Messages to the California
Dialogue of Cultures Conference
Saturday, November 24, 2001
Statement from Yusef Haddad,
President, Arab-American Press Guild,
Since my health does not allow me to attend the meeting I am sending this brief statement to express our deep commitment to the dialogue among civilizations, instead of wars between civilizations.
At this crucial time, many worldwide clashes of civilizations, and wars between nations and threats of terrorism are spreading all over the world. Many people, nations, and organizations are claiming to be on a mission to promote peace, reconciliation, and harmony amoung people of diverse ehtnic backgrounds, races, and religions. Even the United Nations has announced the year 2001 as the year of dialogue among civilizations. But in reality, none of them are honestly committed to the dialogue among civilizations Lyndon H. LaRouche and his wife Helga strongly emphasized that the dialogue of civilizations and economic development are the only solutions to the modern day problems a long time before the current wave of events.
As an Arab-American who lives in the United States and faces the discrimination resulting from being of Middle Eastern origin, and as a person who lives in two cultures and two civilizations, I foresee the importance of the dialogue among civilizations to have a better understanding of others. Therefore, we Arab-Americans, Christians and Muslims, together, shall help in developing among others and ourselves the idea of reconciliation and better understanding through useful communication and dialogue.
Yousef Elia Haddad,
Arab American Press Guild President
Greetings from Joe Kirojan,
President, Indonesian Party of Struggle in the U.S.A.
Since I am unable to be with you becaouse of prior commitments, I send greetings and best wishes from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle-USA, the U.S. affiliate of the party of Pres. Megawati. Indonesia is the 4th largest nation in the world, with great ehtnic and religious diversity, spanning 17,000 islands. As the global economic crisis has worsened, Indonesia has become vulnerable to those who would create ethnic and religious strife.
Perhaps there are even those in the West who would like to break up and destroy Indonesia and return it to colonial status. Pres. Megawati has expressed her desire for friendship with the United States, but has also expressed her concern about continued U.S. military action in Afghanistan and other Islamic countries. Religious war, as advocated by those who, as Mr. LaRouche has warned, are pushing a "clash of c ivilizations," is a great danger for Indonesia. I see great importance in Mr. LaRouche's Eurasian Land-Bridge proposal. I love the Eurasian Land-Bridge idea. This is the kind of nation-building economic development which can lead to peaceful cooperation of nations and of the great religions.
This is very much in line with what our founding father Pres. Sukarno has worked for. I am very hopeful that his daughter, our president Megawati, will continue that tradition.
Best wishes for further collaboration,
Chairman, Indonesian Party of Struggle in the USA