By controlling the price of oil, Muslim countries are protecting the jihad, whose goal is not creation, but destruction.
There is a false notion that Muslims are divided into two groups: supporters of jihad and those who simply worship Allah.
Any place where there is or was a war between the adherents of Islam and adherents of other religions is always of interest to the jihadists. I personally know many Islamic leaders and chiefs of armed groups in the Caucasus. In conversations with me they repeatedly told me that the “Wahhabis” (so-called adherents of militant Islam in the Caucasus) did not respect the traditions of the Caucasus. They said that these “new teachers for the Caucasian Islam” were not needed in the Caucasus.
The “new teachers” built their mosques and brought their teachers, spending millions of dollars to indoctrinate the youth, who departed from the traditional “Islam in the Caucasus” and turned toward Wahhabism.
Shamil Basayev said to me in 1997 with great pleasure that he had driven the Arabs and Turks from the Caucasus, but in 1998 he became the leader of the jihadists and the Imam of Chechnya and Dagestan.
Many military commanders and fighters and commanders have undergone such a change, having experienced an Islamic awakening.
They have even begun to change their names and adopt Arabic ones. The head of the Chechen special forces, “borz” (wolves), Ruslan Gelayev, called himself Khamzat Gelayev. Chechen President Aslan Maskhadov called himself Khalid Maskhadov.
Maskhadov was the elected in 1997. When he became president, he promised the international community that he would make Chechnya a secular state, but after one and half years he became leader of the Jihad in the Caucasus.
This is an interesting fact to ponder for those who want to establish contacts and negotiate with terrorist organizations such as the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Hezbollah, and so on.
In 1997, I was invited to Grozny in Chechnya by the head of an antiterrorist center, Brigadier General Hunkar Pasha Israpilov.
He asked me to help the Chechens to coordinate with Georgia and develop a common policy to combat Islamic terrorism. This was an order of the Chechen Republic President Maskhadov.
At the meeting, we agreed that the jihadists and Islamic fundamentalists were a threat to the entire Caucasus and that joint efforts were needed to fight this scourge.
A few months after this meeting, the chief of the antiterrorist center, like many others, joined the Islamic Shura Council of the followers of the Sharia in the Caucasus, and took an active part in the spread of Wahhabism in the Caucasus.
On his orders, my brother and I were kidnapped from Georgia, as I wrote in an earlier article.
When we were captured, one of the terrorists said a very interesting thing: “You Christians and Zionists will never defeat us. When you squeeze us, our brothers will raise oil prices and you will have to negotiate with us and accept us and the Islamic state that we create. Then you will see what the Sharia is — the sword of Islam.”
I did not pay attention to his words. My brother and I had been beaten. But now, after 10 years, I realized what he meant. By controlling the price of oil, Muslim countries are protecting the jihad, whose goal is not creation, but destruction.