Genocide by West perpetrated on mass scale

PUBLISHED : Friday, 04 October, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 04 October, 1996, 12:00am

I refer to the letters from Sylvia L. Santayana, headlined, 'Double standard' and from Charles Marshall headlined, 'Saddam to blame' (South China Morning Post, September 18 and 23 respectively). Everyone has the right to express his own views.

As a Muslim, I respect the faith and beliefs of others. I didn't say in my earlier letter that all Muslims are good. As with all religions, there are both good and bad Muslims, good and bad rulers. My concern is with those people who are caught 'in between', victims of war instigated by 'war-freaks'.

Anyone who saw CBS news interviews with the US soldiers in the Gulf and their families, will also understand their agony and traumas. However, the West's crimes worldwide are horrendous. Since World War II, more than 30 million people have been killed around the world and the overwhelming majority have been Muslims.

Bosnia, Kashmir, Afghanistan, Somalia, Chechnya, Lebanon, Palestine, Libya and Iraq are some of the more recent examples in which genocide by the West and its proxies has been perpetrated on a mass scale. And the ones who are the victims of these injustices, are also the victims of economic (food and medicine) sanctions and 'no-fly zones' imposed by the Zionist West. And how about the buried landmines which kill and maim innocent men, women and children all over the world? Is the West exempted from the charge of violator of human rights, because it is, collectively, a super-power and can dictate to the United Nations? Allow me to quote a beautiful verse in the Koran, Sura 109: 1-6: 'Say, O ye that reject faith, I worship not that which ye worship, Nor will ye worship that which I worship. And I will not worship that which ye have been wont to worship. Nor will ye worship, that which I worship. To you be your way, and to me mine.' You may be right in your judgment or I may be right in my judgment, only God knows. Hold fast to Truth, 'in scorn of consequence'.

MOHAMED ALLI DIN Chairman United Muslim Association of Hong Kong