A million, protest war in London but Arab streets are silent
Could anything be more pathetic than the Arab demonstration against war? A million Britons marched in London, more than half a million Spaniards in Madrid; 200,000 in Paris and New York. And Cairo? Well, just 600 Egyptians turned up in their capital to protest at America's forthcoming invasion of brotherly Iraq - surrounded by 3,000 security police. By way of contrast - brave contrast - 2,000 Israelis protested in Tel Aviv against the war.
What on earth is it with the Arabs? Of all people, they - and they alone - are likely to suffer in this American invasion of their homeland. They - and they alone - have the will and the ability to understand that this US military adventure is intended - as Colin Powell, the Secretary of State, frankly declared last week - to change the map of the Middle East.
Yet, faced with catastrophe, the Arabs are like mice. Their leaders may agree with their people - but they will not let their people say so.
President Mubarak of Egypt has made it all too clear there is little he can do to rein in President Bush. King Abdullah of Jordan has said there is almost "nothing" the Arabs can do to avert war. Which means Arabs ask, more and more, what their leaders are for. The presidents and kings of the Arab world agree with their people, it seems, but do not wish them to express the views they themselves hold.
It's one thing for Mr. Mubarak to criticize the United States - quite another for Egyptians to do so. What on earth, one wonders, did the 3,000 Egyptian security police think as they surrounded their protesting brothers and sisters?
True, 200,000 Syrians protested against the war in Damascus. But no one protests in Syria unless they are in accord with their government, which means that this particular "popular" protest was arranged by the Arab Socialist Baath Party of Syria. But at least the Syrians did not carry, as their neighbours in Beirut did, portraits of Saddam Hussein. For in Arab capital cities, there is a special problem. Repeatedly, Arab opposition to war is trammeled up with Arab support for the Iraqi dictator.
In Cairo two weeks ago, pictures of the Iraqi leader detracted from anti-war protests. In Beirut on Saturday, men who had fought each other in Lebanon's 15-year civil war came together to oppose America's invasion of Iraq, but were then demeaned by far greater numbers of Lebanese who supported Saddam Hussein and carried pictures of the wretched man to prove it.
Sayed Hassan Nasrallah, the head of the Lebanese Hizbollah guerrilla army, castigated the Arabs for their "silence" and urged them to "re-evaluate" their attitude towards Europe following the protests against war - this, remember, from the man who leads an organization whose satellite groups once held dozens of Westerners hostage in Lebanon during the 1980s.
Sayed Nasrallah also deplored the fact that "the greatest Muslim demonstration in history" - the gathering of two million Muslim pilgrims at Mecca for the Haj - had not used the slogan "Death to America" or "No to War". Nasrallah also accused "certain" Arab regimes of "supporting the war or approving of it in secret". And, of course, we all know who they are.
Source: The Independent
Topics: Conflicts And War
The Arabs themselves feel they are not humans and therefore target for extermination.
May Almighty help them reach this goal !!!!!!!!!!!!
first, the silent of arab street is under a great control of this horrible governments and their tyranny! of course this silent is only temporary. It may be the beginnings of a last rising. Ican't Imagine the arab World with the same governments after an expected war in Iraq especially if this war endures and adds iraqian innocent's Blood to palestinian!
I think, this calm is a forced and it can't go on! In any case I hope, I can't imagine this situation when war will begin!
At all events Non arabic MUSLIMS are more reactive especially in occidental countries!
Sayed Nasrallah also deplored the fact that "the greatest Muslim demonstration in history" - the gathering of two million Muslim pilgrims at Mecca for the Haj - had not used the slogan "Death to America" or "No to War".
Sayed should know better. A pilgrim's sole focus during hajj is Allah, the ultimate decider of everything in this world and the next, both temporal and permanent. They are right not to corrupt their mission of answering the call of Abraham with what America's foreign policy on Iraq. I am confident that they would have prayed and ask Allah for the best for all believers & humanity and as a muslim, I believe that their prayers are answered, bi ithni llah.
That Allah answers prayers is not in doubt, even Bush believes that.
Also that the Arab streets are silent is not an indication of agreement with the the Bush-Blair-Sharon project on Iraq, I personally believe they are bracing themselves and focusing their energy on what no one can take away from them -their faith in Allah, having being short-changed over & over again by their faith in the West. First it was the British over Othoman empire (remember Lawrence of Arabia) and then Palestine, and now America seek to do the same over Iraq (naturally coaxed along by Britain & israel).
WELL I GUESS THEY IS NOTHING I CAN DO, BUT MAKE DUAA FOR THEM. INSHALLAH
I urge all Arabs to revolt againest there hopeless government and bring back their glorious history.
100,000 Protesters Display Rejection of Iraq War
RABAT, Feb.24 - Some 100,000
Moroccans took to the streets Sunday in downtown Rabat, Morocco's capital
city, to protest the impending war on Iraq.
Leaders of political parties, civil society representatives, unions and
Ngos took part in the protest staged under the sign "No to war in Iraq."
Marchers waved banners reading "World Peoples for Peace", "Aggression
against Iraq is Aggression against all Arab nations", "Save the children
of Iraq", and other anti-war slogans.
Demonstrators also condemned the embargo hitting the Iraqi people and
called for peaceful settlement to the Iraqi crisis.
Iraq highly appreciates Morocco's brotherly gesture, charg d'affaires of
the Iraqi embassy in Rabat, Jaoudat Kadem Al Ani, said.
Head of the national committee of support to Iraq, Mohammed Lakhsassi,
said "today Morocco went out to the streets to voice rejection of war, and
solidarity with the brotherly Iraqi and Palestinian peoples," He added
that the participation of all political parties, professional
organizations and human rights associations to the march is an evidence of
the unity of the Moroccan people over the issue."
your response is typical of an ignorant individual. Your interest is not the truth nor its promotion but what you perceive to be the truth and your manipulation of facts to promote your ideals....very typical of the western intellectual world actually...do you wish me to cite the number of studies concerning data manipulation, population control, social trends and how to influence them, advertising techniques, etc...you my lover of democracy are the pray of your ego and the media machinery of Mr. Murdoch..(all of these studies by the way have been carried out by WESTERN secular scientists/ intellectuals and have not in anyway or form been corrupted by the bias of us followers of a strict religious code!!)
There is NO catch 22 for us as muslims!In order to do all those things,we do not have to become more western....we have to in fact become MORE ISLAMIC!!! It is Islam that teaches us about freedom. freedom of expression, freedom of worship (whatever your faith), freedom of speech, freedom of education, freedom of thought! if you had researched into Islam properly you would never have written such a myopic review.
what has the current muslim leadership got to do with Islam??? let me inform you my dear lover of democracy, NOTHING! EXCEPT that the muslims abondoned everything it stands for, justice, security and freedom for all, irrespective of colour, background etc etc..maybe you should practice a bit more in detail what it is your secular society teaches you and that is to actually research the point you are going to make before making it! that way you are not likely to get your ignorant hide embarassed or worse yet humiliated by the plethora of evidence against it.Then again fools seldom believe what they see.They only believe what they want to believe,look at hitler!
may Allah have mercy upon us and the rest of humanity, forgive us our pride and vanity and lift the veil of ignorance and deception from our hearts!Ami
Arabs Don't march unless by government sanction.
When there is a rally anywhere in the middle east it is the government who brings them out.
Arab governments don't bring the people out to protest because they don't want to risk angering America.
The Arab people (at least of the hundreds I know) don't want war in Iraq.
They don't protest because protesting in Arab countries for causes other than what the government wants can be punished by death.
Allah, u r the most just, deal with them, most justly........
How ever i think the new generations are on the ball and things will change
im ashamed of being an arab but will never be ashamed of being a MUSLIM.
May the Almigthy Allah should deliver the muslims from the leathers who have already been bought with money to sell Al islam that was suffred for by prophet mohammed(SWA).aMEEN
Arabs are coward, yes they are. This is great musiba! They fail to understand the mission of WAmericans and Jews. Powell made it clear "To change the map of east" Arab leader and their people are still blind, this is musiba! It could be wise Arabs to forget their differences at this time and come together, think their future instead of bleming each other. America has no friend in this world, they, America and British are great hypocrytes. Allah knows much, but what I can see is that after Iraq, that will be the end of Saudia regime. Let us expect what is going on in Palestna in other islamic countries.
Allah, save Muslim ummma from the evil hands of America and British. Amin
They forgot their duty in their luxury
We became a matter of joke for foreighners
Shame on us & our so called "ullamas".
ITS BETTER TO LIVE 1 MINUTE LIKE A LION THAN 100
YEARS LIKE A MICE
The ummah lies in dormancy because the Almighty Allah isn't pleased with it.
I beleive the wake up call will come when the West becomes more energy efficient and less dependant on the oil. The potential loss of oil revenue will cause a panic in the oil producing Arab world and they'll be forced to re-evaluate their ways and start behaving more Islamically, possibly leading to an Islamic cooperation and unity. Allah will then help the ummah, insallah.
Question is, why wait till then to achieve unity? Why don't the oil rich Arabs start thinking about helping the ummah now, while they're in a better position?
Another question, what do the Islamic nations talk about when they get together for the OIC (Organization of Islamic Countries) Coneference?
Just my thoughts, thank you.
What is the guarantee that the guns trained on Iraq will not turn on Saudi Arabia. after all most of the hijackers of 9/11 were saudis. Osama himself is a saudi. What of Oman? Kuwait and all those "princely states?
will they not be targetted next?
Or may be all this will be for the good of the poor beningted Arabs may be America will play saviour and install democratic rulers there may be they will actually give the crazy arabs a franchise.!!!!!!
Even i find that last hard to beleive. Amercians are having it so nice and easy dealing with the "princes" they would never even dream of having elected rulers ruin their party.
and what of Israel the poor lil lost country surrounded by the horrible beastly Arabs? no way it will be off with the princely heads and in with the replicas of Hamid Karzai. Viva Pax Amricana. Viva Israel. whoops. we were talking of the arabs werent we?
Muslims of the world we ought to be a shamed of ourselfs. This war couldn't happen without our support and lack of action. We allow troops to be stationed, allow access to our airspace,allow war games to be held in our countries. Shame on us. The Saudi Royal Family along with leaders of Turkey,Iran,Jordan,Qatar,Bahran are puppets who love the dollar more than they love Allah. Don't they realise they along with the rest of us will be asked about this on Judgement Day? Protests all over the world and how many Muslims participate? Shame on us we should be organizing these events or at the very least attend them. The Prophet(PBUH)said it was our duty to help the oppressed and the oppressor the companions said we know how to help the oppressed but how the oppressor.The Prophet(PBUH)said prevent him from oppressing. On March 5th there will be another day of Peace. People are being asked not to go to school or work and at the very least wear a black band or ribbon to show support. Do Something Muslims. We are one fifth of the worlds population and make up over one third of the world refugees SHAME ON US!!! This means only one thing either we Muslims don't love this deen enough to practice it or make effort for it Or ALLAH is a liar. I for one know that ALLAH does not lie. So stop whinning, get up off your butts and be heard. Especially those in America and to my brothers and sisters in lands that suppress your right to speak and act in public then stand at night and cry to ALLAH perhaps if we start to behave like Muslims and stop acting like Muslims he will hear us
As Salaamu Alaikum
God addressed us: "You are the best of the nations raised up for (the benefit of) men". But since then we have become powerless peoples, we gave up our reins to strangers, forgot our history, blew up our heritage as if we are rootless people.
Thus, in these historical moments we ceased to have a past, present and probably future as well.
We surrendered when faced by challenges, thus we lost the last grain of our dignity; and became a flock of sheep driven into the unknown.
More - An honest view of the Arab silence
Sounds like you might be posting from points east. If so, I am actually a wee bit envious. Oh, well! Like you said, REAL jihad begins [here]. Jazak Allah wa Allah Hafiz!
You dont get detained or deported, you simply disappear without a trace. This is how puppet regimes operate in the middle east......why doesnt anyone have the gall to ask who's pulling the strings ......
Peace be with you all and my Allah bring us all to light.
pattern. We are used to being exclusive and
now we are seeing the results of that
behavior. We are also immune to our own and
those other have-nots physical pain and
suffering, instead we rouse ourselves only to
protest indignities being hurled at Islam.
We need to partner with all organizations and
individuals who espouse causes for the
betterment of humanity and we need to leave
our protective shells behind. Feel the pain of
humanity and be courageous as those who
are defending all our rights and liberties.
We are natural partners of have-nots, lets
make common cause with them instead of
seeking crumbs from the haves.
We have a lot to share on the ground and if we
were to give the pulpit a rest, it wouldn't be too
much of a loss.
Seek peace and share goodwill for all.
When I see the attitude of the Arabs a part of me asks why even bother. Their own corruption, division and ignorance has got them into this mess. I'm convinced Allah will continue to punish them until they do reform their ways.
Arabs like to be proud about their adherance to those details of Islam that are part of their daily cultural routine. But when it comes to the spirit of Islam and the larger issues of courage, compassion, integrity and discipline in society the Arabs are sorely lacking and lagging behind non-Islamic western societies. For this their "punishment" will continue.
Only when the Arabs become united and become more concerned with the true spirit of Islam will anything change.
Arabs demonstrated.most of the time,they did.but they rarely being highlight by western media(read:semite controlled)media.
no other race fiercely defend their land like the Palestinian.that took niether the marching nor shouting efforts to defend the land,but your own live,dignity,religion and everything you have or your been built.
so,we the free people,speak for them.shout every time they being abused.cry everytime their children being shot dead.learn lesson from the semite history.do whatever they did to us/arab.
'my aim is to make anti-islam equal to anti-semite.'
they fight each other.they forgot the the basic teachings of the holy prophet(PBUH).they dont respect each other they shed each others blood,no unity,no trust,rather they trust unbeleivers its a pity.they dont aquire knowledge became lazy ..May Almighty bless them !!
The article exposes the sorry state of affair in the Middle East but I think the author did not consider two important factors that make the area a bit different from other places where people hit the streets to oppose war.
1- In the West, public opinion matters and the marchers were expecting that they would influences their leaders attitude towards war. This is not the case in the ME. Bush or Tony Blair may decide to go to war or otherwise but no single leader in the ME can even oppose Bush's plans.
2- True Muslims (very few in the ME) invoque Allah whenever they face a problem, not leaders or public opinion. Note that The Afgans who oppose war prayed for peacewe and did not march.
Well, most muslims feel impotent now and do not think they can change anything.
May we succeed.
god Bless the truth