Islam and the West
the Persians hungry, and the Arabs fat." For the British -- then the
stewards of Persian destiny -- that was the formula for maintaining calm; it
still is for Saudi Arabian leaders, who simply distribute large amounts of cash
to their citizens at the first sign of unrest at their doorstep. But in the
case of Iran, neither America nor Britain seems to be observing the old dictum.
the protagonists of the nation’s social, cultural, economic and political life
must work to overcome useless and counterproductive polarization, and to find
solutions to domestic, regional and international problems. The political
system must be reformed, and the judiciary—and the independence of
magistrates—restored. Pride of place must be given to the fight against
corruption, cronyism and insecurity. …
the Baloch have genuine grievances (they certainly do), they must be addressed.
The powers that be simply cannot brush their genuine demands aside by labelling
them as treasonous. Callousness is one luxury we cannot afford in Balochistan,
at least not anymore. In a perverse way we should be thankful to those who tabled
this resolution for waking us up from our slumber….
apparently coordinated attacks on Israeli diplomats in Georgia, India and
Thailand, for which Tel Aviv is strenuously blaming Iran, could become the
spark for a similar conflagration in the Middle East. In 1914 it was Austria, a
minor player in the great power game that lit the fuse that blew up Europe. …
What happened in Swat is a classic example of how denial fuelled by the conspiracy theories ends up supporting the militants. Today the Muslim world is plagued by this conspiracy theory-mindset. Although conspiracy theories are prevalent everywhere but the extent to which these dominate the Muslim world is mind boggling and as the above example shows, can lead to catastrophic results. …
Egypt is running out of foreign reserves, its currency is falling,
inflation is rising and unemployment is rampant. Egypt today has only two
predators: poverty and illiteracy. After 30 years of Mubarak rule and some $50
billion in U.S. aid, 33 percent of men and 56 percent of women in Egypt still
can’t read or write. That is a travesty. ...
There is a shameless cruelty in us, either we shy away or refuse to
acknowledge the sufferings of others, worrying that it will devalue our own.
The program would entail learning that other people''s suffering is as
legitimate as ours, it is easy to see ourselves as victims, but we must also
see the perpetrator in us that remains silent or justifies oppression of others
or turns the head other way. To read
part 1, click here.
Israel has good reason to worry about Iran. The Jewish state has in the recent past been judged to be responsible for the killing of five Iranian nuclear scientists,... While the US is pushing India to downgrade ties with Tehran, it seems unconcerned about the fact that India has had to turn to Iran for transit rights into Central Asia...
The clarion call by the Saudis to bomb Iran is sending shockwaves
throughout the Muslim world. It is also strange to accept the Israeli stance on
their nuclear policy. Israel says that it has the right to own hundreds of
nuclear bombs, but other regional governments in the Middle East are not
entitled to even enriching uranium. ...
An extraordinary hearing of the U.S. Congressional Committee on Foreign Affairs on February 8 exclusively focusing on the restive Balochistan province of Pakistan has triggered new diplomatic tensions between Washington D.C. and Islamabad. At least five members of the U.S. Congress belonging to both the Democratic and the Republican parties and a retired colonel of the military directly or indirectly called for supporting the Baloch right to self-determination. …
Will Iran Be Attacked?
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts
Washington has made tremendous preparations for a
military assault on Iran. There is speculation that Washington has called off
its two longest running wars--Iraq and Afghanistan--in order to deploy forces
against Iran. Washington has presented Israel a gift from the hard-pressed American
taxpayers of an expensive missile defence system, money spent for Israel when
millions of unassisted Americans have lost their homes. . ...
• Islam is a universal religion. Our prophet came to serve humanity. All other prophets came to serve only their people. Only al-Islam is a universal religion for all humanity.
• Sword protected al-Islam for 1,000 years. There was no state to protect Bible or other holy books. Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) created a state to protect the Quran. So Quran was protected. Sword protected it.
• Quran is word of God. Word for word. Word of God and Man are mixed together in Bible. In Torah, Prophet Ishmael is described as an ass. Can God call one of his prophets an ass?
These are the views of Imam Shamsi Ali, the Imam of Islamic Culture Centre of New York, and a very influential Muslim religious leader…. It’s a careful study of his views that is likely to tell us where American Islam is heading. … The above quotes must have given you some idea. Imam Shamsi is clearly a representative of Wahhabi, petrodollar Islam. And why not? He is the Imam of a mosque that was built by Arab petrodollars, mostly from Kuwait. So the ambassador of Kuwait is always the chairman of the board of management that runs the Islamic centre; nearly all Arab ambassadors are members of the board. …
Clearly moderates who can read the writing on the wall have to fight as fierce a battle in the US as elsewhere. Saudi Arabia will continue to export Wahhabism around the world. It will continue to spend tens of billions of dollars on the project as it has since 1974 and has continued even after 9/11. It would be futile to expect any support from the US or any other government. The US will continue to protect Saudi evangelism and flouting of civilised Islamic norms of behaviour. If there was one country asking for regime change after 9/11, it was Saudi Arabia. 16 out of 19 terrorists involved in 9/11were Saudis. But what to speak of clamping down, the US probably did not even so much as warn the Saudis. It cannot intervene in internal, particularly religious matters. This is the message I got in a nutshell from both envoys of the Obama administration for outreach to Muslims, Farah Pandith and Rashad Hussain, with whom we interacted in separate meetings. Ditto for every other country.
And perhaps that is as it should be. Government intervention might make matters worse, give the purveyors of Jahiliya in the name of Islam another stick to beat the world with. In any case this is war within Islam more than anything else. It is an attempt to colonise Muslim minds. It is Muslims who should fight it. It is for progressive Muslims, moderate ulema (religious scholars), to create a social movement that can reverse the growing tide of radical Wahhabism, so assiduously promoted by Saudis, no matter how Herculean the task may appear to be. -- Sultan Shahin, editor, New Age Islam
Carter tried to get the hostages freed by sending a secret military mission that failed miserably. The hostage issue was the main cause for Carter’s defeat by Ronald Reagan in 1980. The US has made serious mistakes in its policy towards Iran in the recent past. It has not learnt from those mistakes. It is likely to commit more mistakes. If Israel attacks Iran in the near future, the primary reason for it is the failure of the US to understand the issues involved, to prevail upon Israel and prevent miscalculated adventurism on its part. -- K. P. Fabian
I believe at the heart of the world peace is the Israel Palestine conflict, it is the mother of all conflicts, and if we can find a solution to this, peace is on the horizon ready to shine on us. He told us the "individuals" were responsible for the bloodshed and not the religions;... He was crystal clear; you cannot annihilate, kill, hang or beat the religion, then why bark at it?-- Mike Ghouse
Iranian politicians talk tough, but they have actually proven themselves to be masterful negotiators behind the scenes. Would you want to enter war against a country if you had 4% of the military budget of your opponent? And if the last two countries your enemy had attacked had ended up as devastated as Iraq and Afghanistan? Iran faces an American military force that dwarfs its own. Lastly, the United States possesses a whole series of military resources that no other country on the planet has access to. -- Omid Safi