7 August, 2020

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A ‘Muslim’ Thing?

By Hameed Abdul Karim

Hameed Abdul Karim

‘The media are the eyes and the ears of the people’

When was the last time you read a piece in your favourite newspaper informing you of what’s going in Kashmir? Or about the nasty nature of Zionism which is the ideology of the Israeli occupiers of Palestine?

Never mind. We’ll come back to that in a while.

For now let’s celebrate the new found freedom of Aung San Suu Kyi and rejoice with her as she basks in glory whilst world leaders fall over each other to shake her hand. She deserves every bit of accolade for her long and unfaltering and unwavering stand for freedom and justice for herself and her people against a tyrannical military junta.

Years before she was set free, we had that wonderful humanist and revolutionary leader Nelson Mandela walk out of prison after an agonising 27 year imprisonment. And the world erupted with cries of joy. His release was a death blow to the spiteful apartheid ideology of White supremacists. Only racists like former US vice president Dick Cheney thought he should remain incarcerated for the rest of his life.

Another truly inspiring man that springs to mind is that ever smiling Dalai Lama as he moves round the world looking to free his people in Tibet from Chinese rule. All freedom loving people in the world support him in one way or another and, of course, wish him luck.

Who can forget Xanana Gusmao and Manuel Ramos Horta the charismatic leaders of East Timor? They gave unflinching leadership to their people as they fought the overbearing regime of Suharto. When they achieved independence there was hardly anyone around who wasn’t happy for them and for their people.

Then there were the Viet Cong leaders who thrashed the Americans in Vietnam. The Americans derided them as ‘peasants in pygamas’ and yet it was they who gave the Americans a hiding they haven’t forgotten till today. Afghanistan was supposed to bury the ghost of Vietnam. But Afghanistan is now being described as another ‘Vietnam’. The poltergeist won’t go away.

Mahatma Gandhi figures prominently in world history for his non violent struggle for his country’s independence from Great Britain.  To this day the world reveres his memory.

Who can forget that enigmatic man who went by the name of Che Guevara? Indeed his name and his memory are synonymous with any rebel seeking justice from oppressive regimes in the world. Here in Sri Lanka we have seen quite a few tuk tuks with the slogan ‘Che Wants You to Rebel’ emblazoned under his iconic picture.

Then there is Fidel Castro. To this day he inspires people all over the world with insightful discourse on Western imperialism

What is common among all these charismatic and extraordinary leaders is that virtually all the print media in Sri Lanka supported them and their causes to the hilt with nary a word of criticism, and quite rightly so. There was absolutely no ‘balance’ in the articles giving the ‘other side’ of the story. And this was a laudable line of attack because their causes were certainly just.

But when it comes to the issue of Kashmir and Palestine there seems to be a deafening silence within the press with media authorities calling for a ‘balance’ or in other words wanting to give both sides of the story. There was no ‘balance’ in the stories of apartheid or Indonesia’s occupation of East Timor or the stories of the legendary Che Guevara, because it is impossible to balance right with wrong, or justice with injustice, or  good with evil, or truth with falsehood or oppressor with the oppressed.

Have we read anywhere in any of our newspapers anybody attempting to ‘balance’ already held beliefs about Hitler and his gangs of Nazis?

In the case of Kashmir, clearly India is the oppressor. Kashmir is described in the Orwellian brand name of India’s choosing – ‘Indian Administered Kashmir’ while Azad Kashmir is referred to as ‘Pakistani Occupied Kashmir’, that is in the rare moments when some news escapes India’s strict censorship on information on its occupation of Kashmir.

In the case of Palestine it’s patently clear that Israel is the oppressor. But still Israel is handled with kid’s gloves. Favourable news of Israel often get’s published in the print media here in Sri Lanka when the local press carries stories from foreign newspapers or Western news agencies which are virulently biased in Israel’s favour. The authors of these reports don’t care two hoots for ‘balance’.

Israel’s recent dismissal of Rachel Corrie’s case is a perfect illustration of how the Western media supports Israel in its gross violations of human rights and international law. Going by the reports in the Western media, readers might be pardoned if they assumed Rachel Corrie was a ‘terrorist’ as indeed hinted by some reports.

At least two local papers often ‘copy and paste’ stories from the ‘The Daily Mail’ and ‘The Telegraph’, both are known to be ardent supporters of Israel. They have never been known to direct a single word of criticism against the Zionist state. Why, as recently as the 4th of August 2012 the ‘Daily Mail’ castigated the BBC for its alleged ‘anti-Israel’ stand! And ‘The Telegraph’ gave a distorted and shameless view of the anti-Israeli protesters who stopped an Israeli dance performance at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival. Neither of these two papers thought they should ‘balance’ their reports. Yet we have to look for ‘balance’.

For sure the local press was ‘Palestine friendly’ at one point of time. But then the Israeli ambassador to Sri Lanka (stationed in New Delhi) came a calling. He had a few have chats with heads of newspapers and  ever since then articles that project the reality of Zionism and Israel’s pitiless occupation of Palestine came to an abrupt end. Were his ‘lectures’ to our media personnel the reason why Zionism is not dealt with in the same way as were Apartheid and Nazism? Evil is evil, even though it may come in different hues.

Sometime one wonders why Kashmir and Palestine are been given a step motherly treatment? Why are these two issues not treated as humanitarian ones like the conflicts mentioned above? Could it be because of the ‘Muslim’ thing?

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    Hameed Abdul Karim,

    “For sure the local press was ‘Palestine friendly’ at one point of time. But then the Israeli ambassador to Sri Lanka (stationed in New Delhi) came a calling. He had a fjew have chats with heads of newspapers and ever since then articles that project the reality of Zionism and Israel’s pitiless occupation of Palestine came to an abrupt end. Were his ‘lectures’ to our media personnel the reason why Zionism is not dealt with in the same way as were Apartheid and Nazism? Evil is evil, even though it may come in different hues.”

    “Sometime one wonders why Kashmir and Palestine are been given a step motherly treatment? Why are these two issues not treated as humanitarian ones like the conflicts mentioned above? Could it be because of the ‘Muslim’ thing?”

    You need to look at the Global Picture and the Lying and Misinformation Campaign.

    1. After the end of the Cold War, and Russia taking a different stand, there is only China left. The West, namely USA and NATO wants to control the other countries, and their existence needs to be the pleasure of the West. Towards that it has recruited proxies, Norway, Israel, Canada, Britain and more recently India.

    2, Suppressing Palestinian Issues and Kashmir Issues are in the Inters of the two proxy states Israel and India, and the Western media and western controlled collaborators will generally follow these instructions.

    3. In the USA, Canada, Britain, Norway the media are owned or controlled, by the West or its proxies.

    The Christian Fundamentalists are in opposition to the Muslims, because the Muslims will NOT elevate a Mortal Prophet to God who can get rid of All the sins MYTH. The Christians First need to prove that that their Myths are True, like the Sun going round the Eath, and Joshua Stopping the Sun. …

    English Standard Version (©2001)
    And the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, until the nation took vengeance on their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jashar? The sun stopped in the midst of heaven and did not hurry to set for about a whole day.
    http://biblehub.com/joshua/10-13.htm

    http://churchandstate.org.uk/2013/02/christian-fundamentalists-are-driving-our-country-into-the-dark-ages/

    Want to know more. Read. Same Story.

    Question? Who is Funding and Promoting the BBS?

    Answer: Who has to gain from this?

    1. Norway, West, USA, some others.
    2. Christian Fundamentalists and Other Christians.
    3. Sinhala Buddhist Chauvinists.
    4. Sinhala Buddhist Traders
    5. Tamils Christians.
    6. The current regime.

    Who Loses: The Sinhala Buddhist people, the Muslim People, and the country as whole.

    Read:

    lankaweb.com/news/items/2013/05/18/western-role-in-the-bodu-bala-sena-bbs-of-sri-lanka/

    Western role in the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) of Sri Lanka
    Posted on May 18th, 2013
    by Anura Alahakone, USA
    It is well-known that US has taken a lead role in combating, and sometimes fostering Islamic extremism in many parts of the world. Its support for the Taliban in Afganistan by arming them against the Soviets is well known. The US has also supported Islamic groups to create tension is some African states to counter other tendencies.

    In many of these moves, and in some of its UN lobbying, the US uses third parties to cover its hand. Norway has figured prominently as one of the not-so-hidden hands of Western foreign policy in this regard. Canada and Britain have figured in extraordinary renditions of prisoners who were whisked away for torture by US agents operating in other countries.

    In Sri Lanka, Western policy was directed through the secessionist politics of the Tamil Nationalism. This provided a stage for global capitalism to move in, with Ranil Wickremasinghe and Chandrika Kumaratunga willing partners. However, this agenda was thwarted by the rise of the Rajapaksa government which exploited the growing anger of the majority of the country that realized that the carpet is being pulled from under them, with the sovereignty and decision making in the country passing into the hands of Norway, Japan, India and internationally funded NGOs.

    Rajapaksa used a policy of dividing up the opposition and offering perks to woo support, to bring most of the Sinhala polity as well as the Muslims behind him. Using a large cabinet to shield the weakness of his minority government, Rajapaksa won a war that had been declared `un-winnable’ by the West which funded the Tamil Tigers, and harboured individuals like Anton and Adele Balasingham who openly supported programs declared by the UN to be crimes against civil societies.

    Western analysts realized that until and unless the Sinhala polity is divided, the Western program cannot go ahead. The Tamil nationalist program thrived in the last three decades only because the Sinhalese were divided equally between the United National party (center right) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (center left). The US keeps track of Islamic groups and knew of the Wahabist-Islamic incursions in Sri Lanka, and the growing resentment against it among certain nationalist sections of the Sinhalese.

    The strategists in the Pentagon invoke their standard formula for situations like this. It lines up its defense establishment with the defense establishment of the target country (Sri Lanka), and gets one of its henchmen (e.g., Norway) to support the anti-Islamic radical groups at a variety of levels. This has been done not only by the so-called “one-shot” support given to the BBS, but also by giving financial aid to selected Buddhist temples. This is the standard approach to buying up political support where there is none.

    In effect, the West needs a Buddhist NGO in Sri Lanka, just as it needed an Islamic NGO in Afghanistan against the Soviets. However, here it is playing a more subtle game, check-mating the Wahabi Islamists in Sri Lanka, gaining support from a section of Buddhists, while alienating and diminishing the power of the Jathika-Hela Urumaya that led the vanguard against Norway at Mavil Ara, and actually fielded Buddhist monks at Sri Lankan elections. Thus the rise of the BBS fits in very well with the strategy of the West.

    However, some members of the Rajapaksa government, as well as some leaders of the Buddhist political program are clever strategists. They have realized that they too can use (the covertly western-supported) anti-Islamism of the BBS to their own advantage in winning back some of the assets that have been encroached upon by Islamist expansion. This is of course a popular move among the Sinhala nationalist merchant class which is prepared to compromise on Buddhist teachings for a bit more of Buddhist hegemony.

    Sri Lankan Buddhists do not have a strong moral figure like the Dalai Lama who successfully maintained the Tibetan effort against China on the high moral road for many decades. Now, the Dalai Lama has retired from that struggle and how it will spiral onwards is any-body’s guess. The Dalai Lama has expressed his sadness about the events in Sri Lanka and Burma, but it is easy to dismiss him as being mis-informed. Indeed, he is not informed about these events per se. He is making his statements based on the general principles of Buddhism that demand that every matter be solved by discussion, compromise and compassion, without violence. That is the high moral road that the Buddha indicated to the Lichchavi kings in regard to governance, some 26 centuries ago, with his seven rules.

    The BBS is a militant group which in effect implies that Buddhist principles have to be re-enforced by strong-arm tactics. Some church fathers as well as Western anti-Islamists who have been irked by Islam’s inroads all over the world are delighted by the new developments. They don’t have to openly sully their hands!

    The withdrawal of Muslim support from the Rajapaksa government is also attended with glee by Western strategists who noted how Rajapaksa had used such support in UN fora for thwarting international sanctions against his government.

    The western NGOs that existed in Sri Lanka so far have been headed by Tamils, Christians, or noted international wheeler-dealers. If the BBS can become a Southern Sinhalese NGO that can be manipulated by the West, an immediate objective of the West would be achieved.

    However, some of the leaders of the BBS may prove to be artful individuals who may not necessarily tow the line of the West, just as the Taliban NGOs created in Afghanistan by the West some decades ago morphed into anti-Western agents. However, the Taliban had enough middle-eastern financial backers when the West withdrew its support. In contrast, the BBS will dry up and loose steam, as soon as it looses its financial backing.

    Here we have to look at the JHU that has become a dormant entity when its financial support dried up with the JHU becoming a compliant partner of the Rajapaksa politics of accommodating all and `shaping up’ problems instead of solving them according to the rule book.

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    In the case of Palestine it’s patently clear that Israel is the oppressor.

    Let us not forget that in 1967, three Arab nations tried to destroy Israel. If they had succeeded, Israel would not be in existence today. The only Islamic nation where Jews have any rights at all is Iran.

    So, the present borders that Israel has set for itself are the result of the land it captured in 1967. Very fair, considering that every loser of a war must give up something. There is no use in crying about “Zionist oppression” and asking to go back to pre-1967 borders. The Arabs lost the war; the reasonable thing to do, therefore, is negotiate with Israel.

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    Spot on! Would not be surprised if an intelligent writer/researcher like you is offered a job by the CIA, for they seem to lack much needed strategy and every time they strategize they seem to be handcuffed down on the ground!

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    “Verily never will Allah change the condition of a people until they change it themselves (with their own souls). But when (once) Allah willeth a people’s punishment there can be no turning it back nor will they find besides Him any to protect.”

    Surah Al Ra’d – Ayah 11

    The change has to come from within the muslims themselves. Wherever you look you see them divided and fighting with each other. The greed for wealth and worldly life has overtaken religon. Muslims are some of the richest and poorest in the world. The Middle East is rich in oil money while in neighbouring Somalia people are dieing of starvation. People are killing each other in Syria fuelled by oil money from Saudi and Qatar. Same is in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. So it is better to speak on behalf of truth and justice. Palestine and Kashmir are not problems if people can live with freedom and dignity. Bloodletting and killing serves no purpose.

    By the Time! Man is surely in loss, except those who believe and do good works, and exhort one another to Truth, and exhort one another to patience.

    Surah Al Asr

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    @Amarasiri, Thought provoking analysis.

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    Amarasiri, very interesting and worthwhile explanations. You should have your own blog.

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      Kernellc and Hade Sheriff,

      Thanks for your input and comments. Right now I am too busy with other stuff. Some other blogs won’t even take my comments, because they break their Myths.

      Anyway, it looks like still even 470 years after the publication of The movement of Heavenly Bodies by Nicklaus Copernicus, according the the US national Science Foundation Study, 22% of the Americans, mostly rednecks and fundamentalist Christians believe, the Sun goes around the Earth. So, quite a ways to go here.

      What percentage of the Sinhala Buddhist believe in the Mahanama Myths?

      What percentage of the Christians believe in the Christian Myths?

      What percentage of the Hindus believe in the Hindu Myths?

      What percentage of the Muslims believe in the Muslim Myths?

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    The Muslim ‘thing’ boils down to Unity, Respect and co-existence. Muslims have placed their trust with super nations rather than the Supreme Creator.

    A superior man lives from his deepest core of faith, fearlessly giving his time and effort to a better world. When a person is willing to embrace truth and give everything he’s got, he will penetrate the world from the core of his being a leader to his people.

    This present physical world focuses on material acquisition and outward results but in the spiritual world they focus on the inner cause and source of the results. For it is a spiritual law that when an individual is inwardly transformed by receiving the revelation of God’s Shariah, the results would be automatically secured. Thus the spiritual world focuses on individuals absorbing the truth of God into their very existence and not just the mental knowledge of truth.

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    If there is hate speech legislation in Sri Lanka…. those slapped with civil cases are NOT buddhists… I am just waiting for this day … because all these years the anti-buddhists had been having a field day

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    This is what Mr Abdul had to say in an email exchange with me about the punishment a Sinhala Buddhist received. From the passage it is evident he is EXTREMIST too…

    Hameed Abdul

    May 8 (13 days ago)

    to me
    There have been conflicting reports on this case. One said that Thungasiri was to be executed for worshiping a Buddha statue. Evidently that didn’t happen. I think all Sri Lankans especially Sinhala Buddhists must leave Saudi Arabia and the SL government should prohibit any Sinhala Buddhist from going to that country ever again because of the oppression these poor people have to face in the wretched country.

    I welcome his BRILLIANT IDEA and requested him to convince Muslims to do likewise…

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      Religion is the Opium of the Masses, said Karl Marx.

      So, if there is NO religion, there is NO problem.

      How True.

      The Mullahs, the Monks and the Priests will be unemployed.

      Then, they can be gainfully employed, to work in the fields, to pluck coconuts, dates and to work in factories and in hotels.

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