Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Wednesday, March 19, 2003

A British Muslim who serves in the military explains.

He has reflected deeply about the apparent paradox of a Muslim going to war against a tyrant who employs Islamic rhetoric every chance he gets, but he is at peace with himself as he and his unit prepare for battle.

He said: "It was a difficult decision being a Muslim to come here, but I realise this is not a religious war, however some people are trying to paint it.

"I firmly believe this war will be a means to help people rather than simply an exercise in killing. I was in a mosque back home shortly before we deployed and they were organising to go on the anti-war march in London.

I prayed for peace, too – but sometimes the only way to guarantee a lasting peace is by fighting."

He added: "It's Saddam who needs his head testing. The sooner he gets out of the picture, one way or another, the better it will be for his people. "

And for those anti-immigrant screechers who always see divided loyalties and feel Muslims (and Jews) are not trustworthy to give their allegiance.

There is some military background in Tariq's family – his mother's uncle is in the Pakistani army. Recently, a friend asked why he had not followed suit and joined up in Pakistan.

His answer was simple: "I was born in Leeds and I'm British – there was only ever one Army I was going to join."

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