Scott Horton Interviews Dean Ahmad

Scott Horton, May 16, 2011

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Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, founder of the Minaret of Freedom Institute, discusses the typically sycophantic White House response to Israel’s shooting of peaceful Nakba protesters; Israel’s core founding myth, especially to Americans: no indigenous population existed (a.k.a. there is no such thing as a Palestinian); Palestinian peace activists initiating a third, peaceful, intifada in the spirit of the Arab Spring revolutions; the unquestioned absurdity of Israel “defending its borders” of the occupied Syrian Golan Heights, from Syrians; the Egyptian-moderated Fatah/Hamas unity agreement for new elections and a functioning coalition government; the interminable “peace process” that remains fatally flawed while the US refuses to act as a genuine “honest broker;” and how the hopelessly-devoted US Congress sees Israel as a crucial domestic priority, not an object of foreign policy.

MP3 here. (21:14)

Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, Ph.D. is the President and director of the Minaret of Freedom Institute and an internationally known interdisciplinary scientist, author of Signs in the Heavens: A Muslim Astronomer’s Perspective on Religion and Science. He is a senior lecturer at the University of Maryland where he teaches courses on religion and progress and on religion, science and freedom. He also teaches a course on Islam, Science and Development at Georgetown University for the Center on Muslim-Christian Understanding.

6 Responses to “Dean Ahmad”

  1. I'm afraid that the Zionist lobby have this issue locked up. Why ? Well there isn't one politician or public figure that isn't terrified of being labeled 'anti-Semite' in this country and that is exactly what happens to those who dare speak out. We have all been indoctrinated by 10,000 WWII movies that anti-Semites are stark raving lunatics who march around screaming 'Seig Heil' and killing innocent people- and even being accused, never mind convicted, is enough to finish off any career forever.

  2. At least both Ron and Rand Paul have publicly pronounced that hey would end all aid to Israel as well as all other foreign recipients of American taxpayer dollars.

  3. Don't forget to mention the religious right.

  4. Don't forget they want the fighting fundie, end-of-the-world, vote.

  5. The shooting of innocent civilians is unacceptable but yet again the west won't grow a pair and condemn Israel. Ha! Protecting ''their'' border? They stole it from Syria.

  6. JERUSALEM — Israel's prime minister on Thursday gave a cool reception to President Barack Obama's Mideast policy speech, warning a withdrawal from the West Bank wold leave Israel vulnerable to attack and setting up what could be a tense meeting at the White House.

    “Bahrain is a long-standing partner, and we are committed to its security. We recognize that Iran has tried to take advantage of the turmoil there, and that the Bahraini government has a legitimate interest in the rule of law. Indeed, one of the broader lessons to be drawn from this period is that sectarian divides need not lead to conflict. In Iraq, we see the promise of a multi-ethnic, multi-sectarian democracy”.

    Is all oratory by the US/EU-NATO capitalism.., is in the systems nature talking for the US/NATO interests and continues of the same policies toward nations in Middle East.., one thing is for sure.., anything and everything that any US president been saying about a Palestinians states for last 20 years or so have turn out to be rhetoric saving the US and EU interests to begin with. The only change here is that Barack Hussein Obama is point out the notion presented by Saudis 5-10 years ago into his speech asking for Israel to go back to 1967 Israeli borders.., in that regard Israel already have rejected the idea.., which means that there is not going to be any peace no matter what Obama have said or going to say.

    Talking about peace between Islamic sects is yet another reelection party line based on Obama doctrine mimicking the Jimmy Carter doctrine.., regarding religious democracy and how to achieve it in Middle East.., but the idea behind democracy no matter how you look at it is not based on religion.., so by US and EU establishing and supporting Muslims Brotherhood is establishing another dictatorial regime which would not for work democracy and Israel will reject to that as well.

    Here, Iran and Iraq are example of what kind of ”democracy” that Obama is talking about.., or for that matter Bahrain and other royalty family his protecting., the brutality in murdering and displacing Sunnis or Shiiets or Christianity is a daily happening in Iraq, the brutal Saudis or Bahraini or Iranian regime killing of its people, the non existing freedom of speech, the non existing rights of women and whatever is there is only based on religious framed laws; therefore the notion that there will be a peace and democracy later in time is ridicules by itself.

    Having said that: democracy is a two way street leading to all other junctions.., limiting it then is going to be a one way street.., therefore, for last 50 years or so is all been talks and no actions from US or EU to force Israel to accept the fact that they cannot go around calling themselves the only democracy in the region while it is Israel who sabotaging the peace and forthcoming of a democratic government of Palestine.., so if Obama wants peace then Israel have to be forced to accept the peace plan accepting what the Palestinians are formed of.., if not then boycott the country and reject all kind of payment to Israel.., as US and EU have done to Iraq and doing it to other Arab nations.., then and only then you have proven that Obama doctrine is about democracy.., otherwise is just another reelection party line lies as before.

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