MANY OF US will never forget when the people of the world welcomed the dawn of the new millennium. As the Earth turned, we watched televised pictures of people celebrating and cheering as the sky lit up with fireworks -- from Asia to Europe, from Africa to North America. And, for the first time in human history, we understood, in a deeply visceral way, that we really do inhabit the same planet and that we are, in fact, members of a global society.
That is what's going to happen again on Saturday. In 316 cities in 60 countries -- Cairo, Bangkok, Beirut, Jakarta, Prague, Budapest, Tokyo, Moscow, London, Cape Town, Kigali in Rwanda, Madrid, Warsaw, Kiev, Lisbon, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, New York, Sydney, Barcelona, to name but a few -- more than a million people are expected to march and rally against an American invasion of Iraq. Even McMurdo Station in Antarctica will hold a protest against the war. Such a global outpouring against the threat of war is unprecedented.
Without the Internet, of course, such a global protest would be unimaginable. But the Internet is only the messenger. Clearly, there is strong opposition here and abroad to an American invasion of Iraq.
What's truly surprising are the concise slogans posted on the Web sites of the coalitions that have helped organize this protest. No America bashing. No defense of Saddam Hussein. No solidarity with al Qaeda terrorists. In dozens of languages, the message is simple and direct: "No war in Iraq." "Stop the war in Iraq."
People around the world now feel a right to express their opposition to war.
They clearly believe Hussein is a ruthless dictator. But they also understand that the greatest threat is terrorist attacks from elusive networks that cannot be stopped by American bombs or U.N. weapons inspections.
The Bush administration, of course, will try to discredit this global uprising against an American war with Iraq. But it won't be so easy. The coalitions assembled in these cities include business, labor and religious groups; veterans of former wars, environmentalists, human rights activists and mothers against war; and thousands of ordinary people who are asking the U.N. Security Council to pursue further weapons inspections in Iraq, not war.
Once again, ordinary people will give up a precious weekend day to make their voice heard -- peacefully. But expect a tiny band of adolescent anarchists, who would rather spray graffiti and smash windows than join others in a peaceful march. We should condemn such antics. There is nothing less persuasive than using violence in the name of preventing war.
Why, you may ask, should you participate in this demonstration? Because you are a citizen of a great nation that is violating its own democratic ideals, treating the rest of the world with dismissive contempt and refusing to be restrained by international law.
Because you are a citizen of a new global society. Globalization is about more than free trade. What we are witnessing is the birth of a grassroots global democracy. To emphasize our membership in this new global society, many protesters around the world will be carrying the U.N. flag, a fitting symbol for a new era.
When people ask, as they eventually will, who stood up for human rights, let your name be among those who opposed an unjust and unnecessary war.
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by Ruth Rosen - With some modifications
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
If Allah wills it so be it. Evil is not peace. peace would have kept him in power, his language has now been spoken, he now understands. Enough is Enough. So the free Iraqi troops fighting along side the Marines would say.
and follows LIVE AND LET LIVE POLICY..
not even the WHOLE army in the world!!! Voltaire
Thanks to ALLAH! THE CREATOR and CONTROLER of The
UNIVERSE!It`s about time that the world aknowledges the Truth! Truth is painful! Truth is
peace! Peace is tranquilty! Pride is regression!
Recession!Not to mention REVENGE! REFLECT!PEACE!!! TIME and tide waits NO man!
Truth is painful! Truth is PEACE! PEACE! SALAAM!
"We will have peace even if we have to fight for it" Winston churchhill?
Iam not agree with USA. America have been propocation countries in the world to invasion to Iraq
Wassalamu,alaikum wr wb
listen 2 the prophecies
study the bible
BUSH IS A LEADER WHO DOES NOT LOVE HIS CITIZENS BECAUSE IF HE DOES HE WOULDNOT WANT TO KILL HIS SOLDJIERS IN THE GULF AND EXPOSE AMERICA TO A LOT TERRORISTS ATTACKS .
I THINK THIS IS ONE WAR BUSH WILL NOT WIN AND HE MIGHT BE IMPEACHED OR VOTED OUT OFOFFICE BEFORE HE REALISES WHAT HIT HIM JIST LIKE HIS FATHER.
MAY BUSH PAY FOR ALL HIS FAMILYS MISDEEDS.
i am strickly against the war
Therefore I ask: why does the moslem world not attack such an evil man as Saddam he is but one man not a country! he is not practicing the word of Allah. Do something about him, then what need is there for a protest or war?
I believe in God The Mighty and I do respect all other beliefs of good intentions as far as every thing including Human Being is concern. I am trying my best to be a Human as God has intended of me and I am a Shia Muslim and that is my Title, even though there are no diferrences among all the people of the world. But as Imam Ali, the forth Khalifeh has stated: "We refuge to Allah the God from thoughtlessness and mis-understandings and the uglyness of not being firm in God's way and we seek Guidance from Him (God).
Today's politics are nothing but lies and therefore do not last too long. "The West and The East belong to God The All Mighty".
One of The Little People, Reza
It is estimated that between 80,000 to 100, 000 anti-war demonstrators braved the bitterly artic, frigid weather conditions in Down-Town Toronto On February15, 2003 where the temperature with the wind-chill factor was about -27 Celcius. Man, it was cold. I wore my fleece pants along, with my long-johns and another pants, and it was still cold. I was well padded in the upper half of the body too.
The simple message was STOP THIS WAR.
As, they were delighted to live music and chants, speaker after speaker spoke and were led on the route to the USA embassy on University Avenue then to Metro Hall. Thousands of all ages came. I was astonished with the number of children, and elderly attending from the all walks of life, more so the everyday Anglo-Saxon Canadians. There were even Catholics, other Christian representatives, Jewish representatives and others. Muslims, as far as I could see, were far and few between, either that they did not have the GUTS to be seen in this demonstration or were too weak-kneed. I really felt disappointed, as this was indeed a forum for all or most of the three hundred Muslims in Toronto to be seen enmasse.
The crowd behaved very well. They proceeded, chanting lines like" Bush no war, father was a criminal and a murder" " Millions of Iraqi died from sanctions, millions will die from war, peace not war"
Despite the fact that it was bitterly cold, someone remarked, "it is not as cold as the grave." I felt good afterwards.
The organizers from the Canadian Peace Alliance, which counts more than one hundred organizations or member groups from trade unions, student bodies and others, were responsible for this day of protest being successful.
As the speakers pumped up the crowd, chanting anti-war slogans and waiving banners, myself and my niece's husband, who was waiving a Palestine flag with Dome Of The Rock mosque, mingled with the f
I was so happy to read about the millions who protested against an american attack on iraq. Because thats what it is, a terrorist attack on a country who is not able to retaliate against a country such as the USA who possesses the most sophisticated of weapons of mass destruction on earth. Isnt it funny, america is attacking another country with missiles, bombs, aerial raids...to rid that country of weapons it has no proof of possessing? You cant rid violence with violence.
STOP THE WAR!
This war if at all it takes place is going to be a war against democracy, against the weak and will have far-reaching consequences.
Everything possible has been said against it . I hope the US leaders will come back to their senses and respond to the international call for peace.
They should look for more jenuine causes to try their mussele than killing hungry children and the aged.
which has'WMD,vows to develop them further,has expelled UN inspectors, refuses dialogue' SHOULD BE WIPED OUT NOW but Bush-Blair are "mum".
2.Bush's double-edged war also aims to fight the Arabs indirectly on behalf of Israel, i.e no Arab nation should have weapons or army more power-
ful than the Zionists.
He has misplaced priorities and so storborn to retract his steps. He always flare up when people described him as Hitler, how could he taught otherwise, when his words and actions are similer to the ones of the worst dictator the world has witness in recent times. It is only a disghusting dictator that would say "I am not deterred by about 3.5 million people of the world that kick against war". He even went further to describe Blair as a great man. Well Bush should not think he will ever get away with this, and time will be my witness.
I think its an embrassment to the Ummah to see such demonstrations why? because some of the kuffar would protest for us but we ourselves dont agree on anything. Yeah everyone is against the war even Saudi Arabia, but Saudi cant say no to the U.S why because bunch of women rule them and that goes to all the arab/muslim leaders. Inshallah we the next generation will bring Islam back and unite all muslims to a ONE ISLAMIC STATE.
Wasalamu 3ala mani tabi3al huda.
The world in unfair condition, the strong country try to make a war because of their economic in the collaps condtion and then the instans ways to trigger riel sector comes from military industries. The obsession comes from his father to make a war, with the ambivalent behavior, they always say : Do as I Said and Don't as I Do, thats mean you are not allow to have NBC Weapons and for them : no problem. Actually, Iraq they didn't have any more NBC weapons, we have trust with the verification system of IAEA and OPCW and also UN inspectors.
To create further pre-emtive horrors of different natures are no sanity or humanity where we will create more bereaved families on the face of this 'modern earth'to send more condolences.May all religions teach their faithfuls to develop common sense not to instigate & initiate pre-emtive mass killing in the name of clearing weapons of mass destruction
for the survival of their future generations.
May Almighty embed love for all mankind in the hearts of those who hold the swords.
why to shed blood and tears of our own brothers and sisters.. fear GOD.. WE HAVE A LIFE ABOVE.. where we have to answer our deeds.. take care of this world..it is our own ... we can mould the way it cud be.. now its u to decide to live happily ever after or to die in pain... may peace be on u...khuda hafiz...God bless the human race
What we need is peace,
The ordinary people from all the world dont want War
We want peace
STOP THE WAR TO IRAK.
diseases, aggression, poverty, inflation,enemity,
fatalities, death of children etc .Bush should not use his power to destroy the global community by going to war in Iraq. He should consider many things.He is killing people globally where as Saddam might have killed his own people in the past. America wants to go alone for war even if the the whole world was agaist the war. This is stupidness.May Allah save the world and Iraqis from this calamity.Ameen.
2/17/2003 - 10:52:07 PM - The Game is Over - Ref: 10541
In respone to the above posting:
This is respectfully directed to this lady mentioned above...Although the United States is a wonderful place to live...there are many other places in the world as well. I read your comments you posted...I shall not judge what I perceive as your ignorance, however, it is shamefully apparent that you have lived a life that stems from judging others before understanding them. That, is the biggest defeat one can illustrate. I suggest to you that you, dedicate more of your time to REALLY learning of others' before judging them. Don't let your mind be clouded by self inflicted ignorance. Enlightenment is the only way we will all see each other for who we really are. Get enlightenment, you eyes will too open!
But if u ask the majority of the world their answer will be No To The War! If u ask why there is going to be a war the simplest and most truthful answer anyone can give is The OIL
George Bush can't take the fact that he is not incharge of one thing. He may be the president of the richest country in the world but he is the destroyer of this whole world.
In the amount of time it takes to watch 35 slides of dead and hungry human beings suffering in the world 249 people die. That is 15mins for 249 people to die. We are in a soceity in which their is no justice!#
Sweden and many other country's in europe will help africa but the richest country in the world(america) will not pay a penny.
Our own leader Tony Blair will say I will give u 5 million and he will say it openly but wat he says to the people he gives it to is here is the money and i want 5 a week for 5 years to pay it all bak to me.
Instead of thinking of the suffering people in the world the world leaders are going to war.
This is a world where fair and just systems don't exist and we muslims need to stand up together and fight for the brothers and sisters who r dying in ther world today.
Power, wealth and Name is not everything!
Mosques shud be the ones starting. Everytime we go to a mosque we are told the same stories( that are over 5000years ago) from when we were knee high! No-one will say anything about the current affairs , of their brothers and sisters who r dying it is the same stories
If u r a mosque leader then take to accord on what i am saying we shud discuss political issues after prayers for the sake of us and others to help change the world we live in for the best for us and others living in it.
We can start by boycotting certain products eg.cocacola- don't buy this nestle, johnsonsetc. START NOW!
Like I said before if you tell people enough times that canaries are purple they will believe you.
People like Peace are Muslims who share a different point of view from this site and there are many of them. I don't want war.
but let me get this philosophy straight.
As Muslims we don't want attacks on other Muslims from Kufr right?
As Muslims we also believe death is better than opression right?
As Muslims we believe the Umma should be unified right?
As Muslims we don't believe that race or language is important, only faith in Allah and his book, right?
Saddam kill Kurds, Iranians, Shia Iraqis, Sunni disidents, Sunni conservatives, Sunni democratics, Kuwaitis, and has on occasion killed Palestinians.
If all the above is correct than it is our responsibility as Muslims to begin Jihad not against America, but on Iraq before America gets the chance.
I want to see Muslims lining up to sign up for Jihad and take care of our own internal problems. Where are the millions of Muslims lining up to destroy Ba'athism in Iraq and free the people of Iraq from their secular religious oppression.
Why do we defend this man, say he is Muslim? Did Saladdin masacre anyone, let alone his own people?
Where is the fair and balanced article that condemns America and Saddam?
Why do we accuse the US of lieing about Iraq?
14 years ago if the US was saying what they are saying now, you would all praise the US for abandoning this evil unislamic man. Now we defend Saddam, make him a saint, say he is honest "look at Bush's evil lies". Is there even a small posibility that both are lieing?
There could be couldn't there.
Couldn't there be a small possibility that the US is telling the truth?
If the US assignated Saddam tomorrow, I think people here would be trying to get Bush to a war crimes trial.
Saddam honest to the UN? Saddam good? You must be craz
Only Allah (swt) can judge us, indeed Saddam is no different. the things i could tell u will make u jump away from your monitors right now, e.g he would get my whole village men, woman, children into a large hole in tha ground & flatten it, making it look like it was tha same road it was the day before, then killing his soldiers that committed the attrocity so that they couldn't tell the world the truth. That im sure you didn't know, so how could you oppose to taking him out? certainly this man is could not be a muslim, though GOD will judge him... thank you, peace be with you
"Will it signify 'Jesus resurrection'? I don't know what's Bible prophesy on this one?
Jesus' resurrection occured 2000 years ago, One world rule will signify the coming tribulation and ultimately Jesus second coming where he will defeat evil. You assume I am pro war, you assume too much I never said that I was. I have stated in the past I feel it should be "YOUR" job I.E. you Muslims to look out for your Muslim brothers and sisters in Iraq and overthrow Saddam yourselves.
If we happen to not go to war with Iraq, and Saddam brutalizes his people say for another twenty years. Do you think the Iraqi people will be thankful for everyones intervention to avert war? Or will they be angry knowing they could've been free of Saddam 20 years earlier. I guess only time will tell. If Arabs are so concerned with Iraqis safety why do they do nothing to overthrow a man responsible for over 600,000 Muslims deaths worldwide, between Iran, Kuwait, and even his own people. Is this behavior condoned as long as it's a Muslim killing a Muslim. I seriously doubt this is what your koran teaches, what do you think Muhammed would do about Saddam if this was 1400 years ago?
(If I spelled Muhammed wrong I'm sorry no disrespect).
I was at the London demonstration and only there more than 1 million people made their voices heared. Your article was very true and good but it said 1 milion protesters worldwide. 6 million worldwide is the correct figure. PEACE
People talk about civilised and un-civilised worlds not even the animal kingdom can compete with the mindless violence that we fellow men inflict on each other. A time for us to get off our moral high ground and wake up to our own shortcomings and realise that we are at the crossroads of our own self destruction.
Who gives the right to three idiots to determine our futures, certainly not me as well as 99.99% of humanity.
Every dog has its day. Today it is your day. Tomorrow may not be yours...so what will the US and its white superimist partners do then?
peaple have bean punished for the last 10 years and again USA govenment is interested to declare war and kill more than the usual.The USA government should follow the principle of it's allies, Germany, France, China and Russia, and be flexible. Thankyou.
According JANE'S DEFENSE,Israel had 65 Nuclear warheads and others large numbers of Chemical and Bio agents.
Country's in the Pacific Rim and South-East Asia,such as New Zealand and Singapore had became US Nuclear godowns.Each with 2-5 Nuclear warheads.
It concluded that,if to dismantle and disarmanment of WMD in Iraq,it's also must apply to country's which was mention above.
And that America wants to control muslims in world.
on this site by Edward Said "Monument to Hypocricy". By the way Edward Said is a Christian.
are going to stop this alleged war. I am sure the
zonist christian and jews togeather are determind
and are in full preperation to conquer and established their will on all over the world. I have a advice for the people whoever may be this is a very serious time and inevitable war for which you and me are trying to stop.We have to think and rethink this will not work and we have to establish a new stratigy to stop this arrogant
attitude if we do not realize the time then it will be to late for us and entire mankind will suffer the biggest holocoust that mankind have never ever imagin and suffering will be so great
even beast will be crying. Rest assured for those
to turned toward almight with sincerly will recieve the divine intervention and this is not to far you and me. Keep your eyes open and seek the truth and accept it this is only way to recieve guidance and help or those who do not seek refuge will have the fate of those arrogant
who the think will bring peace and properity. And those people who support are the most fullish and people who are following the anti christ rest assured of their fate .Rest on you and me what course we take when this inevitable war going to take place. Rest assured this is a final war we are entering.
Insha'Allah, the world does not forget the Palestinians, too...
If this is your definition of tolerance - count me out.
We are all created by God we shouldn't be killed by man.
"Because you are a citizen of a new global society. Globalization is about more than free trade. What we are witnessing is the birth of a grassroots global democracy. To emphasize our membership in this new global society, many protesters around the world will be carrying the U.N. flag, a fitting symbol for a new era."
In the Christian religion this is a very frightening statement. On world rule I.E. global government under the U.N. is a precursor for Satans rain upon the earth. The U.N. is evil it seeks to dismantal freedom, and cultures around the globe. The day I see millions of people all around the world all waving the U.N. flag, will be a sign of the end.