15th April 2004
Hey, George. We�ve been through a lot these past couple of years haven�t we? You know I have been with you every step of the way in the �War on Terror� despite the misgivings of many people in my country. I�ve told them repeatedly that they�ve got you all wrong, George. I know you�re not intellectually-challenged like they keep saying you are. No, events have just made it look that way.
Many people around the world � including millions of Muslims - have witnessed what your troops did to hundreds of innocent Iraqis, including small children, in Fallujah � courtesy of al-Jazeera. Over the past couple of years we have needlessly alienated the majority of the over 1.5 billion Muslims around the world. No, you can�t just bomb al-Jazeera�s offices again, George. Bombing their offices for a third time might look a tad suspicious to onlookers especially when we keep saying we want to introduce freedom to Iraq.
Listen, George, I think I can see a way out of this mess that you haven�t made. After 9/11, at the Labour Party conference in Brighton, I outlined a vision of a world in which the richest countries were committed to helping �The starving, the wretched, the dispossessed, the ignorant, those living in want and squalor from the deserts of northern Africa to the slums of Gaza, to the mountain ranges of Afghanistan�. And I got the biggest applause when I called for Palestinians to receive "justice, the chance to prosper and in their own land".
So, George. We can make a start by ditching unilateralism and sticking to the path of multilateralism and international legality.
Let�s begin with Palestine. We need to implement UN resolutions and give the Palestinians their own state. Just imagine how that would go down in the rest of the world! And I mean a real state, not a few Bantustans surrounded by the racist bully that is Israel. And if the Israelis won�t go for it, then let�s help create one democratic state for both the Jews and the Palestinians.
Same with Chechnya and Kashmir. Let�s get Putin to honour the treaty that Yeltsin signed with the Chechens and ask the Indians to hold the plebiscite on Kashmir that the UN called for over 50 years ago.
Let�s try and win more friends, George.
The Muslim Council of Britain