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and Iraq: The Myth Unveiled"
Study of War Presented at S.U.N.Y.
Dr. Kaukab Siddique was in Buffalo, New
York on April 10, 11 and 12,
2003. It was a highly publicized visit sponsored
by local Muslim students who
organized it with great care and effort. The
campus of State University of
New York (Buffalo) at numerous key points had
posters inviting people to the
event titled "Terrorism & Iraq: The Myth
Unveiled." The posters said: "Come
and listen to Dr. Kaukab Siddique, author of six
books on Islam, including
two on the rights of women, Editor of NEW TREND
magazine and Human Rights
The main events were as follows:
1. April 10. Speech at the university's
auditorium in Knox Hall, where Dr.
Siddique spoke for one hour and then took
questions for an hour.
2. April 11. Juma' Khutba and salat followed by
3. April 11 and 12. Halaqa with Muslim students,
visits to local mosques,
informal discussions with a number of Muslims
Here are the salient features:
Dr. Siddique's Analysis of the War: Outline
1. Saddam Hussain never attacked
2. Saddam never threatened to attack America.
3. Inspectors did not find any Weapons of Mass
4. Even when his regime faced extinction, Saddam
did not use any WMDs against
Thus the U.S.'s argument FOR WAR was
B. U.S. DID NOT SEEK and HAS NO MORAL HIGH
The propaganda in support of the war on
Iraq painted Saddam's regime as
brutal and repressive. However, the U.S. NEVER
CALLED FOR AN IMPARTIAL OR
U.N. INQUIRY into such "repression" while Saddam
was in a position to answer
such claims. Instead there was emphasis on WMDs.
WHY? The answer:
i. Saddam's atrocities were committed during
the Iraq-Iran war when the
U.S. was on the side of Iraq. Any inquiry would
have brought out U.S.
ii. Other atrocities were during Kurdish and
Shia uprisings which were
again INSTIGATED by the U.S. Any inquiry would
have brought out the U.S. role.
iii. The stories of atrocities are highly
exaggerated. Tony Blair and
Christopher Hitchens refer to hundreds of
thousands of Kurds killed. One
atrocity which did occur was at Halabcha in which
at least a hundred people
were killed in a gas attack. There are
indications that poison gas was used
by both sides and civilians were caught in the
iv. As the Saddam regime collapses, the
stories of atrocities will be
highlighted because there will be no one to
answer them from the
C. MILITARY CONFLICT: Saddam's stance was a kind
The U.S invasion of Iraq is being presented
as a military victory but:
i. There was no military equivalence
between Iraq and America. It was
like a child standing up to a giant. It's not a
surprise that the child has
ii. Saddam stood up to a superpower and
defended Iraq for 22 days
against the most powerful military force in the
world. He has inspired the
entire Muslim world, the Arab world, the
iii. Iraq's defenses were hit with 15,000
bombs and 800 cruise missiles.
The Iraqi army fought without air cover. No other
army in the world could
have stood up for 22 days.
secular Arab armies in SIX
days because it had air superiority.
D. ISRAEL and AMERICA's
LOBBY: The real
factors behind the attack on
regime is being run by
non-Jewish. The brains behind the war movement
are Richard Perle and Paul
Wolfowitz. Disclosures about Perle indicate that
the Jewish lobby is in turn
connected to oil and business interests. [Ref:
Perle's contacts with
Kashgoggi unearthed by Seymour Hersch.]
ii. The Democratic Party had an opportunity
to stop Bush's war moves but
these efforts were thwarted by
other Zionists within the
Democratic Party. [Lieberman, with close ties to
Israel, aspires to be
President of the United States.]
iii. ISRAEL has for years demanded that the
U.S. destroy Saddam.
Israel's attack on the Osirik nuclear facility
indicated that Israel saw
Saddam as its key enemy. Just about every
prominent Jew in America has been
clamoring for Saddam's head and finally they got
E. SADDAM's SUPPORT FOR
i. Saddam Hussain's Iraq was the only regime
in the Middle East which
openly supported the Palestinian struggle against
Israel, including support
for martyrdom operations. For Israel, it was
essential that Saddam be
WAR TO TURN AGGRESSION INTO
and other U.S.
technology to use photography,
"cut and paste," and repeat endlessly to create
the impression that the
invasion of Iraq was a "war of liberation."
ii. The U.S.
would not let Americans
see the flowing blood of
Iraqis slaughtered by the heroic U.S. air force.
iii. Iraqi hospitals were full of the
smashed bodies of men, women
and children hit by U.S. cluster bombs but the
media would not visit any
iv. The media focused on the downing of
Saddam's statue but did not
show Bush's "statue" being downed in
York, European capitals and
by masses of Africans,
and Arabs. Bush
was burnt in effigy,
lampooned, cursed throughout the world but all
that did not matter for the
G. SADDAM: NOT TOPPLED BECAUSE HE WAS A DICTATOR
or because his sons lived in luxury:
i. U.S. is in bed with dictators, kings and
fascists around the world. Among
people are King Abdullah of Jordan, the
Saudi family and
as well as killer regimes in Uzbekistan and
ii. Saddam was NOT toppled because he smokes
cigars or Tariq Aziz buys
Cosmopolitan magazine or Uday had a luxurious
mansion. These images are
directed by the U.S. media at Muslim audiences to
iii. TRY THIS: Project images of homeless people
sleeping in the gutter in
New York, Washington and Los Angeles and
juxtapose them with images of Bush,
Wolfowitz and Rumsfeld all dressed up and having
a good time.
JUMA' KHUTBA in S.U.N.Y. Buffalo: ONE UMMAH, not
56 HELPLESS TINPOT countries
Br. Kaukab gave a khutba and led Friday
prayers on March 11.
"No bearer of burdens shall bear the burden of
another (in the Hereafter)."
"Each one of you is a ruler and each one of you
is responsible for those
you rule ....." Prophet Muhammad, pbuh,
The main points:
1. Communicate to teach and emphasize the good
and to oppose and defeat
wrongdoing and oppression. This is a duty
commanded in the Qur'an.
2. According to the Prophet (pbuh), those who
see wrongdoing and do not
consider it wrong, those who start thinking that
evil is good or that the
powerful will win, they have left Islam but do
not know it. [In modern
language, such people are brainwashed.]
3. The UMMAH concept is the only antidote to
the global power of
multi-national corporations allied to Imperialism
and Zionism. FIFTY SIX
little Muslim countries are no match for
America's power if they do not unite
at the people-to-people level
WHAT SHOULD AMERICAN MUSLIMS DO? Advice.
Dr. Siddique had extensive discussions with
Muslims and advised them as
i. Know your rights and use all legal means to
ii. A terrible failure of leadership has made
America's Muslims unprepared to
face adversity. It's time to remove leaders who
carried out a bloc vote for
iii. Most of America's people are our friends.
Recognize your friends and your
iv. The American power structure is not and
cannot be a friend of Islam and
Muslims. So don't waste time in trying to please
the White House, Congress
and Senate. Your mail is routinely junked by the
bosses you want to please.
v. Our natural allies are the people of America.
Help them in their striving
and their difficulties. The most important are
4. People of German descent.
vi. Bring Muslim women who want to follow the
Qur'an and the Sunnah into the
DECISION-MAKING and LEADERSHIP levels of every
community and program.
Tokenism won't work. ONE UMMAH means both women
and men together at every
vii. Muslims are often themselves involved in
gender biases and class
superiority. These evils are not allowed in
Islam. The Qur'an has only one
acceptable standard for merit: TAQWA or
viii. Interracial, inter-national marriage is
very important for the spread
of Islam. Pakistanis marrying Pakistanis, or
Egyptians marrying Egyptians is
a serious obstacle in the way of Islam. Study the
marriages of the Prophet
(pbuh) documented in the
to see what needs
to be done.
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