Haroon Siddiqui


Haroon Siddiqui, editorial writer for the Toronto Star, discusses his article “Qur’an burning is a political, not a theological, issue;” making the connection between the Afghan peoples’ sensitivity to Qur’an burning and the ten year military occupation of their country; the political obstacles preventing the US and NATO from calling it quits; and Newt Gingrich’s laughable threat to “say good bye and good luck” to those ungrateful Afghans.

MP3 here. (13:09)

Haroon Siddiqui is the author of Being Muslim. He has worked for Canadian newspapers in various positions since 1968 and currently writes editorials for the Toronto Star.

9 thoughts on “Haroon Siddiqui”

  1. Right on! But that is thanks to reserve currency status, which is no longer acceptable to other countries!
    Ben have been printing a lot of it. ADL is already relocating to Canada and China 😉
    Expect Chinrael. USrael is history! Question is, who’s the dumpee and who is the dumper. US better horry up and end this relationship before she becomes the dumpee!
    But little chance of that happening cos US congressmen are mostly stupid Buttheads waiting for Beavous.

  2. The Soviets where trying to make Afghans in to socialists and marxists which they are not. And they failed. Now America is trying to make Afghans in to capitalist and liberals which they are not. And it too will fail.

  3. 50% Religion — 50% Occupation

    This audio interview did more harm then good, as it warped the root cause of things, as the root cause not expressed in its proper perspective, this makes the solution impossible to comprehend.

  4. If you want to see the depravity and stupidity of some Americans, see the hashtag #ImSorryAfghanistan. Example: #ImSorryAfghanistan that more than half of all girls are married before they turn 15 #childbrides #rape #savages #Muslim #Islam. I'm posting a link to this article next. Beware trolls!

  5. Yes, after ten years, it is quite clear that nation building, as presently conceived, is a farcical concept. To have any chance of success the enemy must first be defeated and accept his defeat. This isn't even close to being accomplished in Afghanistan. Second, the cultural divide between the conquerer and the conquered must be bridged. Here, the cross-cultural ignorance and mutual animosity has been enlarged and is massive.

    To the thought that the Koran burning spat may be more of a political than a religious matter is an irrelevant distinction. Islam, as a comprehensive world view, demands strict compliance with their rules in every aspect of human endeavor.

    The Western ruling elites have portrayed and justified this war as being anti-terror. Very nice, everyone hates terror. But calling something terror does not enrich your understanding of the subject any more than calling something bad. We can't ever be sure of the enemy or how close to success we may be. Thus, we seem to be blindly stumbling along a self-destructive path of endless jousting with windmills.

    I expect we shall soon see the anti-terror brigades deploying under our children's beds to kill the boogie man; because there's nothing like an endless war against fear, terror and bad things to distract us from the eradication of our liberties. Happy, happy, joy, joy.

  6. Eloquent writing W.C. , but I do have a question.
    What Islam are you here describing? As far as I know there are 100s islamic denominations, just like christianity.
    Are you suggeting that all of those, even those you have not heard of, follow your description of ‘strict compliance’? Or that is something you think is the case?

  7. Touching the issue of burning the Korans – the lack of judgement, after 10 years of occupation, calls the competence of the leadership into question. If destruction was as necessary as it was apparently desired then why wasn't it accomplished discreetly as is done with classified materials? There are many, many of us out here who have handled and destroyed classified materials and the resultant violence is/was entirely avoidable.

    The excuse rendered as to why these were being burned (passed along messages) is insulting to thinking people. One could rationally conclude that being engaged in a "war on terror" requires the wisdom to keep "messages", or evidence.

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