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The Importance of being Iraqi

Hussein Al-alak, The Iraq Solidarity Campaign | 29.07.2007 18:29 | Anti-militarism | Iraq | Repression | World

The opposition to such incidents have been few and far between inside of the West, with deathly silences from both the anti-war movement and governments, echoing as loudly as a thousand screaming voices.

Since the US/UK invasion of 2003, the Iraqi people have been subjected to a sectarian divide, which has been thrust upon them by the occupation and the illegally imported “Iraqi Government”.

It is often said, that both sides have used the situation inside of the country, from thirteen years of the embargo to the so-called “liberation”, to justify the ethnic cleansing of Iraqi’s and the construction of so-called “security walls” around ethnically mixed neighbourhoods.

The Bishop of Mosul reported in 2006 that a “fourteen year old boy was crucified in the neighbourhood of Basra”, with other incidents including assaults and racially motivated attacks by Government workers, against Iraq’s Christian population.

It has also been reported by Asia News, that the Iranian backed Mehdi Army, have been threatening women into wearing the “veil”, with other news agencies reporting that Christians are also being made to pay extra taxation for their refusal to change religion, an occurrence which certainly did not take place under Saddam Hussain.

The opposition to such incidents have been few and far between inside of the West, with deathly silences from both the anti-war movement and governments, echoing as loudly as a thousand screaming voices.

The causes of this could partly be explained by allegations, that Iranian backed death squads may be operating inside of the United Kingdom, with the Stop the War Coalition having allowed such people as Sheikh Zagani, the foreign affairs spokesperson for Mehdi Army leader Moqtada al-Sadr, to speak at a 2006 anti-war demonstration, in front of an audience of 100,000 British people.

Other victims of “indiscriminate acts of violence” by sectarian death squads, include Iraq’s Palestinian community, with silence also being witnessed by the British Palestine Solidarity Campaign and people who are also suspected of being either lesbians or gay, with the Sadr and Badr militias boasting they are “cleansing Iraq of 'sexual perverts’”.

According to the Sunday Telegraph: “Iraqi police say the Palestinians….are the target of a backlash by hardline Shias, including members of the Mehdi Army led by Moqtada al-Sadr.”

Having been warned to “leave Iraq or face death”, more than 600 Palestinians are believed to have died at the hands of militias since the war began in 2003. According to reports, many bodies which have been claimed by families, have reported to the media to have been “tortured with electric drills before they died.”

Organisations, which have stood firm against such crimes include the Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq, who recently had their offices violated by American Troops.

Having shown a firm commitment to defending all Iraqi’s, irrespective of ethnicity and religion, “The occupation forces stole all the computers and then attacked AMSI officials”, along with wrecking furniture, files and other contents of the Associations building. The Scholars also claimed in their press release on the 21st July, that the occupation forces arrested those present in the offices, with wide spread condemnation for the attack, coming from both long time Iraq campaigners and the Arab League.

Speaking recently to Al-Jazeera, Dr. Sheikh Faydi, a spokesman for the Association declared, “we believe that this attack was intended to send a message to the strong anti-occupation groups during the raid at the headquarters of AMSI.” The Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq also pledged that they “will not change their policy toward ending the occupation.”

The disaster which is the “occupation“, has also been exposed once more as being the fatal floor of US/UK foreign policy, with Sam Dagher of the Christian Science monitor claiming on the 27/7/2007, that the regime of Maliki, is “appearing dangerously close to collapsing”, with many in the parliament “simply trying to keep the government from disintegrating”.

Western relations have also become further strained, with the appearance of what the US are describing as “fake documents”, which according to the Guardian (28/7/2007) claim that “Mr Maliki was an Iranian agent and had tipped off the radical Shia cleric, Moqtada al-Sadr, about a US crackdown on his Mehdi army militia.”

The mockery of shock, which has come from Arabic speaking Iraqi’s and not the Farsi speaking “Iranian Agent” in the Green zone, is that Al Sharqiyah reported in March 2007, about “hundreds of Al-Mehdi Army members who continue to receive training in the Kermanshah area of western Iran”.

It was also claimed in March that “Iranian Revolutionary Guard Intelligence Units have asked Al-Mehdi Army to establish a command-in-waiting that would include new elements that are not publicly known, while maintaining the central command of Al-Mehdi Army militia.”

The “Iranian Agent” has repeatedly declined to give official information on the movements of death squads within Iraq and Iran, the Iraqi authorities have also failed to protect Iraqi’s from Government backed militia’s and death squads, thus once more posing the question but directly to both the British and American Governments, whom exactly are your troops “protecting“?

Hussein Al-alak, The Iraq Solidarity Campaign
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