The current U.S. electoral debate on Islamophobia ignores a foundational fact: The role of the U.S. in directly propagating the rise of violent Islamism.
Extremism is the product of extreme conditions, just as the rise of Nazi Party was directly produced by a Wall Street collapse. [If you want to play anyone for the rise of Third Reich, look no further than the board rooms of America’s unregulated big banks]. Sure, Germany had a hard core of fascists starting with the Treaty of Versailles ending WWI.
But it was the collapse that generated the anger the Nazis needed to channel as fuel for their rise.
And it was the U.S., either directly or through its crew of Usual Suspects in Europe and Down Under, which created the conditions for the rise of the violent Islamists, first through overt and covert State Department- and CIA-orchestrated organization of dissidents in oil rich and strategically positioned nations of the Mideast and North Africa, then by a wave to post-9/11 military campaigns, and followed by still more Washington-led political organization that created the conditions for the current wave of violence in the Mideast, Africa, Europe, and the U.S.
With the complicity of the mainstream media, all this context is ignored in the current electoral season, ensuring that the continuation of a set of policies that are very rewarding for the nation’s defense contractors and their plutocratic and institutional shareholders, always reliable sources of contributions and future jobs for the politicians who write the laws [or, more realisitically, who allow corporate lobbyists to write the laws].
And with that by way of preface, here’s the latest edition of The Empire Files, Abby Martin’s series for teleSUR English, featuring an interview with Deepa Kumar, Associate Professor of Media Studies and Middle East Studies at Rutgers. She also an author, most recently of Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire.
From teleSUR English:
The Empire Files: The Most Dangerous Year for Muslims in America
Abby Martin interviews Dr. Deepa Kumar, professor of media studies at Rutgers University and author of *Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire*, about the roots of this alarming situation. From confronting right-wing arguments, to examining the reality behind Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims, to how Islamophobia is a reinforcement and basis for the structures of Empire, the first Empire Files episode of 2016 gives essential context to the wave of anti-Muslim hate in America and beyond.