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March 10, 2003


Last night another one of those antiwar petition e-mails arrived from a friend. I am not sure exactly why they send these things to me, unless they wanted to see if I could be persuaded to change.

I love the reply-all button. Here's what you can do when you click it:
Dear Strangers and Friends,

About that "UN petition for peace", it is invalid. The signatures are being duplicated. Even if it were valid, I would still respectfully disagree, but it's not for a lack of doing my homework. Please consider two claims in the petition, "Islam is not the Enemy" and "War is NOT the Answer."

Do any of you know the penalty for missing a goal on the Iraqi soccer team? that Saddam's son Uday entertains himself by torturing the athletes? Did you know that in 1971 Iraq signed the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), agreeing that ''No one shall be subjected to torture."

Do you that Saddam drained 90% of Iraq's southern wetlands and is erasing its ancient civilization?

Viewing The Pianist brought the following passage about the Holocaust from memory. From the state-controlled Egyptian daily, Al-Akhbar, 29 April 2002:
The entire matter, as many French and British scientists and researchers have proven, is nothing more than a huge Israeli plot aimed at extorting the German government in particular and the European countries in general. But I, personally and in light of this imaginary tale, complain to Hitler, even saying to him from the bottom of my heart, "If only you had done it, brother, if only it had really happened, so that the world could sigh in relief [without] their evil and sin."
Are you really concerned about human rights? or do you really think you will change them with your bumper stickers? Read "'Death threat' to Palestinian gays" and let me know.

Did anyone else notice that the first 23 signatures on that petition are from France? Click for this photo of current French president Chirac with Saddam Hussein at the Osirak nuclear reactor in 1975, six years before Israel destroyed it. At the time of this photo, the French were handing Iraq its needed nuclear ingredients on a plate.

Does a mosque with minarets designed after Kalashnikov barrels, displaying the Qu'ran written with Saddam Hussein's blood, need to be tolerated?
Would you join me in some Qu'ran study?
(Surah 4, v. 34) Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made some of them to excel others and because they spend out of their property; the good women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and beat them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them; surely Allah is High, Great.
(Surah 9, v. 5)
But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war); but if they repent, and establish regular prayers and practice regular charity, then open the way for them: for Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.
(Surah 9, v. 29)
Fight against such of those who have been given the Scripture as believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, and forbid not that which Allah hath forbidden by His messenger, and follow not the Religion of Truth, until they pay the tribute readily, being brought low.
(Surah 98, v. 6)
Lo! those who disbelieve, among the People of the Scripture and the idolaters, will abide in fire of hell. They are the worst of created beings.
Maybe the people of the Scripture, the ones known as Iraqi Jews, can look forward to seeing their homes again after this war is waged.

Or maybe we can just watch the reflection of our slogans and petitions in the pool.

Cross-posted at PROLEGOMENA