Did “ALLAH” Destroy Columbia?

 

By Garner Ted Armstrong

 

*Following this commentary, read the news story behind it

 

Militant Muslims all over the world must have been heartened by the words of one Abu Hamza al-Masri, the former imam of Finsbury Park Mosque in North London, who proclaimed that Allah had destroyed the shuttle because it represented a “trinity of evil” against Islam.

 

“Trinity of evil?” That’s what he said. “It is a trinity of evil because it carried Americans, an Israeli and a Hindu, a trinity of evil against Islam.”

 

Hamza’s words may get him expelled from Britain. Authorities say his British citizenship was based upon a bigamous marriage, and are working toward kicking him out of the country.

 

The Muslim Council in Britain, worried about the inflammatory nature of his words, and quick to react to possible backlash in the form of further police attention and hate crimes, said “The vast majority of Muslims are now quite disgusted by (his) sentiments.” Oh? There were no demonstrations; no outcries; no others who spoke out except the Council, which averred that there was disgust. You’ll have to take their word for it.

 

Ludicrously, the imam also seized information that, according to him, the Ilan Ramon, the former fighter pilot from Israel, who participated in the bombing of Saddam’s nuclear reactor at Osirak in 1981, died over “an area of Texas called Palestine.” This ignorant man is obviously completely uninformed about US geography, and that of Texas in particular.

 

There is a town named Palestine about 20 miles south of our home. There is no “region” named Palestine, except in the Middle East. We live on “Lake Palestine,” named after the town, since the dam is nearby. But then, Texans were fond of using foreign cities’ names. In Texas there is London, New London, Paris, Genoa, Canton, and of course, “Cut’n Shoot.” Hamza would do well to stay clear of this one.

 

This ignorant imam said, “The Muslim people see these pilots [only one of them served as a pilot] as criminals. By going into space they would have sharpened the accuracy of their bombs through satellites. These missions would increase the number of satellites for military purposes...it is a punishment from God. Muslims see it that way.” Unfortunately, his assertion that “Muslims see it that way” rings true, based upon comments coming from the Muslim world.

 

Some added the cute little observation that not only did “Allah” condemn the shuttle because of the Israeli aboard, but he did it over Texas, which is George Bush’s home state.

 

Of course, space shuttle Columbia had nothing whatsoever to do with bombs or satellites, nor did Hamza’s concept of a “god” have anything to do with its destruction. Since Hamza seems to think his “god” enjoys making obscure and quirky “statements” by taking out seven people at a time, why can’t his “god” wipe out the crowd at the Super Bowl, or destroy the American Capitol, or the White House?

 

Whose “god” was it who inspired Saddam Hussein to wage chemical warfare against his own citizens during 1987 and 1988 and Saddam’s “Anfal” campaign?

 

Some 2,000 villages were destroyed, and between a 500,000 and one million killed. The pogrom featured the worst-ever chemical attacks against helpless men, women and children in history; mass summary executions, disappearances, arbitrary jailing, forced displacement, and the destruction of schools, mosques, (yes, mosques!), farms, and power stations. Another half million Kurds became refugees along Iraq’s border with Turkey.

 

There were forty gas attacks, with the largest against the Kurdish town of Halabjah, population about 45,000, which killed nearly 5,000 men, women, and children. The Iraqis used a lethal cocktail of mustard gas, Sarin, Tabun, and VX. These were Iraqi citizens — Saddam’s own people.

 

The citizens of Cut’n Shoot, Texas, should spread out the welcome mat for Mr. Hamza if the British decide to deport him. Do you suppose they would help him build a mosque there?

 

 

 

 

*We provide the following news article, originally published on http://www.timesonline.co.uk/, as background to the above commentary

 

Shuttle destroyed by God, says Abu Hamza
 

By Steve Bird

THERE were renewed calls for the deportation of Abu Hamza al-Masri yesterday after he said that Allah had destroyed the shuttle because it was a “trinity of evil” against Islam.
 

The militant cleric said that God had destroyed the Columbia because it was carrying American Christians, an Indian-born Hindu and an Israeli Jew. He added that the craft’s explosion was a message from God because the first Israeli in space, Ilan Ramon, a former fighter pilot, was killed over an area of Texas called Palestine.

The former imam of Finsbury Park Mosque in North London came under fierce criticism from politicians and leading Muslims. They accused him of inciting racial and religious hatred and revelling in the deaths of innocent people.

Mr Hamza, 44, said: “The Muslim people see these pilots as criminals. By going into space they would have sharpened the accuracy of their bombs through satellites. These missions would increase the number of satellites for military purposes. It would increase the slavery of governance of other countries by America. It is a punishment from God. Muslims see it that way. It is a trinity of evil because it carried Americans, an Israeli and a Hindu, a trinity of evil against Islam.”

The Muslim Council of Great Britain said: “The vast majority of Muslims are now quite disgusted by (Mr Hamza’s) sentiments.”

Andrew Dismore, Labour MP for Hendon, who has campaigned for the removal of Mr Hamza’s British citizenship, added: “There is sufficient evidence to prosecute Mr Hamza from the things that he has said.” Whitehall officials are already looking at the possibility of deporting the cleric after it was disclosed by The Times that his British citizenship is based on a bigamous marriage.

The row over Mr Hamza’s comments came as Nasa disclosed that damage to the shuttle during its launch has emerged as the leading theory for its break-up. It said the official investigation was concentrating on a piece of foam insulation that fell from the shuttle during lift-off, striking thermal plates on its wing.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-565682,00.html

 

*For additional reading, see David Dolan's commentary, "Divine implications of shuttle disaster" on WorldNetDaily

 

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