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What We Can Learn from the “Butcher of Bosnia”

Shibli Zaman

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The ethnic cleansing of Muslims in Bosnia from 1992 to 1995 was the greatest genocide in European history after the Holocaust of World War II[1], and remains Europe’s worst genocide ever since. It left well over 100,000 Bosnians murdered[2],[3] — 8,000 of those in Srebrenica alone — and nearly 3,000,000 souls displaced. Women were raped by the tens of thousands[4] as an official strategy of the Serbs, since a woman’s honor is so sacred in Islam. Children were slaughtered with wanton abandon and suckling babies were beheaded in front of their mothers.

In the Writ of Summons of the District Court of The Hague, eyewitness Ramiza Gurdić testified:

“At one time, I saw how a young boy of about ten was killed by Serbs in Dutch uniform. This happened in front of my own eyes. The mother sat on the ground and her young son sat beside her. The young boy was placed on his mother’s lap. The young boy was killed. His head was cut off. The body remained on the lap of the mother. The Serbian soldier placed the head of the young boy on his knife and showed it to everyone. There were at that moment Dutch soldiers in the vicinity. They stood by and did nothing. They appeared to be entirely indifferent. The woman was hysterical and began to call out for help. A Dutch soldier who was standing there said only, ‘No, no, no.'”[5]

There are scores of testimonies like this from Bosnian refugees wherein European “peacekeepers” watched without any care as the most nightmarish rapes and murders were perpetrated against the Bosnian people. These were not horrific exceptions. These were the horrific norm for years!

The mastermind behind all of this was Radovan Karadžić, President of the Serb Republic from 1992-1996.

Karadžić was found to have been “instrumental” in a campaign of sniping and shelling that terrorized the civilian population of Sarajevo, the Bosnian capital. He was also convicted of being in charge of taking United Nations employees as hostages and obstructing NATO from carrying out airstrikes on behalf of besieged Bosnian Muslim civilians. He was found guilty of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. A few days ago The Hague, while finding Karadžić guilty of all of  the aforementioned, crimes which earned the Nazis the death sentence after World War II, sentenced him to a mere 40 years in prison.

Just 40 Years

People get more than that for petty white collar crimes much less the genocide of over 100,000. March 24, 2016 will go down as a day of bitter anger and grief for those whose murders and sacrifices have been profaned and spit upon by The Hague.

Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic, 2nd right, in the courtroom for the reading of his verdict at the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, The Netherlands Thursday March 24, 2016. The former Bosnian-Serbs leader is indicted for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. (Robin van Lonkhuijsen, Pool via AP)

Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic, 2nd right, in the courtroom in The Hague, The Netherlands Thursday March 24, 2016. (Robin van Lonkhuijsen, Pool via AP)

When we look at the Nuremberg trials and the sentences meted out to the Nazis, we see a very painful and troubling inconsistency that tells us —  even if you are White European, as the Bosnians are, your blood is worth nothing if you are Muslim. Here are some of those convicted at the Nuremberg trials after World War II:

  • Ernst Kaltenbrunner – Charged with and convicted of conspiracy to commit crimes against peace, war-crimes and crimes against humanity. SENTENCED TO DEATH.[6]
  • Alfred Jodl – Charged with and convicted of conspiracy to commit crimes against peace; planning, initiating and waging wars of aggression; war crimes; and crimes against humanity. SENTENCED TO DEATH.[7]
  • Hans Frank – Charged with and convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity. SENTENCED TO DEATH.[8]
  • Hermann Göring – Charged with and convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity. SENTENCED TO DEATH. Committed suicide before execution.[9]
  • Fritz Sauckel – Charged with and convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity. SENTENCED TO DEATH.[10]
  • Joachim von Ribbentrop – Charged with and convicted of crimes against peace, deliberately planning a war of aggression, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. SENTENCED TO DEATH.[11]
  • Wilhelm Keitel – Charged with and convicted of conspiracy to commit crimes against peace, planning, initiating and waging wars of aggression, war crimes and crimes against humanity. SENTENCED TO DEATH.[12]
  • Alfred Rosenberg – For his role as a planner of Nazi invasions of the Soviet Union and Norway, Rosenberg was charged with and convicted of conspiracy to commit crimes against peace, planning, initiating and waging wars of aggression, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. SENTENCED TO DEATH.[13]
  • Wilhelm Frick – Frick’s main crime was his role in formulating the Enabling Act (later, the Nuremberg Law) as Minister of the Interior that led to people under those laws being sent to German concentration camps. So as an enabler but not an actual player in exacting the murderous results of those laws, he was charged with and convicted of planning, initiating and waging wars of aggression, war crimes and crimes against humanity. SENTENCED TO DEATH.[14]
  • Julius Streicher – This is the most interesting case which most lucidly displays the prejudice and disparity Europe has against Muslims. Streicher was not a member of the military and did not take part in planning the Holocaust, or the invasion of other nations. He was tried for being a firebrand ideologue of the Nazis and not for any active involvement in the Holocaust. He was charged for his hate speech against the Jews. Prosecutors argued that Streicher’s rhetoric was so inflammatory that he should be considered an “accessory to murder”. He was acquitted of crimes against peace, but found guilty of crimes against humanity. SENTENCED TO DEATH.[15]

Granted, the death sentence no longer exists in international law but these stiff sentences from the Nuremberg Trials make clear that anything less than a life sentence for Karadžić is a sheer obscenity.

There is a lot of talk these days about “White Privilege” but the Muslims of Bosnia were nothing other than White Europeans, 100% of them. Did they get a country exclusively to themselves like what was awarded to the Jews, in someone else’s land, out of Europe’s guilt for the Holocaust? They absolutely did not.

They were forced to create a secular state with their Bosnian Muslim identity watered down into a pluralistic kumbaya of Bosnian Serbs, Muslims and Croats. They didn’t get a religious state like Israel where they could keep everyone else sequestered into serfdom in an apartheid state with an actual wall to enforce the religiously and ethnically based class oppression. To the Bosnians’ credit they wouldn’t have even wanted that. But getting it wasn’t even remotely on Europe’s radar, nor did Europe feel any guilt for the genocide they watched happen in their own backyard for years.

Be Just but Expect Injustice

Yet, the lesson we would learn from this is one that was taught to us a millennium and a half ago with the revelation of the Qur’an:
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“The non-Muslims are protectors of one another. If you do not [protect each other] the same, there will be lawlessness and injustice in the land.” [8:73]

As Muslims, we are to be the most just, equitable and friendly to the non-Muslims living around us. But we are to never forget the reality that, when it comes down to it, they will protect each other over us. There are, indeed, cases —arguably, exceptions— wherein non-Muslims valiantly champion the defense of Muslims. We see this often and we must acknowledge and respect it. However, the general rule is that humans will be humans, and will find an affinity towards their own kind over the “other”. But what is important for us to also acknowledge is that the Qur’an states a reality in that the demarcations between peoples in the world will ultimately narrow down to Muslim vs. Non-Muslim. When it finally reaches that point, a sign prophesied by the Prophet Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) will have been fulfilled.

So always be just, fair and friendly towards your non-Muslim neighbors. Show them such kindness and respect that you stand out as an example of those ideals. That’s you doing your part as a Muslim who truly adheres to Islam. But never, ever be fooled into thinking that they would choose you over those whom they see as their own, nor are they inclined to deliver you the same justice as they would to their own.

That was proven on March 24, 2016 in Radovan Karadžić, a murderous lowlife blackguard who, much unlike some Nazis executed for far lesser crimes than his, will spend the rest of his life in relative comfort and care even if confined to “prison”.


 

[1] European Parliament resolution of 15 January 2009 on Srebrenica, P6_TA(2009)0028 European Parliament – 15 January 2009.

[2] Bosnia’s “Book of the Dead”, Institute for War and Peace Reporting, 26 June 2007

[3] Zwierzchowski, Jan and Tabeau, Ewa (1 February 2010). “The 1992–95 War in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Census-based multiple system estimation of casualties undercount”.

[4] “Statement by Dr. Haris Silajdžić Chairman of the Presidency Bosnia and Herzegovina”. United Nations. 23 September 2008. Retrieved 17 May 2015.

[5] Writ of Summons District Court The Hague 4 June 2007, Section 237, p. 101

[6] Encyclopedia of War Crimes and Genocide, Leslie Alan Horvitz, Christopher Catherwood, p. 257

[7] Ibid, p. 253

[8] Ibid, p. 157

[9] Ibid, p. 177

[10] Ibid, p. 383

[11] Ibid, p. 368

[12] Ibid, p. 262

[13] Ibid, p. 370-371

[14] Ibid, p. 158

[15] Ibid, p. 407-409


Shibli Zaman is a writer, analyst and blogger from Texas with a background in Semitic linguistics and philology who spent 4 years studying Islam overseas. His time overseas included studying Hanbali jurisprudence and working for Shaykh Salman al-`Awdah to start the website IslamToday.com. He is an SAP Netweaver consultant by profession.

Shibli Zaman is a writer from Texas with a background in Semitic linguistics and philology who spent 4 years studying Islam overseas. Literate in Arabic, Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek, he received a Gold Medal from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK for Bible prowess. He studied Computer Science from the University of Houston and is an SAP consultant by profession.

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    jjvanka

    March 27, 2016 at 8:18 AM

    There have been atrocities in BiH by Croats and also by Bosniaks, but they aren’t mentioned at all.

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      Sir Sid

      March 27, 2016 at 10:11 AM

      That’s because the article was about Cowardzic who is a Serb.

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      Eddo

      March 27, 2016 at 2:04 PM

      Yes, but while those incidents were isolated occurrences, what the Serbs did was a well planned out systematically and thoroughly planned out ethnic cleansing… Happened in Bosnia, happened in Croatia, happened in Kosovo. There is a reason why 95 percent of the captives in the Hague are Serbs, and 5 percent from the nations that Serbs attacked. Simple as that, stick to the facts. If you think I sound biased then please look up some independent online sources. ;)

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    Michael Thompson

    March 27, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    The comment about “100,000 Bosnians” killed is incorrect. The Sarajevo government published a figure of 100,000 total deaths in Bosnia – from all sides. Of the 100,000 approximately 60,000 are combatants from the Serb, Muslim and Croat militaries. Of the 38,000 civilian deaths, the majority were Bosnian Muslim. But they also include thousands of Croat and Serb deaths.

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      Amal

      March 29, 2016 at 8:57 PM

      Esselamu alejkum

      I am my selfe Bosnian and a Muslim. Regarding the facts how many of people from all sides were killed, official dates concluded from the side of ” Demografic centre” of Hag show that most were killed Bosnian Muslims- with number of more than 68 000 killed people. This number is not everything, because during genocide comitted from side of Srbs thousands of women were raped, and about 3 million Bosnian Muslims were forced to leave their home land. Regarding other people in Bosnia and Hercegovina, it was killed about 22 000 of Srbs, and 8 000 of Croats.

      It is also important to say that behind this war or better say genocide, was a first intention of genocide from the side of Srb army and higher Srb leaders including Karadzic to ” get rid” of one people, only because we have different religion, tradition and names.

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    Mahmud

    March 27, 2016 at 3:23 PM

    May Allah exalt the author if this article and VERY PERTINENT reminder by Shibli at the end!!!!

    Best MM article since Abu Aaliyahs masterpiece.

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      Roshanali Lakhani

      March 29, 2016 at 2:01 PM

      Brother Mahmud in Islaam, partner in humanity, I do agree.
      The facts are exposed as they were for many years, yet it took more than 20 years to convict the “Butcher”. He should have been convicted and sentenced to-DEATH/
      (life in jail) PENALTY. He is going to die soon (as he is already old now) without going through his punishment fully. Considering this he should be imposed with strictest rules- not a comfortable time in jail
      -Roshanali

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    Julia

    March 28, 2016 at 11:16 PM

    great article mashAllah, shedding light on the hypocrisy that runs rampant against Muslims and their blood. It is a travesty that the “Butcher’s” blood is more sacred because of “humanist” ideals that the dead Bosnians shall never benefit from. May Allah wrap each and every victim in his infinite mercy and light, Ameen.

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    Roshanali Lakhani

    March 29, 2016 at 2:10 PM

    THE ARTICLE IS VERY, VERY INFORMATIVE AND THE FACTS CORRECT. HOWEVER, SADLY THESE DO NOT REACH TO THE GENERAL READER- A PERSON OF ANY RELIGION FOLLOWER. THE FACTS SHOULD BE MORE PUBLICISED AND THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM BE MORE RIGHTFUL WHEN IT COMES TO HUMANTY. IT SHOULD NOT BE BIASED.

    -Roshanali Lakhani

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    Matthias Hess

    March 30, 2016 at 9:03 AM

    What happened in this war is a very very very sad tragedy. But never ever compare it with what had happened during the second world war. In three days there were as many people killed in Auschwitz or in Leningrad or in other places as there has been in the whole bosnian war. And beside all these masskillings during the II world war the only houses which weren’t distroyed at the end of the war in Serbia, in Ukraine, Belaruss etc where in the german quartiers in the big cities.

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    Joe A Dobson

    April 4, 2016 at 1:02 PM

    Salams. Correct me if I am wrong but I was of the understanding that the court in the Hague cannot issue death sentences to anyone. Therefore, they can only jail people. Given how old Karadžić is, a 40 year sentence means he will die in prison. They could have given him a 200 year sentence but it would make no difference, he would still die in prison.

    Therefore this article in relation to his sentencing makes no sense at all. What am I missing?

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      M. Mahmud

      April 9, 2016 at 6:33 PM

      The ICC is a pathetic court that spends millions of dollars and plenty of time to convict a few war criminals and give them a nice comfortable stay in prison.

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    Peace

    April 9, 2016 at 3:54 AM

    Without knowing a lot about the Hague court processes and not intending to justify Karadzic, it is important to know that Balkan non Muslim people have much resentment to Muslims due to –
    1. Ottoman / Muslim persecution of Christians over the centuries of Ottoman / Muslim rule.
    2. Muslim atrocities committed against non Muslim peoples in the Balkans in WW2.
    Let us pray that the love of God and forgiveness will rule.

    Over 750,000 Serbs died at the hands of Croatians and Bosnian Muslims who colluded with the Nazis in WWII. The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem was instrumental in helping recruit Yugoslavian Muslims into the Muslim Hanjar SS division, which committed many genocidal acts against the Serbs, who were painted as racially inferior to the Bosnian Muslims and thus worthy of destruction. This set the stage for the animosities of the 1990s.

    In addition to the Bosnian Muslims killed in the late 1990s, thousands of Serbian Orthodox Christian men, women and children were also killed. Because the Serbs are of the Orthodox faith and aligned to Russia, the Western world ignored atrocities against the Serbs and allied with the Muslims and Croats. As a result, we hear only that side of the conflict. In fact, there were three sides who fiercely hated each other and all committed atrocities. It was a very sad situation. The degree of hostility between the three groups shocked even the Nazis.

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    Rehmat

    April 11, 2016 at 11:17 AM

    Bosnian Christian Serb commander Gen. Ratko Mladic aka the ‘Butcher of Bosnia’ was not alone in the massacre, rape and expulsion of over 200,000 Muslims in B-H. He had a number of Zionist Jews to carry out his Muslim Holocaust.

    Missing at the world court was the indictment of three Muslim-hater Zionist Jews; Richard Holbrooks (US), Carl Bildt (EU) and Gen. Bernard Jean Vieh (UN) who gave ‘green light’ to Serbian forces to attack the Muslim areas including Srebrenica, Zepa and Gorazda. It happened when the western powers realized that Bosnian army was about to recapture most of the land it lost to Serbian army during the early stages of the war. The Bosnian army received arms shipment from Iran and some foreign Muslim groups.

    Former Bosnian foreign minister, Mohammed Sacirbey, has claimed that in order to prepare ground for NATO’s “humanitarian invasion” – the Muslims genocide was engineered.

    “That involved Richard Holbrooke and involved Carl Bildt who, then, was the EU mediator and now is Sweden’s foreign minister. It involved a French general who was the head of the military forces of the UN in Bosnia — Bernard Jean Vieh. It involved Yasushi Akashi who was the head UN civilian official. They, in effect, acquiesced, gave the green light to Milosevic, Mladic as well as Karadzic to take over the territory of Srebrenica but also Zepa and Gorazde,”says Sacirbey in an interview with Press TV.

    https://rehmat1.com/2012/05/27/the-butcher-of-bosnia-and-his-zionist-helpers/

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      JF

      April 11, 2016 at 4:18 PM

      “The Bosnian army received arms shipment from Iran and some foreign Muslim groups.”

      “Foreign Muslim groups”. You must be referring to the Wahhabist-financed terrorist group al Qaeda, every Taliban mujahid available to travel, hundreds of Iranian Revolutionary Guards, members of the bin Laden family and any number of others who showed up in the former Yugoslavia looking for their newest conquest over the infidel.

      The Bosnians incorporated these vicious killers and torturers into their own unit and set them loose on their opponents.

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      Peace

      April 13, 2016 at 3:28 AM

      “Muslim hater Zionist Jews ” ! ? Next you’ll be referring to Jews as “Apes, Dogs and Pigs” as is common amongst Muslims.

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        Aly Balagamwala

        April 15, 2016 at 11:48 PM

        Define common?

        I have not heard this and I live in a country which is 95% muslim.

        *This comment is made in a personal capacity and may not reflect the views of MuslimMatters and/or its staff.

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Malaysians Ask China To Free Uyghurs, Close The Camps

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Free Uyghur Malaysia

By Gulnaz Uighur

Muslims are standing up for Uyghurs, protests held in Malaysia.

5th of July could be just like another day for people but for Uyghurs, it brings back dark memories of a bloody past. This day, in 2009, thousands of Uyghur students were massacred by Chinese police in Urumqi. These young students were demanding an investigation into the rising number of homicides in a toy factory. These people only wanted justice. They were also upset by the ongoing discrimination in the employment sector. Graduates were denied jobs because of their Uyghur ethnicity. After the protests, China started abducting the Uyghur youth and no one knows where the missing went. Its been 10 years since that horrifying incident and the condition of Muslims have devolved in a genocidal nightmare.

Communist Government in China Has over 2 Million Uyghurs in Concentration Camps

Beijing has now locked over 2 million Uyghurs in concentration camps. People in these places are forced to denounce Islam, forget the teachings of Quran, prohibited from praying, asked to learn Xi Jinping’s speech and tortured for not obeying these orders. Sadly, Islam is being treated as a disease in China and most of the Islamic nations are turning a blind eye to it.

So Malaysia came as a breath of fresh air when Muslim NGOs organized an anti-China protest against Uyghur persecution.

On 5th July 2019, a coalition of 34 Malaysian NGOs gathered outside the Chinese Embassy in Kuala Lumpur to protest the persecution of Uyghurs. The organizations prepared a memo of protest to be submitted to Chinese officials. In the memo, they demanded Beijing to ‘Respect the human rights of the Uyghur people, in particular, their right to life and freedom of religion and belief.’ , ‘immediately stop the persecution and extreme repression of the Uyghur people.’ and close the camps. They also called upon the International community to increase the voices of protest and disfavour upon the Chinese government and to work together to improve the situation for the Uyghur people through concrete actions.

The protesters shouted slogans like ‘Me Too Uyghur’ and ‘Save Uyghur’. In a media interview, president of the Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (Abim), Mohamad Raimi Abdul Rahim asked immediate freedom for all those who have been detained in concentration camps.

Malaysians Stand With Uyghurs

Abim secretary Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz accused the Chinese government of concealing the plight of the Uyghurs by offering NGOs and government agencies free trips and painting a rosy picture of the camps. Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid, chairman of the Malaysian Consultative Council Of Islamic Organizations (Mapim), said the atrocities committed against the Uyghurs could not be denied or disguised. The Group of NGOs also included Ikram Association and the Malaysian Youth Council among others.

Though no Chinese official came out to accept the memo, the message was clear that now people won’t keep quiet about the Uyghur persecution. There is a dire need for Muslim countries to break their silence on this issue. There is enough evidence to prove that something unholy and inhumane is happening with Uyghurs. If these countries consider China their friend then ask it to stop being a Shaitan. The leaders must realize that their first duty is towards the Ummah and not towards China.

Now is the time to stand for Uyghurs before nothing is left to be saved.

This protest in  Malaysia has proved that people in Muslim countries do support Uyghurs even if their governments are silent and are upset with Beijing’s policies. This event proved that governments may fail to fight but people won’t.

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The Environmental Cost Of War With Iran

Abu Ryan Dardir

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Report after report shows how planet Earth may reach a point of no return. An analysis written by Ian Dunlop claims the planet cannot be saved by the mid-century if we continue on this path. And yet here we are marching towards a war with Iran.

When we think of climate change, we rarely think of war. On June 12th, 2019, Brown University released a report declaring the Department of Defence to be “the world’s largest institution to use petroleum and correspondingly, the single largest producer of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the world.” Burning jet fuel for transportation of troops and weapons make up 70 percent of the Pentagon’s emissions.  Ironically, earlier this year the Pentagon released a 22-page report to Congress stating the ⅔ of their mission-essential installation in the US are vulnerable to flooding, and ½ are susceptible to wildfires. To no surprise, Trump rejected those findings at the time. The Pentagon is now concerned with the impact climate change has on their “foreign missions.”

war, iran, America, Climate change, pentagonWith tensions high with Iran, and several thousand troops are expected to be deployed, if war with Iran is to happen, it may lead us to a more damaged planet that may not recover. This makes the Pentagon guilty of killing people and the earth. The Department of Defense has consistently used between 77-80% of the entire US energy consumption. We see spikes during times of massive war (since America is in a constant state of war), like in 1991, 2001, and so on.

Here is a list of the seven significant sources of greenhouse emissions done by the Department of Defense:

  1. Overall military emissions for installations and non-war operations.
  2. War-related emissions by the US military in overseas contingency operations.
  3. Emissions caused by US military industry   — for instance, for production of weapons and ammunition.
  4. Emissions caused by the direct targeting of petroleum,   namely the deliberate burning of oil wells and refineries by all parties.
  5. Sources of emissions by other belligerents.
  6. Energy consumed by reconstruction of damaged and destroyed infrastructure.
  7. Emissions from other sources, such as fire suppression and extinguishing chemicals, including   Halon, a greenhouse gas, and from explosions and fires due to the destruction of non-petroleum targets in warzones.

This impact on the climate is just the portion from America, in the Iraq war, 37 countries fought alongside America, and 60 are allied against ISIS. There is a way to calculate those emissions as well.

The Rules of War

Before engaging in battle, the Prophet Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) instructed his soldiers:

  1. Do not kill any child, any woman, or any elder or sick person. (Sunan Abu Dawud)
  2. Do not practice treachery or mutilation. (Al-Muwatta)
  3. Do not uproot or burn palms or cut down fruitful trees. (Al-Muwatta)
  4. Do not slaughter a sheep or a cow or a camel, except for food. (Al-Muwatta)
  5. If one fights his brother, [he must] avoid striking the face, for God created him in the image of Adam. (Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim)
  6. Do not kill the monks in monasteries, and do not kill those sitting in places of worship. (Musnad Ahmad Ibn Hanbal)
  7. Do not destroy the villages and towns, do not spoil the cultivated fields and gardens, and do not slaughter the cattle. (Sahih Bukhari; Sunan Abu Dawud)
  8. Do not wish for an encounter with the enemy; pray to God to grant you security; but when you [are forced to] encounter them, exercise patience. (Sahih Muslim)
  9. No one may punish with fire except the Lord of Fire. (Sunan Abu Dawud).
  10. Accustom yourselves to do good if people do good, and not to do wrong even if they commit evil. (Al-Tirmidhi)

A verse in the Holy Qur’an

4:75 (Y. Ali) And why should ye not fight in the cause of Allah and of those who, being weak, are ill-treated (and oppressed)?- Men, women, and children, whose cry is: “Our Lord! Rescue us from this town, whose people are oppressors; and raise for us from thee one who will protect; and raise for us from thee one who will help!”

How does this potential war against Iran play into all this?

Our first call to action is to organize an anti-war rally. This type of work is weak in America, and virtually non-existent within the Muslim community.

فَقَالَ أَبُو سَعِيدٍ أَمَّا هَذَا فَقَدْ قَضَى مَا عَلَيْهِ سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَقُولُ ‏ “‏ مَنْ رَأَى مُنْكَرًا فَلْيُنْكِرْهُ بِيَدِهِ وَمَنْ لَمْ يَسْتَطِعْ فَبِلِسَانِهِ وَمَنْ لَمْ يَسْتَطِعْ فَبِقَلْبِهِ وَذَلِكَ أَضْعَفُ الإِيمَانِ ‏”‏ ‏.‏ قَالَ أَبُو عِيسَى هَذَا حَدِيثٌ حَسَنٌ صَحِيحٌ ‏.‏

Abu Sa’eed said: ‘As for this, he has fulfilled what is upon him. I heard the Messenger of Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) saying: ‘Whoever among you sees an evil, then let him stop it with his hand. Whoever is not able, then with his tongue, and whoever is not able, then with his heart. That is the weakest of faith.”‘

War with Iran will be a Greater Mistake than War with Iraq

Historically, anti-war sentiment in America has grown over the years. When the Iraq war first started only 23% thought it was a mistake, today it is close to 60% that believe the war is a mistake. Yes, this is in hindsight, but that it is also growth. The reason the anti-war movement is feeble in America is that there is no platform for the campaign to grow. Both parties are guilty of starting wars or taking over the wars from the past administration. Whether we do it alone as an individual or as a group, we should do everything we can as privileged members of this planet to save and protect those that can’t defend themselves.

There is a famous quote of the famed boxer Muhammad Ali when explaining why he wasn’t fighting in the war. He said, “…I am not going ten thousand miles from home to help murder and burn another poor nation simply to continue the domination of white slave masters of the darker people the world over. This is the day when such evils must come to an end. I have been warned that to take such a stand would put my prestige in jeopardy and could cause me to lose millions of dollars which should accrue to me as the champion.”

Fighting Earth

With that said, there is a significant interest in the region for more than just fuel and resources. It is truly a problem, our operations in the Gulf is to address our dependency on Persian oil, and the fuel that is used to address our dependence is to protect those resources and access to them. One estimate is that America spends $81 billion annually defending the global oil supply. They do this because the DOD feels its dependency will make it vulnerable on a larger scale.

In 1975 America decided to take away the fear of losing the resources and developed the “Strategic Petroleum Reserve,” and in 1978, they created the Rapid Deployment Force (RDF). Their only purpose was to defend US interest in the Middle East. This, in turn, leads to extractivism of resources and supplies. (Which will be explained in a future article).

This war can be the end of all wars as it can accelerate us to the point of no return in regards to climate change.

A war with Iran is a war with Earth and all who live on it.

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5 Quick Things Americans Can Do For Uyghurs Today

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“I may die, but let it be known that my nation will continue their struggle so long the world continues to exist.” Kazakh leader Uthman Batur. He said these words as Chinese authorities executed him for resisting the communist occupation. Currently, China has, one million Uyghurs (Uighurs), Kazakhs, and other Muslim minorities held in concentration camps in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) (East Turkistan) in northwestern China.

Their struggle surpasses the 10 or so years since we have become aware of it. Just like the Rohingya genocide, we waited till the last minute. We are always late and say, “Never Again.” It happens again and again.

In my lifetime, there have been horrendous genocides that could have been prevented to stopped. As a child, I remember Rwanda in the headlines, then a year later Bosnian genocide. Then we hear these demonic stories after the fact. I remember stories from survivors from Bosnia, and thinking to myself, “How are you here and functioning?”

Let us not be fooled to why this is happening now. It is related to economic advantages. The Chinese government’s present signature foreign policy initiative is the “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI) that seeks to connect the PRC economically to the rest of the Eurasian continent through massive infrastructure projects that will stimulate international trade. The western and south-western components of the BRI require the XUAR to serve as a transportation and commercial hub to trade routes and pipelines that will join China with Central and South Asia, the Middle East, and the entirety of Europe. As a result, the XUAR has become an important strategic region for the Chinese, and the state views its indigenous populations as an obstacle to developing its vision for this future critical center of international commercial networks.1

The expansion of their trade route also ties in Iran hence the sanctions placed, but that’s a different report for a different time. China, of course, has defended their actions by claiming its an anti-terrorism plan. Getting reliable information is hard. China has made it a point to make things difficult for reporters. Yanan Wang, a China-based journalist from the Associated Press, has reported extensively on and from Xinjiang.

In a ceremony at Asia Society on Tuesday commemorating AP’s 2019 Osborn Elliott Award for Excellence in Journalism on Asia, Wang described the subtle ways government minders worked to thwart her reporting: “(Both of the times we went there we arrived at the airport, we had a welcoming committee from the local authorities. They’re always very polite and professional. They say that “you’ve arrived in Xinjiang and we’re here to assist you in your reporting. Tell us what you’re working on so we can help you.” They offer us drives in their car and plenty of hospitality.

Basically, from the moment we arrive, we’re followed by at least one car. There are a bunch of interesting scenarios that we came across. You can see that the local handlers are trying hard to be professional. They are members of the propaganda department, so they’re PR professionals. They don’t want to make it appear like it’s so stifling. At one point, we were taking photos, and someone suddenly appeared on the scene to say he was a “concerned citizen.” He said he’d seen us taking photos and that it was an infringement of his privacy rights. He had this long monologue about privacy rights and about how it wasn’t right for us to take photos of him without his knowledge. We asked him, “Well, where are you in these photos?” and he’d go through all of them. He said we had to delete all of them. He’d say, “This is my brother,” or “This is my place of work, you have to delete it.”

They had all of these interesting tactics to work around the idea that they were trying to obstruct our reporting and make it appear that someone who claims to be a concerned citizen.)”2

On top of that, locals that talk to journalist are punished, sometimes go missing.

I decided to do something this time around; I got in touch with an Uyghur community near my residence to see how an individual could help. It started at a Turkic restaurant, and from there, I have been involved in whatever capacity I am able. Through this effort, I got in touch with a Turkic professor in Turkey who has students stranded as they are cut off from contacting family back in Xinjiang. He helps them out financially; my family and friends help with what they can.

As Muslims in the West, there is no doubt we should act. Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, said “Whosoever of you sees an evil, let him change it with his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then [let him change it] with his tongue; and if he is not able to do so, then with his heart, and that is the weakest of faith” (Muslim).

How Can You Help Uyghurs

Here are a few things you can do to help:

1. Ask Congress to pass To pass S.178 & H.R.649 Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019. Urge your senator and representative to support this cause. It has been introduced. This bill can help the Uyghur community to be treated like Tibetans (another region oppressed by China).

2. Stay informed. The mainstream media is not the place to get accurate information on the situation. Be skeptical of where the data is coming from, stick to reliable sources that are verified. As mentioned above, journalists find it difficult to report.

3. Donate to Uyghur Human Rights Organizations to end concentration camps: UHRP, Uyghur American Association  Donate to Awareness Campaigns: Save Uigur Campaign 

4. Boycott or reduce buying Made in China products

5. Follow these links for updated information: facebook.com/Uyghur-Human-Rights-Project-227634297289994/ and facebook.com/ChinaMuslims

This crisis is an ethnic cleansing for profit. These are dark days as we value profit over people.

1.Statement by Concerned Scholars on mass detentions | MCLC …. https://u.osu.edu/mclc/2018/11/27/statement-by-concerned-scholars-on-mass-detention s/

2.Why It’s So Difficult for Journalists To Report From …. https://asiasociety.org/blog/asia/why-its-so-difficult-journalists-report-xinjiang

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