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Nidal Hassan Did the Right Thing

Posted in Iraq, White Supremacy with tags , , , on November 19, 2009 by marcg

Because the website is down and I believe this needs to be read, I am reposting this from the website of Imam Anwar’s blog about the actions of Nidal Hassan. It is a powerful statement that shouldn’t be ignored.

Nidal Hassan is a hero. He is a man of conscience who could not bear living the contradiction of being a Muslim and serving in an army that is fighting against his own people. This is a contradiction that many Muslims brush aside and just pretend that it doesn’t exist. Any decent Muslim cannot live, understanding properly his duties towards his Creator and his fellow Muslims, and yet serve as a US soldier. The US is leading the war against terrorism which in reality is a war against Islam. Its army is directly invading two Muslim countries and indirectly occupying the rest through its stooges.
Nidal opened fire on soldiers who were on their way to be deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. How can there be any dispute about the virtue of what he has done? In fact the only way a Muslim could Islamically justify serving as a soldier in the US army is if his intention is to follow the footsteps of men like Nidal.
The heroic act of brother Nidal also shows the dilemma of the Muslim American community. Increasingly they are being cornered into taking stances that would either make them betray Islam or betray their nation. Many amongst them are choosing the former. The Muslim organizations in America came out in a pitiful chorus condemning Nidal’s operation.
The fact that fighting against the US army is an Islamic duty today cannot be disputed. No scholar with a grain of Islamic knowledge can defy the clear cut proofs that Muslims today have the right -rather the duty- to fight against American tyranny. Nidal has killed soldiers who were about to be deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in order to kill Muslims. The American Muslims who condemned his actions have committed treason against the Muslim Ummah and have fallen into hypocrisy.
Allah(swt) says: Give tidings to the hypocrites that there is for them a painful punishment –
Those who take disbelievers as allies instead of the believers. Do they seek with them honor [through power]? But indeed, honor belongs to Allah entirely. (al-Nisa 136-137)
The inconsistency of being a Muslim today and living in America and the West in general reveals the wisdom behind the opinions that call for migration from the West. It is becoming more and more difficult to hold on to Islam in an environment that is becoming more hostile towards Muslims.
May Allah grant our brother Nidal patience, perseverance and steadfastness and we ask Allah to accept from him his great heroic act. Ameen

For the cached version on google, here.


Martin Luther King and US Antiwar Activists

Posted in antiwar, Iraq, Racism, White People with tags , , , , , , on January 21, 2008 by marcg

Every year at this time I, you, no one can escape a thousand quotes and references to the late Dr. If you hang out with antiwar activists, you’re probably thinking that I could be referring to any time of the year and you’d pretty much be right on. But the middle of January, even in antiwar activist circles, has a different character. in regards to King. What would Dr. King actually have to say to these folks that seemingly carry around a MLK quote book in their front pockets? Ever wonder what MLK would think about the people that evoke his name, message and legacy for this or that campaign they’re engaged in? Regarding antiwar activists, I think Dr. King would tolerate, not approve of, them.

I think he would agree with their vision of a world where huge war chests were turned loose on projects that really do speak to the common good; public education, equitable wages, doctor visits, good, affordable transportation accessible for everyone. I can’t imagine, however that Dr. King would approve of the tactics of the antiwar movement. Martin Luther King spoke out against the US war on Vietnam, something that wasn’t a particularly difficult thing to do, being one of a people that for centuries, suffered the casualties of war from the same enemy as the Viet Kong. Antiwar activists make a lot of hay over King’s opposition to the war. His principled stand against the war wasn’t what made him such a threat. Then, as now, the country’s rulers were very willing to contend and tolerate principled, nonviolent civilian objection to their destruction of Vietnamese society. Some have argued that they even liked and approved of the social democratic character antiwar dissenters gave to a society functioning no more democratically than dictatorship. But with our existence today under an almost complete and total US corporatocracy, elites now much more than in King’s day enjoy, if not require, the presence of antiwar activists as a part of the US cultural and communications landscape.

A thousand separate antiwar protests mean the same thing as our presidential elections. Nothing. But they both carry a huge and quite significant psychological payload, therefore they are both tolerated and in some instances, encouraged. I believe Dr. King would understand this. I think he understood it then. Which is why he met his death, not speaking against the US military destruction of the Vietnamese but standing with the sanitation workers in Memphis opposing US enslavement of workers inside the United States.

Speaking beautifully about a just world where Pentagon budgets were used for human and not corporate needs was not what got Dr. King shot and killed. Doing something about it was.

And this is why he would only tolerate the antiwar movement of today. And while King would, I believe tolerate antiwar activists, I don’t believe they would think even that kindly of Dr. King were he alive today. Of all the King quotes bandied about, the most fitting and appropriate is the one I have not once seen on a single antiwar activist leaflet and never will.

I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Councilor or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to ‘order’ than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: ‘I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action’; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for someone else’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time

King’s crucial insight, borne inside the walls of a jail cell in Birmingham are the most on target, the most profound statement explaining the milieu then and now. Of all the ink spent in the last two or three years criticizing the US antiwar movement hardly worth the name, Dr. King, almost half a century ago, made the definitive statement identifying the mortal flaw of this movement. So while we march, hand in hand, today and enter into that period of the US year in which King Day and black history month come together for a month and a half long orgy of King quoting and eulogizing, perhaps the antiwar movement can make a change this year and begin remembering all the important lessons left behind by the good Dr. and not just the most convenient ones.

‘Morals That Americans Do Not Understand’

Posted in Iraq with tags on January 8, 2008 by marcg

An Iraqi soldier that killed US troops for abusing women is becoming a national hero. Explaining what happened, a community leader in Baghdad relayed that the Iraqi soldier, Kaissar Saady, adheres to ‘morals that Americans do not understand‘. Didn’t see myself saying this but maybe Bill Kristol is right, things do appear to be getting better in Iraq.