Scream bloody Murder
HOLOCAUST & GENOCIDES JAN 24, 2009
Mike Ghouse, December 7, 2008
My friend Myrna Weinrich wrote "Mike did
you know Christiana Amanpour's Scream Bloody Murder," a
definitely unflinching history of genocide, premieres
tonight on CNN
I watched most of 'Scream bloody Murder" in the middle
of the night, the feeling was familiar; anger followed
by sorrow, and a sense of helplessness. I urge
you to watch the documentary.
It is natural to feel angry knowing that the world stood by silently
when the Jews were put on the train to the gas chambers;
when the live skeletal bodies were thrown into the ditches; when the Bosnian Muslims children were given chocolates
and told not to worry and go right behind and open gunfire
and massacre them; when the Canadian
general sends faxes upon faxes to the United Nations to
send help, while the UN and USA chose not to get
involved and 800,000 Rwandans were massacred in day light, they were
even announcing on their radio how to torture pregnant
women by pulling the unborn out of their wombs… they did that in Gujarat
Massacre and the world did not do anything about it. It
was a difficult documentary to watch, but you must watch
and face the world; you have to do your share to clean
your own slate of conscience. If you don't feel anger or
sadness because they were not of your faith, race or
ethnicity, shame on you.
Years ago when I was in my early teens, my mother hid a
book “Eichman, killer of 6 million Jews” from me. It was
written in Urdu, my mother tongue, she
thought I could not handle the horror, she thought I may
lose trusting the society. She may have been right but
that put a damper on me for the next 40 years. I did not
have the guts to watch the horrors of the Holocaust; I
made several attempts to watch them on History and other cable
channels, and the moment they show the scene of train
loaded with skeletal bodies or when they were thrown in
the ditch, I froze, I could not see any more and I
realized my weakness and fought against it, still failed
to see the documentaries on Genocides.
When Dr. Irving and Ahmedinejad belittled the enormity of
Holocaust, it pained me that something so heinous is being
belittled. Thanks to Bernie Mayoff for sharing the DVD of
Schindler’s list, I watched it with a shrinking heart. I
was going through my own life’s movie and understood my
Mothers concerns, then my fears in watching the Holocaust
I took quite a lot in me to finally watch it and thank God
for giving me the courage to watch it. Then another life
time moment came when Bernie and I visited the Dallas
Holocaust Museum to talk about commemorating the Holocaust
that the United Nations had just proclaimed for the first
time in 60+ years. I met Elliot Dlin, the man with a lot
of passion for life and humanity, he gave us the tour of
the Museum, and I discovered he was my kind of guy,
Holocaust goes beyond the Jewish thing, it is a lesson for
humanity, a lesson about trusting the people around you.
In my own small way, I understood the horror of a few
people I knew, who had encountered it when they were
betrayed by the very ones they trusted, and were sexually abused
by them in their childhood. How difficult it must have been
when they were sent to gas chambers and the world stood by
doing nothing. It is the ugliest aspect of being human and
the very reason for religion to come in to being to remove
the ugliness from us, 99% of us get it and that 1/10th of
My Muslim friends agreed that it was time to come together
as religious persons and as humans, and they supported me
in organizing the first Holocaust commemoration by Muslims on Sundown, Sunday,
January 26, 2006. My Jewish and Muslim friends were joined
in by individuals and clergy from every faith in this moment of reflection.
Mr. William and Mrs.
Rosalie Schiff, the survivors of Holocaust spoke for about
two hours while every one listened with a pin drop
When Ahmedinejad belittled Holocaust in 2006, it irked me
to no point and I spoke out along with several Muslims
here in Dallas, nearly 40 Muslims wrote condemning
Ahmedinejad, a few of the letters were published in Dallas
Morning News, and here is mine.
“"The new deniers – Muslim leaders are calling the
Holocaust a Western myth, says Lee Harris, and it's
catching on," Jan. 15 Points.
The utterances of Iranian President Mahmud Ahmedinejad and
Mohammed Mahdi Akef, the head of the Muslim Brotherhood,
the largest opposition party in Egypt, perhaps do not
reflect even their own constituents, let alone Muslims.
Muslims do not subscribe to such nonsense, for it is the
duty of a Muslim to stand up for a just world.
I grew up in a Muslim family and read about the Holocaust.
My devout Muslim mother took away the book, telling me to
read when I can understand the suffering.
Thanks to her, I am one of the volunteers in organizing
Holocaust Memorial Day on Jan. 26. To save a life is
saving the whole of humanity. Holy Torah and Holy Qur’aan
say it, and Hinduism talks about the whole world as one
family. All faiths teach the same goodness. I recently
visited the Holocaust Museum and would urge every
disbeliever to visit and understand it.
My mom would be pleased to know I am doing what it takes
to be a "good Muslim," to respect every life God created.
Mike Ghouse, Carrollton
The frustration shared by a few was never to belittle
Holocaust, indeed, it was their cry for the world to hear
about genocide and massacre happening to their people. In a
Public forum, a fellow Muslim screamed at me for
‘betraying’ the plight of Palestinians without even
knowing anything about what I do. He did not understand that I have only
24 hours in a day and I challenged him to set up an event
for dialogue and show the plight of Palestinians, to this
day, I have not seen any work, other than the talk. My
fellow Indians, Hindus and Muslims alike told me about the
Gujarat Genocide. My Hindu friends cry out loud about the
plight of Hindu Pundits in Kashmir and the Buddhists about
Tibet, the African Americans about their own sad story and
the Native Indians about the annihilation of their
cultures and civilization. All these events are shameful
and must be acknowledged and talked about with openness,
so that all of us can work on rededicating our pledge "never
We must understand our linguistic and spatial limitations,
in any given breath and in any given moment, we cannot to
do verbal justice in reciting every atrocity. We cannot
even read one paragraph in one instance. Everything has to
be done in a sequence and each sequence has a different
priority to the ones that suffer.
No Genocide should minimize the other; it is our
collective responsibility for the peace. If we can realize
“I cannot have peace for me, if my family members, my
community or the world around me is not having it” then it
becomes our responsibility to do our share and do it
without keeping a score on what others do.
Peace exists in mutuality. Others should have peace for
me to have a piece of it. Let’s do our share.
There is a myth out there
that Holocaust is an industry. The record is otherwise, Jews are not doing this to
gain sympathy, they are doing this to make this world a
better place. I read with sadness that the
media publishes and gives currency to writers who belittle
Holocaust calling it a Jewish way of manipulating the
world without ever visiting the Holocaust Museums. I do
wish that the Media gives proportionate space for those
Muslims, Hindus, Christians, Buddhists, Bahai’s, Jains,
Sikhs, Zoroastrians, Wiccan, Pagans, Hopis, Toltec’s and
others who understand the need to learn about Holocaust
and what it represents. The do-gooders don't get the news
coverage, where as we see and hear only the ugly things in bad
disproportion. We are all in it together for the common
good and let's act inclusive.
On my part,
I have no gain to have and
have never received any benefit from any one. On the
contrary the extremists few (1/500th of 1%) among Muslims
and Jews have sent nasty emails from time to time and I
understand their point of view but disagree with them.
Criticism is always an essential element of democracy and
truth, and I welcome it, it keeps us on our toes.
Richard Holbrook and Eli
Wiesel, both Jews, have been in the forefront to stop the
Genocide in Bosnia and Darfur both places where Muslims
were and are being persecuted. The Jewish community has taken
the initiatives and the Muslims, Hindus, Christians and
other are doing their part as well, we need to acknowledge
them with gratitude. We need to work for co-existence of all.
I owe my gratitude to Eli Dlin of the Dallas Holocaust
Museum for sharing the larger concept of Holocaust with
me; to make the world aware of the dangers of remaining
silent when horrors engulf one, if it does to one, it does
to the other and then to you. We have to speak up and
learn the pledge “Never again” and should not let this
Dedicating the event to
Honor Mr. Dlin
Indeed, it was Eli Dlin’s idea to commemorate the
Holocaust and Genocides with a larger concept, to include
every massacre around the world. I am pleased to dedicate
this event to Elliott Dlin for seeding the idea.
When you see or hear news or information that uploads
you with hate and prejudice against the other, please question
it, even if it came from your Imam, Rabbi, Pandit, Priest
or Pastor. Ultimately, it is you who will be burning
inside for your judgments; it is you who feels the pain,
When you watch any biased television broadcasts, resist
all temptations to judge any group based on the
actions of individuals. If you can do that, you have
raised yourselves to be good human being, and you will feel
the goodness in you. If every one keeps distancing
themselves with the other, what are the chances of
creating a better world for you and I?
Finding the truth is your own responsibility for it
releases you from a negative bondage. It is achieved
through hearing the diametrically opposite views along
with other views. If the goal of such effort is
co-existence, then truth will emerge from all sides and
you will find peace within you with the action you take.
It is a commitment to your own peace of mind, your own
liberation, salvation, Mukti, Nijaat, Moksha, Nirvana and
ultimate freedom from hate and tension.
When you see or hear an atrocity, hold the temptation to
blame the religion. There is always an individual behind
an evil, not the religion. We need to place the blame on
individuals for committing the horrors, possibly stop them
when they are plotting and round them up and bring to
justice. Individuals do wrong and they should be
responsible for it not their parents, community, religion,
race or ethnicity.
Your peace hinges on mine; your
security is guaranteed when others around you are secure.
We need to take this approach to solve the problems.
Aren't we all in it together?
Reflections on Holocaust and Genocides is
set in Dallas, after sundown on Saturday, January 24th and
we wish to produce a small booklet to list all such
horrors. You can send us the list and any information
about it. You may undertake to write an essay in 600 words
about the event. You may find additional joy if you could
understand and write the tragedy of people other than your
own faith or ethnic group. Try it; there is peace in it
Mike Ghouse is a Speaker, Thinker and a
Writer. He presides the Foundation for Pluralism and is a
frequent guest on talk radio and local television network
discussing interfaith, religious, political, civic,
multi-cultural and India issues. He is the founding
president of World Muslim Congress with a simple theme:
Good for Muslims and good for the world. His comments,
news analysis and columns can be found on the Websites and
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Mike is a Dallasite for nearly three decades and
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