DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA (FinalCall.com) - Of all the
hundreds of thousands of words that the Honorable Minister Louis
Farrakhan has in fact uttered thus far on an historic 10-nation
Peace Mission to the Middle East and Africa, it is 15 words,
which the Muslim leader did not say, that have gotten the most
|The Hon. Louis Farrakhan
Various news agencies, including Reuters,
Agence France Presse (AFP), the British Broadcasting Corp.
(BBC), Cable News Network (CNN), Associated Press (AP) and
United Press International (UPI) reported on the Nation of Islam
leader’s meetings with Iraqi government officials during a two
day visit July 6 and 7.
UPI alone, misquoted from an official Iraqi
News Agency (INA) report that Min. Farrakhan said: “the Muslim
American people are praying to (sic) the almighty God to grant
victory to Iraq.” That statement is a fabrication by UPI.
this climate of patriotism they want to make
Louis Farrakhan look like the enemy."
What INA in fact reported of a meeting Min.
Farrakhan held with Dr. Abdul Mun’im Salih, Minister of
Endowments and Religious Affairs, was that the Nation of Islam
leader “confirmed that Iraqi people heroism is (sic) a
distinctive and that Muslim people in U.S. are praying to
Almighty God to support Iraq under the leadership of President
When first asked on July 10, by Chicago’s
WMAQ-TV host Nesita Kwan about the story, printed in The
Chicago Sun-Times, Min. Farrakhan was emphatic. “No, that
absolutely is not true. The victory for Iraq as well as for the
United States of America would be peace so that no United States
soldier would be put in harm’s way, or one bomb dropped on the
“That would be a victory for both sides and
that’s the victory that I and those with me are praying for. Not
a war and a victory, but peace as the victory for both sides.”
The false report—first unsigned by UPI from
Baghdad on July 6, and then by UPI reporter Thanaa Imam from
Damascus, Syria—was published by The Washington Times and
by the Chicago newspaper, signed by staff reporter Dave Newbart
on July 9.
Then, in an advisory for radio talk show
hosts labeled “Hot Buttons” published at 3:15 a.m. July 10 and
authored by Alex Cukan at UPI’s “Life and Mind Desk,” the news
agency raised the question: “Is Farrakhan more a member of the
Nation of Islam than he is an American?”
“This is the mischief of United Press
International,” the Muslim leader told syndicated radio program
host Tom Joyner on July 11. “I went for peace and not for war.
This is what Louis Farrakhan went there for.
“So the mischief-makers are trying to say
that Louis Farrakhan now has joined an enemy Saddam Hussein, and
is a traitor. And in this climate of patriotism they want to
make Louis Farrakhan look like the enemy,” he continued.
“Well, the enemy is not Louis Farrakhan.
The enemy is errant, wicked policies of the United States
government that our people and the American people are not
familiar with; know nothing about.
“I’m standing up for those who have no
voice but want to speak. For those who are afraid to speak, I
represent them,” Min. Farrakhan told the popular radio host.
“For those in the Congress who don’t want to speak because they
don’t want to look like they are traitors or what not, I speak
for them. And in aspects of truth, I think I speak for Colin
Powell in certain things that he would like to say that he can’t
say because he’s in an administration that’s pushing for war.
us have the debate in the American society and let the American
people decide and our representatives in Congress represent the
will of the American people and not the will of any powerful
Photo credit, Kenneth Muhammad