Friday, May 20, 2005

Kenneth Timmerman by Paul Sheldon Foote

In the "Hate to Win?" interview, Kenneth Timmerman, author of Preachers of Hate: Islam and the War on America, summarized the state-supported use of hate in the Muslim world to support a war on America. For example:
“There is a struggle underway for the soul of Islam between the preachers of hate and the preachers of peace. Unfortunately, as I document in my book, the preachers of hate are winning. I say this because from Saudi Arabia to Egypt, state-appointed clerics are preaching to the faithful that it is their ‘duty’ to murder Jews, because Jews are ‘rejected’ by God, who turned them into ‘monkeys and pigs.’” Unfortunately, Timmerman chose to focus upon only evidence of the Muslim use of hate. Even if everything Timmerman wrote is correct, his research does not amount to even a half-truth. A half-truth is a lie. In the American court system, witnesses promise to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Timmerman’s choice of focus serves only as a basis for supporting endless wars in the Muslim world for the benefit of the Likud Party of Israel at the cost of the lives of American Christian soldiers. / News / World / I raq, Iran issue joint statement blaming Saddam for 1980-88 war, 1990 invasion of Kuwait / News / World / I raq, Iran issue joint statement blaming Saddam for 1980-88 war, 1990 invasion of Kuwait: "I raq, Iran issue joint statement blaming Saddam for 1980-88 war, 1990 invasion of Kuwait
By Paul Garwood, Associated Press, 5/20/2005 06:09

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) For the first time Iraq has joined with Iran in labeling Saddam Hussein and his henchmen as the military agressors of the 1980-88 war between the two countries and of Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait.

The joint statement, issued Thursday during Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi's historic trip to Iraq, comes as the Shiite Muslim-dominated governments of both countries try to forge better ties following Saddam's ouster two years ago.

The former Iraqi dictator, who was captured in December 2003, is facing charges including killing rival politicians during his 30-year rule, gassing Kurds, invading Kuwait in 1990 and suppressing Kurdish and Shiite uprisings in 1991. He is in U.S. military custody with several of his former top aides awaiting trial. No trial dates have been set.

Iraqis in the new government and Iran's Shiite-led theocracy have previously blamed the former Iraqi dictator for starting the bloody eight-year war against Iran, in which 1 million people died.

But the latest statement, issued by the Iraqi Foreign Ministry, marks the first time Iraq has sided with Iran to accuse the former Iraqi president of being the aggressor in the war.

''The two sides confirm the necessity of trying the leaders of the former regime in Iraq in a fair trial because they committed war crimes and crimes against humanity and their military aggression against the Iraqi people, Iran and Kuwait,'' the statement said.

Shiite lawmaker Jalaleddine al-Saghir said Friday that Iranian officials have made it clear previously that ''they are not after financial compensation, but seeking rehabilitation.''

He described the statement as a ''positive step to solve all problems between the two countries.''

Asked if such a statement would anger this country's Sunni Arab community, to which Saddam belonged, al-Saghir said it was not only Iraqi Shiites who accuse the former dictator of being the aggressor in the war with Iran, ''but all Iraqis as a state, and the proof is that the foreign minister is a Sunni,'' referring to Hoshyar Zebari, an Iraqi Kurd.

Iraqi and Iranian officials were not immediately available for comment Friday, a weekly religious holiday in both countries.

Iran has said previously it is considering filing a suit against Saddam for invading Iran, which says it is owed billions in war damages.

Iraq also owes billions to Kuwait for damage to oil facilities and the environment caused during Iraq's seven-month occupation of Kuwait that began August 1990 and ended with the February liberation by a U.S.-led coalition during the Gulf War.

Ties between Kuwait and Iraq have resumed since Saddam's fall.

During that seven-month Gulf crisis, Iraq flew 120 military and civilian planes to Iran for safekeeping. Tehran since has said it would keep the planes as compensation for war damages it sought from Iraq.

Iraq had started to pay through the United Nations billions of dollars to Kuwaitis who lost possessions and relatives during the Iraqi occupation and the Gulf War.

Views among Iraqi Shiites toward Iran range from hate to devotion. Despite 60 percent of Iraq's 26 million people being Shiite, many harbor resentment toward Iran over the war.

Some Iraqi Shiite leaders have previously said that their country should compensate Iran over the war, comments that have angered many Iraqis."