Bits & Pieces from the Iraqi Coffin.

Uncle Abu Nabil, just arrived from Baghdad, via Erbil. He had much to tell us.

But before, I give you the latest news, I want to share with you a few impressions...

I was watching Al-Arabiya program “Men al Iraq” (from Iraq), and the guest of “honor” was none other than the CIA/Iranian Agent, embezzler, crook, Chalabi.

As you know Chalabi was put in charge of the De-Baathification program, which really consisted of massacring or imprisoning every single Baathist. This was done by Chalabi’s private militias in coordination with the thugs from Iran- Muqtada Al-Sadr’s militias, the Badr Brigades of Al-Hakeem SCII, Hezbollah/Iraq branch , the Iranian Quds Brigades and the American occupation forces.

This cleaning out of the Baathists was also done in conjunction with the sectarian cleansing of Sunnis, under the false allegation that all Sunnis are Baathists. Of course the Baath party had a majority of Shias , from the higher echelons all the way down...

In fact, some fake Baathists, basically Shias, were given posts in the various ministries, just because they were Shias. Their previous Baath affiliation did not seem to be a stumbling block in them gaining employment in the sectarian ministries.

I will not give names, not for the moment. They were considered redeemed since they provided vital information to Iran and the Americans. In other words they turned out to be collaborators.

According to this crook, murderer Chalabi, there are about 7’000 of them employed in the various ministries.

The new "Accountability and Justice" law was the subject of the interview on the Al-Arabiya.

The Iraqi presenter was quite clever, she cornered Chalabi on several occasions. He paused, stuttered and could not really reply to any of her questions. Basically what he said is the following:

- The de-baathification is still fully operational, the new "Accountability and Justice" is just a change of name.

- The 7’000 Baathists (mainly shias) currently working in various ministries will be hunted down, regardless of their change of heart.

- The clause in the "Accountability and Justice" law, that states that “all political parties are allowed a say” does not include the Baath party.

- When pressed to clarify the obvious contradiction of this clause with the de-Baathification , Chalabi replied that “All political parties in Iraq from the extreme Left to the extreme Right are allowed in Iraq except the Baath." He gave examples of post-Nazi Germany and post–Fascist Italy where these parties were outlawed.

- When asked, how come the sectarian militias part of the government are not tried for their sectarian killings, Chalabi replied that they were presented to Justice. And “Iraqi” law will take its course.

An obvious lie. Everyone knows that none of the militias who are part and parcel of the sectarian government will NOT be presented for trial on charges of mass murder and ethnic cleansing. They are part of the puppet government and fulfilling the American plan.

Who will try them, the Americans or the puppet Judicial system ? Give us a break, crook, CIA/Iranian agent, Chalabi.

Every single decent true Iraqi knows what kind of scum you are made of. And everyone knows that when you arrived to Baghdad on American tanks you were accompanied by the Iranian Quds brigades and some Iranian militaries and we have pictures to prove it.

So yes, the "Accountability and Justice" law is another ploy to finish off any nationalistic, patriotic Iraqi. A ploy that was already used in the past when a new law was issued asking all Iraqi military personnel to come forward to receive their pensions, they were executed in broad daylight. It was nothing but a cunning scheme by the sectarian Iranian Shia government to get them out of their hiding. And this new "Accountability and Justice" law is more of the same but even more lethal.
So be alerted.

It will undoubtedly provide some “meat “ for so-called political scientists who think they are finally seeing true Democracy in Iraq. Have none of it. There is no Democracy under occupation. And there has never been.

Now back to Uncle Abu Nabil.

Abu Nabil is not a Baathist, but is a retired judge and has very good contacts and inside information. He is half Sunni/half Shia. He has family in Basra, Baghdad and Erbil.

We talked for hours and he had a lot to tell me. I hope I can remember all the information. So here it is. And I would like you to read it CAREFULLY, SLOWLY and THINK ! (if that is not too much asking)

Basra (Southern Iraq)

- Most official and non official buildings have inscriptions in Farsee/Persian. They have been renamed in Persian.

- Farsee is spoken in Basra, alongside Arabic.

- Monetary dealings can be done in either Tooman (Iranian currency) or Iraqi dinars. That means when you buy something you can pay in both currencies.

- The pictures of Khomeini, Ahmadinajad, Al Hakeem, Muqtada Al-Sadr are everywhere. When you think that critiques of President Saddam Hussein accused him of imposing the personality cult and you see these pictures of turbaned snakes everywhere...Makes you wonder does it not?

- The Iranian and sectarian militias have infiltrated the highest echelons of police, army, government officials. Any criticism means death.

- ALL women are forced to veil. And the number of women murdered by those militias is much higher than the official figure given (153).

- People FEAR speaking out against all the human rights abuses that are taking place in Basra, for they run the risk of disappearing in no time.

- Corruption is endemic.

- Al Hakeem’son of SCII, Ammar, is known to be a notorious playboy, embezzler and crook, next to being a murderer. He is also providing free oil to Iran through dubious contracts that the central government of which he is a member is very well aware of.

- Kuwaitis are often seen in Basra and have numerous business deals with the Iranians there.

- Drugs and arms are the main bread and butter of the sectarian militias.

- Basra is now unofficially considered a state of its own.

Erbil (Northern Iraq)

- Masoud Barazani, the Kurdish, Mossad/CIA agent, crook, embezzler, thug, arm dealer, insists on changing the Iraqi flag.

- Several Iraqis have been imprisoned for waving the Iraqi flag in “Kurdistan.”

- He and his family have monopoly over all businesses and contracts to the annoyance of the Kurdish population. (Serves them right)

- Many Kurds do not approve of what is happening but are AFRAID to voice their discontent.

- The statues of Masoud Barazani and his father are found on every street corner. So are his pictures and that of his father. And the Kurds along with sectarian Shias, criticized President Saddam Hussein for having portraits.

- The majority of the Kurdish population is impoverished and does not have access to decent medical care.

- Honor killings against women, in the Kurdish villages are very common.

- Both Masood Barazani and Jalal Talabani (the so-called current president of Iraq) are dealing in Iraqi oil through dubious contracts, exporting it and cashing in the profits - just like their corrupt Shia counterparts.

Baghdad (Central Iraq)

- Baghdad in the past 6 months has changed even more. The road from the Airport to central Baghdad is unrecognizable. I asked the driver, "why have you taken a different route” to which he replied "It is not. That is the same route. I did not recognize it anymore.”

- There are concrete blocks, checkpoints, barbed wires, walls EVERYWHERE. Authorizations from BOTH the militias and the American forces are demanded to move from one neighborhood to another.

- The streets have become garbage containers. The garbage has reached the sky.

- There is a terrible shortage of electricity, water, and fuel.

- Inflation is over 110%.

- The health system is in shambles. Doctors cannot be found. Some have sought refuge in Erbil and most have escaped outside the country.

- It is common knowledge in Baghdad that those who murdered the scientists, academics and doctors were the IRANIAN Quds brigades and paid AMERICAN death contractors including the MOSSAD.

- It is common knowledge in Baghdad,that Al-Qaeda is financed by BOTH America and Iran.

- Rape is common. Many women are raped by militias, police and armed forces but they DARE NOT report it.

- Women are forced to take up the veil, including the few left Christian Baghdadis, even young school girls are veiled out of FEAR.

- Orphaned Children live in the streets. American troops throw a few candies their way, high above, from their humvees, as if feeding animals. Sometimes I wonder if these candies are not filled with poison like the drugs they exported to Iraq filled with AIDS.

- One finds so many drug addicts and drugs dealers in Baghdad (Something unheard of during our “dictatorship”)

- Many people DARE NOT send their children to school for security reasons. Also schools are frequent targets for both the sectarian militias and the American occupation forces.

- What were mixed neighborhoods are totally ethnically cleansed are now Shia only neighborhoods.

- A lot of the true Iraqi shias are AFRAID to speak out against the sectarian militias.

- In Sunni neighborhoods, you find on a regular basis, the IRANIAN Quds Brigades harassing the people, burning down Sunnis mosques, insulting and slandering. In one Sunni neighborhood, one week ago, they caught 4 Iranians cursing and slandering the Sunnis and the Americans were there and did nothing.

- You will see in most neighborhoods, including Sunni ones, pictures and portraits of Muqtada al Sadr, Abdel Azeez Al- Hakeem and other turbaned mullahs, with black or green flags waving. The Badr Brigades posters include the following remarks
“District no. 1,2, 3…Islamic Revolutionary Council of Iraq/Iranian Quds Brigades.” They control every district.

- Hadi Al-Amiri, military head of the armed Badr Brigades is known to be a notorious killer. Even Bremer said so in his memoirs. He too arrived on American tanks from Iran.

- Muqtada Al-Sadr so-called freeze on all “activities” are due to a fall out with Al-Hakeem head of SCII and Badr Brigades. This latter promised him and his Jaysh Al-Mahdi chunks of the bounty, if he agreed to ethnically cleanse Sunnis.
The SCII and Badr Brigades did not deliver, that is why Muqtada Al-Sadr and his Jaysh Al-Mahdi s decided to supposedly stop their sectarian cleansing until further notice.

- The Sawha or Awakening Councils are another American ploy to contain the Resistance. After being massacred by both the Iranian sectarian shias and Al-Qaeda, Sunnis and the Resistance have realized that both Al-Qaeda and the Shia sectarian militias were working for the Americans and the Iranians.

- People are AFRAID to speak out, they can easily be abducted, disappear, get imprisoned, or get killed by the militias, the police or the armed forces both American and Iraqi.

- Everyone hates the Americans. They shoot anyone standing in their way, physically eliminate them. When they drive around, if you don’t stop and stand aside, they shoot you. As simple as that.

- The Americans are aware of what Iran and its militias are doing in Baghdad. They are also aware of the sectarian nature of the Government, but they don’t seem to mind. As long as their presence is secured, that is all they care about.

- We are prisoners in our homes. No one dares go out, no one dares do anything. It is unbearable. You never know when a bullet or a mortar will fall on your head.

-Iraq is in bits and pieces. I don’t when and who will be put together again.

The above is what Uncle Abu Nabil said word for word. I knew all of that anyway but he just confirmed it to me. But what he was trying to tell me is that the situation is getting worse. And that Iraq and Baghdad in particular have dramatically changed.

As I said, we talked for a long time, so I have attempted to present you with highlights only.

We ended our conversation with a question he posed and I hope you will take time to ponder and answer it yourselves.

He said I really don’t understand why people are defending Iran against an American attack. Iran is in the heart of occupied Baghdad. The Americans we will eventually drive away, but Iran is a neighbor, It will be more difficult to get rid of that one. Why did the Americans hand Iraq to the Iranians? This I don’t understand. Must have been an agreement between both.”

Art work: Iraqi artist, Hashim Hanoon.


RhusLancia said…
Layla: "So yes, the "Accountability and Justice" law is another ploy to finish off any nationalistic, patriotic Iraqi."

Once again, in La La Layla land, only Ba'athists can be nationalistic and patriotic. Raed Jarrar thinks al Sadr is patriotic and nationalistic, but he is not a Ba'athist. Can this be?

Layla: "Abu Nabil is not a Baathist, but is a retired judge and has very good contacts and inside information."

A retired judge? You mean, from Saddam's time? God, I wonder how many innocent people he sent to undeserved graves. No wonder he's so vested in consolidating and spreading the whole gamut of anti-Iraqi "information". Abu Nabil, do think if things are restored to how they were, your conscience will be cleared?
Anonymous said…
Anonymous said…
rhuslancia's a raight wang murKin what likes to pour salt and irritants in open wounds. murKin see, murKin do.
Anonymous said…
Would you like to stop criticize Shias and Iranians all the time... Get united thats the only way of fighting and wining from the ocupators ...
RhusLancia said…
molleja: "likes to pour salt and irritants in open wounds."

Molleja, I seriously doubt Abu Nabil is wounded at all from his actions. I doubt he's ever given any of his sentences a second thought, either at the time or now.

AN: "They were Shia. Of course they were all guilty!!"

LA: (nodding vigorously) "Yes yes! Oh so very yes!"
Anonymous said…
"why people are defending Iran against an American attack."

coz the khomeinist spider has been posing as a champion of palestine and the 3d world in general for decades now and the stupid naive western and arab leftist flies got caught in the net.

"why did the Americans hand Iraq to the Iranians ?"

coz persian sectarianism serves well their goal of dismembering and weakening the iraqi body, so they can later dish the whole out 2 israel ("from the nile 2 the euphrates"...over our dead bodies !).

as 4 the post-u.s. surrender, free and sovereign iraqis have always been able 2 keep the persian dogs at bay.

if u ask me, u should give a little thought about the remaining true (underground) ba'ath party 2 lead a post-liberation alliance govt...and if some of ur proud and brave sisters wud be kind enough 2 give birth 2 another saddam hussein in the next few years it wud not be bad either :-)

i will have 2 be away for sometime, don't worry if u'll not see me commenting, i'll be back as soon as i can.

long live iraq, united, independent, proud of her identity and free from racism and sectarianism.

keep up the wonderful, priceless work.

lots of love.
Anonymous said…
c'mon ole rhus, aka lose,

you can seriously doubt and wonder all you want from your bunker in the Phoenix war zone, but in fairness to others please leave the serious thinking and writing to people with culture and a bit of education, an oxymoron for murKins.

and get your priorities right, like real red blooded murKins; you've got less than 14 days to prepare for your super bowl tailgate party. live it up; they'll throw bombs and blitz and sack em. excuse me a second while i vomit.

murKins, the self proclaimed shining beacons of their own small and self destructing universe. bud light, roos, you and your websites be vapid like bud light,
Anonymous said…
i forgot 2 specify:

"alliance govt" = together with the other currents within the iraqi national resistance.

safawides, kurdish separatists and so-called "al-qaeda" will find no quarter in victorious iraq.

now i must really go.

see u as soon as possible.
RhusLancia said…
Roses are red
Violets are blue
G.Gar said…

Unless Arabs put up a solid united front against the Iranian encroachment and murderous crimes in Iraq, it will be the beginning of the end for all the people living in this region. The Iranian nationalist project masquerading in a medieval turbaned Khomenist weird cult, is in perfect harmony with the Israeli vision of the region and the American oil interests.

The unconscious Arabs Just can't see the proportions and the magnitude of the Irani danger. Americans and Iranians who are allied with Sunni MBs are marketing the Arab-Irani conflict in Iraq as sunny-shiite one. The opportunistic MBs in Jordan ,Egypt and even Iraq want to sell the idea of an Islamic state to the suppressed disappointed masses. Therefore they turn a blind eye to the Irani crimes in Iraq.

Like you have said Americans, sooner or later, will go away; alas, Iranians are here forever. The geopolitical changes which they are causing, along with the Israeli technological superiority and the destruction of the power house of the Arab world-Iraq are all, converging along a path that is disastrous to the Arab peoples.

Our culture won't be able to stand up to American globalisation. Consequently we will turn into dumb clones programmed to preserve the staus quo of the world order where the south and the Arab world, in particular, will have lost all its chances of seizing the opportunities provided by its huge material and human resources.

Sadddam's Iraq was candle in the darkness. It provided an alternative to the direction of Al-Saud, Sadat( whom I can't fully blame given that Egypt is not big on resources) and Iran.

Why can't Arabs see what is quite obvious? well, both education and media in the Arab world are structured to complement the Saudi- American vision. Ironically enough, the forces of dissent, are being taken by the shrewd trickery of the evil sectarian retarded Irani plots which are one way and another the same as the Saudi-American ones.
Anonymous said…
Many armed groups fighting the Americans & the Iranians in Iraq are MB.

O good Lord, the mess...
Anonymous said…
Thanks to Amre El-Abyad, above, and his very perceptive and helpful remarks. I would like to post or link to his remarks, above, in a future blog. Perhaps, just use this link and draw attention to the comment section underneath it? I see he has a blog, himself. (Being NOT good on names, I ASSUME Amre is MR.Amre? IF not, IF I got that wrong, my apologies.) However, as for Americans going away--they are NOT going away, unfortunately, that is, unless they go away in coffins. --karlmarxwasright, once again.
Anonymous said…
Qualification to previous comment regarding Mr. Amre El-Abyad. JUST went to his blogspot. Was quite surprised to see an article he posted praising Muqtada--further disinformation and misrepresentation--those who destroyed and lynched Hussein, the anti-Baath crowd, also connected to/with Iran/US. Too bad. What's up with this??
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Allahu Akbar !!!!!!!
Anonymous said…

Allahu Akbar !!!!

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Layla Anwar said…
muslim from europe,

First change that pseudo of yours, seems you know nothing about Islam.
Islam has forbidden the bloodshed of other muslims, the tarnishing of their honor, the raping and mutilations of their bodies, their stealing away of their properties...And this is exactly what the Iranians and their proxies have done to Iraqis.

Keep your words of so called unity fermented in ignorance of FACTS to your local speeches. Am sure you will get some followers. Very much in vogue.

Or else, you can always chose to inform yourself, but do take those blinkers off FIRST.
Layla Anwar said…

I vote for you as next president.
You have understood it all!
Layla Anwar said…
Amre al Abyad,

I agree with Karl Marx above that that was a VERY, VERY good comment.
I may also use it and give credit naturally.
But first I need to ask you and do forgive my Iraqi "ignorance" as I am not too good with abbreviations, what does MB stand for ? I like FULL words. Please spare me American two letters...

Secondly, I am wondering why does Karl Marx say that you have praised M.Al Sadr? I checked your website again and saw no such thing.
Anonymous said…
Muslim Brotherhood
Anonymous said…
Layla speaks of numbers of Iraqi children killed. She will use Kurds & Shia children in these numbers, but inside, Kurdish & Shia children do not matter to her. As far as she is concerned, Kurdish & Shia children are good collateral damage.

Layla speaks of 'blinders'. God what a narcissistic persona. That's the one of the problems of narcissism. Psychopaths, as terrible as they are, they DO (many of them)recognize they have a problem. Narcissists are so 'far gone', they view themselves as perfect in EVERY SINGLE MANNER and the world is at fault.
Anonymous said…
Layla said:
"Secondly, I am wondering why does Karl Marx say that you have praised M.Al Sadr? I checked your website again and saw no such thing."

Is karlmarxwasright referring to the following article which was reproduced in Amre al Abyad's web site and dated Sep. 18, 2007?
You may have already read the article below, Layla, and what is your opinion?
Anonymous said…
Anonymous said…
Layla, it seems the US agree that Iran is in control in Iraq. US's Ray Takeyh, Senior Fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations in his book “Hidden Iran” states: -
“For the Mullahs, America's invasion offers enormous challenges, but also a remarkable opportunity.”

He then describes how the Badr Brigade was trained and equipped by Iran's Revolutionary Guards.
The Supreme Council of Islamic Revolution was essentially created by Iran, and Maliki's al-Dawa terrorist group also has close bonds with Iran.

In reference to the issue of the US bombing of Iran, Takeyh says -

“Should the Islamic Republic's implied deterrence fail and the United States does strike its nuclear installation then Iran's extensive presence in Iraq will give it credible retaliatory capacity.”

“Yahya Rahim Safavi Commander of the Revolutionary Guards has plainly outlined Iran's options “-

Safavi - “The Americans know well that their military centers in Afghanistan, the Gulf of Omarn, the Persian Gulf and Iraq will come under threat and be vunerable, because they are Iran's neighbourhood.”

This has always been my view as to why the US will not bomb Iran.

Cutting through the devious rhetoric, basically,Takeyh, while acknowledging and welcoming Iran's presence in Iraq, then extends this into how it will be benefit both the US and Iran in the Middle East, by becoming close buddies.

As to why the left is supporting Iran's occupation and control of Iraq. Pathetically,they are living back in their illusionary days of Khomeini's revolutionary Iran. I think they believe Iran is going to bring revolution to the whole of the Middle East. Won't they be in for a shock!

Also there are many politico's who are sleeping Israeli sympathisers in the anti-war/peace movements and who also hold positions of influence and control, in these organisations. Interestingly, many of these same people support Iran.

That is how it is here anway.
G.Gar said…
Salam Layla,

I never praised Muqtada Al-sadr. Hope you have read the article of Sammy Mubbayid I published. If I did I would simply tell it.

I also tour all Egyptian blogs explaining the fallcies of the image of the conflict in Iraq. and I crack down harshly on Iran and its clients. Some suspicous" ( I will not elaborate further on the word suspicious) Egyptins hated for that, others were very happy to learn the real picture. Some who weré sympathetic with Iran went the other way round.

I meant by MBs the Muslim brotherhood. All their news papers and icon writers are polishing the Irani project. I think you have a good point regarding the abbreviations issue.
Anonymous said…
To BOTH Amre and Layla--will go back and review articles on Amre's blog--FROM MEMORY, the posting I read regarding Muqtada was a PREVIOUS article/reprint from a Syrian publication, OR, a Syrian author. The article presented Muqtada as a "patriot, nationalist," as I recall, who did NOT want to partition Iraq, and his conflicts with other groupings, BUT, said absolutely nothing about his/their involvement with Hussein's lynching and had absolutely nothing about his background and relationships that has appeared on Layla's blog, for example. The article, as I RECALL, used the same terms I hear repeated constantly, HERE, to describe him as a "firebrand, cleric, nationalist," to distinguish him/his group, from others. But, will go back to Amre's blog to check it out.
Anonymous said…
TO AMRE AND LAYLA--YES, the article to which I was/am referring is the one posted on Amre's website from September 18, 2007, by a Syrian author,to which Amre refers above. I JUST went back and looked at it. Muqtada is, indeed, represented just as in my previous comment, above. Perhaps, you may not chose the word, "praise," regarding Muqtada's characterization, but, there is no question that Muqtada is mis-characterized. Of course, this article appeared BEFORE Hussein's lynching, but, you would not know from the Syrian article why it was/is Muqtada/Muqtada's grouping, that performed the lynching, his/their role. PLEASE, either of you, especially Layla, show me IF and how I'm wrong in my interpretation, factual contradiction?? Except for this important point, I still think Amre has hit the nail on the head. But, this IS an IMPORTANT point.--karlmarxwasright, more often than not.
Anonymous said…
Speaking of coffins, you wouldn't know anything about the murder of Hindal Jader Al-Salawi would you "Layla" ?
Anonymous said…
Most Sincere and Dearest "Layla",

As you are a most sincere and loyal member of the Ba'athist Party, please enlighten us how.......what's his name??....oh yes..the honorable Saddam Hussein.......would you please enlighten us as to the uses of thillium?
Layla Anwar said…
Amre Al Abyad,

Notice I did not say you praised Al Sadr, I said I am wondering why Karl Marx thinks that you did.
I do read Sami Mubayed, with a grain of salt. I have read another piece of his, I can't remember where, where he did seem to have high praise for the mullahs of Baghdad. I will dig out for you.
I have quoted him myself even though as I said, I do take him with a grain of salt.

Keep up the good work.
Layla Anwar said…

Thanks for those quotes. Exactly my thoughts. I believe that there will be an official rapprochement between both the US and Iran, once Bush is out and he will be out..
Not that whoever replaces him is any better, but I sense that what has been going on from behind the scene will find resolution publicly.

Even Sarkozy a few days ago said " We don't want a change of regime in Iran. We just want an Iran that will comply on the nuclear issue"

Contrast that to the notion of Regime change in Iraq that was barked away for decaded by both the Americans and the Iranians...

I believe that the nature of the Iranian regime is VERY USEFUL to the Americans in the M.E and in the Islamic world.

I also believe that they have a good partnership going on, despite the rhetoric. And people who are adamant about the so called anti-zionism of Iran even though they SEE and KNOW about the Iranian role and presence in the destruction of Iraq, they are for me nothing but people of BAD FAITH.

Of course the Iranians trying to play clever and continue in their anti-zionism propaganda campaign have found a terribly useful ally, whom they CREATED in the late 70's in Hezbollah and Nasrallah....

I do not believe that Nasrallah is anti zionist, nor do I believe that he has waged a war for Lebanon's sake or defended Lebanon. I believe Nasrallah and his party, are just there to mark Iranian presence in Lebanon.

And you can already see the Iranian political presence in Kuwait for obvious reasons, in Bahrain and you shall see it soon in Pakistan...and the show will end once the Shias of Eastern Saudi Arabia are liberated...

Mark my words.

What is your opinion on the above ?
Layla Anwar said…

Please read my reply to Amre Al Abyad, it addresses your question too.
Anonymous said…
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Iraqi kids
Anonymous said…
Layla - In response to your question. In my view your analysis is spot-on.

Out of the terrorist-trio in Iraq, Iran has come out the winner. I believe it was intended to be that way.

Along with this, Iran seems to have gained itself a strong allie in Russia.(business contracts).

And history shows the Americans never take on any one that could drop DU bombs and missiles back onto them.

America only attacks small countries who do not have the same fire power to defend themselves. They are a pretty cowardly lot the Americans.

When America broke down Russia,it was not intended Russia would get back on its feet again. But the Americans are not too bright when it comes to forward thinking.

Only last week I read where Russia was telling America in no uncertain terms, that if America attempted to attack them them, then they would return same.

I picked up a book from the op-shop "Religion and Politics in Iran"
Shi'ism from Quietism to Revolution
It was published in 1983 and written by Prof. Nikki R. Keddie Prof. of History
University of California.

It is supposed to be one of the most comprehensive analyses of Iranian society of the last two centuries. It is heavy going but I think this piece
substantiates what we seem to both agree upon when it comes to Iran/America/Israel relationship.

"Khomeini's ideological notion of Shi'ism cannot be simply explained as an excresence of a radical Shi'i doctrine.

Khomeini's ideology is an original, creative enterprise. It has phenomenologically a great deal in common with modern Western ideologies."

As to Iran/Israel. I think each of them would like to be boss cocky of the Middle East.

But as Iran has beaten Israel to the punch by securing Iraq, and both Iran and Israel have one common enemy - the Arabs; in turn,I believe on this basis they will have a marriage of convenience in the ME.

Layla, you never make mention of the Iraqi communist party's role in Iraq at present.

It is my view that the Kurdish Workers Party and the ICP role in Iraq been a big influence on many of the so-called left groups reaction to the present situation in Iraq.

In regard to the Iraqi Resistance the ICP's weekly edition of "Tareeq Al-Shaab" 30th June 2004 had this to say:

".....These sinister forces try to justify their destructive policy by claiming to "resist" the continued foreign military presence in this country..."

Could you bring us up to date on this one?

I bet you Bush and Old Mert did not tell the 'talking pants' about being mates with the ICP.
Layla Anwar said…

Thanks again, EXCELLENT!
I don't want to come across as "pushy" but any thoughts on Hezbollah?
Anonymous said…
Layla, in response to your question on Hezbollah. I realise you already know the early history of Hezbollah. But I need to include it in here to link it up with your question. And perhaps some readers may be interested:

Hezbollah is a creation of Khomeini's

“When Khomeini was in the process of cementing his power in Iran, he ordered the strengthening
of the Revolutionary Guards and the creation of a semi-secret organisation which grouped together the Hezb-Allah, Saff and a half a dozen other Islamic groups with long records of violence. Hadi Ghaffari, a young mullah whose father had died under torture in a SAVAK prison in l974 headed the organisation, which retained the name of Hezb-Allah.

Hezb-Allah consisted of several thousand lumpen elements who received a monthly allowance in exchange for participating in street battles whenever necessary. They were used for attacking the headquarters of opposition parties and the homes of anti-Khomeini politicians.

Hezb-Allah also made a habit of setting fire to the printing houses of newspapers critical of the regime and wrecked opposition rallies “. “The Spirit of Allah” by Amir Taheri Pub: 1985

This is the same process Hitler used in Germany when cementing his power. He organised the lumpen elements into Brownshirts and Blackshirts to carry out the same activities as Khomeini's Hezb-Allah in Iran.

We see this same process being repeated in Iraq today, where Moqtada al Sadr has used the lumpen elements (poor and politically unaware people) of Bagdad to carry out the same activities which Khomeini's Hezb-Allah carried out in Iran - killing, burning, slaughtering and torturing any Iraqi, be they Shia, Sunni or whoever opposes Iranian theocratic fundamentalism.

It is my view that the Hezbollahs' recent actions in Lebanon were a very clever tactic, in order to yet again use and abuse the lumpen Lebanese and Palestinians as vehicles to build up the power of Iranian theocratic fundamentalism in this part of the Middle East.

Interestingly, at the time Khomeini gained power over Iran, the Iranian left wing guerrilla organizations split into factions.

According to Taheri “ The second largest guerrilla organisation, the Fedayeen Khalq, was split into two factions – the Bolsheviks and Mensheviks. The Bolsheviks formed an alliance with the Tudeh Party and threw their support unconditionally behind Khomeini”

To me, this explains the Iraqi Communist Party and the Kurdish Workers Party role in Iraq. It also explains why many of the world Marxist organisations have taken a two-faced stand on Iraq: with one face bemoaning the tragedies occuring in Iraq for the benefit of the 'peace' people, and the other face supporting the US Iranian controlled puppet government of Iraq. We can also include here Chomsky and his ilk who appear to support Moqtada al Sadr.

From all this, one can only conclude that in relation to the present political situation in Iraq, Palestine and the Middle East in general, it appears quite strongly that the Bolsheviks and their sympathisers are still throwing their unconditional support behind Khomeini's Iranian theocratic fundamentalism.
Anonymous said…
Layla, I read on 'Uruknet' yesterday, that Iran leader has been invited to Iraq, and Rice is to have a nice chat with Iran as well. To me, this reflects our discussions on this matter.

Regarding anti-war groups – thought you may find this interesting -

The following is a segment of the Workers Revolution Barricade (Marxist-Leninst) criticisms of the International Socialists Organisation (Marxist-Trotskyists) who voted to support the Gulf War.

“The ISO wants to recruit any any cost. Aware that many potential recruits are opposed to the imperialists' Gulf intervention, but retain illusions in the UN, the ISO has decided that these (people) must not be “scared away” by communist politics. So, on the pretext of building the biggest possible anti-war actions, the ISO opposes the Gulf Action Committee taking a position on the United Nations. For the same reason, (at the 18th September, 1990 GAC meeting in Melbourne) it also opposed the GAC even taking a position opposing the economic blockade against Iraq.

The cost of such opportunism is high. In the present anti-war movement, it re-inforces all those (especially bourgeois forces like the Democrats and Rainbow Alliance) who are really pro-war, provided the UN can do the dirty work. Within its own ranks this approach inculcates a deadly cynicism into the rank and file of the group (the ISO): if building the group comes before the needs of the workers and oppressed in struggle, surely anything goes.”....... “War in the Gulf” by Paul White Pub: 1990 Partisan Press. A Workers Revolutionary /Barricade Pamphlet . The Iran-Iraq War,Where the Left went wrong, The Iraq/Kuwait Crisis.

This rings true. Because the anti-war/peace groups supported the Gulf War. This is why our small group “People Against Sanctions On Iraq” organised the Protest rally against the Gulf War. It turned out a pretty good rally too.
The 'Rainbow Alliance' represents the intellectual/professional middle-class from the Vietnam days,and are what I would describe as the 'Chomsky” types. There are many of these people in the anti-war/peace movements here. Other than the Greens, the rest of the people in the anti-war/peace movements are Australian Labor Party voters,this includes the Marxists. In turn,the ALP supports the US.

I would assume that most of the western anti-war/peace groups around the globe would be very similarly constructed.
Hence why Iraq was off the agenda for intensive political action once the US had invaded. And hence, it is clear, there are many people who talk one way, whilst they walk the other way to the US line on Iraq.
Layla Anwar said…
Hi Bluegum

Thanks again for your thoughtful comments and sorry for the delay.

One blogger called Karlmarxwasright, had the following to say about your comments here.
He/she said that they were compulsory reading.
I totally agree.
If you do not already have a blog, I urge you to start one and let me know of course :-)

You sound not only as very politically aware but also very well read...

Now back to your comments on Hezbollah.

my knowledge of this "movement" did not go as far back as 1974,
What I know for a fact though is that Hezbollah lebanon branch was created to fight the baathists, and the iraqi regime. They were responsible for the blowing up of the Iraqi embassy in Baghdad that killed the poet's wife Nazar Qabbani, Balkees amongst other things...
Felicity Arubthnot mentioned once that it was the DAWA, wrong Felicity it was Hezbollah.

An obvious conclusion is that Hezbollah since its inception has been nothing but an ARM for Iran. And even during the last Israeli aggression, Hezbollah is not prompted by some nationalistic lebanese arab anti zionist feeling but is prompted by extending Iranian influence right into the heart of Lebanon. All this anti-zionist crap is nothing but propaganda. Of that am certain.

Insofar as the Iraqi CP is concerned, their role and stand have been ABYSMAL to say the least.
They back the occupation, and several of them whom I know personally voted for Allawi, the butcher of Falluja.

The other branch of the CP, coz they did split years ago, gives full backing to the Mahdi Army and Iran.

The ICP both branches are a disgrace.

Insofar the western left and anti war movt are concerned, including a good chunk, nay all of the arab left(if such a thing still exists), they take Iraq's occupation as a FAIT ACCOMPLI and behind this rationale lies the perennial belief, that after all Saddam Hussein was nothing but a dictator.

Hence, Saddam Hussein the symbol, as opposed to simply the man, should be kept alive at all costs - precisely because of this huge ideological conspiracy that has led us to where we are today. 20 million under American/and Iranian occupation.

The discourse is so heavily ladden, but keep peeling at it and you are doing a GREAT JOB!
Anonymous said…
Hi Layla! Many thanks for the info on the 'Arab-left'etc. It helps fill in the gaps,sadly. As to my having a blog. I would prefer to contribute to yours. Unlike most other blogs I found yours to be welcoming and this has encouraged me to join in and write. Also pleasantly suprised to know that my messages are being understood by some good people.

For me, your writings are what true politics are - a combination of honesty, human empathy,astuteness and passion. This powerful mix is certainly a human force to be reckoned with. You scare the sox off the enemy. And I enjoy helping to keep them scared.

If you get the chance, I would appreciate it if you would convey the following message to all those 'left-Arabs' who supported America/Israel/Iran in destroying your country and people:-

What particular brand of leftism is this?

Do you know you are stained forever with the blood of your fellow Arabs! And you will never be able to scrub it off, by merely saying "Well,Saddam Hussein was a Dictator anyway."

Do you know that many decent people around the world opposed the American terrorists' invasion of your country because they believed in an unquestionable basic human principle. The principle that political struggle and change can only come from within ones own country. And that nobody has the self-given right to illegally invade and occupy another sovereign country?

Well, the American and Iranian terrorist have murdered your President for you. All done! But wait, do not run away! What about the millions of your fellow-Arabs - all those men, women are children that the American and Iranian terrorists have and still are murdering,torturing,imprisoning, making hungry,making orphans,making widows,and making sick.

Are their deaths, and their sufferings worth it too?
But wait, their names were not 'Saddam Hussein'.

Tell us, what particular brand of 'Arab leftism'contains ideologies, theories, policies and manifestos that are so calcified, and rigid with sick dogma,that you cannot be supple and bend to protect your fellow Arab when threatened by the enemy?

Did you know your President took the right principles stand at the time for his country and people?

He told the American terrorists in no uncertain terms, that he would not let them into sovereign Iraq to change the Iraqi peoples'way of life and steal their national resources.

Did you know many non-Arab people around the world, from many countries, cheered in respect for your Presidents'strong stand. What was your response at the time?

Was it the piece of Trade Union crust the Americans and Iranians threw at you and bribed you with. Was it worth grovelling for? Does it taste good? So good, it was worth it! It was worth it! It was worth it!

Was it?

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