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Friday, April 29, 2005 | The current mood of DuctapeFatwa
Good Germans Don't Cut and Run


There has been a lot of internet chatter in recent days among Americans who style themselves as "leftists," primarily because they admire Democratic politicians who believe they could do a better job of slaughtering Afghans, Iraqis, and coming soon, Iranians than the Republicans, and because "we can't just cut and run."

The crusade is undeniably popular, with politicians and their corporate sponsors as well as with voters, even though the voters have not, at least yet, received a benefit.

While fans may state different reasons for their support, as far as the voting classes are concerned, America does speak with one voice.

Unfortunately, it is a voice that willingly funds, and advocates crimes against humanity, and constitutes a much graver danger to ordinary Americans than any gaggle of CIA assets ever could.

Staying in Iraq is by definition, pro-war, or more accurately, pro-colonization, since a war tends to imply some sort of parity, which in Iraq, there is not.

In their unstinting efforts to outdo the right at the popular new American game of Good Germanhood, some "leftists" have been reduced to making the argument that while it is morally reprehensible, it is pragmatic.

It is, after all, making quite a bit of money for those who are intended to make money from it, and even people who have not received a benefit support it.

Therefore, any politician who wishes to continue in politics has little choice but to support it, and those who support him have little choice but to go along.

It is indeed the official policy of both monied political parties, and the number who oppose it, always small, shrinks daily.

That old unbridgeable gap again: it is just as impossible for Americans to comprehend the idea that the oil, and the people, and the land, are NOT US property by divine right, as it is for people in the Middle East to entertain the notion that they are.

A few hardline obstructionists, enemies of freedom and terrorists like myself find ourselves unable to resist the temptation to ask the pro-crusade faction questions like: If Iran decided that it did not like America's form of government, and appointed itself the boss of the US and sent in Iranian gunmen and torturers and sexual predators to enforce its views.

What sort of arguments could Iran make that would successfully address American objection to this?

How could Iran successfully put down the anti-Iranian "insurgency?"

What would be your level of enthusiasm, if your town were Fallujized, for the Iranians sticking around, under any pretext whatsoever?

Under what circumstances, and for what price, would you join up with the Iranian occupying forces to become part of the New American Army, and on their orders, kill those of your neighbors that you were ordered to kill, and inform the occupation authorities if you suspected a friend or relative of harboring anti-Iranian sentiment?

Is it likely that you and your Bush-supporting neighbor might find yourselves fighting shoulder to shoulder against Iranian gunmen who have hauled both your sons off to be "interrogated" and destroyed both your homes?

Even though you might have some very big differences of opinion on just what type of government you want the US to have, would you be unified in your resolve, to use a popular meme, that it will be a government decided on and fought over by Americans, without the benefit of Iran?

Would it really matter to you, or your Bushista neighbor, what the Iranian government thought of your views, or his? Or would you both be focused on ousting the gunmen who were murdering your children, your neighbors and friends?

Is it possible that you might hold, even express the opinion that the United States does not belong to Iran, and it is none of Iran's business what kind of government you have?

Do you think that even the most pro-Iranian Americans might say that by invading the US and occupying it and committing a host of atrocities against its people, had forfeited the right not only to even opine, or offer counsel, on the subject of the United States, but had also waived its right to be considered a sovereign nation with a legitimate government.

Do you think that pro-Iranian would be moved when it was pointed out that for Iran to withdraw from the United States would mean a certain, sudden and sharp decrease in revenue for several key Iranian corporations?

Would he to look at the burned and battered body of his little daughter and understand that for Iranian politicians, her slow, agonizing death was simply pragmatic?

Asking these questions, I think, puts an impossible burden on Americans, but it can be informative, too.

Americans simply cannot imagine themselves in such a position. It is beyond difficult, and I have come to accept, quite possibly culturally impossible, for Americans to follow an "it could be me" train of thought. That sort of thing does not happen to Americans, not regular people like your co-workers, your neighbors, your family.

That kind of thing happens to brown people far away who wear funny clothes and do not speak English, as seen on TV.

The reality divide is the problem. Iraqis see themselves as real live human beings, regular folks, with the same intensity that Americans see themselves that way.

When their children are maimed and murdered, their brothers tortured, their sisters and daughters shamed, the emotions they feel are exactly the emotions Americans would feel. There is no difference at all.

And no bomb, no napalm, no gas, no pain ray, no torture that can change that.

If only they were able to perceive it, Americans today are surrounded by an unprecedented smorgasbord of insight into just how events unfolded in Germany in the 1930s.

posted at 10:22 PM

Saturday, April 16, 2005 | The current mood of DuctapeFatwa

Immigration: The Founders hold out a hand of Hope

There are many Americans who don't think of the US as a land born of genocide, suckled on slavery and cradled in manifest destiny, all the while declaring itself to be the greatest thing to happen to mankind since the Code of Hammurabi.


O wad some Power the giftie gie us To see oursels as ithers see us!


Robert Burns


In the family of nations, America is a child, more accurately an infant.


As a fine piece I lost the link to mentioned, much of the ills of the world today are merely unpleasant side effects of the blip that consists of the economic preeminence of Europe these last few centuries.


Is the United States a nation at all? In the sense that it declares itself to be so, and thereby becomes one according to the institutions and constructs of its own design, sure.


But it is a nation in the same sense as Kurdistan? Iran? China? Egypt?

The demographic changes that are underway now may lay the foundations of making it one; the popular Amanda Pepperidge concept of the US's "founding," of MinuteMen and pilgrim feet will, in centuries to come, rate closer to a Leif Erickson size paragraph in the history books, while the current labor pains of desperate desert crossings and perilous sea voyages in nonstandard vessels, the ghadi made sari made poncho by women who pat out naan and tortillas and injera and fill them with whatever their neighbor's mother taught in a land they never heard of, brave men whose unshakable recognition that there is not and never shall be any real difference between "in" and "on" raise the poor patchwork soup of leftovers called English to a new place of dignity that at last brings the rules of its pronunciation into a blessed harmony with its phonetic chaos: who is to say that "th" cannot be pronounced as "s" if the speaker pleases, in an alleged language in which "gh" is usually silent?


The Founding Fathers are at this moment hard at work hanging sheet rock, suppressing a smile at the funny people who do not even know how to find their way home without a sign with writing on it, who do not even know that they who now hang the sheet rock were Americans with written languages and poets and astromomers long before the funny people used tools.


The process of reclaiming the continent has begun. And yes, it is one continent.


The Founding Fathers and Founding Mothers come in twos and twelves and sometimes dozens, however they can, from other parts of the continent, from all other continents. They come for those they leave behind, but they also come to build a nation, a nation built from fringes, that roofs and landscapes and manicures and woks its way into the center, replacing what cannot hold with something permanent.


They come to slowly, inexorably make the lie into reality, tap tapping with hammers forged in ancient fires to homeimprove the facade, a foundation, walls, sides, a roof.


No law, no migra, no fence can stop them, no draconian regimes, no war can impede them, no amount of parental angst can prevent your children from marrying them.


It was remarkably clever of Mr Jefferson to pen his own remake of the Great Law of the Iroquois, and it is remarkably courageous of the Founders to apply themselves to the task of wresting it from the slimy maw of exploitation in a capitalism T shirt and install it firmly in the temple of Hope.


O, yes,


I say it plain,


America never was America to me,


And yet I swear this oath--


America will be!


Langston Hughes


posted at 2:52 AM

Friday, April 15, 2005 | The current mood of DuctapeFatwa

Here is an address for those who want to help the girls and their families.

Emergency Families Fund / CAIR
C/o 9-11 relief program / Adem Carroll
166-26 89th Avenue
Jamaica, NY, 11432
Donations are tax exempt


If you are in the US, I would advise that you purchase a money order with cash, and fill it with information that will not put you or your family in danger.

Please keep checking Detain This! for updates, and thanks to them for the address above.

posted at 6:16 AM

Thursday, April 14, 2005 | The current mood of DuctapeFatwa

US Gunmen Seize 2 16 Year Old NY Girls

Please do what you will wish done when your child is seized. These girls are your daughters, and mine, and your neighbor's.

From Why Are We Back in Iraq

The Common Ills, the best blog there is on Times-related issues, just linked to a story in today's New York Times entitled "Teachers and Classmates Express Outrage at Arrest of Girl, 16, as a Terrorist Threat."

Here's the link to the Times...

A summary:

"[T]he girl and another 16-year-old are being called would-be suicide bombers and are being held in an immigration detention center in Pennsylvania."

"According to a government document provided to The New York Times by a federal official earlier this week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has asserted that both girls are "an imminent threat to the security of the United States based on evidence that they plan to be suicide bombers." No evidence was cited, and federal officials will not comment on the case."

the best blog there is on Times-related issues, just linked to a story in today's New York Times entitled "Teachers and Classmates Express Outrage at Arrest of Girl, 16, as a Terrorist Threat."

Here's the link to the Times who unfortunately force you to register before you can read NEWS.

A summary:

"[T]he girl and another 16-year-old are being called would-be suicide bombers and are being held in an immigration detention center in Pennsylvania."

"According to a government document provided to The New York Times by a federal official earlier this week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has asserted that both girls are "an imminent threat to the security of the United States based on evidence that they plan to be suicide bombers." No evidence was cited, and federal officials will not comment on the case."


More from the Times, via Jeff Simpson at dKos:

At Heritage High School in East Harlem, where the student idiom is hip-hop and salsa, the 16-year-old Guinean girl stood out, but not just because she wore Islamic dress. She was so well liked that when she ran for student body president, she came in second to one of her best friends - the Christian daughter of the president of the parent-teacher association, Deleen P. Carr.
Now Ms. Carr, a speech pathologist who calls herself "a typical American citizen," is as outraged as the girl's teachers and classmates, who have learned that the girl and another 16-year-old are being called would-be suicide bombers and are being held in an immigration detention center in Pennsylvania.

...

According to a government document provided to The New York Times by a federal official earlier this week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has asserted that both girls are "an imminent threat to the security of the United States based on evidence that they plan to be suicide bombers." No evidence was cited, and federal officials will not comment on the case.

Its mysteries deepened as teachers and neighbors gave details of the Guinean girl's life, like the jeans she wore under her Muslim garb, her lively classroom curiosity about topics like Judaism and art and her after-school care for four younger siblings while her parents, illegal immigrants who have lived in the United States since 1990, eked out a living.

...

Until now, attention has focused on the other 16-year-old, a Bangladeshi girl reared in Queens who could not deal with the hurly-burly of her West Side high school and withdrew into home schooling. Yesterday, on a motion of the government, an immigration judge closed the Bangladeshi girl's bond hearing to the public and adjourned it to next Thursday, said Troy Mattes, a lawyer who is taking over the case but has yet to meet her.

By the Bangladeshi girl's account, reported by her mother, the girls did not meet until March 24, after their separate arrests in early-morning raids on immigration charges against their parents. Both grew up in Islamic families. But while the Bangladeshi girl had grown increasingly pious, and uncomfortable in the urban culture of the High School of Environmental Studies on West 56th Street, the Guinean girl, a 10th grader, embraced every aspect of Heritage High, at 106th Street and Lexington Avenue, her teachers said.

"She is, yes, an orthodox Muslim, but completely integrated into this school," said Jessica Siegel, her English teacher in a class in which topics like teenage pregnancy and world politics were discussed. Ms. Siegel was profiled in the book "Small Victories," by Samuel G. Freedman, as an unsentimental, but fiercely committed teacher who provoked and delighted her students.

...

The English teacher's most vivid recollection was of a day two months ago when she heard a kind of roar in the hallway of the school, which is full of colorful student collages and life-size sculptures in papier-mâché. The teenager had stopped wearing her veil, and she beamed as her fellow students, seeing her face for the first time, cheered.

...

Ms. Lane, the art teacher, said that when Heritage High first learned that immigration agents had picked up the girl, one of her best friends asked if someone from the school might have denounced her as an illegal immigrant. "I remember telling her the government doesn't go after 16-year-old girls," Ms. Lane said. "And in the last few days, I'm wrestling with the fact that, yes, it does."


From Shobak::CNN for the Left:

***URGENT: Please publicize widely***

A 16 year old Bangladeshi girl has become the target of a terrorist
investigation. We believe she is being skapegoated unfairly and
victimized. Her lawyer has failed to represent her and Bangladesh
consulate in NY has (shamefully) failed to take any action on her behalf.

Below are basic details of her case. To learn more and to get quotes
regarding the story please contact Adem Carroll, a good friend and a
very valuable ally from Islamic Circle of North America. His e-mail
is iamourhaj@.... Adem is extremely reliable and a tireless
fighter for Muslim civil liberties.
-- Shobak.Org

Attached below:
1. Adem's letter at 5 am, the day after the arrest
2. The case of T*** X***, as reported by Adem Carroll
3. Nina Bernstein's report for NYT on T*** case
===
From: Adem Carroll

Am up now at 5 am-- the time of immigrant round ups and disappearances.

Had a bad dream. Of riding in a city bus and looking up to see
hooded, faceless riders.

Today's case disturbs me. The 16 old girl has been here since she was
4; her family is originally from Bangladesh, living in Queens.

Anyway, now they came and took the daughter and confiscated her
computer, cell phone, diary and some books. She is not being held
where they say she is.

I called the chaplain there and he tells me she is not there. He also
tells me he cannot tell me anything but he hints. My sense is that she
may be held with adults or quite possibly in administration
segregation. This 16 year old girl is allowed to call her family only
once a week. That is unusual.

The authorities had recently asked the family about "suicide" --I
think about support of suicide bombing--and the father had told them
of course it is against the religion. But for some reason there are
these questions.

The facility where she is being held (Berks in Pennsylvania) lost
their license to hold youth detainees. And she is apprently not in the
family facility, where whole families are being detained.

The father, when I told him T*** may be held for at least a couple
of months he started to twitch uncontrollably. It was really quite
alarming.

We did call some lawyers and we did call the Bangladeshi Consulate
which seemed reluctant to do anything on a friday afternoon, if ever.
The Deportation Officer I spoke with was unwilling to talk. We will
look into other possibilities.

The Chaplain took the opportunity to ask us for an Albanian Quran for
an Albanian family being held in his facility.

So I cannot sleep.
peace,
Adem
===
T*** X***, Age 16.
Jamaica, NY

The following information was recorded on April 05, 2005. All
information was recorded first hand from the parents of T*** X***:


Two weeks prior to March 24th T*** X*** a 16 year old high
school student who attended Environmental Studies in Manhattan was
visited by two detectives from the local precinct. The detectives came
without warrants and spoke to T***'s mother Mrs. X***. The
detectives were identified by Mrs. X*** as one being Pakistani female
and the other white American male who were both in civilian clothing.
Mrs. X*** told them to come back when her husband was home, but the
detectives insisted on talking to her and coming inside the house.
They did not show her any warrant or any paper. Mrs. X*** sincerely
let both detectives in. The detectives came in claiming to investigate
T***'s absence from school while she never been to school since
September 2005.. Mrs. X*** explained that T*** would be doing
home schooling and will be obtaining a GED due to problems arising at
school with her Islamic dress code and the school's dress code. The
male detective asked if T*** had plans to go to Saudi Arabia. The
female detective then proceeded to search the house and entered
T***'s room. There the detective searched through T***'s
belongings for more than one hour without any warrant. The next day
Mrs. X*** received a phone call from the female detective who
fabricated to Mrs. X*** that T*** believed in extremist beliefs
and promoted concepts like suicide bombing. T*** made it very
clear that she was pro-life and was against such concepts. Mrs. X***
said she didn't raise T*** with such concepts. T*** validated
the fabrication made by the detectives and reaffirmed that she she's
believes in a peaceful and pro-life religion.

On March 24th T*** was visited by two agents at 5 AM in the
morning. Her mother was approached and the agents told her they were
from INS. Special Agents but they did not show any form of warrant or
paper:

claimed they were from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
The agents approached the mother, who did not speak English fluently,
and requested that she sign a document(the father was not home at that
morning) According to the mother the document was permission to only
ask T*** questions. The agents told her mother that the reason
they were taking T*** was because of a political asylum case that
her case was dismissed because she did not show up at her appointment
date. According to Mrs. X*** there were about ten to twelve agents
who came into the house and searched through the house for almost two
hours. They confiscated T***'s computer, her reading materials
including personal journals, notebooks and her mother's cell phone.
The agents insisted they take 16 year old T*** alone with them to
Federal Plaza and not Mrs. X*** because of T***'s four month
infant brother. Even though T***'s brother and sister were evolved
in the same political asylum case only T*** was taken and
detained. She was held at the Plaza for eleven hours, from 7AM to 6PM.
In tears Mrs. X*** said that at the Plaza T*** was not questioned
about her immigration but threatened that if she did not comply her
brothers and sisters would be sent to foster homes and her parents
would be deported back to Bangladesh. After being threatened T***
was asked if she was part of any terrorist organizations and
interrogated her about her beliefs and conviction in Islam.


T*** was then taken to Pennsylvania and held there at a youth
detention facility at the following address:



Berks Family Shelter Care Facility
1243 County Welfare Road

Leesport, PA 19533



Till today she is being held there. T*** who believes in wearing
the Islamic veil the "nikab" is not allowed to wear the dress code at
her current detention center. This violates her ability to practice
her religion.



The parents proceeded to contact an immigration lawyer to free their
16 year old daughter. The lawyer listed below was given $2,500 in
advance and promised her release but the lawyer refused to show up on
the first hearing:



Brian J. Tucker
NYC

The lawyer to date refused to directly communicate to the parents and
said Pennsylvania was out of his way. According to the lawyer the
judge said the lawyer needs to provide evidence that she's not a
terrorist. Any inquiry made by the parents about the case was angrily
rejected by the lawyer. The lawyer would not return phone calls and
seems uncertain in representing T***'s case for the next hearing
scheduled Friday, April 8, 2005.


Upon her recent visit Mrs. X*** said she saw T*** after two
weeks and she was very upset. Officer and supervisor at the
facility:allowed Mrs. X*** to see T*** and spoke to her 2 weeks
after she was taken.

The family has been torn by the abduction and detention of 16 year
old minor T*** X***. Mr. and Mrs. X*** now live in fear. They
are unable to sleep at night and keep all their doors and windows
locked. They are even afraid to step outside. Mr. X*** said that it
is a very difficult state for anyone to endure, to watch their child
being taken away from them and not hear from them for more than two
weeks. Mr. X*** believes his family is being singled out as a Muslims
like all the other Muslims Americans who have been harassed after
September 11th.


From CAIR-NY via Detain This!

CAIR-NY shares in the Muslim community's deep concern over the recent arrest and detention of two 16-year-old Muslim girls from New York City. Despite the continuing protests by immigrant and civil rights communities following 9/11, the Federal government's implementation of ethnic and religious profiling and its use of immigration proceedings to circumvent the constitutional protections of the criminal justice system persist.

Muslim men were singled out for Special Registration, solely on the basis of their national origins, and thousands were deported from this country as a result
of this program. Despite the vigorous surveillance and crack-down on our communities, however, the Federal government's efforts have not resulted in any
successful terrorism prosecutions, nor have they shown any evidence that these methods have made America safer for anyone.

Today, it appears that the profiling of Muslim men has grown to include Muslim women and children. In this case, two minors are being linked to terrorism based
at least in part on their interest in and observance of the Islamic religion.

Neither of the girls has been formally charged with any crime, but both have been detained indefinitely in facilities far away from their homes and families. CAIR-NY is equally concerned with the conditions in the girls' detention facility, including reports that their ability to observe religious practices has been restricted.

As a community-based civil rights organization, we sincerely hope that these cases do not develop into a new example of baseless religious profiling and unfair
targeting of American Muslims, both of which have become disturbingly frequent in post-9/11 America.

CAIR-NY calls upon all community organizations and elected officials to join us in closely monitoring the respect of the two girls' rights afforded by the constitution and humanitarian principles.


What Will You Do, Mr. & Ms. America?

posted at 2:58 AM

Sunday, April 03, 2005 | The current mood of DuctapeFatwa

John Paul II: His Under-reported Legacy


He planted a seed. Will the West water it?

Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas spokesman in Gaza, told UPI that the movement is expressing its feeling of solidarity and grief for losing the leader of Christians the world over.

"In this respect we recall the Pope's statements that he always made, mainly when he called for giving the Palestinians their legitimate rights of freedom and independence," said Abu Zuhri.

He said that Hamas movement as well as the Palestinian people "are calling on the Pope's successor to keep the same position that opposes the occupation and its crimes against Moslems and Christians in Palestine."

Iran’s President Mohammad Khatami has sent an official message of condolence over the death of Pope John Paul II, praising the late pontiff as a seeker of “truth, justice and peace”.

“Pope John Paul II was a disciple of religious mysticism, philosophic deliberation and thought and artistic and poetic creativity,” Khatami wrote in a message to Vatican Secretary of State Angelo Sodano.

“By emphasising his experience and teachings, (he) earnestly tried to utilise them in the path of the triumph of truth, justice and peace,” said Khatami..

“It is hoped that the leadership of Catholic Christianity, by following the teachings of the Prophet Jesus, may peace be upon him, by interacting with justice seeking and peace loving political-religious leaders and by also following the ethical and humanitarian thinking of John Paul II, help the world towards a better and more just life,” Khatami said in the message, which was also carried by official media.

``He was a man of peace, and supportive of the Palestinian cause,'' said Adnan Husseini, the director of the Islamic Trust, or Waqf, that oversees the Jerusalem holy site known as Temple Mount, or Haram as-Sharif. ``His position regarding the Palestinian cause was good, and especially his position regarding Jerusalem and his opposition to building the wall around Jerusalem and in the Palestinian territories,'' Husseini said.

``This man has always stood by the Palestinian people,'' said Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia. ``He always had positive and just positions toward the rights of the Palestinian people.''

Nafez Azzam, a top leader of the Islamic Jihad militant group, paid homage to John Paul as an ``important leader for humanity,'' who saw his role as ``the head of a spear that fights oppression and aggression.''

The Dalai Lama, in a message of condolence issued by his office in exile in the Himalayan resort town of Dharmsala, north India, said "Pope John Paul II was a man I held in high regard. His experience in Poland, then a communist country, and my own difficulties with communists, gave us a common ground." The pope, he added, "was very sympathetic to the Tibetan problem."...

In Bosnia, the Muslim member of the multiethnic Bosnian presidency, Sulejman Tihic, lauded him as a man who was "one of the most important personalities of the 20th century and worked for peace and tolerance among different religions."

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said the pope will be remembered "as a distinguished religious figure, who devoted his life to defending the values of peace, freedom and equality." ..

Patriarch Alexy II, leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, said John Paul "personally, and his works and ideas, have had a strong impact on the world. ... We grieve over the loss that has befallen the Roman Catholic Church."..

Israel's former Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, a Holocaust survivor, met the Pope five times. In one, the pope told him that "In all my travels, I visited 120 countries, I see anti-Semitism and I emphasize our obligation, the obligation of all humanity, to ensure the continued existence and the future of our big brother, the Jewish nation," Lau told Israel Radio.

Pakistan's President Gen. Pervez Musharraf said he shared "this grief with the Christian brothers of Pakistan and the world," the state news agency reported. He said the pope had "rendered incredible services for peace."

The grand sheikh of Egypt's al-Azhar mosque, which the Pope visited in 2001, said his death was "a big loss for the Catholic Church and the Islamic world." Grand Sheikh Mohamed Sayed al-Tantawi said he valued the Pope's "moderate position supporting Arab issues in each of Palestine and Iraq."

In Pakistan, Hafiz Hussain Ahmed of the Islamist Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal alliance said the world had lost a man of peace.

"(U.S. President) George Bush's talk of a Crusader war was a clear negation of Pope John Paul's efforts to promote interfaith dialogue and harmony," he said.

The Arab League lowered the flag over its Cairo headquarters to half-mast.

In Kuala Lumpur, Azizan Razak, a cleric and senior leader of the opposition Parti Islam-se Malaysia, said: "We hope his successor will follow his footsteps to increase understanding between Muslims and Christians."

In Bangladesh, home to nearly 140 million Muslims, Moulana Obaidul Haque of the Baitul Mokarram national mosque, said the world had lost a great religious leader. "We hope his successor will also work for world peace," the cleric said.

"His Holiness dedicated his life to the emancipation of humanity, particularly the victims of conflict anddeprivation ... I join you in prayers for the eternal peace of the departed holy soul," Bangladesh President Iajuddin Ahmed said.

In the largely Catholic Philippines, one leader of an influential group of Islamic clerics said John Paul served as a "bridge of understanding" between Christians and Muslims.

"I was touched by his gesture to pardon a Muslim who tried to assassinate him," said Sharif Julabbi of the Ulama League.

Calling John Paul, the "Pilgrim Pope," Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Frias says he had a lot of time for him ... "he was very human ... I had a lot of warmth and affection for him ... that's life, he has fulfilled his task."..Chavez Frias maintains, singling out the Pope's condemnation of the invasion of Iraq as "immoral and illegal."

Another was the teaching that the world's media cannot appeal to unlimited freedom.

Opening his Alo President Sunday radio address this morning, President Chavez Frias has ordered a 5-day period of official mourning for the death of Pope John Paul ... "we render tribute to his memory and hang up our harps and the voices of our singers for you."

President A P J Abdul Kalam and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has today condoled the death of Pope John Paul II.

Kalam said that the world has lost a statesman who worked for human dignity and freedom throughout his life.

"I am deeply saddened on the passing away of Pope John Paul II," the President said in an initial message.

"The world has lost a church leader and a statesman who throughout his life worked for human dignity and freedom and for the needy and oppressed. He tirelessly worked for peace on this planet and to establish an international order based on equality and justice", he said...

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has described Pope John Paul II as the ''People's Pope who led the Catholic Church through a period of historic changes''.

In his condolence message, the Prime Minister said ''Pope John Paul II was an iconic figure for nearly three decades, in particular as a beacon of unflinching moral values''.

''The Pope endeared himself to the people of India by initiating the process of granting Sainthood to Mother Teresa,'' he said, adding that he reached out beyond the Church and became an inspiration for many years to people of all faiths.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was joined by Muslim leaders and other religious officials in describing the 84-year-old pontiff's death after prolonged illness as a great loss to the world.

Yudhoyono immediately sent a message of condolence to the Holy See, foreign ministry spokesman Yuri Thamrin said.

The "Indonesian nation and government feel a great loss and share a deep grief over the demise of Pope John Paul II," the ministry said in a statement.

"His contribution and services would always be deeply remembered," it said.

The chairman of Indonesia's second largest Muslim organisation, the Muhammadiyah, praised the Pope's work for global peace.

"He was a leader that fought for peace in the world, was against the war in Iraq and even wanted a free Palestine. He was an outstanding figure," Ahmad Syafi'i Maarif said.

A deputy chairman of the hardline Muslim Indonesian Mujahedin Council, Irfan Suryahadi Awwas, said: "We hope that his successor will be able to make even more concrete achievements in overcoming the conflicts between religions or followers of religions."

"We wish him good health, " Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, the highest-ranking Shiite Muslim religious authority in Lebanon, said after Friday Muslim prayers in south Beirut....

In Syria, the Greek Catholic Bishop of Damascus, Isidore Battikha, whose church recognizes the primacy of the pope, declared "we are proud of his holiness and what he has done." He said Christians were saying prayers to God "to lessen his pain."

Syrian Muslim cleric Mohammed Habash praised the pope for his position promoting Christian-Muslim coexistence. "I share the appeals and prayers for the soul of Pope John Paul II, a humble man of dialogue, forgiveness and openness," said Habash.

In overwhelmingly Muslim Yemen, Mohammed Ghalib Ahmed, a former diplomat and a member of the Socialist Party's politburo, praised the pope as "an honorable man of peace" who supported the causes of troubled Arab nations.

"His stance against the Iraq war was exemplary," Ahmed said. "It will be very difficult to replace him."

Junichiro Koizumi, the prime minister of largely Buddhist Japan, sent condolences to the Vatican and said hedeeply respected the Pope for his efforts to achieve world peace.

"By the way he endured daily physical suffering and soldiered on regardless," Singapore's prime minister, LeeHsien Loong, said in a letter to the Vatican, "he inspired Catholics and non-Catholics alike".

Beop Jang, master of the Buddhist priest in the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, said, "He lived for human peace and love in his whole life. Although he has passed away, egotism and greed are still prevalent in the world.

"Under the guidance of the pope's life, we have to try to solve the problem of human beings. May he come back to us again and shed light on human peace and happiness."



Pope John Paul II kisses the Koran

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http://www.newkerala.com/news-daily/news/features.php?action=fullnews&id=93257

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2005/April/middleeast_April82.xml§ion=middleeast

http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4909446,00.html

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/i_latestdetail.asp?id=27424

http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?storyID=8069198&type=worldNews

http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=BQULWMTIJKMA0CRBAEKSFFA?type=worldNews&storyID=8069198&pageNumber=1

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