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Dr Kaukab Siddique | Editor-in-Chief Muharram 29, 1429/ February 7, 2008


Shocking news for Pak. Generals from Pakistan's war torn north. Please scroll to end.


Feb. 5 was Solidarity with Kashmir Day in Pakistan. Jamaat-e-Islami held a huge rally in Karachi which was addressed by JI leaders Prof. Ghafoor Ahmed, Syed Munawar Hasan and Muhammad Hussain Mahnati. Another Kashmir rally in Islamabad was addressed by top JI leader Qazi Hussain Ahmad. The crowd tried to march to the house where the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is being held by Musharraf. A police counterattack stopped that effort.

Jamaat ad-Da'wa organized rallies for the liberation of Kashmir all over Pakistan, the biggest in Lahore addressed by Hafiz Saeed. We have received a report on the main points of these rallies. Please scroll way down.


Our America: [New Trend's Media Monitor]

Election Results Drama continued on TV as 52 Tornadoes Struck: Tragedy Exposed Corporate-Zionist Media's Agenda

Most Americans do not know that south central [middle] America suffered a great tragedy on February 5. At least 52 tornadoes hit five states. Initial figures show 52 people killed, more than 100 injured. Entire villages and neighborhoods were torn up.

Incredibly, television coverage of the election results continued as if the widespread suffering of ordinary Americans was not occurring. It was not that they were unaware of the ongoing weather-related disaster, for President Bush himself spoke about it. Believe it or not, he got about THIRTY SECONDS.

The next day, February 6, the media tried to make up for the previous day by providing extensive footage of the multi-million dollar damage. Through the horrendous suffering of ordinary Americans, the media kept their focus on the election drama they are feeding the American people.

[If the tornadoes had hit New York or Los Angeles where Zionists have their strongholds, the coverage would have been very different. Usually the TV media break their programming to cover sexual or criminal activities, but elections are their "thing" and they could not break. Compare with how much air time has been given to the stories Britney Spears and Natalie Holloway]

Q & A

Does Islam permit participation in the American power structure, inviting Democrats/Republicans into Islamic Centers, voting for them?

Question: From a long phone message, from a caller who refused to give his name, we got this: "Why do you oppose everything? Islam says we should talk nicely with people of the Book. All religious scholars are agreed on this. Why you oppose ISB [Islamic Society of Baltimore] visit by candidates? Be positive. Do something good or close down New Trend. This is too much."

Answer by Kaukab Siddique: Asalamu alaikum. Dear brother Islam is based on the Qur'an as interpreted by the Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, through his noble Companions and Ahlul Bait, may Allah bless them all. Look at the life of Muhammad, pbuh. He sacrificed everything but would not become part of the un-Islamic anti-Islamic power structure. Even Abu Talib could not persuade him to become part of the oppressive power structure. Be assured that: These are not matters for debate. The Qur'an has left no area of doubt when it comes to cooperation, even the SLIGHTEST COOPERATION, with oppressors. America's power structure does not accept the SOVEREIGNTY of Allah. We are not allowed to cooperate even with MUSLIM governments which do not accept Allah Almighty as the Law Giver and the Prophet, pbuh, as the ultimate interpreter of Allah's Law. Remember that modern Islamic movements rejected cooperation with Muslim regimes which did not accept Allah as the Sovereign. See the triumphant struggle of Maulana Maudoodi in Pakistan, Syed Qutb in Egypt and Imam Khomeini in Iran.

The Democrats and the Republicans have committed great crimes against the people of America, both Muslims and non-Muslims. They have violated international law and all the standards of decency by sending their occupation armies into Iraq and Afghanistan. They have destroyed Somalia. They have undermined Sudan. They support all the regimes of tyranny, torture and murder of Muslim peoples in Egypt, Pakistan, Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Chechnia, Kashmir, Uzbekistan, South Thailand, Philippines, etc.



Why do we have to continue to tell ISNA, CAIR, ISB etc what the Qur'an clearly states? Is it okay to bring DAJJAL into our Islamic centers? is it okay to bring the Shayateen into our Islamic centers? These arrogant cliques should fear Allah otherwise, remember, the punishment from Allah is very severe indeed.

Just for itmam-e-hujjat, for the sake of the innocents who are often misled by these cliques, let us note what the Qur'an says about cooperation of any kind with oppressors:

"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." [The Qur'an 11:113.]

Islamic scholars are unanimous that the emphasis in this verse is on "incline not" [in Arabic La Tarakanu]. Thus Islam pre-empts any actual cooperation with oppressors. Any INCLINATION or DESIRE for such leaning towards oppressors is an invitation to the FIRE.

As for MASJIDS [mosques], these are meant for worship of Allah. Any attempt by unbelievers to bring their campaigns into mosques is OUT OF THE QUESTION. The Prophet, pbuh, did invite unbelievers into the masjid to listen to and understand Islam. ISNA, CAIR and ISB should be taught that such permissions do not apply to the election campaigns of the unbelievers brought into the masjids to get the support of Muslim worshippers for their satanic system. ISNA, CAIR, ISB bosses who have this mindset of cooperation are not fit to run any masjid. The Qur'an rules out any non-Muslim intrusions as well as leadership of Muslims who are afraid of anyone other Allah. Here it is:

"The mosques of Allah shall be visited and maintained by such as believe in Allah and the Last Day, establish regular prayers, and fear none except Allah. It is they who are expected to be on true guidance." [The Qur'an 9: 18]

Muslims under the influence of ISNA, CAIR and ISB are misled by their leaders into thinking that "interfaith dialogue" with Christians and Jews is encouraged by Islam. They do not know that their leaders [misleaders] are distorting the Qur'an and leaving out what goes against their NAFS. Here is what the Qur'an says [I have underlined and italicized the portion which the misleaders consistently leave out, although it is part of the same verse. This is their NIFAQ.]

" And dialogue with the People of the Book only in the best way, except with those of them who are oppressors, but say "We believe in the Revelation which has come down to us and in that which came down to you: Our God and your God is One: and it is to Him we submit [in Islam]." [The Qur'an 29: 46.]

ISNA, CAIR, ISB etc should stop trying to fool Muslims. Calls to vote for the oppressors and enemies of Islam is KUFR. All these are supporters of Israel, of the occupiers of Iraq and Afghanistan. There is no question of dialogue with them:

"O ye who believe! Take not my enemies and yours as protecting friends, offering them love, even though they have rejected the Truth that has come to you and have driven out the Messenger and yourselves because ye believe in Allah your Lord!....." [The Qur'an 60:1]

Remember that Muslims are ONE UMMAH. What the oppressors have done to Muslims worldwide, they have done to us too. Do you not see the prisons of America full of Muslims. How dare ISNA, CAIR, ISB invite the Democrats and Republicans when Imam Jamil is in prison, when Imam Warith Deen Umar has been wronged so deeply, when scholars like Dr. Ali Timimi and Dr. Kifah al-Jayyousi and Ahmed 'Abdel Sattar are in prison.

It is time to remind the Muslims of America that no kind of subservience to the People of the Book is acceptable. Allah Almighty has made it clear. Why did He send the Qur'an? Here is the answer:

"That the People of the Book may know that they have no power whatever over the Blessing of Allah, that His Blessing is entirely in His Hand, to bestow it on whomsoever He wills, for Allah is the Lord of Great Blessing." [The Qur'an 57:29]

Peace and tolerance do not mean subservience and uniformity. America is our land because it is Allah's land. Everything belongs to Him. While we live in peace and make friends with those who are NOT oppressors, we must tell the people in power, very clearly, in the words of the Qur'an:

"Say: O ye who reject Faith! I worship not that which ye worship, nor will ye worship that which I worship. And I will not worship that which ye have been wont to worship. Nor will ye worship that which I worship. To you be your way, and to me mine." [The Qur'an 109:1-6.]

This line of separation is a requirement for authentic tolerance and mutual respect.

Even under Communism, Muslims did not behave in the abject and shameful way being practiced by ISNA, CAIR and ISB. They either went into hiding or kept quiet, other than the very few who were the mouthpieces of the Communist Party. Only the Qadianis thought of the British as these misleaders do about the American power structure.


Letter: Re: Invitation to Presidential Candidates by Islamic Center

Br.Siddique:
ASA;
I read your article about Makkah learning centre and ISB. ISB has nothing to do with this centre. This ISA (Islamic Society of Annapolis is organizing this event. So please check your Information before put in your New Trend Magazine.

JAK.

Farooq Marfani


Editor's note: We have the email from the Makkah Learning Center which states in bold type that the event will be hosted at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, ISB. Marfani is misinformed. If ISB is not involved, it should stop the kufr activity from being carried on at its premises.

The Kite Runner: The Movie with a Purpose

Comment by Dr. Ali Khan, Topeka, Kansas [By special permission to New Trend]

The Hollywood has turned the novel, The Kite Runner, written by an Afghan-American into a movie. The picturesque movie, more than the prosaic novel, strives hard to sow the seeds of ethnic hatred, sectarian hostility, and possibly violence between diverse national groups of Afghanistan. According to the story, the Sunni bully rapes the Shia boy. The Sunni rapist belongs to the dominant ethnic group, called Pushtuns. The sodomized boy is the member of a minority ethnic group, known as Hazarajat. When the Taliban come to power, the Sunni rapist joins the puritanical movement and becomes a state official---but continues to rape boys. To perhaps make the story attractive to Hollywood filmmakers, the Sunni rapist bully---blond and blue-eyed---is shown to be the son of Afghan father and German mother-a crude suggestion that when Muslims marry Germans, demons are born.

The movie is presumably hate speech, allowed under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. It is unclear whether the movie would be a violation of Article 20 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which prohibits "any advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence." The government of Afghanistan has banned the movie.

Ed note: Khalid Hosseini, an Afghan Shi'ite living in California wrote the hate-filled book titled the Kite Runner. Where are the California-based Qazwini and Muzzamil Siddiqui, supporters of U.S. "liberation" forces? They said they were against sectarian conflict. Countless copies of this trashy book have been sold with not a word of protest from Qazwini and Muzzammil.


Letter: Saddened Reader Thinks Zionist Control of America is a Done Deal: Clinton-Obama-McCain: Nothing really New

Dr. Siddique,

I just finished reading your "New Trend" newsletter and was in total agreement with your sizing up of the U.S. candidates running for President. I think we have to face the fact that the Zionist control the U.S. It's a done deal. They also control W. Europe, Australia and Canada and heaven knows what other countries. The Gentiles are like sheep, thus the Zionist have all of the power. All we can do is sit back while this evil tsunami waves over this generation. I don't think there is anyone/nation out there that can stand up to these people as they have control of the money institutions of the world, the media and finances backing politicians. The holocaust has been their trump card as they continue to cry victimization, victimization. Picketing and the internet just aren't strong enough to make a difference. We are labeled anti-semitic. This time they have won, and soon their kingdom will occupy this planet, which they have always wanted since the time of Christ. Unfortunately, I think we are going for a New World Order and there will be a lot of persecution. It certainly isn't God's will that this happen; thus they must be working with the enemy of God.

Carolyn Johnson


Letter: A Strong Voice from New York City

I came across your website today alhumdulilah & was impressed with all your fine efforts. We would like to be on your mailing list inshallah and feel free to send us articles that you would like us to print in our monthly journal The Radical Review.
Please feel at home at the website of our Jamat Revolution Muslim
http://revolutionmuslim .
Hayakoum Allah, Akhoukoum Fillah

Yousef al-Khattab

Ernst Zundel: A Life of Struggle
Revisionsists.com
http://www.revisionists.com/revisionists/zundel.html

Ernst Zundel, a German-born publisher, author and civil rights activist, is a towering figure in the worldwide Holocaust revisionist movement. For more than four years he has been held behind bars, first in Canada and now in Germany, solely for the peaceful expression of non-conformist views.

Letter: Brief but Comprehensive Words of Wisdom from Leading Da'wa Activist [including correction about Exxon Mobil]
Re: Obama and Hillary Have Same Bottom Line


Mohtram Kaukab Bhai, Asalamu alaikom

Your comments about Obama and Clinton's race for White House are suberb and very correct.
Both are the feathers of the same bird, pro corporate interests and not friendly at all to Muslims of America, or of the world at large.

Just for information, I would like to add that the profit of the oil companies was 40 billion in 2007, not 4 billion. Perhaps this was a printing mistake.

Shamim Siddiqi [New York City]

Safar 1429 Begins on February 8, 2008
From Dr. Omar Afzal, Ithaca, NY


Safar begins on 7 February 2008, Thursday-after sunset:

The new moon may be seen on 7 February 2008, after sunset, in San Diego, San Francisco, CA, etc. Visibility: Probable, if conditions are perfect. Moon's elevation above the horizon for most of the United States will be about 8 degrees at sunset. Moon's age from east to west: 19, 20, 21, and 22 hours. Sunset to moonset: approx. 50 minutes.

The earliest possibility of seeing the Hilal is on 7 February 2008 in the Atlantic Ocean, west of Mauritania.

Write for more info to:

oa12@cornelll.edu

31 Days long ISNA/Saudi Months

ISNA's decision to tie the start of Islamic months in N. America to Saudi-fixed dates has created a quandary for the Muslim masses. The Islamic months become 31 days long. Saudi's admit it: http://www.phys.uu.nl/~vgent/islam/ummalqura.htm

In some cases the advancement of the month can result in a month length of 31 days which is awkward as traditional Islamic sources only allow month lengths of 29 or 30 days. In such cases one of the days in the month is reckoned twice. For instance both Friday 28 December 2007 as Saturday 29 December 2007 were reckoned as 19 Dh■'l-Hijja 1428 AH.

The Muslims who celebrated Eid al-Fitr on Friday, Oct. 12, 2007, and Eid al-Adha on Wed. Dec. 19, 2007 had to extend Shawwal and D. Hijja both months to 31 days. Saudis started Muharram 1429 on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008 and made two solar dates (Dec. 28 and Dec. 29 2007) as one Islamic date. This is not the first time Saudis adjusted their calendar. In the last 50 years they have done it hundreds of times, without any public announcement. What ISNA Fiqh Council has to say now that its blind following of Saudi dates has messed up Ramadan fast and Eidain for the last two consecutive years?

A-Jazeera aired a program on the absurdity of Saudi sightings. It can be watched in Arabic. http://www.icoproject.org/icop/muh29.html http://www.aljazeer a.net/NR/ exeres/73070C7C- D390-423C- B056-52772F9DA1D 2.htm

INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE TO SUPPORT IMAM JAMIL AL-AMIN (the former H. Rap Brown)

by Bilal Sunni Ali, Atlanta, Georgia

http://ICSIJA.TK
MYSPACE.COM/FREETHEIMAM

THE JUSTICE FUND
PO BOX 93963
ATLANTA, GEORGIA 30377

COMMUNITY REPORT AND UPDATE : FEBRUARY/MARCH 2008

IMAM JAMIL AL-AMIN (the former H. Rap Brown) is approaching his eighth year of Political Internment. An infamous police stop (driving while black) in SPRING '99, a court closing due to a snow storm in January 2000, a bench warrant for non-appearance at that court date, and a shooting incident led to Imam Jamil's current predicament. On MARCH 16, 2000, he was unjustly arrested. He was convicted, and slapped with the inhumane sentence of LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE plus thirty five years in MARCH 2002. After being forced to serve five-and-a half years in Administrative Segregation (23-hour per day lock-down, with no human contact) at the State Prison in Reidsville (Georgia's notorious K-Block), he was transferred to the MAXIMUM SECURITY FEDERAL PRISON at FLORENCE, COLORADO known as the SUPERMAX in AUGUST 2007. His housing conditions remain 23-hour lock down, no human contact, silence, five social visits per month, two phone calls per month, and denial of all MEDIA requests for interviews. Although he has no contact with them, he is joined by many other POLITICAL PRISONERS who are well known Muslim leaders, as well as leaders in the struggle for self-determination: Doctor Mutulu Shakur, Imam Malik Khaba (Jeff Fort), Brother Sekou Odinga, Larry Hoover, leader of Growth and Discipline (the formerly the Gangster Disciples), and Dr. Malakai Z. York, to name just a few. Due to all these leaders representing legitimate "peoples struggles," FLORENCE SUPER MAX is being referred to as the state-side GUANTANAMO.

IMAM JAMIL AL-AMIN's transfer into federal custody and to the SUPERMAX comes on the heels of some hard fought victories:
(1) The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Imam Jamil's favor against the prison at Reidsville in regard to a suit filed to disallow them from continuing to open his legal mail.
(2) The groundswell of support for the Imam, developing into phone call ins, postal and e-mail write-ins bringing the offices at Reidsville Prison and Department of Corrections to a virtual standstill along with the periodic protest demonstrations that would cause Reidsville, the town and the Prison to shut down.

SUPPORT MUST CONTINUE

Write to:

IMAM JAMIL AL-AMIN # 99974-555
USP FLORENCE ADMAX
P.O. BOX 8500
FLORENCE, CO 81226

Depositions relating to his Habeas Corpus hearing will be held in FEBRUARY 2008.
Being housed at FLORENCE SUPERMAX makes it additionally difficult for lawyers, family and the Imam to jointly work on his appeal. Financial contributions should be made to THE JUSTICE FUND at the above (heading) address.

FREE IMAM JAMIL! FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS IN THE U.S.

Black Cat in a Dark Room: Answering Latest Propaganda Gambit against Saddam Hussain: "60 Minutes" January 27

Dear Dr. Siddique,

Congratulations on being the first publication that I have seen that has laid bare the entire duplicity of the Democratic Party, in particular the methods and motives of Barak Obama. I have been saying for some time now that Obama has complained too much about the accusations that he is a Muslim. He is not and he should have only had to state that once and close the subject. Unfortunately, his constant denials, to me, mean that he considers Islam a negative influence. He is just as big an anti-Islam bigot as any right-wing talk show host.
I am glad to see that you mentioned the Democratic Party's lack of endorsement of reparations for black Americans. I can proudly state that I was an organizer of the first ever Black Reparations Awareness Day in San Diego in February 1995. Since then, it has become an annual event. Also, I can proudly state that I was the only Caucasian at the first three conferences.
In the U.S., the word "holocaust" is used exclusively to portray the deaths of Jews in World War II. However, there were two holocausts on U.S. soil that made the Jewish one pale in comparison. About 100 million black Africans died because of the result of slavery. In addition, about 30 million Native Americans were killed and had their nations stolen because of the programs of the Roman Catholic Church and the following agendas of European invaders. I hope I live to see the day when the word "holocaust" is commonly used to describe these despicable events, but I doubt that will happen.
I have included an article that may interest you. It delves into the recent allegations that Saddam Hussein and the Ba'ath never came clean about being free of WMD in order to bluff the world. This is a total fabrication made only to try to make the real liars (U.S. government) look like they were hoodwinked.

Sincerely,
Jeff Archer
lekkerspikkels@msn.com

A BLACK CAT IN A DARK ROOM
Here comes more revisionist history. An FBI agent, George Piro, interviewed Saddam Hussein while he was in U.S. captivity. Now, Piro wants to cash in on the experience and claim his 15 minutes of fame just as many other vultures have, all the time belittling Saddam. On January 27, he appeared on the U.S. TV show "60 Minutes."
According to Piro, Saddam was bluffing the world and wanted everyone, especially the Iranians, to think Iraq still possessed WMD. If you remember, when no WMD were found in Iraq in 2003, the political left, in cahoots with the U.S. administration, heralded the same scenario. The dirty ba...rd Saddam again was devious.
This assumption is absurd. Its only use is to disguise the fact that Iraq had on many occasions stated it was WMD-free. But, because few people heard the previous declarations, they now believe some career stooge who makes up stories.
Another of Piro's gems is that Saddam did not think the U.S. would invade Iraq and only would bomb the country for a few days. Again, horse merde. If this was true, why did the Iraqi government issue six months of rations to its populace? Also, on April 9, 2003, U.S. troops took over Baghdad. The first recorded resistance attack occurred on April 10, 2003. If Saddam did not think Iraq would be invaded, why was there an organized resistance in operation the day after the "fall of Baghdad?"
When one looks back at statements and articles by Iraqis during the period of 1991 to 2003, it is uncanny how accurate they were. On the other hand, most, if not all, of what the U.S. put forward has been shown to be nothing less than outright lies.
For instance, in October 2002, the U.S. issued a document called "Key Judgments: National Intelligence Estimate." It concluded that Iraq was constantly developing its stockpile of weapons of mass destruction and, at times, maintained that the 2002 inventory of Iraqi WMD may be larger than that of the country prior to 1991. The report included many doomsday scenarios.
This document was publicized world-wide. Virtually every daily newspaper in the U.S. carried it, or excerpts from it. Many foreign countries saw it as well and it helped convince some leaders who were on the fence about whether to support a war or not to come aboard the U.S. ship. In looking at the document today, one would have a hard time finding even one bit of truth. Even U.S. administration officials admitted it was way off; after the illegal invasion, of course.
On the other hand, in November 2002, the Iraqi Foreign Minister, Naji Sabri, sent a letter to the United Nations refuting the report. Then, he gave in detail the standing of Iraq in regards to its WMD. He mentioned when they were destroyed and how programs were never re-started. The U.S. called the letter a big lie and condemned the Iraqis for again trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the world. In looking at the letter today, it is extremely accurate in every detail.
Sabri's letter received little attention, other than the obligatory denouncement by the U.S. Few people read it.
When Iraq and the U.S. shared diplomatic ties in the 1980s, Nizar Hamdoon was the Iraqi Ambassador to the U.S. In Washington, he was well-regarded and built many friendships. In the 1990s, with no diplomatic ties between the two countries, Hamdoon was called back to action and served as the Iraqi Ambassador to the U.N. In 2000, he was replaced and called back to Baghdad to serve in the Foreign Service.
Hamdoon was very visible in the U.S. and many people remember him from television appearances, although he was usually lambasted by interviewers. His was a lonely job. On July 4, 2003, a few months after the illegal U.S. invasion of Iraq, Hamdoon died of cancer.
Let's go to back to the latter part of 1998. The U.S. was accusing Iraq of concealing the most deadly chemicals on Earth and in December, Clinton ordered the bombing of Iraq and called the procedure Operation Desert Fox. Most people remember this as the "Iraq/U.N. standoff." Even the method of removing the inspectors from Iraq was a lie. The U.N. ordered the inspectors from Iraq a few days before the bombing, yet the U.S. always stated that Saddam Hussein kicked them out.
During this time, Nizar Hamdoon wrote an op-ed piece for the New York Times called "A Black Cat in a Dark Room." The paper carried it, yet few people took it seriously. This piece was written almost five years before the March 2003 invasion, so no one can say that Iraq only decided to come clean on the eve of war. The New York Times is a publication that has millions of readers worldwide, so no one can claim that the message was not publicized. Hamdoon was not vague in his telling the world that Iraq was free of WMD.
Go back to the time and refresh your memory and you will see how exact and precise Hamdoon was in his assessment. He did not lie, yet few listened.

A BLACK CAT IN A DARK ROOM
by Nizar Hamdoon

Much has been said and published about recent standoffs between Iraq and the United Nations arms inspectors. But those criticizing Iraq for suspending its cooperation with the United Nations special commission on arms inspection, better known as Unscom, give no recognition whatsoever to the underlying reason that led Iraq to adopt this position. It is time to set the record straight.
First, the whole world knows by now that Iraq has lost well over a million of its people as a direct result of the sanctions that have been in place for eight years. A former president of the United States, Woodrow Wilson, was chillingly correct when he called sanctions a "peaceful, silent and deadly remedy." U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright herself characterized them as "the toughest multilateral sanctions in history." Many critics seem to think the government of Iraq is supposed to stand idle while watching a whole generation of its people melt away like snowflakes.
Second, Iraq has complied with all the fundamental requirements of disarmament in Security Council Resolution 687. Unscom itself admitted this reality in its April 11, 1997 report to the Security Council when it said, "The accumulated effect of the work that has been accomplished over six years since the cease fire went into effect between Iraq and the coalition is such that not much is unknown about Iraq's proscribed weapons capabilities." But the United States and Britain refuse to recognize this fact. Their role in preventing the Security Council from closing the clearly done nuclear file a few months ago is a case in point.
The disagreement between Iraq and the inspectors is not on existing weapons. No weapons or sites have been discovered by the Unscom inspectors on their own since 1991. Those that have been found have been produced by the Iraqi government itself. Rather, the recent disputes involve paper documentation that precedes the gulf war. Those issues can be pursued in the context of the already established ongoing monitoring regime.
There are two main questions that need to be asked when assessing Iraq's compliance with disarmament requirements: does Iraq still possess proscribed weapons or the means to produce them, and is the monitoring process working? The answer is no to the first, yes to the second. Unscom's allegations about documentation are nothing but excuses to manufacture a crisis whenever one is needed to prolong the sanctions.
Iraq has said all along that there must be a creative way to reconcile the two goals: the need for more documentation and the easing of the suffering of the Iraqi people. Unscom, unfortunately, is insisting on everything or nothing.
Iraq will never be able to satisfy Unscom because it is being asked to prove the negative: that it does not have any more weapons. There is, of course, no way Iraq can prove that it has nothing if it has nothing. How many more Iraqis will have to die because Richard Butler's team has not yet found another document, which cannot be located because there is no such document in the first place? The inspectors are searching for a black cat in a dark room where the cat does not exist.
Third, many American officials have stated that even if Iraq complies with the Security Council's resolutions, the United States will not approve the lifting of sanctions. The declared goal of Washington is to remove the current government of Iraq. We wonder if this goal is in line with the letter and spirit of international law and the United Nations resolutions. Iraq continues to believe that the resolutions are used by the United States as a cover for an illegal political agenda. The allocation of money to the Central Intelligence Agency for subversion in Iraq is just a unit in this series. One might wonder why Iraq should continue being part of this futile and endless game.
Fourth, Ms. Albright claims that every Iraqi receives a daily ration basket equivalent to the recommended caloric intake of the average American. Perhaps she needs to review the latest reports by the United Nations and other organizations which state that millions of Iraqi children and women are still suffering and that the oil-for-food program is not adequate. For instance, the 1998 World Disaster Report by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies described Iraq as a country under siege and said 16 to 27 percent of the population is malnourished.
Finally, many high-ranking American officials keep speaking about Iraq as being a threat to American interests and the region. We would like to assure these officials, and through them the American people, that Iraq is eager to live in peace with its neighbors and the world. But Iraq will not submit to intimidation, bullying and coercion. Peace will come only through dialogue based on mutual respect for the principles of independence, sovereignty and the observance of international law.


Unanimous Declaration Adopted at the Kashmir Solidarity Rally

LAHORE - Tuesday, 26th Muharram, 1429 - February 05, 2008

A Kashmir Solidarity Rally was organized by Jama't-ud-Da'wah in 32 major cities of Azad Kashmir and Pakistan on February 5, 2008. Apart from Jama't-ud-Da'wah's central leadership, leaders of other religious and political organizations, including representatives of both factions of the All Parties Hurriyet Conference, as well as members of the core leadership of the Muttahiddah Jihad Council addressed the gathering, while Syed Ali Geelani and Shabbir Shah addressed the gathering via phone. The rally was attended by thousands of people. Jama't-ud-Da'wah has also organized Kashmir Solidarity Camps throughout the country and the public fervently flocked to local rallies which were held at numerous locations. The largest rally was held in front of Masjid-e-Shuhadaa on the historic Shahrah-e-Qaid-e-Azam and was addressed by Ameer, Jama't-ud-Da'wah Pakistan, Prof. Hafiz Muhammad Saeed.
The following declaration was unanimously adopted at the Kashmir Solidarity Rally. An identical declaration was also unanimously adopted at all public rallies in 32 cities. Following are the points of the joint declaration which represents the combined voice of the people of Pakistan and Azad Kashmir:

We express solidarity with the Kashmiri people in their just struggle for independence from illegal Indian occupation and assure them of our complete support and assistance.

The 700,000 Indian troops in Kashmir are an occupation force which has usurped the rights of the Kashmiri people. Every Indian soldier in Kashmir is a 'terrorist in uniform', while the Indian government is involved in 'state sponsored terrorism' in occupied Kashmir. The whole Pakistani nation salutes Kashmiri freedom fighters who are bravely resisting state sponsored terrorism and its terrorists in uniform.

We commend the efforts of the dynamic leadership on the political front for Kashmir's freedom and expect that they will never loose sight of their objective by becoming a victim of some crafty Indian ploy.

We salute those who have sacrificed their lives in confrontation with Indian occupation forces. Martyrs of the Kashmir Jihad are a mark of pride for the whole Muslim Ummah.

The silence of the United Nations and the International Community regarding the Kashmir issue is highly condemnable and the people of Kashmir and Pakistan are justified in their belief that the United Nations only takes action on those resolutions which protect the interests of the United States. The indifference displayed by the International Community regarding human rights abuses by India are proof that all the hue and cry and all claims regarding human rights are voiced merely for the sake of slandering Islam, while there is nothing for Muslims in these slogans.

Restrictions imposed on Kashmiri Jihadi organizations by the Pakistani government are wrong. These restrictions must be removed.

India has been able to put up a fence on the Line of Control during the ceasefire. This is tantamount to dividing Jammu and Kashmir, while India is also constructing fortified bunkers at the Line of Control in an attempt to turn the Line of Control into a permanent border. We demand that the ceasefire be called off and India should be compelled through the use of force to desist form any illegal actions at the Line of Control.

Pakistan and India should allow free movement of Kashmiris on both sides of the Line to Control, as this is one of their fundamental rights.

Kashmir is Pakistan's 'jugular vein, and Pakistan will remain insecure as long as its jugular vein is in the clutches of its arch enemy.

Not only any trade relations with India, at any level, but the train and bus services between India and Pakistan must also be discontinued until the Kashmir issue is resolved.

The OIC should play a leading role for the freedom of Kashmir. The formation merely of an observer group is not sufficient in this regard. The Kashmir issue should be at the top of the agenda at the next meeting of the OIC. Moreover, member states of the OIC should realize that India's hands are thoroughly covered with the blood of Kashmiri Muslims, before they decide to establish any trade relations with India.

Abdullah Muntazir
(Spokesman)
Jama't-ud-Da'wah Pakistan


War News: Pakistan Loses its ENTIRE Combat Command in South Waziristan

February 6, 2008: The command and control helicopter of the Pakistani military went down in the Tanai area over the Wana-Jandola road. Major General Javed Sultan, General Officer Commanding Kohat was killed along with 2 brigadiers, a colonel, 3 captains and a Lance Naik. It is a serious blow for Pakistani military which has been trying to kill Islamic fighters in this deadly war zone. [Thousands of civilians have left South Waziristan and are being cared for in camps by the Pak. army.]

February 5: In Rawalpindi's Aray Bazar area, a martyrdom operator on a motor bike hit a van of the Pakistan army killing a colonel of the medical corp and 4 other troops. Another 20 troops, including a female major, were wounded. Five civilians were killed and 30 wounded.

According to Frontier Post [newspaper], Mufti Muhammad Ijaz, a leader of Jamiat Ulama Islam from Khyber area condemned military operations in the tribal areas. He said that to kill the militants, the government terrorizes the entire population. He said, he fears the regime will go into Khyber agency in the same way. The results, he thinks, will be very bad. He concluded that the regime is attacking the people to "please America."

In Karachi: For the first time, a bomb exploded in the army cantonment area less than one km from the house of the U.S. Consul General. [Daily Times report.]

2008-02-09 Sat 05:56:47 cst
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