Tensions across the Strait of Taiwan grew more tense in late November. Wang Zaixi, vice minister of the Chinese Cabinet's Taiwan Affairs Office, told the English-language daily China Daily "If the Taiwan authorities collude with all splittist forces to openly engage in pro-independence activities and challenge the mainland and the one-China principle, the use of force may become unavoidable." In response, a spokesman for Taiwan's cabinet said, "Taiwan is a democratic country. Only its 23 million people have the right to decide its future and what is best for them. We can't tolerate interference with our internal affairs by any undemocratic country."
Although this is not the first time China has threatened Taiwan with force, Wang did temper his remarks by saying, "The people of Taiwan are our brothers and sisters. We are not willing to meet at the battleground." Nevertheless, this latest news did set off a series of "what ifs" in my mind. What if the Taiwanese people vote to declare independence from China? What if China invades in response? What if the United States intervenes on Taiwan's behalf? A dreadful thought, no doubt, but plausible nonetheless.
What if, in response to a war in China, the United States government decides to detain all those of Chinese descent in America? When I first thought of this ugly possibility, I hate to admit, a brief sense of relief overtook me. Finally, the pressure will be off us Muslims for a change. Finally, there will be a new enemy, I thought. But then that sense of relief quickly became a sense of deep concern, almost horror. What if all persons of Chinese descent were herded into camps? What would we Muslims do?
Technically speaking, the act of detaining an entire ethnic minority in internment camps has never been declared unconstitutional. Korematsu v. United States--the famous Supreme Court case that upheld the internment of Japanese Americans--has not, to my knowledge, been overturned by the Supreme Court. Although many in America have said "never again," what if it did happen again? Some believe that it already has happened again after the attacks of September 11, when over 1000 overwhelmingly Arab and Muslim men were detained, not in concentration camps, but in America's jails and prisons.
Still, the question continues to dog and haunt me: what would Muslims do in such a situation? Would we stand idly by and watch as another horrific injustice is done in the name of "military necessity"? Would we remain silent in order to show our loyalty and patriotism? Would we turn in our fellow Chinese Americans? Would the tremendous pressure that the American Muslim community is currently under lead it to acquiesce to an act wholly antithetical to both Islamic and American values?
I hope and pray not. If, God forbid, such a situation were to occur, we Muslims must be the loudest of all Americans in protest. We must never sit by and watch such a horrible injustice be committed in the name of "military necessity" and "national security." We must stand up for justice, as the Quran commanded us. An injustice against anyone anywhere is and must be an affront to every Muslim everywhere.
I was blessed recently with the opportunity to meet two Americans who were victims of Executive Order #9066, the order to place all of Japanese descent in internment camps. One was a senior in high school at the time, and the other was born while in internment. I sat in sheer awe as the two spoke, and I felt a deep admiration for them. They were speaking out against the actions of the U.S. government in the wake of the September 11 attacks, using their experiences in the camps to forever remind Americans what can happen when the citizenry remains silent in the face of injustice. They are my heroes. My only hope and prayer is that if, God forbid, a similar situation occurs in America, Muslims finally live up to the demands of their faith and stand up for justice, regardless of the victim. Failing to do so would be nothing less than barbaric.
Hesham A. Hassaballa is a Chicago physician and columnist for the Independent Writers Syndicate. He is author of "Why I Love the Ten Commandments," published in the Book Taking Back Islam: American Muslims Reclaim Their Faith (Rodale).
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Chances of getting this message posted is 1/3 * 100 = 33%, which is less than the percentage of AMERIANS (45%) who think that ISLAM is inherently violent.
MY DEAR BROTHER JOHN NORMAN WOULD NOT ENGAGE IN TRADING INSULTS WITH NO ONE ANYMORE. I had a dream and the dream has come true.
Wow... Let me phone Mother Eve convectionally or radiationally... to send this important News.
PLEASE POST THIS.
As far as being far this or far that, its inconsequental when examing the plethora of jewish neurosis and propaganda.
LOL CHARLES THAT'S A GREAT SCALE...Thank you for that I enjoyed that very much hahaha....
Claiming never to have heard about those Israeli "art students" celebrating the 9/11 attacks is just pathetic. I'm not going to do your research for you, if you're not feeling up to it, call your local FBI office and ask them why 300 Israelis are in lock down. USS liberty an accident? what chutzpa ! Yes all those acts of terror were accidents, just like Israeli agents using Canadian and American passports are accidents. I'm sure Pollard was being loyal to the US when he handed over thousands of pages of classified intelligence to the Israelis. It must have been an accident, as are all false flag operations carried out by Jewish terrorists.
Your attempt to gloss over Israeli criminal activity is standard jewish behavior. The talmud does promote lying to goyim after all. Unfortunetly for you history isnt kosher like that.
Prominent Middle East leaders such as Qadhafi, Mubarak, Saddam Hussain refer to themselves as Arabs before Muslims. This whole notion plays in the hands of the Western powers ideology of "Divide and conquer."
This is how the Caliphate was destroyed. By Arab nationalism. Nationalism whether be it Arab, Pakistani, Iranian, Turkish etc. is gows against the core Islamic theme of oneness and unity.
The steps towards progress must start by calling ourselves Muslims before, Arab, Iranian, pakistani or Sunni, Shia etc..
I remain optimistic
God bless you all, salaam.
The next largest group are the positive feedback patriots. They cheer on their country what ever it does, right or wrong. They act as positive feedback to the country. Positive feedback is used by engineers when they want to create something that is runaway, out of control or generally self destructive like the chain reaction of a nuclear bomb. A country under the spell of positive feedback patriots is best described as Nazi (read "nationalist party" when translated to English) It is a country so enamored with itself that reason does not control.
The smallest group of patriots are the negative feedback patriots. These are the people brave enough to question their countrie's actions when it is not acting rightly. They are the people that pull the car back onto the road and get it moving straight. They rail against the lemmings that follow each other over the cliff. They act as the nation's conscience and attempt to keep it from the path of self-destruction.
It is an act of patriotism fraught with danger and restricted to the brave. Many are the people attacked by their own country for speaking out for what is right. That country that attempts to silence negative feedback patriots is a country deep into tyranny and self delusion.
Such is the condition today in which not only are the negative feedback patriots attacked as un-American but positive feedback patriotism is pandered to as vices are pandered to.
All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to remain silent. It is the first and most profound corruption of individuals.
Jonathan Pollard can't wait to be deported to Israel. No doubt that he will thank you profusely if you are instrumental in securing his deportation. The Lavon affair: wasn't that something that happened in Egypt or Syria? Don't see what it has to do with Uncle Sam. USS Liberty: the US accepted that it was a horrendous accident. US Forces too have horrendous accidents. Remember those Canadians killed in Iraq thru "friendly fire"? as well as the Brits and the Kurds?
CSIS and the RCMP are perfect examples of hidden racism in Canada, secretly conspiring with American govt. officials handing over the deed to Maher Arar's house to US customs authorities, trying to cover this incident up. He was deported to Syrian Jail, imprisoned and tortured for over a year. This is called "WHITE SUPREMACY".
The most patriotic thing you can do is to question the actions of your own government.
...You need to take trip to Palestine, IRAQ, and Chechnya... and see the sufferings of MUSLIMS...9/11 was NOT an attack on AMERICAN CIVILIANS but on AMERICAN GOV'T FOR ITS STUPIDITIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST...Yeah!!! ITS SAD, many civilians died!!! Didn't your DEAR COWBOY killed thousands of IRQIS just to get SADDAM, who is still walking around and smoking cigar and WHO HAS BEEN NOURISHED AND CLOTHED BY U.S. GOV'T FOR DECADES!!! IT'S TIME FOR YOU TO GROW UP!!!
IF YOUR A MUSLIM, ENJOY YOUR HALAL TURKEY!!! IF NOT, be my guest.. eat whatever you want!!! Your type of turkey is yours, my type of turkey is MINE!!! AND you are welcome to criticize Muslilms, but once in while you will hear from me...
He is an Islamophobic, Arabophobic, and now ,all of a sudden, CAIROPHOBIC. The CAIR is just a website, not a Madrasa Student!!!
I wonder how BROTHER NORMAN is going to defend himself... Let me disappoint him...the Chinese-American who has been spying for China (although initially jailed by Chineese gov't for spying for USA) just got caught for SPYING FOR CHINA a few days ago... SHE WILL FACE 13 yrs in jail if convicted.
Isn't she undermining the U.S.'s national security?
American values???? Hmmm....My stomach is full of American values....having hard time walking w/ it!!! Very SILLY!!! Let me list a few American values: LIES & ILLEGAL WAR, OPPRESSION, SPONSORING TERRORIST-STATES (EXPLICITLY ISRAEL), NUDE WOMEN, BOOZE, SUPPORTING DICTATORS (SADDAM), CHEATING ONE's spouse, EXPOSING ONESELF in streets AS ANIMALS WOULD IN DENSE JUNGLE SIMPLY TO ATTRACT MATES; NAUGTY MUSICS, CATWALKING W/ NO CLOTHES ON etc...I am getting tired of importing values from terrorististans every single day. Thinking about leaving...but WHO WILL NURTURE individual like brother NORMAN??? Mother Eve would not be happy w/ me at all if i decide to leave.
Some values of AMERICANS... THEY (MOSTLY WOMEN) SMILE AT STRANGERS and me!!! VERY UNIQUE!!! NO ONE CAN DENY THAT!!!
Anyways, Let us all pray for brother Norman so that his phobia and hatred toward Muslims and also toward Muslim websites decreases exponentially in the days to come....
J.N---WHAT A CHILD OF MOTHER EVE?????
PEACE!!! SALAM!!! PEACE!!! DEAR BROTHER JOHN NORMAN.
ME IS NOT SUPPOSED TO BE RUDE TOWARD ANYONE!!! I Learned that in MADRASA!!! BUT BOTHER JOHN NORMAN left me no choice...
Anyways...brother Norman!!!...Thanks for Killing Native Americans and putting them in concentration camps all across the AMERICAS.
JUST ENJOY YOUR TURKEY!!! Thanks a l
Jonathan Pollard anyone ? How about those innocent Israeli "art students" celebrating the 9/11 attacks ? How many Lavon affairs and USS Libertys do you Americans need before you get a clue ?
How many Lavon affairs and USS Libertys do you need before you get a clue ?
A very likely conflict of the future! At present the Chinease cannot match the US military might. But as Chinease economy grows and more funds are available for defence, China will match the US one day.
Regarding the Muslim reaction. There will be no reaction! How can you expect anything from a "nation" that could not provide a united voice against the invasion of Iraq.
The major anti war rallies in the West are supported by non Muslims.
The Muslim reaction will be like that of a rabbit being stuck in the headlights.
Don't expect anything too positive too soon!