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[Scroll down to powerful article by Edward Miller: The present anarchy in Iraq has the context of genocide committed against Iraq over 12 years.]
[Also, below, incisive commentary on "Pentagon Muslims,", CAIR's confused people who don't know whether they are Muslims or Republicans.]
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Editorial
Can Muslims Gain Anything from Saddam Hussain's Defiance and U.S.'s Military Campaign?

"....So lose not heart, nor fall into despair: for ye will be uppermost if ye are true in Faith. If a wound has touched you, be sure a similar wound has touched the others. Such days (of varying fortunes) We give to people by turns, that Allah may know those that believe, and that He may take to Himself from your ranks martyr-witnesses (to Truth). And Allah loves not the oppressors. Allah's purpose also is to purify those that are true in Faith and to deprive of blessing those that resist Faith. Did ye think that ye would enter Paradise without Allah knowing those of you who fought hard and knowing those who remained steadfast? Ye did indeed yearn for death before ye encountered it: Now ye have seen it with your own eyes (and ye flinch!). {The Qur'an 3:138-143}

The Islamic library of Baghdad, full of Qur'ans and Islamic heritage, has been burned down. The culture of centuries has been looted from Baghdad's central museum. After 15,000 bombs and 800 cruise missiles, Iraq lies prostrate under the U.S.-Zionist boot, betrayed from within. Strangely enough, this seeming disaster is probably the prelude to Islamic victory. Look at the facts which none can deny:

1. The entire world of Islam, at the mass level, supported Iraq, the defiant stance of Saddam Hussain, and condemned the U.S. invasion, with the exception of Iran and Kuwait. From Morocco to the Philippines, from Egypt-Sudan-Somalia to Nigeria and Guinea, there was no doubt about which side the masses were on. From Arabia came fatwas supporting the resistance. There is indeed a Muslim ummah, a global power, one nation under Allah.
2. Saddam Hussain never wavered in his defiance of America's power. He knew he had no chance against the firepower of a juggernaut of 250,000 technologically advanced stormtroopers. He had no air cover. The country had gone through 12 years of sanctions and was riddled with spies, agents and traitors. Yet he chose to fight and went down fighting. Thus the standard set by the Taliban of "no surrender" was upheld once again.
3. Whatever little moral standing the U.S. had, has been eradicated by the invasion. All the illusions of the Muslim world about America as the nation of Jesus, of Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and Human Rights have been shattered.
4. From now on no Muslim leader will be acceptable who does not come up to, at least, the standard set by the Taliban and Saddam Hussain.
5. The global unity of the Muslim ummah (99% support for Iraq, except in Iran and Kuwait) is the basis on which the new world of Islam can be built, with people-to-people references.
6. The corrupt governments stand naked, isolated among the rage and disillusionment of their people, cowering behind high security, all the way from Musharraf, the CIA's agent in Pakistan, to King Abdullah, the CIA's agent in Jordan.

WHAT SHOULD BE DONE?
There should be two levels of Islamic response:
1. In Muslim majority countries, every Muslim, male and female, should join the movements for Jihad. In Pakistan and Bangladesh, movements for Jihad in Kashmir are still legal. In Arab countries, movements for jihad in Palestine, in some shape or form are legal. In anti-Russian countries, movements for the struggle in Chechnia are legal (including some European countries).
2. In those Muslim majority countries where jihad movements are totally illegal, such as those in the killer regimes in Algeria, Libya, Uzbekistan and India, Muslims should join charitable organizations to help Muslims in other countries.
3. In non-Muslim countries, the emphasis should be on human rights work, charitable work, media work and da'wah. Always remember that large numbers of non-Muslims are themselves oppressed by their power structures and are our natural allies.
4. Focus on the rights of political prisoners held by the U.S., U.K. and Israel. Remember that political prisoners held in Muslim countries are often in trouble because the rulers want to please their masters in these three power structures. When we speak for the rights of Shaikh Omar ĎAbdel Rahman, Imam Jamil al-Amin, Mumia Jamal, Leonard Peltier, Siddique Abdullah Hasan, Victor Alvarez, Sis. Haila Gabr, SHAIKH FAISAL in U.K., the Guantanamo victims, the Lackawanna Six and many others, we are speaking for political prisoners all over the world.
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