Saturday, October 11, 2003

The War: Islamic Nations Tell U.S. to Quit Iraq, Support Syria

This AP report reveals yet again how addled the Islamic world has become:

Muslim nations demanded "eviction of all foreign forces from Iraq" as they began a summit in Malaysia on Saturday, with only Turkey defending plans to deploy its troops alongside the U.S.-led alliance.

They also voiced support for Syria after an Israeli air raid last weekend stoked fears of escalating conflict in the Middle East as Damascus warned it had the right of self-defense.

Abdelouahed Belkeziz, Secretary-General of the 57-member Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), said occupying forces should quickly withdraw from Iraq to give the United Nations a chance to reconstruct the country.

"Foremost of these is the eviction of foreign forces from Iraq, allowing the United Nations to administer Iraqi affairs," Belkeziz said in his opening address. . .

. . .Belkeziz, a Moroccan, said the summit should address concerns arising from terrorism, globalization and "campaigns against Islam, Muslims and human rights."

He also condemned Israel for what he said was failing to live up to peace process commitments and said the OIC supported the Palestinian and Iraqi peoples and Iranian and Syrian governments against "aggression."
Pity the poor Palestinians, Iraqis, Iranians and Syrians, the innocent targets of such aggression. Yet the AP story only shows the tip of the iceberg--the real one liner is at the OIC website, where Belkeziz is quoted as follows:

It was the period when the second intifadha erupted; the period witnessed the occurrence of the September 11 events, with its global consequences; in it war was waged against terrorism; Afghanistan was invaded; Iraq occupied; and the campaign against Islam, the Islamic culture and its adherents gained momentum.
This is an interesting slip. Belkeziz equates the war on terrorism with what he calls "the campaign against Islam." It makes me wonder though, if Belkeziz refuses to put distance between the September 11th conspirators and rank and file adherent’s of the ‘religion of peace’, why should we?

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