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WTimes: Farrakhan Condemn U.S. War
By Betsy Pisik
21/10/2001 10:13 am Sun
[Mahathir tahu bukti tetapi kenapa tidak beritahu rakyat apa^
bendanya??? - Mat Teropong.
Hmm.. Malah bukti itu juga tidakpun ditunjukkan kepada mereka yang
tertuduh yang kini sedang merengkok di penjara Kemungting sana. Sampai
sekarang tidak ada pelancar roket dan grened yang dikatakan ada.
Menghukum seseorang tanpa bukti yang nyata bukan sifat seorang yang
berugama. Sebuah negara Islam yang menghukum seseorang tanpa dibicara
akan gugur status negara Islamnya secara tiba-tiba walaupun satu kes cuma.
Ini adalah kerana ia menghukum dalam keadaan buta yang sudah tentu dimurkai
oleh tuhan yang Maha Melihat segala. Keadilan dan Islam tidak dapat
dipisahkan. 'You drop one you will drop the other'.
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
NEW YORK - Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan yesterday
condemned the U.S.-led bombing of Afghanistan, saying Washington
had not proven its case against terrorist mastermind Osama bin
Speaking to a gathering of religious leaders, Mr. Farrakhan said the
U.S. government hadn't revealed the evidence to the Taliban,
sharing it only with allies.
"You show your friend [British Prime Minister Tony Blair] the
evidence, but not the people you're about to bomb?" he said.
U.S. and British officials have said that revealing the details of the
evidence would compromise allied war aims.
Mr. Farrakhan keynoted a conference organized by the Interreligious
and International Federation for World Peace, a group organized by
Rev. Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Unification Church. The
conference included a hundred ministers from several religious
denominations, and political figures, including former Vice President
Dan Quayle, former Indonesian President Abudurrahman Wahid and
the former presidents and prime ministers of Guyana, Guatemala,
Barbados, Seychelles, Nepal and St. Kitts and Nevis.
Most of them applauded often during Mr. Farrakhan's 100-minute
speech and gave him a standing ovation afterward. The theme of the
conference was an examination of the roots of global violence and
how to deal with it.
Mr. Quayle, who had left the gathering by the time Mr. Farrakhan
spoke, had earlier angrily rejected suggestions that U.S. foreign
policy in Iraq and the Middle East had provoked terrorist attacks.
"This is the time to be morally clear," Mr. Quayle said. "Nothing
Mr. Farrakhan, the leader of the nation's largest Muslim group, said
the pursuit of bin Laden and his terrorist group was a campaign
against Islam. He said he also condemns the Sept. 11 terrorist
attacks against the United States, which killed 5,000 Americans.
"It was so horrific to me that for the first 48 hours I could not speak,"
Mr. Farrakhan said, without citing his evidence, that 1.5 million Iraqis
had died under sanctions imposed by the United Nations after the
1991 Persian Gulf war "while we are crying over 5,000."
In his remarks, Rev. Moon, who spoke before Mr. Farrakhan's
denunciation of U.S. war aims, called on world leaders to repudiate
national self-interests and hatreds, and urged religious leaders to
cooperate and seek reconciliation. "If religions demonstrate love for
each other, cooperate with each other, and serve each other,
putting the higher ideal of peace ahead of particular doctrines, rituals
and cultural backgrounds, the world will change dramatically."
Mr. Quayle, who served as vice president under President George
H.W. Bush, said that fear, unlike anthrax, is contagious. He urged the
religious figures to preach messages of tolerance. Mr. Quayle also
blamed Hollywood for giving foreigners a distorted picture of the
"Have you ever seen a movie that made the military look good? That
looked favorably upon religion? That showed the cohesiveness of
the family? No - and why not?" he asked. "If you were a person who
had never been to America, you'd see a different country than it
Mr. Wahid, a Muslim cleric who served as president of Indonesia
from Oct. 1999 until July 2001, said he supported the American
military attacks, which are unpopular with Indonesians, but warned
"What the United States is doing is honorable, but it is important to
remember the multilateral framework," Mr. Wahid said. In an
interview, he said that Washington "needs to listen to other people,
and they need to listen to the United States."
The former presidents and prime ministers of several Latin and
Caribbean nations said that it was important to look at what they call
the root causes of terrorism - poverty, poor education and an
absence of hope.
"We all hoped that the end of the Cold War, peace would have had a chance to break out," said Lloyd E. Sandiford, former prime minister of Barbados. "But efforts to increase development, and relieve poverty and other social blights are again delayed."