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Muslims Outraged Over Slavery Sanctions

From those champions of freedom at Reuters:

U.S. may alienate Muslims over human trade: Malaysia

By Jalil Hamid Mon Jul 2

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia dismissed on Monday possible U.S. sanctions over human trafficking and warned Washington of alienating Muslims after it blacklisted mostly Islamic countries.

The U.S. last month ranked Muslim states — Bahrain, Kuwait, Iran, Malaysia, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria and Qatar — as among the worst human trade offenders, and said they may face sanctions.

“We are not bothered about…the sanctions,” Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar said. “I don’t think we need to respond to that sort of pressure.”

The U.S. really needs to be friendly to Muslim countries,” he told retired Malaysian diplomats. “This is not a good development as they have just appointed a special envoy to OIC.” Malaysia heads the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Conference.

U.S. President George W. Bush said last week in a speech to mark the 50th anniversary of the Islamic Centre in Washington that the appointment would demonstrate to Muslim communities “our interest in respectful dialogue and continued friendship.”

In its annual report on human trafficking published last month, the U.S. State Department named 16 countries subjected to possible sanctions, including the loss of U.S. aid and U.S. support for World Bank and International Monetary Fund loans

With Malaysians reluctant to take up menial jobs, the country is one of Asia’s largest importers of foreign labor, which makes up a quarter of a workforce of about 10.5 million, particularly on plantations, in construction and as maids.

Malaysians got a harrowing glimpse into the treatment of some domestic workers when newspapers reported the death in April of an Indian migrant worker after eight months of being beaten, chained up and starved by his employers in a sauce business…

Indonesian maids in Malaysia often work a grueling 16 to 18 hours a day, seven days a week, and earn less than 25 U.S. cents an hour, U.S. group Human Rights Watch has said…

No, we don’t want to make the Muslim countries mad at us for complaining about their (centuries old) slave trade.

And we certainly must give foreign aid to these governments:

Bahrain, Kuwait, Iran, Malaysia, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria and Qatar…

How else would they survive?

Besides, there can’t be any injustice under Sharia law. Islam is the perfect guide to life.

Ask any slave.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, July 2nd, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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