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RESPECTED MUSLIM CLERICS
DECLARE
RELIGIOUS DUTY TO
FIGHT THE U.S.
OCCUPIERS


"All of them (US military personnel and civilians) are
invaders
who came from their country to invade our
country and
fighting them [in Iraq] is a duty."

"Al-Qaradawi was one of 93 prominent Muslim figures
who in August called on Muslims around the world to
support resistance against US forces in Iraq and its
apppointed interim Iraqi government."


MER - Mid-East Realities - MiddleEast.Org - Washington - 3 Sept: The old southern evangelicals -- Senator Zell Miller a good example as he gave the keynote address at the Republican Convention Wednesday night more preacher than statesman -- keep proclaiming the U.S. is not an occupier but rather a liberator. The Republicans cheered wildly but their proclamations are applauded only by themselves; few worldwide beyond Crusading American shores endorse such a view, except in Israel.

But these repeated crusading declarations coming from the prominent Americans are generating a growing chorus of counter-declarations from leading Arab and Muslim intellectual and political figures further escalating the 'Clash of Civilizations' now very much already underway.

Remember General Boykin on the Pentagon Evangelical side?
"My God is bigger than their god" he proclaimed in uniform from Christ's pulpit.

Remember Prime Minister Mahathir of Malaysia speaking to the Organization of Islamic Conference?
"Powerful Jews control the world..."

The Israelis and their extensive political armies have in fact worked long and hard to help ignite this clash for reasons and ideology of their own. Journals and organizations, officials and writers affiliated with them and now nick-named in part 'the neocons', have been pushing this thesis for a long time, long before 9/11 in fact. They and theirs are the primary beneficiaries in the crucial Middle East region, at least in the short term. The American evangelicals and theirs -- including the military-industrial complex and key media organizations they control ranging from Fox News to the Washington Times to the 700 Club -- are the primary beneficiaries in the U.S. as both power and wealth are redistributed away from other segments of society and social concerns, at least in the short term.

In the longer term we are all the loosers, the hatreds and dangers are escalating all around us, worldwide arms production and arms sales are increasing, social programs are being drained, and crucial issues and problems are being short-changed and short-discussed while the 'War on Terrorism' and 'security' become all dominant -- as both American political conventions in recent weeks have made so miserably evident. MER







Revered Egyptian Cleric:
Muslims should fight US in Iraq

Al-Qaradawi wants French journalists freed immediately

Thursday 02 September 2004 7:23 PM GMT An Egyptian cleric based in Qatar and often described as a moderate has ruled that it is a religious duty for Muslims to fight Americans in Iraq, including US civilians, his office director has said.

But the cleric, Shaikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, said that two French journalists kidnapped in Iraq should be freed immediately.

Al-Qaradawi gave his opinion at a meeting on Tuesday evening at the Egyptian journalists' syndicate in Cairo.

"All of them (US military personnel and civilians) are invaders who came from their country to invade our country and fighting them [in Iraq] is a duty," said his office director Essam Talima on Thursday, quoting a fatwa or ruling on religious law by al-Qaradawi.

Revered

Al-Qaradawi is revered in the
Muslim world

Al-Qaradawi is revered in much of the Muslim world for his intellectual rigour and ability to adapt the fundamental tenets of Islam to the modern world.

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The cleric was quoted by pan-Arab daily newspaper Al-Hayat as saying during the Tuesday meeting that the French journalists should be freed.

"If those kidnappers care about the reputation of Islam they should free the two French journalists," the newspaper quoted him saying.

Al-Qaradawi said the presence of the French journalists "broke the American monopoly on relaying information and facts (on the situation in Iraq) to the outside world".

Example

He also referred to France's foreign policy in dealing with the Islamic and Arab worlds, which he said could serve as an example to other countries.

"If those kidnappers care about the reputation of Islam they should free the two French journalists"

Shaikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi

The kidnapping of Georges Malbrunot and Christian Chesnot on 20 August by a group called the Islamic Army in Iraq has deeply shocked France which was a fierce opponent of the US-led invasion and has no troops in Iraq.

The kidnappers have demanded that Paris rescind a law banning Muslim headscarves and other conspicuous religious symbols from state schools. The deadline passed on on Wednesday and France enforced the ban from Thursday.

Al-Qaradawi was one of 93 prominent Muslim figures who in August called on Muslims around the world to support resistance against US forces in Iraq and its apppointed interim Iraqi government.

After the 11 September 2001 attacks al-Qaradawi urged Muslims worldwide to donate blood to help the victims and also condemned the 2002 Bali bombing as barbaric and immoral but he caused controversy during a visit to Britain in July after condoning some attacks by human bombers against military targets. Aljazeera, 3 September 2004.

http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/626A8CFB-EE21-4C5E-B929-6ACC10988F0C.htm



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