Wednesday, June 23, 2004

R.I.P Mattie Stepanek ( angel )


Mattie Stepanek, the 13-year-old Maryland boy whose poetry and message of peace captured the hearts of millions, died yesterday at a Washington hospital from complications due to a rare form of muscular dystrophy.

He began writing poetry at age 3, partly as salve for his grief over a brother's death from the same disease. In 2001, his slim book of poetry, Heartsongs, was published to fulfill the dream of an ailing child and became an international best seller.

The bright-eyed boy, whose big, dimpled smile and square glasses made Oprah Winfrey cry when he wheeled his electric chair onto her television show in October 2001, used his rise to fame to spread a message of hope.

His personal philosophy, "remember to play after every storm," developed from an early age, and stood him through several near-fatal episodes of his disease. In summer 2001, doctors at Children's Hospital in Washington warned that even a laugh or cough could cause his damaged windpipe to collapse, leading to death by suffocation. They could find no explanation for his improvement several months later.

He could have been had he survived one of the most inspirational and gifted peacemakers of modern times. Sleep well little one, till we see you once more.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Tribunal Hopes to Charge Saddam This Month


Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said yesterday he expects the United States to hand over Saddam Hussein to his government, along with hundreds of other prisoners, during the next two weeks.

"The current detainees, without exception, will all be handed to the Iraqi authority. The handover will take place within the next two weeks. Saddam and the others will be handed over to the Iraqis, to the government," Allawi said.

Allawi continued, saying: "The trial [of Saddam] will start as soon as possible. The handover will happen in the most transparent way. Saddam will be handed over to the Iraqi government."

The announcement has sparked intense press speculation as to how Saddam's transfer to Iraqi control will take place. It is believed Saddam is now being kept under tight security by U.S. forces at the American regional military base in Qatar.

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Rogues Gallery

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

The Psyche of the Oppressed

The ongoing attacks launched against the western world and their interests abroad have raised various concerns about the causes of such attacks and the stimulus behind them. Acts of this nature
have recently increased in response to the war launched by the US and its allies and are yet to continue. The question one must ask is what would motivate someone to carry out acts like 9/11 or 3/11 causing death and destruction to so many? What would motivate
people to mutilate bodies of US troops and parade them in the streets as they did in Fallujah? What would motivate someone to strap themselves to a bomb and to detonate it in the midst of the enemy knowing they would sacrifice their life along with it?

When someone commits a gruesome crime like mutilation, torture, murder, acts of paedophilia or child abuse people tend to question the cause behind such acts, asking what led a person to commit these acts in the first place? Analysis is done on the background of this person, the childhood and upbringing to unravel any possible reason to explain the cause of committing such a vile crime. Psychologists begin to analyse the mentality of such a person bringing all possible factors into consideration in order to try and understand the reasoning of this person, at the end of which they tend to find that due to certain experiences of abuse during their childhood it resulted in them behaving in this manner later on in life.

All of this investigative analysis is done to try and understand why a person would commit a crime of this nature so that prevention’s can be put into place, yet when people commit acts of terrorism there is no such research done, rather people tend to brush it aside believing the propaganda that all Muslims are extremists who have some sort of inherent nature for killing others. This has the effect of diverting the masses from the true causes of these acts and the reasons as to why they are carried out.

Let us then examine the mentality of the average Muslim from a country like Iraq, Afghanistan or Palestine, all of which have faced oppression and bloodshed for many years. Living in any of these countries one would have to face death and destruction on a daily basis, with the very real threat to ones own life. The continual indiscriminate bombing of your country, the destruction of your houses and mosques reducing your locality to rubble, the killing of your family and friends, the raping of your women are all occurrences that such people have forcibly witnessed. In Palestine the Muslims are humiliated on a daily basis having to undergo security checks being made to feel like strangers in their homeland which makes the simplest of tasks into a complex and lengthy burden. In Iraq the Muslims have to undergo a similar treatment with security checks by the occupying forces. These people have had their life ruined as a result of the aggressing forces, they have to live in insecurity living in fear with the continual threat of more possible attacks. These Muslims have seen their community wiped out, their people being tortured and abused, they have lost all their belongings and possessions as a result of the bombing and looting. Their honour has been humiliated, their beliefs have been ridiculed and their intelligence has been insulted. Ask yourself, what possible mentality would such a person carry?

These very people after having experienced all this have come to know that their enemy has no remorse and no care for their people, their enemy only cares for himself and his own interests. The enemy is intent upon stealing their wealth whilst claiming to come to the aid of their people with his blood-soaked hands tucked away behind his back. The Muslims see only one enemy that being the crusader alliance led by the US, it is against them that all anger and hatred is directed and it is them who are seen to be the cause of the problem.

These people have no real weapons to fight with except their will and determination that are driven by their Imaan (belief in Islam) for such a person sacrificing his life in order to inflict harm upon the enemy is the least he can do, in some cases it is the only thing he can do. Such a person will regard acts like 911 and the Madrid bombings as nothing in comparison to what he and his people have suffered. His mentality will be one of carrying the utmost hatred for the enemy (USA) and his actions will correspond to that accordingly. In fact a whole generation of people will be produced carrying this mentality that will only lead to the further demise of the western regimes and their plots in the region

Is it surprising then to hear that these very people carry out acts of terror against the western regimes as one of their only means of defence? Is it surprising to know that the Muslims carry hatred for the western regimes and their people who support and allow their governments to continue this oppression? Is it surprising that these people want the western regimes to leave their lands and take with them their ‘liberation’ and ‘freedom’?

For the child who grows up in such an environment having been exposed to such acts, what type of mentality will this child grow up with? For surely this child will come to know that it was the US who was responsible for killing my family, for destroying my community, for raping my sisters, for stealing my wealth and causing me all this harm and pain. A child who grows up in this environment will have a clear and concise picture of who is to blame for his situation and who the real enemy is. Such a child will grow up to become a mujahid who desires nothing but to exact revenge upon the enemy for what they have done, his mission in life will be nothing but to inflict the maximum harm upon his enemy in order for them to experience some of the suffering and anguish that he was forced to endure. He will do whatever he can to overcome the oppression of these regimes and to be liberated from their sadistic killing and political hegemony they have upon his land.

This mentality however is not just restricted to those that reside within these countries rather it applies to the whole of the Muslim world as we are bonded together by our belief for which we are united into one brotherhood. The Messenger Muhammad (saw) said; the Muslim ummah is one nation, our land is one and our war in one, in another narration he said that the Muslim ummah is one body when one part of the body suffers the rest of the body feels the pain. Hence the hunger, fear, pain and anguish felt by the Muslims of these countries is directly felt by us in our hearts, their cries and screams are heard by us for which we must respond, their tears are the tears of our Mothers and fathers, their suffering is the suffering of our family, their killing and bloodshed is the killing and bloodshed of our community, their humiliation is our humiliation, their war is our war and their response is our response.

The world witnessed the recent images of the Muslim prisoners in Iraq and their barbaric and inhumane torture, yet nothing is done except people trying to pass the blame. In fact the lies about not knowing this type of treatment was occurring in Iraq is almost laughable, it is proven without doubt that the US and UK forces have been involved in this for the last year which the government had knowledge about and deliberately ignored because this is considered normal practice for them. They merely tried to keep a lid on it to prevent the truth from reaching the world. The western governments have no regard for the life and honour of the Muslims, they do not care about the suffering and humiliation that we suffered, all they care about is for them to maintain their position and to continue benefiting from it. What possible mentality would you expect a person to carry who suffered under these troops? What mentality would someone carry who was witness to this torture or heard of such acts being committed against them?

The treatment we received in Iraq is not something new for the Muslims, we have experienced this behaviour from these regimes many times before but bare one thing in mind….

…regardless of your crocodile tears and forced apologies we vow that we will never forget this act of barbarism against our people and we will never be able to erase the cries of our ummah from our memories. We vow that we will never rest until every drop of Muslim blood is avenged and every tear shed is requited. We have among our ummah people who will devote their lives to ensure that this becomes a reality, people who desire death in the way that you desire life, people who fear no one except Allah (swt) the Almighty. The soldiers of Allah (swt) on earth will aim to seek you out wherever you may be and they will bring you death and destruction in the way that you have done to us.

Oh Allah! Forgive us if we have been negligent in our duty towards you, forgive us if we have let down our ummah out of laziness or complacency, Oh Allah! Forgive us if we have not responded to the cries of our brother and sisters, forgive us for allowing the ummah to be degraded to such a level.

Oh Allah! Let there be from this ummah those who stand up and defend the honour of the Muslims, let there be people who work to restore the dignity of our people, let there be people who make your word the highest. Oh Allah! Strengthen the Muslim ummah, honour and dignify the Muslim ummah,

Oh Allah! Destroy the enemy of Islam and Muslims, destroy the kafireen and their authority over us, degrade and humiliate the kuffar as they have done to us.

Oh Allah! Make me among those who fight and strive in order to attain your mercy in the hereafter.

Abu Anas

After the attacks of 911 and the ongoing attacks against western interests by Muslims the people questioned why such acts were committed and what possible cause could lead these people to carry out such attacks: "The Psyche of the Oppressed"

Sunday, June 06, 2004

City Journal Autumn 2001 | Our Islamic Fifth Column by Farrukh Dhondy

an ecallent explanation ofmuslim ideology
My first name gives rise to confusion. It’s a common Muslim name, so people I meet, or who read my byline, assume that I am of the faith.

Most recently, in response to a column I write for an Indian paper, in which I confessed to having met a few terrorists in my time and attempted to analyze their limited grasp of the world, I received a lot of hate mail. Some of the e-mailers clearly thought I was a Muslim apostate and reminded me that the penalty for that sin was death. One, who signed himself Zahir Pathan, was more strident. He graphically said I was a Muslim sin cojones, as Hemingway would have put it, because I failed to face up to what had to be done. He went on to say, presumably as part of what needed doing, that preparations were under way for the bombing and destruction of Bombay. His tone was swaggering, his e-mail rage directed against one who had, he thought, reneged on Islam.
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City Journal Autumn 2001 | Our Islamic Fifth Column by Farrukh Dhondy

Venus to Eclipse Sun for First Time in 122 Years

Venus to Eclipse Sun for First Time in 122 Years | SpaceRef - Your Space Reference: "Venus to Eclipse Sun for First Time in 122 Years"
On Tuesday, June 8th, the planet Venus will glide directly across the face of the Sun. No one alive today has seen Venus "transit" the Sun -- it last happened in 1882 -- and astronomers around the world are eagerly awaiting this rare event. Only one other transit of Venus will occur this century, eight years from now on June 6, 2012.

Saturday, June 05, 2004

"'Abu Ghraib Means Terrorism'"

The American captors at Abu Ghraib prison who imposed abasement rituals on their captives found their permission to do so in a climate of impunity. That climate was created by a triumphalist administration committed to a strategy of pursuing hegemony through pre-emptive war.

The ability of the security leadership to pursue an adventuristic foreign policy depended upon acquiescence in and support of it by a sufficient proportion of the American public. That acquiescence and support were generated by the mobilization of fear, which precluded the possibility of thinking through pre-emptive war calmly and, instead, created panic.

That the American public is not generally triumphalist and disposed to impunity is abundantly evidenced by its dominant response to the trophy photographs of the abasement rituals -- shock and repugnance. The root of the adventure in Iraq and the events of Abu Ghraib was the public's lapse of reason.

It is a commonplace of political science that security is the overriding political and public interest -- it is the prime function of government, to which all others are more or less gratuitous additions. Fear is at the core of politics and the state -- the most potent human emotion.
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