Is As-Sistani Revealing Lack of Wisdom?


Ali As-Sistani, the most influential Shi’a cleric, recently issued one of the most controversial and contentious Fatwas that may have far more repercussions than ever thought. Although several attempts have since been made to moderate the language and purpose of that Fatwa, the damage had already been done. The ‘Jihad Fatwa’ called on able Shi’a men to take arms and fight the attack of Sunni Selafis against the Government in advancing from Mousil south towards Baghdad. The Fatwa has created a polarization the like of which Iraq has never experienced before as waves of Shi’a mob took arms and marched through cities in Iraq intimidating Sunnis.  But in order to understand the value of the Fatwa and its possible repercussion, a few words need to be said about the meaning of Shi’a hierarchy.


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From Waco, to Amiriya to Odessa – We Burn our Opponents Alive

Waco Siege – A Town in Texas

“A fifty-one-day siege by Federal Agents of the Branch Davidian religious group’s commune headquarters outside Waco, Texas, in early 1993. The siege, which began after a botched and bloody attempt on 28 February 1993 to arrest the group’s leader, David Koresh, on a weapons charge, ended in the deaths of four federal agents and seventy-eight Branch Davidians. The stalemate ended when U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno ordered the use of force on 19 April. Soon after Federal Agents moved in, fire engulfed the compound, killing 72 (including 20 children), provoking controversy over the use of force in dealing with dissident sects. Although some surviving members of the sect were acquitted of manslaughter, they received harsh sentences when convicted on lesser charges. In August 1999, new documents surfaced indicating that the FBI had fired three flammable tear gas canisters during the raid on the compound. Following a ten- month investigation, Senator John C. Danforth released a report concluding that although Federal Agents had mishandled evidence, they had neither started the fire nor improperly employed force.”

The Trial of Saddam Hussein, p. 359


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What is happening In Iraq?

Anyone who has spent some time looking into the British Government’s archives would find that even before the end of WWI and the birth of modern political Iraq, the Imperialist British were weary of the potential of a united Iraq threatening their future interest.

It would not be surprising that when Iraq did indeed become a potential economic, military and political entity it was time to attack it and put it a century or so back. It was in the light of this reality that the war in 1991 and the invasion and occupation of 2003 should be seen. For the sceptics I would like to pose the following question: In view of the fact that over 100 innocent people are killed or injured in Iraq every day, why are Western politicians and media totally silent when they were very concerned about the death of a few ducks in Southern Iraq in the 1990s?


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The Audacious USA

This week witnessed another attempt by the imperialists to create a legal framework for military action against Syria. France put a draft proposal to the Security Council seeking to transfer the Syrian civil war to the International Criminal Court (ICC). The true purpose of the proposed resolution is not to be able to indict people before the ICC but rather to be able to activate Chapter VII of the UN Charter. This would enable any country later to launch military action against Syria claiming legitimacy in acting to uphold the UN Charter. The world has seen this between 1990 and 2003 when all genocide and military action against Iraq was carried out under that same pretext.

I do not intend here to discuss the position of Security Council resolutions vis-à-vis International Law as the topic is too involved and very technical and matters little in a world dominated by power politics that side-step law whenever it is expedient to do so.

But I would like to draw the attention of anyone interested to one simple fact in the proceedings in the above proposal that goes to show how International Law could become a ploy in the hands of the Imperialist Zionists when the Security Council discusses some international serious matter.


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Welcome to the New Cold War!

Arabs and the first Cold War

Revolutionaries and leftists in the world in general and in the Arab world in particular never had the freedom of movement and expression like during the Cold War, which intensified in the seventies and eighties of the last century. The balance between Marxist communism and capitalist Zionism imposed rules that allowed the Arab left in general and the Arab nationalist movement in particular to move freely and express itself and to get organized; revolt; organize; rule and spread its ideology outside the geographic borders drawn by the colonialists in the aftermath of the First World War…. And with that, the Arab nationalist movement was able to create its sphere of influence and its organization throughout the whole Arab World, even though it was received with varied responses due to different historical circumstances experienced by each of those countries. Thus, the Nasserite movement found sympathetic resonance in the whole Arab world on such a scale that governments in the Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf felt threatened by this movement and fended that off by agreeing to political decisions in which they were not really interested nor in support of, as happened when they were forced to accept the famous “Three Nos” resolution of the Khartoum summit following the 1967 war! The Arab Nationalist Movement succeeded in creating the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine as a real conduit for its national plan in opposing the Zionist assault on the homeland, by really fighting it and through not appeasing or begging as the Palestinian Liberation Organization does today.. But the biggest success was achieved by the Ba’ath movement, which succeeded in building two national states in Iraq and Syria, which will remain, in spite of all lapses, faults and errors, the truest examples of the success of the Arab nationalist movement in the twentieth century!


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Genocide In Iraq

Genocide In Iraq: The Case Against the UN Security Council and Member States   Authors: Abdul--Haq al-Ani & Tarik al-Ani Paperback: 258 pages Publisher: Clarity Press (30 Sep 2012)…

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