The present turmoil in the Muslim world which affects the world peace is of special concern to Pakistan being a deeply affected country. Pakistan has lost over sixty thousand people in the terrorist attacks while economic cost is estimated to be over $ 100 Billions. While some terrorists are killed in the US drone attacks in FATA [Federal Administered Tribal Area] along Afghanistan border, majority of victims are civilians, women and children. Pakistan Army has broken the back of Taliban terrorists firstly by evicting them from Swat and almost wiped them out in North Waziristan single handily, while coalition of many nations lead by USA is fighting them in Afghanistan and Middle East. The US invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan has destabilised the region. Iraq, Syria have been ripped apart, while Islamic State [IS] has emerged as a power player, its neither “Islamic” nor “state” unrecognised by any country of the world. Sudden emergence of IS has shocked the world. Many questions need to be answered, i.e., who is funding IS? Who is supplying weapons? Who is the ultimate beneficiary of Balkanization of Middle East? Who is to benefit form destabilization of Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan?
Many political scientists, analysts, thinkers and intellectuals have come up with many possible answers. However to explore the issue deeply from another angle, let’s go back in time, 22 years ago a paper titled; “New Bernard Lewis plan will carve up the Mideast” was published. Amazingly the roots of present turmoil in Muslim world can easily be traced back. The events proposed 22 years ago by Bernard Lewis seems to be implemented systematically with some variations. An imperialist design to dominate the world through intrigue, covert and overt operations and wars.
BernardLewis, is a specialist in oriental studies, the history of Islam and the interaction between Islam and the West. He is especially famous in for his works on the history of the Ottoman Empire. Lewis is a 98 years old British-American historian who is also known as a public intellectual and political commentator. He is the Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. Lewis served in the British Army in the Royal Armoured Corps and Intelligence Corps during the Second World War before being seconded to the Foreign Office. After the war, he returned to the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London and was appointed to the new chair in Near and Middle Eastern History. Lewis is a widely read expert on the Middle East, and is regarded as one of the West’s leading scholars of that region. His advice has been frequently sought by policymakers, including the Bush administration. In his over a 60-year career, Lewis has emerged as the most influential post war historian of Islam and the Middle East. He is notable for his public debates with the late Edward Said, concerning the latter’s book Orientalism (1978), which criticized Lewis and other European Orientalists. Selected contents from his work from are reproduced here; it will help the reader to understand the hidden facet of turmoil in the Muslim world.
In 1980, it was warned that the strategy behind then U.S. National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski’s “Arc of Crisis” was a British plan to destroy the nation-state. The outline is here:-