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Zulhijja 26, 1428, January 6, 2008 # 1
[There were 99 issues in 2007.]
Karachi, Pakistan; January 3, 4, 5, 2008: Jamaate Islami
leaders, including Baluch Islamic activists, led by JI's
Karachi Ameer Muhammad Hussain Mehnati visited various areas
of the city which have suffered vandalism, arson and
destruction. They solaced the victims, criticized the
inaction of the Musharraf regime and organized relief.
A Pakistani-American Mourns the trashing of
Karachi, Pakistan: "My aching heart is Aflame."
Please scroll down
to end for astonishing facts about Saddam Hussain and
Shi'ites. Also: Latest report on Iraq war which media
are hiding and brief item on latest fighting
Br. Mohammed Ayub has sent 40 Hadith about Masjid al-Aqsa
through "Islamisthetruth" list. Here are two of them
Masjid Al-Aqsa - Mentioned By Name In
The Holy Quran
Aishah (ra) reports that the Prophet (saw) used to recite
Surah Al-Isra every night in his prayer:
Glorified (and Exalted) be He (Allah) Who took His slave
(Muhammad SAW) for a journey by night from
Al-Masjid-al-Haram (at Makkah) to the farthest mosque
(in Jerusalem), the neighbourhood whereof We have blessed,
in order that We might show him (Muhammad SAW) of Our Ayat
(proofs, evidences, lessons, signs, etc.). Verily, He is the
All-Hearer, the All-Seer. (17:1)
Masjid Al-Aqsa - The place of Mujahideen
Umamah Al-Bahili (ra) reports that the Prophet (saw) said,
"A group of my Ummah will remain on truth, they will vanquish
their enemy and those who disagree with them will not be able
to harm them until Allah commands". "Where are these people"?
The Companions (ra) asked. The Prophet (saw) said, "In and
around Al-Quds (Jerusalem). (Musnad of
Ahmad ibn Hanbal)
Israel Blocked Hajj Pilgrims. Blessed Palestine is under
DAILY ATTACK by the terrorist entity known as Israel.
On January 3, 2008 Israeli tanks and artillery attacked parts
of Gaza destroying several homes and killing 9
On January 5, Israeli terrorists completed an "operation" in
the West Bank town of Nablus. They kidnapped and took 38
Palestinians with them.
January 2, 2008: Several hundred Palestinian pilgrims
returning from Makkah after Hajj crossed back into Gaza at
the Rafah crossing supervised by Egypt. Israel had blocked
the return of the pilgrims for a whole WEEK, insisting that
they firsy be cleared by the Jewish police. Egypt let them
cross because BLOCKING HAJJIS is seen as an act of war in the
world of Islam. Israel is making a hue and cry, claiming that
the pilgrims had collected money in Saudi Arabia and had been
"trained by Iran."
[There can be no doubt that Israel is the enemy of Islam and
Outreach: Dr. Siddique Live on XM Radio: Significance of
the Murder of Benazir Bhutto: Bush's Last Year will
Dr. Wilmer Leon's "On with Leon" show leads in America's
independent radio tradition. Dr. Leon, a prominent
African-American broadcaster and political scientist, does a
lot of reading on the sensitive issues he handles and he does
not try to censor the views of his guests.
January 5, 2007: In his live interview with Dr. Leon,
Dr. Kaukab Siddique made the following points in his analysis
of the tragedy of Benazir Bhutto based on the available
evidence so that it can be investigated further:
The Musharraf regime has changed its story on the murder
President Bush did not suggest any impartial inquiry into the
murder. He outright tried to blame the "terrorists" or
al-Qaidah. However, Pakistani TV [live] coverage of the
attack on Benazir shows the hand of the expert assassin
firing a pistol at her very close up from within the security
cordon. [It was replayed on CNN.]
Musharraf claimed without any inquiry that
Al-Qaidah/Baitullah Mahsud were responsible.
A transcript of a conversation with Mehsud was released. It's
obviously fake as the internal contradictions within its text
show. There is no evidence of links between Mehsud and
al-Qaidah. If a group is anti-U.S., that does not necessarily
mean it is linked to Al-Qaidah.
Peoples' Party and close associates of Benazir [such as
Sherry Rahman] blame the Musharraf regime, not the
terrorists. Also, Mehsud, as well as the Taliban in
Afghanistan, have categorically rejected the story that they
killed Benazir. If they had seen it as a great success, they
would have taken credit.
Pakistani politics to a great extent mirrors U.S. politics.
Musharraf is supported by Bush and Benazir was supported by
the Democrats.[See Husain Haqqani's testimony arranged by the
Democrats on C-Span.] Thus the killing is a disaster for the
Democrats who now have no one in Pakistan. Benazir's
successors are mediocrities.
With Musharraf vilified by a great majority of Pakistanis,
America has no one in Pakistan of any significance. The
Islamic movement is leading the boycott of the fake elections
Musharraf plans to hold now in February. Benazir's party
would have received a sympathy vote but the delay will water
Benazir was very naive in some ways. She had notified the
Israelis of her plans to return to power. The Israelis are
quite capable of using people like her to divide an Islamic
country like Pakistan. Chaos and conflict in Pakistan fits
into the Israeli design. [Look at the chaos in Kenya which is
also strategically located.]
The murder is meant to open the way for U.S. military
intervention in Pakistan. The Mush-Bush version of the murder
puts all the blame on Islamic forces [Al-Qaidah and Taliban]
WITHOUT INQUIRY. Thus the Bush-Mush people are indicating:
"terrorists" have become too strong. Naturally "we" have to
go in and eliminate them. The search for Osama bin Laden
could be an excuse.
In addition to Israel, Benazir was in touch with Karzai. Then
just before her murder, Benazir met Karzai. Thus Karzai knew
her plans and could easily pass them on to the CIA [Mossad]
who are his handlers.
See opposing viewpoint on Benazir's death in letter below.
Benazir Tried to befriend the most Rabid Israeli
Jewish terrorist: She was Naive beyond limit.
[Excerpt from the Jewish Week of
January 5, 2008 follows.]
"Last September, Bhutto reached out to Gillerman, whom she
had never met before, even as she was preparing to end a
nine-year exile from Pakistan under a plan brokered by U.S.
policymakers. Bush administration officials were pushing her
and her longtime adversary, Pakistani President and military
chief Gen. Pervez Musharraf, toward elections and — presuming
she won — a tentative power-sharing. With Musharraf's
popularity in free fall, the plan was designed to lend his
rule a veneer of democratic legitimacy. In the midst of
this, Bhutto and her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, dined with
Gillerman and his wife, Janice, in a private room at the
Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Columbus Circle.
The quartet chatted for three-and-a-half hours. And the next
day, Janice Gillerman lunched with Bhutto for some
"We had a very warm, intimate conversation," recalled
Gillerman. "It touched on every aspect of Pakistani life and
Israeli relations. She described to me in great detail her
plans to return. She talked about her great concern about
extremists and expressed a lot of concern about her own
safety. But she was determined to go back."
Our America in Iowa: by New Trend's Media Monitor [2 items]
[With thanks for this one to Br. Saad in Arizona.]
Independent Journalist Finds Iowa Election Tally run by
Israeli Defense Firm
[Editor's note: Bollyn often runs after conspiracy theories
which we do not endorse. However, his discovery of the
Israeli election machine is on solid ground.]
U.S. Muslims See Election Activities as Exploitation of
This is how U.S. Muslim views go: Obama was successful. It's
seen as history in the making. Here's a man of African
descent hugely popular with White voters. Edwards was number
two. He spoke strongly against the U.S. misadventure in Iraq.
We like Hillary Clinton. Isn't it about time that an American
woman rose to the top? She's brilliant.
The Republicans have Huckabee. He too speaks against U.S.
foreign policy. He is a Christian. There's something earthy
and real to him. Won't it be fun to have a president named
Huckabee. Romney deserved to lose. There's not much to him
other than money. McCain? He wants to continue the war [with
Lieberman at his side]. Why is he against torture? Was he
bombing Vietnamese civilians when he was shot down and went
through the ordeal which turned him against torture?
Republicans see a chance to win now that the media [for over
6 months] have switched off ALL news coverage of the wars in
Iraq and Afghanistan [other than propaganda and feature
stories.] Americans sense that perhaps the war is over at
least on TV.
Here's a test to see if this election process is connected
How many times did any of the contestants question ISRAEL
even in ONE SENTENCE?
[The answer is: Zero.]
By the way, the Democrats have let Bush have all the money he
wanted [and more] for the war. If a President as unpopular as
Bush cannot be stopped from carrying on or even slowing down
his murderous policies all over the world, what's the point
of all this talk of DEMOCRACY?
Let's not forget the wisdom of Malcolm X [al-Hajj Malik
Shabazz] who knew America better than most of us. People in
America get their rights owing to cataclysmic overseas
events. The Vietnam war did more for civil rights in America
than any amount of civil rights marching.
Take it from New Trend: America's future will be decided by
Muslims: No, no, not by the spineless ones here [the "meet me
in the Hilton" crowd] but by the resistance in Iraq, by the
resurgent Taliban and the Palestinians standing firm against
the U.S. sponsored terrorist entity known as Israel.
As the wag said: "It's the resistance ----Stupid!"
Benazir Bhutto's Comment on Osama bin Laden and on
by New Trend's media monitor
One of our readers has placed Benazir Bhutto's interview with
Frost on youtube. Either by mistake or knowingly she referred
to the murder of Osama bin Laden by the man who is reputed to
have killed Daniel Pearl. She also refers to the danger she
felt from Osama's son. [Can anyone clarify this for us.?]
It appears that BBC has edited the original to omit the key
reference. Thanks to our reader, we have both versions:
BBC'S EDITED VERSION:
http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=Pm6pHhY37yk
COMPLETE UNEDITED VERSION: PART 1:
LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW VERY CAREFULLY AFTER
5 MINUTE 45 SECONDS INTO THE INTERVIEW
http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=Mz6nlhWufIw
COMPLETE UNEDITED VERSION PART 2:
Jamaat al-Muslimeen [News] [3 items only]
P.O. Box 10881
Baltimore, MD 21234
Good News From Nigeria: Eight Thousand Islamic Delegates
from 19 States
by Dr. Asheikh Ahmed
[After Eid al-dha] I spent seven days in Maiduguri and
proceeded to Bauchi where I spent another seven day and
attend the 65th Annual Islamic Vacation Course (IVC) of the
Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria (MSSN) A Zone comprising
of the Nineteen Northern states and Abuja. The Course was
attended by about Eight Thousand delegates (Brothers and
Sisters) in which class instructions on Islamic
Muamalat, moral conducts, aqida, ibadat,
and community relations were conducted. Similarly,
Taalimat sessions, tahajjud prayers and public
lectures were held. It is generally a tarbiyyah
programme/camp for the youth and alhamdulillah it was
New York's Bangladeshi Hero fought against Goons on
His name is Hasan Askari and he is from Bangladesh. On
December 11, he helped a Jewish youth who was being pummeled
by three tough White racist goons on the Q train. No one
helped the victim though the train was packed: Then Askari
jumped in and fought them till police arrived. They were
muscular: one wants to fight in Iraq. Asked why he did
something so unusual, Askari replied it was natural for him
because he was brought up that way.
URL-http://www. nypost.com/ php/pfriendly/ print.php?
url=http: //www.nypost. com/seven/ 12122007/
news/regionalnew s/jews_subway_ hero_a_muslim_ 381263.htm
[Muslims are not anti-semitic. They are against
Jewish-Zionist occupation of Palestine and the insidious
Jewish exploitation of America. Remember, the elite
exploiters do not travel by Q train!]
U.S. Muslim Da'wa Activist Calls for Judicial Probe of
Ms. Bhutto's murder
Pakistan is perhaps the most unfortunate country on earth
that neither it could set up its democratic traditions nor it
could attain its ideological ambitions. The internal secret
Agencies, foreign NGO's and opportunist political leadership
at home, all are equally responsible for this most tragic
mishap. The present dictatorial military regime in Pakistan
cannot wash its hands by shedding some "crocodile" tears just
by declaring three days of state 'mourning". I wish a
judicial probe would have been set up immediately
under the distinguished Chairmanship of the "sitting":
Justice Iftikhar Muhammad of the SC of Pakistan. Only then
the real culprits of this ghastly political murder could come
to light. Otherwise, it would remain a "known" secret for
ever as the murder of PM Liaquat Ali Khan, the Fall of EP,
murder of General Zia and now open day murder of
Shamim Siddiqui [New York]
A Visit with Dr. Alauddin Shabazz: Scholar, Preacher,
Islamic Activist Disabled in Serious Car Accident: Where is
the Community Support?
by Kaukab Siddique
Why do good people suffer? I was thinking of this old
philosophical question when I visited my friend Alauddin
Shabazz in South Chicago on January 2, 2008. About a year and
9 months back he was disabled in a terrible car crash near
Peoria, Illinois. His body was mangled and there seemed to be
little hope for his recovery. However, his dynamic wife and
his sons stood by him and went through the harsh and hard
phases of rehab with him. Today he is able to talk, listen to
CDs, watch TV and eat the great food his wife cooks but still
not able to walk. Sitting up is difficult.
His wife is a fighter: Being Black, Muslim and a woman is a
combination which can defeat all odds. Makes me think of our
mother Hajira, r.a., when she would not give up even when she
was alone in the Arabian desert and her child was dying of
thirst. What is about these African women and women of faith
in general. Allah says: revere the wombs that gave you birth
[second only to Allah]: See Sura Nisa'
The man inactive [paralyzed] on one side of his body, the
woman exhausted from the struggle to keep the home alive and
give him round-the-clock care: yet the two joked and talked
as if they had just fallen in love!
Why is the Muslim community so ineffective about the plight
of this great man. Have they forgotten his work for Islam,
his books, his lectures, his activism, his constant concern
for Muslims in prison? This is no ordinary man. His Ph.D is
in Comparative Religion yet he never showed anything but
modesty and humility in his behavior. He was critical of flag
wavers and those who claim to be Muslim yet adore the White
House. He supported New Trend. He supported Jamaat
al-Muslimeen. He supported al-Haqq. Is that why the big
mosques do not mention his plight? What will be the fate of a
nation which slights and ignores its scholars? Frankly I am
tired of this new brand of "Islam" which makes leaders out of
toms but pretends that the men of truth do not exist!
I urge the Muslims of Chicago to rally to the support of
Dr. Alauddin Shabazz. Please, pick up the phone and call him
or email him. Send him a gift. Show the brotherhood which
Islam demands especially with those who speak the truth and
are not afraid.
Phone number for Dr. Alauddin Shabazz: 773-445-3516
Email him at:
[Do not send publicity and info to the email address. It is
only for personal communication.]
[Please do not confuse with
Dr. Abdulalim Shabazz
the mathematics wizard!]
Letter: Re: Bhutto sacrificed by? [An interesting
viewpoint opposing New Trend analysis.]
I admit that I did not know of the details about the shots
fired at Ms Bhutto and it is quite possible that someone in
the police may have fired, just like Indira Ghandi was killed
by her security guards and Sadat was killed by soldiers.
This does not necessarily mean that Musharraf was
I still think that he had little to gain by an assassination.
I will forward this message by Mr, Ulmar to
I am not sure that anyone can actually come out and say: I
spoke with Al Qaeda and they say they did not do it. My view
is that al Qaeda is not really a centralized command but a
loose network of groups.
Using logic, and logic is not always right, the Taliban would
be the beneficiary of Ms Bhutto's elimination because of her
animosity towards them.
Also, it is important to examine the past relationship of the
Taliban with US CIA and perhaps also wonder whether the
collaboration that once florished is really over.
It is very convenient for US imperialism to have a boogie man
and both Taliban and Al Qaeda can play the role in the
No matter what, Pakistanis are in for a rough ride. I would
not be surprised if the plan is not for a partition of
Pakistan like we saw a partition of Afghanistan. One must
realize that India is no longer an ally of Russia and the
US has a great relationship with it.
Ed. note: By Mr. Ulmer, the writer probably means
Karachi, Pakistan: My Aching Heart is Aflame
by Rahgeere Saleha
It is raining gently, like the subdued weeping of a child for
her mother. The few yellow leaves left over from fall are
mixed with the new green of the plants that have been fooled
into unfurling by the odd misplaced warmth in the middle
Odd and misplaced that is how I feel. My hometown is ablaze
and instead of being thankful for being safe, I want to be
there! People have taken the freedom to be a muslim in a
muslim country for granted. The Baron of arrogance has been
treating Lady liberty in a cavalier manner.
The people of Pakistan have been bottling up anger for many
years, and now they are letting it all out, every bit of it.
Life and property has no meaning. In the final analysis what
meaning does life and liberty have to those who have eked out
a drudgery of an existence in the face of injustice, dishonor
The people of Pakistan, both in and away from Pakistan have
been cheated at many levels. Starting with ourselves we have
been cheating ourselves by placing our ideals in the lap of
materialism, for trading our Sidq for false security provided
by human beings and by robbing our own kin to enrich others.
In these years somewhere in the flow of life in the big city
of Karachi, the reason for living as commanded by Allah got
lost. Life became a daily trudge to work, to play, to eat and
drink and stay alive. I see how tenuous the hold on life is,
and somewhere in the process of living we forgot that it is
not we who hold our lives but Allah subhanawataa'la. As I see
the pictures of my hometown being ravaged, I am reminded that
He (SWT) has power over all people and all things.
My heart is being barraged by the onslaught of grief, and it
is rattling with pain. In every torch lit car in Karachi I
see an aching heart that has finally burst into flames.
It is as if Allah Subhanawatalla is not only leveling the
playing field but also testing the muslims of Pakistan, both
in Pakistan and elsewhere. It is a test, to see how we
perform when we are under fire. How well do we remember Surah
Nisaa? What does it say about engaging a fellow muslim in
battle. In what circumstances are we allowed to battle and
kill a fellow muslim? What does it say about oppression and
finally what does it say about a muslim who is a killer and a
muslim who is killed without a defined juristic reason?
"Never should a believer kill a believer; but (If it so
happens) by mistake, (Compensation is due): If one (so) kills
a believer, it is ordained that he should free a believing
slave, and pay compensation to the deceased's family, unless
they remit it freely. If the deceased belonged to a people
at war with you, and he was a believer, the freeing of a
believing slave (Is enough). If he belonged to a people with
whom ye have treaty of Mutual alliance, compensation should
be paid to his family, and a believing slave be freed. For
those who find this beyond their means, (is prescribed) a
fast for two months running: by way of repentance to Allah:
for Allah hath all knowledge and all wisdom.
translation by Yusuf Ali
The surah is succinct in its clarification; Farhat Hashmi's
tafseer rings in my ears. In the heat of the battle, if I
were in the midst of the rampant expression of sorrow, would
I remember the surah? Probably not, unless I had embedded it
in my heart and soul long before I was faced with this.
The punishment from Allah is severe and everlasting. It is
not only for the killer but the killed in a fight between two
muslims both earning their place in the fire of Hell. One for
killing a fellow muslim and the other for having the
intention to do so.(Barring specific reasons) please read or
listen to the details of the explanation of Surah Nisaa in
Farhat Hashmi's tafseer on www.alhudapk.com
"If a man kills a believer intentionally, his recompense is
Hell, to abide therein (For ever): And the wrath and the
curse of Allah are upon him, and a dreadful penalty is
prepared for him. Quran:4:93"
translation by Yusuf Ali
How easy it has become to kill in the name of
..........whatever, property, vendetta, honor, anger etc.
The most primitive part of our brain is the temporal lobe.
With it we feel, smell and are quickened to rage. It is the
rest of the brain that tempers the temporal lobes reaction.
If released from the control from the rest of the brain, it
can unleash, unlimited rage and devastation.
It is the chivalry and the deep-seated respect that every
muslim has in his heart for women, that has been violated and
has undone the whole nation. As a woman fell from the impact
of her aggressor's onslaught, the impact touched every man
woman and child. This nation of muslims rose in outrage and
responded entirely and completely from the most primitive
part of the brain, the temporal lobe! All feelings of rage
spilling out unchecked by the higher senses.
Anger, grief, years of oppression, hatred, feeling of being
at the bottom of the barrel, watching helplessly as injustice
is meted out, layers of superficial living, the increasing
divide between the haves and have-nots, the vast divide
between the practicing and in- name muslims, the increasing
distance between master and servant, between faithful and
faithless spouses, between wannabes and have-beens and the
intense desire to either imitate someone or to destroy those
who desire to imitate others, all this has spewed out as a
raging inferno triggered by the death of a woman.
As the trigger was pulled to release the agent of death for
Benazir, so was a trigger pulled to propel Pakistan into a
future where the innocence of the average Pakistani is
consumed in the fire of anguish and anger. From the ashes
will rise the phoenix and unfortunately the vultures.
The true fight for survival between the phoenix and the
vultures will then begin. Pakistan is a country created in
the name of Allah as a sanctuary for muslims. What does Allah
Subhanawa taaala have in store for it?
How will Allah subhanawataala, judge my compatriots,
who in their anguish have been transformed from the oppressed
to the oppressors?
Dua/supplication: May Allah guide all of us and keep us under
His protection, and forgive us for our
SADDAM HUSSEIN'S GREATEST LEGACY:
DECEMBER 2003 TO DECEMBER 2006
(PART THREE OF THREE)
Startling Facts about Saddam and Shi'ites: What were his
Judges Like? Propaganda Blitz against the Martyr
by Jeff Archer
After Saddam Hussein's execution, some writers mocked him and
again, re-wrote history. In "So Long to ‘Our Tyrant,'" Andrew
"Though he was expelled from Kuwait and his economy wrecked
by sanctions, Hussein was allowed to survive because
Washington for a time continued to believe that he was useful
as a bulwark against Iran abroad and militant Shiism at home
in Iraq. When that policy was discarded by the
neoconservatives after the 9/11 attacks, the dictator's days
Cockburn, of all people, should know that after Desert Storm,
many plots to get rid of Saddam emerged.. For instance, even
Scott Ritter, once head of the U.N. inspection team, has
stated that the goal of the U.S. personnel on the inspection
contingent was to overthrow Saddam. He admits that he was a
part of the plot. In 1996, Kurdish fighters were about to
embark on Baghdad to overthrow Saddam. The group had the
blessing of the U.S., although the Americans withdrew their
promise of air cover at the last moment. In 1995, one of
Washington's former "saviors" of Iraq, Iyad Allawi, a CIA
operative, ordered terrorist attacks in Baghdad in the hope
the ensuing chaos would help dump Saddam. More than a hundred
Iraqi civilians were killed in this operation, but the Iraqi
government soon discovered the plot and stopped it. Allawi
was the head of an Iraqi exile group called the Iraqi
National Accord. The organization was supported by the
John Simpson of the Sunday Times relayed more historical
revision in his piece "Tyrant Met His End with Fortitude:"
"Every important step he took was a disaster, from the attack
on Iran in 1980 which started a hugely debilitating war that
lasted for eight years, to the foolish invasion of Kuwait,
which brought him into open conflict with his former friends,
the Americans. Yet he knew how to appeal to ordinary people
across the world. He was hated by most of his own people, but
loved by the poor and disinherited of the rest of the
"He ruled Iraq by relying on the Sunni minority. His
ministers were mostly Sunnis and so were most senior officers
in his army and police force. Tens of thousands of Sunnis
died as a result of his repression and the wars, but since
his overthrow by the British and Americans in 2003, Sunnis
have tended to identify more closely with him."
The glaring mis-representation in this piece is the depiction
that his ministers, the officers in his army and police force
consisted mostly of Sunnis. In fact, 60% of the Republican
Guard officers were Shi'ite. As were two-thirds of the Iraqi
ambassadors assigned to the U.N. during Saddam's tenure.
Iraq's mouthpiece to the world in March and April 2003,
Mohamed Sahaff (the Iraq Information Minister) is Shi'ite.
In the infamous deck of 55 playing cards created by the U.S.,
35 individuals were Shi'ite. Justice could have been
better portrayed if Simpson took a few minutes to research
facts before he made such erroneous allegations.
In the article, "Rule of Noose," Bruce Shapiro wrote:
"If Iraqi executioners have a particular expertise with the
gallows, it is because Saddam gave his country so much
practice. Hanging, shooting, gassing, beating, Saddam and his
agents were masters of them all. Saddam, depraved and
sadistic, was the polar opposite of the banal bureaucrat
evil Hannah Arendt famously saw in Adolph Eichmann."
Shapiro packed much vile into such a short span of words.
"Depraved and sadistic" stick out. I doubt that Shapiro has
an education and background in psychology, but he tries to
dissect Saddam Hussein's brain. On December 30, 2006, the
only "depraved and sadistic" Iraqis we saw were the ones who
taunted Saddam and those who pulled the lever for
On the other hand, some articles contained realistic
information. According to Robert Dreyfuss, in his article,
"The Consequences of Killing Saddam:"
"An overwhelming majority of the Sunni Arab population of
Iraq now supports the resistance, and its intensity is likely
to grow significantly in the wake of Saddam's death. Earlier
this year, 300 Sunni tribal leaders met in Anbar to issue a
demand that Saddam Hussein be released from prison, just one
indication that support for the former president of Iraq was
widespread. "The execution of Saddam means that the flame of
vengeance will be ignited and it will hurt the body of Iraq
with unrecoverable wounds," a Sunni tribal leader told the
New York Times.
Michael Boldin spoke of the lies and deceit of the U.S.
administration in his piece "Saddam Was Right and Bush
"The non-existent weapons of mass destruction weren't the
only falsehood. There were the phony uranium purchases, lies
about al-Qaeda training camps in Iraq, mobile weapons labs,
and drones that were going to attack the East Coast of
Remember the lies about babies being thrown out of
incubators? The propaganda started years ago. Even the claims
of Saddam's brutality are suspect. Why? Because most of these
claims come from the same people that have already
Boldin is one of the few writers who went right to the core
of the problem of the demonizing of Saddam Hussein. If those
who accused Saddam of myriad atrocities had already been
exposed as liars about virtually every aspect on Iraq, how
could they transform themselves into purveyors of truth in
describing Saddam Hussein and his regime?
Al-Quds of al-Arabi assessed the situation in a
logical manner. Its editor, Abdel Bari Atwan, told
"Arab public opinion wonders who deserves to be tried and
executed: Saddam Hussein, who preserved the unity of Iraq,
its Arab and Islamic entity and the coexistence of its
different communities such as Shi'ites and Sunnis ... or
those who engulfed the country in this bloody civil war?"
The pundits had a great time writing about Saddam Hussein's
execution. Many work for huge publications with limitless
resources for research, yet they chose to re-hash old
discredited information and add a few new untruths
These represent only a few statements made in the Western
press. But, in newspapers from Brazil to Russia, from India
to Indonesia, from Pakistan to Venezuela, and many other
nations, the media were much kinder to Saddam Hussein and the
barbaric end he experienced.
Many Western observers are not aware that Saddam Hussein was
well-regarded in much of the world. Brazilians remembered
that thousands of their countrymen were recruited by Saddam
to build the advanced highway and bridge systems that once
crisscrossed Iraq. Egyptians did not forget that a few
million of their countrymen owned and worked land in Iraq
prior to January 1991. Indians did not forget the reciprocal
dealings with Iraq and how the Ba'athists gave support to
Indian causes. The Lebanese remembered the dozens of Iraqi
trucks that showed up daily at the Lebanese border during
that country's civil war. They were laden with food and
clothing for any Lebanese person in need. The convoys'
recipients included all Lebanese, not a certain faction of
those battling in the civil war. Most Palestinians display a
picture of Saddam Hussein on their walls. Over the years,
many nations have temporarily supported the Palestinian
cause, only to withdraw aid once threatened by the U.S.
Saddam Hussein, even during the embargo years, supported
the Palestinians with no exception, while other Arab regimes
did not want to get involved because they did not want to
upset their puppeteers in Washington and Tel Aviv.
Maliki may be happy that he expedited Saddam's execution by,
along with U.S. collaboration, forming phony courts for mock
trials. The mirth soon gave way to panic. Saddam Hussein made
Iraq worth fighting for. The outsiders and the traitors
dismantled his Iraq.
It didn't take long for the world to see how quickly the
bogus court that tried Saddam became unraveled. On March 9,
2007, the headlines for Al-Jazeera News read, "Saddam Judge
Flees Iraq." Raouf Abdel-Rahman was the judge who sentenced
Saddam Hussein, Barzan al-Tikriti (Iraq's former intelligence
minister) and Awad Hamed (former head of Iraq's Revolutionary
Court) to death. All were hanged.
Abdel-Rahman was the second judge on the trial in which the
defendants were accused of crimes against humanity for the
execution of 148 people from the city of Dujail in 1985. The
first judge, Rizgar Amin, resigned. He accused the
U.S.-allied Iraqi officials of scripting the trial for him.
When Abdel-Rahman came on board, the so-called trial turned
into a fiasco. He constantly kicked the defendants and their
lawyers out of the court room. He made public statements
before the end of the trial in which he stated that Saddam
was guilty. When a defense witness came forth with a
video tape showing how the head prosecutor, Jaafar al-Musawi
and a prosecution witness, Ali al-Haidari had lied,
Abdel-Rahman confiscated the video tape and had the witness,
along with three other defense witnesses, arrested
When the appeals court turned down the request of Saddam's
defense team about the death verdict, Abdel-Rahman had to set
an execution date within 30 days of the appeal verdict.
Saddam was hanged within four days, on the date of the
beginning of a Muslim holiday.
For a few months, Abdel-Rahman relished in his image as a
no-nonsense, tough judge. The truth differs. He stood against
everything a judge is supposed to represent: to find the
truth. He lied and he was a fraud. He was brave while he was
protected by the U.S. Army in the Green Zone, but once the
hangings were conducted, it appears that Abdel-Rahman must
have lost some of his protection. He fled to
There is one aspect of this mockery that is confusing.
Abdel-Rahman asked for "political asylum" in Great Britain.
Political asylum is usually requested by citizens of
countries in which they are not allowed political, social or
religious rights that other citizens enjoy. Abdel-Rahman was
a product of the quisling Iraqi government. He was right in
the middle of all the shenanigans and violence the pretenders
thrust on Iraq. Why did he ask for "political asylum" when he
was a mainstream player in the sordid politics of Iraq?
It is probable that there were many Iraqis who were offended
by Saddam Hussein's show trial and hanging and some were
probably picking up the stench of Abdel-Rahman's scent. Even
the U.S. and the Iraqi stooges would have been unable to give
him enough security to ensure that he would be alive at
Abdel-Rahman may have been the temporary victor because of
his actions in an unfair Iraqi courthouse that led to the
hanging of Saddam Hussein. But, in death, Saddam Hussein won
the battle against him as Abdel-Rahman made a secret and
cowardly exit from Iraq.
Saddam Hussein knew how his life would end. He never
capitulated, not even at the end when he was offered chances
to be freed from prison. He knew that if he sold out, he
would have sold out Iraq.
LATEST WAR NEWS FROM IRAQ: Al-Qaidah, Sunni "Insurgents"
Hold Large Areas: U.S. Military Operations At Lowest Level
by New Trend's Media Monitor
U.S. military death toll in Iraq was the highest of the war
in 2007. U.S. military losses started dropping in the last
three months. In December, the death toll of 23 was the
lowest of the year. Yet in the first five days of 2008,
another 5 U.S. troops were killed. Our analysts attribute the
dropping U.S. death toll to the following:
U.S. military operations are at their lowest level after the
"surge" ended. Large segments of Iraq, north, south and north
west of Baghdad are held ostensibly by Al-Qaidah and related
groups. Western Iraq and parts of northern Iraq are held by
Sunni "insurgents" [a label for Islamists not under the aegis
Al-Qaidah is targeting Sunni tribal military organizations
which have seemingly joined the U.S. in exchange for ample
funding and new weapons.
It is also targeting Shi'ite troops working for the U.S. [In
the latest attack in Baghdad, January 5, 2008, a martyrdom
operator hit a gathering of Shi'ite troops dancing at an
awards ceremony. A whole group of troops were killed and
wounded. Maliki's officiala gave an initial figure of
Shi'a groups are largely following the cease fire declared by
Moqtada al-Sadr thus limiting inter-Shi'a fighting..
Islamic forces, both al-Qaidah and the "insurgents," have
largely stopped martyrdom attacks probably because they know
that U.S. forces will not withdraw in the near future. They
appear to be re-organizing and re-assessing the situation
which could be the reason for messages from Osama
The total U.S. losses according to "icasualties.com" are 3904
killed and 28661 wounded from 2003 to 2007. Another source
has published much higher losses but we have not been able to
verify it yet.
The bitterness in Iraq is deep against the U.S. and its
Shi'ite and Sunni tribal allies. The numbers of resistance
supporters killed by the U.S. only increases the resentment.
Here is an illustrative incident of how bad it is: On
December 7, 2007 a female martyrdom operator hit a militia
unit organized by the U.S. in Muqdadiya, 55 miles north east
of Baghdad. At least 16 of the militia were killed and 31
wounded. [reported by BBC, censored by U.S. media.]. An
earlier female bomber was not so successful when she carried
out an attack in Baqubah, 10 miles north of Baghdad. In that
attack 5 U.S. troops and 5 troops working for the U.S. were
wounded. [November 28]. The point is: martyrdom attacks by
women indicate that the point of no return has been reached.
Large civilian populations support the resistance.
PAKISTAN: Latest War News:
January 5, 2007: Pakistani heavy artillery opened fire in the
Kabl area of Swat and hit several homes, completely
demolishing two of them. Seven members of one family were
killed in the first home and 3 in the second. The Pakistani
officer in charge claimed that he was targeting Taliban
trying to return to the area. Civilians in Swat told
Nawa-e-waqt that they are being harassed by the military
although the Taliban left the area long ago.
In South Waziristan, Islamic fighters captured 6 more
Pakistani troops bringing the total recently taken to 14. The
Islamists issued a statement saying that the captures were in
retaliation for renewal of Pakistani air attacks on
In Quetta, hit-and-run gunmen attacked police killing
one and wounding 2.
2008-01-06 Sun 17:15:18 cst