Imam Elahi: America's Moral Tragedy
- Salaam Alaikum,
Considering the continuity of the presidential campaigns in the US,
political developments in the Middle East, war in Iraq and
Afghanistan, agreement in Lebanon, rhetoric about attacks on Iran
and the situation in Gaza, Imam Elahi was given a limited space in
the Detroit News to express his thoughts. Here is another wise,
honest and enlightening Op-Ed by the Imam published in today's
newspaper! PLEASE send your comments to letters @ detnews.com
[Letters to the Editior supporting peace with Iran are important.]
Bush's Middle East foreign policy creates moral tragedies
Imam Mohammad Ali Elahi
The Detroit News
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
The archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, recently called the
United States "a hegemonic power that has lost the high moral
ground." Our politicians have ruined not only our economy but also
our image and integrity. President George W. Bush didn't practice
what he preached of a "humble foreign policy" but applied instead
the attitude of "might is right."
Our country, once a beacon of hope and freedom for the world, has
squandered our prosperity to create conflicts and instigate civil
wars among other nations by funding one group against another. This
is a moral tragedy.
The successful presidential election in Lebanon indicates the
failure of the Bush foreign policy. The people of the region are
searching for reconciliation. The United States should get on the
right side of the struggle and be part of the triumph of peace.
The president said he gave up golfing "in solidarity" with the
families of soldiers in Iraq. I hope the president resumes his
golfing soon. A more constructive display of solidarity would be to
stop these wars, fix the mess in Iraq and Afghanistan and don't
start yet another war in the Persian Gulf.
There is no evidence that Iran is building nuclear weapons. United
Nations atomic watchdog chief, Mohamed El-Baradei, accused the Bush
administration of adding "fuel to the fire" with bellicose rhetoric.
The national intelligence estimate in November 2007 confirmed that
Iran's nuclear program has no military aspect -- it is not pursuing
nuclear weapons. Under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, Iran,
just like any other country, has the right to produce peaceful
To negotiate with North Korea and Israel, which already have nuclear
weapons, while continuing this psychological war against Iran is
another symptom of political illness.
On Jan. 20, when George W. Bush has to vacate the White House, he
also will leave behind his Israeli-Palestinian legacy. The
president's speech to the Israeli parliament last month
disingenuously called Israel "a free and modern society based on
love of liberty, a passion for justice, and a respect for human
Impressed with his unusual support for Israel, some lawmakers
suggested that Bush is a better friend to Israel than Israel's prime
minister. Ehud Olmert should "learn from the president of the United
States what Zionism is," Knesset member Zvi Hendel remarked.
Honestly, the best friends of Israel are those who say it like it
is. Former President Jimmy Carter called the Israeli policy toward
Gaza "one of the greatest human rights crimes on earth."
Political scientist Ilan Pappe said it's possible for the
Palestinians and Jews to live together, but Israel needs to
acknowledge the crimes it committed against the Palestinian people
and accept the Palestinian refugees' right of return, as required by
Our nation deserves truthful and trustworthy leaders who have enough
courage and commitment to turn the anti-American resentment around
the world into respect and love. This country needs leaders who can
practice what they preach and what America needs -- "liberty and
justice for all."
Imam Mohammad Ali Elahi heads the Islamic House of Wisdom in
Dearborn Heights. E-mail letters to letters @ detnews.com.
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