Mohamed Khodr’s Column
Secretary Powell, the most respected man in America and the only one in Bush’s administration with respect abroad, wrote a most important opinion piece published in the Post on November 10, 2002 entitled ‘Baghdad’s Moment of Truth. As Secretary of State the entire world listens to his opinion. Given America’s war on terrorism and the unjustified rush to war on Iraq, a contained sanctioned and militarily deprived nation for the last 11 years, which has inexplicably and suddenly become a nation of “immediate threat to US and world security”, it would only be logical that many Americans and foreign citizens would have written hundreds of letters and comments on Mr. Powell’s article. Contrary to the people’s opposition to war here and more so in Europe, the Post and other media outlets are beating the drums for war (see today’s Post editorial). America counsels parties to worldwide conflicts to seek peaceful resolutions and negotiations to end their conflicts and urges a break in the cycle of violence. Yet when it comes to the Middle East and Muslim nations America’s weapons are the favorite means to end conflicts, control “oil threats”, and ensure Israel’s superiority.
Now in the America I love being a “Muslim” negates my citizenship rights according to Attorney General Ashcroft and his Evangelist Supporters. When Jefferson originally wrote “all men are created equal” blacks were excluded, now “all men are created equal” excludes Muslims and minorities of color. We’ve come a long way in our history.
God bless the world and America with Peace, Honor, Morality, and Security.
Mr. Mohamed Khodr is an American Muslim physician and a native from the Middle East. He has worked in Academic Medicine and Public health with national and international health experience. He is a freelance writer who often writes columns on the Palestinian cause, Islam and on America’s Foreign Policy in the Middle East.