16th March 22:35
HOW THE IRAQIS SEE PUPPETS AND AMERICANS
How The Iraqis See It
I think it's about time that someone told the American people how the Iraqis
see the present situation. I am speaking of the real Iraqis, I am not
speaking of the puppet exile dominated regime installed by Bush, that was
opposed, and is still opposed by the Iraqi people, Lakhdar Brahimi and the
experts at the UN and in the US State Department, and by the vast majority
of Iraqis (over 98% of the country).
The Iraqis see the American troops as colonial occupiers, similar to the old
British colonialists who tried to run Iraq in the past. They feel our troops
are not there for democracy or freedom, but to take over their oil wealth,
to dominate the people, to break into their homes to beat, torture and rob
them, and that they are there to build bases for a long term stay as
occupiers. The Iraqis will not lie down for the occupiers, they will resist
just as they did with other occupiers in past centuries until they are
The Iraqis see the "new government" as puppets and exiles who Bush installed
in a sham "sovereignty." This group of exiles has come back to Iraq to help
the American occupation and to make money off the backs of the common people
of Iraq. This group has no popular support and is so afraid of the Iraqi
people that they stay in the American "green zone"; when they leave, they
are often attacked and many times their members have been killed by
resistance fighters. Iyad Allawi, the new "prime minister" has taken
"emergency measures" (martial law in American terms) so that many see him as
just another Saddam pretender. There is major resistance to this new martial
law; this resistance will grow.
There has not been, nor will there be real cooperation with this new group
of puppets by the UN or the Iraqi public. Iraqis know that this is a short-
lived group that is only in power because it is supported by the 140,000
troops and mercenaries. The Iraqis know this is like the Vichy French
government the Nazis installed and supported in France and North Africa; it
has nothing to do with freedom or democracy, but with domination and power
through military means. The Iraqis know the Americans cannot stay forever.
There is no future for America in Iraq because the Iraqis have beaten the
Byzantines, the Greeks, the Romans, the Mongols, the Turks and the British
and they feel they can continue fighting back until the Americans lose
enough troops they will have to leave.
In addition, Iraqis, like other Arabs and Muslims have strong beliefs in God
and thus can be patient. America is not known for patience in its foreign
adventures. In addition, the American economy cannot withstand the huge
debts the war is creating. Paul Krugman and other respected U.S. and world
economists have made this point time and again. America is goig bankupt and
is on the IMF "watch list".
More Iraqis will join the resistance because of the punishment American
soldiers have meted out to Iraqis in their homes, in their mosques and in
their infrastructure. They also know that most of the American "rebuilding"
has to do with oil, not with electricity, water or hospitals.
Recently, our American generals said 5000 "insurgents" were fighting our
troops. As of today, they have changed their numbers to over 20,000, and
most of them are Iraqis. Actually, I think there are hundreds of thousands
who would oppose our troops if push came to shove.
There is another problem that is rearing its head in this conflict. Though
Islam forbids "an eye-for-an-eye, revenge", Middle Eastern culture allows
and promotes this "honor killing" or "honor revenge." This is creating more
anti-American warriors among the Iraqis. This does not bode well for our
troops or even for the American mainland in the long run. The Iraqis and
other Muslims may bring the battle to America; then, we'll have a real
Many Iraqis, especially the Shi'a, welcomed the Americans into Iraq when
they entered. But the people soon realized that the troops had come not to
free them but to take over their country and to run it through Garner,
Bremer and now the puppets headed by Allawi and his gang of exiles. Even as
patient as Ayatollah Sistani has been, the Shi'a have realized that they
cannot trust the American administration or the Iraqi Governing Council
which has now become the puppet government of Iraq.
As I said, resistance will grow, not diminish in the days and months ahead.
Allawi and his council, like Bremer and Senor before them, will be
restricted to staying in the "Green Zone" for their safety, which means they
will be even more isolated and dependent on American troops. Unfortunately,
for the American troops, more will be killed and maimed for this wrongful
war while trying to protect this puppet government and the multi-national
conglomerates who are raping the resources of Iraq with their long term
contracts awarded to them by Bremer and the Bush gang.
It is time for the Americans to leave and to allow Arab and Muslims
countries to send in troops to settle things down so that the UN can set up
elections and a proper democratic election. American troops must totally
move out to be replaced by Arab and Muslim troops, or at least move out to
the desert areas away from the major cities of Iraq when the Arab troops
come in. As I said in an article in June, having talked with various Arab
and Muslim ambassadors, they would send in their troops if ours left. This
is not a perfect solution, but there will be more trust from the Iraqis
toward their Arab and Muslim brothers than there is toward this "crusader"
army as they see it. As I said in my article, "this is a decent and
honorable way out of the Iraq" situation.
If this is not done, there will be no peace in Iraq for now or for as long
as American troops remain in Iraq. More American troops will not solve the
problem; too many of the alleged "experts" who speak day and night on radio
and TV stations have it all wrong-none of them understand the Iraqi culture
and the tenacity and bravery of the Iraqis. More troops, which means more an
tagonists and targets to the Iraqis, will not help; it will make it worse.
Unfortunately, Rumsfeld and these "experts", which includes such men as
ignorant and ethnocentric as Wolfowitz, Perle, Abrams, Feith, are leading
America down a path of lies which will lead to the deaths of thousands more
Iraqis and hundreds and perhaps thousands of deaths of American troops.
America must change its course; if not, it must pay the piper.