In a letter to the London Times yesterday, as reported by BBC, the chief of staff of the so-called Free Syrian Army asked for help against the brutal terrorists of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, also called ISIL), Syria’s most violent terror group. He claims the group attacks opposition forces, not the Assad regime.
Brig. Gen. Abdulellah al-Basheer wrote that most of the group’s members are foreign, and that the majority of these foreigners are British. U.K. fighters are involved in activities including beheadings, crucifixions and ill-treatment of women. “They are not freedom fighters. They are terrorists,” he wrote.
He says the majority of non-Syrian members of the “predominantly foreign” Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, a Sunni Islamist group, are from Britain. But he claims it includes fighters from Germany and France.
He says there are also members from a range of countries across the Middle East, Africa and the Gulf, and they pose an “increasingly brutal threat.”
He writes: “We the Syrian people now experience beheadings, crucifixions, beatings, murders, outdated methods of treating women, an obsolete approach to governing society.”
“Many who participate in these activities are British.
“The U.K. and U.S. governments must support us to defeat terrorism in Syria and prevent it from being exported to Europe and the U.S.”
EIR magazine wrote an Jan. 11, 2000 memo to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, “Put Britain on the List of States Sponsoring Terrorism,” in conjunction with the terrorism arrest that day of Omar Bakri Mohammed in Lebanon, because Bakri had earlier organized the Hizbut Tahrir terrorist gang during a 20-year stay in London from 1985 until 2005.
Before his arrest two days ago in Lebanon, Bakri was known as the top organizer of men and money from Lebanon for ISIS; see the New York Times “Lebanon Arrests Radical Cleric Who Backed Militants” for relevant coverage of this.
Londonistan Enters Islamic Finance
A step further in the Anglo-Saudi axis of empire took place several weeks ago, when the Londonistan banking establishment formally inaugurated its entry into the global market of Islamic “sharia” finance. Sharing the spotlight with Malaysia, Iran and Saudi Arabia (and the “offshore hotspots” of Dubai and Bahrain), London is now poised to exert its influence in what is now a $2 billion market of Islamic finance, but one expected to double in the next five years. Set to lead the flock for the empire are the two infamous colonialist banks, Standard Chartered, and HSBC (Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corp.), known for drug-money laundering, even to the present day.
A project officially in the works for the last year, but essentially having its roots in the 1970s take-down of FDR’s Bretton Woods network of fixed currency exchange-rates, the sharia-products event was celebrated with an “alcohol-free” ceremony—including a break for evening prayers—at the Lancaster House of the U.K.’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office last month, and an article in yesterday’s Financial Times.
At the heart of the discussions—which involved not only clergy, but also lawyers and bankers—was the need to get around the nettlesome sharia restrictions on charging “interest” or “debt service”—a necessity for monetarist finance, but explicitly prohibited in Islamic finance—as well as prohibitions on outright speculation. The resultant “compromise” has not been without criticism.
In its coverage, the FT quotes Tarek El Diwany, a former derivatives trader, who called the arrangement not just a “failure of vision,” but also “completely counter to the objectives of Islamic law.” “Rather than sticking to our traditional principles,” Diwany told the FT, “so many participants in this industry see sharia as an obstacle to be overcome, as something for which a workaround is needed. Where’s the intellectual substance in that? And where’s the dignity?”
Since March of 2013, the U.K.’s Islamic Finance Task Force was led by Lord Green, Minister of Trade and Investment and Minister of State for International Development; Greg Clark, Financial Secretary to the Treasury; and (British-born and educated) Pakistani Barroness Syeeda Warsi, who is not only the first Muslim—but also the youngest—peer, having been “created” a life peer in 2007. From 2005-2010, Lord Green had also been the head of HSBC itself, during the time in which it was accused, and later convicted, by the U.S. Senate panel for laundering $10 billion in drug money, for which it agreed to pay a paltry $1.92 billion fine.