poison, which compares to the even greater medicine of the Lotus Sutra.
Suffice it to say: the purpose of Zen in the world is to corrupt and undermine everything that is not based upon the truth and the true teaching. All religions, disciplines, institutions and organizations which are undermined by Zen will eventually fall after glaring revelation of their worst defects, sooner rather than later.
If there is some good in your family, locality, society and culture, or country that you would like to retain, then cease the Zen, and begin to apply the medicine of the Lotus Sutra to heal the Zen wound in your life.
"Zen is the work of devilish minds." - Nichiren
. a prescription for the poisoned ones:
. The only antidote for the toxic effects of Zen in your life ...
. be that from Zen meditation, or the variant forms: physical
. Zen in the martial arts, Qigong, Acupuncture, Falun Gong,
. Copenhagen Convention of Quantum Mechanics, EST,
. Landmark Education, Nazism, Bushido, the Jesuits,
. Al Qaeda, or merely from having the distorted view that life
. is acausal, and that the true entity of all phenomena
. is the void ...
. with the effects of the loss of loved ones, detachment,
. isolation or various forms of emptiness in your life ...
. is the Lotus Sutra: chant Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo
. at least 3 times, twice a day, for the rest of your life,
. in at least a whisper ...
. and if you can, chant abundantly in a resonant voice !!!
. The full 28 Chapters of the Lotus Sutra,
. Nichiren Daishonin's Gosho volumes I and II,
. the Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings
. (Gosho Zenshu, including the Ongi Kuden) and the
. SGI Dictionary of Buddhism are located at:
. To find an SGI Community Center:
LS Chap. 16 .....
At that time the World-Honored One, wishing to state his meaning once more, spoke in verse form, saying:
Since I attained Buddhahood
the number of kalpas that have passed
is an immeasurable hundreds, thousands, ten thousands,
millions, trillions, asamkhyas.
Constantly I have preached the Law, teaching, converting
countless millions of living beings,
causing them to enter the Buddha way,
all this for immeasurable kalpas.
In order to save living beings,
as an expedient means I appear to enter nirvana
but in truth I do not pass into extinction.
I am always here preaching the Law.
I am always here,
but through my transcendental powers
I make it so that living beings in their befuddlement
do not see me even when close by.
When the multitude see that I have passed into extinction,
far and wide they offer alms to my relics.