Salaam Pax on Iranian proxy Moqtada Sadr’s “Militia”:
You have to be careful about what you say about al-Sadir. Their hands reach every where and you don’t want to be on their shit list. Every body, even the GC is very careful how they formulate their sentences and how they describe Sadir’s Militias. They are thugs, thugs thugs. There you have it.
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Dear US administration,
Welcome to the next level. Please don’t act surprised and what sort of timing is that: planning to go on a huge attack on the west of Iraq and provoking a group you know very well (I pray to god you knew) that they are trouble makers.
Oh, you mean they aren’t good people? You mean to tell me that Iranian-backed, upstart, violent, wild-eyed Shiite clerics aren’t friends of the U.S.? Surely, you must be joking…
Al Sadr and his boys are doing little to dispel the notion that there is a war of civilizations afoot. I don’t buy into that notion, but a lot of folks who don’t closely read a lot of news just might, and it’s fearful to think where that might lead us. Keep it up boys… you and yours have never had industry, never will. No resources other than oil, and wild eyed crazy men. If you manage to get enough lunatics on the barricades, the West will come after you… even France and Belgium, with the full might of western industrialization, and turn the Arabian penninsula into Disneyland for dune buggy owners. You will regret it.
Then there’s this, from Zeyad: at Healing Iraq:
A friend of mine told me today that he had been in contact with some clients who were members of Al-Mahdi Army, he said that they all received salaries from Sadr’s offices throughout Iraq in US dollars. I asked him where he thought the money came from, he gave me a wry smile and said what do you think? “Iran?” I offered, and he nodded back in silence.
That sounds pretty bad, no? Well, it gets worse. In the previous post, he discusses the cult of looting, which apparently strikes Iraqis just as badly as it strikes Los Angelenos:
Everyone is apprehensive, there is some talk that April 9th and 10th are going to be bloody days. Most people haven’t gone to work the last few days, although it seems that the rest of Baghdad is ‘normal’ (if you can define what normal is). There are rumours about preparations by slum dwellers for another looting spree against banks, governmental and public property similar to the one that took place last April, and I have already overheard youngsters in my neighbourhood joking about it and saying things like “This time we will be the first to loot, we didn’t get anything the last time”.
I hope the CPA has put the troops on notice to shoot looters on sight. The blowback from not shooting looters last March troubles us still; it gave the impression that the U.S. would tolerate lawlessness. Never mind the NY Times incessant and false insistence that the US stood by while the entire history of Middle Eastern culture was robbed from the national museum. That lie is still being repeated publicly from time to time. Better to shoot the looters. If there is any question, just leave the bodies in the street, alongside the TV, desk, chair, stolen copper pipe, roof tiles, or whatever the hell else it was that they ripped from the rebuilding nation.
Along those lines, I read in the Guardian today that Al Sadr’s thugs have killed the South African engineer in charge of putting the power grid back together in one of the southern cities in Iraq.
It’s becoming pretty clear (as if it wasn’t before) that radical Shia and radical Sunni are, in effect, the same. There is no difference, or at least no difference that makes a difference, between Al Qaida and Hezbollah. They are both led by men who embody the worst violence and warped world view that the Middle Ages could have generated, and they both view places like Taliban-controlled Afghanistan or mid-80s Beirut as an Islamic heaven on earth. They are nihilists, destroyers of order. They must themselves be destroyed, or we will eventually wind up living in their playground, and not they in ours. The reason they must be destroyed is that it’s much easier to wreck than it is to build. It took several years and the concerted efforts of tens of thousands of men and women to build the WTC Towers, and hundreds of millions of dollars – but only 19 men, a couple tens of thousands of dollars, and 43 minutes to bring them down.
That is why we are in Iraq; that is why the “neocon fantasy” of cleaning up and rebuilding the Middle East must be accomplished.