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Muslim Inaction on Chechnya

Last spring, as the Russian war in Chechnya was ending, as the whole world looked away from the terrible rapes, murders, thievery and humiliations inflicted by the Russian army on the civilians of this small Muslim nation, yet found the time to slander the democratically elected government of Austria, I wrote a short but urgent letter to the MIT Muslim Students’ Association (MSA) and its leaders. I assumed they knew about most of what I had to say, at least regarding the Russian atrocities. But I also informed them they could help fellow Muslims. I was trying to advertise a bank account number to which all can donate to the cause of the Chechen Mujahedeen, the freedom fighters. I was completely ignored.

I find this hypocritical and outrageous, especially since one of the leaders of the MSA is a Bosnian Muslim. I see that this organization is more concerned with distributing pamphlets and holding cookouts than with helping save Muslim lives and helping the cause of Islam.

I should say, though, that their conduct is not much worse than that of most Muslim countries. Most Arab nations are very vocal about Israeli persecution of Palestinians, but shut their eyes to much worse abuses carried out by Russians upon Chechens.

I would like to be able to put that account number in this letter, but unfortunately it is no longer working; and the war effort is not so vigorous as it used to be. I encourage all, however, to visit the sites and It is in Chechnya, not in Austria, China, or Israel, that human suffering and abject misery exists, and it is fueled by aid from Western countries to Russia, and by Arab hypocrisy and passivity.

Costin Alamariu ’02