Sadrists Pivotal Party, Vows Liberation of Iraq from Foreigners; Tehran attempts to Broker Alliance

Al-Hayat reports in Arabic on the emergence of the Sadr Movement as the largest Shiite party within the Shiite fundamentalist coalition, the Iraqi National Alliance. The Free Independent (al-Ahrar) party that represented the Sadrists won 38 seats out of the 70 that the INA garnered, making the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, the Islamic Virtue Party and other Shiite religious components of the list much smaller and less weighty in the coalition’s deliberations.

No sooner, the article says, than the election tallies began coming in did the government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki begin gradually releasing Sadrist prisoners who had been in Iraqi penitentiaries for years. Al-Hayat’s sources say that in Babil Province, orders were received from the government to release members of the Sadr Movement, in an attempt to mollify that group.

Sadrist leader Liqa’ Al-Yasin said that the Sadrists have now become the spinal column of the Iraqi National Alliance. He said that the movement had demonstrated that it had a large public base, and asserted that that base is cultured, aware, and abiding by the principles both of Islamic Law and the Nation. Al-Yasin said that the Sadrists would work for the liberation of Iraq and the realization of national sovereignty. [Translation: they want US troops out of their country tout de suite.] He adds that other goals are to gain the release of prisoners and to take some of the burdens off the shoulders of ordinary citizens. Sadrist leaders said that “the next phase will concentrate on political action to end the Occupation altogether.”

Another Sadrist leader said that the movement has foresworn violence and that they would not take up arms again save in situation of dire necessity.

al-Hayat is also reporting that a couple of days ago representatives of the Sadr Movement
and of al-Maliki’s State of Law met in Tehran in an Iranian-backed attempt quickly to form a new Shiite-dominated government. In Iran for the talks were President Jalal Talibani and his Shiite vice president, Adil Abdel Mahdi of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq.

This move underlines the way in which Iraq’s election has geopolitical as well as local significance. Also that Iran is sitting pretty while the US prepares to withdraw.

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  1. The day is approaching that Iraq will be an Islamic Republic.
    The U.S. will have to prepare for that day.
    Another pice to the puzzle is how do the Kurds play into this?
    How much will the Saudi's want to influence the Iraqi Sunni population.

  2. Thank you Dr. Cole, without you we all would be guessing and hearing the predatory government's spin and outright lies… Too much at stake for them to even consider being straightforward… This looks to me like the endgame for the theft of Iraq.. What will become of the mega-mbbassy..?? Maybe air conditioned football

  3. What drama! America's guy (Allawi) miraculously wins, but is going to be fought tooth and nail. All the cards lie with the Kurds and Sadr. Do they choose nationalism and secularism or religious fundamentalism and sectarianism? If they diverge, it is likely Maliki will prevail.

    Either way, someone is gonna be REAL pissed and their "democracy" is new enough there that an institutional crisis could easily turn violent again.

  4. A Tale of Two Cities and the liberation of Iraq
    To begin, I would like to focus on what Dickens quoted from Carlyle as one epoch must be destroyed in order for a new one to flourish. Dickens believed, as Carlyle did, that history is an evolutionary phenomenon. In other words, one era must be destroyed before a new one can develop and thrive, or as Carlyle noted, “each new age is born like the phoenix out of the ashes of the past”.
    I should call this paper a tale of two cities, Paris and Baghdad. For similar events took place in these two capitals. Cruelty, oppression, high tax, obligatory military service, poverty and starvation were the features of both regimes found in both Paris and Baghdad. While on the other hand, the guillotine in Paris and hangings in Baghdad, removed the unjust leaders, and put an end to the oppressive reign of both systems. After the collapse of the ruling systems, drastic social and political changes took place as well.
    When one goes through the lines of A Tale of Two Cities, one remembers the cruelty and the oppression of the aristocratic rule in Paris and how they used people at that time, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”. The ruling class was corrupted and peasants were treated cruelly. Thirst and hunger is shown clearly during the wine scene when people gathered around the broken cask of wine. People of different ages and both sexes knelt and scoop up the wine that was spilled on the dirty street of Saint Antonio in the poorest suburb of Paris
    One could compare this scene to the period of Saddam’s reign in Iraq in the eighties and nineties, and how Saddam’s gang was controlling everything beginning with trade, industry, and agriculture ultimately in even small business. He treated people like slaves, but even wrose. He made appearances on TV, pretending to pray in mosques, but in fact he was torturing people to death. During his reign people were starving. A salary of an employee like a university professor would be $3-6 a month. Saddam was the only one who had the right to speak and eat, and nobody had the right to criticize his regime. The 1948 Human Rights declaration was like a time bomb. Nobody was allowed to voice their opinion of the declaration or argue about it. If somebody did that would cost him his head.
    Children that were left behind not attend school, for their family was unable to make available essentials like food and clothes at the time Saddam was importing marble from Italy to build hundreds of luxury palaces.
    A time of liberation and violence is experienced in both cities. In Paris the symbol of change is the collapse of the Bastille and in Baghdad it is the collapse of Saddam’s statue in Fardus Square. Revolution and resurrection are the two major themes, in Paris the city of dissipation of aristocratic ruled system revolution broke out, the Bastille fell down and many prisoners were released. Dickens compares the collapse of the Bastille with the collapse of feudalism. And in Baghdad dictatorship is the other face of feudalism. Resurrection is clear in Dickens’s novel, through Mr. Lorry’s mission to bring Dr. Manette back to England. After the collapse of the Bastille, resurrection is also clear in an escape of a prisoner from La Force. The same image is repeated in Iraq, after the liberation, many prisoners were released, and mass graves were uncovered where Saddam buries hundred of thousands alive. The other image of resurrection in Iraq after the liberation can be seen by means of many people who used to be Saddam’s dissidents in the past (who lived abroad) going back to their families in Iraq.
    Another importan, similar scene between the aristocratic system and Saddam’s regime, which is worth mention her, is what Foulon declared in A Tale of Two Cities, if somebody got hungry he should eat grass. News of Foulon capture arrives in Paris by Defarge. The mob hangs him up, but he died in the third try because the robe gave out. Saddam also declared that if employees and university professors are not content with their salaries, they must go and look for mud- jobs in rural places. Imagine how university professor who devoted his life to reading and researching could make additional earnings with mud- job in rural places. And if there were even such a job for the villagers themselves! Saddam also found in a hole underground and sent to gallows and he meets the same destiny to that of Foulon. Revolutionaries in Paris looted the aristocratic palaces, and in Baghdad presidential palaces were looted by starving people as well.
    Inhumanity and brutality can be seen in the scene of Madame Defarge. She is not content with the death sentence of Evermonde. She meets the woodcutter and makes a plan to bring Lucie and her daughter to court to be beheaded. And not very far from Baghdad, a group of men loaded with guns headed to cemetery in Tikrit where Saddam’s body was buried wanting to dig up his grave and amputate his body.
    I may mention the old proverb that says history always repeats itself. The revolutionaries in Paris succeeded in building a good democratic system, a system which maintains the freedom of man.
    Carlyle foresaw the renaissance of our time. In 1831, Carlyle intimated that the West would come back to life in about two hundred years, like the phoenix rising from its ashes. The renaissance that Carlyle foresaw is now at hand. (Home of Philosophy and Literature 14)
    Similar to what happened in Paris, in Iraq, the second parliamentary election was held on seventh March 2010, and we will witness the birth of a new democratic government in the days to come. People are beginning to taste the fruits of democracy in all its aspects, freedom, free press, decentralization, freedom of association, democratic elections every four years, and freedom of speech. And tell me now are all of these privileges not worth to sacrificing


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