Real Terrorist Is On The Loose: Humanity And Mother Earth
Are in Danger
By Ali Baghdadi
17 November, 2007
greatly honored to be speaking to you. I must tell you from the start
that I will not beat around the bushes. I am not here to entertain you
or to please you. Truth sometimes hurts. You are adults. You can take
I am a Palestinian, an Arab
and a Muslim. That means I belong to the people that the United States
government has designated as enemy. I belong to the camp of the "bad
guys", who are punished, murdered, tortured and even raped. But
I am also an American. I belong to the camp of the "good guys",
who are doing the murder, torture and rape, who are waging what President
George W. Bush calls a crusade, against my people, the "terrorists".
Israel is an integral member of this camp. As a matter of fact, the
American Israeli Political Action Committee (AIPAC), a Zionist-Jewish
lobby in Washington, is leading this camp.
My wife for forty three years
is an American. My six children and eleven grandchildren know no other
country on Earth except the United States of America. Two of my kids
have served in the military, and were honorably discharged.
Let me put it this way. I
do belong to the people who hate you. Ironically, I also belong to the
people, who are hated, not only by Arabs and Muslims, but by almost
the rest of the world, including Europeans. The United States is hated
not only by Muslim masses, but also by Arab rulers who enjoy Washington?s
military and political support. Yes, America is hated by its "loyal
friends", King Abdallah of Saudi Arabia, King Abdallah II of Jordan,
President Mubarak of Egypt, and al-Maliki of Iraq, among many others.
They hate, because the White House humiliates them, despises them and
pushes them around. George W. Bush has given them one choice. Either
you are with us, or with the "terrorists", their own people.
They are unwilling to face the destiny of those who challenge the American
empire. Unlike Saddam Hussein, they chose to be living cowards and traitors,
instead of becoming great martyrs loved and honored by the Arab and
Muslim people. The fact remains that, when their service is no longer
needed, their master will trash them, will flush them into the sewage
of history. America has no permanent friends, only interests. Today,
anti-Americanism throughout the world is the norm, not the exception.
During a two day visit to
my city of birth, Jerusalem, and as my family and I were attempting
to enter the Holy Sepulcher, the holiest church in Christianity, Palestinians
told me, point blank, straight to my face, that they hate me; that they
hate all Americans; that I am one of them, an enemy to Arabs and Muslims.
The fact that I have been defending Arab and Muslim causes, particularly
the Palestinians?, for forty seven years, made no difference. I do understand.
A day earlier, at the Jordan
River entry point to my native lands, Palestine (Israel), I was treated
by the Israeli authorities quite differently. Though none of us meet
the profile of a Muslim "terrorist?, my son and I have no beard,
and my grandson is too young to have a beard; though my wife is blond,
has a low profile and peaceful disposition; though my wife, daughter
and granddaughter had no headscarf; and though we all carried U.S. passports;
we waited for seven hours in front of the passport control window before
we were allowed in. In the eyes of the Israeli authorities, we are all
Palestinians, not Americans. We are all potential terrorists.
I don?t blame the Palestinians,
my fellow countrymen and women for hating me. President Jimmy Carter
describes the Tel-Aviv government as the worst occupational regime.
Nelson Mandela and Bishop Desmond Tutu speak of Israel as worse than
the former apartheid government of South Africa. The present South African
In the West Bank and Gaza,
Palestinians are murdered daily. They are being starved to death. They
all live in a prison. Their homes and agricultural lands are bulldozed.
Their olive and citrus trees are uprooted. More than 550 Israeli military
checkpoints are scattered all over the West Bank alone. A trip between
two villages that normally takes fifteen minutes last for five to seven
hours. Palestinian babies die at military checkpoints while their mothers
are on their way to a hospital to deliver. Palestinians? drinking water
is stolen and diverted to Jewish swimming pools in illegal settlements
built on their confiscated lands. Their economy is in shambles. The
little of what they clench unto of their remaining land is actually
a living hell. More than 60% of the work force is unemployed. Palestinian
children are seen searching in Jewish garbage dumps for food to eat.
Recently, Palestinian students who had come home to visit were not permitted
to return to their universities abroad.
Three weeks ago, despite
protest made by the United Nations, the world community and international
human rights organizations, food, electricity and fuel to Gaza were
cut in half, by Israeli government, as a mass punishment, because the
Palestinians chose Hamas as their representative, in an election that
was described by former President Carter, as free and democratic. President
Bush, who told us that his invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq is prompted
by his desire to spread democracy, labels the Palestinian Islamic resistance
movement, Hamas, as a terrorist organization with which the United States
will not deal. Even Israeli military disagrees with Bush?s claim. According
to a Nov 11, 2007 news report published by Haaretz, a leading Israeli
newspaper, Israeli paratroopers testified that "in all parameters,
we are facing an army, not gangs."
The Zionist controlled U.S.
mass media allege that Israel is not morally or legally obliged to cater
to needs of Palestinians who are blockaded, who are under occupation,
and all their air, sea and land entry points are controlled by Israeli
forces. Israel continues to disavow responsibility for the human catastrophe
Palestinians are facing, in violation of international law.
No wonder that my family
and I saw, by the Damascus Gate to the Old City of Jerusalem, Palestinian
crowds who were not allowed to pray at al-Aqsa and the Dome of the Rock
mosques, shouting, pleading upon the President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadi
Nejad, to fire Iranian missiles towards their Israeli occupied city,
out of no concern for their own lives. No wonder why, after experiencing
the intolerable living conditions of Palestinians, my children and my
grandchildren in my company, stood helplessly by, and expressed approval
and support, despite the heavy presence of trigger happy Israeli soldiers.
No wonder why, during the 1991 war of aggression ordered by Bush senior,
against Iraq, West Bank Palestinians danced on the roofs of their homes
and cheered Saddam?s missiles lighting the skies on their way to Tel-Aviv
and Haifa. No wonder why, after they were forcefully driven out of over
550 towns and villages in 1948, and the remaining 22% of their lands
occupied in 1967, did Palestinian youths, males and females, find no
alternative but to explode themselves amongst Israeli soldiers. Palestinians
have no army. They have no tanks, no jet fighters, no apache helicopters,
and no weapons of mass destruction, but their enemy does and uses.
Iraq as a country has been
completely destroyed. Its seven thousand year civilization has been
shattered. Its infrastructure has been ruined. Its industrial machinery,
750 billion dollars worth, was disassembled and sold as scrap to neighboring
countries. Its water, air and land have been poisoned. It resources
are being robbed. Since Bush?s "mission accomplished" declaration
on aircraft carrier The Lincoln in the Gulf, 1.2 million men, women
and children have been murdered, a death toll that rivals Rwanda genocide.
This brings the total number of Iraqis losing their lives from a combination
of the two wars led by Bush the father and the son, and including the
13 years of illegal sanctions imposed on the country, to 3.5 million.
Iraqi widows number over 3 million. Iraqi orphans exceed 5 millions.
70% of Iraqi children suffer traumatic stress syndrome due to death
and destruction they are exposed to daily. Though Iraqis are known to
be proud, educated and hard working people, thousands of mothers and
children are forced into prostitution to survive. According to the U.N.,
Iraqi refugees, including the internally displaced, reached 4.4 million,
two millions in Syria alone.
A month ago, in an interview
that appeared on 60-Minutes CBS TV, a U.S. field commander said that
the military is authorized to bomb and kill civilians if a suspected
Taliban fighter was in their midst, provided that the number of those
civilians is less than thirty. If the number of unarmed civilians was
higher, the approval of the U.S. Secretary of Defense or the President
would become necessary. I am almost certain that those two men have
never said no to the murder of Muslims and destruction of Muslim countries.
Even the Afghani leader,
Hameed Karazai, a puppet and a traitor, stated on the same program that
he had complained to the U.S. President and had asked him "to stop
bombing us". Remember that Karazai is the White House man. Until
he was handpicked by Bush and Cheney to become president of Afghanistan,
the man was employed by Unical, an oil giant, here in the United States.
You must have heard a question
that Americans often ask, "Why do they hate us?"
In a speech given to the
Congress, George W. Bush answered, because they hate our freedoms. We
are told that they hate us because we are rich. They envy us because
we stand for democracy and freedom. They resent us because we are the
most powerful nation. They are jealous of our achievements and accomplishments.
They are loners like Timothy McVeigh. They are intolerant; and their
religion is primitive, irrational and violent. Certainly, these statements
are insults to the intelligence of the American people.
Americans, particularly the
Christian Zionists, ignore the fact that Arab Christians share Muslim
sentiments. They also hate America.
"Why do they hate us?"
Americans should have known why. Americans have allowed the Israeli
Jewish lobby to hijack U.S. government in the service of the Israeli
policy of aggression and expansionism. No Republican or Democrat candidate
can win without the blessings and approval of this lobby. We have been
pouring billions of dollars into aid to insure Israel?s military superiority
over all Arab armies. We protect Israel in the United Nation, despite
its refusal to implement U.N. resolutions, and its disrespect to international
law. We have also allowed Israel to be the only state in the Middle
East that possesses nuclear weapons aimed at all major Arab and Muslim
cities. In addition, this illegal and genocidal war was waged on behalf
the Zionist state, to prevent Iraq of becoming a threat and a challenge
to its military power and dominance.
Israel invaded southern Lebanon
in July of 2006. Israeli-U.S. F-15 and F-16 fighters dropped over 1.25
million American cluster bombs on the civilian population. Lebanese
cities and villages were bombarded, day and night. The infrastructure,
including highways, roads, and bridges south of Beirut, was destroyed.
Food, water and fuel storages were hit. Apartment buildings, schools,
hospitals, clinics and houses of worship were leveled to the ground.
One million Lebanese refugees were compelled to flee, with little food
or water. It took 33 days of killing and destruction by the Israeli
army, which is described as the fourth most powerful army in the world,
before the U.S. agreed to a U.N. resolution for a cease fire.
Notably, Americans who volunteered
to go to Lebanon to help were there only to rescue the surviving animals.
Five weeks ago, many of the
residents of southern California, who escaped the deadly fires that
resulted in over a half million displaced individuals, left almost everything
behind, but brought with their animals, their dogs, cats and even fish.
Love for animals is not confined
to Americans. It is universal. I do love animals.
Again, I must tell you the
truth. Americans show unusual love and mercy towards animals. Those
who are cruel to animals are punished and jailed if convicted. But what
is really disturbing is the fact that the great majority doesn?t show
similar love and mercy towards people, towards fellow men and women.
Death and destruction has been an integral part of Western culture and
I am not a psychologist or
a psychiatric. However, I do know that that is sick. It is also sickening.
It makes me vomit.
Despite tight censorship,
Americans saw the destruction of Baghdad, and images of the assault
on the city of Falujah, which was nearly razed to the ground. They saw
the devastation of the entire city. They saw Iraqi corpses blackened
with Napalm and phosphorus bombs, which are outlawed. They heard cheers
and laughs of U.S. soldiers as they bring down mosques and minarets.
They saw the marines shooting unarmed, wounded and harmless civilians
that had taken refuge in houses of worship. Though the number of active
Iraqi resistance fighters is no more than 20,000, the U.S. army fired
1.5 billion small arms rounds in one year, more bullets than can be
manufactured. The very little of what Americans have seen is enough
to demand a Nuremberg-like trial for the President, the Vice President,
the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of State and their advisors,
as well as top generals in the Pentagon. U.S. citizens have failed to
do their part. They have been silent, and silence is complicity. They
are not prepared to dedicate a fraction of the time wasted on stupid
TV programs to learn a little about world affairs and the serious crimes
against humanity that their government is actually committing.
Americans are generally indifferent
and heartless. Americans see wars as action movies, computer games,
exciting and entertaining. The 2,000 pounds bombs and ballistic missiles
raining down on Baghdad were fireworks. Victims are numbers and their
murder is collateral damage.
The question that puzzles
me is, "How many more nations should be invaded and destroyed;
how many more cities should be torched and devastated; how many more
millions should be massacred; how many more widows and orphans should
be left without a supporter; how many more Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo
prisons we are going to build; how many more innocents we are going
to torture; how many more international laws and conventions our country
will be violating, before the American conscience can be awakened and
Our "State of the Union"
is gloomy and disgraceful. It is true that there are honorable, caring
and courageous American men and women, Christians, Jews, atheists and
others, who strongly protest U.S. policy. It is true that there are
Americans who challenge the benefiters of war. Unfortunately, they are
in the tiny minority. They are seldom seen on major news networks.
In the meanwhile, Bush continues
to allege that we "don?t torture" and that "waterboarding"
does not cause permanent damage. Republican and Democratic senators,
who should experience this technique only for a minute or two, have
just confirmed Mukasey as U.S. attorney general, another victory for
(AIPAC), despite the fact that he refused to recognize "waterboarding"
as torture. Mukasey, a Zionist Jew who, as a judge, sentenced an innocent
blind Muslim scholar for life imprisonment for a crime that he never
committed, is now the Secretary of the "U.S. Department of Injustice".
Under the disguise of combating terrorism, efforts to marginalize Muslims
and intimidate non-Muslims of an imaginary enemy, the Los Angeles Police
Department has just announced a program to "map" Muslim communities.
Muslims population in the greater Los Angeles is estimated to be a half
of a million. According to recent polls, 53% of the Americans favor
expanding the fraudulent ant-terrorism war to include Iran.
I didn?t come here to solicit
your support and arouse your sympathy for Arab and Muslim causes. Americans
pass the buck. They cannot escape responsibility. They put their trust
mostly in the hands of criminals, who do not take the legitimate interests
of their country at heart and instead, cater to Israeli demands.
Arabs and Muslims will survive.
Eventually they will liberate their lands, control their destiny, protect
their resources and catch up in the field of science, and technology.
All indications show that the Bush Empire is collapsing, and Israel,
as an apartheid state, will finally disappear. The year 2007 has been
the deadliest for U.S. troops in Iraq, and also Afghanistan.
Israel was forced to retreat
from Lebanon. None of its objectives have been realized. Hezbollah is
stronger now than ever. Military maneuvers held last week, have shown
beyond a doubt the readiness and preparedness of the Lebanese resistance
fighters to defend their country.
Though they are facing 160,000
U.S. troops and 180,000 U.S. mercenaries that are called contractors,
Iraqi resistance has dragged the United States into a quagmire. Bush
has been begging neighboring countries, including Iran, to give a hand.
"Support the Troops" stickers, have been disappearing, not
because Americans are largely against death and destruction. They want
an end to this war because it is costly, and their money is going down
the drain. The real cost is, according to the latest estimates, is 3.5
trillion dollars. Also Americans are not winning.
What is really tragic is
that Americans are generally not concerned about the boys and girls
that come home in boxes under the cover of darkness. They are not photographed.
They are not seen. The overwhelming majority are Blacks, Latinos and
poor Whites. According to official figures, which are too distorted,
almost 4,000 of our American sons and daughters have died in vain, died
for Israel and big business. The injured and maimed are approximately
30,000. Those who suffer brain damage and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
are approximately 48,000. Soldiers who no longer serve in the front
lines are neglected by the "Commander in Chief" of the U.S.
Army. An estimated 200,000 veterans have been homeless at some point
in the last year. Veterans waiting for their disability claims increased
from 325,000 in 2002 to 600,000. Cooper, the head of the agency in charge
of veterans? benefits, an Evangelist, appointed by Bush, proclaimed
that Bible study is "more important than doing [my] job."
Health care for Iraq?s veterans will cost tax-payers 650 billion dollars
and is rising.
Bush?s claim that the "surge"
mission is working, is another big lie. Operations usually carried out
by U.S. death squads have been intentionally reduced. U.S. military
ground missions and engagements have been greatly decreased. Fewer road
bombs have been exploding because American forces stick to their bases,
and no longer roam the streets. However, airstrikes against heavily
populated civilian targets launched in 2007 are four times that of the
ones launched in 2006. The U.S. will eventually cut and run as it did
in Vietnam, Lebanon and Somalia. Members of the Iraqi parliament, though
they were handpicked by the Americans, want U.S. troops out, now.
In Afghanistan, Karazai is
not actually a president but a mayor of a heavily U.S. guarded section
of Kabul, the capital. Taliban resistance fighters are regaining strength
and winning. The British foreign intelligence, MI6, has been working
on a deal with Taliban. NATO has rejected U.S. requests for more troops.
I came here, however, to
warn you. A serial killer, a mass murderer and a war criminal and his
gang are all on the loose. Americans ought to wake up to the truth.
They are in great danger.
George W. Bush is talking
about a Third World War, a "nuclear holocaust", which may
bring an end to life on earth as we know it. "So I've told people
that, if you're interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like
you ought to be interested in preventing them from having the knowledge
necessary to make a nuclear weapon," Bush recently declared.
The International Atomic
Energy Agency (IAEA) that regularly inspects Iran?s nuclear facilities
emphasizes that Iran has no atom bomb development program. The uranium
enrichment is for peaceful purposes. Iran is not a nuclear threat. Many
U.S. experts agree.
The US National Intelligence
Estimate (NIE), which coordinates the judgments of the US?s 16 intelligence
agencies, refused to yield to Cheney?s demands to remove dissenting
judgments on the Iranian nuclear program.
According to a Nov 11, 2007
news report, Micah Brose, a privately contracted interrogator working
for American forces in Iraq, near the Iranian border, told the Observer
that US military officials are putting huge pressure on interrogators
who question Iraqi 'insurgents' to find incriminating evidence pointing
According to specialists,
Bush is a mad man. He is a psychopath. His brain is damaged as a result
of years of alcohol dependency. As a child, he stuffed fire crackers
in the mouths of frogs on his family farm, and left them to explode.
The man hallucinates. He admitted that he talks to God. He told the
Palestinian Authority "President", Mahmoud Abbas, that God
told him to invade Iraq to spread democracy. He is waiting for the green
light from his god to strike Iran. Of course, Bush's god is big business.
He prays for the oil companies and the war industrial complex. He gives
alms in the form of governmental contracts to his friends, who are robbing
the American tax-payers in the billions of dollars. If he is allowed
to push the button, the consequences will be a global disaster. Humanity
and mother earth are at great risk.
(A speech at Northeastern
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