FEBRUARY 1998 - Updated 02/13/98

Farrakhan raises voice against
U.S.-Iraq attack

PHILLIPPINES

'Justice must replace injustice.. and governing bodies must see that 'might is not right,' but 'right is might.'
-Min. Farrakhan

by Askia Muhammad
Washington Bureau Chief

MANILA, Philippines--Amid furious diplomatic efforts to resolve the tense Persian Gulf crisis without more destruction and loss of life, the Minister Farrakhan in the PhilliippinesHonorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam has raised his voice in behalf of peace and an end to the suffering of the world's innocent people, especially those in Iraq.

"I see myself as not just a Black American, and not just a Muslim," Min. Farrakhan said at a press conference here, Feb. 8, the 24th country on his World Friendship Tour III. "I see myself as a warner from God. The nations are headed for total destruction if they continue on the path that they are going." A Third World War, the Muslim leader insisted, is inevitable. Indeed, it has already begun, and it could engulf the entire earth, the Minister warned. His job, Min. Farrakhan said, is to call the world's rulers to pay attention to their government's policies, and to listen to the cries of the people.

"Justice must replace injustice," the Nation of Islam leader said, "and governing bodies must see that "might is not right," but "right is might." Then I have discharged my duty, warning America that she faces the same consequences as ancient Egypt, Babylon, Rome, and Sodom and Gomorrah. America with all her power cannot win against Allah (God).

"My role is the role of a warner. The words that I speak, no matter how insignificant I look, or seem, those words will come back to haunt the kings and rulers of the Earth, because we are now at the threshold of the final war," he said, likening his position to that of a "solo voice," when it should resound as a part of a "chorus" of opposition to wrong-headed policies made by arrogant world leaders, especially those in the U.S.

"We will do everything we can to utilize our power, communications and mass media," the Muslim leader told reporters in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, "to let the American people know the truth" about "oppressive U.S. policies toward Iraq, and (to) foil its attempts to strike against the Iraqi people."

"They keep moving the goal-posts," he said, explaining that whenever Iraq has complied with the provisions of United Nations Security Council resolutions over the last seven years, further demands are added. "Persecution is worse than slaughter and the West is persecuting Iraq," Min. Farrakhan said, referring to an Ayat (verse) in the Holy Qur'an.

The Nation of Islam leader urged both Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, and U.S. President Bill Clinton to work and find a solution to the mounting crisis over access by United Nations arms inspectors to Iraqi presidential sites, which have been made off-limits to the UN Special Commission (UNSCOM). American and British UN officials insist that dangerous biological and chemical weapons are hidden at the sites UNSCOM is prohibited from inspecting.

Min. Farrakhan also called on Iranian President Muhammad Khatami and other leaders of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) to send urgent letters to President Clinton, calling on him not to strike against Iraq.

"I am not an anti-American," the Nation of Islam leader said in answer to a reporter's question. "It is the country of my birth and I love my country. But I do hate the American policies which are not for the benefit of the American people."

Min. Farrakhan believes that America is "too great a power to use her awesome might to make an example of Saddam Hussein and the Iraqi people" in an effort to frighten other world leaders and nations into thinking that they must please the American administration, according to a source in the Muslim leader's World Tour delegation.

"If I as an individual, am able to weaken U.S. policies," Min. Farrakhan said, "then that is clear evidence that such policies are actually very weak." On the other hand, Min. Farrakhan said, ŅI hope that Saddam Hussein will find a solution to ease his problem. I ask (the Iraqi president) to find a solution and not give the American government a pretext to bomb Iraq."

If Islamic history, the Holy Qur'an, and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) are a precedent, according to Islamic scholars, and a tactical retreat by Iraq's President at this time might not constitute a total loss, despite the possible appearance of a "loss of face" in the political showdown with President Clinton.

Sura 48 of the Holy Qur'an-"The Victory"--describes the Hudaibiyah Truce, in which the Holy Prophet (PBUH) negotiated a compromise, even though many of his companions wanted to fight.

The ensuing peace and the resulting cessation of the persecution of Prophet Muhammad and his followers, permitted a season of great Islamic development and growth, rather than giving the enemies of Islam a pretext for war against a contingent that was weak from years of persecution and flight from Mecca. "Baghdad is in the focus of the world," Min. Farrakhan told a press conference, "because the clouds of war hover over this great city, and the winds of war are threatening not only this city and the nation, but the entire region, which could lead to war that could engulf the entire world."

While in the Philippines, the Nation of Islam leader urged cooperation for the good of the nation, between Muslims--most of whom reside on southern islands in the now-Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), which settled a 24-year-insurgency by the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in 1996--and the Christian-dominated central government.

Min. Farrakhan was greeted on his arrival at the Manila Airport by Mindanao Governor Nur Misuari, who led the victorious MNLF struggle. During his visit, the Nation of Islam leader also had meetings with President Fidel Ramos, and with Jose de Venecia, the powerful Speaker of the House.

[Photo: The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan (left) greets Bangladeshi Muslims after Friday Jumah (congregation) prayer Feb. 6 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Min. Farrakhan was invited to Bangladesh by the International Islamic Representation Organization and met with religious and political leaders.]

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