American bulls in the Iraq shop

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The Pentagon, a.k.a. the International Trust for Historic Preservation, has once more shown the world its deep cultural sensitivity.

Franklin Graham, the Christian evangelist who has branded Islam a "very wicked and evil" religion, was the honored speaker at the Pentagon's Good Friday service.

After a Christian singer crooned, "There is one God and one faith," Graham told an auditorium of soldiers in camouflage, civilian staffers and his son, a West Point cadet: "There's no other way to God except through Christ. ... Jesus Christ is alive because he is risen, and friends, he's coming back, and I believe he's coming back soon."

When Muslim groups complained that the Pentagon was "endorsing" his attacks on Islam, Graham asked for a photo op with Muslim Pentagon employees. They declined.

Muslims suspicious that America is on a crusade against Islam were inflamed to learn that Graham is taking his missionary act to Iraq. They are still scorched by his remarks to NBC News after 9/11: "It wasn't Methodists flying into those buildings, and it wasn't Lutherans. It was an attack on this country by people of the Islamic faith."

He wrote in his last book that Christianity and Islam were "as different as lightness and darkness," and recently told the Sunday Times of London, "The true God is the God of the Bible, not the Quran."

Workers from Graham's Christian relief organization, Samaritan's Purse, were in Jordan, waiting to inveigle Iraqi infidels with a blend of kitchen pantry and Elmer Gantry.

Treating Operation Iraqi Freedom as a lucky break for Jesus, Graham told the religious Web site Beliefnet: "We are there to reach out to love them and to save them, and as a Christian I do this in the name of Jesus Christ."

The 50-year-old son of Billy Graham has close connections to the president, who was in charge of evangelical outreach during his father's '88 campaign and who pressed war in Iraq by calling liberty "God's gift to humanity."

Both scions "recommitted" to Jesus Christ after periods of rebellion. Franklin Graham gave the prayer at W.'s inaugural. The president said Billy Graham "planted a seed in my heart" to stop drinking and embrace Jesus.

In Baghdad, it was Bad Friday. On the Islamic holy day, thousands of Iraqis marched through downtown, shouting for America to "leave our country." Looters, continuing their rampage, stole vials of polio virus from a public health laboratory and set the Information Ministry on fire.

Mullahs were happy to talk -- and balk -- after suffocating under Saddam.

"You are masters today," Sheik Ahmed al-Kubeisy lectured America in one Baghdad mosque. "But I warn you against thinking of staying. Get out before we force you out." (Isn't this how Osama got started?)

Back here, the neo-cons and war planners were too busy gloating to worry about the ambient sound of civilizations clashing.

Rummy, once a Bechtel Iraqi pipeline booster and now busy planning to load U.S. military bases into Iraq, seemed almost perversely determined to act as though the vandalizing of relics of the birth of civilization was insignificant, something only sissies could cry over.

The Pentagon could easily have saved the national museum and library if they had redeployed the U.S. troops assigned to guard Ahmad Chalabi, the Richard Perle pal, Pentagon candidate and convicted embezzler who is back in Iraq trying to ingratiate himself with the country he left 40 years ago.

Instead of hectoring those who expressed any doubt about the difficulty of occupying Iraq, the conservatives should worry about their own self-parody: pandering to the base by blessing evangelical Christians who want to proselytize Muslims; protecting their interests by backing a shady expat puppet; pleasing their contributors by pre-emptively awarding rebuilding contracts to Halliburton and Bechtel; and swaggering like Goths as Iraq's cultural heritage goes up in flames.

Talk about a baptism by fire.

Maureen Dowd writes for The New York Times


  Category: Americas, World Affairs
  Topics: Iraq
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Older Comments:
MUHAMMAD FROM KENYA said:
hey bush were the soldiers sent to attack shops or saddam ?
If you cant answer me then you have no difference with a dog eating a cat
2003-04-28

KAYSAN ABDUL-RAHMAN FROM USA said:
Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
The Prophet(Peace Be Upon Him) Said a devout Muslim is like a leave on a date-tree they will never fall down; by this saying in Hadith Sahih Bukhari if my brother & sisters in Iraq are practicing Muslims then Graham and his follower should'nt be a threat.
2003-04-28

AZAHARY said:
Another loser propaganda , he is a loser at home , now he try to gain face & respect and saviors of the Iraqi muslims .....and say Islam is evil !!! no way loser !!! ,...recently , we had been enraged worldwide issues of prolonged , CHRISTAIN pedophile cases and sexual abuse by their holy priest and in churches , what is a degrading scene and sick religion !!! and child for sex !!! , so Mr Graham should rectify those priests first before saying Islam is evil !!! why Graham is quite on it !!!...
2003-04-27

AZAHARI FROM FRANCE said:
Again a another christain propaganda , but it is an empty soul from an empty vessel , a loser , a cowardice, his saying was the reverse, he is evil , warmonger and dark hearted , he should be repent for his and american Sins and enter into Islam , before he talk about salvation & jesus . even beloved Jesus PBUH never dispised other religion to gain popularity during his missions , Mr Graham , nothin to compare !!! his arrogrant charater & blunt statement is no way to reflect Jesus PBUH poius qualities , pity Graham , he will be dispised by 1.2 billion Muslims and no way he can !!! if so he should Christinized his bad back yard & sick Americans first , who are away from moral obligations & humanely love , and of course line of Warmongers !!! who are bloodbound !! and child killers
2003-04-27

ANISA ISLAM FROM U.K said:
IT just makes me laugh when I hear what that Lunatic old man says or does (Franklin Graham. I am not afraid to say that a person who believes that Jesus will take them to heaven without them working hard to follow God's commands have no brain at all. Those Muslims that always attack Sheikh Mohammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab have no brain too!! because they are not following the true teachings of our prophet and I am talking about those bad Muslims who beat themselves up (SHIA) and those who believe in sheykhs (sufi) . Unless this ummah follows the true teachings of our beloved prophet (S.A.W) and stop doing shirk and bidaa then this Ummah will not see any victory.
2003-04-26

HAMZAT MUFUTAU FROM GHANA said:
Salaam Islamiccity,
on this matter have no one to blame, I will blame Arabs by not love each other and put their intrest in money and support usa.
surly with usa power and take control of Iraq's the level of Islam faith will soon be come down in Iraq's as far their will contuniue to other Arabs countries, every Christain's see Islam as evil faith no mistake about that, I live in Christain country I know the tyep of name the non-Muslim call us and so may challange against Islam and Arabs because they strongly beleive that Arabs are the people's who cary high position in Islam and by taking over this country and rules them the will no more Islam in the earth, which is a very big mistake by westen world.

my opinions is I call for Arabs Musilm united and Follow the messanger of Allah examples.

thanks
2003-04-26

YUSUF FROM AUSTRALIA said:
US doesn't want Iran to "interfere" in Iraq so that they can BAPTISE the MUSLIM Iraqi people.
Question to Franklin Graham & Gee Wiz Bush--What if there's not enough water in Iraq to Baptise everyone? Will they need to divert the Jordan River if the Euphrates and Tigris dry up due to the furious rate of conversion that US expects will follow?
2003-04-26

YAHYA BERGUM FROM USA said:
I cannot imagine why anyone would refuse to follow Jesus (God bless him) into Paradise, if they were to be offered that opportunity. However, my understanding (from the Quran) is that those of us who persist in claiming that one (or more) creatures (or creations) are associated with our Creator are not going to be offered that opportunity. My understanding (from the New Testament) is that none is good but one, that is, God.

My understanding (from the Quran) is that Allah is the one who creates all things and the one who was never created - is the one who makes possible all that is done and against whom none prevail - who is the source of all blessings and is deserving of all praise - who is unequaled and without partner - who is the one true God.

My understanding (from the Quran) is that those matters over which we have differed will be made clear to us, when we have been assembled before our Creator. May we be guided by our Creator. May we follow our Creator's instructions. May peace be upon God's prophets (God bless them).

Also, to whom it may concern, I am a very right-wing American, who is also very grateful to Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta'Ala) for blessing me with Sheikh Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab. May Allah bring to him peace-salutations in addition to granting him blessings. Ameen.

As Salaamu Alaikum (Peace be upon you).
2003-04-26

IMRAN ABDUL RAHMAN FROM SINGAPORE said:
This "sickness" that inhibits the Muslim soul exists not only in the Arab world, but also throughout Asia. Our leaders, Muftis and Ulamas alike, are more well known for either their political or military prowess. Seldom we hear of our leaders calling to others as prescribed in the Quran.

The Ummah in general is more interested in "westernization" of their lifestyles, adopting western cultures and abandoning the very fundamentals of Islamic teachings.

We only voice our Islamic identity when it is threatened; but fail to potray or even are ashamed at times to even behave as a Muslim when it matters.

One important factor is that our leaders must make a stand. They must unite the Ummah under one Islam; and not lead us astray into differring factions each claiming its own brand of Islam.

Remember that Islam is the religion to unite the Ummah; and not otherwise.

May Allah Lead Us In The Way Truth
2003-04-26

RAJAWALI FROM TEGANU said:
'as for the acknowledgement, we still in the process 'tightening the nooses' '
2003-04-26

M WIRTH FROM USA said:
It is too bad that people like Graham, Bush, Robertson, Falwell, and Helms do not even understand their own leader, Jesus. Jesus was a pacifist, a feminist, and basically rebelled against the powers that be during his time. He let women into his ministry, when men were not even supposed to interact with women, he accepted the poor, the outcast, and didn't bully people with threats of brimstone and fire.

Why do they suppose he was put to death? Because he challenged the beliefs of his time, and he was preceived to be a threat to the ruling party.
2003-04-25

ABDUR RAZZAQ FROM USA said:
As Salaamu Alaikum.
I am tired of people backbiting our Sheikh Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab. Do not place blame upon this noble Sheikh for the actions and misdeeds of those who CLAIM to follow him and his methodology. The only way to practice Islam is to follow the Quran, the Sunnah and do so in the footsteps of the Salaf. There should be no disagreement on this basis. I do not excuse the Saudi regime for their failure and use of Sheikh Abdul Wahhab's manhaj for political gain, nor do I dispute that many people who claim Salafiyyah hide Hizbiyyah and make takfeer. But the Manhaj is Sahih! The purest Islam is that distrbuted by the Prophet (saws) and the best generation of uslims were his Companions (ra).
2003-04-25

YAZID FROM USA said:
Salaam-

Franklin Graham is no different from the wahhabi hawks that currently control most of Islam's outlets....I know I sit in a Masjid and listen to it every Friday.

This is not to say that Graham is not a biased, racist pig but to also say that the imam's that the mid-east has exported to the rest of the world, in particular Pakistan and the US, are'nt any better.

The rich arabs in the mid-east give to people all over the planet who wish to establish an islamic community, after the Masjid is built...they send in their version of Graham and that's the truth.

Muslims around the planet need to take back their religion and rebel against the stooges that the mid-east "rulers" have exported.

We are no better than Graham and his little possie of bible toting followers and until we clean our own UMMAH of the stinch and curruption that has covered it for the past 60 or so years...we have no argument.

Muslims everywhere are "freaked out" by the fact that Christians are in Iraq. What are we afraid of? Is our Qur'an wrong? Is their bible better?

I say NO! So why is everyone so afraid?

BECAUSE WE HAVE BEEN USING ISLAM AS A POLITICAL TOOL AND WE KNOW THAT ANYTHING ELSE HAS TO BE BETTER THAN THE TWISTED WAHHABISM THAT HAS FLOODED THE RELIGION.

If we were just Muslims in the mid-east...we would welcome the Christians with open arms and teach them a thing or two about GOD!

Unfortunately, we're not and so we must be afraid...afraid that they will promote something more JUST and FAIR than WAHHABISM.

Islam is the best religion, muslims are the worst people....we need to fix that or continue to suffer.

The answer to Muslim problems are in Muslim hands.

Salaam
2003-04-25

MICHAEL FROM USA said:
This is an embarrassment to flag toting, freedom preaching citizens of the US and a slap in the face for muslims. Christianity has always and will continue to be the most violent religion in the history of mankind. The very creed it based on the blood of "the son of God". They want blood for everything and then in their own twisted minds believe it is for the good of mankind. The Crusades, the Inquisition, The Roman Empire, The Holocust, etc. all were "Holy Wars" founded by Christian Terrorist like Graham, Bush and Hitler. Not all christians subscribe to this nonsense but the minority is speaking for the majority. Muslims are just as guilty as christians for not speaking out against radical minorities who are speaking on behalf of the majority. The prophesy of Muhammad said the religiously ignorant would run things... and unlike the unfulfilled prophesy of 3 days in the grave... this one is coming to true. Shame on the christians for saying... if you want to eat you must retreat from your beliefs. May the Almighty Creator of the Heavens and Earth guide those who are misguided.
2003-04-25

MAT said:
Graham is just a "Jesus coming,look busy" kind of guy.He just using religion for personal gains wether money, fame, superiority or etc., nothing more.Of course it wasn't muslim that gassed the Jews, slayed the Bosnians, turkey shot the Indians of North/South American, mutated the Vietnamese, bulldozed the Palestinian, awed the Iraqi and Afghani, butchered the Lebanese, arpathied the Blacks and many more.
2003-04-25