At last a Muslim voice of decency

Steven Schwartz:

" AMERICAN media and politicians rush to declare failure for the transformation of Iraq. "Sunni" atrocities in Fallujah - backed by young Saudis incited by the kingdom's Wahhabi cult to go north to the Iraqi border to kill and die in the jihad against the Coalition - and the manipulations of the Shi'a upstart Muqtada al-Sadr are treated by many in the West as the sole expression of Iraqi people facing the future.

"Shi'a Muslims living in the greater New York area have a different message. They're grateful the Coalition forces liberated the shrines of Karbala and Najaf from the dictatorship of Saddam, and they look forward to modern and democratic governance in Iraq. They keep close contact with the Iraqi Shi'a leadership on the ground in the holy cities, and may be useful in defeating extremist attempts to sabotage the Iraq effort.


"...the American Muslim Congress more forcefully stressed that its members are 'saddened by the deaths of our servicemen and women in Iraq and the deaths of the innocent Iraqi people, including the children,' while they 'believe that the United States' continued presence in Iraq offers the best hope for democracy.'

"Their statement contrasted sharply with those of 'Wahhabi lobby' groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which has joined its voice to those of the leftist and isolationist protestors demanding an end to the Coalition's presence in Iraq.

"The American Muslim Congress described America's 'dream in Iraq' as 'both noble and breathtakingly innovative.' But it warned that 'it is because of the preciousness of this dream and the possible effects of a democratic Iraq that the reactionary forces are fighting so hard and so viciously.' "


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