London, UK, January 8th 2008 – President Bush’s visit to the Middle East once again shows America’s love for the world’s worst dictators and demonstrates that America has no positive agenda for the region. The US leader has consistently supported the tyrannical status quo, presided over the killing and displacement of hundreds of thousands in Iraq and continues to support Israel’s brutal apartheid occupation of Palestine.
Commenting on the visit, Dr Imran Waheed, media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, said, "Bush views the Middle East as his 51st state; a glorified gas station for American consumption, a region where civilian lives have no value and a region where CIA sponsored torture and Abu Ghraib are now watchwords of America‘s moral bankruptcy. He believes in a Middle East where he can station tens of thousands of occupying troops for decades, where he has access to a multitude of bases, where corrupt kings and brutal tyrants can remain, where the fruits of oil go to either western multinationals or the ruling elites and where the region remains disunited and destabilised (thus favouring a US presence)."
"This is in stark contrast to the main alternative of the Caliphate which has a powerful vision for the region. A vision that seeks to build unity where there is division, which will distribute the fruits of oil to the many not the few and which believes that foreign forces have no place in the region. A vision that believes that it is only just, that Palestinians get back all the land they had in 1948 but which also guarantees security for all races and religions. The Caliphate unlike America will reject the tyrannical status quo and ensure that the region decides its own foreign and energy policy, discovering once again that it can best succeed when it is politically unified not divided."
"Instead of rolling out the red carpet for Bush in his doomed attempt to build a legacy, the leaders in the Muslim world should be indicting him on war crimes. Of course the leaders in the Muslim world are as much part of the problem as Bush is. This visit will once again prove that America’s vision for Iraq, Palestine and the wider region is more of the same: more war, more occupation, more killing, more dictators and more oil. America’s bankrupt agenda is comprehensively rejected by the people of the region as any independent pollster can testify. In the dying days of his presidency, Bush and his advisers have realised that the winds of change towards a Caliphate in the Muslim world are now irreversible. In years to come that will be the real legacy of his presidency"
Notes to Editors
A peaceful protest march in London will assemble at Marble Arch on Saturday 12th January 2008 at 1 pm where a number of speakers will address the crowd. The march will then proceed to the Saudi Embassy [Charles Street, London W1].