Feb 10, 2006

Gloating in the Muslim Press

From the Arabic newspaper al-Sunnah of Great Britain comes "'Benefits' to 'Islamic Nation' of America's War in Iraq."
It has become clear to everyone that studies this Nation [The Islamic Nation], throughout its history, and throughout this example in Iraq, that a great source of strength lies in this Islamic body, which stretches from the East to the West. It is an example of strength, patience, and resistance, despite the blows it takes, and despite the pain inflicted by these blows.

This Western war on the Islamic land of Iraq has laid the facts bear. The most important of these facts is the strength and firmness of the Nation, and the knowledge that when this Islamic Nation wants to oust an enemy, it can do so with almost no material means. It is as if history has repeated itself, "You do not fight them with numbers or your means, but rather you fight them with this religion."

[Editor's Note: this is a famous quote from Omar, the second Caliph of Islam.]

Therefore, these calamities which have mounted to destroy the vitality of the body, and the soul of its Creed, and the belief of its sons, have not affected its will. Rather, this has only increased its will to go on. These allied armies of the world, their soldiers and their machines, will never change the will of this Nation - and what they intended to be the first step in finishing it off, in ending its existence as a people and as a belief system, will never succeed.

From Pakistan's Pak Tribune comes "Open Letter to the Neocons: We Can See You Squirming."
[Y]our mouthpiece, George Bush, had some harsh words for Iran in his State of the Union address the other night, but gone was the bellicose swagger. His pitch differed sharply from the State of the Union address in 2002, when he stridently hitched together Iraq, Iran and North Korea in an "axis of evil." Now, he says "the world must not permit the Iranian regime to gain nuclear weapons." The world, please note, not the United States. Five years of misrule, a rapidly awakening citizenry and a bloody nose in Iraq does that, I guess.

Now what will you do, dear Neocons?

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