Closet fans of Caliph Erdogan Al-Baghdadi and blind followers of NATO Exceptionalism get upset when someone shares media clips from RT, Press TV, Al Manar. (Sectarian) howls of “Ayatullah Putin” are directed and the Infallibility of CNN, BCC and that Qatari propaganda mouthpiece, Al Jazeera are invoked as the only True voices on Syria and Iraq.
In the days immediately following 9/11, this is how a Salafi Wahhabi apologist attempted to white wash Wahhabism – the sectarian ideology behind ISIS/FSA/Al Nusra/Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Al Shabab and the South Asian ideological cousin/variant for Deobandism – the ideology guiding the Taliban, Jaish e Mohammad/ASWJ-LeJ/Jundullah/Jamaat al Ahrar. This is Ingrid Mattson, in a CNN chatroom discussion, attempting to white wash Wahhabism – the sectarian ideology of the 9/11 bombers –
“CHAT PARTICIPANT: What can you tell us about the Wahhabi sect of Islam? Is it true that this is an extremely right wing sect founded and funded by the Saudi royal family, and led by Osama bin Ladin? What is the purpose of the Wahhabi?
MATTSON: No it’s not true to characterized ‘Wahhabism’ that way. This is not a sect. It is the name of a reform movement that began 200 years ago to rid Islamic societies of cultural practices and rigid interpretation that had acquired over the centuries. It really was analogous to the European protestant reformation. Because the Wahhabi scholars became intergreated into the Saudi state, there has been some difficulty keeping that particular interpretation of religion from being enforced too broadly on the population as a whole. However, the Saudi scholars who are Wahhabi have denounced terrorism and denounced in particular the acts of September 11. Those statements are available publicly.”
Compare this to the blunt assessment of this RT reporter. Of course if you are one of those conspiracy theory loons that subscribe to the notion that Assad and “Ayatullah Putin” created ISIS and are allowing it to thrive, this is not for you.
One can have differences with this presentation with RT but credit them for atleast being honest about the connections between the Wahhabi sect and ISIS. Credit them for being specific about Wahhabism as opposed to using vague, obfuscatory and sweeping terminologies like “Islamism” that conflates the other muslim victims of Takfiri Salafi/Wahhabi and Deobandi terrorism with the perps in the same category.