Rajab 6,1427/August 1, 2006 #51
Is this a great country or what?
More than a hundred people, mostly seniors, have died of
the heat wave in California, America's richest state. Old people
in the this country are usually left alone by their families to
live and die in isolation. In the hot weather, if the air
conditioner fails, and old people are too weak or too afraid
to go out, they face dire circumstances and sometimes an ugly death.
Think about it: On July 31, Israel used artillery fire to kill a
14 year old Palestinian child in Gaza. Surely the Zionist
Jews, drunk with their monopoly of overwhelming force, know
neither shame nor decency.
Pakistan: Emerging overseas Opposition to Musharraf:
Nawaz Sharif, leader of the Muslim League addressed his
supporters in New York from London. He said that there will
be no compromise with General Musharraf and the Pakistani
generals. Musharraf has humiliated Pakistan by becoming the
"shoe polisher" and servant of the U.S. Nawaz Sharif was the
last duly elected Prime Minister of Pakistan and was removed
by General Musharraf through a coup.
[Info. sent to New Trend by Dr. Khalid Luqman in Brooklyn, New York.]
The Turkish American Journal is a newspaper by Turks who live in
the USA. If you need unbiased and independent news, please put
the above web site address in your favorite list.
Amerika da oturan Turklerin gunluk gazetesi. Bagimsiz ve tarafsiz
haber almak istiyosaniz, lutfen yukardaki web sitesini "favorite"
LATEST FROM Dr. WILMER LEON: the "On With Leon" Show
click on Show Schedules and listen to some great insight on
the Middle East and Central Asian conflicts by experts in the
region that you won't hear on mainstream media. Dr. Hanah
Ashrawi - Palestinian expert, Dr. Ashraf El-Bayoumi - Egyptian
expert, Dr. Kaukab Siddique - Central Asian expert, Ms. Phyllis
Bennis and Dilip Hiro are also Middle East Experts. James
Bamfor - NSA expert and author.
If you have Windows Media player installed on your system you can
pull the interviews down and listen right from the site. You
don't have to wait for it to download!
Again, these are perspectives that you are not going to hear on
NBC, ABC, or even CNN.
Peace and Blessings,
FACTS from the Battlefields in Lebanon and Afghanistan:
July 31, 2006. Israeli terror leader Ehud Olmert declared that
there would be NO cease fire and the terrorist entity known as Israel
will go for complete and unconditional victory over Hizbullah.
July 31. The Israeli terror group IDF called up another 3
army divisions [15,000 men] in addition to the 3 divisions
[15,000 men] called up on July 29. More than 10,000 Israeli
troops are already in the field. By contrast, the total number
of Hizbullah fighters in all of Lebanon is only a little over
10,000. Israel indicated that it is preparing a big push into Lebanon.
July 31. An Israeli attempt to take the Lebanese village of
Tayba was foiled by Hizbullah. An Islamic mortar crew
scored a direct hit on a huge Israeli markeva tank [the direct
hit was seen on U.S. TV for a few seconds]. Israel called in air
support. Hizbullah also scored a direct rocket hit on an Israeli
warship which was busy blasting the Lebanese infrastructure.
Police in Tyre say the ship exploded
August 1, 2006. An Israeli tank column entered the Lebanese
border village of Eita al-Shaab and was caught in a Hizbullah
ambush. At least 3 Israeli soldiers were killed and 25 wounded.
Three huge tanks of the Jewish terror group IDF were blown up.
[Some reports indicate that Israelis ran for their lives after
the ambush, their tanks going back full speed.]
August 1 [Early August 2 in Lebanon}. Reuters reports that
Israeli helicopter borne troops have landed in the Balbeck
area. The purpose is not clear. Israel may be preparing to attack
Syria [which is easier than fighting Hizbullah] or it might be
trying to outflank Hizbullah or is trying to kidnap an Islamic leader.
July 31, 2006: In Kandahar, southwestern Afghanistan,
NATO took over charge of military operations from the U.S. The
British General at the ceremony said: "We will smash the Taliban
and break their back."
While the ceremonies were going on in Kandahar, in Jalalabad
a martyrdom operator tried to kill the Governor, Gul Agha,
notorious for his perverted sexual activities and a close
friend of Karzai. Agha was shaken up but survived. Five of
his police were killed.
August 1: A heavily armed convoy of British troops was attacked by
lightly armed Taliban near Kandahar. AP and Fox TV report
that at least 3 British troops were killed and one wounded seriously.
In Baghdad, IRAQ, Islamic resistance forces killed 24
members of the military forces trained by the U.S. In addition,
another 14 mercenary soldiers were killed when a martyrdom
operator hit a line of troops lining up for their pay at a bank.
In Basra, Iraq, Shi'ite Islamists killed a British soldier.
P.O. Box 10881
Baltimore, MD 21234
4th Demonstration in North Carolina Against Israeli
Aggression in Gaza and Lebanon
Imam Badi Ali, Jamaat al-Muslimeen leader, is calling the people
to join a 4th demonstration in Greensboro on August 2. The
demonstration is supported by all categories of the activist
communities, Islamic, anti-War White people , and for the first
time, the Lebanese community. [The only people staying out are
"imam" W.D. Muhammad's people. The "imam" is known for his uncle
tomming and flag waving, and is a great friend of the Zionist
Jews.] Info for joining:
"All concerned citizens of Greensboro and the Triad are encouraged
to join us in protest on Wednesday, August 2, from 4:00 to 5:30,
in front of the Public Library in High Point City on Main Street.
Sponsoring organizations include:
Muslims for a Better North Carolina
North Carolinians for Truth and Justice in Palestine
ICT Youth Committee
Lebanese Community of Greensboro
Lauren Guy McAlpin (336) 207-0826
Elvira Jasarevic (336)-207-0206
Olla Mustafa (336) 362-3056
Brooklyn, New York: Reaching out to the Muslim Community
Jamaat al-Muslimeen distributed New Trend's reports condemning
Israel's aggression to worshippers at an African-dominated masjid
and at a Shia-dominated masjid. Jamaat al-Muslimeen is urging
Muslims to come out of their masjids and join the rallies against
the Zionist entity as well as for other oppressed people, such as
the people of Haiti.
Baltimore, Maryland: Khutbas Against Israeli Aggression
Urge Muslims to Speak out, Organize & Rally
On July 28, 2006 Dr. Kaukab Siddique gave the Juma' Khutba at
a masjid on the west side of Baltimore and led the prayers.
The small masjid, organized by a Nigerian brother, was packed
with people, mostly from Pakistan. On July 21, Dr. Siddique
gave the Juma' khutba and led prayers at a small masjid in
Central Baltimore. The audience was mostly African-American,
African and Pakistani. In both khutbas, the khateeb taught from
the Qur'an that Muslims in a situation like that of America must
use peaceful means to condemn the power drive of Israel and the
Bush administration. We must help Americans to understand that
the forces of Islam are fighting for the right of the Muslim masses
to be free of foreign domination and oppression.
Muslims are ONE ummah. There is no such thing as an
"American Islam," Dr. Siddique said; there is only ONE Islam
and it's in the Qur'an and the Sunnah of Muhammad, pbuh.
A.N.S.W.E.R's Call for a Rally on August 12: Dishonest
Publicity by Mahdi Bray's Group
Numerous anti-war groups across America have endorsed a call
by the A.N.S.W.E.R. coalition to rally against the war. This
is a natural and growing phenomenon. However, dishonest publicity
by Mahdi Bray's group, known as "MAS Freedom" is creating the
wrong impression. Mahdi Bray has been putting out press releases
which imply that "MAS Freedom" is organizing the August 12 march
and perhaps A.N.S.W.E.R. is endorsing the march!
Honesty is extremely important for Muslims. Mahdi Bray's politics
is quite murky. Earlier readers might remember that he and Johari
Abdul Malik came on C-Span to claim that they were fighting
Muslim "extremists" and would help the FBI to catch them.
Later, Mahdi Bray complained to the FBI: Why are you trying to
catch "extremist" Muslims? You should let us do the job for you.
Bray claimed that he is so patriotic that he will do a better
job of catching "extremist" Muslims than the FBI.
A.S.N.W.E.R organizers must be laughing at the Muslims. They
called Mahdi Bray to be THE representative of Muslims on their
dais, although he is not known for leadership abilities, or
eloquence, or Islamic knowledge or ability to stand up to the
oppressors. His friendship with the State Department mole Abdur
Rahman al-Amoudi is well known. A.N.S.W.E.R has no explanation
why it chose such a poor representative from among Muslims.
[Ramsey Clark has not been asked for approval of this choice.]
Letter: Re: America's Conscience
You should be aware that the "young, white, sister" who disrupted
Mr. Maliki's speech, Medea Benjamin, supported the aggression
against Afghanistan, because we were attacked on 911 by al-Qa'ida.
She's done some good things since, like disturbing congressional
hearings a number of times, however. (At least, I think that was
Medea Benjamin. That's what the news said, but the video I saw
looked like a younger woman than Medea, who's 54).
Re Nadrat's article, "Israel's Record and Its Nuclear Arsenal: ...,"
she could have included the threat to use nuclear power in the
October 1973 Yom Kippur war.
According to Seymour M. Hersh, "The Samson Option:
Israel's Nuclear Arsenal and American Foreign Policy,"
(p.264), Israel was losing the war; Moshe Dayan was in despair.
"It was Israel's darkest hour, but no withdrawal was ordered.
Instead, Israel called its first nuclear alert and began arming
its nuclear arsenal. And it used that alert to blackmail
Washington into a major policy change."
Nevertheless, she is a good writer.
Background to the war
ISRAEL'S TERRORISM IN LEBANON
By Edward W. Miller, MD
[Veteran New Trend contributor, Dr. Miller lives in San Rafael, California.]
"As long as we act like the bribed bodyguard of Israel,
that little country will continue to bully the Palestinians
and its neighbors. It is a rogue nation. It has done nothing
but fight wars and take other people's lands since its very beginning"
Charlie Reese, 19 July, 2006
Though the media would have us believe Israel's ongoing savage
bombardment in Lebanon is simply a response to Hezbulla's Katysuka
rockets and the capture of two Israeli soldiers, this is but
smoke and mirrors. All of Israel's military incursions into
Lebanon, including the present one, ( which was planned months
ago) have had three objectives: to maintain control of Lebanon's
rivers for precious irrigation waters: to destroy Lebanon's economic
and political underpinnings lest she compete too strongly against
Israel in the Mideast banking and tourist markets, and to weaken
or destroy patriotic organizations such as Hamas and Hezbullah,
which threaten the Zionist dreams of expansion.
As early as the 1948 war with the Arabs, Israel occupied Lebanon's
Litani River valley, but was quickly forced out under
international pressure. Later, at a 1954 meeting on Mideast
water resources, Israel threatened President Eisenhower's envoy,
Eric Johnson, to again militarily seize the Litani River waters,
but our then president, unlike those who have followed him in
the Oval Office, stood firm.
Israel's next ruse as reported in the diary of Moshe Sharett,
once Israel's Prime Minister, was to destabilize Lebanon by
bribing and training officers in the Catholic Maronite militias
to attack both the Muslim Druse forces and the PLO. "Israel
would then invade southern Lebanon to keep the peace."
Using these uprisings as an excuse, Israel launched devastating
air and ground attacks against Lebanon in 1967, and In 1969
her Air Force destroyed Beirut's new international airport
with its fleet of 13 just-purchased passenger planes which were
torched on the tarmac. In 1978, Israel invaded again with
20,000 troops and seized southern Lebanese land, including the
Litani River valley, declaring it a "security zone." The UN,
in an emergency meeting, demanded Israel withdrawal (Resolution
425). She refused.
In 1982, with President Reagan's covert OK, Israel launched
her genocidal invasion to kill off those Palestinians who had
escaped into Lebanon in the 1948 war. In 67 days of savage
fighting, Israel, using ground and air forces as well as
anti-personnel shells, and phosphorus bombs, butchered over
30,000 civilians, stampeding another 500,000 out of Beirut,
while destroying much of that beautiful city.
Offshore with Reagan's OK, our Battleship, USS New Jersey
shelled Beirut's suburbs, killing those fleeing the city.
In response, three hundred U.S. Marines, as well as French
marines guarding Beirut's airport later paid with their lives.
In the post-war negotiations, surviving PLO officials were
given safe transport to Tunis, their families to follow,
whereupon Israel's Lebanese militia, as Israeli officers
looked on, butchered over 1,000 PLO wives and children in
the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps. In 1993, Israel again
devastated southern Lebanon, bombing villages and forcing over
300,000 to flee their homes. The 1996, brutal "retaliation"
was a repetition of 1993, but with more damage to Lebanon's
Prime Minister Peres' May 1996 destructive "retaliation" in
southern Lebanon produced unexpected worldwide outrage after
the media reported Israel had fired missiles into the UN refugee
camp in Qana, killing 110 Palestinians, mostly women, children
and old men. Although Israel initially denied it, the New
York Times reported on May 4, 1996: "UN observers stated Israel
'deliberately shelled the [Qana] refugee camp.' Netherlands
Major General Frank van Kappen, heading the UN investigator
group, reported that a pilotless Israel "drone" arterial
spotter had been transmitting TV images to Israel's gunners
before and during the barrage. Shells fired into the Camp,
(supplied by the Clinton Administration,) were M-732
proximity-fuse rounds, designed for "amputation wounds."
The 110 massively-mutilated corpses including several headless
Successive Zionists governments have repeatedly demonstrated
their utter lack of concern for the lives of any non-Jew amongst
their Mideast neighbors.
Hezbullah, an organization much-maligned in our media, is
a voluntary militia of ordinary Lebanese citizens organized back
in 1982 to drive the then occupying Israeli forces from their
country. Using guerilla tactics over the years, Hezbullah
finally accomplished Israel's withdrawal in May, 2000. Since
then they have also become an effective political party in
Lebanon, gaining seats in the Parliament, as well as support
throughout the Muslim world, including Syria and Iran. Washington
critics and the US media seem to forget that during our own
Revolutionary War against King George III , our volunteer
militias were supported by cash and arms from France.
The Geneva Convention, which Israel signed but has never
honored, permits such militias as Hezbullah "to expel an
occupying army [Israel] by any means at their disposal."
Hezbulla has promised to disperse its military arm after
Israel leaves their country and comes to terms with a viable
Palestinian State. Israel however, still occupies the Shibaa
Farms area in southern Lebanon with its many small villages,
strategically located in the Sheikh Mountain, where she is
stealing Jordan River irrigation water from the Lebanese and
carting away tons of rich topsoil for her farms in Israel.
The recent cross-border assault by Hezbullah to capture Israeli
soldiers as hostages, in exchange for over 9000 political
prisoners presently held by Irael, was a replay of several
past coups. In September 2002, Hezbullah abducted one Israeli
colonel from inside Israel. Following two years of tortuous
negotiations, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon exchanged 436
Lebanese prisoners and 59 corpses of Lebanese soldiers for this
one Israeli hostage and three corpses of Israeli soldiers.
As Robert Fisk noted (THE INDEPENDENT 13 July, 2006) "As long
ago as 1985, three Israeli soldiers captured in 1982 were
traded for 1,150 Lebanese and Palestinian prisoners. In January
2004..... Israel freed 436 Arab prisoners and released the bodies
of 59 Lebanese for burial, in return for an Israeli spy and the
bodies of three Israeli soldiers. So Hizbollah knows - and the
Israelis know - how this cruel game is played."
Every US President since Eisenhower, threatened by our Zionist
lobby, has excused or acquiesced to Israel's repeated savageries.
Bush Jr. has proved no exception.
Today, there seems scant interest in either Washington or Europe
in halting this devastation in Lebanon. On 19 July the U.S. used
its threat of veto to stop a cease-fire resolution proposed in
the Security Council. ( New Trend), and on July 20th THE
AUSTRALIAN reported: "According to... The New York Times...
US officials signaled that Dr Rice was waiting at least a few
more days before wading into the conflict, in part to give Israel
more time to weaken Hezbollah forces." Meanwhile the corporate
media went all out to support Israel. "NOT ONE Islamic
commentator was allowed to speak on CNN, MSNBC, FOX, ABC,
CBS, NBC or any other major TV or radio outlets. Israeli
and Zionist commentators hogged the air waves, with loyal
opposition provided by secularized and/or non-Muslim Arabs."
(www.newtrendmag.com 19 July, 2006)
There is hope, however, This week, some 2000 Israelis, objecting
to their Army's savagery in both Lebanon and Gaza, marched in
Tel Aviv to protest. (Haaretz News 17 July, 2006) and on 19
July our Senate vote on a resolution defending Israel's attack
on Lebanon was blocked by Senate Armed Services Committee
Chairman John Warner (R-VA), saying: "the people of Lebanon
are suffering enormously at this time, as are the people in Gaza."
Why no Cease fire after Qana and Why is Israel so Angry?
by Kaukab Siddique, Ph.D
Kofi Annan was genuinely moved by the slaughter in Qana. He
thought this was the time when a cease fire resolution could
be passed. Although he is a veteran of diplomacy, his emotions
made him unable to face the fact that the U.S.A. is the moving
force behind Israel's brazen aggession against Lebanon. The USA
would not allow a cease fire resolution to be even discussed in
the Security Council. A meaningless statement of "shock" was
passed. It's not worth the paper it's written on. Condileezza
Rice was embracing Ehud Olmert while the bombing was going on.
She wanted to sweet talk the Lebanese Prime Minister Siniora but
the gentleman that he is, he politely asked her not to visit. He
has had a problem convincing Americans, all the way from Larry
King to Bush, that Hizbullah is not the enemy of Lebanon.
From 21 days of war, some hard facts emerge which the Muslims
of America must face:
* There is NO PLACE in American thinking for an Islamic group,
nation or force which is not controlled from the White House.
All Muslims who stand up for their independence based on the
Qur'an and the Sunnah are terrorists as far as the Bush
administration is concerned. Questions of self-determination
have become meaningless for the U.S. if the elected people are
Hamas in Palestine, or Hizbullah in Lebanon, or Ahmedinejad in
Iran. [All three have been elected in fair elections.]
* All other Islamic forces were earlier marked for liquidation,
be they FIS in Algeria, or Taliban in Afghanistan or the
Islamized Saddam in Iraq. Saddam tried to accept everything
the U.S. threw at him but he still had to be destroyed
[even though "no-fly" zones had already been imposed on Iraq and
a million Iraqis died from the embargo and sanctions].
ISRAEL as a tool of American power?:
* Israel was supposed to destroy Hizbullah and cripple Lebanon's
economy within a week. This attempt beckfired. The frenzy of
Israeli attacks and the arrogant attitude of Israel spokesmen
like Gillerman come from the fury felt by a bully who can't win
against a seemingly puny opponent.
A number of factors play into Israel's fury and maniacal
attempts at genocide in Lebanon:
* The Israeli Jews think they are a Chosen People; God gave them
this land, and others, particulary Muslims, be they Arab or
African, are inferior people. The UN at one time correctly
defined Zionism as Racism.
* Israel's military might outweighs, outnumbers, and outmatches
anything Hizbullah or any combination of Arab forces can bring
against Israel. Hizbullah has katyushas, mortars, RPGs and heavy
machine guns, perhaps even some light artillery. Israel has
drones and hellfire missiles guided by laser; its huge merkava
tanks fire 155 mm shells. How DARE the soldiers of Allah
[Hizbullah] stand against this overwhelming force! [and even
win as in Bint Jbeil!]
* Israel's attitude of injured superiority is based on the
victory it won against combined Arab armies of Egypt, Jordan
and Syria in the so-called Six Day War. Those were secularized
armies led by corrupt rulers who betrayed their people
without compunction. Jerusalem was handed over to Israel
almost without a fight by a CIA agent posing as the King
of Jordan [claiming to be a Hashemite!]. Today's world is
different. Islam is now a global power challenging the imperial
powers of our time. Israel, with its contempt for Islam,
seriously miscalculated and let down its cheerleaders
in Washington, DC.
Muslims need to understand the WASHINGTON-New York-TEL AVIV axis.
Muslims usually think in terms of "Israeli control of U.S.
government-media-etc" with a few going the other way to say that
the U.S. controls Israel. New Trend's research shows that
Washington and Tel Aviv [with New York as the generating point]
are ONE extended political, cultural and military entity.
This ONENESS is true not only in numbers, that large numbers of
American Jews are also Israelis, or in MEDIA connections, in
that people like Wolf Blitzer, Larry King, Paula Zhan, Barbara
Walters, Chris Matthews and many others, Jews and non-Jews,
consider Israel their second home and visit frequently. More
importantly, Israeli and U.S. military and intelligence
services work so closely together as to be almost
indistinguishable from each other.
[A tiny U.S. nationalistic
core has survived but is fighting a losing battle.]
An example of this co-extension is the automatic re-supply of
missiles and bombs to Israel. After 14 days of bombing Lebanon,
Israel started running out of explosives. WITHOUT TELLING THE
AMERICAN PEOPLE, Washington started re-supplying Tel Aviv.
Scotland was used as a stopping point for the re-supply
transport planes. The Brits themselves did not know what
was going on till the third re-supply unit was spotted
[and protested] by the British people.
The Prime Minister of Lebanon, a great friend of America,
realized that there was no point in telling the U.S. government
to stop Israel's bombardment of Lebanon's infrastructure and
civilians. After Qana, Siniora appealed directly to the American
people to put pressure on their government.
EMERGING ISLAMIC STRATEGIES:
* The following trends can be seen:
1. Efforts to unite Shi'as and Sunnis. Al-Qaida leader Ayman
al-Zawahiri's message calling on the Muslim world to rise up
in defense of Lebanon was an important development.
2. Recognition of the fact that the rulers of Muslim countries
are working for the U.S. [and some for Israel too]. Some of
these rulers are able to survive only because of U.S. support.
Among them are King Abdullah of Jordan, Hosni Mubarak of Egypt,
Musharraf of Pakistan, Karzai of Kabul and Al-Maliki of Baghdad.
Others with a tribal base, such as King Abdullah of "Saudi"
Arabia and the rulers of Tunisia, Morocco and Libya are dependent
for survival on the U.S. to a lesser or a greater degree.
Turkey's generals and the Emirs of Bahrain, Kuwait, UAE and
Qatar are also in this category. How will Muslims get rid of
these rulers when these men are protected by heavily paid
mercenary troops and well-funded intelligence agencies linked
to the American CIA [and in some cases FBI and Mossad too]?
Syria is a very special case here. It has been helping to hunt
down Islamic radicals but seeks legitimacy in opposing Israel
rhetorically and by giving Hamas and Hizbullah some leeway. It
has not fired a shot in 21 days while Israel mauls Lebanon.
3. Iran is the only independent Muslim country. Does
Iran have the ability to reach out to the Muslim world and go
beyond its nationalistic and sectarian support base? Most
importantly, can Iran go beyond the injuries Saddam Hussain's
Iraq imposed on it and return to Imam Khomeini's vision? Is
the Iraqi wound healed yet or will it continue to bleed? Imam
Khomeini had taught that Iran's real enemies are Imperialism
and Zionism but for many years Iran forgot that message and
concentrated on fighting Iraq [and went on to support U.S.
sanctions on Iraq] and supported the U.S installed clique
in Iraq, hoping to make political gains from the U.S.
occupation of Iraq.
3a. In AFRICA, Sudan is relatively independent, an Islamic force
has emerged in Somalia and in Northern Nigeria, the people chose
the Shar'ia. Throughout Africa, Islam is seen and lived as a
positive life force.
4. The emergence of an ISLAMIC TURKEY could turn the
tide. Turkey used to be the sword arm of Islam before it was
undermined by Kemal Ataturk's deadly secularism.
5. In the east, a Taliban victory in Afghanistan,
followed by the downfall of Musharraf, will probably lead
to the liberation of Kashmir. A new Pakistan federating
Afghanistan, Pakistan and Kashmir may well emerge with links
to Bangladesh and Indonesia which could both develop to be
under Islamic or semi-Islamic systems and fraternal ties to
Malaysia, South Thailand and Muslim islands of the Philippines.
5a. Bangladesh has a tremendous potential for Islamic
renaissance and Bengalis are increasingly breaking away
from Indian hegemony. Armed incidents like the ones which
started the Israeli attack on Lebanon are quite common on
the India-Bangladesh border with steady Indian attempts to
steal land and to undermine Bangladesh's economy. As Bengalis
see it, India lets too much water come into Bangladesh when it
is not needed and denies it water when the need is dire.
India's close alliance with the U.S. and Israel makes
Bangladesh feel isolated and it is naturally moving towards
Islamic alliances. It's the second or third biggest Muslim
population in the world and has thousands of intellectuals,
scientists and scholars in the country and around the world
loyal to Islam.
2006-08-02 Wed 17:55:33 cdt