Monday, April 24, 2006

Jawad al-Maliki

Well whats new. There have been so many thousands of stories that this site has missed it becomes almost impossible to pick which stories to cover. So for now I will just pick one ....

Iraq has a new prime minister a certain Jawad al-Maliki. In many ways a change without change. He has spent his time being the loyal number two of Ibrahim al-Jaafari the outgoing interim prime minister so we can expect little to actually change in the way of policy inside the country .

However as with almost all things we are told about the war on terror, it's what we are not told that so often highlights the hypocrisy of the fight taking place. Jawad al-Maliki is a stalwart of Iraq's Dawa party - the Shia political group that for years led an armed underground resistance to the secular Baathist leadership of Saddam Hussein.

In fact "armed underground resistance" is one of those witty little word games that disguises the true meaning of the context within .

The word we are looking for in this case is "terrorists" . Yes Mr Maliki has spent much of his career in support of acts of terrorism. What terrorism you say ?

Well Twenty-one years ago an Iraqi exile crashed a General Motors truck full of propane and the explosive hexogen through the gates of the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait and detonated his deadly load, killing five and injuring 37. In the hour that followed, four other bombs exploded in Kuwait City, one at the French Embassy, wounding many more. Those explosions were among a series of terrorist attacks carried out in the 1980s by the Iranian-based Dawa (Call), a radical Islamic group , yes the very same Dawa party that runs Iraq today.

Dawa's terrorism began in 1981, after Hussein declared the party illegal in Iraq and Jaafari (Maliki) and other members fled by the thousands to Iran.

A car bombing by Dawa members at the Iraqi Embassy in Beirut killed 61 people in an incident sometimes cited as the beginning of modern suicide attacks. In 1995, a Dawa suicide bomber tried to assassinate the emir of Kuwait, Sheik Jaber al-Sabah, injuring him and killing four others. All through the 1980s clandestine members set off bombs in public buildings in Iraq and were also accused by Iraq of throwing grenades into crowds during religious services.

Hezbollah (Party of God), the Lebanese group now high on the U.S. terrorist list, merged with the Lebanese branch of Dawa and still has close ties to some of its members, according to Middle East specialists. "Dawa was very active in trying to spread [the Iranian] revolution into Iraq and trying to topple Saddam Hussein with it," said Kenneth Katzman, a congressional expert on the Shia. "There were militant factions conducting assassinations, setting off detonations."

Dawa is one of two major parties in the United Iraqi Alliance, the Shia group that won a thin majority of the seats in the new Iraqi National Assembly. The other, the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, is an offshoot of Dawa formed in Tehran in 1982, and is considered even closer to Iran.

So it seems we have removed the evil Saddam and replaced him with a group of (ex) terrorists who having now achieved power can safely refer to their own history as belonging to a simple ""armed underground resistance" group .

We all 'thought' we knew that the thousands of coalition soldiers and the many tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis died in the name of the 'war on terror' but most of us never realised that the objective was to put the terrorists in charge.

It seems whilst this site was dormant the merry go round has just kept on turning.


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