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Friday, July 29, 2005

Fighting Terrorism

A must read recommendations of Arab reformists:
  • Europe Must Change its Lenient Treatment of Muslim Extremists
  • Incitement on the Internet Must Be Stopped
  • Arab Intellectuals Must Stop Speaking in Two Voices
  • The Terrorists Must Be Separated from Their Sympathizers
  • Muslims Must Denounce the Terrorists; The West Must Stop Being Naive
  • Muslims Must Ban Suicide Bombings for Moral Reasons
  • The Religious Institutions Must Take Practical Measures Against the Terrorists
  • The Muslims Must Form a New Religious Culture
  • The Silent Majority Must Speak Out Against the Terrorists
  • The War on Terrorism Requires Extensive Intellectual, Political and Educational Activity
[Hat Tip: Stefania]

Thursday, July 28, 2005

What a Nice Gathering

Stop the War Coalition:
Public Meeting - New Time 6.30pm
Thursday 4th August, Friends Meeting House, Euston. Speakers include George Galloway (MP), Jeremy Corbyn (MP), Tariq Ali, Shami Chakrabati, Lindsey German, Anas Al Tikriti.
What a nice name you've got, Anas? Where from Tikrit are you, exactly? Didn't your father go to school with Saddam, and spent three years in the same classroom? And your grandfather was the head teacher of that school, right?

Ah, but Anas says that Saddam is not his relatives! Never mind, now I feel much better about this "Stop the War" Coalition; I was worried you might be a relative!

Well, that might be called prejudice; but wait, there is more! Anas is the spokesman, and former president, of the Muslim Association of Britain (the Muslim Brotherhood of Britain)!

While talking about MAB, another member of this Islamic "peaceful" organisation that resides in Britain and supports the anti-War movement, Azzam Tamimi talked to Tim Sebastian on BBC HARDTalk, in November 2004! According to "Dr" Tamimi, killing Israelis indiscriminately is not murder, it is "struggle" and it is legitimate! And if he gets the chance he would blow himself up! [Interview text]

I feel like I am going to miss this meeting! What a lovely gathering, don't you think? I mean think about it, a Tikriti, an apologist for Saddam (George Galloway) and a bunch of terrorist supporters meeting to say stop the war!

Give me a break; at least have some decent people in there, otherwise you will not be taken seriously! I mean how do you expect to get respect? Ah, I forgot about Galloway's RESPECT party! They got that, so they don't need more respect!

Harry's Place has more on this.

By the way, I know few decent Tikritis; they are rare, but they do exist!

In Case of Emergency

This is a very good idea and can be adopted internationally.
East Anglian Ambulance Service have launched a national "In case of Emergency (ICE)" campaign with the support of Falklands war hero Simon Weston and in association with Vodafone's annual life savers award. The idea is that you store the word " I C E " in your mobile phone address book, and against it enter the number of the person you would want to be contacted "In Case of Emergency".

In an emergency situation ambulance and hospital staff will then be able to quickly find out who your next of kin are and be able to contact them. It's so simple that everyone can do it. Please do. Please will you also forward this to everybody in your address book, it won't take too many 'forwards' before everybody will know about this. It really could save your life.

For more than one contact name ICE1, ICE2, ICE3 etc
ICE Website
East Anglian Ambulance Website

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Glorification of Islam

Somehow when I read this, I remembered when Bill Gates and the Pope converted to Islam!

These things really makes me laugh, because they show not only stupidity, but also the need and desperation for proof and endorsement. It's like Muslims are trying to convince themselves and the world of something they have doubts about. Pathetic!

This is no better than the pitiful Sheikh who said Monkeys practice Islam!

Sharm Relief

Karim, Sandmonkey and Twosret have set up donations fund for the victims of Sharm al-Sheikh terrorist attacks through Pray4Peace.org. Go to SharmRelief.com to donate.

Monday, July 25, 2005

Saddam's Friends and Family Sell Him Out

I bet he thought they were loyal to him because he was the "great hero"! I am sure there are lowlife stupid shameless people who love Saddam and are loyal to him because they think he is the "great hero"; however, I am also sure that members of the rotten Baath regime only loved him and were loyal to him because of their shameless selfishness, greed for power and money, and fear of the devil.

So, after realising that Saddam is history and that they are history too; they are now trying to save themselves, wishful thinking! But never mind let them burn each other, I don't mind that at all.

The judge Raed Jouhi said that Tariq Aziz, Barzan al-Tikriti (Saddam’s half brother) and Ali Hassan al-Majid (Chemical Ali) have made statements that incriminate Saddam during preparations for the trial against him and former aides. Al-Majid said during a hearing that "he had done nothing without an order from Saddam Hussein himself”. [English source, Arabic source]

Jouhi also confirmed that the arrest warrant that he issued for Muqtada al-Sadr is still effective, and that al-Sadr is still wanted by the court for his involvement in the assassination of Abdul Majid al-Khoei in April 2003. [From the Arabic source]

Will they ever arrest al-Sadr? I doubt it!

Muslims, Terrorism and Conspiracy Theories

I am sure that UK Muslims feel under suspicion, I feel under suspicion; however, that article forgot to mention that Brits, including Muslims such as myself, feel unsafe around other Muslims.

I have met many Iraqi Muslim friends this weekend, and most of them expressed how uncomfortable they feel when they see a Muslim or an Asian in a bus or in a train. A friend of mine was in the tube last week when a bearded Muslim boarded that tube, and everyone, including my friend, felt unsafe. The bearded Muslim, suddenly, started yelling "Allah o Akbar" for no reason, and everyone in that carriage, including my friend, ran away from him.

Another friend got off a bus two stations before the destination and walked because there was a bearded Muslim on the bus and felt unsafe. There is a reason why Muslims feel under suspicion, you know?!

How would I know that the Muslim standing next to me in the bus is not a suicide bomber? How would the English person standing next to me in the bus know that I am not a suicide bomber? How would the police know that we are not suicide bombers? I wish there is an easy way to tell, but there isn't.

Recently I have been noticing a shift in blame! The "it's Americas fault" line is no longer being used, or at least it is not being used as much. But of course, the new line doesn't say it is our fault! As usual, it is someone else's fault and we are just a bunch of powerless, unfortunate victims, targeted by some conspiracy or another.

Yesterday, I was at a party with friends, and when the recent terrorist attacks in Egypt were mentioned, someone said "it's Israel". I was astonished, though I heard this line before. I heard that all terrorism is the creation of Israel! But unfortunately, I didn't hear the logical explanation behind it, yet.

Anyway, I asked why? And the answer was even more astonishing: Tourism! Israel wants to get the tourism revenue that Egypt is getting! Interesting. Apparently, the day before the attack, it was reported that Egypt have made $6 billions from tourism; and therefore, Israel attacked Sharm al-Sheikh the very next day.

That explains a lot, don't you think? I mean think about 9/11, Bali, Spain and London! I can see people falling for this. But to tell you the truth, I was speechless at the moment! I mean, what would you say to this? Well, I didn't have to say much; because the smile I saw on the faces reassured me that Israel will not cut off our oxygen because we are consuming too much of it!

But then someone else said what I've heard before, "it's all Israel"! Terrorism in Iraq is being orchestrated by Israel! And here is why: Because Israel does not want to see Iraq stable. But why? They just don't; it's part of their Zionist plan. Yeah, but how does that help them? It doesn't matter, they just hate Iraq; remember Babylon? Please, you've got to give me something solid, something more logical; but nope, there is none. Mind you, this person is pro-US!

So, while all our miseries are always the result of America's actions and inactions, terrorism is being orchestrated by Israel, and we are nothing but innocent, unfortunate victims who feel under suspicion for no justified reason and have no power to change the situation.

Oh God, please help us!

Short Update

I'm OK, thanks for asking. I'm sorry haven't posted the last few days. I didn't post or reply to emails because I was busy, not because I became famous I stopped posting :)

Anyway, I'm trying to catch up with what's been happening. I see that Karim, Sandmonkey, Big Pharaoh and others have been busy standing up to terrorists. Kudos to you my friends, I wish I was there with you, even though I am not Egyptian.

Karim launched the Pray4Peace web site last week, but this is still in its early stages.

Am sure you are well aware of the situation in London and the failed attacks, and the would-be suicide bombers who are still at large.

That's all for now, but will try to post more soon.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Quoted on the BBC

Mustapha's No to Terrorism banner and my post, Your Silence is Killing Me, made it to the BBC Website.

Friday, July 15, 2005

United Against Terror

Everyone should sign and link to the United Against Terror statement.
Terrorist attacks against Londoners on July 7th killed at least 54 people. The suicide bombers who struck in Netanya, Israel, on July 12 ended five lives, including two 16 year old girls. And on July 13, in Iraq, suicide bombers slaughtered 24 children. We stand in solidarity with all these strangers, hand holding hand, from London to Netanya to Baghdad: communities united against terror.
Muslim blogger,
Why the Muslims Againsts Terrorism sign is not on your blog, yet?

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Your Silence is Killing Me

In the aftermath of the Terrorist attacks in London, there were mixed reactions in the Arab/Muslim blogosphere. Some were condemning and apologising, others were explaining how these terrorists are not Muslims, and their actions are un-Islamic; hence, there is no need to condemn and or apologise.

While I do believe that these terrorists are only Muslims by name and that their conduct is un-Islamic, there is a considerable number of Muslims who sympathise with these terrorists, are happy to see western countries suffer, and try to explain why these terrorists commit such crimes, in other words, try to justify terrorism.

We can not deny the fact that when the twin towers were hit, many Muslims celebrated in the streets. We can no deny that fact that many Muslims to this day consider suicide bombers in Israel and Iraq “freedom fighters”, even after all their barbaric and inhuman killings of innocent civilians and kidnappings. They killed and maimed children, for God’s sake; which is appalling and outrageous, and I offer my most sincere condolences to their families.

Many Muslims to this day believe that the elected Iraqi government – which is probably the most legitimate and democratic government in the region - is illegitimate, and instead consider the “resistance”, legitimate and noble. We can not deny that there are such Muslims and Imams who support these views, and even worse; but I don’t want to go there.

Disagreeing with these people and or explaining how they do not represent us is not going to change the fact that they do exist, and that their views and existence allowing the terrorists, who hijacked our religion, to spread their poison.

One of the things that you would notice once you walk the streets of London is that if you accidentally hit someone with your shoulder that person will instantly apologizes to you, even though it could’ve been your fault, and you will learn to do it too; whereas if the same happens in any Arab country you would end up in a fight, because neither will apologize. Do you think those Westerns don’t have pride and we do? No, it is our fake-pride, our unwillingness to apologize or admit mistakes and our unwillingness to accept responsibility. And when we make mistake, instead of apologizing, we try to explain why it happened; which makes matters worse.

Some long time ago I watched a program about entrepreneurs, who became millionaires, then lost almost everything, and then bounced back and became multimillionaires. It was very interesting to watch, and there were a team of experts analysing the entrepreneurs’ personality and skills. The last part of the program was the most interesting. Richard Block and David Quayle are the founders of the DIY retail chain B&Q. After leaving the business and collected a considerable amount of money, each of them started a new business. Both failed and lost, but one of them bounced back and became millionaire again; and the experts were asked to identify which one bounced back. After a serious of psychological and physical tests, they answered correctly. Quayle bounced back, but not Block who ended up working in a super market. They both started up different businesses and failed more than once; but the difference is that Quayle always knows when to leave the failing business and learn from his mistakes, while Block waits for the failing business to die and blames the economy, or the government, or the market.

Does this ring a bell? I say it is very much like the Arab Parallel Universe. Blaming others will not solve the problem, but instead it will make the problem worse. Arabs always have someone to blame, but never try to learn from the mistakes nor try to solve the problem.

Acknowledging one’s mistake or problem is half the solution. I have said before, like others including Friedman, that Terrorism is our problem and we have to solve it. We have to fix it. We have to stand up to those who hijacked our religion. Why are we unwilling to acknowledge that it is our problem? Why some think that we don’t have to show our opposition to the terrorists? Is it the fake-pride? What is it, because I don’t understand?

We don’t have to do it for the West, but for ourselves. We don’t have to do it to show Westerners that we are against terrorists, but to show the terrorists and their supporters that we are against them. We don’t have to do it to save the world, but to save ourselves.

Blair said today the "moderate and true voice of Islam" had to be mobilised. He told Muslim MPs "In the end, this can only be taken on and defeated by the community itself," while discussing how to tackle "this evil within the Muslim community".

Shahid Malik, Labour MP for Dewsbury, told the House of Commons the events represented "the most profound challenge yet faced by the British Muslim community". He said "condemnation is not enough and British Muslims must, and I believe are prepared to, confront the voices of evil head on".

This does not only concern Muslims in Britain; but everywhere in the world. This is the war of the 21st century and we have to fight it, we have to get our religion and identity back, we have to stand up to the terrorists and show them that we are against them. Iraqis are fighting these terrorists everyday, at least do it for the Iraqis and for Iraq, and show the terrorists that you are against them. Don’t pretend that it is not your problem, because if you do and the terrorists knock on your door, and they have done before, we will tell you it’s not our problem.

Show the terrorists and their supporters, that Muslims are against terrorism. Do you say that the majority of Muslims are against terrorism, against Bin Laden, against al-Qaeda, against Zarqawi, against killing innocents, against violence? Prove it. Prove it to the terrorists, show them that you are against them and against what they do.

Alykhan Velshi, a Muslim, said in an article in the National Review, "Choosing sides - the challenge for Muslims": [Hat Tip: Mark]
Sadly — dangerously — it is not uncommon for U.S. and British Muslim groups to be evasive when discussing the war on terror. Of course they’ll condemn individual terrorist attacks, though more out of sympathy for the victims and their families than out of a sense of solidarity with the West.
Sad and dangerous, indeed.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Sheikh al-Azhar sides with the Iraqis

Grand Mufti of al-Azhar, Dr. Muhammad Sayid Tantawy, called for the Arab and International cooperative efforts to work for the stability of Iraq and to end the bloodshed before it results in a sectarian war. He asked the Iraqi government to attack, with an iron fist, those who participate in explosions against civilians, and he described these activites as "the worse form of mischief on earth".

Sheikh al-Azhar confirmed during his meeting with the Iraqi representative Abbas Fadhil al-Hassan that "anyone, who participates in the killing, explosion and sabotage activities that are happening on Iraq's land, is impossible to be Muslim, he is a saboteur; and stopping those mischievous is a must, and standing up to them is a legitimate duty." [Arabic report]

I think this is a very positive statement, especially coming from the highest Sunni authority in Egypt. My hope is that this will be followed by similar statements from Imams in other Arab and Muslim countries; and then maybe, Arabs and Muslims wake up and realise that the so called resistance is just a figment of their imagination. Or am I asking too much?

When I read it, I thought I thought this is big and it must've been reported somewhere; but I was wrong, I didn't find it in the MSM. However, someone did report it, guess who? Juan Cole! Yes, Mr Cole reported it; but read what he wrote, and tell me if it has the same meaning as to what I've translated above!
The Grand Imam of al-Azhar Seminary, Shaikh Muhammad Sayyid al-Tantawi --a preeminent Sunni religious and legal authority-- called the bombings in Iraq "the worst form of corruption in the land." The latter phrase is from the Quran. He called for Arab intervention to stop the country sliding into civil war.
Mr Cole, why did you translate only parts of it? What were your intentions by reporting it the way you did? You are not trying to twist the information, are you? Or is that how "informed" you are? Tsk!

Monday, July 11, 2005

Not In My Name

A candlelight vigil was held in front of the British Embassy in Bahrain to show solidarity with the British people, and to express rejection of the terror attacks in London. It was attended by over hundred people and there are some great pictures. [Hat Tip: Fayrouz]

Another vigil was held by 60 Jordanians outside the British Embassy in Jordan's capital, Amman, to protest at the London terror attacks and express solidarity with the British people. [Hat Tip: Natasha]
"We are here to say loudly 'no' to terrorism and to tell the world that Arabs and Jordanians are not terrorists and they condemn such acts," said Nidal Mansoor, head of local non-governmental organisation The Center to Protect Journalists.
This is great, and it says a lot. I am really glad I found this; however, I am a bit upset that these people and others didn't do something like this for the innocent Iraqis, nor did they show solidarity with them in any form, or did they? Especially the Jordanians, why didn't they? Or do they not think that what happens in Iraq is terrorism? Let's hope that they will realise that terrorism is terrorism, and it is barbaric and wrong no matter where it happens.

Muslims Against Terrorism

In the wake of the barbaric attacks on London, a couple of interesting ideas have been presented by fellow bloggers and commenters, and I see no reason why these ideas do not become one combined project.

Mustapha has designed the "No To Terrorism" side-bar banner that I placed under my profile. Some commenters, including myself, prefer to see no reference to Arabs on this banner; i.e. it should read "Moslems Against Terrorism".

Karim Elsahy has an interesting idea that would require some hard work and sponsorship to materialize:
Well here is an idea. It is actually something I've been working on for a while. It's called Pray 4 Peace (www.pray4peace.org, still under construction)

I want to specify a date and time (probably two years in the future) were everyone in the world would pray together (gama3ah) via real time video feeds. It would be a Muslim thing but anyone would be welcome and encouraged to join in. It would be held in front of every countries most recognizable monument.

Imagine millions, if not billions, of people praying in unity in front of the Eiffel Tower, The Mall, The Pyramids, the Great Wall, Pisa, and the Petronas Towers.

All from one voice in Mecca, all in harmony despite time zones, war zones or any other type of barrier. Carried out on every major network, joining billions.

World Solidarity as we pray for peace.
I would like to see both Mustapha and Karim working together, and working with the Free Muslims Coalition.

My idea is that while working towards Karim's goal, Mustapha's design can be used to produce pins, buttons, medals, posters, key holders, etc. to promote the project, show solidarity, raise public awareness and raise money to fund the project. I would also suggest wristbands, probably green, which are becoming quite popular.

The Free Muslims Coalition can become the main sponsor, organizer and promoter of the project working with Mustapha and Karim. The FMC can also attract sponsors for the project; but it has to extend its international activities to reach more Muslims around the world.

Any success in a project like that would be remarkable, even if it was only to show solidarity through pins, buttons and wristbands. What do you think?

Mustapha has created more banners, and these new banners don't say "Arabs and Moslems Against ..." but "Moslems Against...". He is also in process of producing PDFs for posters, but he needs help with hosting the PDFs.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Shame, Embarrassment, Time to Wake-Up

Yesterday I said "My family and I are ashamed of being Muslims". Many of you asked me not to be ashamed for obvious and logical reasons; however, I can't help it but feel ashamed.

I was more angry than ashamed when Arabs and Iraqis killed - and still kill - innocents in Iraq and sabotage Iraq's resources. I feel more anger because I expect the criminals to be ashamed even though they are shameless, and because they are attacking their own people which clearly show what kind of people they are.

I was ashamed when Muslims and Arabs committed the evil 9/11 attacks; I was even more ashamed when Muslims and Arabs celebrated these attacks in the streets. I despise them all.

I was ashamed because those murderers have stained our faith and heritage with dishonour. For similar reasons I was ashamed when Saddam was in power, he damaged the image of Iraq and Iraqis when he destroyed our country and committed mankind's most evil atrocities against his own people and against others.

Yesterday I was ashamed, because Muslims have attacked innocents in the country that has given to Muslims more than any other Muslim or non-Muslim country. I was ashamed because of the wickedness and ungratefulness of those who call themselves Muslims.

Jeff Pudewell described part of my problem very well in a private email, he said:
I was fascinated by the account of your feelings. I tried to imagine myself in your place. For example, if the terrorists claimed to be Christians, all Christendom would condemn them and do their best to find them and either kill them or prosecute them and send them to prison or execution. In that case, I would be proud to be a member of a faith which disciplined itself so sternly.

You would probably be proud of Islam as well, if Muslim politicians and community leaders were condemning them, Muslim police were hunting them down, and Muslim Imams were preaching against them every Friday.

So I guess that you are angry and disgusted with the Muslim faith not because a few fanatics bomb innocents in the name of Allah, but because the great mass of Muslims from Imams on down actually sympathize with the bombers and will neither condemn nor discipline them. Do I guess correctly? What is to be done about this?
Yes Jeff you are right, if Muslims were doing what you have said, I wouldn't be ashamed, or at least I would be less ashamed.

Today on my way to work I was listening to BBC radio five. A Muslim caller named Abdul said he was "sorry" for the victims, and then quickly jumped into attacking the security forces and called their methods and arrest of terrorism suspects as bullshit and not based on enough evidence. He was angry and he strongly condemned the police actions, yet he refused to condemn yesterday's attacks; he refused to say that those who died yesterday, died unjustly. He was "worried" that the Muslim community was being alienated! He thinks that the evidence, under which 2 or 3 Muslims from his area, who were held under the terrorism act, are flimsy.

I was so angry I didn't know what to do, I wanted to call radio five, but didn't have the number. People like Abdul shouldn't live in this country, they should be denaturalized and sent back to the shit-hole the came from.

I calmed down however, when I heard the Imam of Birmingham central mosque advices Muslim to full corporate with the authorities and to be proactive and inform the authorities of any suspicious activities. He asked Muslims to stand united with the rest of the country against terrorism.

And then Lyla, a Muslim female, said that she was embarrassed to leave her home, embarrassed to go shopping, because she wears hijab. She is embarrassed to be seen in a hijab after what "Muslims" did yesterday. I feel and understand exactly what she means, I felt the same thing because of my Middle Eastern look.

Muslims should be embarrassed and ashamed, not ungrateful, disgraceful and shameless like the criminals and like Abdul. Until Muslims stand strong and united with all humans of all faiths against terrorists, I will feel shame for some have brought that shame to our faith and heritage. I know these are extremists and minority and I have nothing to be ashamed of, but not all of their sympathisers are so extremists and not all Muslims are against those extremists. Hate is in the heart of many so called peaceful Muslims, and that is shameful.

This country and the rest of the free and democratic world must wake up and put a stop to fanatical Islamic organisations that promote terrorism, recruit terrorists and or simply sympathise with terrorists. Radicals who sympathise with terrorists must have no place in these countries and must either be sent back to the shit-hole they came from or sent to Gitmo. Organisations like al-Muhajiroun and Hizb ut-Tahrir, and people like Abu Hamza al-Masri and Omar Bakri should have no place in this country. Either that, or say goodbye to this way of life.

Did you know that terrorists are shameless disgusting parasites? Did you know that the scournful Hizb ut-Tahrir organised a protest in April in London against the anti-terror legislation and some (few) shameless Muslims actually participated? Did you know that extremist Muslims consider voting as un-Islamic and against the Muslim faith? I guess that explains a lot, doesn't it? But it doesn't explain why they live here! And some of them demonstrated against the Iraqi elections, all of whom are non-Iraqis!

For these reasons, I would like to see tougher laws, more anti-terrorism acts, arrests, denaturalisations, deportations, less freedom for religious organisations and more monitoring of these organisations. And I would love to see moderate Muslims, moderate Islamic organisations and Muslim countries to call for outlawing of radical organisation, to call for deportation or arrest of radical Muslims, and to fully and unequivocally support GWOT, and then I will be a proud Muslim.

At the moment and until then, I am a proud and grateful Iraqi who finds it hard to call himself a proud Muslim or a proud Arab; because many Muslims and Arabs are shamelessly ungrateful and disgraceful.

I will leave you with these lines that I've just received by email:
You come to place your bags of hate
On bus and train, you made us late
Yet we’ll be back again tomorrow
We’ll carry on despite our sorrow

Your bags of hate caused some to die
Yet we stride out strong with heads held high
You’ll never win, we will not bow
You can’t defeat us, you don’t know how

This London which we love with pride
Is a town where scum like you can’t hide
Don’t worry we will hunt you down
Then Lock you up in name of Crown

We’re London and we’re many races
Just look you’ll see our stoic faces
We all condemn your heinous act
You will not win and that’s a fact

We’ll mourn our dead and shed a tear
But we will not bow to acts of fear
You’re out there somewhere all alone
There’s nowhere now you can call home

Olympics ours we’ve won the race
Your timing then a real disgrace
Our strength you’ll find remains unbowed
We’re London and we’re very proud.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

State of Rage

First of all, I have to offer my deepest condolences to the families of the victims of today's coward and wicked attacks in London.

Today's attacks must - and they will - strengthen our commitment to defeat this barbaric hateful terrorism. We will not bow - I will never bow - to these despicable terrorists, even if my life depends on it. What happened to London today was an outrageous evil act by shameless criminals who, sadly, call themselves Muslims. Today, my family and I are ashamed of being Muslims.

I had, and still have, so many mixed feeling, but the most dominant feeling of all is rage. And to tell you the truth, I reached a point today when I hated Islam and all Muslims; I know this is irrational, but you get to a point that because of anger, all logic disappears. My father actually, in his irrational moment, said that the UK government must send every Muslim with a beard and every Imam living in the UK to Gitmo; I couldn't agree more with him in my irrational thoughts.

Fortunately I am fine, and so is my family and most of the people I know in London who I was able to reach either by SMS or phone. My uncle, who is a doctor, escaped one of the attacks by luck while on his way to the hospital; he called us and told us that he's fine and busy with casualties.

Thanks to all of you for your kind messages, I am overwhelmed by your kind support.

As for George Galloway and his scornful remarks today, I can not say more than what I have said before; you are despicable, you are no better than the animals who perpetrated these attacks and killed and harmed innocents indiscriminately.

God bless the brave people of London who helped so efficiently, professionally and courageously the victims and those involved in these barbaric attacks, my heart goes out to all of you and to all those involved.

I am still in shock. Seriously, I do not understand how people of any faith can attack those who provided them, and 100s of thousands if not millions others, with a safe haven? It is disgusting.

A very good friend of mine was lucky to escape the Kings Cross train bomb. He got off the train by mistake and decided to go for a fag. He then got into the train that didn't blow and missed the tragic train by 2 minutes. Others weren't so lucky.

Another good friend, who is a doctor, got back home from the hospital around 10:00 PM. The hospital was on red alert and the staff were not sure if the next shift will make it to the hospital or not, considering the state of public transport. Therefore, everyone in the hospital waited for a replacement to arrive before they left, and their replacements did arrive; don't ask me how. Those who are on-call made it to the hospital to let those who worked so hard today to go home and relax. That shows courage, professionalism and commitment.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

The In T View

My interview with the brilliant Mister Ghost.

Monday, July 04, 2005

My Dear American Friends

Your forefathers have created a great nation for you and your children to live in. You must be very proud of what they - and your fellow countrymen and women - have achieved, and thankful for making sure that your children will have a future.

Cherish what you have, many people are willing to kill and die to have half of what you have, to be able to live the American dream, to make sure that their children will have a future. Your forefathers created a great nation, keep it great.

Happy 4th of July and God bless you.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Did you know?

That Saudi women, who are not allowed to drive, to vote, to go out with strange men or be seen with strange men, whom the government is planning to employ, buy their lingerie from strange salesmen!

Yes, they buy their underwear from men! That would include asking strangers for different types of underwear in different sizes and colours! Oh come on, that allowed and driving is not? What logic is that? Could it be the logic of public humiliation and oppression, and never mind what's not public?

Sounds pretty strange to me, but don't worry they are going to "fix it"! Of course, by "fix it" I do not mean allowing women to drive, to vote and to mix with men, but changing the staff in the lingerie shops!

The Baathist Regimes

A great post from Shirko about the Baathist regimes and their policy of terror in Iraq and Syria.