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After the London Bombings: ‘Our Dead Have Names Too’

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There are some 2 million Muslims in Britain. The Western media would paint a simple of image of them as largely good citizens and supporters of the war on terror, except for a few really bad apples.

British authorities claim 600 now in the U.K. were trained by al Qaeda, some of whom may have been behind the July 7 terrorist bombings in London that killed at least 52 commuters. Hundreds of suspected jihadists have been arrested in recent years and thrown into the Belmarsh high-security prison. While it’s possible to round up the usual suspects in Britain, there is not a great deal of compelling evidence — just as in the U.S. — that security services have exposed any more than a handful of true al Qaeda members.

Beyond the bombers, who may or may not have been on a suicide mission, there are the rhetoricians. One organization, called the Party for Islamic Renewal, regularly loads my mailbox with a collection of tirades. Since the group is angry, it’s labeled radical. Operated through an Arabic language website, tajdeed.net, the party is organized by Mohammed al-Massari, a Saudi dissident. In the past, the British government unsuccessfully tried to deport him, and in the mid 1990’s he helped Osama bin Laden open a London office, according to the BBC.

The rants delivered through the Party for Islamic Renewal mailing list discuss reciprocity, the idea that the terrorism in Britain is tit-for-tat, a price for the country’s cooperation in George W. Bush’s war in Iraq, another cost of which should be Tony Blair’s impeachment.

A few reprints, essentially as they appeared in my inbox immediately after the London bombings:

  • Shock and Awe in London
  • Blame It on Blair
  • London Is Burning
  • A Letter to the British People From a Daughter of Iraq

    Shock and Awe in London

    By Yamin Zakaria

    July 7, 2005

    “God didn’t call America to engage in a senseless, unjust war … We’ve
    committed more war crimes almost than any nation in the world.” (Martin
    Luther King, Jr.)

    First, it (“Shock and Awe”) was displayed in Baghdad, and in response it
    was seen in Madrid and Istanbul; now it has come to London but on a far
    smaller scale. It seems we live in a world where the Anglo-Saxon
    civilisation, assumes the right to unleash their military forces on anyone,
    but expects everyone to howl terrorism, give minutes of silence, and stand
    shoulder-to-shoulder, when they face retaliation.

    As expected everyone is howling and describing it as barbaric, an act of
    terrorism, attack on humanity etc. because the bombs were detonated in
    London not in Baghdad or Kabul! Otherwise I would have expected the same
    response for the 54 people killed in the wedding party in Iraq and many
    similar incidences throughout Iraq and Afghanistan by trigger happy US
    pilots and soldiers.

    The US could not identify a wedding party of men, women and children
    despite being equipped with most sophisticated equipment and training. So,
    they are either trained monkeys short of brain cells or they were high on
    alcohol and drugs prior to engaging in combat missions, or they are
    terrorists that deliberately killed civilians. The latter is more likely,
    given that they have been following a policy of shoot first and ask
    questions later, so they bombed the civilians from a high altitude, then
    apologised for their “mistake”. That gets packaged and marketed by the
    media terrorists as collateral damage, a small price for the war on terror.

    Blair and Bush referred to their noble work of discussing how to relieve
    poverty in the G8 summit (as if the West had no role in causing the poverty
    in the first place) contrasting that with the acts of the terrorists in
    London. Hence, Bush and Blair, both absolutely blameless, poor innocent
    victims! The G8 summit is actually facilitating the new scramble for
    Africa, lets face it, Capitalism and altruism does not mix together, they
    are opposites.

    They (Bush and Blair) portray the attacks in London without any cause what
    so ever. Examining the “cause” is an uncomfortable topic; it can be
    self-incriminating. A way to deflect discussing the “cause” is to say
    that examining the cause gives some sort of justification to the attackers.
    Well, do we not need to understand and debate their grievances even if we
    do not agree with their action?

    What is even more perplexing, is that the “man” who is leading the war on
    terror from the rear or from his bunkers, George Bush, says: “The war on
    terror goes on” as if this incident is justification for the war waged in
    Iraq and Afghanistan. But, the problem is, the incident happened well after
    the war was waged. So, this is a bit like prodding someone with a knife and
    then when that person retaliates in self-defence that becomes the reason
    for the initial prodding.

    If anything, the incident in London is the product of the initial
    aggressions in Iraq and Afghanistan; and rationally it cannot be its cause.
    Quite often terrorism and state terrorism depict the same cause and effect
    relationship; state terrorism is usually the cause, terrorism is the
    effect. Recognising this would go a long way towards brining peace and
    resolving the conflict.

    An example of this cause and effect is the attack in Madrid. Spain was only
    attacked (terrorism as effect) when it attacked (state terrorism as cause)
    Iraq without any provocation in the first place. Iraqis did not harm the
    Spanish, the English or the Americans. When Spain withdrew, no further
    attack to date has taken place and it is unlikely to happen in the future
    unless there is a genuine reason once again.

    Who did it?

    Now the basic question, who did it and why? Of course once you know who
    then why becomes self-evident.

    It could have been the IRA but this does not carry the hallmark the IRA and
    they have been dormant for a while. The splinter group, the real IRA, do
    not have the logistical ability to carry out such attacks and since the
    Omagh bombing have self censured and been muted.

    Theoretically, some may point to extreme French nationalists as the likely
    suspect for loosing the Olympic bid and seeing the Brits recently gloating
    by celebrating the battle of Trafalgar, not to mention reviving the old
    wounds of history from Agincourt to Waterloo. But this is unlikely. As
    Europe has learnt from the two world wars, the price of war can be heavy.
    Agreed, many might even find this point amusing.

    Many of the sceptics, war opponents and many Muslims may point to the CIA
    and/or Mossad as the likely parties, for carrying out such an operation for
    various reasons; to discredit their domestic opponents; justify prolonging
    their aggression upon the Muslims; building a climate to attack Iran, hence
    we may expect other attacks of the sorts.

    The most likely suspects, as already pointed out by the media, are the
    Muslims—Why because they have reasons to retaliate. The reason is often
    not elaborated upon, usually hidden behind the labels of “terrorism” and
    “extremism”. Anyway, the Al-Qaeda network comes to everyone’s lips. But
    nobody is prepared to utter that it could have been carried out by the
    relatives of those who perished in Fallujah, Ramadi, Anbar, etc. Let us not
    forget Hilla, where the British forces deliberately dropped cluster bombs
    on a civilian town maiming many, where there were no Iraqi or resistance
    forces present even before the war.

    Why this was was done (motive)?

    Blair referred to the “terrorists” wanting to destroy their way of life.
    If that is the case, then why have they chosen to attack after all this
    time? What is the motivation for wanting to destroy your way of life? How
    does it benefit them? Is Blair suggesting that they are mindless serial
    killers like those walking the streets of America, just looking for
    victims! Hence, Blair is a Bliar, by his own words!

    If it was an act of retaliation from the Muslims, then the reasons are
    obvious. It is partly vengeance and partly to make the citizens of the West
    feel the reality of what their governments are doing in Iraq daily, so that
    they might get up and do something about it. Like the Spaniards did to
    Aznar. Whatever the case, it has nothing to do with British way of life;
    all the Iraqis are interested in is freedom from occupation and justice for
    the crimes committed against them. Even Al-Qaeda did not demand from the US
    and UK to dismantle their way of life only that they want to see their
    lands free of occupation and oppression.

    Condemn or Condone?

    To exclusively condemn this atrocity in London in isolation to everything
    else, is to condone the real and bigger criminals (Bush and Blair) sitting
    inside the G8 summit! For diplomatic protocol and niceties all the G8
    members stood shoulder to shoulder. The Muslims moderates as usual cannot
    do anything else but to follow their masters or do what is fashionable and
    acceptable. However, where was that voice speaking out for the unprovoked
    aggression in Iraq, that has taken the lives of 100,000 plus to date,
    which, if balance were sought, would take around 2000 more incidents of the
    kind that took place in London?

    If killing innocent people is wrong and heinous for the “terrorists” then
    surely it is also wrong for these governments to do exactly that, in Iraq
    and Afghanistan. Which is worse killing innocent civilians without
    provocation or killing them in retaliation? Surely the former (aggression)
    is worse than the latter (revenge).

    So condemn not the bombers first (terrorism as effect), but Blair who is
    the cause (state terrorism as cause). I work and live in London, if I fell
    victim to the acts of retaliation, I would put all the blame squarely on
    those who have caused this retaliation. After the initial rage diminishes
    hopefully everyone would see this point of view. Prior to the war like
    Madrid, London was never a target, nor was it ever targeted by the Muslims
    assuming they were behind it in the first place. You can be sure that when
    the British troops are eventually withdrawn the probabilities of another
    attack will decline but unlike Madrid it will not disappear as Britain has
    played a greater role in the war. This is why both Muslims and Non Muslims
    in the UK ought to reflect about the incident in its totality. The remedy
    should be sought by:

    a) Calling for the removal of the British troops from Iraq.

    b) Impeaching Blair and preferably handing him over to the International
    Criminal Court to be tried for his war crimes.

    c) Denounce the US and its Ziono-fascist and the neo-cons, who are the
    real architects behind the war.

    d) Encourage US to remove its troops or isolate US as a rogue state. If
    necessary, Britain along with Europe should be looking to build stronger
    ties with Europe, china, Russia and the Islamic world, looking for its long
    term future interests instead of short term benefits from the US.

    e) Assess war compensation to Iraq, repaying this debt by helping the
    Iraqis to rebuild their society.

    f) Denouncing state terrorism as well as terrorism of the individuals
    and groups. Recognise that state terrorism is usually the father of
    terrorism!


    Blame It on Blair

    By Shahin

    July 7, 2005

    [Blame it on Blair] is what came to mind when I heard about the London bombings.

    Lets cast our minds back over the past 14 years from Gulf War I when the Kuffar officially began the Crusade by attacking Iraq with the assistance and connivance of most of the Muslim world u in particular the Arab part of it.

    During the actual war thousands of tons of bombs were dropped on Iraq’s civilian infrastructure e.g. air raid shelters, water treatment plants,
    roads, bridges etc. The whole idea was to cause so much civilian damage
    that it would break Iraq’s back without a proper military battle. That is
    basic Kuffar (Anti Islam establishment) military strategy-kill the
    innocents (the really innocent) to pressure the opposition military.

    Since then they implemented sanctions-again with the assistance of the apostates in the region e.g. Iran, Saudi-occupied Arabia, Jordan, Syria
    etc. This caused the deaths of over 500,000 children alone through
    starvation and disease (official UN figures).

    The Crusade on Iraq started a long time before 2003. A Crusader air
    campaign was being implanted much earlier to provoke Iraq into some act that could be portrayed as a “casus belli” i.e. an excuse for going into
    war.

    Crusader warplanes began bombing in southern Iraq in May 2002-10 tons that month, according to British government figures. For a September total of 54.6 tons.

    Bush and Blair began their war not in March 2003, as everyone believed, but
    at the end of August 2002, six weeks before Congress approved military
    action against Iraq.

    Iraq protested to the United Nations but didn’t fall into the trap of
    retaliating. For US-UK planners, invading Iraq for oil and Israel was a far
    higher priority than the so-called “war on terror”.

    Since the Crusade officially began in March 2003 over 100,000 Muslims have
    been massacred in Iraq. The women of the Ummah (Muslim community) have been
    raped in Crusader jails.

    Who did anything for these innocents? Nobody in the West or in the East.

    Remember all those millions in the UK who demonstrated against the war. As
    soon as the bombs began raining down in Iraqi homes and hospitals then many
    of these anti war people then turned round and said, “We must support our
    boys.”

    Bear in mind that the British police are always asking friends and families
    of suspected criminals to turn in their people. Yet when the British army
    goes into a colonial crusade they expect the British public to support
    these thieves and murderers simply because they’re British.

    Remember Fallujah? It was attacked with the inhabitants massacred in their
    homes. Remember the pictures of wounded Muslims being executed in the
    mosque? It was the British army, which ringed Fallujah to help prevent the
    Mujahideen (Islamic fighters) to come to the assistance of the real
    innocents.

    Remember when the Crusaders toppled Saddam. John Simpson, the BBC’s
    chief foreign affairs reporter, suggested in his TV report that the
    Mujahideen had threatened to retaliate for the attack on Iraq and it had
    not materialised. He was mocking the Mujahideen for the failure of the
    Iraqi army and Saddam’s apostate regime to do other than what a secular
    Arab army traditionally does u run away in the face of opposition. Simpson
    was saying to the Mujahideen “do your worst, you Muslims are a bunch of
    windbags”. He and the rest of the Kuffar believed their own lies and
    deluded themselves into a sense of invincibility.

    However a few non-Muslim analysts not suffering from delusions of grandeur
    understood the Muslims better. They understood that the cockroaches ruling
    Muslim lands and their government-backed “scholars” don’t reflect Muslim
    character. These non-Muslims probably studied Islamic history and Qur’aan.
    For example, on the eve of the allied invasion, a classified report by the
    National Intelligence Council (NIC), the American intelligence community’s
    centre for strategic thinking, predicted that an American-led invasion of
    Iraq would increase support for political Islam. Douglas Jehl reported in
    the New York Times in December 2004, the NIC warned “Iraq and other
    possible conflicts in the future could provide recruitment, training
    grounds, technical skills and language proficiency for a new class of
    terrorists who are ‘professionalised’ and for whom political violence
    becomes an end in itself.” Bear in mind that the New York Times is one of
    the leading mouthpieces for the Kuffar. The report then translated in
    ”Islam” talk is basically saying that the Mujahideen would be boosted and
    become more proficient as a result of a crusade against Iraq.

    How true that was, because basically this is what the Qur’aan says.

    Surah 2

    190. And fight in the Way of Allah against those who fight you.

    191. And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where
    they have turned you out. And Fitnah (reversion to polytheism, turning a
    disbeliever after one has believed in Allah) is worse than killing.

    Surah IV-Women

    if they (Disbelievers) turn back to enmity then take them and kill them
    wherever you find them, and choose no friend or helper from among them. (v
    89)
    The Mujahideen understand this to mean exactly what it says. There are no
    boundaries. The Crusade is global and so the Jihad has to be global.

    Surah 2 section 194:

    The sacred month is for the sacred month, and for the prohibited things,
    there is the law of retribution (redress, equality in retaliation) (Qisas).
    Then whoever transgresses the prohibition against you, you transgress
    likewise against him. And fear Allah and know that Allah is with the pious.

    This means you do to the Crusaders what they do to you. Islam allows
    retaliation-like for like. This means that the relatives of the Iraqis
    who were beaten to death in Abu Ghraib have the right to beat to death the
    crusaders who killed their loved ones. The Muslims who had their
    transportation, hospitals, water treatment plants and industries bombed
    continuously since 1991 have the right given by Allah to do to the Kuffar
    what the Kuffar did to them! This is what happened in London today.

    Conclusions:

    The Kuffar’s own intelligence services predicted what would happen to any
    Kuffar that joined Bush’s crusade and the Mujahideen made their intentions
    clear at the outset of the Iraq war. Sheikh Bin Laden even told the world
    to ask itself that why countries such as Sweden never get attacked or have
    to fear an attack?

    The blame for what happened in London falls squarely on Blair’s shoulders.

    He is responsible for killing hundreds of thousands of innocent
    non-combatants in Iraq. The Mujahideen have read the Qur’aan and carried out
    the necessary retaliation according to the Law of Allah. By doing so they
    demonstrated their skills of organisation, and planning as well as daring
    bravery and cunning—all qualities lacking so far amongst the armies of
    the apostate regimes of the Middle East. They chose the day when the G8
    summit started and the world’s attention was focused on London which was
    also the day that a large part of the London police force was in Scotland
    to guard the G8 Kuffar gathering.

    The best thing for the people of Britain is to understand it was Blair who
    tricked them into a dirty colonial war and now the chickens have come home
    to roost. They failed to defeat the IRA and now they are dealing with
    people who welcome death for the sake of Allah just as the Kuffar welcome
    life.

    It’s ironic that this retaliation attack occurred the same week that
    Sheikh Abu Hamza’s trial began for alleged terrorism in London. Here is
    the Kuffar charging an invalid with no hands and just one eye with being a
    terrorist mastermind to hoodwink their public into believing they have the
    alleged Muslim terrorism threat under control. Yet the biggest attack on
    the British establishment since the Second World War was underway as the
    alleged terrorist mastermind was being put through a rigged show trial to
    humiliate the Ummah. It just shows the level of incompetence and corruption
    within the Kuffar’s much vaunted security apparatus, which spent millions
    of pounds harassing innocent Muslims when in reality the real people in the
    business of terror were going about their business without any hindrance.

    Whoever thought that corruption only existed in Third World countries ought
    to think again because the Kuffar put on trial an invalid Muslim to con
    their population into believing they were efficiently prosecuting the “War
    on Terror” when the reality is they were wasting public money, our tax
    money (in addition of getting the British boys getting killed and mutilated
    for the Zionist cause, that is for nothing, in Iraq).

    Whoever thought that Arab rulers and their sidekicks reflected Muslims
    ought to think again because a highly motivated and intelligent group of
    Muslims working independently of any government brought the Crusade back to
    where it came from.

    I say to the people of Britain to wake up and kick out these parasites who
    are bleeding the country for an easy life for themselves. Note the
    difference in security around British political intuitions compared to what
    the British public are getting.

    Do the right thing a first step: IMPEACH BLAIR!!


    London Is Burning

    By Gilad Atzman

    July 7, 20005

    We are used to seeing images of horrors from the Iraqi capital. For most
    Londoners and Britons, those images are nothing more than a remote call
    from a foreign country. Somehow, most of us have managed to forget that it
    is basically our government who is responsible for the continued horror in
    Iraq.

    Today’s images of horror are coming from London, seemingly, Baghdad and
    London appear to share a very similar fate.

    I am sitting in my front room watching BBC 24 learning that the
    metropolitan police and the emergency services are operating according to a
    plan. Clearly they all anticipated such an attack. A government that is
    fully engaged in some criminal colonialist activity better prepare its
    voters for the outcome of its policies. A minute ago I heard Tony Blair
    telling the nation that ‘our’ determination to defend ‘our values’ of life
    is greater than ‘their’ determination to cause death and destruction. I ask
    myself, what values is he referring to? Surely the continuation of the
    robbery of Arab oil is a major value for Blair but it isn’t my value. Tony
    Blair, a man who initiated a war without UN backing, a man with blood on
    his hands wants us to believe that he is really concerned about African
    poverty and climate changes.

    Whether we like it or not, we must admit that Terror is a message and we
    better learn to listen to it attentively:

    First, it tells us that we are as vulnerable as anyone else.

    Second, it tells us that we may have to let other people live their life
    according to their values and beliefs.

    Third, it tells us that we must never again give our votes to war
    criminals.

    More than anything else it tells us that we have a moral duty. It is down
    to us to stop our governments. It is our duty to stand up and to demand the
    resignation of Blair who is responsible for the death of so many Iraqis and
    arguably now many Innocent Britons. We must remember that voting in a
    non-ethical politician makes us all into active shareholders in a criminal
    company.

    We know already that both in America and Israel the consequences of terror
    led the general public towards an endorsement of right wing zealously. I do
    hope that the British people will follow the Spanish public’s reaction.
    Warmongers and militant aggressors must be ousted from our political
    climate. Only then peace will prevail.


    A Letter to the British People From a Daughter of Iraq

    By Iman al-Saadun

    July 8, 2005

    I’m sending this letter to the British people and in particular to the
    residents of London. For a period of hours, you have lived through moments
    of desperate anxiety and horror. In those hours you lost a member of your
    family or a friend, and we wish to tell you in total honesty that we too
    grieve when human lives pass away. I cannot tell you how much we hurt when
    we see desperation and pain on the face of another person. For we have
    lived through this situation-and continue to live through it every day-
    since your country and the United States formed an alliance and laid plans
    to attack Iraq.

    The Prime Minister of your country, Tony Blair, said that those who carried
    out the explosions did so in the name of Islam. The Secretary of State of
    the United States, Condaleezza Rice, described the bombings as an act of
    barbarism. The United Nations Security Council met and unanimously
    condemned the event.

    I would like to ask you, the free British people, to allow me to inquire:
    in whose name was our country blockaded for 12 years? In whose name were
    our cities bombed using internationally prohibited weapons? In whose name
    did the British army kill Iraqis and torture them? Was that in your name?
    Or in the name of religion? Or humanity? Or freedom? Or democracy?

    What do you call the killing of more than two million children? What do you
    call the pollution of the soil and the water with depleted uranium and
    other lethal substances?

    What do you call what happened in the prisons in Iraq u in Abu Ghraib, Camp
    Bucca and the many other prison camps? What do you call the torture of men,
    women, and children? What do you call tying bombs to the bodies of
    prisoners and blowing them apart? What do you call the refinement of
    methods of torture for use on Iraqi prisoners-such as pulling off limbs,
    gouging out eyes, putting out cigarettes on their skin, and using cigarette
    lighters to set fire to the hair on their heads? Does the word “barbaric”
    adequately describe the behavior of your troops in Iraq?

    May we ask why the Security Council did not condemn the massacre in
    al-Amiriyah and what happened in al-Fallujah, Talaeafar, Sadr City, and
    an-Najaf? Why does the world watch as our people are killed and tortured
    and not condemn the crimes being committed against us? Are you human beings
    and we something less? Do you think that only you can feel pain and we
    can’t? In fact it is we who are most aware of how intense is the pain of
    the mother who has lost her child, or the father who has lost his family.
    We know very well how painful it is to lose those you love.

    You don’t know our martyrs, but we know them. You don’t remember them,
    but we remember them. You don’t cry over them, but we cry over them.

    Have you heard the name of the little girl Hannan Salih Matrud? Or of the
    boy Ahmad Jabir Karim? Or Saaeid Shabram?

    Yes, our dead have names too. They have faces and stories and memories.
    There was a time when they were among us, laughing and playing. They had
    dreams, just as you have. They had a tomorrow awaiting them. But today they
    sleep among us with no tomorrow on which to wake.

    We don’t hate the British people or the peoples of the world. This war was
    imposed upon us, but we are now fighting it in defense of our selves.
    Because we want to live in our homeland-the free land of Iraq-and to
    live as we want to live, not as your government or the American government
    wish.

    Let the families of those killed know that responsibility for the Thursday
    morning London bombings lies with Tony Blair and his policies.