The Crescent Report

December 2, 2009

MAHDI BRAY SPEAKS: Obama’s War

Filed under: Afghanistan, American-Politics, From the Desk of Imam Mahdi Bray — Imam Mahdi Bray @ 5:39 pm
Response from MAS Freedom Executive Director to President Obama’s Announcement of American Troop Escalation in Afghanistan
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WASHINGTON, DC (MASNET) Dec. 2, 2009 – President Barak Obama’s decision last night to escalate the war in Afghanistan does not square with his campaign to promise to be a President of change and to resist the train of doing business-as-usual in Washington. Rather, his policy appears to be the same soup just served in a more ornate bowl.

Afghanistan is not a war of necessity, but like Iraq it is a war of empire. As in the ancient history of the Roman Empire, we fight wars as an empire abroad, while at home our nation crumbles from within as exemplified by the nation’s impoverished, the staggering national debt, unemployment, housing foreclosures, shrinking middle-class, deteriorating infrastructure, the health care crisis, the collapse of public education in major cities, and the ever increasing un-affordability of higher education for our nation’s youth.
Unquestionably, the United States, as the world’s richest nation, is engaged in a war on one of the world’s poorest countries. The price of this flawed decision will be paid with the blood, suffering and broken hearts of our young troops, their loved ones and an even greater number of Afghan men, women and children.

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) advised that we should help our brother whether he is right or wrong. His companions responded, “Oh Prophet, we know how to help our brother when he is right, but how do we help him if he is wrong?” The Prophet responded, “Resist him.” Clearly President Obama’s decision to continue the pursuit of war in Afghanistan is wrong; and as citizens we should, with the utmost urgency, encourage our President to resist this course of action.

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1 Comment »

  1. “President Barak Obama’s decision last night to escalate the war in Afghanistan does not square with his campaign to promise to be a President of change and to resist the train of doing business-as-usual in Washington. Rather, his policy appears to be the same soup just served in a more ornate bowl.”

    Of course it counts as Change. Bush ignored Afghanistan because, in the words of Rumsfeld, there weren’t many good targets. Bush wanted to hit Iraq so pushed Afghanistan to the backburner as soon as possible. Obama is changing that. He’s trying to get out of Iraq and refocusing on Afghanistan.

    Comment by The BookGuy — December 2, 2009 @ 5:47 pm


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