BAGHDAD, Iraq (FinalCall.com)—(Editor’s note: The
following statement to the media was delivered July 7 by the
Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan in Baghdad. The Nation of
Islam leader visited Iraq as part of his current Peace Mission
to the Middle East and Africa.)
In The Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful.
First, I would like to thank our hosts and various ministries
for their reception of us. We met with the Ministry of Religious
Affairs, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Trade, the
Ministry of Oil, the Foreign Ministry, and the Vice President of
Iraq His Excellency Tahar Yasin Ramadan. All of them gave us a
very comprehensive understanding of the plight of the Iraqi
We found members of government to be in high spirit, despite the
threats of imminent war. We saw the people going about their
daily chores conducting their business, we saw much construction
going on, despite the threat of imminent war.
From all of the administration officials we received the same
statement: that they do not desire war. Their desire is peace,
but they will defend themselves if they are attacked.
The purpose of our Peace Mission was to encourage the unity of
Muslim leaders and the Muslim community so that they could speak
with one voice to the American administration, appealing to
President Bush and his nobler self to aid in the relief of the
pain and misery of the Palestinian people, and that the Muslim
community would speak with one voice against the war planned by
the United States against Iraq.
We believe that President Bush is not getting the best advice in
the decision that he made, reflected in his vision of peace for
the Middle East. I had hoped that he would have made a statement
that would give hope to the Palestinian people and lessen the
hatred that exists in the Arab and Muslim world for the American
Instead, the speech he made has only served to prove to the Arab
and Muslim world that the United States cannot under his present
administration be an honest broker for peace.
Therefore, the hatred for the American government and its
policies––not for the American people––is not subsiding, but
increasing. If the United States attacks Iraq, that hatred will
only be worse and the cycle of violence that is now seen in acts
that are called terrorist acts will only increase.
This is a delegation that stands against murder and war. We
believe we represent the vast majority of the American people.
We also believe that if the American people really understood
and knew the horror of the sanctions and what these sanctions
have produced of suffering among the Iraqi people, that the
American people would rise against such a policy and demand that
these sanctions be lifted.
U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark said “sanctions are a
weapon of mass destruction.” More than 1.6 million Iraqis have
died since the end of the war in 1991. At least 5,000 Iraqis
are dying each month that these sanctions continue.
We believe that the country of Iraq and the city of Baghdad
should be held as sacred because Iraq is a cradle of
civilization and is the birthplace of the Prophet Abraham, who
was the Friend of God and the father of modern monotheistic
belief, and the father of the three mainstreams of
monotheism–Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
So we are asking President Bush and the Congress, appealing to
the fairness of the American people, that before one American
soldier should be put in harm’s way, or one bomb dropped on
Iraq, that there should and there must be congressional
hearings. That this proposed war be debated, and that those who
desire war with Iraq, put before the American people the reasons
that justify such action and allow the scholars and scientists
who disagree with the Administration’s position to testify that
the American people may hear both sides of this question, and
then prevail upon our representatives in Congress to represent
the will of the majority of the American people, and not the
will of any lobby, no matter how strong that lobby may be.
It would be just and appropriate if the Congress of the United
States would invite representatives of the Iraqi government to
come before Congress of the United States and defend themselves
and their position.
In closing, no nation, no matter how powerful it may be, can
sustain its power if its evil outweighs its good and it exceeds
the limits in the doing of injustice. There is a force in nature
that God has placed in this universe that will move against an
individual, a nation or a world when it exceeds the limit and
becomes unjust in its behavior. Such was the case of Pharaoh.
Such was the case of Rome and Babylon, Sodom and Gomorrah,
Ancient Nineveh. We must not allow such to be the case for the
greatest and only remaining superpower, the United States of
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1-The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan talks to reporters in
Baghdad July 7. Photo: AFP
2-An Iraqi mother kisses her child in the hospital. Photo: