Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Reality Check

No matter what our administration tells us about Iraq, it's always good to check back with the Riverbend Blog which is written by a young Iraqi woman from Baghdad, and get another perspective on what's happening over there. This latest installment was written November 6th.

The occupation has ceased to be American. It is American in face, and militarily, but in essence it has metamorphosed slowly but surely into an Iranian one.

It began, of course, with Badir’s Brigade and the several Iran-based political parties which followed behind the American tanks in April 2003. It continues today with a skewed referendum, and a constitution that will guarantee a southern Iraqi state modeled on the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The referendum results were so disappointing and there have been so many stories of fraud and shady dealings (especially in Mosul), that there’s already talk of boycotting the December elections. This was the Puppets’ shining chance to show that there is that modicum of democracy they claim the Iraqi people are enjoying under occupation- that chance was terribly botched up.

As for the December elections- Sistani has, up until now, coyly abstained from blatantly supporting any one specific political group. This will probably continue until late November / early December during which he will be persistently asked by his followers to please issue a Fatwa about the elections. Eventually, he’ll give his support to one of the parties and declare a vote for said party a divine obligation. I wager he’ll support the United Iraqi Alliance - like last elections.

Interestingly enough, this time around the UIA will be composed of not just SCIRI and Da’awa- but also of the Sadrists (Jaysh il Mahdi)- Muqtada’s followers! For those who followed the situation in Iraq last year, many will recognize Muqtada as the ‘firebrand cleric’, the ‘radical’ and ‘terrorist’. Last year, there was even a warrant for Muqtada’s arrest from the Ministry of Interior and supported by the Americans who repeatedly said they were either going to detain the ‘radical cleric’ or kill him.

Well, today he’s very much alive and involved in the ‘political process’ American politicians and their puppets hail so energetically. Sadr and his followers have been responsible for activities such as terrorizing hairdressers, bombing liquor stores, and abductions of women not dressed properly, etc. because all these things are considered anti-Islamic (according to Iranian-style Islam). Read more about Sadr’s militia here- who dares to say the Americans, Brits and Puppets don’t have everything under control?!

Americans constantly tell me, “What do you think will happen if we pull out of Iraq- those same radicals you fear will take over.” The reality is that most Iraqis don’t like fundamentalists and only want stability- most Iraqis wouldn’t stand for an Iran-influenced Iraq. The American military presence is working hand in hand with Badir, etc. because only together with Iran can they suppress anti-occupation Iraqis all over the country. If and when the Americans leave, their Puppets and militias will have to pack up and return to wherever they came from because without American protection and guidance they don’t stand a chance.

We literally laugh when we hear the much subdued threats American politicians make towards Iran. The US can no longer afford to threaten Iran because they know that should the followers of Sadr, Iranian cleric Sistani and Badir’s Brigade people rise up against the Americans, they’d have to be out of Iraq within a month. Iran can do what it wants- enrich uranium? Of course! If Tehran declared tomorrow that it was currently in negotiations for a nuclear bomb, Bush would have to don his fake pilot suit again, gush enthusiastically about the War on Terror and then threaten Syria some more.

Congratulations Americans- not only are the hardliner Iranian clerics running the show in Iran- they are also running the show in Iraq. This shift of power should have been obvious to the world when My-Loyalty-to-the-Highest-Bidder-Chalabi sold his allegiance to Iran last year. American and British sons and daughters and husbands and wives are dying so that this coming December, Iraqis can go out and vote for Iran influenced clerics to knock us back a good four hundred years.

What happened to the dream of a democratic Iraq?

Iraq has been the land of dreams for everyone except Iraqis- the Persian dream of a Shia controlled Islamic state modeled upon Iran and inclusive of the holy shrines in Najaf, the pan-Arab nationalist dream of a united Arab region with Iraq acting as its protective eastern border, the American dream of controlling the region by installing permanent bases and a Puppet government in one of its wealthiest countries, the Kurdish dream of an independent Kurdish state financed by the oil wealth in Kirkuk…

The Puppets the Americans empowered are advocates of every dream except the Iraqi one: The dream of Iraqi Muslims, Christians, Arabs, Kurds and Turkmen… the dream of a united, stable, prosperous Iraq which has, over the last two years, gone up in the smoke of car bombs, military raids and a foreign occupation.


Blogger United We Lay said...

That is some very scary stuff. Everyone knew that this would turn into an Iranian thing, but I don't think anyone expected it to happen while Americans are still there. The Middle East is getting very bold. I think they're realizing that guerilla warfare will always win out. That makes the situation even more dangerous for Americans.

7:06 AM, November 16, 2005  
Blogger boni said...

What fascinates me is that Chalabi was being investigated for sharing secrets with Iran and when he was just here, he was wined and dined by Rice, Rumsfeld and Cheney.
I don't get it...

7:42 AM, November 16, 2005  
Blogger Shawn said...

It is also important to consider the good things that are happening in Iraq.

Iraq Citizen Tips Lead Troops to Terrorists, Caches
Iraqi Soldiers Expand Basic Training
MASH Soldiers Deliver Message of Compassion

8:32 AM, November 16, 2005  
Blogger Philip Morton said...

Great post. They are blinded by their own hubris, and Chalabi spoon feeds them the reinforcement of their own righteous world view. The court clerk manipulating Kings to make a kingdom of his own.

8:33 AM, November 16, 2005  
Blogger Shawn said...

Oops, the MASH thing is about troops in Pakistan.

8:34 AM, November 16, 2005  
Blogger indygirl said...

Egad! Great post... thanks for the Riverbend reminder.

9:35 AM, November 16, 2005  
Blogger Shawn said...

Indygirl, I like your views on smoking laws.

3:25 PM, November 16, 2005  
Anonymous peter said...

i know you guys will have a field day with this, and because i adore when you get your little knickers in a twist, here's an interesting article. trust me, you'll love it!

it's about the weapons... ya know, the wmds and where they disappeared to...

go ahead... i know you want to...

1:40 PM, November 17, 2005  
Anonymous peter said...

uh-oh, kinda stumbled across this one too...

1:43 PM, November 17, 2005  
Anonymous peter said...

now i'm curious... like george, 'cause i'm a monkey too...

now, there is a point to this exercise, class: you may disagree with these articles, but lets see if we can civily trade some ideas here! Okay! Can we do it? Yes we can!

1:47 PM, November 17, 2005  
Blogger Cranky Yankee said...

Before I even read the articles I would like to point out that each site/paper/organiztaion is a notorious right wing outlet.

OK, I just read the FrontPage article. He sure does use a lot of suppositions, "I believe...", "Given that..."If Saddam...", but doesn't give any hard or indepedntly verified evidence. He may be 100% accurate, but the question is to what extent was anything Iraq doing a threat to the U.S.

I could counter this article with numerous articles by and about Scott Ritter where he says, on the one hand Saddam could have reconstituted some of his weapon production in the intervening time since the inspectors left in 1998, but on the other hand the only evidence that he has comes from discredited sources.

The World Net Daily article is an ad for a documentary that claims Saddam had massive stockpiles...Duh. We already know that. As someone with a background in chemical weapons I can say that anything that was left over from pre-1991 was long past its shelflife and harmless. As far as documentaries go, I could trot out any of the many from Robert Greenwald or even hit you with a quick F911...But what's the point.

As for the Washington Times piece. It is old pro-war papulum that was put to rest when David Kay came back and said it was all bullshit. The Moonie Times article says, "The recent discovery by the Bush administration's Iraq Survey Group (ISG) is fueling speculation, but is not proof, that the Iraqi dictator moved prohibited weapons of mass destruction (WMD) into Syria before the March 2003 invasion by a U.S.-led coalition."

But a CNN article cites the final report of the same group, "It is unlikely Iraq shipped banned weapons material into Syria before the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, according to report released by the Iraq Survey Group, a CIA/Pentagon team searching for Iraqi weapons programs."

8:57 AM, November 18, 2005  
Anonymous peter said...

BUSH LIED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

"I've never before supported a Republican for president... But I'm doing so this time because of the one issue that trumps everything else: international terrorism. In my judgment, the Democratic Party just doesn't have the stomach to stand up to the terrorists. But Bush is a fighter."

bush lied!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

"He announced the Bush Doctrine -- he said we would go after the terrorists and the countries that harbor them. And he's kept his word."

bush lied!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

"Already, most of the world is caving. If you didn't have Bush standing there, you'd have everybody following Spain and the Philippines"

ed koch- life long democrat that would be ashamed of most people who write into this blog...

6:10 PM, November 20, 2005  
Blogger Cranky Yankee said...

Not much of a counter argument...
Now who is hysterical?

How are those windmills working out for you Don? Oh wait, they're giants, sorry.

4:28 AM, November 22, 2005  

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