Calls for a war of ideas with the Islamic World
We believe that the American people deserve a better administration;
one that does not threaten international security and the future of
in his weekly seminar the following question:
In the framework of discussing the reasons that led to the
failure of the US to communicate with the Islamic World, we have
been hearing several calls for conducting a war of ideas as a
part of the war on terror. There are also calls by American
diplomats and scholars to increase the funds allocated to the
media efforts that aim at communicating with the Islamic world.
How do you view this issue?
Authority, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah, said:
is rather ironic and even sarcastic that the American officials
are studying the best way to communicate with the Islamic world.
administration has been communicating with the Arabs and
Muslims, with all the means of killing, destruction and
elimination. It did not make even one single step towards a real
Even when it talked
about reform, it used it as a means of intimidation without
proposing any concrete plans to reform the totalitarian regimes
that it has been supporting for over sixty years.
communication with the Arab and Islamic World is one of a wolf
with the sheep or a murderer with his victim. No region in this
world has not been subjected to American hegemony or at least
conspiring to let it fall in the hands of the Americans,
especially if it contains oil or if it is of strategic
Administration has initiated its war over Islam as an ideology
following the bloody war it waged on the Islamic countries in
the name of fighting terrorism or initiating reform. This led to
the democracy of killing and committing massacres. In Iraq, for
example, tens of thousands of Iraqis have been killed in a
collective manner, while even Saddam used, in most cases, to
believe that all the American calls for dialogue, are
hypocritical and directly related to the presidential elections.
How could an administration that has long been killing the
Muslims in the Islamic World and persecuting the American
Muslims remember just weeks before the elections that there is a
need for dialogue with the Muslims?
It is an
administration that has overlooked and even encouraged the
attacks on Islam as a religion, and talked about using forcing
to discipline and intimidate all those who should be disciplined
in the Islamic world in the name of fighting terrorism. It did
not listen to all who called for defining the concept of
terrorism and for the need for fighting its root causes of
poverty and injustice. Such an endeavor would have lead to
condemning the US being directly responsible for encouraging
terrorism whether by protecting the regimes or supporting
projects or even developmental aid will be of any use as long as
the American foreign policy considers the Muslims as enemies and
as long as America continues to see things in the region from
the Israeli perspective. The blood that has been spilled in the
region form Palestine to Afghanistan and Iraq makes it
impossible for the Muslim world to believe these calls that seem
like poison in a medicine capsule.
that talked about the Palestinian state has done all it could to
make sure that it will not come to be, and that supported not
only the racial wall but also the expansion of the settlements,
could not be trusted.
It is the political
issue that matters. The Islamic world is not concerned with all
the American talk about cultural or educational programs.
America and the
entire world know that the issue is the Palestinian question.
The US unconditional support to Israel is what has distorted its
image in the Arab and Islamic World.
The problem with
America in our Islamic world lies in its spreading political and
security chaos, as well as its ideological and informational
attack on Islamů This Administration does not deserve any
respect being that deceitful and hypocritical. It is not
qualified for any serious discussion with the Arabs and Muslims.
We believe that the
American people deserve a better administration; one that does
not threaten international security and the future of humanity.