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* Preventing the Iranian Nuclear Crisis from Escalating  Pierre Goldschmidt

* An Open letter to Mrs Hillary Clinton - signed by 96 sinatories  Ali Behrooz

* Iran's Failed 'Litmus Test'  News Report

* A Sensible Path on Iran  News Report

* A Freshman’s Solution  Ali Behrooz

* Iran – a tough nut for the American election candidates  Korosh Erfani

* Obama shaken, rattled, and rolled  Dick Polman

* The Ayatollahs’ Choice?  Ali Behrooz

* ‘With enemies like this…’  Ali Behrooz

* Mitigating Iranian Mischief  David Ignatius

* Playing at CINC  Michelle Oddis

* The Conceit of Hindsight  Richard Dawkins

* The lesser of two evils  Ali Behrooz

* Gertrude Himmelfarb - Queen bee of American neoconservatives -PROFILE:  Gertrude Himmelfarb

* Analysis: Iran's political flux mirrored in US  News Report

* Lebanon and the Lebanese need a lot more than just a new president  News Report

* Iran seen to need 3-8 yrs to produce bomb  Jon Boyle

* Invasion would be a disaster  Michael Evans

* The Warmongers!  Ali Behrooz

* It Doesn't Get Any Worse Than That, Ray"  William A. Cook

* Chaotic, Disarrayed and Appeasing  Ali Behrooz

* Still a messiah?  Isabel Hilton

* The fallout from an attack on Iran would be devastating  News Report

* Intellectually Progressive  Ali Behrooz

* Islamists, USA and Terrorists – Foes or Friends?  Ali Behrooz

* No Sanctuary for Rashid Ghazi  Ali Behrooz

* 'The driving force of global terror'  News Report

* Getting serious about Syria  News Report

* Mideast lessons from Northern Ireland  News Report

* Defusing the Israeli-Syrian PR war  News Report

* The Democrats After November  Mike Davis

* Mid-Point In The Middle East?  Tariq Ali

* Nato's Islamists  Cihan tuğal

* France’s foreign policy  Bernard Cassen

* Interview: Bank Pressures Hit Iranian Business Harder than Sanctions  Lee Hudson Teslik

* Interview: Gingrich: Bipartisanship, and Possibly His Candidacy, Needed to Right U.S. Foreign Policy  Robert McMaho

* Turks are reconstructing Northern Iraq  Serpil Yilmaz

* Two men on the wrong mission  Robert Fox

* General Sees Iran s Hand in Iraq Fight  Robert Burns

* Bush's Dilemma: Iran vs. Israel  Patrick J. Buchanan

* Iran may be the greatest crisis of modern times  John Pilger

* Intelligence Indications And Warnings Abound On Bush Iran Military Strike  Wayne Madsen

* As peace summit ends, war begins  News Report

* Solution in Sight  Noam Chomsky


No Sanctuary for Rashid Ghazi
[ Ali Behrooz]
[Source: Iran's Crises – English (ICE)]


 Looking back at the history of most countries, the Church and the Mosque have occasionally been used as a place for taking sanctuary from an oppressor or from the brutality of the governing authorities. Popular support for this tradition has given the Mosque a safe haven identity, for which its boundaries should be respected. During this decade, however, such a tradition has been ignored and disrespected by both ruling regimes and the radical Islamic forces. The Mosque and the religious Shrine have become instruments for flaring up the feelings of the masses, for stirring up a certain layer of the society, and for exploiting outrage, to arrive at some hidden objectives. The Islamic Republic of Iran’s agents exploded bombs in Imam Reza’s Shrine in the city of Mashad; the Israelis ignored the Palestinians’ taking refuge in the holy church of Bethlehem; most of Iraq’s holy shrines and mosques are either bombed by the multi-national forces, or destroyed by terrorists; and more recently we have had the Red Mosque incidents, in which the protection seekers themselves had little respect for the holy Shrine and the Mosque.
Let us be realistic; a mosque is a place for prayers and religious practice. In the ‘Islamic’ countries, this definition is considered simplistic and reactionary. Most Islamists have a more radical approach towards mosques. For them a mosque is a place to preach and mobilise prayers against the satanic rulers. I have no problem with this. In view of the dictatorial nature of most regimes in these countries, and in accordance with freedom of speech, freedom of expression and freedom to practise one’s own religion, perhaps the traditional definition should be reformulated. What I have issues with is when the radical Islamists misuse mosques as a place to train and arm terrorists. Such a misuse gives a green light to the authorities not only for further suppression of every day prayers, but also for using this as an excuse to extend oppression throughout society, which in turn breeds more radicalism.

Today Rashid Ghazi saved President Mosharaf’s political skin. General Mosharaf, by raiding the Red Mosque, once again confirmed that he belongs to the Western allies’ camp, while sending a strong signal to the Pakistanis that he would not recognise any boundaries, holy or otherwise, when it comes to his political existence.
The followers of Rashid Ghazi are also content. Their martyred leader is now sitting next to the prophet Mohammed. Can one hope for a better end, ask the radical Islamists, of the vulnerable street boy.

 

Ali Behrooz
10 July 2007
Iran Crises





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