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on the US campaign to export “moderate Islam”

14 Oct

An interesting article on how US Muslims are being used by the US State Department to export its version of Islam.

“A State Department official, Shahed Amanullah, ran through the ways effective al-Qaida propagandists spread their message on the internet, and described how a program he runs, called Viral Peace, seeks to troll the online radicals.”

The intriguing aspect of all this is that Mr. Shahed Amanullah may be pretending to fight al-Qaida propagandists. BUT his own “moderate Muslim” types such as Hamza Yusuf, and Hatem Bazian (see also this link ) and the US State Department are in fact providing support to the same fanatics that he is supposedly against.

But then this is usually the trap that native informant type of Muslims (willingly) fall into, they allow themselves to be used, gaining some short term fame, and then are thrown aside – when the political climate changes. What Mr. Amanullah is doing is allying himself with one brand of extremists – to fight against another – all the while the facts are that they are both allies of one another. And all that is happening here is a certain competition on who can recruit more Muslims to be used as cannon fodder – for basically a similar purpose of keeping oppressed peoples oppressed, and the powerful remain powerful: aka status quo.

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on #fakeliberals and Liberal Fascists

11 Oct

Liberal Fascists..for them,only the kids shot by TTP are humans and the infants killed by drones are plastic toys.

@Shahidmasooddr When Malala is attacked by TTP, its a national tragedy, when many children are droned, its national strategy!#DualStandards

Liberal Fascists and TTP are two sides same coin.Both crying ,”Kill,Bomb,Drone”!.Different slogans but same objective of hatred & bloodshed.

American (House?) Muslims for Palestine plays a dangerous game #Syria

18 Sep

American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) used to be a fairly decent Palestine advocacy group in the United States, and has been able to bring together a good group of community based activists together to raise the issue of Palestine within the United States. Chaired by Hatem Bazian, they avoided a fair bit of the trappings of other lobby groups that advocated little more than galas.

However, now this group has entered the territory of taking a clear political position on the side of the violent “rebels” in Syria, see poster below. The action is being directly organized by AMP, and amongst its endorsers is The Syrian American Council that, among other things, specifically advocates military intervention in Syria, and further supports the Al Qaeda infiltrated Free Syrian Army.

“”In view of the considerable support for foreign military intervention in Syria by activists working on the ground to topple the Ba`ath regime of Bashar al-Assad, SAC supports military intervention with or without a UN mandate aimed at protecting civilians, particularly in Deraa, Idlib, Hama, and Homs, and their surroundings. SAC opposes the use of western ground troops, but ground troops from Arab and Islamic countries may be considered as an option. Western military intervention (US and/or NATO) should focus on the establishment of a no-fly zone over all or part of Syria, the establishment of safety zones around Deraa, Idlib, Hama, and Homs and safety corridors between these cities and one or more of Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey without “boots on the ground.”

SAC and the Free Syrian Army (FSA)

SAC supports coordination between the SNC and the FSA to develop the FSA into a military force capable of protecting the Syrian people from the forces of the Assad regime immediately and the early post-Assad period. Eventually, the FSA will need to re-integrated back into the Syrian army, and hence it is important that the FSA develop into a disciplined force under a clear chain of command with a culture of respect for civilian authority and internationally recognized norms of human rights. Therefore, SAC will coordinate with the US administration and the SNC to provide the FSA with material and logistical support to improve the effectiveness of the FSA. Furthermore, SAC will work to encourage the development of guidelines in coordination with the SNC and the FSA on such issues as membership in the FSA; alignment of the FSA’s vision for a post-Assad Syria with the vision of the SNC, particularly civilian rule; coordination with political leadership; governance; and accountability to prevent abuse by its soldiers. Progress on these basic fronts should be considered from time to time by SAC when periodically evaluating SAC’s policy regarding the FSA.””

Hatem Bazian is taking many Muslims, especially young politically active Muslims in the US, who generally respect Mr. Bazian’s previous work around Palestine, down a seriously dangerous road. It is a road that will, without a doubt, come back to haunt them, once the US is done with supporting the FSA, and declares them a terrorist outfit (which is what they are). Another question that needs to be raised, who is the AMP now representing? And what is the nature of the manufactured consensus that the AMP is attempting to build?

 

AN OUTDOOR COMMUNITY GATHERING IN SUPPORT
OF THE SYRIAN PEOPLE


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

2 – 6 PM

SPEAKERS:

• DR. HATEM BAZIAN AMP Chairman
• SH. JAMAL SAID Mosque Foundation Imam
• SAFAA ZARZOUR ISNA Secretary General
• DR. TALAL SUNBULLIi Syrian American Council President
• Performance by YAHYA HAWWA
• and other community activists and leaders!

VENUE:
Mosque Foundation parking lot
7360 W. 93rd St.
Bridgeview, IL 60455

ENTRY IS FREE!
Vendors will be selling food, Syrian memorabilia, and much more!

This event is organized by the American Muslims for Palestine
Fundraising for Syrian refugees will be administered by the Zakat Foundationwww.zakat.org

Endorsed by: Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC), The Mosque Foundation, Muslim American Society (MAS) Chicago, Syrian American Council (SAC) Chicago and Syrian American Society (SAS), Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), Muslim Educational and Cultural Center of American (MECCA)

 

Hatem Bazian’s omission and loss of credibility

17 Sep

Hatem Bazian is a co-founder of Zaytuna College – the same place of which Hamza Yusuf is a “Chairman.”  Mr Bazian, over the years, for the most part, has taken a consistent anti-imperialist position, and has not engaged in bootlicking of the kind that Mr. Yusuf has done over those some years.

However, it looks like things have changed – today he was interviewed on Flashpoints Daily Newsmagazine – and his take on Syria reveals the extent to which Mr. Bazian has moved his politics to accomodate liberal humanitarian imperialism.

Reasonable people can disagree on the nature of the government of President Assad – that disagreement  in itself is not the issue. However, reasonable people cannot disagree on the nature of the armed groups and mercenaries that are seriously destabilizing the region. Such disagreements have little to do with actual facts, and has much more to do with where one stands on the question of US/NATO interventionism, and reveals one’s political alignments.

There are a few points that need to be made with regards to Mr. Bazian’s positions.

1. Mr. Bazian while chastising  President Assad’s response to the violence, only barely acknowledges the violence of the mercenaries – and makes no mention whatsoever of the killings of civillians by the so-called “rebels.”

2. Mr Bazian makes no mention whatsoever of US/NATO supplying of arms and other aid to the “rebels” and situates this armed imperialist destabilization of Syria in the context of the largely non-violent uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.

3. Mr. Bazian blames President Assad’s government for fostering sectarianism, while he completely ignores the extremist sectarian nature of the “rebels” and “mercenaries” – whose anti-Shi’a statements  are available all over the internet. And it is no secret whatsoever that Al Qaeda is one of the major forces amongst the mercenaries. Anyone who is remotely familiar with Al Qaeda knows not only about its terrorist actions, but also it’s virulently anti-Shi’a sectarianism, and indeed its extremist views against Christians, who make up a significant portion of Syria’s population.

3 (a) It is also no secret that “Saudi” Arabia, Qatr, and other gulf sheikhdoms are sponsoring, arming and supporting this effort at destabilizing Syria. And the sectarian nature of those regimes is also no secret. Mr. Bazian conveniently ignored the above fact in order to prove his own faulty thesis.

4. Mr. Bazian claims that a post-Assad government (i.e. one where the “rebels” win) would not be friendly with “Israel” but that it would be friendly with the United States. This is a ridiculous statement coming from a seasoned Palestinian activist such as Mr. Bazian. There is no country, no government on the face of this earth that is friendly with the US and not friendly with “Israel” … and vice versa, there is no country, or government on this planet that is friendly with “Israel” and not friendly with the United States. Such a statement also suggests some serious cognitive dissonance going on within the mind of Mr. Bazian – as he attempts to justify his unjustifiable position vis a vis Syria – that are not based on facts, but more on his newly found support for pro-liberal/humanitarian imperialism.

As a result, Mr. Bazian comes off sounding more like a US State Department Spokesperson than an honest political analyst… of-course there is also the issue of why Dennis Bernstein (of Flashpoints) who is normally astute about these issues, refused to raise the above points during the interview. But that has a lot more to do with the progressive politics in the United States that supports Obama’s humanitarian imperialism doctrine.

President Chavez of Venezuela has correctly identified the nature of this conflict:

”The attack on Syria has begun, they are accusing President Assad of killing his people. And the Yankees want to come in and bomb the people in order to save them. What shameless cynicism. It’s a new strategy they’ve invented, to generate violent armed conflicts and spill blood in a country in order to then bomb it and intervene and take ownership of its natural resources and convert it into a colony” – President Hugo Chavez “”

Mr. Bazian, by refusing to address the real issues, may end up getting some additional funding for his college, but, in the long run, the college will only produce dumb house, native informant, and sectarian type of Muslims. Lets not forget that Mr. Bazian is a Senior Lecturer at UC Berkeley, seriously, Mr. Bazian, I hope you are teaching your students to look at all the relevant facts, before arriving at a conclusion – and are not teaching them to do as you did in this interview.

Saving Syria from its Saviors

13 Sep

A good article on the recent pro-empire rally in Washington D.C. – and although not named, the article references Mr. Hamza Yusuf as spewing imperialist propaganda:

“”A rally in Washington Labor Day weekend to support the people of Syria exposed itself as a puppet show when influential Muslim scholars took the stage and started spewing imperialist propaganda.

The leadership of the Shiites in Lebanon and Iran have revealed themselves to be the political Machiavellian people that they are,” cried one of America’s most popular Muslim scholars (Ed: Mr. Hamza Yusuf) into a mic. “They have revealed themselves to side with the tyrants [Syria’s President Bashar Assad] against the oppressed.”

To be considered a legitimate people’s uprising, on the other hand, the movement should exhibit three points, according to Iran’s Supreme Leader Imam Khamanei: 1) take an anti-imperialist, anti-Zionist stand, 2) be an organic movement of the nation’s people and 2) be of an Islamic character.

“If matters get mixed up then scrutinize the cause and you will know what the effects will be,” advised Ali, husband of Fatima (one of the four perfect women of all times), who had sent their two sons Hasan and Hussain to defend Caliph Osman from rebels in the seventh century.

Unlike revolutionary movements in other Muslim countries, the rebel groups fighting Assad in Syria failed to meet the criteria.

Ironically, the Sheikh was standing in front of the White House while offering his passionate plea to world leaders for peace and justice. Yet, he didn’t feel compelled to turn around and demand his own President stop the bombings that have for years been killing, injuring and displacing millions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, etc. “”