Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Iraq News Network on uniting the Progressive Left and Islam

Here's the New Fusion going the other way.

Via Front Page: an inteview with Bitish MP Galloway and Mohammad Basirul Haq Sinha on the Iraq News Network.

Note the picture of Saddam and Hugo Chavez (Chavez on Saddam: "...a brother") Here is the first question but it goes on and on if you can stomach it.

M.B.H.S.: You often call for uniting Muslim and progressive forces globally. How far is it possible under current situation?

Galloway: Not only do I think it's possible but I think it is vitally necessary and I think it is happening already. It is possible because the progressive movement around the world and the Muslims have the same enemies.

Their enemies are the Zionist occupation, American occupation, British occupation of poor countries mainly Muslim countries.

They have the same interest in opposing savage capitalist globalization which is intent upon homogenizing the entire world turning us basically into factory chickens which can be forced fed the American diet of everything from food to Coca-Cola to movies and TV culture. And whose only role in life is to consume the things produced endlessly by the multinational corporations.

And the progressive organizations & movements agree on that with the Muslims. Otherwise we believe that we should all have to speak as Texan and eat McDonalds and be ruled by Bush and Blair. So on the very grave big issues of the day-issues of war, occupation, justice, opposition to globalization-the Muslims and the progressives are on the same side.

But they now do have some other differences and they are nonetheless important. These are the very big issues that divide progressive organizations and Muslims. But they are fewer than people imagine and the more they want work together as I am doing and have been for many years with Muslims organizations and sincere as well as devout Muslims the fewer the differences are and the less the gap there seems to be. It's necessary because if we to use in English colloquialism "If we don't hang together we will all hang separately."

Our enemies are very powerful and they are currently ruling the world and if we don't stop them they will finish both of us and they will be the new tyrants, new emperors of the world for a very long time to come if we don't stop them. So it's necessary to unite these two great forces.

Thirdly it's already happening in Britain and the anti war movement. That precisely in London we did move millions of people the biggest demonstrations Britain has ever seen which was made up of hundreds of thousands of Muslims in UK and hundreds of thousands, more than a million other from the non Muslim population, hand in hand, black and white, Muslim-non Muslims, old and young, rural and urban all forged into one mighty mass-movement .They said "/No war on Iraq/" and "/Freedom for Palestine/".

Now as the organizer of those demonstrations and as the leader of the anti war movement I would be bound to say to you that this is the best model constructed anywhere in the world in my opinion. And if you compare for example the French situation where the French Left and the French Muslims who are 8 million strong are completely separate. This allowed Jacque Chirac to come along and tear the Hijaab of the young girls in France and nobody did anything about it!

The left is weaker and the Muslims are weaker because they are not together. Had they worked together Chirac would never dare. I tell you one thing Tony Blair would never dare to take away the Hijaab from the young girls in Britain. He won't try to do it because the unity between the Muslims and the progressive forces in Britain is too important and too strong.

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