Arrogance leads to hate and enmity that does not allow the truth to surface; truth is the key to justice and peace. Raja Mujtaba
By Dr. Muzaffar Iqbal
That Mr. Barrack Hussein Obama found Mahmud Ahmadinejad’s words “outrageous, disgusting, and offensive,” and his cohorts in America and Britain resonated his sentiments is just what one had expected from a man who came to power on the strength of false promises (Remember: Yes, we can!), but who fell in line within days of his entrance into that symbol of white supremacy where no black man was ever supposed to set foot. Notwithstanding the emotional content of this exchange in New York last week, the sad fact remains: it is Obama’s remarks—and not those of Ahmadinejad’s—which are disgusting and outrageous to millions of people around the world; a fact that will never be acknowledged by those intoxicated by the power of their military might; for these are people who can shed crocodile’s tears over the death of 3000 citizens of their country but who are not willing to even acknowledge that their hands are drenched with the blood of several hundred thousand men, women, and children of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.
No, there is no way to open their eyes, for it is not the eyes which go blind, but the hearts. And no human being has the power and ability to open sealed hearts. What Mahmud Ahmadinejad said at the United Nations is what at least 83% of the Muslim world’s population has been saying ever since 2001: no independent inquiry has ever taken place to ascertain the truth of what actually happened on September 11, 2001; let us have an impartial international inquiry. Let us truly find out who was behind these attacks. And that is all that Mahmud Ahmadinejad said; what is so disgusting about it?
Horrendous as the events of September 11, 2001 were, they pale in comparison to the rain of missiles on the homes of innocent citizens of Baghdad, radio-active ammunition used in Faluja, the agony and suffering of thousands upon thousands of deformed children in Iraq now suffering because of the poisoning of water system and contamination of earth by US and British bombs, the death of countless civilians in Pakistan through drone attacks, and the untold suffering and misery of Afghans whose land has been scorched by unrelenting terror unleashed by America’s covert and overt military actions now through the orders of the man who found Ahmadinejad’s remarks disgusting but who cannot see what he himself has ordered!
Such is the nature of our times; such is the nature of this blindness that a man sees nothing but phantoms of his own
making. The entire Western press was in an uproar over Ahmadinejad’s remarks; exactly what one would expect from a media controlled by a few men and women who cannot understand how there can be one country in the world that does not bow down to the tyranny of their rulers and the might of their sophisticated weapons. In this regard, Iran is really unique not just in the Muslim world, but globally; it is a country whose leadership has been blessed with a forthright character which allows it to stand on its own in a sea of hypocrites, paper tigers and self-proclaimed kings and potentates of the Muslim world. Ever since 1979, it has consistently spoken against the global oppression of America and its allies. It has used logic, reasoning, and wisdom to make the Western world realize that it is on a path of self-destruction; and in that destruction lies the destruction of the whole world.
Just a comparison of what Obama said to Ahmadinejad’s subsequent on his outburst is instructive: instead of retorting back the next day, Ahmadinejad instead addressed a press conference in New York and said: “I did not pass judgment, but don’t you feel that the time has come to have a fact-finding committee.”
To be sure, the showdown in New York was just another American verbal attack against Iran and hpw its leadership; Ahmadinejad provided them a perfect excuse to expose their hypocrisy and shallow moral character, but by the time he left America, Ahmadinejad’s remarks had already been broadcast to the entire world by none other than American media; this was indeed clever on his part and a sign of his political acumen. For one seldom hears on American airwaves words like: “The Americans should not occupy the entire Middle East, bomb wedding parties, annihilate an entire village, just because one terrorist is hiding there”; or a clear, passionate and honest appraisal of the Zionist problem in Palestine which goes back to the Second World War: “Under the pretext of protecting some of the survivors of that War, the land of Palestine was occupied through war, aggression and the displacement of millions of its inhabitants; it was placed under the control of some of the War survivors, bringing even larger population groups from elsewhere in the world, who had not been even affected by the Second World War; and a government was established in the territory of others with a population collected from across the world at the expense of driving millions of the rightful inhabitants of the land into a diaspora and homelessness. This is a great tragedy with hardly a precedent in history. Refugees continue to live in temporary refugee camps, and many have died still hoping to one day return to their land. Can any logic, law or legal reasoning justify this tragedy? Can any member of the United Nations accept such a tragedy occurring in their own homeland?”
Ahmadinejad’s showdown in New York also proved one more time that even one voice is enough to break through the web of lies and deceits constructed over years. Speeches at the UN have become a terribly nauseating affair, but when Ahmadinejad spoke last week and America and some of its allies decided to walk out, it was a scene worthy of watching, for in their departure was the proof that truth still matters; that an honest voice still has the power to construct a mirror which can show to the proponents of falsehood their own ugly images; it is another matter that they did not have the courage to see it.
Muzaffar Iqbal is the founder-president of Center for Islam and Science (www.cis-ca.org), Canada, and editor of
Islam & Science, a semi-annual journal of Islamic perspectives on science and civilization. He received his Ph.D. in chemistry (University of Saskatchewan, Canada, 1983), and then left the field of experimental science to fully devote himself to study Islam, its spiritual, intellectual and scientific traditions.
Born in Lahore, Pakistan, he has lived in Canada since 1979. He has held academic and research positions at University of Saskatchewan (1979-1984), University of Wisconsin-Madison (1984-85), and McGill University (1986). During 1990-1999, he pursued his research and study on various aspects of Islam in Pakistan, where he also worked as Director, Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH) between 1991-96 and as Director, Pakistan Academy of Sciences (1998-99).
During 1999-2001, Dr. Iqbal was Program Director (Muslim World) for the Science-Religion Course Program of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS), Berkeley, USA.
Dr. Iqbal has published books and papers on the relationship between Islam and science, Islam and the West, the contemporary situation of Muslims, and the history of Islamic science.
His publications include Islam and Science, God, Life and the Cosmos: Christian and Islamic Perspectives , Science and Islam, Dawn in Madinah: A Pilgrim’s Passage , The Making of Islamic Science (IBT, 2009) and a few more titles.
He is the General Editor of the forthcoming seven-volume Integrated Encyclopedia of the Qur’an, the first English language reference work on the Qur’an based on fourteen centuries of Muslim reflection and scholarship. He is a regular contributor to Opinion Maker.