Zbigniew Brzezinski on the future of the Middle East
March 30th, 2011
04:10 PM ET

Zbigniew Brzezinski on the future of the Middle East

by Amar C. Bakshi, CNN

Zbigniew Brzezinski served as national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter from 1977-1981. In this role, he was intimately involved in brokering the Camp David Accords and wrestling with Iran's transition from a U.S. ally to an anti-Western Islamic republic. Brzezinski is currently a professor of American foreign policy at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

I spoke with Brzezinski this afternoon to get his take on events unfolding in the Middle East and the consequences for Egypt, Israel, Iran and the United States.

Amar C. Bakshi: Do you support the intervention in Libya?

Zbigniew Brzezinski: I support the intervention in Libya because I have the strong sense that if we did not [intervene], our credibility in the entire region - which is already very much at stake - would be shattered and Gadhafi would emerge as the leader and symbol of Arab radicalism.

Do you see what’s unfolding in the Middle East and North Africa as a grand reconfiguration of the region? And, if so, how would that affect U.S. concerns?

It is a reconfiguration, but it may not be quite what people here expect. I’m not all that confident the net result is going to be the surfacing and then the flowering of this series of democratic states. I draw a very clear distinction between populism and democracy.

Also, I emphasize in my own work for many years now the fact that a political awakening tends to be a rather extremist in its initial phases, irrespective of the vocabulary that it uses.

My expectation, therefore, is that what we’ll get in the Middle East is indeed a series of regimes more responsive to popular attitudes. But these popular attitudes are, in many respects, quite critical of American foreign policy - and especially so in regards to the Israeli-Palestinian issue. As a consequence, I think, we’ll have a more difficult time in dealing with that problem, and we may end up paying a higher price for not dealing with it seriously.

What are the chances that if the Muslim Brotherhood became an influential voice in Egypt, for example, the Camp David treaty would be revoked?

I don’t think that it would be revoked outright. But I think the kind of passive acquiescence that we have seen in recent times on the part of the Egyptians is going to be a thing of the past. I think we underestimate the extent to which Arab public opinion on the popular level is truly preoccupied - and in some respects even impassioned - regarding the Israeli-Palestinian issue.

There are some very good public opinion polls by Shibley Telhami, a professor at Maryland, which clearly indicated that issue is at the base of a lot of anti-American or anti-Western Arab sentiments. We also know ... that [Osama] bin Laden repeatedly and I emphasize, repeatedly - has mentioned it as his principal-motivating impulse in his quest to damage America.

Is there a possibility that Israel could benefit from the upheavals sweeping the region, or is this likely to be against their interests?

I think [Israel] might benefit in the short-term, but largely on the basis of shortsighted expediency. Namely, it may provide them with a seemingly good argument that this is not an opportune moment for negotiations, which require mutual concessions.

But in the longer run, I think that will further preclude the possibility of Israel becoming a viable, creative and influential participant in a more accommodated and peaceful Middle East. I think the longer-range implications of that for Israel’s future are ominous.

And this is why I have been so outspoken, sometimes at some price, on behalf of the need for a grand compromise engineered by friends of the Israelis and of the Palestinians - and that is specifically and particularly the United States. And that passivity is a disservice not only to the Palestinians who suffer, but to the Israelis who might later on suffer even more.

Is Iran benefiting from all of this?

Yes.

Is there a way that the U.S. can work to prevent Iran from gaining greater leverage within the Gulf?

Only by asking ourselves seriously, "What truly motivates the Arab masses?" Until now, we have been asking ourselves what truly motivates the Arab elites.  The fact of the matter is the Arab elites are more inclined to accommodate our wishes because of certain overlapping interests that are often financial. That is not the case with the Arab masses. ...

I think we have to pay attention to the Arab masses not just in the Gulf States, but also in the hinterlands. Saudi Arabia is very important for us. So is Jordan, as a source of security for any eventual Israeli-Palestinian peace if it comes into being. Egypt for the same reason, because it already had a peace treaty. We have a variety of interests, but we have to understand that, in pursuing them, we cannot ignore the motivating impulses for the Arab people who are now beginning to assert themselves in their national decision-making.

What should U.S. policy be towards Syria and the Syrian opposition?

It seems to me we have to encourage some concessions towards democracy, but we also have to be conscious of the fact that not everywhere is our voice decisive. And if we’re not careful, we might unintentionally increase Iran’s influence. If we are prudent and careful, we might increase Turkey’s influence, and I think that will be all to the good.

Does this demonstrate declining U.S. influence abroad? Is our leverage in the region less than it has been years ago?

I think we’re facing, in fact, a significant decline of American influence in the region and perhaps the beginning of the process which, in the future, will be viewed by the peoples in the region as the second decisive phase in the decolonization of the region in the wake of first, World War I, and then even more so World War II.

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  1. j. von hettlingen

    The future of the Middle East depends very much on, how the Israeli-Palestinian status is dealt with. This decades-old conflict – I think – is the root of all evil. There is no state in this part of the world, which doesn't have sympathy for the Palestinians and condemn the Israelis. As the U.S. is a reliable friend of Israel, the people simply take their hatred out on America. It seems that, if they focus on the plight of the Palestinians, they would forget their own problems. Despite the ambition of some states to be the key players in the region and their animositiy towards each other, on one issue they can all agree – Israel is their arch enemy and the U.S. is its ally.

    March 30, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Reply
    • rs1201

      And what is it exactly that you want Israel to do? What your coreligionists want is not going to happen...the annihilation of Israel. So, what is it you want? All the concessions that Israel has made in the past have been rebuked and rocket attacks have quadrupled. Israeli concessions are met with barbaric attacks on its civilian population. When innocent Palestinian civilians are killed by Israeli shelling, it is distressing and very sad and is never intentional on the part of the IDF...no matter what you think. However, when an Israeli family such as the Fogels is slaughtered with unbelievable cruelty and barbarism, and intent...I don't know how any civilized human being can characterize that type of criminal act. I truly believe that arabs, muslims, and whoever thinks of himself or herself as part of those groups have to live isolated from the rest of the world. They have an unbelievably different culture that totally does not place any value on life or dignity. Arab parents have been known to bury their own child ALIVE because the poor kid spoke to a boy. Another young girl was lashed to death because she brought a radio to school. In the last couple of days a Bangladeshi little girl was lashed to death because her older cousin raped her. Those types of actions are so darn foreign to any civilized person that it boggles the mind as to how to handle these people. Israelis are civilized, westernized, educated people who value life above all else and will never be able to coexist with these arab barbarians. Just accept that fact. So, now what do we do?

      March 31, 2011 at 8:09 am | Reply
      • Kenan

        ....."the palestinians are suffering .... but the future is really on their side, simply because they have a right cause.... and if the israelis and their supporters keep thinking and acting with the same current arrogance, i belive as does this "seems to be samrt guy" that ..."they, the israelis, will suffer even more"........
        And guess what, I know the palestinians have been left alone for sooooooo long ... but i believe time has come for their suffering to come to an end......

        March 31, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
      • j. von hettlingen

        D'ont be offended! I am just quotating facts! I know, how sensitive the issue "Israel-Palestine" is.

        March 31, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
      • John Hildebrand

        Let's be clear here. Isreal has never made any "concessions." Isreal, like our own U.S. 200 years ago, feels that it's their destiny to occupy all the land it held 700 years ago. Otherwise, it would never have permitted even the first "settlement" in lands captured in 1967. In the 1800's, we did whatever we had to do to stretch our country from Atlantic to Pacific and much of it was not very nice by today's standards. Today, the U.S. should implement two major changes in foreign policy .... end the embargo of Cuba and end the support for Isreal. The former really could use our help and the latter must learn to live with it's neighbors.

        April 3, 2011 at 10:13 am |
      • glenn robert

        Israel goes on taking the west bank one house at a time so their is no reason for them to negotiate. seriously. Their were thousands of Palestians working in Israel until they realized their country was desapearing befor their eyes.

        April 4, 2011 at 4:02 am |
    • Josh

      The Israeli-Palestinian conflic is the root of all evil? It's because of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that people are being massacred in Darfur? It's because of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that women are stoned for adultery in Saudi Arabia, not allowed to drive, or even go outside without a man? It's because because of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that Iran violently represses any opposition? Is it why Kaddafi blew up Pan Am 103 or is now murdering his people? And what about the Chinese occupation of Tibet? Russian repression of freedom? How is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict the root of these evils? Like others in the Middle East you are using the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as an excuse to avoid responsibility. The dictators have fed their people garbage that their personal freedoms are suppressed and they live in squalor because of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and you are helping nobody by parroting this nonsense.

      March 31, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Reply
      • jamila

        WOW!!! may i say josh that i totally agree with u..i am muslim and proud..i must say i have deep issues with the Israeli-Palestinian situation but that being said..i know its not the root of all evil in the middle east or as u mentioned Darfur,just a few examples anyone can give..our arab/muslim leaders need to start taking responsibility for horrific actions they have done to their on ppl...as we are all watching the historic events going on all over the middle east and north africa...young, intelligent,arab/muslims see and want freedom...and thankfully none of this has to do with Israel/Palestine...allahu akbar...and may all gods children live in peace one day in the near future inchallah(god willing)...and to my home land of tunis..keep strong and be an example to all others who r now fighting and dieing for their freedom!!!!

        April 2, 2011 at 11:01 am |
      • Mike

        No matter what you say will not change the fact that israel is a state that was build on thievery and stealing other peoples' homes and land. Therefroe, the root of all evils in the world isa the very existence of the zionist state of israel. No peace will prevail in the middle east until the very idea of the zionist state is only for people who are jews and treating others who are non jewish as second or third class citizens on their own homeland. You may tell mr. leiberman is currently the so called foreign minister of the zionist rotten regime to go back to where he came from, then may be there is a chance for peace!

        April 4, 2011 at 9:52 am |
    • james2

      How would you feel if the UN recognized Palestine as an independent state?

      March 31, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Reply
    • starr91

      If anything, the latest events in the Middle East showed exactly the opposite to what you say. The people throughout the world want the same thing – to have the right to work and to be able to feed their families. Their interest in politics comes after all these items. For years it was very convenient for thugs and dictators of the Middle East to blame Israel to justify their opression of own people. And you continue to promote these dishonest liberal BS.

      March 31, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Reply
    • jeanpauld

      The solution is to recognize the dichotomy that exists within the Palestinian Territories. Cis-jordanian Palestinians have functional leadership structures. The leadership in the West Bank is rational and it is counter-productive to paint them with the same brush as Gaza, or any other Muslim nation or group, for that matter. Many are employed in Israel. Palestinian Catholics coexist with Muslim Palestinians. Shariah law, when applied, often serves well when applied in a just and civilized manner. It often works well in the West Bank. Gaza, on the other hand, is controlled medievalists and violent extremists. The solution is for Israel to consider not one, but two Palestinian States. The first, the West Bank, calls for an accommodating and generous hand. Israel and the West Bank must acknowledge one-another with the mutual respect of equals. Israel does come across as arrogant vis-a-vis the West Bank. Gaza has too many dangerous rogue elements yet and must be contained. As harsh as this sounds, the status-quo must remain in Syria where ethnic and religious attitudes are laid-back. Orthodox Christians, Catholics, Jews, Shi'ite and Sunni all coexist in Syria. Dr. Assad does not need Turkey or Iran meddling in his country. He needs more money to help him ease tensions, he needs to exile some hard-liners from his own inner-circle, He needs a just and lasting resolution between Israel and the West Bank (as I described) and Syria needs to be further embraced and engaged, commercially, culturally and diplomatically, by the international community. Turkey is and shall remain quite hard-line and is far less tolerant toward Turkish Christians than Syria is to Syrian Christians. The last thing Syria needs are any further heavy-handed influences.

      April 2, 2011 at 4:43 am | Reply
    • @jvon

      you my friend are part of the problem...not the solution

      April 4, 2011 at 1:32 am | Reply
    • Jameela

      Americans are the Slaves of the Jews

      Jew’s live the American Reality, while their Christian slaves live the American Dream; the definition of dream is: a state of abstraction and trance. Over 300 million Americans aspire and desire to live in a state of abstraction and trance. The American Dream is home ownership and how is paying your greedy Jew masters $200,000.00 in interest on a $150,000.00 home a dream? It is not, it is: an event that is extremely distressing, which is the definition of Nightmare. The American State of Abstraction & Trance aka Dream is the mechanism that facilitated the Jew’s enslavement of Americans; as usury is a Jew-invented and Jew-owned evil.

      The American State of Abstraction & Trance is the MATRIX the evil Jew’s created for their Christian slaves to exist in. Just as the American Dream is an abstract fantasy and illusion; so is Christianity when you peel away the layers of deceit. Christian’s exist in a Jew-induced Trance, which is the result of them disobeying Allah and eating cursed Jews {swine-flesh permeated with parasitic worms which control the diseased minds of their Christian slaves}, feasting on Jew-god corpse {Jesus}, drinking Jew-god blood under the pretense of Holy Communion and the invocation of Satan by lighting candles; as Satan, like the Jew’s, were created from the smokeless flame of fire; these are all the activities of a cult; the Cult of Christianity.

      American journalists, Helen Thomas and Rick Sanchez were terminated from their jobs for speaking the truth about the Jew’s. Cynthia McKinney lost her re-election bid because she spoke the truth about the Jew’s sadistic and oppressive enslavement of the Palestinians. A Muslim student group was suspended from UC Irvine for protesting the illegal Zionist Regime’s apartheid system. Let it be known! Speaking out against your evil JINN aka Jew Masters is punishable by lost of livelihood. The definition of freedom is: the power to act or speak or think without externally imposed restraints. These tip-of-the-iceberg episodes only prove that freedom in America is but an abstract illusion of such; just as the American Dream and Christianity are illusions. This is the Jew-invented Matrix Americans want to maintain and spread in the ME under the guise of Democracy.

      Islam is NOT a religion of peace, as violence is necessary to repel the Jew’s attempt to force Muslims to eat Jew-god corpse and drink Jew-god blood under the guise of “Holy” Communion and enslave Muslims in the same oppressive manner the Jew’s have enslaved Christians. GO DIE IN IRAN you corpse-eating, A S S-wipes of the Jews you worship, revere, finance and give your worthless lives for. You Christian savages should pressure your evil, N I G G A president into attacking Iran, so the brave and fearless Iranian Muslim Warriors can send you to your partially-eaten and bled-out Jew corpse you call god {Jesus}.

      I advise you corpse-eating Christian’s who will murder Jesus after his Resurrection for the sole purpose of bleeding him out to bathe in his blood; to reconsider your blasphemous and diabolical worship of a DEAD Jew aka jinn and read the Qur’an and discover the Jew’s are the JINN and Israel is not a country; Israel is Satan and the Jew’s patriarch. Don’t read the Koran, as the Koran is a crazy book written by crazed Jews in an attempt to portray Muslims to be the homicidal maniacs the Jew’s have proven themselves to be. On the Day of Resurrection, the cannibals known as Christians will only wish they had been Muslims in the life of this world, as they will learn on this Day; Islam is the only religion Allah will accept from his slaves to gain entry into Paradise. I know you insane Christian ghouls will laugh, but you are the ones living in a state of abstraction and trance.

      Long live OSAMA BIN LADEN, the brave and fearless Muslim Warrior who brought the S H I T pile aka America to her Jew-worshipping knees.

      April 4, 2011 at 10:01 am | Reply
      • Keith

        You almost sound intelligent but your indoctrination shines in your last sentences. People like you (and your likes) are always whining about somebody else being the problem and your answer to your perspective is death and destruction. You might want to do a demographic study on the richest people in America... most of them are not Jews. Your analysis of the American dream vs abstraction is skewed from the start behind your hatred for Jews and non Jews in America.

        April 4, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  2. Alexander

    "....because I have the strong sense that if we did not [intervene], our credibility ... Gadhafi would emerge as the
    leader and symbol of Arab radicalism" -
    - Zbig, it is now time for you to retire.

    You have been offering your wise opinion for too long, and now you have lost the sense of reality. Regardless of whether Gadhafi will survive this or not, he already drove himself into isolation among "civilized" Arabs (see the outcome
    of recent voting in Arab League) so there is no way he can emerge as a symbol among "islamic fanatics", al-Qaeda,
    "brothers", or whoever else because he is principally a secular men, and they would never forgive him for building a
    country where Islamic religion exists simply a religion, and not as part of the everyday state policy. They will never
    forgive him for education for women and women serving in the army (incl. his own all-female guard). Besides, from
    the Arab nationalist point of view he is not even a 100% Arab, he is kind of a Bedouin, as far as I know.

    Thank You, for your long term service, as a great teacher who brought so many followers.

    Thank You, for your brilliant Cold War wisdom!

    Thank You for advise in Afghanistan, and for all that mess which came out of it.

    And Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.

    March 30, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Reply
  3. Jameela

    “…Jihad in Allah’s Cause…”

    (Let not the free disposal [and affluence] of the disbelievers throughout the land deceive.)

    (A brief enjoyment; then, their ultimate abode is Hell; and worst indeed is that place for rest.)

    ([O disbelievers] if you ask for a judgement, now has the judgement come to you; and if you cease [to do wrong], it will be better for you, and if you return [to the attack], so shall We return, and your forces will be of no avail to you, however numerous they be; and verily, Allah is with the believers.)

    (Whosesoever desires honour, [power and glory], then to Allah belong all honour, power and glory [and one can get honour, power and glory only by obeying and worshipping Allah [Alone]. To Him ascend [all] the goodly words, and the righteous deeds exalt it [i.e. the goodly words are not accepted by Allah unless and until they are followed by good deeds], but those who plot evils, theirs will be severe torment. And the plotting of such will perish.)

    (Then as for those who believed [in the Oneness of Allah – Islamic Monotheism] and did righteous good deeds, such shall be honoured and made to enjoy luxurious life [forever] in a Garden of Delight [Paradise].)

    (O you who believe! Take not My enemies and your enemies (i.e. disbelievers and polytheists) as friends, showing affection towards them, while they have disbelieved in what has come to you of the truth (i.e. Islamic Monotheism, this Qur’an, and Muhammad [PBUH]), and have driven out the Messenger (Muhammad [PBUH]) and yourselves (from your homeland) because you believe in Allah your Lord! If you have come forth to strive in My Cause and to seek My Good Pleasure, (then take not these disbelievers and polytheists as your friends). I am All-Aware of what you conceal and what you reveal. And whosoever of you
    (Muslims) does that, then indeed he has gone (far) astray from the Straight Path.)

    (O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians as Auliya [friends, protectors, helpers], they are but Auliya of each other. And if any amongst you takes them as Auliya, then surely he is one of them. Verily, Allah guides not those people who are the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers and unjust).)

    (Have you (O Muhammad [PBUH]) not seen those (hypocrites) who take as friends a people upon whom is the Wrath of Allah (i.e. Jews)? They are neither of you (Muslims) nor of them (Jews), and they swear to a lie while they know.)

    (They have made their oaths a screen (for their evil actions). Thus they hinder (men) from the Path of Allah: so they shall have a humiliating torment.)

    (On the Day when Allah will resurrect them all together (for their account); then they will swear to Him as they swear to you (O Muslims). And they think that they have something (to stand upon). Verily, they are liars!)

    (Shaitan (Satan) has overpowered them. So he has made them forget the remembrance of Allah. They are the party of Shaitan (Satan). Verily, it is the party of Shaitan (Satan) that will be the losers!)

    (Allah has prepared for them a severe torment. Evil indeed is that which they used to do.)

    (Verily, the hypocrites will be in the lowest depth [grade] of the Fire; no helper will you find for them.)

    (And they will say: “Had we but listened or used our intelligence, we would not have been among the dwellers of the blazing Fire!”).

    (And indeed We have sent down to you manifest Ayat [these Verses of the Qur’an which inform in detail about the news of the Jews and their secret intentions, etc], and none disbelieve in them but Al Fasiqun [those who rebel against Allah’s Command]).

    (A warning to mankind–)

    (And verily, you will find them [the Jews] the greediest of mankind for life and [even greedier] than those who ascribe partners to Allah [and do not believe in Resurrection-Majus {Magians}, pagans and idolators]. Everyone of them wishes that he could be given a life of a thousand years. But the grant of such a life will not save him even a little from due punishment. And Allah is All-Seer of what they do.)

    (Is it not [the case] that every time they make a covenant, some party among them throw it aside? Nay [the truth is:] most of them believe not.)

    (And when it is said to them: “Make not mischief on the earth,” they say: “We are only peace-makers.”)

    (Verily, they are the ones who make mischief, but they perceive not.)

    (Know they (Jews) not that Allah knows what they conceal and what they reveal?)

    (They may hide their crimes from men, but they cannot hide them from Allah; for He is with them [by His Knowledge], when they plot by night in words that He does not approve. And Allah ever encompasses what they do.)

    (Then woe to those who write the Book with their own hands and then say, “This is from Allah, to purchase with it a little price! Woe to them for what their hands have written and woe to them for that they earn (thereby).)

    (And We have broken them [i.e. the Jews] up into various groups on the earth; some of them are righteous and some are away from that. And We tried them good [blessings] and evil calamities in order that they might turn to Allah’s Obedience.)

    (And We said to the Children of Israel after him: “Dwell in the land, then, when the final and the last promise comes near [i.e. the Day of Resurrection or the descent of Christ, Isa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary) on the earth, We shall bring you altogether as a mixed crowd (gathered out of various nations).

    (And remember when your Lord declared that He would certainly keep on sending against them [i.e. the Jews], till the Day of Resurrection, those who would afflict them with a humiliating torment. Verily, your Lord is Quick in Retribution [for the disobedient, wicked] and certainly He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful [for the obedient and those who beg Allah’s Forgiveness].)

    (They fight not against you even together, except in fortified townships, or from behind walls. Their enmity among themselves is very great. You would think they were united, but their hearts are divided. That is because they are a people who understand not.)

    (Fight against them so that Allah will punish them by your hands and disgrace them and give you victory over them and heal the breasts of a believing people.)

    ((If you do so) He will forgive you your sins, and admit you into Gardens under which rivers flow, and pleasant dwellings in Adn (Eden) Paradise; that is indeed the great success.)

    (If you march not forth, He will punish you with a painful torment and will replace you by another people; and you cannot harm Him at all, and Allah is Able to do all things.)

    (Jihad ((holy fighting in Allah’s Cause) is ordained for you (Muslims) though you dislike it, and it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allah knows but you do not know.)

    (And make ready against them all you can of power, including steeds of war [tanks, planes, missiles, artillery] to threaten thereby the enemy of Allah and your enemy, and others besides them whom you may not know, [but] whom Allah does know. And whatever you shall spend in the Cause of Allah shall be repaid to you, and you shall not be treated unjustly.)

    (So, when you meet (in fight—Jihad in Allah’s Cause) those who disbelieve, smite (their) necks till when you have killed and wounded many of them, then bind a bond firmly (on them, i.e. take them as captives). Thereafter (is the time) either for generosity (i.e. free them without ransom), or ransom (according to what benefits Islam), until the war lays down its burden. Thus (you are ordered by Allah to continue in carrying out Jihad against the disbelievers till they embrace Islam and are saved from the punishment in the Hell-fire or at least come under your protection), but if it had been Allah’s Will, He Himself could certainly have punished them (without you). But (He lets you fight) in order to test some of you with others. But those who are killed in the Way of Allah, He will never let their deeds be lost.)

    (Those who believe, fight in the Cause of Allah, and those who disbelieve, fight in the cause of Taghut (Satan). So fight you against the friends of Shaitan (Satan). Ever feeble indeed is the plot of Shaitan (Satan).)

    (There is no blame on those who are weak or ill or who find no resources to spend [in holy fighting {Jihad}], if they are sincere and true [in duty] to Allah and His Messenger. No ground [of complaint] can there be against the Muhsinun [good-doers]. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.)

    (Indeed, We have sent Our Messengers with clear proofs, and revealed them the Scripture and the Balance [justice] that mankind may keep up justice. And We brought forth iron wherein is mighty power [in the matters of war], as well as many benefits for mankind, that Allah may test who it is that will help Him [His religion] and His Messengers in the unseen. Verily, Allah is All-Strong, All-Mighty.)

    (It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decreed a matter they should have any option in their decision. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he has indeed strayed into a plain error.)

    (The dwelling of such [people] is Hell, and they will find no way of escape from it.)

    (And whosoever takes Allah, His Messenger, and those who have believed, as Protectors, then the party of Allah will be the victorious.)

    (Verily, We will indeed make victorious Our Messengers and those who believe [in the Oneness of Allah—Islamic Monotheism] in this world’s life and on the Day when the witnesses will stand forth, [i.e. Day of Resurrection]–)

    (And those who believe in Allah and His Messengers and make no distinction between any of them [Messengers], We shall give them their rewards; and Allah is Ever Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.)

    (Verily, those who disbelieve in Allah and His Messengers and wish to make distinction between Allah and His Messengers [by believing in Allah and disbelieving in His Messengers] saying, “We believe in some but reject others,” and wish to adopt a way in between.)

    (They are in truth disbelievers. And We have prepared for the disbelievers a humiliating torment.)

    ([This is the] Revelation sent down from the Lord of the Alamin [mankind, jinn and all that exists].)

    ([He is Allah] Owner of High Ranks and Degrees, the Owner of the Throne. He sends the revelation by His Command to any of His slaves He wills, that he (the person who receives revelation) may warn (men) of the Day of Mutual Meeting [i.e. the Day of Resurrection].

    (And We sent not a Messenger except with the language of his people, in order that he might make [the Message] clear for them. Then Allah misleads whom He wills and guides whom He wills. And He is the All-Mighty, the All-Wise.)

    (Your Ilah [God] is One Ilah [God-Allah, none has the right to be worshipped but He])

    (“And indeed, We created man from dried [sounding] clay of altered mud. And the jinn, We created aforetime from the smokeless flame of fire.”).

    (And I have created the jinn and men only to worship Me).

    (And whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers.”)

    (Then [in the end] We save Our Messengers and those who believe! Thus it is incumbent upon Us to save the believers.)

    Verses of the Qur’an Compiled by:

    Jameela
    Messenger of Allah
    & Defender of Islam

    27 March 2011

    March 30, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Reply
    • Alexander

      ...so what? Can you express all that in a clear, one-paragraph brief statement?

      March 30, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Reply
    • steven fagan

      By the way,may as well fall off that soapbox because nobody gives a rat's ass about islam
      with its violent and exclusionary delusions.

      March 31, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Reply
      • Jameela

        Christians are Child Abusing, Demon Possessed, Devil-Worshipping, Cannibalized Vampires

        What is the difference between a monkey, a Jew and a pig? There is no difference according to the Qur’an, which reveals Allah transformed some Jews into monkeys and swine and Genetic/DNA testing will confirm this. The Qur’an also reveals Christians will go to the Hell-fire for their worshipping Allah’s Messenger slave, whom they devour in their pagan rituals. I advise all Christians to read the Qur’an and discover what your evil, fire-species, greedy, Muslim-murdering, maniacal, monkey masters have kept concealed from you. Do not read the Koran, as the Koran is a crazy book, written by crazed Jew’s to hide their satanic origins; the Children of Satan aka the Children of Israel. Clinically insane Jews also wrote the Koran in an attempt to portray Muslims to be the murdering lunatics the world knows the Jews to be; yet Christians continue to serve and worship the war criminal, occupying, hostile fire species as Allah’s Chosen People. Christian’s arrogance is only exceeded by their brutal stupidity, as Muslims and Jews know the following Commandments invalidate Christianity; yet Christians continue to disobey Allah and perform uncivilized and depraved acts of cannibalism and vampirism on a dead Jew’s corpse and call it “religion”. Christians are being willfully ignorant, as they all know it was Allah and NOT Jesus who parted the Red Sea to allow the Jews to escape the pursuing Egyptians and the vampires also know that it was Allah and NOT Jesus who spoke to Moses on Mt. Sinai; yet the low-life, racist, cannibalized vampires continue to worship a murdered, Jew Messenger, “SLAVE” as their god.

        1. You shall have no other gods before Me.
        2. You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in the heaven above or that is in the earth beneath or that is in the water under the earth.

        Out of sheer depravation and brute ignorance; Christians worship their murdered Jew god by eating his tortured and battered corpse like cannibals and they exceed all religious bounds by drinking his blood like vampires. Christianity was founded on violence as Christians have taken the murder weapon (cross) as their symbol of faith; as the cross is nothing more than an object from the crime scene. Additionally, the Christians god cannot return to earth unless Christians kill legions of innocent Muslims aka Armageddon. Christian’s penchant for violence is never-ending as they regularly use violence against their own children; as violence against their own children is called for in their forged “Holy” Bible (“…You spare the rod, you spoil the child...”), and the child-abusing cannibals have the audacity to call Islam a violent religion, while regularly using cult-sanctioned violence against their own defenseless children. Jew’s don’t ever beat their own children, yet they command their Christian slaves to use violence against their children. However, the most vile and evil act the depraved Christians perform in their pagan rituals is the invocation of Satan in his original form; “a smokeless flame of fire”. Christians invoke Satan every time they light a candle on the altar and the only purpose of a candle is to create “a smokeless flame of fire” that Satan is. Muslims and Jew’s know Satan was created from a “smokeless flame of fire”, as are the Jews. Christianity is permeated with violent sects of terrorist cells; such as the Aryan Brotherhood, a violent and racist sect and the radical KKK, whose sole purpose for existence is to inflict Christian terror into African-Americans and the hooded cowards use their symbol of faith; the cross, which they set ablaze and leave behind as their ‘terrorist’ calling card; yet they are not the most evil sect of Christians.

        Evangelicals are the most evil of sects within the cult of Christianity; in fact, Evangelicals are the evilest of “all” mankind. Evangelicals are not satisfied with merely eating the corpse and drinking the blood of their dead Jew god and invoking Satan in his original form. Evangelicals invite demons to possess their bodies so they can communicate (Speaking in Tongues) with Satan and they are so menacingly stupid; they actually believe demonic possession is acceptable because the demons (ghosts and spirits) are “Holy Spirits” and “Holy Ghosts”; but Christians also believe that Jesus lives through them by eating his corpse; however, they are too deluded and dumb to understand that what they eat, they defecate; reducing their Jew god to human waste. The most famous demon-possessed Evangelical is the treasonous, lying, winking, and racist, bible-belt witch and mother of a teenage tramp, Sarah Palin. Sarah and her equally racist and deluded, Tea Party followers want to take America back from Barack Obama; this foolishly “racist” platform is an indication of Sarah’s lack of knowledge of American politics; as everyone in the world knows that Barack Obama kneels at the Jew’s hooves and kisses their deformed butts just as Sarah does. If the treasonous witch wants to take America back, she will have to take it back from her maniacal, monkey masters; AIPAC, the hostile fire species who is presently controlling America. Sarah stated during her failed Presidential Campaign that; “America should not question Israel”. Sarah, if President, would be perfectly content to allow the homicidal high school dropout, Megan Deir, head of the bungling Mossad; continue to control America’s Military Industrial Complex and decide what wars America will continue to launch and lose. Additionally, Sarah is campaigning on an “American Values” platform. What is Sarah’s definition of “American Values”? It’s when your unmarried, teenage, tramp daughter keeps her b-astard child instead of aborting it. The only place Sarah will lead her racist followers is to the Hell-fire.

        If the world’s leaders are stupid enough to continue to follow America’s AIPAC controlled “lead”; they should use all of their political capital and money to prevent Sarah Palin the lying Evangelical racist witch from becoming the next president of the USA.The world is aware the US Congress and US Senate can be purchased by the highest bidder, as America is a Jew-owned marketplace and everything is up for sale, including American politicians. Gary Peters, Ted Poe, Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid, are willing to sell their votes to the highest bidder; as these AIPAC, butt-wipes latest High Crimes and Misdemeanors was to sell out their own President and align themselves with the occupying war criminal, Benjamin Netanyahu, for the sole purpose of thwarting peace in the Middle East. I highly recommend ALL Middle East countries to use their petro dollars to purchase a couple of American politicians if you don’t want the Zionist-ruled Americans to invade your country under the guise of “War on Terror”.

        Again, I urge Christians to read the Qur’an and avoid all things “Holy” i.e. “Holy Spirit”, “Holy Ghost” “Holy Communion” and the “Holy Bible”, as Christians will discover On the Day of Resurrection, the most insidious word known to mankind is the word “holy”; as this is the word their Jew masters used to preface the evil acts they commanded their Christian slaves to perform in the “Holy” Bible i.e. beating their children. The Jew’s forgery of the “Holy” Bible has reduce it to an instruction manual (How to Serve Your Hostile Jew Masters for Dummies) for those dumb enough to be a Christian. Christianity only benefits the Jews in the life of this world and it will be of no benefit to anyone in the Hereafter; but will be the justification for an eternity of torment and humiliation in Hell-fire for those who call themselves Christians. You Christians have two options; you can continue to follow your oppressive and greedy jinn masters aka Jews to the Hell-fire from which their father Israel aka Satan was created and will return; or you can follow Allah, the God of your father, Adam, to Paradise, from which he was created. Additionally, you Christians can improve your mental health and begin thinking rationally by getting off your mind-debilitating, steady Jew diet consisting of cursed Jew (pork-flesh infiltrated with worms), Jew-god corpse and Jew-god blood.

        To those blood-thirsty, racist Christian cannibals who will murder Jesus after his Resurrection for the sole purpose of bleeding him out to bath in his blood; I advise you to reconsider your blasphemous and diabolical worship of a murdered Jew and read the Qur’an and discover your “real” purpose in life is NOT to worship and serve the Jew’s as you do. You will also learn the choice to become a Muslim is not a decision Allah left to the evil likes of Christians. Allah Chooses among His slaves those who are worthy by their good deeds to dwell in Paradise. It is an honor to be a Muslim and you evil Christians will learn this on the Day of Resurrection when you cannibals witness Muslims belonging to the exclusive club of Islam, enter one of seven Gates of Paradise; while Satan’s Offspring and their demon-possessed Christian slaves, disgraced and humiliated, enter one of the seven gates of the Hell-fire. Muslims are the “Chosen People”; chosen to dwell in luxurious Paradise as Allah’s “Honored Slaves”, for all eternity. On the Day of Resurrection, when Allah removes the covering from Christian’s eyes and they see their Jew masters true form; the Qur’an states: “their eyes will stare in horror and they will sink into a fainting from horror” On this fateful Day, Christians will only wish they had been Muslims in the life of this world, as they will learn; Islam is the only religion Allah will accept from His slaves to gain entry to Paradise. I know you dangerously dumb cannibals will laugh and mock me; but you will soon come to know, from the depths of the Hell-fire, ALL Christians will go.

        Jameela

        March 31, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
    • HAZEL BROWN

      I have never felt such hatred as I did while I was reading your "englightining" posts! DON'T COME HERE AND WONDER WHY WE DON'T WANT MOSQUES BUILT HERE!!! You are ALL evil and you maim and kill under the guise of religion.

      March 31, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Reply
    • Maryam

      @jameela...@anjila..yes lets continue living in the past...lets be hateful Muslims instead of people of diaolgue..we havent done so well ourselves being good Muslims under Allahs umbrella. He created all of mankind and you really think he has chosen one brand of religion over another...I dont even like saying that, so I will rephrase:do you really think he will choose one human being over another? You dont think he is a forgiving God? Do you think Muslims do not sin?As a Muslim let me reply you. I am not perfect, and I do not see perfection in this world. I see people of all religion and cultures wanting to live in comfort with their families, raising their children up to be good human beings, and we are there example of how to take a good path.All children on earth are precious. I say, lets stop the nonsense and learn to dialogue about problems, lets stop the hatred for what kind of future do we give our children? Is it really worth to fight over land or religion, when God created us all as brothers and sisters to live together in peace?I will be judged by Allah according to how I lived with kindness, tolerance and communicating rather that holding a hateful fire in my heart that only Satan keeps burning. We mothers, we must unite for our children around the world, so we make it better for all of them. For countries fighting, we must insist to our governments to solve it peacefully. Each of us can lead the way by having positive discussions together...join hands and together we can force the seeds of change by using our hearts instead of our fists. Palestine and Israel can solve these problems, we must stop blaming the WEST for our own ills. Past is gone, this is present time and future. Start over in dialogue, we are all tired of these blames...we can blame no one but ourselves, because as each side spews hatred and blame you cannot have resolution.Lets focus on the future. Palestine and Israel can help each other in many ways.The people on both sides want the peace. As for radicals of any kind, they are making life on earth hell for the rest of us, and we must show them the right path to peace by being an example of peace. Quit fearing each other and extend a hand to those who trouble you.COMPROMISE for both sides.Radicals please change your route. Because you dont like a government does not mean you should punish an entire people or hate them. Most of the people in the world everywhere are absolutely good people in the heart and mind. We dont want them to judge all of us for a few of our bad ones, and you shouldnt judge all of them because of the few of them you dont like.You cannot force the world to a caliphate.There are good people in every religion, and good people who are not religious. Its not up to us to judge anyone now is it? We will be judged on the way we lived our life, not what religion we belong to. Jihad is used wrongly. I dont think a loving God would ask for us to harm another human being, even in defense of words used against us or God himself. He would ask us to forgive and show that person a better way, either by our tolerance, the way we ourselves live life or both.We can also pray for that person. Its time for a new maturity in each of us to realize that what we have been doing isnt working. Hatred and hurting, are words for Satans followers not of true believers of saving the future of our children, and it doesnt matter what religion or country you come from, we are ALL GODS children.

      April 1, 2011 at 1:22 am | Reply
      • Maryam

        Im sorry for you Jameela for the way you talk...as a Muslim Mother, I will say either you were brainwashed with your thoughts by your family, or you are affiliated with arrogant radicals, or you interpretted the Quran to your own liking as some do, to make yourself feel imperialistic to everyone. And you wonder why the WORLD misunderstands Islam? Because of people like you. I think Allah will judge your harshly for words of hate you preach on others.Youre not setting a good example, youre spewing more hatred which is a product of Satan himself. Looks like hell awaits you, NOT Paradise. Ana bahebak Masr!

        April 1, 2011 at 1:30 am |
    • DanX

      TL;DR

      April 1, 2011 at 2:28 am | Reply
    • carefull hat you ask for

      blah blah blah blah... BLAH.

      April 2, 2011 at 7:59 am | Reply
    • John

      The world should burn every Koran that exists. Then maybe the people of Middle East can rid themselves of their cancer and can catch up to the rest of the world. Currently, they're about 500 years behind western society.

      April 3, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Reply
    • glenn robert

      WOW! How many killed in the name of God (Allah) in all religions! The term faith by the faithful means they are really confused.

      April 4, 2011 at 4:12 am | Reply
    • Belky

      Just goes to show you how nutty some poeple are, you can not find peace with a people that do not know what peace means. To some people there is only life death and God, nothing else matters. So stop trying to understand them and just keep a close eye on them. There is no way to win!

      April 5, 2011 at 2:25 am | Reply
  4. JohanL

    I'll be brief.
    Despite the rhetoric, despite the moral high ground, the 'rightful' intervention in Libya, the Arab world – and I am referring to the populist Arab world, not the elite, or the Arab League – will view this intervention by the US as not only further meddling, but indeed as yet another attack on an Arab country. And as righteous as it seems right now, it might just come back to bite them – and the West – later.

    March 30, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Reply
  5. Ben

    He supports intervention in Libya. Gee what a surprise. Wasn't he one of the architects of the Carter Doctrine. Israel continues to expand settlements and this should be resisted in a number of ways. We are their ally and we turn a blind eye to Israeli crimes, thus we are hated.

    March 31, 2011 at 12:33 am | Reply
  6. R.C.

    It's time for Brzezinski to step down.

    March 31, 2011 at 1:36 am | Reply
  7. noughsaid

    Libyan Intervention and why is it wrong.
    As far a Gaddafi and many others are concerned his actions of exercising his right of self defence from a threat from within are a lot less than when the U.S set the benchmark when it supported Israel’s right to self defence with the use Gun Ships Naval and Air Bombardment, Missiles and cluster bombs to kill over two thousand people and cause billions of dollars of damage in Lebanon as an act of retaliation for Hezbollah firing two rockets that that caused no lost of life or damage into Israel .
    Gaddafi a monster cruel to his people? needs to be replaced or taught a lesson? Has he followed Israel by forcing over one million people to live in conditions that World Human Rights Groups have classed as the Worlds biggest prison? We know he imprisons people and holds them without charge and denies them reasonable access to legal representation, but then Israel has some eight to ten thousand of those on hand and the U.S. doesn’t have a problem there. Gaddafi a possible candidate for crimes against Humanity? most likely, that is unless the Fair and Noble U.S apply pressure for no charges to be laid as they are doing with regard to the Goldstone report that requests such charges be made against both Israel and Hamas and I am sure their efforts are not to protect Hamas so you can bet your bottom dollar they know Israel has not possibly committed massive breaches of Human rights and war crimes but has actually COMMITTED massive breaches of Human Rights and war crimes..
    Could it be Gaddafi has refused to comply with U.N Resolutions? No it can’t be that for Israel been doing that for sixty odd years and the U.S as used its power of Veto on many occasions to stop action being taken against Israel. The only reason that I can think of is the U.S had only one soul to sell and that has been sold to Israel so therefore it can act without fear of conscience or justice.

    March 31, 2011 at 5:14 am | Reply
    • ande

      Be damned if you do, be damned if you dont.....Seems like the people who blame the west are the same ones who offer no good solutions, and if millions of people were slaughtered and the west didnt help theyd be saying " where the H are you? How dare you let these people be killed"...@ajinla you are making up your own story, please dont speak for christians or why the west is anywhere....the west consists of many Muslims too, who dont believe as you do.If youre crying because of the state Muslims seem to be in now, maybe you should consider the fact that if they didnt allow radicals to train in their country to attack and kill others, if they taught true tolerance as Islam teaches, and if they didnt speak of hatred towards infidels and realize some of those they call infidels are truly wonderful people, then maybe these wars and problems in the world wouldnt exist.If some radicals wouldnt preach jihad and caliphate and claim they are the chosen people, then maybe others wouldnt feel offended or fearful OR OPPRESSED BY THEM.Those who want to kill over a Muslim cartoon? What about the desacration of bibles in ME countrys? You need to look at both sides.Muslims, Christians and Jews and Hindu and every human being is considered equal by GOD. Most usually Its how you were raised, is how you will believe. Just think any Muslim out there could have been raised in a Jewish or Christian home had their parents chose that faith. I say GOD will judge you by your actions not your religion.Do you want me to give you the negatives on Islam, because every religion, culture and country has made mistakes. Now, dont you think it time we ALL grew up?

      April 1, 2011 at 2:49 am | Reply
  8. Total non Sense

    The only viable future for the middle east is one WHITOUT Islam. In Fact the only viable future of the entire human race is one whitout mulsims.

    March 31, 2011 at 10:39 am | Reply
    • Kenan

      Wow, very smart.....perhaps you should be fighting in Afghanistan right now, in support of your CAUSE....
      How stupid can some people be.....it keeps amazing me

      March 31, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      Almost, but not quite right. The only future for the world is the eradication of all religion.

      March 31, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Reply
    • glenn robert

      The only viable solution for the human race si to do away with religion, all religion!

      April 4, 2011 at 4:18 am | Reply
  9. garden1

    brezniski is not an expert in foreign affairs. russians engaged in afganistan was good for the world. he encouraged and helped alqueda to defeat russia instead of joining with russia to defeat alqueda. this would have saved american money. he has made several mistakes in his political career. his mideast views are not realistic.

    March 31, 2011 at 11:22 am | Reply
  10. garden1

    democracy in the middle east will be brought by the people of middle east. no foreign interference is required. sufferings by people, especially bt women will force dictators to step down and democracy to take place. israel-palestine problem is very small problem in comparison with the social and political problems in existence in the middle east. wom,en emancipation in the middle east is vital for their stability.

    March 31, 2011 at 11:35 am | Reply
  11. starr91

    Brzezinski like his boss Carter are two biased and incompetent politicians, who are the most responsible for the rise of Islamist fundamentalism and terrorism in the world. Under a pretext of supporting the human rights they viciously betrayed the Shah of Iran. We know how that worked out for human rights, dignity and freedom throughout the world, including here the USA, where everyone is forced to sacrifice the multiple civil freedoms in order to prevent anothyer terrorist atack. And Brzezinski still does not get it. Despite the obvious facts of the people of the Middle East finally getting tired of being brainwashed by their thugish distatorships and finally standing up for their freedom, Brzezinski still brings the Palestinian issue where it does not belong at all. Definitely, nobody knows, who actually drives all these "revolutions", and most people believe that, given the historic corruption of islamic rulers, sincere feelings and human sacrifices of the people of the Middle East will be used just for redistribution of power from one cleptocracy to another. And for sure, the Palestinian card will be brought back and played again, however, to honestly judge the attitude of the people of the Middle East to palestinian issue, one has to learn about legal rights of the Palestinians in Arab countries. At the same time nobody should doubt the clear motives of Brzezinski

    March 31, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Reply
  12. g.syder

    there is only one explanation for this man's animus to the state of israel and obviously, the jewish people. he's a jew-hater of the first degree. this polack would have been a member of the polish fascist party in pre-war europe, no doubt. save your breath, defenders of israel. the man should have his tongue cut out, along with his his good friend, jimmy.

    March 31, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Reply
  13. ajinla

    to every up hill there is a down hill. The greatest empires have all came down. Israel is a nothing, it is but a hickup in history, so it shall be gone as well. The issue here is not Israel and its over armed lousy soldiers, the issue is the west. regardless of anyone thinks, it is still the crusades VS the Muslims. The west got a black eye when Salah El dine won back palestine to Islam, and they got smart about it. Let us face it and History is evident of Two Facts, the Arabs or Muslims ALways protected the JEWS and it was the Western Christians that have always Massacred the JEWS. After the second world war, instead of paying retribution to the Jews they instead gave them Palestine . To make sure the Arabs do not defeat them in reclaiming what is rightfuly Arab land they the western powers armed the Zionist to the teeth and made sure to give Israel the fullest support to defeat the Arabs. History shows it, the English had NO DOGS OR JEWS allowed on their front doors, not to mention what the spaniards and the Germans did. The only reason the American Christian right helps Israel is not because they love them, it is because they believe that the Jews should be in one place so that when Christ comes back he will judge them all for not believing in him and for having him crusafied. But what is Ironic is that the Israelies know this, and yet they choose to live in a constant state of war? Well the Bible is right, Moses cursed the Jews 99 times for not being true believers!

    March 31, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Reply
    • Maryam

      @anjila..yes lets continue living in the past...lets be hateful Muslims instead of people of diaolgue..we havent done so well ourselves being good Muslims under Allahs umbrella. He created all of mankind and you really think he has chosen one brand of religion over another...I dont even like saying that, so I will rephrase:do you really think he will choose one human being over another? You dont think he is a forgiving God? Do you think Muslims do not sin?As a Muslim let me reply you. I am not perfect, and I do not see perfection in this world. I see people of all religion and cultures wanting to live in comfort with their families, raising their children up to be good human beings, and we are there example of how to take a good path.All children on earth are precious. I say, lets stop the nonsense and learn to dialogue about problems, lets stop the hatred for what kind of future do we give our children? Is it really worth to fight over land or religion, when God created us all as brothers and sisters to live together in peace?I will be judged by Allah according to how I lived with kindness, tolerance and communicating rather that holding a hateful fire in my heart that only Satan keeps burning. We mothers, we must unite for our children around the world, so we make it better for all of them. For countries fighting, we must insist to our governments to solve it peacefully. Each of us can lead the way by having positive discussions together...join hands and together we can force the seeds of change by using our hearts instead of our fists. Palestine and Israel can solve these problems, we must stop blaming the WEST for our own ills. Past is gone, this is present time and future. Start over in dialogue, we are all tired of these blames...we can blame no one but ourselves, because as each side spews hatred and blame you cannot have resolution.Lets focus on the future. Palestine and Israel can help each other in many ways.The people on both sides want the peace. As for radicals of any kind, they are making life on earth hell for the rest of us, and we must show them the right path to peace by being an example of peace. Quit fearing each other and extend a hand to those who trouble you.COMPROMISE for both sides.Radicals please change your route. Because you dont like a government does not mean you should punish an entire people or hate them. Most of the people in the world everywhere are absolutely good people in the heart and mind. We dont want them to judge all of us for a few of our bad ones, and you shouldnt judge all of them because of the few of them you dont like.You cannot force the world to a caliphate.There are good people in every religion, and good people who are not religious. Its not up to us to judge anyone now is it? We will be judged on the way we lived our life, not what religion we belong to. Jihad is used wrongly. I dont think a loving God would ask for us to harm another human being, even in defense of words used against us or God himself. He would ask us to forgive and show that person a better way, either by our tolerance, the way we ourselves live life or both.We can also pray for that person. Its time for a new maturity in each of us to realize that what we have been doing isnt working. Hatred and hurting, are words for Satans followers not of true believers of saving the future of our children, and it doesnt matter what religion or country you come from, we are ALL GODS children.

      April 1, 2011 at 1:21 am | Reply
  14. usa rob

    these muslims have been at war with each others for thousands of years, thay dont what freedom, The leaders steal from thair people,and kill them, the leaders are millionairs,while thair people go with out, we sell tham arms and help develope thair countys, we buy thair oil and help defend the supply line,look were our base are located at, no matter how much oil we cut back at, thay will increse thair prices and cut production,

    March 31, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Reply
  15. usa ld

    fyi..jameela salvation comes from the jews, because jesus was born under jewish parents. I am christian and I see muslims and jews as my brothers and sisters. I don't believe all muslims think like jameela. One day we all will know the truth, and it will set us free. We all believe in one God Yaweh, Allah . Do you think God likes us fighting. We are not meant to fight.

    April 1, 2011 at 12:53 am | Reply
  16. malik MOHAMMAD ARIF

    I THINK THE BASIC NECESSITY FOR THE WORLD PEACE IS LIVE AND LET LIVE WITH PATIENCE AND TOLERANCE AND ACCOMODATE OTHERS WITH THIER BELIEFS ALLAH TAKECARE OF EVERYONE THANKS

    April 1, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Reply
  17. carefull What you ask for

    JAMEELA DON'T HATE CUZ YOU DON'T HAVE WHAT US CHRISTIANS HAVE. A NEW COVENANT, YOUR TALK OF HATE TOWARDS THE JEWS AND THE CHRISTIANS HAS GONE ON TO LONG . COME ON OVER TO THE WINNING SIDE.TRY IT YOU'LL LIKE IT. AMERICA IS AND WILL REMAIN THE MOST POWERFUL COUNTRY IN THE WORLD BECAUSE ALLAH ALLOWS IT. HE KNOWS YOU GUYS ARE HATERS WHILE WE AREN'T. YOU WILL REMAIN THE HATERS YOU ARE TILL YOU COME AROUND AND LOVE YOUR NIEGHBOR LIKE JESUS SAYS !!!!!!!!HA HA HA HA.. SEE YA WOULDN'T WANNA BE YA. LOSER.

    April 2, 2011 at 8:13 am | Reply
  18. ali

    The Palestinian-Israelis conflict will continue for another 100 years, because of the amount of jalousy, hatred and living only by revenge, and above all the Shiit's push to convert the whole world. All of these are evident in Jameela's post. This is what Islam is and the more moderate one stay on the side line and encourage the fanatical ones. In fact Islam and the Muslim leaders have to abide by human right laws, which is impossible because then they can not freely marry, rape or stone people. Their barbaric acts will be limited, so they have to defend their immorality by hiding under the name of Islam.

    April 2, 2011 at 9:33 am | Reply
  19. Gregg

    Jameela, you may think you know the koran, but you are incredibly ignorant. G_d wants his children to live in peace and respect one another. I am Jewish and feel no anger or hatred to anyone on the planet. What's important to me is learning all I can, making as many friends as possible and living out my years on this planet as joyfully as possible. I also want my children to live a good life.

    Some of my very best friends are Muslim and I respect their beliefs and they respect mine.
    It's time for your way of thinking to go into the dustbin of history. It's time to grow up.

    April 2, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Reply
  20. Alex

    The popular masses in the Middle East Arab countries are in total support of Muslim fanatical extremists.
    The foal of Muslim fanatical extremists is domination over the World through the means of forceful conversion to Islam and establishing Islamic World Caliphate.
    >But these popular attitudes are, in many respects, quite critical of American foreign policy – and especially so in >regards to the Israeli-Palestinian issue.
    Muslim extremists hate USA NOT because of the Israeli-Palestinian issue but because of US military interventions in the area (Iraq, Afghanistan and now Libya – neither of which were related to the Israeli-Palestinian issue. ).
    Muslim extremists (supported by the populous) also hate USA because USA represents the obstacle for the goal of the domination over the World and establishing Islamic World Caliphate.

    April 3, 2011 at 9:56 am | Reply
  21. Larry Kegel (USAMY)

    Unless You educate the People there!!! There will never be a real change there... Look at the mess We have in the United States today because the wrong People got into office!!!

    April 3, 2011 at 11:07 am | Reply
  22. Medief kass

    Jewidism is not Israil.
    Israil is a zionist gangsters using armored & us air fighters in killing children and women who rather has no Mgae but been expelled from their owne homes,

    April 4, 2011 at 9:11 am | Reply
  23. Jameela

    (…Kill Them Wherever You Find Them…)

    (A Revelation from [Allah], the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.)

    (The Jews say: “Allah’s Hand is tied up [i.e. He does not give and spend of His Bounty].” Be their hands tied up and be they accursed for what they uttered. Nay, both His Hands are widely outstretched. He spends [of His Bounty] as He wills. Verily, the Revelation that has come to you from your Lord (Allah) increases in most of them their obstinate rebellion and disbelief. We have put enmity and hatred amongst them till the Day of Resurrection. Every time they kindled the fire of war, Allah extinguished it; and they ever strive to make mischief on the earth. And Allah does not like the Mufsidun [mischief-makers].)

    (And you see many of them [Jews] hurrying towards sin and transgression, and eating illegal things [as bribes and Riba (usury). Evil indeed is that which they have been doing.)

    (And they have invented a kinship between Him and the jinn, but the jinn know well that they have indeed to appear [before Him] [i.e. they will be called to account].)

    (He [Isa-Jesus] was not more than a slave. We granted Our Favour to him, and We made him an example for the Children of Israel [i.e. his creation without a father].)

    (And (remember) when We sent towards you (Muhammad [PBUH]) a group of (three to ten persons) of the jinn, (quietly) listening to the Qur’an. When they stood in the presence thereof, they said: “Listen in silence!” And when it was finished, they returned to their people, as warners.)

    (They said: “O our people! Verily, we have heard a Book (this Qur’an) sent down after Musa (Moses), confirming what came before it: it guides to the truth and to a Straight Path (i.e. Islam).)

    (And indeed Musa [Moses] came to you with clear proofs, yet you worshipped the calf after he left, and you were Zalimun [polytheists and wrong-doers.]

    (Verily, We took the covenant of the Children of Israel and sent Messengers to them. Whenever there came to them a Messenger with what they themselves desired not, a group of them they called liars and others among them they killed.)

    (And they set up rivals to Allah, to mislead men from His Path! Say: “Enjoy your brief life! But certainly, your destination is the [Hell] Fire!”)

    (They are like their immediate predecessors [the Jews of Banu Qainuqa, who suffered); they tasted the evil result of their conduct, and [in the Hereafter, there is] for them a painful torment.)

    (And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah is worse than killing. And fight not with them at Al-Masjid-Al-Haram (the sanctuary at Makkah), unless they (first) fight you there. But if they attack you, then kill them. Such is the recompense of the disbelievers.)

    (Jihad ((holy fighting in Allah’s Cause) is ordained for you (Muslims) though you dislike it, and it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allah knows but you do not know.)

    (O Prophet [Muhammad {pbuh}]! Urge the believers to fight. If there are twenty steadfast persons amongst you, they will
    overcome two hundreds, and if there be a hundred steadfast persons, they will overcome a thousand of those who disbelieve, because they [the disbelievers] are a people who to do not understand.)

    (And what is wrong with you that you fight not in the Cause of Allah, and for those weak, ill-treated, and oppressed among men, women, and children, whose cry is: “Our Lord!” Rescue us from this town whose people are oppressors, and raise for us from You one who will protect, and raise for us from You one who will help.)

    (If you march not forth, He will punish you with a painful torment and will replace you by another people; and you cannot harm Him at all, and Allah is Able to do all things.)

    (Oh you who believe! Fight those of the disbelievers who are close to you, and let them find harshness in you; and know that Allah is with those who are Al-Muttaqun [the pious].)

    (And fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief and polytheism, i.e. worshipping others besides Allah). And the religion (worship) will all be for Allah Alone (in the whole of the world). But if they cease (worshipping others besides Allah), then certainly Allah is All-Seer of what they do).

    (And make ready against them all you can of power, including steeds of war [tanks, planes, missiles, artillery] to threaten thereby the enemy of Allah and your enemy, and others besides them whom you may not know, [but] whom Allah does know. And whatever you shall spend in the Cause of Allah shall be repaid to you, and you shall not be treated unjustly.)

    (So be not weak and ask for peace (from the enemies of Islam while you are having the upper hand. Allah is with you, and He will never decrease the reward of your good deeds).

    (So do not become weak [against your enemy], nor be sad, and you will be superior [in victory] if you are indeed [true] believers.)

    (And if you are killed or die in the Way of Allah, forgiveness and mercy from Allah are far better than all that they amass [of worldly wealth].)

    (Think not of those who are killed in the Way of Allah as dead. Nay, they are alive, with their Lord, and they have Provision.)

    (Verily, Allah has purchased from the believers their lives and their properties for [the price] that theirs shall be Paradise. They fight in Allah’s Cause, so they kill [others] and are killed. It is a promise in truth which is binding on Him in the Taurat [Torah] and the Injeel [Gospel] and the Qur’an. And who is truer to his covenant than Allah? Then rejoice in the bargain which you have concluded. That is the supreme success.)

    (Indeed, We have sent Our Messengers with clear proofs, and revealed them the Scripture and the Balance [justice] that mankind may keep up justice. And We brought forth iron wherein is mighty power [in the matters of war], as well as many benefits for mankind, that Allah may test who it is that will help Him [His religion] and His Messengers in the unseen. Verily, Allah is All-Strong, All-Mighty.)

    (Verily, We will indeed make victorious Our Messengers and those who believe [in the Oneness of Allah—Islamic Monotheism] in this world’s life and on the Day when the witnesses will stand forth, [i.e. Day of Resurrection]–)

    (And those who believe in Allah and His Messengers and make no distinction between any of them [Messengers], We shall give them their rewards; and Allah is Ever Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.)

    (Verily, those who disbelieve in Allah and His Messengers and wish to make distinction between Allah and His Messengers [by believing in Allah and disbelieving in His Messengers] saying, “We believe in some but reject others,” and wish to adopt a way in between.)

    (They are in truth disbelievers. And We have prepared for the disbelievers a humiliating torment.)

    (It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decreed a matter they should have any option in their decision. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he has indeed strayed into a plain error.)

    (The Messenger [Muhammad [pbuh]) believes in what has been sent down to him from his Lord, and [so do] the believers. Each one believes in Allah, His Angels, His Books, and His Messengers. [They say]. “We make no distinction between one another of His Messengers” and they say, “We hear, and obey. [We seek] Your forgiveness, our Lord, and to You is the return (of all”).

    ([This is the] Revelation sent down from the Lord of the Alamin [mankind, jinn and all that exists].)

    ([He is Allah] Owner of High Ranks and Degrees, the Owner of the Throne. He sends the revelation by His Command to any of His slaves He wills, that he (the person who receives revelation) may warn (men) of the Day of Mutual Meeting [i.e. the Day of Resurrection].

    (And to warn those [Jews, Christians, and pagans] who say, “Allah has begotten a son [or offspring or children].”)

    (No knowledge have they of such a thing, nor had their fathers. Mighty is the word that comes out of their mouths [i.e. He begot sons and daughters]. They utter nothing but a lie.)

    (“He [Isa {Jesus}] said: “Verily, I am a slave of Allah, He has given me the Scripture and made me a Prophet;)

    (And when I (Allah) revealed to Al-Hawariyyun [the disciples of Isa [Jesus] to believe in Me and My Messenger, they said: “We believe. And bear witness that we are Muslims.)

    (Such is Isa [Jesus], son of Maryam [Mary]. [It is] a statement of truth, about which they doubt [or dispute].)

    (This is the truth from your Lord, so be not of those who doubt.)

    (Look, how they invent a lie against Allah, and enough is that as a manifest sin.)

    (And on the Day of Resurrection you will see those who lied against Allah [i.e. attributed to Him sons, partners] their faces will be black. Is there not in Hell an abode for the arrogant?)

    (Will they not turn with repentance to Allah and ask His Forgiveness? For Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.)

    (And what think those who invent a lie against Allah, on the Day of Resurrection? [i.e. Do they think that they will be forgiven and excused! Nay, they will have an eternal punishment in the Fire of Hell.] Truly, Allah is full of Bounty to mankind, but most of them are ungrateful.)

    (Your Ilah [God] is One Ilah [God-Allah, none has the right to be worshipped but He])

    (“And indeed, We created man from dried [sounding] clay of altered mud. And the jinn, We created aforetime from the smokeless flame of fire.”).

    (And I have created the jinn and men only to worship Me).

    (And whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers.”)

    Verses of the Qur’an compiled by:

    Jameela
    Messenger of Allah
    & Defender of Islam

    2 April 2011

    April 4, 2011 at 10:00 am | Reply
    • LaDonna

      Your name means "beautiful" but your thoughts and words are ugly. You say not to read the Qur'an but spend hours compiling verses from the Qur'an to condemn and curse people. I wish you had knowledge and understanding of Yeshua, Jesus of Nazareth, and the true meaning and significance of eucharist. You are living under Law instead of Grace and I say you are the slave, the slave to fear, hate, resentment, desire for others to suffer.

      If you yourself do not know,
      Most beautiful among women,
      Go forth on the trail of the flock
      And pasture your young goats
      By the tents of the shepherds.

      Peace be with you and a healing of heart and mind.

      April 4, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Reply
  24. C Cantu

    Islam is the root of ALL the Middle East problems. As opposed to European monarchs who have limited powers, all Muslim monarchs and leaders have appropriate for themselves 100% of their countries oil, natural and human resources. Caliphs, sultans and emirs can have hundreds of concubines while they only allow up to 4 to their subjects. Islam grants them divine rights to free or incarcerate people without questioning and to have always the last decision on any dispute. These leaders need to provide their people with common enemies and goals to unify and control them and at the same time keep their power and wealth, in this case, Israel, US, Europe and religion are the most logical targets. On the other hand, as long as Muslims pray 5 times a day, fast in Ramadan, travel to Mecca and pay the tithe to any mosque any other ethical or moral standard is futile and only serves to dominate their minds and souls.

    April 5, 2011 at 10:06 am | Reply

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