Zulhijjah 18,1426/January 19, 2006 #5
to Wilmer Leon's article on Dr. Martin Luther King's famous
speeches which the Bush administration pretends, do not exist!]
PAKISTAN: Following the bombing of a Pakistani village by the
U.S., anti-U.S. demonstrations began in the tribal areas of
Pakistan on January 14. The leader of Jamaate Islami,
Qazi Hussain Ahmed, called for nationwide demonstrations to
condemn the bombing on January 15. These rallies were a great
success and spread to, literally, every city and town in
Pakistan. The biggest anti-U.S. protests were held in
Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Peshawar and Multan.
Qazi Hussain Ahmed has called on General Musharraf to resign
or he will be removed by public pressure.
MOST AMAZING PART of the protests was that MQM, a
usually pro-General Musharraf and narrowly ethnic grouping
based in Karachi, joined the anti-U.S. rallies. MQM leader
Altaf Hussain, based in London, telephoned Qazi Hussain Ahmed
to ask permission to join the rallies.
Even more amazing, the Muslim League (Q), a party organized
by Musharraf to support his policies, joined the opposition
rallies and condemned the bombing in the strongest possible
terms. In one gathering, ML[Q] warned the U.S. that Pakistan
is not Afghanistan or Iraq. If Pakistan is attacked, we will
retaliate, they declared.
USA's name is mud in Pakistan. General Musharraf and his U.S.
armed forces are isolated. Observers say that the time might
be near for Musharraf's removal. Will he go by peaceful means?
Few believe that he will go peacefully.
His government is claiming that the U.S. did not tell them of
its plans to attack. Sen. McCain, however, said on U.S. TV
[MSNBC] that Pakistan was informed of the attack.
Fighting continues on a daily basis. A total of 2,220
U.S. troops have been killed and 16,300 wounded. After
the "elections" of December 15, a total of 68
U.S. troops have been killed.
During the week of January 14-19, three U.S. helicopters
were shot down, a Black Hawk, a Kiowa and an Apache.
According to a report on NPR, the mujahideen are using
an aerial version of improvised explosive devices [IEDs]
to bring down the copters.
Taliban seem to be on the offensive. On January 15, a
Taliban martyrdom operator entered a Canadian military
convoy in the Kandahar area. A Canadian diplomat and two
Afghan soldiers guarding him were killed and 3 Canadian
soldiers and 5 Afghans wounded.
Mullah Omar's message has come out: There will be no talks
with Karzai as long as occupation forces are in Afghanistan,
he says.. Karzai fears for his life and has urged NATO-U.S.
troops not to leave him. [Observers say, Karzai is the first
Afghan in all of history to ask non-Muslim anti-Islam forces
to stay in Afghanistan.]
Jamaat al-Muslimeen News [3 items]
P.O. Box 10881
Baltimore, MD 21234
Imam Warith Deen Umar Facing State Terrorism
On December 30, Imam Umar's apartment in the Bronx, New York,
was attacked and desecrated. On January 6, 2006 his home in
Albany, NY, was attacked and police dogs entered his family home.
There is absolutely no reason other than than state terrorism
that a distinguished citizen of the country should be treated
in this shameful way.
This whole process started when the Wall Street Journal
smeared Imam Umar in a front page report. In Ramadan
[late last year] the government seemingly obtained a
tape of Imam Umar's khutba from Siraj Wahhaj's mosque
and during the December 30 incident tried to use it
against Imam Umar. [Siraj is a leader of ISNA, America's
biggest pro-government Muslim group.]
The government has failed both to intimidate and to provoke
Imam Umar. His rights have been violated. He has not broken
any law and he has a distinguished record of service.
We urge all Muslims and non-Muslims of conscience to rally
to the support of the Imam. This time the government will
lose, inshallah. It is time to stop the Zionist abuse of
Muslims in this country.
New York Zionist TV Channels Attack Imam Umar.
[Several Jamaat al-Muslimeen sympathizers in NY have reported this.]
New York's TV channels on January 6 attacked Imam Umar.
Instead of reporting on what the police was doing in the
Imam's home, TV was trying desperately to justify the state
terrorism by innuendo connecting the Imam to "guns" and to
"approval of 9.11."
Ph.D. In Cell: Difficulties in Raising Bond Money
Dr. Kifah al-Jayyousi's bond application was accepted
but the amount is so large that he has not been able to
collect the whole amount yet. In spite of community support,
he is still short by $16,000. Persons of good will who can
contribute are urged to send donation and/or loans to this address:
Kifah Jayyousi trust account
c/o William W. Swor, attorney
3060 Penobscot Building
645 Griswold St.
Detroit, Michigan 48226
ISLAM in AMERICA:
Working for the Government Under Cover of Islam?
[New Trend Special Investigative report.]
The Case of Siraj Wahhaj who Helped Put Dr. Omar 'Abdel Rahman
in Prison for Life. Evidence that Siraj is Irresponsible and
helps the Zionists.
It's not news that the U.S. government tries to recruit
Muslims to spy on other Muslims. What's news is that
self-styled Muslim "leaders" openly say that that they
want to work for the government and in the same breath
claim that they are Islamic or Muslim.
We had the case of ISNA-AMC "activist" Abdur Rahman al-Amoudi
who admitted [in writing] that he was working for the
government, and used cash from the State Department to
buy the conscience of Muslims.
The most important case of a Muslim helping the regime to
punish a Muslim is that of "Imam" Siraj Wahhaj. It's
important to identify the anti-Islam activities of
Siraj Wahhaj. Under the U.S. Constitution, he has the
right to help the government. Under the same Constitution,
we have the right to point out that Siraj's activities
negate Islam and that he has breached the TRUST of the
Muslim community. Remember that we have nothing personal
against Siraj and we want him to live in peace, but not
in the guise of an Islamic Imam.
Here are the facts:
Siraj has deeply infiltrated the Muslim communities of America.
He and his friends, like Mauri Saalakhan and Imam Talib, take
an interesting line in their defense of Siraj Wahhaj. Firstly,
they don't want Siraj to speak for himself, which in itself
is a violation of Islam. The Qur'an says:
Siraj Wahhaj was called as a DEFENSE WITNESS in the case of
Shaikh Omar 'Abdel Rahman. Instead of defending the Shaikh,
he claimed that the Shaikh taught Muslims to carry out bank
robberies! The shocked defense attorney immediately
stopped that line of questioning.
The Shaikh [Dr.] Omar 'Abdel Rahman was sentenced to life
in prison, a blind man put away for life, sealed away from
the world, not allowed to meet anyone.
In his sentencing statement, the Jewish judge, Mukasey,
cited the allegations made by Siraj Wahhaj.
"No bearer of burdens shall bear the burden of another." [6:164]
Then they say, Siraj said what he had to say because he was in
court under oath and he had to say what the Shaikh said. That's
a big lie in itself because Siraj made a statement about the
Shaikh without providing any verifiable source for his
information. Where did he hear the Shaikh say anything
like that? What date was it? Nothing! Siraj did not provide
any proof. He simply made a statement which helped the
PROSECUTION, although he was a defense witness.
The question arises: Was Siraj Wahhaj speaking the truth
because he was under oath or is he a liar who is in the
habit of helping the Zionist Jews with his lies. I am of
the opinion that he is a liar and helps the Jews. Here is my evidence:
In the Wall Street Journal of October 24, 2003,
Paul Barrett published an extensive interview with "Imam"
Siraj Wahhaj in which he glorified Siraj as a leader of
Muslims and a charismatic figure. Bear in mind that the
Wall Street Journal is the capitalist wing of
America's Jewish power structure. Previously, the same
writer atacked Imam Warith Deen Umar in the
Wall Street Journal and destroyed his career.
[WSJ also spawned Asra Nomani.]
This is what the WSJ reports Siraj Wahhaj as saying about
Shaikh Omar 'Abdel Rahman while the Shaikh was allegedly
speaking to a gathering in Siraj's mosque:
"Shaikh suggested that Muslims rob banks to benefit Islam.
Imam Wahhaj says he interrupted to point out that there were
convicted felons in the audience, and the Shaikh, laughing,
retracted the remark."
Notice the most obvious lie in Siraj's statement. He forgot
that Shaikh Omar 'Abdel Rahman DOES NOT KNOW ENGLISH. There
was no way the "convicted felons" in the audience could have
known what he was saying.
Liar that Siraj Wahhaj is, he does not realize how strict
the Shaikh is about Islamic Law [Sharia]. For instance,
the Shaikh does not want Muslims living in America to eat
meat from animals not properly slaughtered [zabiha] under
Islamic Law. To claim that such a man would preach the
robbing of banks is nothing but character assassination.
It's back biting about a helpless prisoner whom the
Zionists have buried alive.
Why did Siraj have to talk such nonsense to a WSJ reporter?
This was not the court of law and there was no pressing
need to talk about Shaikh Omar who is a prisoner and cannot
answer Siraj Wahhaj.. The ISNA leader was obviously out to
destroy the reputation of the Shaikh. He wanted to help
the Jews against a man who is a Ph.D from Al-Azhar, knows
the entire Qur'an and Sahih Bukhari from memory, and is
an expert on Fiqh. Siraj Wahhaj told a Jewish paper, the
WSJ, that this man of Allah, this saintly worshiper of
the Creator, was so low down that he was teaching the
Muslims of America to rob banks.
Siraj Wahhaj's story, for which he provided no verifiable
evidence, evidently fits right into the U.S. government's
conspiracy theory against Shaikh Omar 'Abdel Rahman.
Who is Siraj Wahhaj? He is a CENTRAL LEADER of the
pro-government organization known as ISNA [so-called
Islamic Society of North America]. ISNA works closely
with the FBI and endorses all of President Bush's
policies and keeps quiet about all of the President's
atrocities. Of course ISNA has the right to work closely
with the FBI but does it have the right to call itself
Islamic? The Qur'an says: NO. The Prophet, pbuh, says:
NO. The Sahabah say: NO. All the great scholars of Islam
say: NO. There cannot be cooperation with oppressors
under the banner of Islam.
"And incline not to those who oppress, or the Fire
will touch you; and you have no protectors other than
Allah, nor shall you be helped." [11:113]
Siraj Wahhaj is no ordinary supporter of ISNA. He has
been, for years, ISNA's central Shoora member. He is
not known to have opposed ISNA on anything. In fact,
reports are that he says ISNA is following the Sunnah
of the Prophet, pbuh. [Astaghfirullah!] Not surprisingly,
Siraj's photo appears every now and then in ISNA's
publicity material which portrays him as an Islamic
leader (!), just about as Islamic as ISNA's Secretary General Syed Syeed.
If Siraj Wahhaj is a genuine Muslim and fears Allah, what
stops him from apologizing to the Muslim Ummah for helping
to imprison Dr. Omar 'Abdel Rahman? Let's suppose that he
is not an agent of the government, deliberate or
not-so-deliberate, is it not possible for him to make
a mistake? We all make mistakes. Why not admit it?
WHO IS TRYING to BUILD UP SIRAJ WAHHAJ?
Instead we find Siraj's minions like Mauri Saalakhan
trying to build up Siraj as a leader, trying to compare
him to Imam Jamil al-Amin! Some kind of ego worship is
involved here. Siraj Wahhaj ignored the historic
rally in support of Imam Jamil just before the
Millions More Movement. Then Mauri Saalakhan tried
to denigrate the rally itself.
Next we need to look at Siraj Wahhaj's source of income.
[We urge Siraj to apologize to the Muslims. Dr. Omar
'Abdel Rahman, great scholar of Islam, propbably the
greatest living scholar of Islam, is languishing in a
U.S. prison cell, cut off from the entire world. Siraj
Wahhaj, Abdur Rahman al-Amoudi (another ISNA agent) and
other collaborators helped to bring about this tragic situation.]
[To be continued.]
Puerto Rican Leader Was Shot by U.S. Forces and left to Die a Slow Death
[Major atrocities by the U.S. are hidden from the American people.
This happened months back and was censored by all TV channels but
was broken by a foreign source.]
Havana. September 26, 2005
FBI let Puerto Rican independence fighter bleed to death
SAN JUAN, September 25.—The leader of the underground Puerto Rican
People's Army (EPB-Macheteros), Filiberto Ojeda Ríos, bled to death
virtually killed – due to lack of medical attention after being hit
by a bullet in his right clavicle, it was confirmed today in this
Dr. Héctor Pesquera told Prensa Latina that "the FBI let him
bleed to death," after being shot by a sniper brought in from
the United States.
Pesquera, spokesperson for the Hostosiano National Independence
Movement (MINH), took part in the autopsy last night in the
capital's Forensic Science Institute, during which it was
confirmed that the body of the EPB-Macheteros leader only
revealed one bullet wound.
Pesquera assured PL that evidently, the FBI tactic was not to
intervene so that "Comandante Ojeda Ríos would bleed to death
through lack of medical attention."
"The bullet penetrated the top part of the right clavicle, crossed
his lung and exited from his back, where it lodged in the
bullet-proof vest that he was wearing," stated the doctor.
The death of Ojeda Ríos happened last Friday in the western
municipality of Hormigueros, after he was surrounded by a
contingent of 300-plus agents, including 20 snipers
brought in from Virginia (United States).
The 72-year-old leader, who used a pacemaker, was in Hormigueros to
celebrate the Grito de Lares, when the independence movement
recalls the proclamation of the first Republic of Puerto Rico
on September 23, 1868.
U.S. Ally in South Asia Carries out Severe Repression of Muslims.
Thai PM says missing lawyer dead
Thailand's prime minister has said a Muslim human rights lawyer
who went missing in 2004 may have been killed by government officials.
PM Thaksin Shinawatra also said that an ongoing investigation
into Somchai Neelaphaijit's disappearance suggested more than
four officials were involved.
A court on Thursday jailed one policeman but acquitted
four others for illegally detaining Mr Neelaphaijit.
The lawyer's wife Angkhana and human rights groups denounced the verdict.
Mr Neelaphaijit was last seen at a Bangkok hotel in March
2004, and rights groups fear he was killed because of his
criticism of police conduct in the south of the country,
where there is an ongoing Muslim insurgency.
Mr Thaksin said that prosecutors would file a new case,
possibly as soon as next month.
He said a special team from the Department of Special
Investigation (DSI) was now working on murder charges,
based on circumstantial evidence gathered since the original trial began.
"I know that Somchai is dead, and more than four
government officials were involved, but witnesses
and evidence are still being collected," Mr Thaksin
was quoted as telling the French news agency AFP.
None of the suspects at the first trial were tried for
murder, only illegal detention and robbery.
Mr Thaksin did not say if the new charges would be
filed against the same people as before, or against
other government officials.
Somchai Neelaphaijit's disappearance and his subsequent
trial have put Thailand's treatment of human rights under the spotlight.
Rights groups maintain that the 52-year-old lawyer was
kidnapped and killed by police officers, because of his
vocal criticism of the Thai security services' handling
of the unrest in the south.
The authorities in southern Thailand are battling a
long-running insurgency by Islamic separatists, which
has led to the deaths of more than 1,000 people in the past two years.
In the months before his disappearance, Mr Neelaphaijit
had defended Muslim suspects in connection with violence,
and went missing soon after claiming some of his clients
had been tortured.
What the New Generation is not Told about Dr. Martin Luther King:
by Wilmer Leon, Ph.D [Exclusive to New Trend.]
Replace "Vietnam" with "Iraq" in his speeches to see relevance.
[Excerpted from his radio program "On With Leon.]
[Dr. Leon quotes from King's speeches which are being
kept away from America's new generation.]
I am truly convinced that Dr. King, his sacrifice, his vision,
and all that he stood for has permeated the American psyche
just as the likes of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln
since yesterday I saw that one of the major mattress stores,
Mattress Discounters or Mattress Warehouse is having a
Martin Luther King weekend sale. Go over there, get your
sleep on, save 20%. Fulfill the dream, live the dream,
buy a mattress. You know you have made it in America
when barons of capitalism incorporate you into the
process of making money. Yes, America, we have overcome!
Dr. King was born January 15, 1929 and assassinated on
April 4, 1968. He would be 77 years old now if the forces
of evil had not cut him down. Yes, the forces of evil,
those internal terrorists who hate what we stand for,
our quest for freedom, liberty, and equality.
It took 15 years to create the federal Martin Luther King,
Jr., holiday. Congressman John Conyers, Democrat from
Michigan, first introduced legislation for a commemorative
holiday four days after King was assassinated in 1968.
After the bill became stalled, petitions endorsing the
holiday containing six million names were submitted to Congress.
Conyers and Rep. Shirley Chisholm, Democrat of New York,
resubmitted King holiday legislation each subsequent
legislative session. Public pressure for the holiday
mounted during the 1982 and 1983 civil rights marches in Washington.
Congress passed the holiday legislation in 1983, which
was then signed into law by President Ronald Reagan.
I've thought and thought about what to present today.
Who to present today? How to discuss Dr. King in a manner
that will not bore you, a manner that is new and fresh.
The question that comes to mind is "Is Dr. King relevant
today?" If so, how?
I believe that Dr. King has been compromised. It is
comfortable for America to remember Dr. King as a
dreamer and a visionary. I am sure that Monday you
will hear President Bush hailing Dr. King as a great
American because of his dream, his vision, his quest
for a day when children can live in a nation where
they will not be judged by the color of their skin
but by the content of their character. Let's not forget
that Dr. King was assassinated for that Dream. Yes,
the forces of evil, those internal terrorists who hate
what we stand for, our quest for freedom, liberty,
and equality killed Dr. King for demanding that America
live up to its ideals, live up to its values and morals.
President Bush and many others like him will stay focused
on that vision, focused on that Dream. They will try and
sell you that dream, as the major mattress stores,
Mattress Discounters or Mattress Warehouse, one of
those places is having a Martin Luther King weekend
sale. Go over there, get your sleep on, save 20%. Don't
wake up to deal with your nightmare, stay focused on
the dream, enjoy your mattress.
On Dr. King Day, President Bush and his minions will
focus on the dream, not your reality. You won't hear
President Bush talk about Beyond Vietnam: A Time To
Break Silence or as others have called it To Atone
for Our Sins and Errors in Vietnam. Oh, no. He will
never quote a line from that speech. The reality is
too stark, too real and relevant for America. Let's
stay lost in the Dream.
In Let Nobody Turn Us Around: Voices of Resistance,
Reform, and Renewal the editors of this volume Manning
Marable and Leith Mullings, write, "though Martin
Luther King, Jr. is frequently remembered for his
'I have a Dream' speech at the 1963 March on Washington,
in the last several years of his life his politics moved
to the left and he began to focus greater attention on
entrenched patterns of economic exploitation inside
U.S. society. America, he said, needed a "revolution
in values," and on many occasions he suggested that
there must be a fundamental change in the way that
society was organized.
Staying with Marable and Mullings, "In the aftermath of
the creation of the holiday, there has been a tendency
within popular culture to concentrate almost exclusively
on this pre-1966 public career. This is not only
historically dishonest, but an attempt to 'mainstream'
King to conform to the more conservative standards of
the current period."
As I stated earlier, it allows the George Bushs of the
world to sell you the dream.
Before I get into some other things, allow me a few
minutes to analyze the Dream Speech.
The "dream" reference in the speech, as it has been
portrayed, twisted, and taken out of context comes
in the middle of the speech. The speech actually
opens with Dr. King the realist saying in the second
paragraph "...we must face the tragic fact that the Negro
is still languishing in the corners of American society
and finds himself an exile in his own land. So we have
come here today to dramatize an appalling condition."
I say again, to dramatize an appalling condition. That
was no dream, it was real! It was our reality in America
in 1963! He refers to the Constitution and the Declaration
of Independence as a promissory note to which every
American was to fall heir. Dr. King the pragmatist refers
to the guaranteed unalienable rights of life, liberty, and
the pursuit of happiness.
Dr. King says "It is obvious today that America has
defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens
of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred
obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad
check - a check which has come back marked 'insufficient funds.'
Will President Bush talk about this aspect of the I Have
A Dream Speech ? I think not. This the actual pretext upon
which the Dream is based. Nobody wants to discuss this
fact today. The dream for a day when children can live
in a nation where they will not be judged by the color
of their skin but by the content of their character, had
to be stated as a goal, a vision, a dream, because the
reality for African Americans or Negros (as we were still
called back then) was stark and so far removed that vision
that it could only be a dream.
Dr. King went on to say that they gathered on that spot
on that day "...to remind America of the fierce urgency of
now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling
off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now
is the time to make real the promises of democracy."
Those are the words of a revolutionary, not a dreamer!
Dr. King prophecies "There will be neither rest nor
tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his
citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will
continue to shake the foundation of our nation until
the bright day of justice emerges."
I say again, shake the foundation of our nation until
the bright day of justice emerges? Again, these are the
words of a revolutionary not a dreamer! Talk about
conviction, Mr. President, talk about staying the course,
Mr. President. That's what we call true resolve.
He goes on for five more paragraphs before
he gets to "I have a dream."
Dr. King was correct then and it proves to be prophetic now.
We must face the tragic fact that based on the actions
in Florida and Ohio, and the unethical, immoral and
unconstitutional actions of the United States Supreme
Court that the Negro is still languishing in the corners
of American Democracy; our votes were stolen! It is
obvious today that America has defaulted on this promise
of one-man, one-vote.
Is Dr. King relevant today? If so, how? Read "Nonviolence
and Racial Justice" 6 February 1957 Chicago, Ill.
"It is commonly observed that the crisis in race relations
dominates the arena of American life. This crisis has been
precipitated by two factors: the determined resistance of
reactionary elements in the south to the Supreme Court's
momentous decision outlawing segregation in the public
schools, and the radical change in the Negro's evaluation
of himself While southern legislative halls ring with open
defiance through "interposition" and "nullification," while
a modern version of the Klu Klux Klan has arisen in the
form of "respectable" white citizens' councils, a revolutionary
change has taken place in the Negro's conception of his own
nature and destiny. Once he thought of himself as an inferior
and patiently accepted injustice and exploitation. Those days are gone."
This is very important because Dr. King is now discussing
the fundamental element of revolution, a people deciding
for themselves that their circumstance must change. True
revolution begins with a change of mindset, a shift in
ones perception of ones-self in the context of that
individuals (or group of individuals) reality.
"The first Negroes landed on the shores of this
nation in 1619, one year ahead of the Pilgrim
Fathers. They were brought here from Africa and,
unlike the Pilgrims, they were brought against their
will, as slaves. Throughout the era of slavery the
Negro was treated in inhuman fashion. He was considered
a thing to be used, not a person to be respected. He
was merely a depersonalized cog in a vast plantation
machine. The famous Dred Scott decision of 1857 well
illustrates his status during slavery. In this decision
the Supreme Court of the United States said, in substance,
that the Negro is not a citizen of the United States; he
is merely property subject to the dictates of his owner.
Living under these conditions, many Negroes lost faith in
themselves. They came to feel that perhaps they were less
than human. So long as the Negro maintained this subservient
attitude and accepted the 'place' assigned him, a sort of
racial peace existed. But it was an uneasy peace in which
the Negro was forced patiently to submit to insult, injustice
and exploitation. It was a negative peace. True peace is not
merely the absence of some negative force--tension, confusion
or war; it is the presence of some positive force--justice,
good will and brotherhood."
Do you think President Bush, VP Cheney and Secretary
of State Rice understand that they can not bring peace
to the Middle East at the barrel of a gun? Peace will
only come with the presence of some positive force--justice,
good will and brotherhood.
Continuing with Dr. King, "the determination of Negro
Americans to win freedom from every form of oppression
springs from the same profound longing for freedom that
motivates oppressed peoples all over the world. The
rhythmic beat of deep discontent in Africa and Asia is
at bottom a quest for freedom and human dignity on the
part of people who have long been victims of colonialism.
The struggle for freedom on the part of oppressed people
in general and of the American Negro in particular has
developed slowly and is not going to end suddenly. Privileged
groups rarely give up their privileges without strong
resistance. But when oppressed people rise up against
oppression there is no stopping point short of full
freedom. Realism compels us to admit that the struggle
will continue until freedom is a reality for all the
oppressed peoples of the world."
This is why the Palestinians will not be defeated, this
is why the US can't win in Iraq. The oppressed peoples
in Iraq, Palestine, and yes, Iran (if the US is foolish
enough to go in there) will struggle until the freedom
by their definition is achieved.
"Hence the basic question which confronts the world's
oppressed is: How is the struggle against the forces
of injustice to be waged? There are two possible answers.
One is resort to the all too prevalent method of physical
violence and corroding hatred. The danger of this method
is its futility. Violence solves no social problems; it
merely creates new and more complicated ones. Through
the vistas of time a voice still cries to every potential
Peter, "Put up your sword!" The shores of history are
white with the bleached bones of nations and communities
that failed to follow this command. If the American Negro
and other victims of oppression succumb to the temptation
of using violence in the struggle for justice, unborn
generations will live in a desolate night of bitterness,
and their chief legacy will be an endless reign of chaos."
How does this apply to people of color in America today,
but how does this apply to the people of the Middle East
who view America's invasion of their country as renewed
oppression? Is Dr. King still relevant? If so, how?
When President Bush and Secretary Rice quote Dr. King,
do you think they will refer to the speech
Dr. King gave in LA in 1967?
The Casualties of the War in Vietnam 25 February 1967
Los Angeles, Calif.
"In these days of emotional tension when the problems
of the world are gigantic in extent and chaotic in
detail, there is no greater need than for sober-thinking,
healthy debate, creative dissent and enlightened discussion."
Do you think today that the problems of the world are
gigantic in extent and chaotic in detail?
If I change Viet Nam with Iraq, do you think this makes any sense today?
Contuining with Dr. King "I would like to speak to you
candidly and forthrightly this afternoon about our present
involvement in Viet Nam (Iraq). I have chosen as a subject,
"The Casualties of the War In Viet Nam (Iraq)." We are all
aware of the nightmarish physical casualties. We see them
in our living rooms in all of their tragic dimensions on
television screens, and we read about them on our subway
and bus rides in daily newspaper accounts. We see the rice
fields of a small Asian country being trampled at will and
burned at whim: we see grief-stricken mothers with crying
babies clutched in their arms as they watch their little
huts burst forth into flames; we see the fields and valleys
of battle being painted with humankind's blood; we see the
broken bodies left prostrate in countless fields; we see
young men being sent home half-men--physically handicapped
and mentally deranged. Most tragic of all is the casualty
list among children. Some one million Vietnamese children
have been casualties of this brutal war. A war in which
children are incinerated by napalm, in which American
soldiers die in mounting numbers while other American
soldiers, according to press accounts, in unrestrained
hatred shoot the wounded enemy as they lie on the ground,
is a war that mutilates the conscience. These casualties
are enough to cause all men to rise up with righteous
indignation and oppose the very nature of this war."
The physical casualties of the war in Iraq are not alone
the catastrophies. The casualties of principles and values
are equally disastrous and injurious. Indeed, they are
ultimately more harmful because they are self-perpetuating.
If the casualties of principle are not healed, the
physical casualties will continue to mount. The principles
of civil liberties, right to privacy, true democracy in
America are no longer valid.
One of the first casualties of the war in Iraq was the
Charter of the United Nations. In taking armed action
against Saddam, the United States clearly violated the
United Nations charter which provides, in Chapter I, Article II (4)
"All members shall refrain in their international relations
from the threat or use of force against the territorial
integrity or political independence of any state or in
any other manner inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations."
and in Chapter VII, (39)
"The Security Council shall determine the existence of
any threat to the peace, breach of the peace, or act of
aggression, and shall make recommendations or shall decide
what measures shall be taken... to maintain or restore
international peace and security."
It is very obvious that our government blatantly
violated its obligation under the charter of the
United Nations to submit to the Security Council
its charge of aggression against North Viet Nam.
Instead we unilaterally launched an all-out war on
Asian soil. In the process we have underminded the
purpose of the United Nations and caused its effectiveness
to atrophy. We have also placed our nation in the position
of being morally and politically isolated. Even the long
standing allies of our nation have adamantly refused to
join our government in this ugly war. As Americans and
lovers of Democracy we should carefully ponder the
consequences of our nation's declining moral status in the world.
As many of you know that "A Time To Break Silence" is
one of my favorites and the speech that I believe was
the straw that broke the camels back. This was the
speech that let the US government know that Dr. King
had to go. He was assassinated a year to the day that
this speech was delivered.
Again, replace Vietnam with iraq.
Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence
By Rev. Martin Luther King
4 April 1967
Since I am a preacher by trade, I suppose it is not
surprising that I have seven major reasons for bringing
Vietnam (Iraq) into the field of my moral vision. There
is at the outset a very obvious and almost facile
connection between the war in Vietnam and the struggle
I, and others, have been waging in America. A few years
ago there was a shining moment in that struggle. It seemed
as if there was a real promise of hope for the poor -- both
black and white -- through the poverty program. There were
experiments, hopes, new beginnings. Then came the buildup
in (Iraq) and I watched the program broken and eviscerated
as if it were some idle political plaything of a society
gone mad on war, and I knew that America would never invest
the necessary funds or energies in rehabilitation of its
poor so long as adventures like (Iraq) continued to draw
men and skills and money like some demonic destructive
suction tube. So I was increasingly compelled to see the
war as an enemy of the poor and to attack it as such."
Is Dr. King relevant today? If so, how? So I was
increasingly compelled to see the war as an enemy of
the poor and to attack it as such. Why was the response
to Katrina so slow and ineffective? Where are the precious
limited resources that the people in the Gulf region need
and why can't this government deliver them? The programs
to deliver aid to the people in the Gulf region are broken
and eviscerated as if theywere some idle political
plaything of a society gone mad on war. I know that
America can't or won't invest the necessary funds or
energies in rehabilitation of this region and its poor
so long as adventures like Iraq continued to draw men
and skills and money like some demonic destructive suction tube.
"This is the message of the great Buddhist leaders of Vietnam.
Recently one of them wrote these words:
Each day the war goes on the hatred increases in
the heart of the Vietnamese and in the hearts of
those of humanitarian instinct. The Americans are
forcing even their friends into becoming their enemies.
It is curious that the Americans, who calculate so
carefully on the possibilities of military victory,
do not realize that in the process they are incurring
deep psychological and political defeat. The image of
America will never again be the image of revolution,
freedom and democracy, but the image of violence and militarism."
What has France said, Germany, Russia about America today?
Do the peoples of Africa and Europe truly believe that
America is now the land of the free and home of the brave?
"If we continue, there will be no doubt in my mind and in the
mind of the world that we have no honorable intentions in
Vietnam (Iraq). It will become clear that our minimal
expectation is to occupy it as an American colony and
men will not refrain from thinking that our maximum hope
is to goad (Iran) into a war so that we may bomb her
nuclear installations. If we do not stop our war against
the people of (Iraq) immediately the world will be left
with no other alternative than to see this as some horribly
clumsy and deadly game we have decided to play."
In today's Washington Post, "Bush Warns Against Nuclear-Armed Iran."
"Meanwhile we in the churches and synagogues have a continuing
task while we urge our government to disengage itself from a
disgraceful commitment. We must continue to raise our voices
if our nation persists in its perverse ways in Vietnam. We
must be prepared to match actions with words by seeking out
every creative means of protest possible."
Where are the black ministers of the mega churches
in today's Vietnam? Bought off by the conservatives with
Faith Based Initiative Monies?
"These are the times for real choices and not false
ones. We are at the moment when our lives must be
placed on the line if our nation is to survive its
own folly. Every man of humane convictions must decide
on the protest that best suits his convictions, but we must all protest."
To demonstrate the lineage in Black revolutionary thought,
this line takes us back to Henry Highland Garnett in 1843
"Let Your Motto Be Resistance when he states: "...In the
name of God, we ask, are you men? Where is the blood of
your fathers? Has it all run out of your veins? Awake,
awake: millions of voices are calling you! Your dead
fathers speak to you from their graves. Heaven, as with
a voice of thunder, calls on you to arise from the dust.
Let your motto be resistance! Resistance! RESISTANCE! No
oppressed people have ever secured their liberty without
resistance. What kind of resistance you had better make,
you must decide by the circumstances that surround you,
and according to the suggestion of expediency."
Again, Dr. King said "Every man of humane convictions must
decide on the protest that best suits his convictions, but
we must all protest.
There is something seductively tempting about stopping
there and sending us all off on what in some circles has
become a popular crusade against the war in Vietnam. I say
we must enter the struggle, but I wish to go on now to say
something even more disturbing. The war in Vietnam is but a
symptom of a far deeper malady within the American spirit,
and if we ignore this sobering reality we will find ourselves
organizing clergy- and laymen-concerned committees for the
next generation. They will be concerned about Guatemala and
Peru. They will be concerned about Thailand and Cambodia.
They will be concerned about Mozambique and South Africa.
We will be marching for these and a dozen other names and
attending rallies without end unless there is a significant
and profound change in American life and policy. Such
thoughts take us beyond Vietnam, but not beyond our calling
as sons of the living God."
Do ya think President Bush, VP Cheny, or Secretary Rice
will be quoting this line from Dr. King? If not, why not?
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