Ahmed M. Rehab
Ordinary American Citizen
Metropolitan Archbishop PAVLOS
Of the Greek Orthodox Old Calendar Church Of North and South America
Member of the Holy Synod of the Old Calendar Church of Greece
Under the Presidency of Archbishop CHRYSOSTOMOS II of Athens and All Greece
Hellenic Orthodox Traditionalist Church of America
Holy Metropolis of the Greek Orthodox
Old Calendar Church of America
Cathedral of Saint Markella
22-68 26th Street Astoria, NY 11105
William Jefferson Clinton
President of the United States of America
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
I have read your Kosovo
letter addressed to Mr. William
Jefferson Clinton, in which you accused him of being
naive, murderous, and a sellout to the Christian world
- amongst other entertaining things.
You spoke of morality,
of religion, and of God. Yet
your self-righteousness have somehow failed to make
mention of the great inhumanity and injustice the Serbs
have systematically practiced against the minorities in
Indeed, you have failed
to mention that Serbia is
guilty of being the only European post-WWII-era
sovereign state to resort to a barbaric and primitive
campaign of ethnic cleansing against its defenseless
After several years of
merciless murder and rape of the
Bosnian people, which has resulted in 250,000 deaths,
28,000 rapes, and 2 million refugees, Serbia has once
again emerged as a fascist power crushing the weak in
The ravenous Serbian campaign
against Bosnia has left
many concrete evidences of Serbian brutality for the
world to see. Serbian fascist leaders are alone to
blame for their clear violation of Bosnian human
rights. Their orders of indiscriminate mass murder and
rape of civilians has indeed led to their conviction on
several counts of war crimes.
Once again the same perpetrators
are on the attack.
Once again the victims are from the only remaining
indegenous Muslim population in Europe. Your holiness,
in your letter to Mr. Clinton, seemed to take pride in
such service, and indeed indicate that the West is
indebted to the Orthodox Serbs for it.
Does your Holiness truly
believe that God, to which you
made considerable reference in your letter, could
approve the mass murder of innocent civilians, simply
because they are Muslim. How selfish, closed-minded,
Your attempt to cash in
on the western-coined, but
rarely-defined term, "terrorists", as an appeal to Western
sympathy is deplorable as well as rather obvious. The KLA
did not form until after Serbian agression in the province
of Kosova had ordained an armed resistance incumbent
for the mere survival of its indigenous Albanian population.
I think you are not a stranger to this reality though you may
choose to overlook it. Had the KLA been terrorists, as only
the Serbs and yourself have claimed thus far, they would
have been in existence, practicing "terrorism", long before
the iron fist of Milosevic started pounding their villages to
the ground. As we both know, that was not the case.
Moreover, I draw your attention
to your provocative
anti-Islamic sentiments, conspicuously expressed in your
letter, and echoed in the Greek Archdiocese official web page.
Since when does an indigenous population's struggle
against the forces of annihalation constitute "Islamic
On the other hand, why
do you insist on using terms
such as the "Christian heartland" in reference to the Balkans.
Doesn't that automatically disregard those Balkan natives
who happen to be Muslims. Is that not Christian
"fundamentalism" on your part? What are you saying?
That Slavs who are not Christian are no longer Slavs,
and no longer deserve to be a part of the region?
Isn't that the venomous message Milosevic is trying to convey
as justification for his massacres and mass abuse of
the region's Muslims? The Bosnians' and Kosovars' only
crime is that they have chosen to embrace Islam over
Christianity. Is that not a personal choice, why is there no
freedom of religion? Now all of a sudden, Muslim Slavs
are shunned off as foreigners in their own ancestral homes;
how can that be? Islam is a faith, not an ethnicity!
Why do you so passionately
defend those who persecute
on the basis of religion O' Orthodox one?
The Serbs are well aware
of the general defenselessness
of the Muslim Slavs; precisely, because they are
engulfed in the heart of "the great cradle of Orthodox
Christian civilization" you have so proudly referenced
in your letter. Indeed Karadzic proclaimed with a
confident, thunderous voice in one of his many fascist,
propagandistic public speeches, overflowing with
Serbian nationalism: "do not think that you can avoid
making the Muslim people disappear, because the Muslim
people cannot defend themselves if there is a war". And
I quote him word for word.
This sentiment is the underlying
behind the overwhelming crushing, and ethnic cleansing
of the Muslim Slavs.
Luckily, every mighty force
must, one day, face a
mightier force than itself.
For the first time in modern
history, and under the
courageous leadership of President Clinton, The US
armed forces has acted to put a stop to the abuse of
the weak, acting not out of self interest, but a
sincere and genuine desire to preserve the human rights
of the weak and defenseless.
O' Orthodox man of God,
you must wholeheartedly thank
Mr. Clinton for being the first US president to insist
on defending the weak and anguished, in the face of
such controversy and opposition.
You spoke of morality...
Mr. Clinton will go down into the history books as
being the only modern-era world leader to anger the
strong, over nothing more than the defense of the weak.
Indeed, in that regard, Mr. Clinton is a hero.
Your letter also mentioned Turkey.
Mr. Clinton was justified
in characterizing it as a
"moderate Muslim state". It is one of the few
significant nations in the region that is a faithful
ally to the United States. You have to remember that
Mr. Clinton is the president of the United States, and
not Greece. If you are to turn him on Turkey, you are
to delineate an example of Turkish aggression against
the US, not Greece. Your faith in the existence of a
Universal Moral Christian Kingdom that binds the US and
Greece together is unfounded and naive - albeit
Moreover, it is worth mentioning
that Turkey is a
secular state. As far as it is concerned, any act of
aggression or kindness is rarely motivated by Islamic
reasons. In that sense, Turkey is a "moderate Muslim
state". You ought to have known that on your own.
You are a man of God. Please
pray for peace in the
Balkans, and pray that God remove the hate from the
heart of the Serbian aggressors, and from the hearts of
the Kosovar revenge-seekers. You just might find that
to be more fruitful than an unfounded, and delusional
attack on the Christian identity of our president.
Ahmed M. Rehab
"Whosoever doeth one atom's
worth of good, shall see its
worth; and whosoever doeth one atom's worth of evil shall see
- The Holy Koran