A Black Day In Our History
Muslim Council of Britain
March 20, 2003
"This is a black day in our country's history. All along, it has been
evident, that the United States government was determined to go to war
according to a preset timetable regardless of the deliberations at the
United Nations or the extent of co-operation provided by Iraq over
disarmament. Our government should not have been a party to this conflict
which has only undermined the United Nations, our own democracy and the
rule of law," said Iqbal Sacranie, Secretary-General of the MCB.
The MCB is also deeply concerned that this war will blight relations
between Britain and much of the rest of the world, especially with Muslim
countries, for a long time to come. By allying ourselves with the
hegemonic American drive, our country has put at risk our huge political,
economic and cultural ties with the Muslim world.
"This war appears to be part of a plan to redraw the map of the Middle
East in accordance with the agenda of Zionists and American
neo-Conservatives. A military victory against Iraq and subsequent
celebrations will be short-lived as the peoples of the region begin to
resist what will be seen as the start of a new colonial enterprise that
will not be limited to Iraq. The true cost of this war will only be
apparent in due time," said Mr Sacranie.
The MCB urges all fellow citizens to continue to work in solidarity with
the national peace movement and naturally to be on their guard against
the agent provocateurs. We should not allow fringe elements to exploit
the current tragedy by fuelling Islamophobia and damaging community
Finally, Mr Sacranie said: "Sadly, this unnecessary war will endanger the
lives of our soldiers, Iraqi civilians and further destabilise the
region. Rather than starting a new inferno in Iraq, our energies would
have been better spent in extinguishing the existing fire in Palestine.
Palestine only requires a resolute and honest implementation of all the
relevant UN Resolutions and not "roadmaps" and endless zigzagging."
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