Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Texans of Iraqi descent decry march toward war
Associated Press ^ | March 18, 2003 | By MATT CURRY / The Associated Press

Posted on 03/18/2003 3:28:43 AM PST by MeekOneGOP

Texans of Iraqi descent decry march toward war

03/18/2003

By MATT CURRY / The Associated Press

DALLAS — Hadi Jawad said he knows American history, so he was a "spooked" a couple of months ago when the FBI asked to meet with him.

"I know how Chinese-Americans were treated during the Korean War and how the Japanese were treated during World War II," said Jawad, a 51-year-old American of Iraqi descent. "Even though I've lived here all my life, I'm nervous."

Jawad said he was assured he was not being investigated, and in response to questions, told authorities he knows no one contemplating terror in North Texas. Still, he felt his patriotism was being questioned.

"I am as much a part of this society as they are," Jawad said. "I have children in this society, I have friends and family and am just as afraid of attacks as everyone else."

An FBI spokeswoman did not return a telephone call from The Associated Press by early Tuesday. But the agency has earlier acknowledged increased surveillance on some Iraqis in the United States.

President Bush on Monday issued a 48-hour ultimatum for Saddam Hussein to leave Iraq or face the consequences. A national terror alert was raised to orange, indicating a high risk of attack.

Some Americans of Iraqi heritage say the developments go against everything the United States stands for.

"I came to this country when I was 19. I love this country — its institutions, its fair play and due process," said Jawad, a self-employed Dallas peace activist. "I think Mr. Bush is destroying the foundation of what this nation is founded on. These folks are riding roughshod over fundamental American values."

Jawad said Bush's address to the nation left him "terrified" for relatives, whose presence in the region dates to the time of Mohammed.

"I am horrified and outraged that my country, my nation is resorting to such barbarism," he said. "It's a dangerous development what has happened right now, this unilateralism."

No war is justified unless it's clearly self-defense, said Isam Alimam, who was raised in Iraq but prizes his loyalty to America.

The Lewisville architect, who came to the United States in 1978, quickly corrects references to his being an Iraqi-American.

"Philosophically, I am American. I am from Iraqi descent," he said. "I choose to be American, so I am an American."

As the most powerful democracy in the world, going to war with Iraq "is not a good example for our values," Alimam said.

Alimam said he wishes Saddam's departure had been achieved by quiet negotiations.

"You cannot insult him on TV and give him an ultimatum. You can't do it on TV like that and expect him to resign. We make him more stubborn, more stubborn than he is."

Alimam is not as troubled by word of increased surveillance of Iraqis in America.

"Personally, and I don't speak for any particular group, I welcome that. This is the only way to know what's going on," he said. "But identifying one group is maybe not right. A lot of Iraqis are supportive of the war. To paint every Iraqi as a suspect is wrong, it's not American."

(ap.state.online.tx 0567 03/18/2003 01:38:56 )


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: iraq; iraqiamericans; texas; texasiraqis
Most articles I've seen about Iraqis here in the U.S. have shown they welcome Liberation of the Iraqis. This guy says he moved here when he was 19. He doesn't sound like a Texan to me.
1 posted on 03/18/2003 3:28:43 AM PST by MeekOneGOP
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: MeeknMing
The OldDominantLiberalMedia searched long and hard, and finally came up with a former Iraqi who is against the war. If you search long enough, you can find a double strike penny, too.
2 posted on 03/18/2003 3:38:43 AM PST by marktwain
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MeeknMing
The OldDominantLiberalMedia searched long and hard, and finally came up with a former Iraqi who is against the war. If you search long enough, you can find a double strike penny, too.
3 posted on 03/18/2003 3:38:56 AM PST by marktwain
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MeeknMing
Some Americans of Iraqi heritage say the developments go against everything the United States stands for

I guess they never heard the 'Battle Hymn of the Republic'.

4 posted on 03/18/2003 3:38:58 AM PST by knighthawk
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: marktwain
"Jawad, a self-employed Dallas peace activist"

There's your answer!

5 posted on 03/18/2003 3:42:24 AM PST by writmeister
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: MeeknMing
Very Taqi!
6 posted on 03/18/2003 3:44:49 AM PST by flying Elvis
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MeeknMing
We must be doing something right if this sap is complaining.
7 posted on 03/18/2003 3:47:26 AM PST by dennisw ( http://www.littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/weblog.php)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: marktwain
Yep. And as an old numismatist, a double-strike penny is worth a LOT more, too ! :O)
8 posted on 03/18/2003 3:51:31 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Saddam! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: MeeknMing
"I am horrified and outraged that my country, my nation is resorting to such barbarism,"

So are we Jawad. That's why we are going to rid your country of Saddam. Just calling yourself an American doesn't make you an American. There is more to it than that. You can call yourself an Eagle, but that doesn't mean you can fly. Once we've done your dirty work maybe you would be happier going back to Iraq.

9 posted on 03/18/2003 3:51:32 AM PST by Ima Lurker
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: writmeister
The co-opted word "activist" always means anti-American.
10 posted on 03/18/2003 3:52:16 AM PST by garyhope
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: dennisw
perhaps they would be more comfortable in Bagdad
11 posted on 03/18/2003 3:53:47 AM PST by mc10
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Ima Lurker
So are we Jawad. That's why we are going to rid your country of Saddam.

Yep !! Bu-bye Saddam ! Tick! Tick! Tick!

12 posted on 03/18/2003 3:55:31 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Saddam! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: dennisw
I wonder what his comments will be when he sees THIS SCENE repeated in Baghdad? (post #92) . . .
13 posted on 03/18/2003 3:58:38 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Saddam! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: knighthawk
Probably not, Knighthawk. Good mornin' ! Or, good afternoon in your timezone ! . . .
14 posted on 03/18/2003 4:02:00 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Saddam! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: MeeknMing
I came to this country when I was 19. I love this country — its institutions, its fair play and due process," said Jawad, a self-employed Dallas peace activist. "

A little Google is instructive - Jawad seems to be a guiding light of the "Dallas Peace Center" and the "Committee in Solidarity with the People of Iraq"

15 posted on 03/18/2003 4:05:06 AM PST by RippleFire
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mc10
Hey, He couldn't very well be an activist in Bagdad, either.
16 posted on 03/18/2003 4:12:34 AM PST by Spirited
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: MeeknMing
He's an Iraqi in Texas, not a Texan from Iraq.
17 posted on 03/18/2003 4:16:14 AM PST by TADSLOS (Sua Sponte)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TADSLOS
He's not of Iraqi descent, he's from Iraq. He's not a Texan, he's a resident of Texas. The title is misleading, speaks of plural Texans, yet only one person is sited in the article.
18 posted on 03/18/2003 4:25:27 AM PST by TimPatriot
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: RippleFire; Miss Marple
Oh, man. Yet another from my alma mater, UTA.

This says he's from Pakistan? What's the deal? . . .

Syed Hadi Jawad

A native of Pakistan, Hadi has lived in the United States since 1972. He came to Texas in 1973 to pursue a degree in Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington. Since 1976 Hadi has been employed in the Material Handling Industry in the Dallas area.  He reads and writes poetry. Since the early nineties Hadi has facilitated "Men's Issues" Support Groups and Poetry Circles in the Metroplex.

19 posted on 03/18/2003 4:27:25 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Saddam! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: yall
Contact: Hadi Jawad * shadijawad@aol.com

Tel: 214-823-7793 * 214-392-2939 (cel)

Fax: 214-823-8356

20 posted on 03/18/2003 4:29:40 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Saddam! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: MeeknMing
Are there two people with this name? Or does one have a fake ID?
21 posted on 03/18/2003 4:31:14 AM PST by Miss Marple
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Spirited
well, maybe he could be an activist in their human shield program!
22 posted on 03/18/2003 4:32:16 AM PST by mc10
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: MeeknMing
Re: He doesn't sound like a Texan to me.

Being a 4th Generation Texan, I agree.

BTW, if red-headed blue-eyed terrorists had dropped the Twin Towers, I'd expect the FBI to question me and be a little worried if they gave me a pass.

23 posted on 03/18/2003 4:35:21 AM PST by sonofatpatcher2 (Love & a .45-- What more could you want, campers? };^)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MeeknMing
This article should really read "Iraqis masquerading as Americans oppose move to unseat Iraqi Tyrant".

If any Germans in WW1 or WW2 expressed similar sympathies, they would have decorated the nearest lampost.

We have become too civilized and too tolerant for our own good or our national survival.

REPATRIATE THESE BUMS - NOW - BEFORE THE BOMBS FALL!!
24 posted on 03/18/2003 4:35:24 AM PST by ZULU (You)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MeeknMing
Jawad said he was assured he was not being investigated, and in response to questions, told authorities he knows no one contemplating terror in North Texas. Still, he felt his patriotism was being questioned

If he were truly patriotic, wouldn't he be happy to support an investigation into possible terrorist acts against America? What does he think our government should do about Iraqi nationals living among us, if not ask them questions?

25 posted on 03/18/2003 4:38:18 AM PST by nepdap
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: RippleFire
It looks like the man is a liar about being an Iraqi. From your link:

Syed Hadi Jawad

A native of Pakistan, Hadi has lived in the United States since 1972. He came to Texas in 1973 to pursue a degree in Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington. Since 1976 Hadi has been employed in the Material Handling Industry in the Dallas area.  He reads and writes poetry. Since the early nineties Hadi has facilitated "Men's Issues" Support Groups and Poetry Circles in the Metroplex.

26 posted on 03/18/2003 4:38:30 AM PST by metesky (My retirement fund is holding steady @ $.05 a can)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: MeeknMing
Ya beat me, ya big snoop!
27 posted on 03/18/2003 4:39:36 AM PST by metesky (My retirement fund is holding steady @ $.05 a can)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: yall
Interesting Radical alliances, too . . .

http://www.undueinfluence.com/radical_encuentro.htm

Radical Encuentro

Undue Influence by Ron Arnold

Radical Encuentro
2002 encuentro event: at Wolf Farm, owned by John L. Wolf, aka "Johnny Wolf", a set designer, Quaker, and co-founder with Hadi Jawad (see below) of the Coalition in Solidarity with the People of Iraq. Wolf's wife Vicki is a yoga instructor in Dallas.
17492 Senne Road
F
orney
, Texas
75126-5417
Phone: 972-564-2845
Offsite phone: 214-642-6580
Offsite mail: PO Box 541242, Houston, TX 77254-1242

email: radicalencuentro@yahoo.com
Website: www.radicalencuentro.org

Description: Radical training camp organization putting on occasional events using all-volunteer labor with activities located on private property, then proceeding to perform at orchestrated protest demonstrations in urban areas.

May 2002 session program, from their website:

Themes include past & present struggles, future issues, and hands on training for taking action to make change happen. Each workshop will be 2 hours long.

Past & Present Struggles


28 posted on 03/18/2003 4:42:18 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Saddam! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: MeeknMing
By the way, MnM, this is important because...?

Oh yeah, President Bush is from Texas! How could I have missed it?

29 posted on 03/18/2003 4:42:32 AM PST by metesky (My retirement fund is holding steady @ $.05 a can)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TimPatriot
Hadi Jawad ... a 51-year-old American of Iraqi descent. .... Isam Alimam, who was raised in Iraq but prizes his loyalty to America.

OK, so they found TWO skeptical Iraqi dissenters, er, descenters. Your point still stands.

30 posted on 03/18/2003 4:43:36 AM PST by nepdap
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: metesky
LOL ! . . .

I wonder why they call this guy Iraqi? I wonder who's lying to whom? That is, if the activist lied to them or if the A/P knew it and is lying to us? Pretty crummy reporting either way.

31 posted on 03/18/2003 4:45:09 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Saddam! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: metesky
Yep ! The Texas connection.

Did you see that in #28, btw ? . . .

32 posted on 03/18/2003 4:46:40 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Saddam! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: writmeister
>>"Jawad, a self-employed Dallas peace activist"

Puh-leese. They should at least correctly identify him as "unemployed". And likely "unemployable".
33 posted on 03/18/2003 4:47:06 AM PST by FreedomPoster (This Space Intentionally Blank)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: MeeknMing
Yes. A veritable laundry list of anti-Americanism.

Jawad would be better served if he stuck to that light-in-the-loafers "Men's Issues" crpolla.

34 posted on 03/18/2003 4:55:45 AM PST by metesky (My retirement fund is holding steady @ $.05 a can)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: metesky
I sent Mr. Jawad an e-mail and asked if he could clarify the Iraq/Pakistan conflict. I also invited him here to comment. I doubt I hear from him or see him commenting here though. . .
35 posted on 03/18/2003 5:00:39 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Saddam! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: MeeknMing
""I came to this country when I was 19. I love this country — its institutions, its fair play and due process," said Jawad,"

Oh really? Have ever served this country in any way Mr. Jawad?

36 posted on 03/18/2003 5:09:13 AM PST by Enemy Of The State (Beware the lollipop of mediocrity... lick it once and you suck forever)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: FreedomPoster
I consider it amazing that DMN actually identified him as an activist, and did not try to pass him off as an ordinary citizen.
37 posted on 03/18/2003 7:57:22 AM PST by writmeister
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: MeeknMing
Note to Associated Press: just wanted to correct a typo in the headline of your, um, "news story".

"Two Texans of Iraqi descent decry march toward war"

You're welcome.

38 posted on 03/18/2003 8:06:43 AM PST by IowaHawk
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MeeknMing
Bla, bla, blah - Iraqis have already stated they are not only happy but overwhelmingly involved in deposing the despot and having a change in their country. Nothing worse than a traitor, trying to pass as a true American citizen.
39 posted on 03/18/2003 8:08:36 AM PST by Hila
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MeeknMing
My husband is against this war, although he is very pro-American. The pope's declaration that this was an unjust war made a huge impression on him and he works closely with an anti-war Quaker who he respects. But I must say he was very impressed last night on the local news when an Iraqi was interviewed who has made his home here and still had relatives in Baghdad said that although worried for his relatives, he was for the war. This man had something (relatives) on the line and still was in support of the war. These are the folks that have a powerful message!
40 posted on 03/18/2003 8:15:34 AM PST by twigs
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MeeknMing
"You cannot insult him on TV and give him an ultimatum. You can't do it on TV like that and expect him to resign. We make him more stubborn, more stubborn than he is."

When the USA speaks two-bit dictators better listen, we mean business unlike the UN.

41 posted on 03/18/2003 8:16:06 AM PST by SwordofTruth
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: twigs
I bet the hubster doesn't watch FOX News Channel ? Try to wean him off the lamestream media and over to FOX and maybe it will sink in. lol.

There are a LOT more Iraqis that feel like the one you mentioned than this knucklehead Iraqi Pakistani Peace Activist in this article . . .

42 posted on 03/18/2003 8:29:00 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Saddam! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: MeeknMing
My husband hates the news, but is forced to when there's a crisis; and I watch FNC. But he works out at the gym and they only play CNN. Aargh! I can always tell when he's been at the gym by his take on the news. He's really dreading this war (well, all of us are), because he knows that he is going to lose control of the remote. Share? Share alike? With a war going on? Not a chance!
43 posted on 03/18/2003 8:44:35 AM PST by twigs
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 42 | View Replies]

To: MeeknMing
Here's the email I just sent to AP (info@ap.org)

---------------------------------

Sirs:

I was dumfounded to read the following AP article (byline Matt Curry) in this morning's Dallas Morning News:

http://www.dallasnews.com/texassouthwest/ap/stories/AP_STATEGS_0567.html

Note that, despite a title that implies monolithic opposition ("Texans of Iraqi descent decry march toward war"), the reporter cites a grand total of _two_ Iraqi-Texans to support the thesis.

I was further dumfounded to discover, with a simple Google search, that the key source cited in the article (Hadi Jawad) is an activist in two extreme-Left groups (American Muslim Alliance and Coalition in Solidarity with the People of Iraq) that have formed coalitions with extreme anti-semitic groups such as the Nation of Islam. Even more curious: it appears Jawad is not Iraqi, but was born in Pakistan.

http://www.dallasobserver.com/issues/2003-02-06/feature.html/1/index.html

Oddly, Jawad is characterized in the article with the rather bland designation of "peace activist."

If you in the media are struggling to understand why we dopes in flyover country hold you in utter disregard, you need look no further than this sad little shred of agitprop masquerading as a "news story." If Mr. Curry and his headline writer wish to write Op-Eds, please reassign them to the appropriate department.

Sincerely,

David Burge
Chicago, IL

PS - Given a bit of time, I am confident I can locate two Right Wing extremists who would like to drop an atomic bomb on Paris. Would you please interview them, and run the story with the headline "Americans support nuclear annihilation of France"?

44 posted on 03/18/2003 8:52:38 AM PST by IowaHawk
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: twigs
. . .because he knows that he is going to lose control of the remote. Share? Share alike? With a war going on? Not a chance!

LOL ! . . .

45 posted on 03/18/2003 8:56:03 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Saddam! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 43 | View Replies]

To: IowaHawk
ROFL !! Great letter ! Both barrels, too !

PS - Given a bit of time, I am confident I can locate two Right Wing extremists who would like to drop an atomic bomb on Paris. Would you please interview them, and run the story with the headline "Americans support nuclear annihilation of France"?

LOL ! . . .

See Zee monkey

French Military Victories

Spot the Difference

Separated at birth/one and the same?


46 posted on 03/18/2003 9:09:19 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Saddam! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 44 | View Replies]

To: twigs
Get your husband to listen to the audio that's on this page.

There's a FreeRepublic thread on this somewhere, I didn't have it handy. But the audio is a "must listen".

47 posted on 03/18/2003 9:46:36 AM PST by FreedomPoster (This Space Intentionally Blank)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: IowaHawk
Nice. Very nice, good rant. Too bad they won't "get" it.
48 posted on 03/18/2003 9:48:09 AM PST by FreedomPoster (This Space Intentionally Blank)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 44 | View Replies]

To: FreedomPoster
Unfortunately, my husband won't listen to any news voluntarily. He figures he gets enough of it from me:) But I sneak it in. When Mike Smerconish here in Philly did several days of broadcasting with Jayna Davis where she laid out her evidence that the OKC bombing had Iraqi support, I turned on the radio so my husband couldn't avoid it. He thought I just wanted to listen to it. I did, but I made certain that he heard it too. And it convinced him! But I don't have too many of these opportunities. I "exploit" them when I can. Thanks for the link!
49 posted on 03/18/2003 9:52:18 AM PST by twigs
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 47 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson