WE are being slaughtered by YOUR secondary enemy!


If you would like to sign on to this letter, please email Fatou Sow at fatou@wluml.org 

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Wednesday 4 February 2015, via SIAWI 

While you focus on US imperialism (no other) and on capitalism that exploits the masses in Muslim-majority countries and in the diaspora, children are being murdered in schools in Pakistan, just as they were assassinated in Algeria in the nineties, and just as journalists, intellectuals, artists, activists from our left movements (not those from the right) are being decimated throughout North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia.

People in our countries are not diplomats representating our corrupt and undemocratic governments. Why are they attacked ?

We are sick and tired of your ‘main enemy’ justifications of the crimes committed by a far-right movement that masquarades as a religious one.  You seem unable to identify this movement in political terms. It targets ordinary people and the left at large in our countries as well as in the world, rather than big interests or far right or xenophobic organisations; with ‘god on its side’ it pretends to represent the superior creed; it therefore creates categories of second class citizens who can and should be physically eliminated; it suppresses all freedoms and civil rights; it organizes autodafé of books; it puts women ‘in their place’; and it never ever really challenges capitalism.

Does this reminds you of Nazism? Will you again play your Pontius Pilate Munich game - at our expense? 

Do you think for one second that abandoning the progressive forces in our countries and supporting our fundamentalist far-right will enhance the struggle against world capitalism? How did it work in Spain in 1936?

First signatories:

Marieme Helie Lucas, Secularism Is A Women’s Issue 
Maryam Namazie, Iranian-born Political Activist 
Pragna Patel, Southall Black Sisters 
Fatou Sow, Director Women Living Under Muslim Laws 
Elham Manea, writer, human rights defender and academic 
Ramin Forghani, Founder of ex-Muslims, Scotland 
Harsh Kapoor, South Asia Citizens Web 
Chris Moos, secularist activist and researcher 
Rafiq Mahmood - One of a growing number of ex-Muslims and infidels in Indonesia 
Monica Lanfranco, feminist journalist, MAREA 
Dr Martyn Hudson, Newcastle university 
Imad Iddine Habib, Founder of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Morocco 
Eric Mueller, Marxist-Leninist 
Professor Alan Johnson, editorial board member, Dissent Magazine 
Faizun Zackariya - Citizens for Justice and Peace 
Arif Dirlik, Professor, retired, Eugene, OR, USA