Jobs @ MG
EDITORIAL: 1-15 September 2001
India - Israel bonhomie
Last month, Jane’s Defence Weekly and its allied publications
published new, and more serious, details about the ongoing development of the
Indian, rather Sangh Parivar’s love affair with the zionist entity which is
better known as ‘Israel.’ Not just selling military hardware, Israel is now
actively participating in the Indian security programmes, especially in Kashmir.
A number of Israeli security experts and training groups are already in Kashmir
according to these reports.
Sangh Parivar was the main advocate of the establishment of diplomatic relations
with Israel. When a like-minded, ex-Sanghi became India’s prime-
minister-by-fluke a decade ago, his former colleagues paid him a courtesy visit.
The self-claimed chanakya asked his guru if he could do something now that he
was firmly enconsed on the gaddi. Nothing, except the establishment of
diplomatic relations with Israel, said the guru and the chela was quick to
oblige. This shows how important it is in the thinking of the Sangh to work with
the zionists in pursuit of supposedly common goals.
Do these two groups really have common goals? Very doubtful. The Israelis are
working as commission agents of the US imperialists. In the sixties and
seventies they worked for the US to contain leftist movements in South America
and Africa by cooperating with the likes of Somosa and the Apartheid regime in
South Africa, and now, according to Jane’s, Israel’s area of interest
extends from Central Asia to Indonesia with a view to fight ‘Islamic
fundamentalism.’ Which means that the new contract awarded by Uncle Sam to the
zionist lackies is to fight Islamic movements all over the world of Islam right
upto Indonesia. With its meagre resources and ever-extended hand for American
largesse, Israel cannot have such grandiose objectives as its national policy.
Is it in any way beneficial to the Sangh, or to any group in the Third World to
take part in such treacherous schemes which will not harm only a limited segment
of the region. In fact, if tomorrow, even the Sangh becomes strong enough to
challenge the new sole super-power’s hegemony, the US priority will be to hit
it into submission. In the best interests of India, South Asia and the whole
Third World intimate relations should be avoided with dubious entities like the
Israelis whose ‘homeland’ stands on stolen land whose real owners and
inhabitants were cruelly and recklessly driven out to live in refugee camps on
all sides of the borders of what is ‘Israel’ today, only half a century ago.
Such an unethical entity does not deserve friendship and cooperation and that
too from forces which claim to love their country and its heritage which is
alien to such unhuman and unethical practices. Those who are unaware of the
zionist treacherous methods should refresh their memories of what the Israelis
were doing in Srilanka only a decade ago - they were helping, arming and
training both the Srilankan army and the LTTE and at times training both sides
in same camps in Israel. This has been detailed in Strovsky’s By Way of
The thoughtless act of sending a Pakistani doctor to the gallows for
‘blasphemy’ will be used as another stick to beat Islam and Muslims with.
The most important part of this episode, according to media reports, is that the
accused, Dr Younus Shaikh denies the charges and hence there is no case against
him. Even in normal circumstances there is no place for such penalties in
healthy and confident Muslim societies.
When and if the accused denies the charges there is no case against him because
the Shari’ah allows repentance, rather it orders the authorities to give a
violator a chance to repent (istitabah) even before a trial.
There is a lot of confusion about the suitability of this ‘law’ which was
seldom invoked by Muslims all these fifteen centuries since the advent of Islam.
Jews in Egypt, Morocco and Muslim Spain used to publicly abuse the Holy Prophet
(pbuh), like Ibn Al-Najrilah whose outpourings were addressed by the great
Andalusian scholar Ibn Hazm in his Risalah ibn al-Najrilah, but no action was
ever taken against such persons because Muslims were confident that such abuses
reflected only one's mental derangement. Philosopher Ibn Al-Rawandi of Baghdad
(died 910 CE) was a great detractor of Islam used to publicly abusing the Holy
Prophet, pbuh, but he was never tried by any court or touched by any person...
Even the Prophet, pbuh, did not kill such persons in his life-time and there
were many in Makkah and Madinah. Then why this insistence to give Islam a bad
name by people who pay only lip service to Islam? We urge Pakistani authorities
to spare this hapless man and abolish this 'law' altogether which goes against
the nature of the religion of mercy. q