Last Tango in Baghdad ?

Zeynab, my dear friend (a shia - just in case you wondered) and I were chatting this morning over several cups of coffees.
We occasionally play this mind game which we have dubbed with the code name "Imagine"
It goes like this:
Imagine you had a million dollars...imagine you met prince charming...imagine you had your own swimming pool...imagine you are a famous singer...imagine you are a well known actress...imagine you did not have to worry anymore...imagine you can travel wherever you desire...imagine you are a politician (we hated that one)...imagine you were a cleric (we hated that one even more)...imagine you were forced to cover your face (no,we skipped that one quick)...imagine you could learn a new dance.

Yes! We both digged that one. We both love dancing and one of our secret wishes was to learn how to dance Tango in Buenos Aires.

So we imagined this tall hunk of a latino guy (preferably a Che Guevara look alike - without the beret and minimal hair gel) teaching us Tango steps to some smooth "Mi Confesion" tune...Us, dressed in those sleek black dresses and high heels...just heavenly...
But suddenly a grey cloud hovered our heads...Our faces changed expressions "subitamente".
We stared at each other and remembered Muqtada al Sadr, Al Hakim (father and son), Al-Maliki and Co...

Our smiling eyes lost their twinkling shine in matters of seconds and we instantly redressed ourselves in a prime and proper fashion as if some invisible "morality" militia guard appeared out of nowhere and was brandishing a gun and a drill to our heads.
Oh dear me, what an anti-climax that was.

We were obviously brought back to our shitty reality with one lightening of a thought that worked as a thunder bolt to wake us up from our innocent "reverie".

So we naturally deviated our fun game to more "serious" matters...Yeah you guessed right, the future of Iraq...
Did I say the "future" of Iraq? Seems I did.
Let us see what this future holds for us and yes Iraqi women are included in this future and no it is not solely about your tedious, dry, pseudo-academic, political analysis which has little bearings on our daily realities.

- P.Cockburn in a very rare moment of fractional truthful lucidity (let us keep our fingers crossed and hope that it lasts - even though I personally doubt it) "reported" in his latest article on the partial British withdrawal from Southern Iraq and I quote:

"...But long before then almost all the remaining British forces will be located at Basra air base and act in support of Iraqi military and police units..." the articles continues "...As a result, southern Iraq has, in effect, long been under the control of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) and the so-called "Sadrist" factions...The Iraqi forces that Britain helped create in the area were little more than an extension of Shia Islamist control by other means."

Now how do you read this? I read it as follows:

1) the so called Iraqi military and police are part of the current government presided by Al Maliki. Members of his government are : Al Hakim, father of the Badr Brigades from the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Council who helped the safe passage of Chalabi into Baghdad after its fall in 2003.
2) Chalabi the three in one agent who has made a noticeable comeback ( read the full article by R. Dreyfuss here) as I have mentioned it my previous post "Diss Information.
3) and last but not least, Muqtada al Sadr with his Jaysh Al-Mahdi also known as the Sadrists.

Finally P.Cockburn admits (even though he goes on to distort a few facts later on in the article but I will not dwell on them here) that Southern Iraq has fallen under the total control of both the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Council Iraqi Branch headed by al Hakim and the Sadrists.
If you remember in one of my previous posts, "Persian for Dummies", I confirmed that Southern Iraq has become an official Iranian enclave ...
I even mentioned in a subsequent piece, that the pictures of Ayatollah Khomeini, the lunatic, is plastered all over the city to the dismay of Iraqi Arab shias themselves.

- The second important development which has already been alluded to in one of my earlier posts, namely the new oil law that aims at the partitioning of Iraq into three statelets.
The North, the South and the Center. And I also mentioned that the ethnic cleansing that is taking place is part of that forced demographic change to facilitate that partitioning.

- The third important point is the so called "Security Crackdown plan".
Since its effect, this "new" plan has focused mainly on sunni areas and not on others.
For instance, Sadr city is virtually untouched and so are other predominantly shia areas.
Iraqileague website and al Haq agency report daily raids, mass detentions, and killings of sunnis, both civilians and so called "insurgents" aka anti occupation resistance fighters.
And today, Muqtada al Sadr has resurfaced calling the security plan a failure - translate that into the Mahdi Army returning full force to the streets of Baghdad.

Another interesting fact that emerged lately and which I touched upon in my previous posts and now it has become official- the three in one Chalabi (the triple agent/Mossad,Iranian/CIA) is a close friend to Muqtada Al Sadr and a mediator so to speak between the Americans and the various Iranian/Iraqi members of government.

So anyone with a modicum of common sense would conclude that:

a) the current Iraqi Government is nothing in fact but an agency for Teheran's directives.

b) the current Iraqi Government is nothing but an agency for Washington's plans in both Iraq and the region.

c) that the Brits partial pull out is not due to defeat as some like to claim but quite the opposite. The "pull out" from the South is precisely because they established their primary objective - facilitating the partition plan by handing over the south to the Iranian Revolutionary Council and to the Sadrists and their military base will back the so called Iraqi Army which is comprised by none but the above group.

d) that the so called security crackdown plan is really aimed at "cleaning" out all pockets of resistance be it armed or civilians both in the "sunni triangle" and in the northern city of Kirkuk by "flushing" out Turkmen and Arabs. (both groups are anti-occupation by the way)

e) that the new oil law that will be passing soon in parliament for approval, came out when all the above operations are fully underway paving the path for the ultimate partitioning of Iraq.

f) that those who are stuck in the details fail to see the bigger picture. Namely that an Iranian Islamic State in Iraq is in, full fledged and getting stronger and that none other but America has helped install it and counts on it for its "success" in operation Freedom.

After this sobering realization of an Islamic State Iran style in Iraq backed and approved by America, Zeynab and I needed more caffeine short of a stiff drink.
So we continued our mind game...What would you do if?

Imagine there is no occupation...imagine there are no Iranian mullahs...imagine there are no explosions...imagine there is no torture...imagine there are no detention camps...imagine there are no starving Iraqis...imagine we have functional hospitals ...imagine there is clean drinking water...imagine you can walk the streets without fear...imagine you did not have to be in knee high sewage...imagine your family is safe and happy...imagine you have electricity...imagine you can go back to school...imagine you can easily find a doctor...imagine you can go back to your old job...imagine you can go out shopping...just imagine Saddam Hussein is still alive and running the show...Imagine all of this is just a bad dream...

...Imagine Ahmadinajad (or Rafsandjani) with a flagellating whip dangling on one of his shoulders dancing Tango with Bush with his cowboy revolver swaying on his hips.
They pause, clink their champagne (or some good Rojo Argentinian Vino) glasses, passionately gaze into each other's eyes and say "Here's looking at you kid".

We laughed hysterically. But we knew that was no laughing matter...that was Reality.
Oh yes, it does take two to tango or to...trip.
Someone call our latino Che now!

Painting: Iraqi artist, Jaber Alwan "Dance Series".


Anonymous said…


What a concept huh?

I am glad that through it all you can still manage to find a way to smile Layla.
Even if just for a short time...


Stay safe & god bless,
Anonymous said…

We are all born of the dust and the dust is where we will all return, it completes the circle of life. War is no good for no one and one attachment is always death.
This even makes it worse when your in a pointless war as g w bush has caused by his prevarication to this war.

I'm not sticking up for bush because he's nothing less then a mass murderer. But if not for england and their british lies bush most likely woulld not have obtained the support of most americans. I would say the brits are the biggest reason were in Iraq today and they also shall pay.

You know me Layla, I love poetry so I will share an Aztec poem with you. So I would suggest jr coyote to skip over our campfire chat. And go howl at the moon!

- Untitled by Hungry Coyote -

All the earth is a grave and nothing escape it,
nothing is so perfect that it does not decend to the toub.
Rivers, rivulets, fountains and water flow,
but never return to their joyful beginnings;
anxiously they hasten on the vast reals of the rain god.
As they widen their banks, they also fashion the sad urn of their burail.

Filled are the bowels of the earth with pestilential dust once flesh and bone,
once animate bodies of man who sat upon thrones, decided cases, presided in council, commanded armies, counquered provinces,
possessed treasures, destroyed temples, exulted in their pride, majesty, fortune, praise and power.

Vanished are their glories, just as the fearful smoke vanishes that bleches forth from the infernal fires of Popocatepetl.
Nothing recalls them but the written page.


Yes bush and company with the nasty brits shall someday pay for what they have done. It Is Without Question!

Little Deer I'm glad your safe and sound.

Bless all my brothers and sisters with love.

Savage American Warrior
Anonymous said…
Did Iranians do this also? WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO FUCKING ACCCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE SELF DESTRUCTION YOU ARAB IRAQIS ARE ENGAGING IN WHEN? SO are you now cliaming the shiates this suicide bomber killed were Iranian???? Your at each others throats cutting each other apart STOP BLAMING OTHERS FOR YOUR PROBLEMS AND START HELPING YOURSEVES GET OUT OF THIS SAVAGE STATE

BAGHDAD, Iraq - A female suicide bomber triggered a ball bearing-packed charge Sunday, killing at least 41 people at a mostly Shiite college whose main gate was left littered with blood-soaked student notebooks and papers amid the bodies.

Anonymous said…
you need to get out of this one dimensional poor man third world mentality of needing one man, and a dictator at that, "will that is what they become when everyone follows and obeys their every word?' Its not fucking basketball its not micheal jordan ok. Its 30 million people and a country and no country needs one man to run the fucking show. Why cant the population rise up and run the show, why do you need to follow one intransigent dictator's will like a bunch of sheep saying BAHHH BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH, why do you have this follow the dictator mind set, get out of it, it has not brought you arabs much at all, it has only set you back and kept you in the dark ages, while the rest of the world keeps advancing the third world is stuck, wanting to follow a strong man, that is not growth, that is not advancement, that is not the way to match the west and Europe, with this mentality all you will ever do is blow each other up, and if you arent doing that you have one man put you all in check, and make you follow his will.
Montag said…
Are you intimating that the major frictions between the USA and Iran may actually be decided as they stand over the body of a prostrate Iraq, wielding butcher knives as they slice off the cuts of flesh most to their individual tastes?!

Once I got over my shock, I remembered the famous caricature of Hitler and Stalin over the body of Poland:

It should be updated.
Anonymous said…

Anon, you rant like a little coyote that howls at the moon but is never able to retain peace in the heart. Life is not perfect anywhere in the world, but when you as another country or nation injects your beliefs and greedy ways like it or not your the dirt in the stew. Yes the grit of life so to say.

No my little coyote your rants do nothing, but show just how bright your star truely is. Your thoughts reflect your inner self, cold and just how inarticulate you are.


There once was a King who offered a prize to the atrist who would paint the best picture of peace. Many artist tried. The King looked at all the pictures, but there were only two he really liked and had to choose between them.

One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror, for peaceful towering mountain were all arould it. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw this picture thought that was a perfect picture of peace.

The other picture had mountains too. But these were rugged and bare. Above was an angery sky from which lightning played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all. But when the King looked, he saw behind the waterfall a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird had built a nest. There, in the midst of the rush of the angery water, sat the mother bird that built that nest...perfect peace.

Which picture do you think won the prise?

The King chose the second picture. Do you know why? "Because," explained the King, "peace does not mean to be in a place where there in no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart. That is the real meaning of peace."


You see my little coyote your peace and what you think should be peace is not always peace. If you were to go all nations and countries because peace as you see it was not there, countries with brits and americans would have been gone along time of go if this was the case. Why? Because of their Savage ways!!!

Don't push your concept of nation building on anyone but your walking dead from your country. Get some sleep, so you can wake-up!!!

Peace up

Savage American Warrior
Anonymous said…
It seems that what I suspected for a long time and promptly dismissed as ludicrous may well be closer to the truth than even my cynical mind could imagine.

Before I go any further you need to have a good, close look at the following motto upon which the Israeli Mossad operate on...

"By way of deception, thou shalt do war"

My question now becomes - "How much deception has there been over Iraq and indeed the whole Middle East?

Are the threats made by the US and Israel against Iran over their nuclear buildup nothing more than a phony exercise in gross deceit?

Is the US-Israel-Iran "Axis Of Deceipt" just a convenient alliance
to bring Iraq under their control?

These appear on the surface to be questions of incomprehensible impossibility but are they?

Once their aims are achieved the question then arises as to who is going to double cross who first as it will eventually become essential for that to happen.

My guess is that the US and Israel will turn against Iran as Nazi Germany did against the USSR in World War 2 resulting in my opinion a similar outcome.

My reasons for predicting that Iran will eventually prevail over their opponents despite the heavy odds stacked against them are twofold.

They will be fighting for the very existance of their country - if not for the whole of the Middle East and above all else, they will be fighting for the future of their religion - a highly potent combination which is guaranteed to defeat any invader no matter how long it takes.

A fanciful and highly improbable scenario? Maybe but never forget...
"By way of deception, thou shalt do war"
Anonymous said…
Dear Savage,

Your post on Peace is ever so beautiful....and I am sure that Layla will agree with me that YOU are a wonderful source of Peace.

Thank you and peace and love to you, always.

Layla, thank you, again for your writing.... Iraqis have been robbed of everything they have held dear - but please, don't ever lose HOPE.
Anonymous said…
OK...a bit of levity here.

drumroll, please...

This just in from the front:

The new head of the American Congressional Defense Committee
was asked whether he knew the difference between
Sunni and Shia.

He replied “I’m not sure which one's which, but I remember
they had a great hit with ' I've Got You Babe' ".

LostHere said…
How interesting...
Here where I live (the US, although I am not from here) seems that everyone chose not to remember what was comon knowledge, and let their minds just repeat what we hear all the time... "Saddam was a monster..."
You know, I can not just take their word for it, because I remember... Was not Iraq a modern, secular and extremally well educated country? I know it was! So now when I hear (all the time) about Iraquies not being able to gobern thenselves, I say BULL! In my eyes, it was not the war with Iran that created the real hardships, but the "UN mandated" sanctions, that it tried to bring this proud nation on its knees, when that was not enough a full invation... and for what? To soften the path to the persians? or could it really be to facilitate the path to an extreme theocracy?
May God helps us all. MAy God help all Arab women.
Anonymous said…
the tango is a very good way to dream with a dance very sexy and latin, i like to see you have hope, keep on in this way,i send you good vibes from argentina.
and i like to see you like the tango(i know how to dance tango)so i feel glad that you dream with a dance of that really beautiful music of my country, i wish u can do it someday.
and the che guevara is alive in the minds of many people in latin america, he never dies for the ones who want a better world.
i hope this war finally ends, i really think bush, blair and aznar will be judged for what they have done in thw world, they will receive what they deserve someday, u can be sure.

good vibes and keep on blogging
good luck from argentina

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