A Letter From Baghdad

Something to think about...

While the rain of bombs explode in the night,
And the children cannot sleep,
The wails of the sisters and mothers fill the sky,
And blood flows in the streets,
Where are the Muslim brethren?
Asleep, asleep, asleep.

Although the warriors strive to defend,
There is too much sorrow,
The missiles fall around us,
We know we shall not see tomorrow,
Where are the Muslim brethren?
Asleep, asleep, asleep.

My dear Muslim brothers and sisters,

I am Dr. Faruq, a physician in the Baghdad National Hospital. At the moment we are facing the worst attack on our nation and on our people by the American and British. Heavy bombs fall day and night on our city, and hundreds of innocent civilians have died. You have seen the bombs landing in market places and residences where there is no military. I see daily, dozens of men, women and children, horribly wounded, maimed, mutilated and scarred for life. So many people have lost their senses from constant bombing. The electricity is gone, and food and water are running out. We are short of medicine and bandages for treating the wounded.

Why has this war been imposed on us? We did not harm anyone. There were no Iraqi terrorists in those who attacked the World Trade Center. Was it not America itself who built up Saddam Hussein? Why was the US so desparate to rush in for this war, even though the UN was against it, and several nations pleaded to continue the weapons inspections? What did the US want to hide from the world?

Where are the much trumpeted Weapons of Mass Destruction, the nuclear, chemical and biological weapons? Why have they not been found even after so many months of inspections and so many days of American and British occupation? Why did not Saddam not use them even to defend himself at this stage? Isn't it all a lie of Bush his evil father's son?

Why did the US not take action when Israel violated 37 UN resolutions over the last 45 years, and keeps making settlements in Palestine? Where was the US when India violated UN Resloution and occupied Kashmir? When Russians massacred Chechens? Is this action only reserved for Muslims? What is the Great White Satan doing when Israel kills Palestinians every day, and blatantly declares its nuclear weapons? How come America doesn't go to war in Israel and claim or destroy those weapons? How come America is only threatened by a Muslim country that has no nuclear weapons of any sort, but is not threatened by Israel? Think, my brothers and sisters, ponder.

After 9/11, the US attacked Afghanistan, even though there was no evidence against Bin Laden. The western media itself acknowledged that Bin Laden was created by America, but more than 30,000 Afghan civilians were killed in revenge, unjustly, for 3000 Americans. Is the life of Muslims so cheap?

Now thousands of Iraqis have been killed, just to satisfy the lust for blood and oil of George Bush. The idiot son has taken advice from his evil father and slaughtered so many innocents - is there no justice in the world?

And all the Muslims are silent. Why? After Iraq, who will be next? Syria, Libya, Iran, Pakistan? Do you Muslims think that the Americans will be satisfied after vanquishing Iraq?

If you are afraid to fight, why are you too afraid even to say that this is wrong? Why are there no Muslim countries in the UN, asking for an end to this illegal war?

Why do you muslims still go to American McDonald's and KFC and Pizza hut and drink their Pepsi and Coke? Will you die if you don't eat their junk food?

Why do you still visit their country and spend your money there? You are treated with suspicion, followed and watched, searched and humiliated. Yet you want to visit Disneyland and Las Vegas? And you want to give your money to these people so they can make more bombs and bullets?

Why do you still give them contracts and work? Can't this work be done by yourself or other nationals? Why do you still sell them oil? If you are so afraid to stop its supply, at least increase its price! In the 70's the oil price increase brought the Western powers to their knees. Why do you favor them now and provide them cheap oil?

Why do you still keep your money in their banks? They pay you low interest rates, and freeze the money anytime they like simply by alleging you are helping terrorists. Why don't you transfer all your money to banks in Muslim countries? One dollar removed from an American bank will reduce their economy by 7 dollars - ask any economist. And the biggest deposits in their banks are Muslims, especially Arabs.

Why do you still invest in their stock markets? It is not giving you any profit anyway. It was build on accounting frauds and hype and will collapse like Enron and Worldcom. Get your money out before you lose it.

I appeal to you to think, and act. The US will not stop even after this war. It will find more terrorists, more muslims to humiliate and kill. Next time it may be your country, your loved ones, who are bombed and shot.

I may not be alive tomorrow, but I hope you have a long life. May Allah help us all, Ameen.

Dr. Faruq Salaam



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