Vs: [asiapeace] Blood is After All Blood

MUSTAFA HUSSAIN mustafa.hussain at GET2NET.DK
Sun Apr 7 08:06:42 UTC 2002

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Fra: "Ishtiaq Ahmed" <Ishtiaq.Ahmed at statsvet.su.se>
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Sendt: 6. april 2002 10:36
Emne: [asiapeace] Blood is After All Blood

Dear Members and Friends of Asiapeace,

Today, I have the following for you:

1. A poem by one of the greatest Urdu poets, Sahir Ludhianvi (1921-80).
I have tried to write the Urdu text in Roman script, but the translation
was done by Sain Sucha, whose collection of the poems of Sahir was
published by him under the title 'Sorcery'. 
2. Just to illustrate what type of man Ariel Sharon is I am also
presenting a sketch about him sent to me by Geoffrey Cook (member
Ishtiaq Ahmed
Associate Professor
Moderator Asiapeace
Department of Political Science
Stockholm University
Tel: work: 00 46 8 16 26 24
Ishtiaq.Ahmed at statsvet.su.se

Zulm phir zulm hai, bart-ta hai to mitt jata hai
Khun phir khun hai, tapkay ga to jum jaiga

Cruelty is after all cruelty ----when it inflates, it dissipates,
Blood is after all blood ----- when it drips, it coagulates

Khak-i-Sehra pay jamay yaa kaf-e-qatil pay jamay
Firq-e-insaaf pay yaa pai-e-silasal pay jamay
Taigh-i-baydad pay, yaa lash-e-bismil pay jamay
Khun phir khun hai, tapkay ga to jum jaiga

It may congeal
on the desert's chest, or on the murderer's sleeve,
on the faulty scales of justice, or on the links of chains,
on the oppressive sword, or on the slaugheterd corpse,
Blood is after all blood ----- when it drips, it coagulates

Lakh Bethay koi chup chup key Kami(n) Gaho(n) mei(n)
Khun khud deta hai jalado(n) key maskan ka suragh
Sazishe(n) lakh urati rahei(n) zulmat ka niqaab
Ley key har boond nikati hai hathaili par chiragh

One may hide in whichever shelter one likes,
blood itself reveals the executioner's hide-out.
Conspiracies may cast around the veil of darkness;
yet, every drop of blood carries its own burning torch.

Tum ne jis khun ko maktal mei(n) dabana chaha
Aaj wo kucha-o-bazaar mei(n) Aa nikla hai
Kahi(n) Shola, kahi(n) narah, kahi(n) pathar ban ke
Khun chalta hai to rukta nahi(n) Sangeeno se
Sar Uthta hai to dubta nahi(n) Aaeeno(n) se

The blood which you tried to suppress in the abattoir,
today has rushed out in the streets and squares ----
as a flame, or battle-cry, or as a stone,
Once blood starts flowing, the bayonets can not restrain it.
Once blood lifts its head, the ordinances can not constrain it.

Zulm ki baat hi kya, zulm ki Aukaat hi kya
Zulm bass zulm hai Aaghaaz se Anjaam talak
Khun phir khun hai, Soa Shakal Badal Sahta hai
Aisi Shakle(n) kah mitao to mitaye na banay
Aisey Sholey keh Bhujao to bhujao na banay
Aisey Narey keh dabao to dabaye na banay

What is to be said about cruelty! What is cruelty's nature?
Cruelty is always cruelty--- from its beginning to its end.
Blood is after all blood, it can take so many forms,
forms which cannot be destroyed,
flames which cannot be extinguished,
cries which cannot be silenced.

To: asiapeace & Hope

Frm: Geoffrey Cook

Re.: History of Ariel Sharon's Career

>Subject: Re: My friend's letter (or Sharon/Hitler)
>Ariel Sharon may not be Hitler, and likening anybody to Hitler is
>always ill advised, but Sharon is certainly a war criminal by just
>any reckoning you can make. Read the following short biography if you
>don't think so:
>Chris Haight
>Sidst opdateret 22-02-01
>Ariel Sharon biography
>LAW - The Society for the Protection of Human Rights
>February 7, 2001
> Ariel Sharon, whose 28 September 2000 incursion into Al Aqsa sanctuary
>accompanied by at least 1,000 armed soldiers and police officers
>the outbreak of the current crisis that has so far led to the death of
>hundreds of Palestinians and the wounding of up to 12,000 others, has
>elected Prime Minister of Israel by an overwhelming majority.
>his supporters, Sharon said: "The country has embarked on a new path, a
>path of peace and unity at home, and a striving for true peace with the
>Arabs." He called on the Labor party to join his government "in a true
>partnership for security and peace." 
>Sharon's call for 'peace' may seem ironic, since he is described by
many as
>a brutal warmonger responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of
>Palestinian and Lebanese civilians. It is worth noting that his
>"Pacification of Gaza" campaign in 1971 involved merciless repression
>brutality, bulldozing thousands of Palestinian homes in the Gaza
>camps and the arrest and deportation of several thousand Palestinians
>the Sinai Desert, Jordan or Lebanon. As Defence Minister in 1982,
>was the principle architect of the "Peace for the Galilee" operation -
>invasion of Lebanon, which caused the death of tens of thousands of
>civilians and left about a million homeless.
>He began his military career at a young age, when he became involved in
>fighting with the Israeli Haganah, leading commando units specialising
>behind-the-lines raids and forcing Palestinians to flee their homes. In
>August 1953, Sharon founded and led the infamous Unit 101, which
>out a series of terror raids across the Israeli borders into refugee
>villages and Bedouin encampments. That September, he led the Unit 101
in an
>attack on Bedouins in demilitarised Al Auja (a 145 square km juncture
>the western Negev-Sinai frontier), killing an unknown number.
>14 October 1953: Sharon led Unit 101 into an attack on the village of
>in Jordan. Under his command, Israeli soldiers moved about in the
>blowing up buildings, firing into doorways and windows with automatic
>weapons and throwing hand grenades, killing 69 civilians (mostly women
>children). He later claimed he believed that the demolished houses had
>empty of inhabitants, but according to the UN observer who inspected
>scene, "One story was repeated time after time: the bullet splintered
>the body sprawled across the threshold, indicating that the inhabitants
>been forced by heavy fire to stay inside until their homes were blown
>over them."
>18 October 1953: U.S. Department of State issued a statement expressing
>"deepest sympathy for the families of those who lost their lives" in
>and that those responsible "should be brought to account and that
>measures should be taken to prevent such incidents in the future."
>(Department of State Bulletin, Oct. 26, 1953, p. 552).
>On 20 October 1953, the UN Security Council decided unanimously to
>recent violations of the General Armistice Agreements and the Qibya
>in particular. Major General Vagn Bennike, chief of staff of the UN
>Supervision Organization, reported that on 15 October a UN
>team had departed for Qibya, where the Acting Chairman of the Mixed
>Armistice Commission had found between 30 and 40 buildings completely
>demolished. By the time the Acting Chairman left Qibya, 27 bodies had
>dug from the rubble.
>UN Security Council Resolution 101, adopted on 24 November 1953 (with
>Lebanon and the USSR abstaining) found the action at Qibya a violation
>the cease-fire provisions of UN Security Council Resolution 54 (1948)
>inconsistent with the parties' obligations under the General Armistice
>Agreement between Israel and Jordan and the Charter of the U.N., and
>expressed "the strongest censure of that action."
>In 1955, Sharon was reprimanded for giving logistical support to four
>Israelis who took random blood revenge on Bedouins for Arab attacks on
>Israeli settlements.
>During the 1956 Suez crisis, Sharon, then commander of a parachute
>sent his paratroopers into the Mitla Pass in the Sinai desert. Four of
>junior officers accused him of sending men to their deaths for his own
>glory; he incurred the displeasure of Moshe Dayan and was suspended for
>breach of discipline.
>1971 - The "Pacification" of Gaza. Under the euphemistic title the
>"Pacification of Gaza," Sharon imposed a brutal policy of repression,
>blowing up houses, bulldozing large tracts of refugee camps, imposing
>severe collective punishments and imprisoning hundreds of young
>Palestinians. Numerous civilians were killed or unjustly imprisoned,
>houses demolished and the whole area was effectively transformed into a
>jail. In 1972, Sharon resigned from the army, but after helping to form
>Likud party in 1973, he was recalled to the army for the October 1973
>during which he led a strike across the Suez Canal, behind Egyptian
>In December he was elected to Knesset, but resigned his seat the
>In 1977, the Likud party won the general election under Begin. Sharon
>joined Begin's first administration as Minister of Agriculture in
charge of
>settlements; an avid supporter of the religious Gush Emunim movement he
>one of main facilitators of a settlement boom aimed in part at
>the establishment of a Palestinian state in the occupied territories.
>In June 1981, his settlement campaign was one of the keys to Likud's
>re-election, as he was credited with making swift and permanent
progress in
>establishing a pervasive Israeli presence in the West Bank. Begin then
>appointed Sharon Minister of Defence.
>1982 - "Peace for the Galilee." As Defense Minister Sharon masterminded
>1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon, which he dubbed the "Peace for the
>Galilee." In all, this operation killed many thousands of civilians and
>rendered nearly half a million homeless. On 5 June 1982, he sent tens
>thousands of Israeli soldiers across the border to fight their way up
>Lebanese coast. They eventually occupied Beirut. Heavy Israeli sea, air
>land bombardment devastated a substantial portion of Lebanon. By the
end of
>July, the Lebanese government stated that at least 14,000 people had
>killed - over 90% of whom were unarmed civilians - and twice that
>seriously wounded. August 12 became known as Black Thursday after a
>artillery barrage lasting some 11 hours killed some 500 Lebanese &
>Palestinian civilians.
>After three months of war, US envoy Philip Habib facilitated the
>that the PLO would evacuate its fighters from Beirut on the condition
>international protection for the Palestinian and Lebanese civilians in
>region and on the understanding that Israel would not enter Beirut.
>However, two days after the protection forces withdrew, Sharon began an
>incremental advance into Beirut, besieging the camps along the way. On
>September 1982 they invaded Beirut, Ariel Sharon declaring that this
was in
>order to dislodge 2000 Palestinian fighters remaining in the city. The
>of purging the camps Sharon gave to the Phalange (Lebanese force armed
>and closely allied with Israel since the onset of Lebanon's civil war
>Sabra & Shatila: The slaughter in the camps at Sabra and Shatila took
>between 6:00pm on 16 September 1982 and 8:00 am on 18 September, in an
>under the control of the Israeli army. Sharon's troops, having held the
>camps under siege, allowed Phalangists to enter. Israeli searchlights
>illuminated the camps, while Israeli army personnel watched through
>binoculars as the death squads spread unchallenged through the camps.
>families were murdered, many were raped and tortured before being
>So many bodies were heaped into lorries and taken away, or buried in
>graves, that the exact toll will never be known, but Palestinian
>estimate at least 2000 people were killed.
>After an international outcry, Israel established an official inquiry
>commission headed by Supreme Court Chief Justice Kahan. The commission
>(Final Report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Events at the
>Camps in Beirut, 7 February 1983, chaired by Yitzhak Kahan, president
>Israel's Supreme Court) found him indirectly responsible for the Sabra
>Shatila massacres as he did not move to prevent them, forcing his
>resignation as Defence Minister.
>Excerpt from the Kahan Report:
>"It is impossible to justify the Minister of Defence's disregard of the
>danger of a massacre. ... besides this, the Defence Minister also had
>special reports from his not inconsiderable meetings with the
>heads. ... The sense of such a danger should have been in the
conscience of
>every knowledgeable person who was close to this subject ... It was the
>duty of the Defence Minister ... not to disregard entirely the serious
>consideration that the Phalangists were liable to commit atrocities and
>that it was necessary to forestall this possibility as a humanitarian
>obligation. ... Regarding [his] responsibility, it is sufficient to
>that he issued no order to the IDF to adopt suitable measures.
>in his meetings with the Phalangist commanders, [he] made no attempt to
>point out to them the gravity of the danger that their men would commit
>acts of slaughter.
>" ... Responsibility is to be imputed to the Minister of Defence for
>disregarded the danger of acts of vengeance and bloodshed by the
>Phalangists against the population of the refugee camps, and having
>to take this danger into account when he decided to have the
>enter the camps. In addition, responsibility is to be imputed to the
>Minister of Defence for not ordering appropriate measures for
preventing or
>reducing the danger of massacre as a condition for the Phalangists'
>into the camps. The blunders constitute the non-fulfilment of a duty
>which the Defence Minister was charged."
>The inquiry commission found it "puzzling that the Defence Minister did
>in any way make then Prime Minister [Menachim Begin] privy to the
>on having the Phalangists enter the camps."
>Israeli authorities and the international community must shoulder their
>legal responsibilities and thoroughly investigate and prosecute Ariel
>Sharon for his involvement in these massacres and other crimes, because
>article 146 of the 1949 IV Geneva Convention states that each High
>Contracting Party "shall be under the obligation to search for persons
>alleged to have committed, or to have ordered to be committed" grave
>breaches of the Convention, "and shall bring such persons, regardless
>their nationality, before its own courts.
>Article 147 of the Convention states that the grave breaches noted in
>Article 146 include wilful killing, torture or inhuman treatment,
>wilfully causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health...
>unlawful deportation or transfer or unlawful confinement of a protected
>person. or wilfully depriving a protected person of the rights of fair
>regular trial prescribed in the present Convention, taking of hostages
>extensive destruction and appropriation of property, not justified by
>military necessity and carried out unlawfully and wantonly.
Kind Regards,

Mustafa Hussain
Knastebakken 151
DK-270 Ballerup, Denmark.

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