Dearborn Community Leaders Met with Congressman John Dingell- Discussed Syrian Situation!
September 6, 2013- Last Friday, Congressman John Dingell joined a group of religious and community leaders at the Islamic House of Wisdom in Dearborn Heights, Michigan to listen to their views on President Obama's position on Syria.
Welcoming the Congressman and participants, Imam Mohammad Ali Elahi, thanked Mr. Dingell for making time to meet with everyone .
Imam Elahi expressed his absolute opposition to any US military engagement in Syria. "Any kind of military strike would add to the suffering of Syrian civilians and will multiply the chaos, confusion, death and destruction in the Middle East", the Imam said. "More damage to the image and long term interests of America is another consequence of a military strike on Syria."
Imam stated that if President Obama does not like to listen to Russia, China, Iran and many other countries throughout the world, he should listen to the UN, the Pope, the British parliament, the European Union and majority of Americans who oppose military attacks on Syria.
Post 9/11 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were to fight al-Qaeda, while in Syria our government is helping al-Qaeda! The media told us that 14 out of 19 Al-Qaeda agents were from Saudi Arabia! Again today it is the money, media and manpower of Saudi Arabia behind al-Nosra and other al-Qaeda forces in Syria.
For all of these reasons it is a big mistake and absolutely wrong for our administration to intervene in this war, though its been involved indirectly through other parties from the beginning!
Imam Elahi stated that using chemical weapons is a big crime against humanity, yet we need to listen to the UN report and if necessary launch an independent investigation free of political games to figure out the most effective way of serving truth and justice. At this time the Syrian government denies any involvement in chemical attacks, while there are some interviews from extremists acknowledging use of chemical weapons with the help of Saudi prince, Bandar Ben Sultan. If these allegations prove to be true, then the administration should tell us what should be done to stop al-Qaeda from chemical attacks.
Al-Qaeda have demonstrated maximum brutality and barbarism against innocent Syrians, they have no mercy even to the graves of those people who died more than a thousand years ago. They attacked the shrines and killed the people in the mosque even in the night of power!
The government of Syria is secular but it provides freedom of religious expression for all. The Muslims and Christians can worship freely, but al-Qaeda have no respect for any other religions. They destroy both mosques and churches and they kill both imams and priests!
Imam Elahi said the fact that the Saudi government is ready to pay for the missiles doesn't justify the strikes. The Saudis are behind terrorism in Iraq and Syria, and they do everything to export their takfiry terrorists to their countries.
Imam Elahi reminded the Congressman that with a new president elected by the Iranian people, this is a perfect time to bring peace to the Middle East. It is a foolish mistake to start another war adding to the unprecedented tragedy that already exists. Imam asked the Congressman to use all of his power to stop the administration from attacking Syria.
Following the statement of Imam Elahi, the floor was opened for the comments of participating leaders of community centers and organizations. Each expressed their disagreement with US military engagement in Syria.
Sayyed Mohammad Kashmiri was the last speaker who reminded the Congressman that if the US government is interested in a democratic transition in the Middle East, the best place to start would be from the worst levels of dictatorship. Noting the dictatorship in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia where women do not even have the right to drive a car to some other tyrants in the Middle East.
After listening kindly and patiently to everyone's remarks, Congressman John Dingell thanked Imam Elahi for his invitation and hospitality, and addressed some of the serious concerns of the community.
Congressman showed understanding and sympathy with the audience and
said he was pleased to hear the points of the people in his
congressional district! He stated that he would decide about the nature
of his vote after hearing the Congressional discussion as well.