A Call to the American People

Category: World Affairs Topics: Gaza Strip, Occupation, Palestine Channel: Opinion Views: 4292
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Demo against the assault on Freedom Flotilla in the front of the white house, on June 1, 2010

The compassionate and courageous souls on board the Freedom Flotilla bound for besieged Gaza have earned the love and respect of people all over the world. The tragically fallen ones have left us deeply grieving. Those who supported the attempt to break the cruel and illegal Israeli blockade also deserve our praise and gratitude. The Prime Minister of Turkey clearly stands out with his head high among the world's leaders. By a sudden stroke of destiny, the name of Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Turkey has become very dear to the hearts of most people in the world.

But what of Israel? Israel has once again demonstrated to the world that nothing is too mean or low for it. There is nothing new or surprising in Israel's behavior. It can sink to any level in its cruelty, inhumanity and depravity toward the Palestinians and any of their sympathizers. Anyone whose memory is not terribly weak or whose mind is not totally biased will admit this. To write a proper account of Israel's diabolic nature would require a Shakespeare or a Joseph Conrad. Yet the saddest thing is that so many illusions have been held about Israel by so many for so long. It is astonishing that there are still people and states around to defend this arrogant and criminal state. Among these the most outstanding is the US.

At the top of the list of Israel's defenders is the United States of America. To defend Israel it has gone to the ridiculous length of blaming the victims on Mavi Marmara. Again, there is nothing new in this kind of US behavior. Since the time of President Truman, who badly needed Jewish money for his campaign fund, Israel has enjoyed unconditional and unlimited American support of every kind. The only exception was President Eisenhower during Israel's Suez Crisis in 1956. Other than that all Israel's barbarities against the Palestinians have been in partnership with the US. With American material and political support and protection Israel has gotten away with all its crimes. Assured of US protection, Israel has become bolder and bolder and now feels that it can defy all laws, norms and common decency. Without the US, Israel is nothing. So the question is: who is to blame more, Israel or the United States?

There is little joy in pointing the finger of blame, however, and nothing good comes of it. What the world really needs is an awakening of our hearts and open acceptance of everyone's common humanity. I speak out here not to blame, but to lament the atrophy of humanity in an important segment of mankind. At the same time, each of us can try to preserve our own humanity, like those men and women of diverse nationalities who gathered in the Freedom Flotilla, risking everything.

It baffles the understanding how such nice, friendly people like the Americans can be so biased against the Palestinians and so insensitive to their suffering and humiliation. I speak not about American political leaders, most of whom are known to be dependent on Jewish money to run their expensive election campaigns. But in a democracy the citizens have a responsibility to carefully watch their leaders and see what they are doing. If ordinary citizens evade this responsibility, they will share the guilt of their elected leaders. It is time they ask themselves whether they are doing their duty.

Another baffling thing is that so many of the best universities of the world are in America, and yet so few voices are heard speaking out for justice and humanity. One is also tempted to ask what happens to the hearts and souls of those who come out of these prestigious institutions and fill the different organs of public and private institutions. Why is it that Americans are so ill-informed of what is going on in the world? Why is it that accuracy and fairness, which are supposed to be the hallmarks of American journalism, are so noticeably absent from US media reports and commentaries? Have these reputed centers of education really done their work? Have these places made their goal only producing efficient functionaries, forsaking all other ideals of nourishing and nurturing humanity in those who come to them to benefit their lives? If the answer is yes, what a loss to humanity!

The time has come for the world's most powerful country to re-examine its own soul. That will be good for it and good for the rest of the world. But whether their leaders will be courageous enough to do so looks doubtful, at least at the moment. Their leaders are mired in folly, imprisoned in their own ego.

Will the American people also remain indifferent? It's hard to say, but if they woke up and realized how the world yearns for their help in pursuit of justice and peace, it would be a great day for the whole world. For this to happen they have to listen to the voice of their own humanity, refuse to accept the lies and the half-truths offered by their leaders and their media and find out the truth for what it is. The Vietnam war finally stopped the way it did almost exclusively because ordinary American citizens came to recognize the truth and were roused to speak out. Even now, the world has much faith in the goodness of the American people. 

People of the United States, you have the ability to do much good, but we also fear that you have an equally great ability to do harm by your indifference or silence. Make your choice. Your leaders need to be led: step forward to lead them to all that is just and humane.

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A. K. M. Mohiuddin is a retired university professor of English literature living in Bangladesh. He can be reached at this address: akmm45 [at] yahoo [dot] com


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  Topics: Gaza Strip, Occupation, Palestine  Channel: Opinion
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Older Comments:
ZAHIR SALAR FROM UNITED STATES said:
Christen and Maya. Welcome to our brotherhood and may Allah
guide you and make thinngs easy for you.
Maya. I do agree that Ramesh hate language has tone down
somewhat. Perhaps our respondse to is starting to have some
effect on him. But dont be fooled. In most the Islamic blogs
there are "mole" like him to pull wool over people eyes. Their
goal is let the weak thinks that every religion have problem and
Islam has no more truth than any other religion.
If you notice he respondse almost on every article on the
Islamicity website, because he knows muslim are incompetant
and passive , therefore he has an open forum the cast doubt into
people mind about Islam and muslims.
Dont let your guard down. he will come out swinging again.
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CHRISTEN FROM AMERICA said:
I am 20 years old from America, and I was born a Catholic, and I didn't know anything about the other countries. They don't really teach us much about the other countries in school. We really only know what comes from TV, but for some reason I started to notice the Arab people more in the universities, and I become friends with them.
Then they started talking about Islam and their way of life, at first I didn't understand them or their culture but after one year of constant listening and trying to understand them because they are so different from me, I finally started to understand.
I converted to Islam and now I am trying to influence my family and my friends that its right and to not be racist against other humans who breathe air just like we do. We are all gods creation and I am not a leader nor have any family but I swear I am trying to help as much as I can by educating the others who are now like I was then.
The American know nothing but I am trying, and I influence those who listen to try and spread the word so we can make a difference. Deep down inside I believe American hearts are good but blindfolded. Please understand some of us are hearing the cry and trying to help.
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MAYA V FROM AK said:
To Zahir:
Salam brother. Probably you did not read my past comments with other articles. By no means there is any support for Romesh. I have also read his past posts. But I see the things bit different in his latest post. He seems to be agreeing that Muslims are with the Justice. So it is a natural conclusion that any one against Muslims are with injustice.
Then on the ridicule part - is it not proud to get ridiculed staying with Justice?
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ZAHIR SALAR FROM UNITED STATES said:
@Maya. Brother it seems you have not read all of Ramesh article, especially the one where he mocks the muslims that was massacre by the terrorist state of Isreal.
As far of the all these so called Islamic leaders, there were mostly put into power by the US and the west. Who do you think is backing Egypte ditctator and keeping him in power. Who do think put Sadaam Hosein in power. You need to keep your inform brother. Also , for you to come to defend a hatemonger like Ramesh is the reason why we are so disunited.
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MAYA V FROM AK said:
To Joe and Zahir Salar,
Brothers, I'm not able to see any hate in Romesh's comment this time. What is said is right irrespective of his belief. It is the National interests, selfishness etc defines the world policies today. Justice, truth and all the good qualities have taken a back seat. When it is talked about it is again to serve the interests not for the real cause of Justice. Propoganda and mind control techniques are used to sell these corruptions to the mass ( just google it on these items). That is how the Satan has kept his control over this world. Only difference is that Muslims think this should not be the way, but 'strategic' planners think this is the way! And lack of unity among Muslims is not a strange subject. Even after the mass killing of Palestinians year back or so, Arab leaders couldn't pass a resolution condemning Israel - Egypt derailed it. The brotherhood that is felt among the common Muslims is not there with the leaders for sure.
It is strange how others are saying Muslims are with Truth and Justice still they are not with us!
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MAYA V FROM AK said:
To Frank Smith :
I don't know who gave you the right to talk such a non sense on the American Christians' behalf. What you said is no matter what you will support Israel. And for that you think Islam is at fault? funny. I know what you mean, you are thinking jesus (with a lowercase 'j') will come in to Israel and kill all the non believers - any one except a certain sect of Christianity, right? I wish if I could get you in a debate forum. Let me know if you are avaialable.
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JOE FROM USA said:
Ramesh,

You do hate muslims. Ghandi did not.You are only
fooling yourself not to see the truth purposely
because you hate muslims. But Truth will come out
& you will be ashamed of yourself. 97% of all the
countries of the world cannot be wrong siding with Palestine. Watch and see.
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FRANK SMITH FROM USA said:
From Christians In America,
We who are not afraid or ashamed to call themselves Christians because it may cause offense to Muslims, will continue to support Israel.And we will continue to embrace, use, and spread Biblical Christianity against the menace called Islam
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ZAHIR SALAR FROM UNITED STATES said:
ramesh. you supported the bombing of a mosque in India. your
opinion is irrelevant. your hate speech is already known to
everyone.
And rememeber. you need to take your medication everyday.


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MAYA V FROM AK said:
There should not be any hope is so called Muslim country leaders to stand up and speak the truth and voice for justice. So is the American leadership blind with pro Zionism. American's are kept under the darkness with propoganda ( other word of lies ) and mind controlled with the media. It is very clear what Israeli muder / apartheid policies are. Past US presidents have written books on it. There should be a good effort to convey the message to American common man what sort of cruelty, child murder, home demolition, slavery is happenning at that part of the world with their tax money. American's are well known for standing for freedom unless they are manipulated to think otherwise.
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YOHAN YISHAI FROM BHUTAN said:
A lamentable cry to the babies to inform their father to be good so that he does not hunt meat to feed them! American babies do not know much about the advantage of vegetarianism. They are not cow worshipping Hindus but bonafide beef consuming Muslims of genuine sort!
They would rather plead to hunt the wolves that dwindles the herd of Caribou, not the other way round.
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ROMESH CHANDER FROM USA said:
Welcome to the Wild and Wonderful World of (Perceived) National Interests; US perceives that its National Interest lies with Israel and not with Palestinians / Arabs / Muslims (who are nothing but disunited cry babies).

If you want Justice, then you will have to live in God's Kingdom; this is Planet Earth. Got it.
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