Note: I originally wrote this a few minutes after receiving the news, on the morning of May 2nd.
As Obama declares Bin Laden's death, the US media are having a field day. I'm writing this today to say what it means to us as Muslims who have lived through this turbulent, pivotal phase of our history.
To a Muslim, assessing the life of a man like Bin Laden is difficult. There are two Bin Ladens that we knew. The first was a devout Muslim who called for resistance against occupation. The second was a terrorist who called for violence against innocent people based on flimsy & contrived scriptural evidence.
Last Updated (Sunday, 13 November 2011 06:58)
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This is translated from a little piece written by Najah Boukai on Facebook
The conspiracy is now revealed and more details are surfacing. Several terrorists were arrested including Iraqi women snipers who were targetting civilians; as well as Lebanese, Jordanian, and Palestinian elements.
Last Updated (Sunday, 13 November 2011 07:03)
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At the moment there seems to be a broad consensus that NATO is doing too little too late. Besides speculations, the plug in NATO's action seems to be located in Turkey. So what is going on in Turkey? Why are the Turks blocking for more NATO attacks? I decided to look into the matter and try to find an answer.
Last Updated (Sunday, 13 November 2011 06:55)
Since I started tweeting Libya’s revolution, I’ve been getting lots of questions about Ron Paul. After all, my twitter bio proudly states that I’m a supporter.
Ron Paul ran for President in 1988 and 2008
Comments ran the full gamut from admiration to outrage. Some saw it to mean that I’m pro-liberty, while others were horrified that I would support an “ultraconservative right-wing nut”. Obviously, the well-intentioned Tea Party movement distorted Dr. Paul’s image.
It would be great to introduce Dr. Paul to my Arab & Muslim followers, and I definitely hope to do so at some point in the near future, especially with speculations of a bid for the 2012 presidential elections. In introducing him, I would cite such principled positions as this and this.
But today I’m writing to comment on his non-interventionist stance regarding US involvement in Libya. I have spoken in support of assistance & protection of Libyans. Do I still support Ron Paul, when he’d rather not get involved? And can I call myself a supporter while being pro-intervention?
Last Updated (Sunday, 13 November 2011 06:48)
I wrote an op-ed piece for "The Mark" last week. It was published yesterday.
"Libya is a rare instance where countries' self-interests and 'doing the right thing' converge."
"Libyans don’t expect the world to do their fighting for them. This is their fight and their revolution, and it was started and will end by them."
Read the full article here.
Last Updated (Sunday, 13 November 2011 06:54)