The first requirement for a war against violent Muslim extremists is violent Muslim extremists.Our Ummah does not produce these organically in anywhere near the quantity sufficient for the needs of this war, so the war-makers have taken it upon themselves to help us boost the production of radicals.
They have, therefore, developed militant-production facilities in Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Yemen to ensure there will be no shortages in the supply of violent extremists.
I don’t mean by this that militant groups like Da’esh or Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula or in the Islamic Maghreb are literally creations of American intelligence. I don’t believe that. But US policy is, I think, unquestionably designed to breed Islamic militancy.
Yemen is a good example. Policy experts in the US know very well that the drone campaign in Yemen creates more extremists than it eliminates, but that militants need space in which to organize. The US-backed Saudi bombing in Yemen creates that space. Just as space was created in Syria (with articulated intent), in Iraq, and Libya. At the top levels of policy planning, there is no doubt that this is understood.
It is not a regrettable side-effect of policy, it is the objective.
It is possible, of course, that this strategy of promoting destabilization and endless war will backfire.
It is possible that multiplying the cadres of jihadi organizations will ultimately result in the real establishment of an Islamic trans-national Khilafah.
But this will require a lot more work than just overthrowing governments and seizing land. It will require significant economic development, in-depth geopolitical understanding, and it will require complex economic programs that will inoculate our societies from the interference of multinational corporations. At least one prerequisite for these conditions is education, something very hard to deliver in an active warzone.