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Julian Assange, Moazzam Begg, Asim Qureshi – Review

Review of: Julian Assange, Moazzam Begg, Asim Qureshi
TV Show Review:   Julian Assange
Reviewed by: AIDY

On 05/16/2012
Last modified:05/16/2012


Julian Assange interviews 'Cage Prisoners' advocates Moazzam Begg and Asim Qureshi.

The World Tomorrow (May 14, 2012)Julian Assange is starting to get more daring with his latest subject matter for “open discussion.” This week he interviewed former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg and Asim Quershi, a former corporate lawyer who now serves as the senior researcher of Cageprisoners Ltd., an organization created for the purpose of shedding light on those still imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay.
Moazzam Begg

Begg opens the interview with an alarming testimony of his experiences during incarceration at the infamous prison–he states that while being hooded and beaten, he was forced to sign a document stating he was an Al-Qaeda sympathizer; and he himself chose to give assistance to insurgents and their families in any way possible. The claim also went on to discuss that Begg also intended to fight alongside Al-Qaeda. These statements, according to Begg, were signed while under duress–out of concern for his family. He went on to state that the interrogators were showing him pictures of his children–while an unidentified woman in the next room (alleged Begg’s wife) was being detained–and allegedly asked if he planned on seeing them again.Assange goes further to mention a Wikileaks cable concerning Begg’s journey to Luxembourg, a communication to convince the small nation to accept some of the Guantanamo Bay prisoners. It was assumed that The United States saw this as an opportunity to allow Begg to campaign thereto assist in convincing Luxembourg to take some prisoners. Begg found the situation humorous; he believes that the US seen him as a sort of ambassador, however he was more than certain they continued to view him as the enemy.Qureshi steps in after Begg and declares Muslims all over the world are being persecuted– in a form of racist colonialism–and that Muslims a right to defend themselves. Since both men are citizens of the UK, Qureshi believes fellow Muslims living in the United Kingdom should support fighters in other nations, but then insists that only peaceful dialogue is the only way these misconceptions about Muslims can come to a halt. His opinions on Al-Qaeda are mixed–he states that their actions aren’t entirely productive to reaching the group’s goal.
Asim Qureshi

Begg delved into an explanation of the word “Jihad,” which normally incites heated feelings to many people. He discussed that these resentments were part of negative media coverage. The word is “only negative” when it does not benefit the Western agenda. The example he gives was when the British government brought over Jihadists in the 1970′s and 80′s to train with the SAS for the Soviet occupation; and recently during the scuffle against Qaddafi in Libya (this was later disproved in an article by The Guardian). He alleges that part of the purpose of Cageprisoners is to clarify what the word Jihad means, and how the word is used for manipulation.Assange furthers the discussion regarding Al-Qaeda by asking Begg his opinion of Osama Bin Laden. His response was surprising. He stated that Bin Laden was a great leader during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan; and was very helpful in ending the conflict due to the assistance of the West. However, he also sees him as unimportant and of minimal in influence in this era.Begg suggests Bin Laden was only popular in the Gulf States from battling against the Soviets, but his importance in the conflict is unknown to the majority of the Arab world. Begg believes that the West needed a “figurehead” to enter the Middle East for its own intentions.Many will find Assange’s latest interview controversial–perhaps due to some misunderstandings of Islamic culture. The alleged torture of the innocent without due process–which against human rights laws–is wrong on all fronts. Violence should not be supported on any side.There was a revealing point in this interview I found surprising: Begg’s descriptions regarding the history of Jihadists working “alongside” the British government. A statement I remain skeptical of as I cannot find any supporting documentation at the time of Assange’s broadcast.Assange’s current track record and the opinions expressed during his interviews may be best served if he focused at least some of his coverage towards the Icelandic Revolution, as well as a follow up on theimportant activities of the #Occupy movement since these are topics have the most interest to many.The world is busy. It is good that Assasnge is continuing his coverage of essential topics of worldwide dissidence. Overall, another intriguing broadcast.

The transcript for this week’s episode of The World Tomorrow is available at the show’s website.

Source: World Tomorrow