[Illness, exhaustion and work have consumed me for the time being, so blogging will be light again. I do have a post up onChester today, which I hope you will read. Tomorrow,insha’allah, I will be in better form. But for the time being–]
It’s lies. It’s all lies. The government lied from the very first day.
— Omar Abu Ali, father of Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, whom the U.S. government has charged with providing support for terrorism and for training with Al Qaeda.
Also mentioned in the federal indictment are Abu Ali’s alleged plans to assassinate George Bush. For more details, check out my aforementioned post on Chester.
For the federal indictment of Abu Ali, go here.
Unity is more important than winning.
— Ahmad Chalabi on why he withdrew his bid to become the Shia nominee for the Prime Minister position, promising to support Ibrahim Jaafari instead.
I have heard they don’t want me. Why, God knows.
— Ayad Allawi, remarking on the fact that Iraq’s religious leaders do not want him to serve as the country’s prime minister.
Still, the Shia alliance controls 140 parliamentary seats out of 275–meaning they have to curry support from the Kurds–who control 75 seats–and possibly Allawi’s slate, which holds 40. As Kurdish politician Barham Salih put it,
Anything is possible. In the past, it used to be Saddam Hussein who made all the decisions for us Iraqis. But now this is an open game, and you will see shifting alliances.
This includes the possibility of some Shia defecting to join the other parties. Or, as Allawi told the New York Times,
What it boils down to is that there are a lot of secular Shiites in the alliance.
With many issues to solve, among them the nature of federalism and the place of Islam in the new constitution, the disposition of Kirkuk and revenue-sharing agreements over oil. Not to mention the fascist counter-liberation. On this point, at least, Jaafari sounds encouraging:
I don’t believe that anybody, be they Sunnis or any other religious doctrine, will allow these people to destroy our country, and there should be a force that will stop them and put an end to the bloodshed.
(John F. Burns, Dexter Filkins, New York Times)
We expect your retaliation. It is what unites us and divides you.
— from the HBO-BBC TV movie “Dirty War,” which depicts a fictitious dirty bomb attack in downtown London.
In this particularly chilling scene, English investigators warn an Islamofascist that the U.K. will strike back for the terrorist attack he organized on London. The character’s reply articulates the very core of terrorist tactics. The question remains, however: how would a country react to a terrorist attack on one of its major cities, especially if invading a country–such as Iraq–is not an option? By secretly forming Christian suicide militias to attack Muslim holy sites, but leave no trace of government involvement?
Posted by Steven Vincent