Friday, April 14, 2006

Muqtada al Ahmadinejad

Summary: As I searched the news of Iraq before I became involved in Operation Iraqi Freedom, one oddity stuck out in my mind: What is Muqtada al Sadr’s beef with the US—after all he’s Shia’? It is now becoming more clear. Muqtada is a prostitute for the Iranian government.

About two and a half years ago I followed the news of Operation Iraqi Freedom from the safety of my computer programmer’s chair. I remember being perplexed at the time by one individual—Muqtada al Sadr. Why was he fighting the coalition forces? He is, after all, a Shia’ Muslim, the sect that makes up 60% of the Iraqi society. The sect that Saddam brutally butchered in the holy southern cities of Najaf, Kufa, and Karbala after Operation Desert storm. The sect that had been excluded from positions of power in Saddam’s army, and instead did all of the dirty work. The sect that only recently had become free once again to observe the Day of Ashurah after being banned by Saddam for twenty years or so.

What gives?

Since coming to Iraq, I’ve taken several opportunities to learn more about Iraqi and Islamic culture. And what I’ve found is that Iraqi culture is interwoven with Iranian culture, usually not in a good way. A tutor of mine taught me about the tataluaat, or the “deep secret operatives” as he translated it for me. The tataluaat are from Iran, have moved to Iraq (particularly in the south), have purchased homes there and assimilated with the population, have in many cases polished away the Iranian accent from their Arabic-as-a-second-language, and were influencing Iraqi politics in a very large way. Iran is more predominantly Shia’ than is Iraq, and is having a profoundly negative effect on the Iraqi Shia’. It is probably accurate to say that Iran is the biggest player in the attempt to erase liberty from the Middle East. A democratic republic in Iraq would severely cramp the Iranian mullahs’ lifestyle.

I recently read “My Year in Iraq” by L. Paul Bremer. Mr. Bremer was President Bush’s special envoy to Iraq, tasked with setting up a temporary governing authority, and scheduling elections (which occurred as planned in January, October, and December 2005). One of Mr. Bremer’s greatest regrets is that more was not done to reign in Muqtada al Sadr. Initially, the US ignored Muqtada as insignificant. Wrong. On one occasion, the Spanish contingent of the military coalition was given the responsibility of putting an end to Muqtada’s fledgeling army. It balked. At any rate, Muqtada’s army has gotten very large and is believed by many now to be a much more serious threat to Iraqi democratic stability than the Sunni-led insurgency.

As I’ve done more research on the subject, I have discovered that Muqtada himself has visited the mullahs in Iran many times. Muqtada and his Mahdi army have been trained in Iran on numerous occasions. Iran has been proven to be the source of a large percentage of the weapons used against coalition forces, Iraqi troops, Iraqi police, and Iraqi civilians.

So now it makes sense. Muqtada does not love Iraq. Muqtada loves power. Muqtada loves Muqtada. He can consolidate his power (at least while it suits them) by cavorting with the un-popularly elected Iranian government. So when you get right down to it, Muqtada al Sadr is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s little whore. Who is the infidel now?


Papa Ray said...

I guess you have heard of Steven Vincent.

July 31,2005, Vincent writes: "Meanwhile, the British stand above the growing turmoil, refusing to challenge the Islamists' claim on the hearts and minds of police officers. This detachment angers many Basrans. "The British know what's happening but they are asleep, pretending they can simply establish security and leave behind democracy," said the police lieutenant who had told me of the assassinations. "Before such a government takes root here, we must experience a transformation of our minds."

Michael's blog In the Red Zone has his dispatches. He also wrote a book called "In the Red Zone" which I believe every thinking American and others should read.

Its a pity and universal crime that he was murdered. We had one email conversation where he acknowledged that what he was doing was dangerous. But he said to me in that email that "It is the only way to get the truth, the real story of what is going on".

Michael Yon is freelancing like Vincent did, right now. I hope he doesn't meet the same faith.

I have told Yon many times to remember that "he is not bulletproof".

Continue the Mission.

Papa Ray
West Texas

Matt said...

That is so true. Muqatada al-Sadr isn't the only Iranian prostitute Iraqi. The majority of the Interior Ministry is made up of militias loyal to the Iranian government. In fact, many of the high ranking officials of the new Iraqi government are Iranian backed. Keep in mind how much the Iranian people hate their government.

Frank Staheli said...

Yes, Matt. These are some excellent points that I hope to develop in future posts. A big question that I want to answer is "Should we encourage the Iraqi democratic process to continue, knowing that it has been short-circuited by the Iranians?" My gut tells me yes, but I want some data to back it up.