Sunday, November 25, 2007

Peace activist's trial to begin in Ann Arbor regarding Iran

Tomorrow, jury selection will start for the trial of Dr. Catherine Wilkerson, an American who was arrested at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor last year for voicing her objections to a speech by Prof. Ray Tanter, co-founder of the Iran Policy Committee, who has openly stated on more than one occassion that nuking Iran wouldn't be a bad idea.

Does Tanter want to start World War III? Does he even recognize that not only would a preemptive nuclear attack against Iran be immoral but that it would provoke the entire Muslim World, Russia and perhaps China to take military action? Does he want Armageddon?

The most prominent scholar among Sunnis, Shaykh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi in Qatar, by the way, issued a statement that Muslims, Sunnis and Shi'is, should defend Iran if it was attacked. This is scary stuff.


Going back to Dr. Wilkerson's trial, our nation prides itself regarding our right to voice dissenting views in public and to disagree on university campuses under the guise of Freedom of Speech. We'll patiently wait and view the outcome of this trial to see if this same standard applies to those who are against war-mongering in The Middle East with those who are in favor of preemptive nuclear attacks against a sovereign nation.

In the meantime, we should all pray for peace and hope that our nation and our "allies" in the region refrain from any preemptive attacks against Iran. Iran is not like Iraq; it would be 10 times uglier than Iraq and Afghanistan combined.


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