In a hard blow to the cultist sectarian regime of Bashar Assad of Syria, a car laden with explosives was detonated outside the National Security headquarters’ building in the heart of Damascus Wednesday morning, killing the Regime’s Defense Minister Daoud Abdullah Rajha and Intelligence Chief Asef Shawkat as well as 50 other soldiers.
According to fragmentary reports from the Syrian capital, an army defector carried out the ‘martyrdom” operation, reportedly to avenge the killing by the army and Shabbiha (paramilitary Shiite thugs and hired killers) in the city of Harasta last month.
The state-run TV didn’t screen any footage of the bombing, ostensibly in order to not undermine supporters’ morale.
The bombing of the Syrian regime’s security and intelligence central nervous system is widely viewed as a turning point in the 16-month bloody popular revolution against one of the world’s most tyrannical regimes.
According to UN estimates, between 18,000 to 20,000 Syrians, mostly innocent civilians have been killed. More than 60,000 were injured and as may as two million were displaced. Averages of 100 civilians are killed per day in the internecine fighting.
The regime, which depends for its survival on the army and the small esoteric Alawite sect, has committed numerous massacres against the majority Sunni population. In the process, entire cities were destroyed by sustained artillery bombardment and tens of thousand had to leave their homes.
The regime says it is the target of an international conspiracy and calls its opponents terrorists and armored gangs.
The Alawites are a small anthropomorphist sect, whose followers constitute no more than 8% of Syria’s 23 million inhabitants. According to its teachings Ali ibn Abi Taleb, the Prophet Muhammed’s cousin and son-in-law, is God incarnate. The Sunnis, who constitute 87-90% of Islam’s followers, view the Alawites as heretics.
In the not-too- distant past, even Shiite ulema (religious scholars) in Iran and Iraq considered the Alawites apostates or pseudo-Shiites.
However, a few decades ago some Shiite ulema changed their minds in this regard and issued a fetwa or religious edict judging the Alawites to be authentic Shiites, despite the fact that anthropomorphism is viewed as a grave sin in the Shiite brand of Islam.
It is generally thought that the turnabout had more to do with political than religious considerations as the new revolutionary regime in Tehran harbored some hopes to convert the Alawites to Jaafari Ithna Ashari (twelvers) Shiism.
State terror and war crimes
Several human rights organizations have accused the Syrian regime of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity against its own citizens.
The regime is shielded by Russian and Chinese backing at the United Nation. It also receives material support from Iran, Hezbullah and Iraq. Last weeks, more than 20 Iraqi Shiites were killed fighting alongside Alawite terrorists.
The mainly Sunni opposition groups, including the Free Army battling the regime’s sectarian gangs, hope the latest developments in Damascus will lead to more defections within the Syrian armed forces and accelerate the downfall of the regime.
According to reliable sources in Damascus, hundreds if not thousands of officers are only Awaiting the opportune time to join the opposition.
“Defection is not a simple matter, the would be defectors need first to secure their families, lest they be killed or punished by the regime and its thugs,” one source said.
The death of Asef Shawkat represents a real shock for the regime. He was married to Bashar Assad’s sister Bushra and is widely thought to be responsible for the murder of thousands of civilians.
According to the Syrian ambassador to Iraq, who defected recently, Shawkat instructed his soldiers to murder, rape and steal:
“He asked them to do every thing and commit ever vice, to rape women, slaughter children, burn houses and furniture, only one thing he asked them to avoid: mercy.”
Shawkat lived by the sword all his life. He carries on his criminal hands the blood of thousands of his innocent victims. Hence, no tears ought to be shed for his death.
There is no doubt that situation in Syria will get even bloodier as the freedom fighters are knocking on Assad’s doors in Damascus. The regime rightly views the battle as his last. The same thing for the opposition, which fears an Iranian takeover of Syria if the regime is enabled to extend life by a few more years.
The latest developments are bad news for the Iranians as well. Iran wants to spread Shiite hegemony and therefore Shiite teaching in the Sunni heartland, which is the ultimate strategic goal of the 1978 Khomeini revolution. Iran and its allies use the Arab-Israeli conflict as a ruse to endear Shiism to unsuspecting Sunnis, frustrated by the impotence of their governments and their subservience to the United States, Israel’s guardian-ally. (end)
Reaction is coming in swiftly from around the world after Israeli Knesset (parliament) Member Michael Ben-Ari tore up a specially bound and annotated edition of the New Testament. The book was given to all Knesset members by Victor Kalisher, head of The Bible Society in Israel, a Christian publishing house, at the same time that Christians United for Israel (CUFI) was holding its annual meeting in Washington, DC. Ben-Ari explained, “This book and those who sent it belong in the garbage can of history.”
“Nice phrase, but I would have said ‘will vanish from the page of time’. I hope he’s not misquoted.” – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
“God, in His infinite mercy and love, wishes all non-Jews to be expelled from Israel before Jesus can return. Mr. Ben-Ari’s act will help to expel us Christians, and it is our duty to stand with our Jewish brothers and sisters in their ethnic cleansing of us and of Palestinian Christians and Muslims.” – Rev. John Hagee, Founder and National Chairman, Christians United for Israel (CUFI)
“Can’t we just destroy a Torah and call it even?” – Segri Gaishon-Fareva, spokesperson, Jews for Reconciliation
“John Hagee and Michael Ben-Ari speak for us. We are doing our part by burning and vandalizing churches and mosques in Israel. ” – Justin Newcomb, spokesperson for the ‘Price Tag’ Movement in Israel and Jews for Genocide
“This is an abomination! Even if he isn’t Christian, can’t he respect how we feel about our Holy Book?” – Rev. Terry Jones, the “Quran-burning” pastor
“Why couldn’t Michael have just shredded it quietly, like the rest of us?” – Anonymous Member of Israeli Knesset
“We could have told Victor. We distributed Qurans to Knesset members last Ramadan with the same result.” – Adrab Minalkul, Director, Muslims United for Israel (MUFI)
“Two thirds of the Jews will perish and go to Hell when Jesus comes, so I guess we know who one of them will be.” – Trulee Christian, attendee at Christians United for Israel (CUFI) annual conference in Washington, DC, July 16-18, 2012
“Mr. Ben-Ari should be commended for respecting the planet by destroying this book without burning it.” – The Dalai Llama
“Well, it’s nice to know we agree on something.” – Ayman al-Zawaheri, leader of al-Qaeda
“Leave me out of this.” – Pope Benedict
“We respect all religions and support the right of free speech. Israelis have as much right to destroy Bibles as they do to build a Museum of Tolerance on a Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem.” – Abraham Foxman, Director, Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
“In retrospect, maybe we should have included the Old Testament in that edition.” -Victor Kalisher, head of The Bible Society in Israel
The splendid concepts of human rights, international law, freedom and democracy can easily become overnight the subject of mockery and derision by the Western propaganda and misinformation machinery when these principles are going to be applied to countries outside the imperialist bloc like Iran.
On July 2, the mainstream media in the U.S. and Europe jubilantly reported that an Iranian diplomat was arrested in Frankfurt on charges of “sexual assault.” They started beating the drums that he “inappropriately touched a 10-year-old girl” while she was playing outside her apartment on the evening of June 25. Associated Press claimed that the Iranian diplomat stroked the girl’s hair and then followed her inside the building and “tried to kiss her”.
After being spotted and attacked by an African woman on the street, the German police arrested the Iranian diplomat and beat him severely, but later released him as it was proved that he worked with the Iranian consulate in Frankfurt and enjoyed diplomatic immunity.
Just a few days ago, reports were published that the German prosecutors have just begun investigating the diplomat’s case.
The European media failed to report that the German police unjustifiably and illegally assaulted the Iranian diplomat and beat him without having a warrant, but they appropriately brought to light this “unforgivable diplomatic debacle”, making a mountain out of a molehill as usual when dealing with Iranian affairs!
According to Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), Hassan Qashqavi, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Consular, Majlis and Iranians Affairs stated that elements affiliated with the anti-Iran terrorist cult MKO played a role in the predetermined scenario against the Iranian diplomat. He also went on to say that the Iranian diplomat was the target of a smear campaign orchestrated by MKO and the German media.
Regardless of the veracity of the accusation directed against the Iranian diplomat by the mainstream media, the first impression that one gets when contemplating this story is that Western society once again failed to practice what it adamantly preaches and prescribes for the developing world. Once again, the fundamental principles of “Western democracy” have been hypocritically and illogically violated by the same people who champion such principles.
The first question that a conscious man might ask regarding the German police’s treatment of the Iranian diplomat is, “Wasn’t the Iranian diplomat enjoying diplomatic immunity as stipulated by the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations?” If so, then why did the German police, without a warrent, arrest and illegally beat him without being authorized to do so by an official court verdict?
The second question that might come to mind is, “What would happen if a German diplomat was illegally arrested and beaten by Iranian police while walking in a street in Tehran? Wouldn’t the United States and all of its European and non-European allies cry to the whole world and make the feathers fly that the principle of diplomatic immunity has been violated by Iran and that Iran should be punished for its illegal behavior toward a foreign diplomat?”
The answers to such questions are clear. Indubitably, the mistreatment of an American or European diplomat in a country like Iran will lead to an uproarious hullabaloo and an all-out crisis. The issue will turn into a global concern and the international organizations won’t hesitate in rushing to condemn and attack that country for violating the rights and immunity of a Western diplomat. They will create such a clamor that one inadvertently comes to believe that the Western citizens in general and diplomats in particular, are more equal than their Iranian counterparts! This is the duplicitous and deceitful attitude toward the idea of human rights which the imperialist superpowers have always adhered to. According to their unwritten conventions, Western citizens are first-class human beings whose rights should be preserved at all costs, but the defenseless people in the developing world are second-rate creatures whose rights don’t matter in any way.
So far, not a single page of reliable evidence has been put forward to confirm the alleged wrongdoing of the Iranian diplomat in Frankfurt and everything said about the matter were the speculations and conjectures of the Western media. However, what is agonizing and unbearable is the duplicity and insincerity of these media who refused to criticize the German police for its illegal behavior and shed a light on the violation of the internationally recognized principle of diplomatic immunity.
In order to understand the depth of the catastrophe which is taking place, just exchange the nationalities and names. Imagine that a German diplomat was arrested and attacked by Iranian police in the daylight without legal permission. Consequently, you can think of the ways the American and European media would turn the incident into their unchangeable first headlines and continue lamenting it for days and months. This is the way those who have devised “human rights” have become a laughing stock.
Published on Jul 17, 2012 by PressTVGlobalNews
The Latin American nation of Ecuador has been on the news recently as the stand-off between British police continues surround the Ecuadorian embassy in London hoping that the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange will come out. Before Ecuador’s ambassador flew back to her country to speak to President Rafael Correa, Press TV’s Afshin Rattansi talked to her about the North American attempts in destabilizing their country that is fighting Washington’s consensus
Less than a week ago, the European Union put into effect its comprehensive oil embargo against Iran, upon which the member states had reached an agreement on January 23.
The EU’s unilateral sanctions come after the United States targeted Iran with a set of sanctions against the country’s Central Bank and a number of individuals and companies and threatened to penalize the foreign firms and banks which have financial transactions with Iranian counterparts.
The sanctions are not unprecedented and unexpected for the Iranians, as the United States began to cut off its economic deals with Iran since the Islamic Revolution of 1979 which toppled the Washington-backed Shah; however, what is new and surprising is that the United States and its European allies are extraordinarily intensifying the sanctions, tightening the noose around the ordinary Iranians who are unquestionably the innocent and silent victims of the West’s vitriolic animosity with Iran.
Perhaps what the majority of people in different countries think about Iran’s nuclear program which is the main cause of the West’s hostility with Iran is inspired by the mainstream media’s coverage of the developments in the country. After the painful 9/11 attacks which was followed by George W. Bush’s initiation of the War on Terror plan, the corporate media began to disseminate and foster anti-Iranian sentiments as part of their agenda for demonizing the Muslims and Muslim-majority countries. Iran was dubbed as one of the elements of the so-called Axis of Evil by President Bush during his 2002 State of the Union address and a venomous media campaign against Iran was set in motion afterwards.
Aggrandizing the shortcomings and internal problems, frequently accusing the country of violating human rights, propagating the idea that Iran has become an isolated and reclusive country and portraying a distorted and falsified image of Iranian people and their lifestyle constituted the core of Western mainstream media’s coverage of Iran over the past years. Such a biased coverage laid the groundwork for the United States and its allies to put excessive pressure on Iran, work to further isolate the country, adopt crippling sanctions against her and even beat the drum for a possible military invasion with the final objective of regime-change in Tehran.
President Bush and his successor who came to power with the flaunting and pompous slogan of “change” identically pursued a policy of antagonism with Iran and, although the latter had vowed to take up reconciliation and détente with Iran, he exactly imitated what his predecessor has done.
On September 30, 2006, the U.S. Congress ratified the Iran Freedom and Support Act which allocated $10 million to anti-Iranian groups both inside and outside the country who were seeking to overthrow the Iranian government.
On May 27, 2007, Daily Telegraph quoted intelligence sources as reporting that President Bush had given the CIA approval to launch covert “black” operations to achieve regime-change in Iran. According to the British paper, Bush had signed an official document endorsing CIA plans for a campaign of propaganda and disinformation intended to destabilize and eventually topple the Islamic Republic government.
Bush’s plan also included covert support for notorious terrorist gangs such as Jundallah and MKO which over the past years have carried out several terrorist operations across Iran, claiming the lives of tens of innocent civilians. The main goal of these cults is to sabotage Iran’s security and pave the way for the United States and its allies to invade Iran and implement their perilous plans for the country.
According to an ABC News report published on May 22, 2007, some former officials in the Bush administration who spoke on the condition of anonymity revealed that the U.S. government had designed plans for manipulating the value of Iran’s currency and damaging its international financial transactions.
They also unveiled that the U.S. government which has been involved in several regime-change operations in such countries as Syria, Guatemala, Indonesia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Greece, Chile, Argentina, Afghanistan, Turkey, Poland and Nicaragua and since World War I had authorized a $400 million covert operation to create unrest in Iran, especially following the 2009 presidential election in which the defeated candidates claimed that the results had been rigged.
At the same time, however, the leaders of the United States and the European states who imposed upon Iran a set of relentless, biting sanctions hypocritically talk of friendship with the Iranian nation and state that they seek rapprochement and camaraderie with Iran.
In his March 2009 videotaped message to the Iranian people on the occasion of Persian New Year (Nowrouz), the U.S. President Obama adored Persian culture, civilization, arts and literature and overtly cajoled Iranians with the aim of persuading them to confide in the United States and its policies vis-à-vis Iran: “In particular, I would like to speak directly to the people and leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Nowruz is just one part of your great and celebrated culture. Over many centuries your art, your music, literature and innovation have made the world a better and more beautiful place… Here in the United States our own communities have been enhanced by the contributions of Iranian Americans. We know that you are a great civilization, and your accomplishments have earned the respect of the United States and the world.”
Thereafter, he turned to the leaders of Iran to reach out to them directly: “We have serious differences that have grown over time. My administration is now committed to diplomacy that addresses the full range of issues before us, and to pursuing constructive ties among the United States, Iran and the international community. This process will not be advanced by threats. We seek instead engagement that is honest and grounded in mutual respect.”
President Obama appreciated Iranian culture and talked of his commitment to diplomacy and negotiations with Iran; however, by the end of the same year, he authorized the renewal of the long-standing U.S. financial sanctions against Iran, provoking a wave of anger and disappointment among Iranians.
In the following years, President Obama recorded similar videotaped messages on the occasion of Nowrouz, and despite the fact that his tone got unsympathetic over time, he still insisted on his being concerned for the Iranians and their “rights.”
With regards to Iran, the Western politicians, including President Obama, seemingly follow a modus operandi of “divide and rule.” They want to separate the Iranian government and people and pretend that they care for the interests of the Iranians, and at the same time, oppose the policies of the government; a government which they say has long repressed its own people, while the reality proves otherwise.
Now, the gist of the Iran-West standoff can be expressed this way: the United States and its allies demand that Iran should give up its nuclear rights and make other concessions. Iran doesn’t accept these demands, calling them illegitimate and beyond its liability. The West doesn’t spare any effort to punish Iran: sanctions, assassination of its nuclear scientists, passing resolutions in the UN Security Council, psychological operations and other punitive measures. Iranians have firmly tolerated the pressures to show that they don’t give in to bullying. The future is unclear and blurred; however, what is certain is that the ones who bear the burden of the West’s hostility toward Iran are the ordinary people.
The sanctions have targeted Iran’s medical sector. Aside from the official data which show that many European countries have banned the shipment of different medicines to Iran, my personal observations prove that Iran is direly running out of sensitive medical products, including medicine for the psychological patients, those who suffer from various types of cancer, diabetes, hemophilia, thalassemia, multiple sclerosis and heart diseases. I’ve personally encountered patients who needed medicine from countries such as Canada and Belgium, but as a result of the sanctions, they couldn’t find them. Aren’t such diabolical sanctions contrary to the principles of human rights? Why don’t those who preach human rights and democracy take the fact into consideration that banning the export of medicine to a country whose people are in dire need of such products is simply a collective punishment of the innocent civilians?
Every year, tens of Iranian citizens are killed in painful air accidents, which is a direct result of the U.S.-engineered sanctions against Iran. According to the U.S. sanctions which were implemented almost 30 years ago, the European aviation companies are not allowed to sell aircrafts to Iran and the aging fleet of Iranian airlines cannot accommodate the growing demand of the people for safe and secure air travels. According to the chancellor of Amir Kabir University of Iran, the country needs at least 600 civilian aircrafts, but no country sells Iran such a huge number of aircrafts and the people always travel via Iranian airliners in an atmosphere of trepidation and anxiety.
Overall, what is clear is that the sanctions game started by the U.S. and its European allies has no winner. It simply blackens the image of the Western superpowers in the eye of Iranian people and makes them believe that the United States and its cronies cannot ever be trusted.
Despite their boastful claims of being opposed to terrorism, the United States and its European cronies have long been the staunch supporters of criminal organizations such as MKO which has brutally slaughtered hundreds of Iranians during the 8-year war with Iraq and introduced itself as a murderous terrorist entity and the number one enemy of the Iranian nation.
Ironically, the United States that launched a self-proclaimed War on Terror following the 9/11 attacks under the pretext of combating terrorism and eradicating fundamentalism and extremism in the world has been a safe haven for the members of Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization which has been responsible for the killing of hundreds of innocent civilians during its years of existence.
The overt and ostentatious relationship of MKO with the United States and European countries, especially over the recent years has been always a source of disappointment and regret for the Iranian people and the families of the victims of MKO terror attacks in the 1980s.
The West’s financial and political support for MKO has been frequently protested and condemned by the Iranian officials and even conscious, independent Western thinkers who are aware of the nature of MKO’s brutal and atrocious activities; however, the US and its EU friends have never heeded these calls and prolonged their support for MKO and other anti-Iran terrorist organizations such as PJAK and Jundallah.
To the utmost surprise of Iran and the international community, the European Parliament removed MKO’s name from its blacklist of terrorist organizations in 2009 and subsequently asked the US Congress to do the same and take MKO off its list. An article published by The Financial Times reported on Friday that MKO has been lobbying and paying dozens of former political officials to achieve this goal.
Since 2009, frequent efforts have been made in the US by the pro-Israeli lobbies and anti-Iranian activists and congressmen to remove MKO from the list of terrorist organizations, thus facilitating the enhancement of ties with this criminal gang.
In 2008 and during the final days of the George W. Bush administration, the high-ranking officials of the MKO launched a campaign to persuade the US government to remove their name from the list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations. The US government rejected the request after investigating the materials and documents submitted by the MKO; however, in July of the same year, a US federal appeals court ordered the US Department of State to reconsider its decision. The State Department announced that it would consider the chances of taking MKO off the list of terrorist organizations; however, it further added that it continues to consider MKO as a terrorist organization.
However, at a conference in Washington on February 20 that was organized by a group called Executive Action, several American officials urged President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to remove the MKO from the list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations.
Lee H. Hamilton, a member of the US Homeland Security Advisory Council who had once chaired the House Foreign Affairs Committee and served as vice chairman of the 9/11 Commission, Ambassador at Large Dell L. Dailey who was the head of the State Department’s counterterrorism office from July 2007 to April 2009, General Michael Hayden, a former CIA director, Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Walter B. Slocombe were among the officials who attended the conference and supported the calls for the removal of MKO’s name from the list of terrorist organizations.
MKO hopes to build up pressure on the Iranian nation with the unconditional support of the United States and Europe and destabilize the government by carrying out terrorist activities, assassinating politicians and scientists and funding anti-Iranian NGOs. Over the recent years, MKO claimed responsibility for the killing of a number of IRGC commanders and soldiers, Iranian nuclear scientists and politicians. This clearly demonstrates that MKO is an all-out terrorist organization, but it’s actively and furtively lobbying to gain recognition as a legitimate opposition group.
According to a report titled “The Foolish Embrace of the MEK (another label for the MKO)” written by Daniel Larison and published by The American Conservative magazine, since early January 2011, the MKO has spent millions of dollars on lobbyists, Public Relations agents and communications firms to build up pressure on US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to take the group off the terrorist list, alleging that the MKO has rejected violence and terrorism in 2001 and as a result should be de-listed.
The report unveiled that many high-ranking of the Bush and Obama administration are “bizarrely” enthusiastic to embrace MKO and support it, because this terrorist organization is opposed to the Islamic Republic of Iran and wants to derail its security and stability.
It’s also said that MKO maintains close ties with the Israeli regime. The members of MKO regularly attend AIPAC meetings. In fact, the MKO has intensive and very direct cooperation with the Iran Policy Committee, a subordinate of AIPAC. In a 2009 article published by Asia Times, it was unveiled that there are regular media reports which allude to direct Israel-MKO ties.
However, the previously secret ties of MKO with the West and Israel have become publicly known and everybody knows that this terrorist organization is being funded, supported and backed by the West and Israel.
The West’s support for MKO and other anti-Iran terrorist organizations is a clear exercise of double standards by those who call themselves the pioneers of human rights and supporters of global peace. With their blatant and flagrant support of MKO, the Western states demonstrate the futility of their claims and the duplicity of their policies and actions.
It is well known that Muslims suffer from discrimination. Sometimes discrimination because of racism but also because of their religious beliefs and more especially from the Main Stream Medias (M.S.M.) brainwashing agenda targeting Western minds to view Islam in a bad light. This is despite the essential message and revelation of Islam being the same as the former revelations in the Torah and Gospels which are followed by Jews and Christians. The M.S.M. have done their best to make sure that Muslims and Islam are seen as a potential threat to the “Western Way of Life” what ever that is, since western views on life and particularly on morality, are not the same now as they were when I was a child.
Outside of the West the oppression of Muslims has been perpretrated not just by rogue states such as Israel but by the self imposed and corrupt leaders of Muslim lands. The advent of the Arab Spring has brought the chance of a new political engagement to the people in countries such as Egypt, Tunisia and Libya – we must never forget the martyrs who paid the ulitimate price to free their compatriots from decades of oppression. Western powers were not at all concerned with human rights in Egypt or Arab lands since the dictators gave stability to the region which in Western terms meant the countries surrounding Israel were not likely to take action against Israel’s ethnic cleansing and land theft activities.
Egypt was and still is actively maintaining the siege of Gaza, Syria had not fired a shot towards Israel for forty years and Lebanon has been quiet for the last five years since Hizbollah defeated the Israeli Defence Forces in the 2006 war. For Western powers stability was the name of the game and no matter how dreadful the lives of the people in those lands became it was a price worth paying for peace with Israel.
In fact Western disregard of Muslim Human rights was such that they were happy to use the well honed torturing skills of Arab countries security services, the cases of victims of outsourced torture are slowly becoming more public knowledge now thanks to the work of the people at such charities as Cageprisoners.
Whilst post revolution elections have been taking place in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, other countries which are either divided upon sectarian lines or are of strategic importance to world super powers like the U.S.A. or Russia – are finding it much more difficult to overthrow their dictators.
In this age of social media on the internet what is happening on the ground in the uprisings has managed to leak out in videos and photographs, despite the best efforts of the State Security forces to clamp down on outside media. In every case so far the State has used disproportionate force and brutality to suppress protestors, the many refugees who fled Libya and who are fleeing Syria in particular are a testimony to that fact.
Watching the results of various dictators security forces and armies brutality is not comfortable or easy, especially for Muslims who believe that we are one Ummah and what is happening to our brothers and sisters in other places is our concern and also our responsibility to help them. We know from our Islamic teachings that those oppressed people have a right over us that we should assist them in what ever way we can. Libyan men of all ages travelled back to Libya during the uprising and took up arms against Gaddafi, his armed forces and merceneries. Likewise many young Muslim men from lands outside the conflict zones want to go to fight and help, especially when they can view videos and photographs of the martyrs and read about the rape of women.
Many Western Muslims and particularly Muslim leaders are afraid to even think about using the word Jihad never mind the Imams talk about it in the mosques. So afraid are Muslims of being picked up and detained on entirely bogus charges such as the recent case of Rizwaan Shabir where the police fabricated evidence against him, that you will find most Imams giving sermons about how Muslims need to have nice manners or how we should remember the oppressed in our prayers, but whatever you do “Don’t mention the war” and especially don’t mention the J word. Leadership of Western Muslims has been virtually absent during the years of invasion and occupation of Muslim lands by Western forces and the oppression of Muslims by what in Islam are termed the Tawaghit or leaders who exceed the limits.
It is very pleasing to find a scholar who is both qualified and also willing to give guidance of issues that are so important to Muslims living in the West. Sheik Haitham al Haddad has written a paper called “Do we go for Jihad in Syria?”. Especially gratifying to read, are the Sheiks views on the Jihad to be fought in the media, for me personally since being banned from both Israel and Egypt therefore unable to reach Palestine and Palestinians I have been writing as much as I can about Muslim issues. Others who have money and are able to donate can use their wealth in the Jihad, the main thing is that we are not silent and inactive. The last thing that will improve our situation is feeling we are helpless victims, indeed there is so much we can do to help. Writing about the issues that affect Muslims not only brings a level of awareness to non Muslims as to the truth about the phony “War on Terror” but it also exposes the powers behind it. It may hopefully also give more Muslims the strength and encouragement to speak out, to become more active and hopefully more effective in combating the M.S.M. misinformation war. “We are all Palestinians” awaiting liberation from Zionist – Neo Conservative oppression.
The paper below in full:-
Do we go for Jihad in Syria?
Shaikh (Dr) Haitham Al-Haddad
Recently, and in many circles, discussions have begun in relation to the Islamic ruling on participating in military fighting, Jihad, in Syria.
All praises be to Allah and may peace and blessings be upon the Prophet.
“The believers are nothing else than brothers (in faith).”
“The Muslim is the brother of his fellow-Muslim; he does not wrong him or abandon.”
“How many of the prophets fought and with them (fought) large bands of godly men? But they never lost heart if they met with disaster in Allah‘s way, nor did they weaken (in will) nor give in. And Allah loves those who are firm and steadfast [in battle].”
“Those who have believed, emigrated and strove hard and fought in Allah’s Cause with their wealth and their lives have the highest rank with Allah. They are the successful.”
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