By Camilla Webster and Michael S. Sanders
© 2001 WorldNetDaily.com
Daybreak: Sura 113
In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful;
Say: I seek refuge in the Lord of daybreak
From the evils among His creations;
From the evils of darkness as it falls;
From the evils of the troublemakers;
From the evils of the envious when they envy.
If we are to win the war against terrorism, understanding the very
nature of our enemy must become an urgent priority.
International polls demonstrate that the public understands this war
is a necessary evil – they also expect the administration to win at the
lowest cost to the coalition, the economy and world order.
At the beginning, the military operations in Afghanistan resembled
the botched experiments of a public-school chemistry class. There was
great damage to the classroom, a rotten smell in the area, the
surrounding corridors are overwhelmed by the spread of stench and mess,
but little progress for a definite scientific conclusion to eradicating
a bacterial scourge on humanity was being made.
Outside criticism of the progress and the winning of the internal
debate in favor of the Rumsfeld faction over Colin Powell and the State
Department changed all that. The spin, of course, was that initially
there were not enough Special Forces on the ground. Everyone knows,
however, that they were there en masse. What was not there was the will
for a quick kill.
Media skepticism and Taliban reports from the region were already
showing that the spokesmen's spin can only keep the public blind for
days, if not hours in this modern age of advanced communications and
Our political leaders, under scrutiny for their competence only weeks
before Sept. 11, are now anointed heroes in the wake of the crisis,
riding on the coattails of their speechwriters' talents – not
necessarily their ability to understand the art of foreign policy and
military tactics in a region that is a hotbed of established distrust
If we want to win this war, then the leadership will need to pay more
attention to the pieces on the chessboard and the chess masters behind
them. The easy part has not yet been accomplished, even with massive
superiority in everything except a long-term plan. The more difficult
part is yet to come.
To gain a clearer understanding of the movement behind the attacks by
Islamic fundamentalists, a reader would do well to read the Koran as a
first step to understanding a complicated religious and political global
To win, it is necessary to understand why the followers of bin Laden
swell with hate for the U.S. and the U.K.
As children, the fables of Aesop guided us to wisdom against our own
foolish wiles. The true stories from the memoirs of the explorer and
former diplomatic adviser Mike Sanders about his experience at the birth
of the movement that finances and supports bin Laden give the Western
mind a first-person insight to the people behind the veil.
We must ask – not for the Islamic fundamentalist to understand our
national agenda – but rather, we must learn to understand how they see
the world today.
The origins of their hate grow from a perception that the U.S is a
large cog in the mechanics of their own societal and national
oppression. The titles, or suras, from the Koran serve well as the
metaphorical flesh to the origins of the present phenomenon in the
The Unjust: Sura 83
In the late '60s, Sheik Isa, the ruler of Bahrain, used to visit
England in the summers, staying at the Dorchester Hotel in London. When
he had no official meetings, we would lunch with his girlfriends and
guests every day in his suite. Passionate about horse racing, the
afternoon hours were filled with thoroughbreds streaking across the set
of the hotel television.
Before lunch, the richest of all the Bahrain merchants would stand
behind Sheikh Isa's chair, and one of his "duties" was to clean out the
cigarette holder, which collected nicotine.
He completed this menial task without questions and did this after
practically every cigarette. The attendant was the largest landlord in
Bahrain and worth almost half a billion dollars himself. His dedication
to Sheikh Isa's whim, desire and demand was striking.
This glamorous anecdote is an all-too-familiar story describing an
afternoon in the life of a wealthy Arab in Britain, behind the closed,
gilt-covered doors of luxury. But looking more closely at this modern
picture, a question comes to mind – why would such a wealthy man agree
to do the housework of his master?
The son of this merchant and others like him told me the answer was
simple. It was impossible to topple the regimes because of their
brutality and efficient secret services trained and financed by the U.S.
and U.K. According to him, even the richest merchants in the Middle East
scraped and groveled to their rulers just to keep what they had. An
external influence made it impossible to overthrow them. The U.S. and
the U.K. kept rulers like Sheikh Isa in power for their own oil-driven
financial and political gain in the Middle East.
It is no coincidence, Osama bin Laden's family wealth, situation and
background are almost identical to the merchant, who served Sheikh Isa.
Osama's father served the king of Saudi Arabia in exactly the same way.
The Prophets: Sura 21
Money, intellect and youth make a powerful combination. Educated at
the top universities in Britain and America, a new class of wealthy
tradesman from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Dubai and Kuwait emerged. Now
intellectually superior to many of their leaders, they refused to be
victims of a traditional system of role playing and patronage. An
underground movement was born.
With nowhere to voice their frustration in the shackles of a
traditional society controlled by the whims of foreigners, the mosque
became a stomping ground for their anger. Many of them became extremely
religious, vowing to end the regimes.
Around 1972, I was living in Abu Dhabi and regularly gave dinner
parties. One evening, a high-ranking Egyptian diplomat joined us,
accompanied by two of his friends, who were visiting from Cairo. The two
young men turned out to be advisers to Yasser Arafat, who at the time
was touring the area raising money for the struggle.
Money from the tours was financing Palestinian leaders like Arafat,
and the training camps of the movement. Hatred could be taught in one
centralized area in these camps, diverting the attention of the masses
from criticizing their leaders.
These young intellectuals had studied in Moscow. While the course of
choice was engineering, it is assumed during this era of the Cold War,
they were assisted by the KGB. They were Palestinian – a term rarely
used at the time because they had just recently been expelled from
Middle Eastern politics was the topic of many hours of conversation
after dinner. The root of evil in the Muslim world, according to my
guests, was Britain and America. Stealing oil, repressing their people,
training the secret services, creating medical and educational
wastelands, and supporting the state of Israel were only a few of the
crimes committed by the enemy. The problems of the Middle East were
generated by the plotting offices of British and American intelligence
overseas, according to the two young men.
The Believers: Sura 23
After many rounds of Black Label Johnny Walker – the rich Gulf Arabs'
forbidden drink of choice – the rounds of bragging began. The men said
they had a solution to all the problems of the peoples – a plan was in
place to destroy America.
I scoffed at the two young men, saying that the Russians had no
chance to defeat the Americans … only in their dreams could they achieve
such a feat. But the young men weren't talking about the Russians at
According to my guests, the Russians were as corrupt as the
Americans. But their method of infiltration would be a valuable tool in
a silent movement against the U.S.
Those That Are Sent Forth: Sura 77
"When we have created generations of Shahid martyrs who are ready to
die for the cause, nothing will stop us," they said. "Why do you think
we are sending so many school teachers to the Gulf Countries and to the
camps in Lebanon, Kuwait, Syria and Iraq. We will destroy America and
build a new Islamic society upon its ashes."
It was shortly after that dinner party that I began to notice a
striking change in some of the young sheiks, princes and merchant
princes. Much of their drinking stopped, the studies started. The plan
The Iraqis, Egyptians and Palestinians in this era would be their
intellectual standard bearers. After studying in Moscow, they returned
to teach their brethren. Nihilism was melded on to the radical Islamic
teachings of the Muslim brotherhood.
The movement needed only one thing to succeed. Martyrs.
Only in Islam is that possible.
That Which Is Coming: Sura 56
That evening now haunts me, 30 years later. The sleepers, like
Mohammed Atta who attacked America on Sept. 11, are textbook KGB.
He was not a poor Muslim boy from the streets. He was a well-educated
family man – a prototype of hundreds of thousands of others, who had
been taught their lessons well as young children in the refugee camps,
mosques and madrassas of the Muslim world, from Algeria to Pakistan,
from Lebanon to Kuwait. The Jesuit boast of having the mind of the young
child to produce the man was diabolically transformed into its Islamic
Martyrdom through Islam has become their weapon of choice. The
intellectuals morphed their KGB training and Islam into a very dangerous
Today, they may already be setting our own biblical plagues upon us
at home, as we blindly search for Osama bin Laden in the cave complexes
Bin Laden's jihad has come to pass – a political and financial
challenge to world order based in the manipulation of the teachings of
Mohammed, enabled by angry, impressionable or impoverished Muslim men
looking for Heaven. The missions are financed by wealthy men, who are
also willing to die for the cause, offering eternal paradise with Allah.
Who wouldn't hope for this gift, in the war-ridden, famine-driven land
of Afghanistan and areas of the Middle East? Who wouldn't hope for
Clearly, a coalition victory will be a protracted, complicated and
challenging enterprise against such a force – a fact the administration
is just now coming to terms with, two months too late.
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Camilla Webster is a writer and producer at Fox News, and is
included in the "International Who's Who" in Television News 2001 for
her supervision of Campaign 2000 Affiliate coverage at Fox, and
international news experience at CBS "60 Minutes," "The World News
Roundup" and CBS Newspath International. She contributes to U.S. and
British newspaper publications and holds a masters degree in modern
history – including Arab Studies – from the University of St. Andrews,
Michael S. Sanders is well known as an explorer and biblical scholar.
Today, Mike serves regularly as an adviser to Middle East experts and
commentators. Sanders' long-term experience as a resident of the Arabian
Gulf – and his friendships and business relationships with leaders and
influential businessmen in the region – add to an intimate and fresh
perspective on the origins and solutions to the ongoing crisis.