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9-11; the Facts, the Fiction and the Emotions

Today is the ninth anniversary of the terrible tragedy that we call 9-11. There are observances all over the world, people crying as they recall their lost loved ones or, that terrible day.

In these sincere, honest expressions of pain, there are also expressions of people whose hate of Islam and Muslims is so consuming that for them, there is no other reality except that Islam and Muslims are Continue reading

September 11, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Profiling: Anti-Muslim training at our Police Departments

I have been saying for some time, that our Military, Police, FBI and CIA are being steeped in fear and suspicion of Islam and Muslims. This takes forms of “Recommended Reading” Lists provided to them during and after their training…and on the lists are books such as “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam” by Robert Spencer, books by “experts” on Islam and terrorism, like Daniel Pipes and a host of other bigots who make a lot of money spreading their venom against Islam and Muslims.

Additionally, “experts” are hired by the military, the FBI, the CIA and often, paid for, by Department of Homeland Security (I call it “Fatherland Security”) funds. These “experts” got to their fame and fortune by spreading fear and hate against Islam and Muslims, by “quoting” enough out-of-context snippets from the Quran to make their case before naïve audiences who do not seek to verify the “quotes”…if they did, they would know them to be false!

These days, it is enough to speak loud and long about how Muslims are predisposed to violence and how they are easily recruited as suicide bombers…and then move on to talking about Muslims, Muslims and MUSLIMS, so that by the time these “experts” are done, another cadre of fully-armed guardians of the nation, is ready and willing to nab the last “Muzlem“! Continue reading

September 5, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Norway Massacre; a Symptom or the Disease?

We have all mourned the tragedy of the children slaughtered on Norway by Anders Breivig, a right-wing Christian terrorist. Muslims heaved a sigh of relief that this man was not a “Muzlem“, as everyone believed at first, but a REAL, “homegrown Terrorist”, i.e., a Christian. Some of us Muslims, have taken great pains to point out that Breivig is NOT a Muslim and conversation has been place on the front burner, that Christians…non-Muslims…are just as capable of butchery as Muslims.

In the next few days, there will be endless acknowledgments that yes, we must also be wary of Christian right-wing extremists as we are of Muslim extremists and that terrorism is not a monopoly after all. There will also be the inevitable, “yes, BUT…” and people will start to point at Muslims again and eventually, the conversation that remains, will once again, focus on Muslims and on Islam. Continue reading

July 26, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Muslims Vigil at Blaine US-Canada Border

It began with a story of a young Muslim lady who was removed from her Southwest Air flight by a paranoid stewardess in San Diego in March 2011. In May 2011, two Muslims were removed from their Atlantic flight because the pilot refused to take Muslims on his plane.

Following the second event, 58 leaders and heads of Churches, Synagogues and Mosques wrote a letter to President Obama asking him to instruct the Secretary of Transportation to inform all airlines of serious consequences if they arbitrarily removed people from their flights; we got a form-letter from the White House in reply.

In the meantime, stories of Muslims suffering humiliating and terrorizing treatment at the hands of Customs and Border agents at entry-points like the Blaine (WA) had also been piling up for years…again with letters to the regional head of ICE/CBP/USCIS and to Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security that I refer to as, “Fatherland Security”. Continue reading

July 21, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Be The Change You Want To See

I saw the Duane Reade story below and decided to call the overall head office of the parent company, WalGreen. I called the Greg Wason, the President’s office at 847.914.2500 and left a message with his assistant, asking him to review the case of the woman being fired. I know Duane Reade says she quit, but when one is forced to quit, it is tantamount to being fired. Continue reading

July 15, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Muslims Demonstrate at the US (Blaine) Border

First published in The Bellingham Herald as “American Muslims protest border detentions in Blaine” on July 12, 2011.

Why are we Muslims demonstrating for our rights? What rights are being violated?

After 9/11, it seemed as if open season had been declared against us Muslims. Muslims were imprisoned without charges or trials for months and years before being released without explanation. Islamophobia has become one of the most lucrative enterprises in America. Entire industries depend on its survival and profit on the promotion of anti-Muslim fear as they present themselves as saviors against Islam and Muslims, er, “terrorism.” The equation has been established. Continue reading

July 12, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Crumbling US-Pakistan relations

“U.S. Is Deferring Millions in Pakistani Military Aid”
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/10/world/asia/10intel.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha2
“WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is suspending and, in some cases, canceling hundreds of millions of dollars of aid to the Pakistani military, in a move to chasten Pakistan for expelling American military trainers and to press its army to fight militants more effectively.”
 
This headline may strike well at home in the US, but it reflects the arrogant, self-centered, group-think that has become the hallmark of the US. To be sure, there are many lobbies that will applaud this decision, lobbies such as, Right-wing Republicans, the Tea Party, right-wing Jewish and Christian groups and of course, there is always India. To these groups, any bashing of the “nucular, trrrrst” Pakistan is a welcome development.
 
Of course, Pakistan does deserve a swift kick in the behind and often, but this is not the time to do so. A sudden cutting off of aid reinforces the unreliability of the US as a friend and partner; the US has been complaining for long that the US-Pakistan relationship is a transactional one and by treating it so transactionally right now, the US is telling Pakistan…the civilians and the military… that the US cannot be trusted when Pakistan needs a friend Continue reading

July 11, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

US War Criminals, where are they now?

There are many Americans…REAL Americans who are war-criminals but have escaped prosecution because America does not prosecutes its own. Just like the promiscuous woman who is always seen talking about chastity, the US is always seen to be talking about “Freedom”, “Democracy” and “Human Rights”, but is also always seen as the power behind the worst tyrants and despots in the world.

Every war the US has ever been involved in, produced a new cadre of American war-criminals, but none have ever been seriously prosecuted by the US. I say “seriously”, because the worst war crimes trial the US was involved in was the My Lai Massacre trial of Lt. Caley…the ONLY person out of 26, to be convicted…and then served 3.5 years…under house arrest!

The crimes against humanity by the US began with first Iraq war and continued through the sanctions regimen which took over a MILLION lives because the Iraqis could not even get the simple but crucial medicines to save their children and their adults.

Today, we have an entirely new cesspool of scoundrels who should be tried and hanged publicly, for the crimes against humanity, for war crimes and for destroying the most cherished values of what the US stood for Below is just a short list of those criminals who valued the stock prices of their feeder corporations, more than the lives of the dirty “Muzlems” or even more than the lives of the soldiers who were sent “out there” to “defend America”: Continue reading

June 5, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Bashing Muslims, the AMERICAN Way!

President Obama signed into law, another four-year extension of the USAPATRIOT Act (Uniting and Strengthening America Provide Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001), while he was in Europe, just hours before it was to have expired…the monster was saved from a well-deserved death.
 
Just as a gutless Congress voted blindly in 2001 for an a law that would impose major abuses on people (mostly Muslims), a gutless Congress voted yesterday, to extend the abuses because of fears that they would look “weak on terrorism” if they didn’t; neither shame nor courage, are Congressional emotions.
 
There ARE a few people in Congress who have stated they do not like the Act and want to restrict it…being the loyal servants to the money that “brung them to the dance”, they are concerned about the FBI’s ability to investigate businesses, not about the severe limitations to personal liberty and not in the least concerned about the abuses that have been heaped on Muslims in America because of this monster disguised as “security”; most of us Muslims are keenly aware of how our governments in the Old Country used to and (still do) oppress people…imprison, torture, kill, maim…in order to defend the “integrity and solidarity of the nation”. Americans have also done similar things in America, but being selective in our memories and in our concerns, we have forgotten all that…”let’s keep the country SAFE!” is about all we can say these days, especially when the majority population is not seen as being at risk.

Following are some of the sections of the USAPatriot Act that should continue to cause us all concern: Continue reading

May 28, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Letter to the President

April 4, 2011

President Barack Hussein Obama

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Obama,

We the undersigned represent a cross-section of faith communities, particularly in the Northwest (Puget Sound) area. Among the signatories are leaders from Muslim, Jewish and Christian faiths, representing a large number of organizations in the region.

We are taking this unusual step of jointly writing to you in hope that our letter will move you to take some affirmative action to stop one aspect of a growing problem of increasing persecution and harassment of Muslims in the United States. Continue reading

April 9, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment