Far­rakhan warns Trump not to ‘trig­ger’ war

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MIN­IS­TER Louis Far­rakhan, the leader of the Na­tion of Is­lam, an Amer­i­can po­lit­i­cal and re­li­gious move­ment, has warned Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump not to pull “the trig­ger of war in the Mid­dle East at the in­sis­tence of Is­rael”.

He was speak­ing yes­ter­day on a visit to Iran.

The 85-year-old Far­rakhan, long known for provoca­tive com­ments widely con­sid­ered anti-Semitic, crit­i­cised the eco­nomic sanc­tions lev­elled by Trump against Iran af­ter Amer­ica’s pull-out from the nu­clear deal be­tween Tehran and world pow­ers.

Far­rakhan told jour­nal­ists in Tehran that he is “beg­ging our pres­i­dent and the gov­ern­ment that sup­ports him to be very, very care­ful”.

“The war will trig­ger an­other kind of war which will bring China, Rus­sia, all of the na­tions into a war,” he said.

Far­rakhan leads the Na­tion of Is­lam, a black sep­a­ratist re­li­gious move­ment which has been largely closed off to out­siders, mak­ing it im­pos­si­ble to closely to gauge its strength.

For Far­rakhan, the height of his promi­nence came when he or­gan­ised the 1995 Mil­lion Man March in Wash­ing­ton, a sym­bol of black pride and em­pow­er­ment. Ear­lier on his trip to Iran, state tele­vi­sion pub­lished a short video clip of Far­rakhan try­ing to say “Death to Is­rael” in Farsi, a com­mon chant at ral­lies in the decades af­ter Iran’s 1979 Is­lamic Revo­lu­tion.

He be­gan to re­peat it, but the crowd at Tehran Univer­sity sit­ting at Far­rakhan’s event then sub­sti­tuted “Amer­ica” for “Is­rael”, draw­ing laugh­ter.

Af­ter the video clip spread on­line, Far­rakhan is­sued a state­ment say­ing “I never led a chant call­ing for death to Amer­ica; I asked a ques­tion about how to pro­nounce the chant in Farsi dur­ing my meet­ing with Ira­nian stu­dents and an ex­am­i­na­tion of the video shows just that”.

Far­rakhan had harsh words for Trump. “It is your poli­cies that are erod­ing trust for you in the world… and now you are pulling apart, con­fused,” Far­rakhan said. “If you do this, you will bring about not the Ira­nian chant… you will bring about the death of the great­est na­tion that has been on this Earth in the last 6 000 years.”

| Reuters

Build­ing bridges and as­sist­ing na­tions in need is what China’s been do­ing for awhile, when it comes to South Africa, China sees them as a ‘strate­gic pivot’.

LOUIS Far­rakhan, the leader of the Na­tion of Is­lam.

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