Muslim organizations in Britain condemned the US-led assault on the Iraqi rebel stronghold of Fallujah, describing the offensive as a “ghastly” counterproductive move to pro-democracy efforts.
“It is highly improbable that the US army is going to help usher in an era of liberation and democracy in Iraq by terrorizing and killing its citizens in this ghastly manner,” Iqbal Sacranie, secretary general of the prominent Muslim Council of Britain, said.
Hizb ut-Tahrir, an independent Islamic political party, denounced the effort to wrest control over the rebel-held Sunni Muslim city as the “brutal slaughter of civilians”.
Hizb ut-Tahrir spokesman Imran Waheed said Muslims in Britain “must be the voice of the Muslims of Fallujah against this brutal genocide and the silence of the spineless rulers of the Muslim world.”
Ghastly … terrorizing … killing … brutal … slaughter … genocide. Yup, following the Jenin script, as expected.
Let’s take a look at some other reactions from the religion of peace.
Commentary in Qatar’s al-Watan:
Beside the human catastrophe in making Falluja a ghost city, one should wonder at this point whether there is any difference between what the US forces claim to stand for and what former President Saddam Hussein stood for.
Editorial in Saudi Arabia’s al-Watan:
The American forces are expected to increase their barbaric acts in the hope of finishing off once and for all the Iraqi resistance so that they can have peace and realize their aims, foremost of which is the rearrangement of the country in such a way that would enable their new allies to hide behind “a false legitimacy” which they will use to open a new phase in which the final word will be that of ruling gang in Tel Aviv.
London-based Arabic newspaper al-Quds al-Arabi:
There is no rationale whatsoever in the invasion of Falluja. The attack on Falluja is basically to expresses schadenfreude at the Iraqis and get even with them… However, since we are in the holy month of Ramadan, we would like to say here that such an aggression against the innocents will not be accepted by God, and that there is another superpower up there that is monitoring the developments.
Personal note: as an atheist, I’m not too concerned about “another superpower up there.”
Editorial in Jordan’s al-Dustur (expressing, at least to some degree, an understanding of Allawi’s difficult choice):
The Iraqi government has finally taken the painful decision to wage a total war to recover the cities even when they are ghost cities already destroyed by missiles and air strikes. This is surely because it cannot afford to engage itself in a half-battle, nor compromise itself by starting negotiations during the attack. This means that the next few days will be catastrophic beyond our imagination.
Commentary in Lebanon’s al-Safir (expressing utter realism):
Perhaps there is no need to wonder what will be the outcome of the confrontation: Falluja fighters stand no chance in defeating the strongest army in history.
And what of the terrorists, what is their reaction? Well, here it is.
A posting on an Islamist Web site warned Iraqis to stay at home Wednesday in Baghdad and other cities or they would be “putting their lives in danger.”
The statement, in the name of eight known militant groups, said the unified “Islamic resistance” would step up operations against the “American enemy” in retaliation for the U.S.-led attack on the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah.
The statement urged Iraqis to stay at home Wednesday “to avoid putting their lives in danger.”
In Tikrit, Saddam Hussein’s hometown, insurgents distributed leaflets warning shopkeepers to close their stores indefinitely starting Wednesday to protest the attack on Fallujah.
Some families said they would keep their children away from school Wednesday because of the insurgent threat.
Translation: “We hate the coalition’s military might almost as much as we loath our own impotence against it. Watch out, we’ll find some softer targets elsewhere.”
There is no hope of a popular Iraqi uprising to support the terrorists. In fact, the tidbit about keeping children away from school shows that the Iraqis understand the evil nature of the Islamist bastards. The terrorists cannot win favor with warnings now, not after Beslan.