Crazy Qadhafi, No-Fly Zone & Foreign Policy Hypocrisy

After the United Nations Security Council’s recent vote in favor of using force including implementing a No-Fly Zone (NFZ) in Libya, Tomahawk missiles (112 of them with the price tag of $1 Million per missile) were fired from U.S. Navy and British Naval vessels yesterday.


Though I know that Qaddafi has been a supporter of terrorism and has stirred up trouble throughout Africa by arming rebel groups and I believe that a NFZ should be implemented to protect Libyan civilians, I have two fundamental issues with our involvement in this matter.


The first is that France, Britain and America, with America carying the bulk, made a strategic error in being the first countries to enforce the NFZ and to use weapons of mass destruction in Libya. It would have been more prudent if Western nations played a supporting role by allowing Muslim countries to have been the first to use military force. Turkey, for instance, is a member of NATO and had the capacity to have been among the first nations to enforce the NFZ. Given Western nations’ roles in being involved in military operations in Muslim countries, which hold vital strategic importance and/or are oil producing countries fed right into Qadhafi’s (Al-Qaeda’s also) talk points of “crusaders” attacking Libya for its oil. Did we forget that quickly about what happen in Iraq and the terrorism that was fomented against Western nations as a consequence of military action? Not wise at all.


The next point is that the rational for intervention to protect civilians against the criminal Qadhafi shows the hypocrisy of American foreign policy. Our intervention is based upon American self interests not giving a damn about innocent civilians dying at the hands of a dictator or during a civil war. We didn’t take action in the Democractic Republic of the Congo, which was engulfed the biggest bloodbath in recent history since the time of Adolf Hitler because they have been our “partner.” More recently, there has been protests against the bogus regime in Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), protest which started before Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, in which civilians continue to be brutally killed. It appears that we use the excuse of saving precious lives not for humanity’s sake but as an excuse to intervene when dictators are deemed to be replaced (“regime change”) and if they have a precious resource that Western nations’ economies depend on. In comparing Libya with Cote d’Ivoire, it’s evident that intervening in a land where oil is its most precious commodity is more important than intervening in a nation where coco beans are the largest export.


As the African Union (AU) has called for immediate halting of firing weapons of mass destruction by Western powers in Libya, I hope that America does not make the foolish decision to send ground troops into Libya. At the end of the day with all of the prognosticating that many are doing behind the safety of their laptops or on Al-Jazeera, the Libyan people are the ones, who are truly suffering right now. We can only pray that civilians deaths will be minimal in light of Qadhafi’s actions and the weapons being used by Western nations that will undoubtedly kill innocent civilians (so-called collateral damage.)


Metro Detroit residents rally against Gaddafi


Last Updated: February 23. 2011 1:00AM

Metro Detroit residents rally against Gadhafi

Oralandar Brand-Williams / The Detroit News

Detroit — Libyan-Americans in Metro Detroit came out in large numbers Tuesday to call for an end to the violence against protesters in Libya demonstrating against Libyan President Moammar Gadhafi.


About 125 Libyan-Americans showed up for a news conference Tuesday at the Islamic Center of Detroit to express their concerns for family members still living in Libya and to demand Gadhafi step down.


“We want the Muslim countries, especially the Arab countries, to strongly condemn this ongoing massacre,” read Salah Huwio, an Ann Arbor resident and a Libyan-American, from a prepared statement from members of the local Libyan-American community during the news conference organized by Michigan office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations”We’re asking the world, to not only condemn (but) to cut all diplomatic ties with the Gadhafi regime.”


One of those attending the press conference was Hamtramck resident Jamila Saad, a native of Libya. Saad said her 41-year-old brother Mohamed was shot and killed in Benghazi, Libya’s second largest city, as he tried to help a person attacked by alleged mercenaries Monday during a funeral procession. The mercenaries were reportedly hired by Gadhafi, Saad said.


Saad’s brother had just returned to Libya a few months ago after living in Switzerland for 13 years, she said. He died from wounds to the side of the face and his chest.


“He was trying to help dying people in the streets,” said Saad at Tuesday’s news conference. “(The people in Libya) are up in their knees in blood.”

Dawud Walid, the executive-director of CAIR-Michigan, called Gadhafi a dictator who should be removed from office.


“Mr. Gadhafi is nothing short of a madman like those who came before him, like Mussolini and Hitler,” said Walid.
SEE VIDEO: Libya’s violence hits home for local woman, family caught in the chaos (WXYZ Channel 7)


AUDIO: Character of Prophet Muhammad and his patience

Today’s khutbah was given the Muslim Community of Western Suburbs (MCWS) in Canton, MI about the character of Prophet Muhammad (SAAS) relating to his (SAAS) patience and lessons to be learned from the adversities he faced. 

Also discussed were the current events taking place in North Africa and the Middle East and how American Muslims need to be at the forefront of standing up for human and civil rights.

Click here to listen.