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Friday, June 11, 2010

Orang Melayu Ditipu Dengan Momokan “Ketuanan Melayu” – Tok Guru Nik Aziz

“Jangan dibiarkan orang-orang Melayu terus ditipu hidup-hidup dengan momokan ‘Ketuanan Melayu’ yang merupakan dongengan pemimpin Umno,”-Tok Guru Nik Aziz.

NOTA EDITOR: Momokan “Ketuanan Melayu” semata-mata mahu mengekalkan perompak dan penyamun tarbus di kedudukan berkuasa sahaja. Penyamun tarbus itu kita semua kenali bernama UMNO.

Kita lihat hasil dari slogan “Ketuanan Melayu” negara Malaysia yang kaya raya ini telah hampir bankrap. Soalan saya, apa yang “Ketuanan Melayu” dapat berikan kepada orang Melayu secara umum. Yang meraih laba dari slogan “Ketuanan Melayu” hanyalah kroni-kroni UMNO semata-mata.

Contoh paling mudah: Mengapa UMNO gagal mengharamkan judi dan arak sama sekali bagi orang Melayu/Islam?.

Apa gunanya Ketuanan Melayu kalau ajaran asas Islam pun tidak mampu dilaksanakan oleh UMNO?

Momokan “Ketuanan Melayu” cuma untuk mengkayakan kroni dan UMNOPUTRA.

Nik Aziz: Jadikan PAS alternatif efektif bagi Muslim Melayu Oleh G. Manimaran June 10, 2010

KOTA BARU, 10 Jun — PAS, rakan komponen Pakatan Rakyat, perlu mempunyai daya penarik yang efektif kepada kaum Melayu dalam menghadapi pilihan raya umum ke-13, kata Mursyidul Am PAS, Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat malam tadi.

Sehubungan itu Menteri Besar Kelantan berkata, PAS perlu mendapat sokongan Melayu dengan kadar yang lebih banyak bagi memastikan kemenangan parti itu, sekali gus menggantikan Umno.

“Kita mahu menjadikan PAS sebagai parti yang menarik kepada Muslim Melayu.
“Semoga dengan jumlah 110 kerusi parlimen yang majoritinya Muslim, akan berlaku suatu pendekatan terbaik bagi menjamin kemenangan Islam setidak-tidaknya kesemua kerusi yang PAS bertanding,” kata Nik Aziz.

“Pilihan raya umum yang ke-12 dan siri pilihan raya kecil yang berlaku selepasnya, termasuklah terbaru di Hulu Selangor dan Sibu, jelas sekali bagaimana Barisan Nasional telah ditolak secara total oleh pengundi bukan Melayu.

“Hari ini, tidak dinafikan bahawa yang menjadi tongkat Barisan Nasional ialah pengundi Melayu.

“Saya suka mengingatkan agar memerhati perkembangan ini dengan serius,” katanya.
Nik Aziz berkata demikian semasa berucap merasmikan Muktamar Tahunan Dewan Ulama, Pemuda dan Muslimat serentak di Pusat Tarbiyah Islamiah Kelantan, Pengkalan Chepa dekat sini malam tadi.

Dengan mengambil kira perkembangan sepanjang dua tahun lalu, tegas Nik Aziz, PAS perlu bergerak cergas mulai sekarang bagi mendapatkan sokongan orang Melayu dengan membawa Islam sebagai ideologi perjuangan parti.

Nik Aziz berbual dengan Ketua Dewan Muslimat Nuridah Mohd Salleh (kanan) selepas merasmikan Muktamar Tahunan Dewan Pemuda, Muslimat dan Ulama serentak di Kota Baru malam tadi.

“PAS sebagai alternatif kepada Umno perlu bergerak dengan lebih cergas dalam meraih sokongan pengundi Melayu.

“Jangan dibiarkan orang-orang Melayu terus ditipu hidup-hidup dengan momokan ‘Ketuanan Melayu’ yang merupakan dongengan pemimpin Umno,” katanya.

Nik Aziz menambah, orang-orang Melayu perlu diingatkan bahawa kris yang dijulang oleh pemimpin Umno “bukannya untuk memperjuangkan Melayu tetapi hanyalah untuk merobek perpaduan kaum dan menikam bangsa sendiri yang tidak sehaluan dengan mereka.”
“Buktinya, Kelantan sebagai negeri yang majoritinya Melayu dinafikan hak untuk mendapatkan royalti minyak daripada buminya sendiri.

“Projek-projek pembangunan daripada pusat semuanya diserahkan kepada jabatan mereka sendiri. Semacam kerajaan Kelantan sekarang tidak sah dan pegawai-pegawai tidak berpelajaran, lemah dan korup,” kata Nik Aziz yang menerajui Kelantan sejak 1990.
Secara kebetulan muktamar tahunan PAS termasuk ketiga-tiga sayapnya diadakan di Kota Baru memperingati dua dekad pemerintahan PAS di Kelantan.

Dalam ucapannya, beliau juga meminta ketiga-tiga sayap PAS membuat satu panduan terperinci dalam mendapatkan kepercayaan orang Melayu untuk menghadapi pilihan raya umum akan datang.

Ini kali pertama muktamar tahunan ketiga-tiga sayap dirasmikan secara serentak.
Nik Aziz menambah, demi memastikan orang-orang Melayu turut bersama PAS dalam pelayaran bahtera perubahan ini, “PAS perlu bergerak dengan lebih efektif agar dterima rakyat.”

“Jika ditanya Kelantan apakah formulanya, saya suka menjawab bahawa formulanya ialah mendidik jiwa rakyat dengan agama, suburkan sanubari mereka dengan taqwa kepada Allah agar hati mereka tidak mati, tidak keras untuk menerima siraman hujan kebenaran,” katanya.

Nik Aziz menambah, usaha ini perlu dilakukan setiap masa, bukan lima tahun sekali tatkala menjelang pilihan raya.
“Bahkan perlulah sentiasa memilih antara laluan fujuraha (maksiat) dan laluan taqwaha (ketaqwaan).

“Inilah beza antara jemaah Islam dan sekular. Pada sudut inilah, saya meletak harapan besar kepada Dewan Ulama, Dewan Pemuda dan Dewan Muslimat agar meletakkan keutamaan menguasai sasaran lebih besar pengundi Muslim Melayu,” katanya.


25 comments:

Anonymous said...

alahai..
1.takpa!takpa!lepas ni nik aziz dapat dakwah puak dap!
2.Lepas ni!kit siang!guan eng!sivarasa!kalpal singh akan peluk islam!
3.lepas ni!sebuah negara islam akan dapat ditegakkan dimalaysia!
4.Lepas ni!semua kedai judi!kedai arak!tak dak lagi dimalaysia!
5.Lepas ni!lepas ni!lepas ni......
semuanya akan jadi anak cucu pak kaduk!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous June 11, 2010 12:05 PM

"...Lepas ni!kit siang!guan eng! sivarasa! kalpal singh akan peluk islam!..."

Pada fahaman aku, kau ni macam susah hati je bila Nik Aziz berkempen kepada ahli PAS supaya berdakwah juga pada orang yang bukan islam..?

Kau keturunan abu jahal ke.....?

Sebenarnya kit siang!guan eng! sivarasa! kalpal singh tidak perlu peluk islam tetapi memadailah kalau mereka memahami peraturan dan undang-undang islam. Itu lebih baik dari pelok islam macam ahli UMNO Baru yang munafik..!

Apakah imej presiden UMNO Baru memang dipandang hina didalam dan luar negara maka presiden UMNO Baru guna khidmat APCO untuk jadi mulia..?

Apakah imej presiden UMNO Baru kini sudah mulia...?

Kenapa presiden UMNO a.k.a Perdana Menteri luluskan lesen judi bola sedangkan judi itu tidak baik diamalkan oleh semua bangsa dan agama.

Selepas itu kata lesen judi bola belum dikeluarkan....? Cakap berdolak dalik macam orang mabuk.... Apakah perdana menteri dah minum arak pulak..?

Pernahkah Perdana Menteri Malaysia membaca sebuah doa dihadapan khalayak ramai untuk kesejahteraan rakyat Malaysia...?

Lepas ni!lepas ni!lepas ni......
semua ahli UMNO Baru akan jadi baruah kepada anak cucu pak kaduk!!!!!!!!

"Jangan marah aa.... nanti kena jual"

Grand Marquis said...

Sebenarnya kit siang!guan eng! sivarasa! kalpal singh tidak perlu peluk islam tetapi memadailah kalau mereka memahami peraturan dan undang-undang islam. Itu lebih baik dari pelok islam macam ahli UMNO Baru yang munafik..!

Ni adalah antara contoh kejahilan puak penyokong PAS.

Nabi S.A.W. menyeru orang kepada akidah Islam. Untuk peluk Islam. Untuk selamat dari neraka dan mendapat syurga. La ni ada umat akhir zaman yang rasa dia lebih pandai. Kata orang tak perlu peluk Islam, memadai paham peraturan dan undang-undang Islam. Apakah memahami peraturan dan undang-undang Islam akan selamatkan orang-orang ni di akhirat kelak? Apakah prioriti kita? mengajak orang mengesaan Allah atau mengaja orang terima hukum Islam?

Anonymous said...

usah bermain2 dengan agama. kalau kail panjang sejengkal, usah diduga lautan yang dalam.

Jangan mentafsir agama mengikut kehendak nafsu serakah.

Orang kafir tak perlu masuk islam untuk menetap di dalam sebuah negara islam. memadailah mereka menerima peraturan yang dibuat oleh islam. Kalau semua orang disekitar Rasullullah adalah islam, maka tiadalah pula contoh ajaran Rasullullah yang melibatkan berbuat baik dengan orang kafir. Orang islam menunjukkan tauladan yang baik dalam mengurus kehidupan sudah tentu itu merupa dakwah yang paling berkesan untuk mengajak orang kafir masuk islam

Anonymous said...

grand marquis.

Setahu saya, tiada paksaan dalam Islam. Tunjukkan dulu keindahan sikap pemimpin dan org2 islam itu sendiri akan menarik mrk memeluk Islam.

Tapi, kalau mrk tengok perangai grand marquis dan ahli2 umno baru skrg @ penyokong zionis apco, org bkn melayu pun tak teringin mendekati Islam.

Umno Baru = Zionis Apco = PENYAMUN TARBUS dilaknati Allah.

PM org Islam tapi halalkan segala judi di negara org Islam majoriti. Org munafik lebih bahaya dari kafir.

Anonymous said...

//Untuk selamat dari neraka dan mendapat syurga.//

alo grand..me toning down me attacks on ya..wokey..selamat dri neraka pi syrga doesnt reflect Prophet Muhamad's SAW spiritual journey..Prophet Muhamad SAW spirtual journey was covering simaltaneously the heavens n hells ..it was a remarkable double movement of ascend and descend and then entering the aspects of the absolute/supreme/lord/infinit/THE MOTHER mentioned as Paradise,Kalam Of Allah/The Self Of Allah/The Supreme Self which is beyond heavens n hells..dats why islamic spiritual tradition cakap pasai "golden chain",ascend n descend etc etc...ini ascend n descend punya pasai,earth,man n others can be transformed becos forces from above connects forces down below..and that is how islam gained its power..

Anonymous said...

Bukan saja ditipu..melayu telah dirompak,telah dibrainwashkan oleh puak dayus melayu

MALAYSIABARU said...

malaysiabaru.com said,

orang melayu dah lama kena tipu..

'melayu di kampung kena minum pemberian najis rm60 juta bila tiba pilihanraya... jadi darah daging ... bahlol seumur hidup...

orang melayu perlu miskin seumur hidup seupaya golongan kaya rasuah(umno) bol;eh berlagak hero...tabur duit bila tiba pilihanraya... di sogok terus ke dalam mulut melayu tak kira di tepi jalanraya atau do saat ada pilihanraya

sogok..sgok..sogok bn kaki sogok

petikan

www.malaysiabaru.com/blog.html

Anonymous said...

GM.... org2 ni Semua dh Tak boleh Buat apa Dah. Hati Dah hitam. Beranggapan dia je betul. Yg Tak sokong dia Semua Salah, kafir & Mcm2 lg. Kalu sokong dia akan dipuja, dipuji, dijilat walau pun kapal sing, guang ong, janji satu kapal dgn dia. Aku tgk juak2 pakatan rkyt ni Kalau perintah m'Sia lg jahanam, hancus. Bayangkn Kalu tpm ada 2, 3. Nak jd apa? Kena jual la Kita. Kroni konon, kid sian dgn anknyer tu apa cerita, tgna dgn menantunya, hai labu2.. TB ko pindah jEk la dr m'Sia ni, gi dduk ngan raja petra kt sanun tu Bole ko usap Kepala dia Hari2, Tak yah sebok fitnah sana sini.. Amacam ada brani?

Anonymous said...

Grand Marquis said...

"....La ni ada umat akhir zaman yang rasa dia lebih pandai. Kata orang tak perlu peluk Islam, memadai paham peraturan dan undang-undang Islam. Apakah memahami peraturan dan undang-undang Islam akan selamatkan orang-orang ni di akhirat kelak?.."

Kau dengan anony 12:05 2x5 saja...

Kau pernah dengar ceramah agama kristian digereja..?

Kau pernah dengar ceramah agama hindu dan buddha dalam dewan agamanya..?

Kalau kau tak pernah dengar ceramah agama kristian, hindu dan buddha... cuba tanya orang yang menganut agama tersebut.

Apakah dalam agama mereka itu ada atau tidak menyebut yang bermaksud tuhan, syurga, neraka, syaitan, dewa-dewa (malaikat), perbuatan baik dan jahat...?

Dan kau tanya juga mereka itu... antara agama mereka dengan agama islam mana yang lebih baik sehingga penganutnya mudah masuk syurga...?

Sila bandingkan jawapan mereka dengan kefahaman kau seperti diatas....

Allah hanya satu dan esa... tetapi Dia mencipta 4 kitab yang diagihkan kepada empat kumpulan manusia yang berlainan fahaman dalam beragama. Kenapa Allah berkelakuan begitu..?

Mengapa penganut seperti kamu mengatakan bahawa Islam adalah agama paling selamat diakhirat. Apa fakta dan bukti sehingga kamu boleh mengatakan begitu..?

Cuba kamu lihat penganut islam dalam parti UMNO Baru...? Apa yang mereka lakukan dalam pentadbiran kerajaan BN.... ?

Apakah mereka penganut islam sedang membuat kebaikan untuk selamat diakhirat atau sedang membuat kejahatan untuk keneraka...? Rakyat sedang memerhatikan tingkah laku mereka.

Orang kafir tidak akan masuk islam kalau melihat perangai ahli UMNO Baru yang mengaku beragama islam.

Mereka akan berkata " ahli UMNO Baru lebih kafir dari orang kafir..."

ikan todak said...

To Grand Marquis yang bijaksana, tapi bukan bijaksini
:
Trust me...Kit Siang, Karpal, Tian Chua, Guan Eng, dll tu semua dah paham ttg Islam...Nak suruh mengucap pun mungkin mereka dah hafal..Skrg ni, cuma mereka tak dpt hidayah je utk beriman kpd Allah SWT..Jadi, sekurang-kurangnya kalau mereka dpt menghormati dan memahami peraturan-peraturan Islam pun dah kira cukup baik...Lebih baik drpd mengaku Islam dan perjuangkan Islam, tapi luluskan lesen judi & arak...Dan lagi teruk, orang yang menyokong mereka yang meluluskan lesen-lesen tersebut, mcm Grand Marquis ni...

zakwan said...

GM tak ori
Who are you to talk about whether non Muslim Pakatan MPs understanding Islam or not?
Must I bring up the fact that in its 60 year existence,UMNO has done absolutely NOTHING in spreading the message of Islam among its component parties in BN?

The results?
A certain Chinese leader committing extramarital affair and ended up having a sex tape, Samy Vellu insulting the Quran,MCA ridiculing Islamic laws among others

Penang under Tsu Koon has done very little to the Muslims there compared to what YB Guan Eng has done in the past 2 years

What Anon 2:53 meant was that non Muslim Pakatan leaders mentioned may not be Muslim from an ibadah perspective but they are Muslims by character and conduct unlike majority of UMNO who are only Muslim by name but conduct themselves in a very kafir fashion

Bottom line,what UMNO failed to do in 60 years,PAS has tremendously succeeded in a mere 2 years

As fellow Muslims,let us all pray so that Kit Siang, Guan Eng, Sivarasa and the likes of them 2 one day convert to Islam
We should pray so that Soi Lek, Samy, Tsu Koon and the likes of them 2 hav a deeper understanding of Islam
Would you agree with me on that,GM?(that is if you are a Muslim?)

ahmad said...

Urgent prayer needed for our nation !


Date: Sunday, 6 June, 2010, 9:23 PM
Written by Dr. Tan Kee Kwong HP 012 2898577

Dear Sir

I write this letter with a very heavy heart. Just to put things in perspective. Finally after much soul searching I joind Keadilan in August 2008.

From 1999 to 2004 I was Barisan National Deputy Minister of Land and Cooperatives. My Minister Tan Sri Kasitah Gadam put me in charge of answering questions in Parliament regarding all Falda matters. In 2004, before Najib began meddling in Felda affairs. Felda was the pride of the oilpalm industry. It had 75 oil palm mills, assets of RM 7 Billion and a cash hoard of RM 4.5 Billion.

What I just heard upset me so much. I publicly accuse Najib of single handed destroying Felda! As of now out of the huge cash hoard of RM 4.5 Billion, only RM 200 Million is left. In actual fact with the record price of CPO for the past few years, Felda if managed properly should have cash reserves of RM 6 Billion! The reverse has happened and now it has only a pathetic sum left.

When Najib became Deputy Prime Minister, he put himself in charge of Felda. He gave the lame excuse that his late father Tun Razak started Felda, he should continue the family tradition of looking after Felda. In fact if the late Tun Razak khows what Najib has done to Felda , Tun Razak will turn in his grave. The same goes for the former Chairman of Felda, Tan Sri Raja Alias. Tan Sri Raja Alias did a excellent job in looking after Felda. The real reason why a very busy Deputy Prime Minister wants to micro manage Felda is now very clear, he wanted to have access to the huge cash hoard of Felda. What took 40 long years to build up Najib destroyed it in 5 short years.

On another note, I just heard on NTV 7 news that the BN government is going to buy 3 special ships for our Navy costing RM 2.2 Billion! Just a few days ago Dato Idris Jala announced that if we do not watch out, we will be like Greece in 9 years time. If things are so bad how can the Government justify spending so much money to buy ships, Money that Dato Idris Jala says we do not have.

So it is very clear that the Pakatan Rakyat MUST take over the Federal Government in Putrajaya in the next General Election. This is our priority to save the country. If the Pakatan takes over in 20 years time it will be too late, the country will really be bankrupt. So fellow Malaysians open your eyes to see how this country is destroyed by the greedy and corrupt politicains from UMNO/BN. Kick them out of Putrajaya! Register as a voter now!
MY PRAYER THAT THE TRUTH WILL EMERGE SMOOTHLY IN ITS PERS[ECTIVE. ~Aq

Anonymous said...

Bismillahirahmaanirrahiim !

“BAHAWA SESUATU BANGSA YANG TIDAK PUNYA KUASA DI ATAS TANAH, AIR, API DAN ANGIN [ALAM SEKITAR dan KOMUNIKASI] ADALAH BANGSA YANG BANGSAT”

***PEMBAGUNAN KAMPUNG BAHRU DAN TANAH KEPUNYAAN MELAYU DI KUALA LUMPUR.***

Pada 11 Mei 1993 saya telah MENULIS SURAT KEPADA DATUK BANDAR KUALA LUMPUR, DATUK DR MAZLAN BIN HAJI AHMAD MENEGUR DAN MENCADANGKAN SUPAYA TANAH ORANG MELAYU DIKONGSI DENGAN LEMBAGA TABUNG HAJI (LTH)

Surat itu di beri salinan kepada
1. DS Dr Mahathir, P.M.
2. DS. Haji Anwar bin Ibrahim TPM
3. Dk. Sulaiman bin Hashim, Pengurusi LTH
4. Pengurusi Dewan Perniagaan Melayu
Malaysia.

Kepada LTH saya mencadangkan menambah dengan memeihon supaya diberikan biasiswa kepada anak pemegang saham dan pekerjaan kepada orang Melayu berkaitan dengan tanah dan pembangunan yang begitu luas.

LTH ada menjawab panjang ...dan merujuk bahawa Akta 8, LTH 1969 dan Akta 168...sebuah badan berkanun milik penuh oleh Kerajaan Malaysia.

Jawapan dan surat kepada beberapa pemimpin atasan UMNO dan lain, seperti soal pendidikan, bahasa, ekonomi dan pertanian boleh dibaca dalam buku berbentuk Majallah

Dr Ahmad Kamar : MANIFESTO KITA. (60 halaman)
Majallah tersebut boleh dibaca di perpustakaan universiti dan Perpustakaan Negara.

BAGI SAYA PERIBADI BERPEGANG
BAHAWA SESUATU BANGSA YANG TIDAK PUNYA KUASA DI ATAS TANAH, AIR, API DAN ANGIN [ALAM SEKITAR dan KOMUNIKASI] ADALAH BANGSA YANG BANGSAT.

MAAF. ~Ahmad Kamar

Grand Marquis said...

Dakwah zaman Nabi S.A.W., bila turunnya hukum haram arak, orang yang sedang minum arak tu terus campak buang arak. Jalan-jalan sekitar Madinah dibasahi arak yang dibuang oleh orang Islam.

Sebab apa? Sebab dakwah zaman Nabi adalah menguatkan akidah. Bila akidah kuat, perlaksanaan hukum jadi mudah. Orang zaman dulu, mereka terima tauhid la illah ha illaallah dulu baru mereka terima syariat Islam.

Orang zaman sekarang, terbalik. Mereka nak orang terima syariat dulu, tapi tak perlu kepada tauhid. Jadi korang pikirkan sendirilah.

Saya malas argue benda ni, cuma saya kata dakwah Nabi S.A.W. masuk melalui pintu akidah dulu baru syariat. Tapi orang hari ini merasa diri mereka lebih baik dari Nabi S.A.W. sehingga mereka boleh utamakan syariat dari akidah.

Pandai-pandailah korang yang kononnya hebat tarbiah pikirkan sendiri.

Anonymous said...

[Yusufali 2:213] Mankind was one single nation, and Allah sent Messengers with glad tidings and warnings; and with them He sent the Book in truth, to judge between people in matters wherein they differed; but the People of the Book, after the clear Signs came to them, did not differ among themselves, except through selfish contumacy. Allah by His Grace Guided the believers to the Truth, concerning that wherein they differed. For Allah guided whom He will to a path that is straight.

The truth of the supreme has been turned upside down by theologions n intellectual..interpreting the mysteries of Allah by using our ego logic,limited mental capacities has only brought 1 result,and that is DISASTER!!

[Yusufali 12:41] Seest thou not that it is Allah Whose praises all beings in the heavens and on earth do celebrate, and the birds (of the air) with wings outspread? Each one knows its own (mode of) prayer and praise. And Allah knows well all that they do.

[Yusufali 13:3] The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.
[Yusufali 13:10] And made the night as a covering,
[Yusufali 14:33] And by the Night as it retreateth,

Convert whom to what?Whats' the objective of Islam?To recognise and submit to the SUPREME which has 99 attrbutes and more!And is it the only dharma thats speaks of the abolute,the HE,the vast,the supreme,the infinite?No!!What islam has brought to mankind was the dynamic aspects of the supreme consciousness which was missing in buddhism n taosim..taoism n buddhism reaches the summits of the unmanifest aspect of the absolute(but taoism does speak of infinite possibilitees in the void/unmanifest)..and what about the true meaning of self giving/surrender?..the truth about self giving/surrender/submission was known to the vedic sages/seers n its one of the fundemental commands of sri krishna to arjuna..if we study very very very carefully the spiritual journey of the ancient vedic seers(the beings that that they see,the heavens that they climb until they reach the absolute/the suopreme,and the gods that guide them towards the aboslute),it appears so similar to Prophet Muhamads very own spiritual journey,who was guided by the archangel Israfil towards the heavens/hells n into the supreme kingdom of Paradise which is penuh dengan divine beings n then into the self of allah which tak boleh ditafsirkan..only infinite stillnes,silence,vastness..

Anonymous said...

We know what Israel will do if, as is likely, the US stands passively on the sidelines again, so the questions of the hour seem to be: Will Erdogan blink? Will the US force him to blink?

Study Cockburn's report and judge for yourself if blinking is a part of Erdogan's character, particularly, when he has maneuvered himself onto the moral high ground, and it is obvious to all but a few that the low grounders, like PM Netanyau, are playing the hapless Mr. Obama for a moral dupe -- again.

Franklin “Chuck” Spinney is a former military analyst for the Pentagon. He currently lives on a sailboat in the Mediterranean and can be reached at chuck_spinney@mac.com

http://www.counterpunch.org/spinney06112010.html

Anonymous said...

To add final insult to this march of folly, Sheera Fenkle just reported that the blockade of Gaza is not about stopping arms shipments to Hamas, because in her words, 'McClatchy obtained an Israeli government document that describes the blockade not as a security measure but as "economic warfare" against the Islamist group Hamas, which rules the Palestinian territory.' Put another way, Israel's own documents suggest that the Israeli government understands the blockade is about an illegal collective punishment of the Gazan people for having the temerity to elect Hamas to govern Gaza in a free election. Ironically, it was the short-sighted Israelis who promoted Hamas in its early years during the late 1980s as a tactical means to divide and weaken Palestinian allegiances to the PLO.

So Turkey and Israel are maneuvering themselves and the United States into a trap between the moral high ground and the moral low ground for very different reasons. In the eyes of most of the world, Turkey is playing a constructive grand strategic card, while Israel is playing a destructive strategic card. One holds out hope for peace and justice while the other continues its warlike business as usual. But there is more. An Israeli attack on Turkey would be also an attack on the NATO Alliance. Under the terms of the NATO Treaty, such an attack should trigger what is known as an Article 5 response -- an attack on a NATO ally is an attack on all. This is what the US used to justify a NATO response to 9-11 in Afghanistan, even though the Afghan case was far less clear than the Turkish-Israeli imbroglio, because the Taliban was at most an accomplice to the 9-11 crime and may not have known about it in advance. If Israel carries through on its threat to attack a NATO warship, it would be a clear act of war. If the US (and the rest of NATO) does not respond, you can kiss NATO and Turkey goodbye, and the US would lose moral standing in the world to a greater degree than that engineered by George Bush and his fellow neocon travelers -- which is no small achievement. Nobody could ever trust the United States to live up to its formal treaty obligations. Our relations with Russia and China would be weakened dangerously, and Iran's position in the Middle East would be strengthened. The fall of dominoes would go on in all sorts of directions.

To borrow the unforgettable words of British Foreign Minister Edward Grey in the fateful summer of 1914, "the lights are going out all over" the Middle East, in NATO headquarters, and in the White House (assuming they were turned on). If Erdogan presses forward with his public promise to be on another Gaza aid ship or an escorting Turkish warship and if Israel acts on its threat to sink the ship carrying him, then like the chain of events of August 1914, the march to war could very well take on a life of its own.

Anonymous said...

Obama as Moral Dupe
Will Erdogan Blink?

By FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY

A recent article by Patrick Cockburn, one of the ablest reporters covering the Middle East, provides an excellent character portrait of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan. It is certainly consistent with what little I have been able to learn about this fascinating politician. Regardless of what you may think of Erdogan, and he has many detractors (I am not one), he is certainly establishing himself as an influential world leader who must be reckoned with in an emerging multi-polar world.

Cockburn's report is must reading, because Erdogan has maneuvered himself onto the moral high ground in a very serious crisis he did not create. Consider please the following:

By standing tall against Israel's murderous commando attack on the unarmed ship in international waters that was carrying aid to the besieged inhabitants of Gaza, and by promising to be on another ship trying to break the blockade, Erdogan has set an example that contrasts sharply with the latest generation of pusillanimous leaders in the United States. They have refused to condemn Israel's attack, even though a US citizen was among those murdered -- thus continuing the pattern of unprincipled moral weakness that began when President Johnson refused to act decisively after the Israelis deliberately attacked the USS Liberty in international waters in June 1967, murdering over 30 American sailors.

Not surprisingly, Erdogan has become the newest bête noire of the neocons. They have embarked on a concerted effort in their media outlets to smear him as well as to trash our relations with Turkey, starting with screeds in the Wall Street Journal and Weekly Standard. Their hypocrisy is stunning. Many of these same neocons assiduously cultivated the so-called strategic Israeli-Turkish alliance in the 1990s and, in fact, lobbied Congress on the behalf of Turkey. AIPAC is lobbying Congress for a resolution of support for Israel's attack, or failing that, is pressuring congressmen to not criticize Israel. AIPAC and the neocons are also stoking up the Armenian lobby to criticize the modern Turkish Republic for the genocidal crimes which occurred during the waning days of a decrepit Ottoman Empire. This is logically equivalent to criticizing German Chancellor Angela Merkel for Adolf Hitler's crimes. Some congressmen have already made strong public statements of support for Israel, and by extension a condemnation for Turkey, while the majority -- like the good Germans of the 1930s -- have done likewise by remaining silent. Israel just hoisted Obama on his petard (again) by requesting increased arms aid from the United States which, of course, will be rubber stamped by a compliant Congress. Meanwhile, according to the Jerusalem Post, the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Israeli Army, just threatened to sink any Turkish warships carrying Erdogan, if it was escorting another flotilla of aid ships trying to break the blockade of Gaza. The threat is serious, because it was made on Israeli Army Radio, an outlet for policy pronouncements intended to lather up the Israeli citizens for battle.

Anonymous said...

Mr Erdogan decided along with other young Islamist political leaders that the army and the Turkish establishment would never let them take power unless they showed themselves pro-Western and pro-capitalist. They formed the Justice and Development Party, the AK, in 2001 which won the general election the following year.

Supporters for the new party were newly rich but pious businessmen in Anatolia as well as the peasantry and the poor of the cities. In power, Mr Erdogan was able to justify reduction in the power of the military as a reform made necessary by Turkey's application for EU membership. He was aided by a sustained economic boom during which foreign capital, encouraged by its EU application, poured into Turkey and the economy grew at an average rate of 7 per cent up to 2007. Careful to avoid making enemies unnecessarily, Mr Erdogan placated the US after the Turkish parliament refused to allow US troops to invade northern Iraq from Turkey in 2003.

Generally, Mr Erdogan has come off the winner in a series of skirmishes with "secularists" over issues such as women wearing headscarves. He patiently waited for the army leadership to make a mistake, which they did in 2007 when they tried to prevent the Foreign Minister, Abdullah Gul, becoming president. A General Staff website threatened military action if parliament voted for Mr Gul and Mr Erdogan called a snap general election in which the AK won an overwhelming 47 per cent of the vote.

Since 2007 Mr Erdogan's government has gone far in bringing the military under civilian control. There has been a prolonged investigation into an alleged plot by junior officers to launch a coup, some 49 officers being arrested earlier this year. The present crisis in relations with Israel may further weaken the authority of older and more senior officers, seen as the protagonists of strong links to Israel and the US.

The Israeli wars in Lebanon in 2006 and 2008 made Israel unpopular in Turkey. Mr Erdogan walked out of a session at Davos because he was not given enough time to respond to Israeli President Shimon Peres' justification for bombing Gaza. Back in Turkey his walk out was vastly popular. His strength then, as now, is that the majority of Turks agree with him.

Patrick Cockburn is the author of "Muqtada: Muqtada Al-Sadr, the Shia Revival, and the Struggle for Iraq

Anonymous said...

In a televised address on the Israeli raid, Mr Erdogan said "this daring, irresponsible, reckless, unlawful, and inhumane attack by the Israeli government must absolutely be punished. Turkey's hostility is as powerful as its friendship is precious."

Such threats from other Middle East leaders could be ignored because their regimes are too shaky and unpopular for them to do much more than cling to power. But Turkey is different because politically, diplomatically and militarily it has been rapidly growing in strength.

In relations with Iraq, Iran, Syria and its other neighbours it is playing a central role for the first time since Kemal Ataturk, the first President of modern Turkey. In Iraq, for instance, the US depends on Turkey to increase its influence and counterbalance Iran as 92,000 US troops withdraw over the next 18 months.

It is not clear how far Mr Erdogan will go this time to assert Turkey's leadership in the Middle East and take advantage of Israel's fiasco. His track record is as a man who is quick to take advantage of others' mistakes. But he likes to pick his moment and is careful not to overplay his hand. He has done this with great skill in domestic politics in his confrontations with the Turkish army leadership who used to determine Turkey's foreign policy.

Mr Erdogan, the son of a coastguard official, was born in Rize on the Black Sea in 1954. He moved with his family to Istanbul when he was 13. He reputedly sold lemonade and sesame buns in working-class districts of the capital while attending religious schools. Tall and strongly built, he became a professional footballer while obtaining a degree in management at Marmara University. He acquired a reputation for piety, saying his prayers before each football match. But from an early stage he was involved in politics. He had met Necmettin Erbakan, the leader of the Islamic Welfare party, when he was at university and became leader of the party's youth wing in Istanbul.

His rapid rise was interrupted by military coups of which there have been four in Turkey since 1960. After the coup of 1980 he lost his job in the capital's transport authority when he was ordered to shave off his moustache – seen as a sign of excessive Islamic fervour – and refused.

An able orator and political organiser, he rose through the party ranks and became mayor of Istanbul at the age of 40, running the city between 1994 and 1998. He was regarded as an honest and efficient administrator.

The army forced Islamic Welfare out of power and Mr Erdogan served four months in prison for reciting an Islamic poem which contained the allegedly inflammatory lines: "The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers."

Anonymous said...

The New Face of Power in the Middle East
Erdogan Rising?

By PATRICK COCKBURN

Ever since Israeli commandos stormed a ship carrying aid to Gaza killing nine activists, the face of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan – the man who led denunciations of the raid – has been prominent on front pages and television screens across the Middle East.

The bloody fiasco has led to a crucial change in the balance of power in the Middle East, greater than anything seen in the region since the collapse of the Soviet Union deprived the Arabs of their most powerful ally.

While Muslim states were always going to praise any leader who confronted Israel, Mr Erdogan's personal role is one that will have lasting significance across the region. With his leadership, Turkey is once more becoming a powerful player in the Middle East to a degree that has not happened since the break-up of the Ottoman Empire at the end of the First World War.

Turkey was the driving force behind attempts to denounce the raid at a regional summit that ended yesterday in Istanbul. It received the backing of 21 of the members of an Asian summit but the crucial 22nd member, Israel, blocked any mention of the raid in an end of summit declaration.

Israeli commentators are hopeful that Turkish belligerence is a passing phase and there will be no permanent damage to their country's relations with Turkey. Yet Mr Erdogan has received strong backing for his strong stance following the deaths of his countrymen on board the Mavi Marmara ship.

At a rally in Beirut, thousands of Lebanese waved Turkish flags and nine coffins draped in the red banner were displayed to honour the Turkish flotilla dead. "Oh Allah, the merciful, preserve Erdogan for us," protesters chanted, using language often reserved for Hizbollah's popular leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, who has praised Mr Erdogan's stance.

With a population of 72 million and the second largest armed forces in Nato after the US, it is surprising Turkey had not been a major role in the Middle East before now.

Anonymous said...

Berpuluh-puluh tahun parti yg berjenama ISLAM wujud di Malayisa,tolong bagi statistik berapa jumlah rakyat yg dah diislamkan. Mengkafirkan yg islam adalah.

Mengapa dulu Umno dituduh kafir kerana bersama dalam pemerintahan. Apa bezanya Pas bersama bukan islam didlam pakatan rakyat? Fatwa ikut nafsu. Inilah terjadi bila syiah suku,wahabbi suku,UG suku dan erdogan suku.

Mengapa dulu menjerit-jerit nak bentok negara islam tapi hari ini boleh kata " tidak ada dalam perlembagaan parti atau manifesto tentang negara islam".

Dalam soal kalimah Allah yg mana satu betul,NA atau Haron Din? Islam itu suci yang kotor bila ulamak berpolitik.

Anonymous said...

(Dalam soal kalimah Allah yg mana satu betul,NA atau Haron Din? Islam itu suci yang kotor bila ulamak berpolitik.)

agaknya apa si berpenyakit TB ni nk jwb hah?????

Anonymous said...

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