Not necessarily the News…

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.



  1. Steve

    My western mindset and I are still struggling with an assortment of problems which puzzled and confused those of the west who scribbled in Old English, authored the Dead Sea Scrolls in the East, and other oftentimes confusing comments on history which are not history at all but often confusing gibberish written solely from a religious or cultural mindset.
    Gearing up for the middle ages as you suggest is then invariably problematical in viewing the “third great religion” which joined the others in spilling blood on every rock and scruffy patch of dirt in Jerusalem for more than 2000 years.
    There are confusing groups of bad guys and good guys amongst each… Jews, Christians and Muslims. Those in Vienna and elsewhere of course had to deal with the East in a practical sense to keep from being overrun, having their throats slit, women ravaged, etc.
    The west then turned more to internal problems in fitful episodes of burning heretics, nailing manifestos to cathedral doors, killing off local Jews on a random basis, and other maudlin problems which carry down to present day problems where we find conservative Catholics and Protestant evangelical groups joining hands while liberal Protestant groups seems to have banded together with assorted Jews of various flavors and confused the local scene for old minds like my own.
    Enter these new bad guys, nihilists of a different sort, with their long and complicated histories….it would appear necessary to shoot the bad guys, of any stripe, first and determine their history and politics, if any, later. Western Europe, particularly in Italy and Germany, in recent times as dealt successfully with assorted “brigades” of terrorists successfully by killing most of them.
    In the complex conflict of the present we have Hamas, Iranian infiltrators and/or Hezbellah, bin Ladin’s crowd, or some local group like Al Sadr which “only” numbers 25,000 in size according to some news broadcast (which strikes me as a rather large number if they happen to be terrorists feeding at the trough of the mullahs to the east). along with any other native or foreign nihilists, or simple criminals and thugs… perhaps we might shoot them first without regard to identifying their historical roots for the present? That would seem the wise course as you suggest.
    Our former President, Bill Clinton, is said to have told the 9-11 Commission that no action was taken in response to the Cole “incident” because not enough of bin Ladin’s fingerprints could readily be found at the crime scene. The fact that the U.S. did not employ an adequate staff of “forensic experts” (AKA the CIA) or simply didn’t have the guts….will hopefully not be overlooked by that esteemed body when they write their “report” which is as needed as badly as a few more op-eds from liberals writing in the Times…
    Your idea of taking a more “pro-active” position against Al Sadr would seem consistent with shooting the “terrorists” or “bad guys” or whomever gets in the way of solving long and persistent problems for all concerned, whether they be of Eastern or Western cultural and/or religious backgrounds….
    Your comments about the historical problem of the ease of destruction versus the greater costs of building is also an important element which must be given serious consideration, one which Western liberals seem to have forgotten lest they happen across a nicely framed photograph of the former NYC skyline.
    For whatever reasons our liberals are confused by our failure to protect ancient treasures, i.e., the wrath of the NYT as you note, yet our liberal friends do not seem committed to destroying the bad guys in the ordinary course of affairs known as a “war.” Their “reasoning” seems even more difficult to understand. Their preoccupation with “underlying causes” seems to suggest that we enlist the U.N. to throw large bags of flour at Al Sadr rather than 5.56mm projectiles from M-16s and introduces more confusion than I think we need.
    (Has anyone told them the U.N. fled its offices in Iraq some time ago? Just an afterthought as I give free reign to my thoughts after consuming too much of an excellent new Kenya AA coffee from a new local source which I’ve consumed today. The glories of a strong African based caffeine can become excessive like other vices and give rise to thoughts which ramble on even more than those of the ordinary sort.) 😉

  2. Steve

    BTW, good article. 🙂
    RE Al Sadr: Does anyone have a good link or two on this present chap’s father? The fact he was some bigshot mullah mookie mook as reported in the 30 second media sound bites leaves me more puzzled than informed.
    Sadly, googleizing this present mafioso and his family is quite crowded with recent news which seem barren of historical background of any depth. Hasn’t one of our marvelous think tank writers published something on this fellow’s father and related genealogy?
    Happy Easter to all as I’m off to supervise several hunts for plastic eggs for the duration of the weekend. Happy Passover and whatever it is the Islamists are celebrating as I can’t conceive of spelling it correctly. Alas,the ignorant are not always aided by search engines….