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 My Reflections

By Ibrahim Ebeid



New York City

March 16 , 2003

In unison, the World’s cry against the Anglo American aggression on Iraq thundered  “No war against 
Iraq” From Tokyo and Sydney in the East to San Francisco and Los Angeles in the West, millions of 
people went out to the streets chanting in unison “Peace now” No war for oil”, “ Do not kill the 
Iraqi people” “Stop the Bush Blair madness” and “Lift the sanctions now”.

More than 100,000 people demonstrated against Bush and his appetite for war in the Nation’s 
capital.  100,000 came out in San Francisco and well over 50,000 dare the heavy rain in the streets 
of Los Angeles to voice their opposition of this aggressive war.

Busses poured into Washington D.C. from several cities and states to take part in the rally and 
demonstration, some drove more than 20 hours, they came from places as far as Florida, Chicago, 
Maine, Boston Minnesota, etc.

Some people might ask, are these demonstrations and protests useful for stopping the war? Will they 
stop the US Administration from launching this war of aggression against Iraq? In my opinion, these 
protests are very important to expose the aggressive nature of those who favor the killing of the 
innocent Iraqi people, especially the children, women and the old.

President Bush is converting the United States into an aggressive country and anointing himself to 
be the most powerful tyrant of the World. With his zealous distorted “Christian” belief, he thinks 
that he is divine. His motto, “If you are not with us you are against us”. Mr. Bush is, arrogantly, 
challenging the World. His reasoning is blinded by power.  He failed to rally the World behind him. 
The United Nations is opposing him and opposing his plans. Over a hundred Cities in the United 
States passed anti war resolutions and the latest was New York City where the tragic events of 
September 11 took place.

He is creating enemies and I am afraid that he is becoming the Godfather of terror. Unfortunately 
the media has become an active tool in causing the people to live in continuous nightmare. 
September 11 is becoming a pretext for thousands of similar massacres to be committed in Iraq by 
the US armed forces commanded by Mr. Bush.

While I am writing my reflections, a global vigil is taking place, my area included. People are in 
the streets concentrating in main spots in the cities or in front of their homes solemnly carrying 
candles hoping that the light might enlighten the hearts of those who are geared towards war and 

The Global Vigil is endorsed by Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who recently said: 
"On Sunday evening people in every corner of the globe will shine beacons of light throughout the 
world.  May our candles rekindle the light of reason and hope so that war will be averted in Iraq 
and peace will prevail in the world."

I am afraid that all the efforts that are taking place in the United Nations led by France, Russia 
and Germany or by the people of the World, might fail in stopping the aggression. They might fail 
indeed because the Arab and Muslim rulers are living in a different World, away from reality and 
away from their people. The Suez Canal is under the aggressor’s command; warships are passing 
through to position themselves in the Red Sea to rain missiles of death on the Iraqi people. The 
Arabian Sea and the Arabian Gulf are occupied and American and British battleships will send hell 
on Iraq and its people. The Arab Gulf States are bases and fortresses for the forces of evil and 
they are the points of departures for the horrible war.

Iraq is a rich country.  Before the war of 1991, it was the most advanced, the most prosperous in 
the Arab and Muslim World. Iraq was the first country in the Third World to break the barrier of 
technology, which was forbidden by Washington and its allies. Iraq was and still is the only Arab 
country that is not compromising the Palestinian cause. It believes that Palestine is Arab and must 
be liberated from the River to the Sea. It is the only country that is supporting and helping the 
Palestinian people. Of course the Iraq stance did not please the Zionist entity and its partner the 
United States and for this reason it was singled out. It was singled out for” Oil…Oil… Oil and 

We learned through a trusted source that before passing the unjust Resolution 1441 Iraq was 
approached to recognize the Zionist entity  “Israel” and accept two million Palestinian refugees to 
be relocated in Iraq for the sanctions to be lifted. Iraq believing in the just cause of Palestine 
and in the right of the Palestinians to return home rejected this offer as it had rejected many 
offers of the same kind over the last decade.

Are the Arab rulers indeed anti war and pro Palestinians? If they
 were, then why do they not stand with Iraq and Palestine? If they firmly do, then the war would be 
avoided for they are the only ones who can stop American and Zionist aggression

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