Ikhras’ friend and guest contributor Roqayah Chamseddine bravely stood up to mass murderer Donald Rumsfeld (she is the second activist in the below video). The day any of the House Arabs and House Muslims confront a war criminal this way, or at least stops collaborating with imperialism and Zionism, Ikhras will be happy to stop writing about them on its pages.
This is how you handle a war criminal. Not by dining with them as Hussein Ibish did with “Israel’s” ambassador Michael Oren or like ISNA’s leadership stuffs its faces at the White House. Not by hosting them as keynote speakers at your convention as ADC has done with Colin Powell and Bill Clinton (Barack Obama almost made the list but rejected ADC’s invitation, which was deservedly humiliating). Not by working with the empire’s diplomatic arm like Faisal Abdul Rauf, Dean Obeidallah and Radwan Ziadeh. Not by working within the system like James Zogby.
It took Roqayah courage to confront Rumsfeld not only because she disregarded the fears the Arab and Muslim community senses under the yoke of the attacks on civil liberties, but also because the audience’s reaction to the first activist indicated the crowd was hostile and afforded more value to the empire’s figureheads than to Arab blood.
Kudos to both Roqayah and her co-protester for rejecting complacency and docility. Their example inspires us.
See Roqayah’s eloquent contributions to Ikhras at: http://ikhras.com/tag/roqayah-chamseddine/