Friday, August 01, 2014
سئمت لعبة البشر
لا يوجد شيطان على الإطلاق . . . هذا ادعاء البشر الذي حشروه في أديانهم المتناقضة
البشر الذين يعيثون في الأرض فسادا ودمارا هم الشياطين . . . إختلقوا الشيطان ليحملوه
مسؤولية خطاياهم وخطاياهن
Monday, March 19, 2012
I Shall Be Silent
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Silence shall be my activity in the near future, but for how long? Time will tell.
Since November 2009, I've been battling with this decision, but continued otherwise. Today, March 15 nearing the ninth anniversary of the war on Iraq, I have decided to pull the plug on my posting and maintaining of this blog. I hope that you find the previous postings informative and distribute them to others who may utilize and/or find them interesting.
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Tuesday, June 08, 2010
Israel Will Not Celebrate Its Centennial
Why Israel Will Not Celebrate Hundred Years?
All world's empires no matter how vast crumbled after a prolonged disunity, corruption, lack of conscience, a bank of enemies and after committing oppression and savagery.
Israel, which was created on the bases of genocide and terror is one such power. Although it is a mistake to compare it with any other preceding empires or powers, like the Greek, Roman, Russian or British, it is still a power heading sooner or later to disappearance.
I've discussed with some Iraqis the fact that Israel will never celebrate its centennial, but they mostly disagreed with my prediction. In fact, they don't realize that just by the mere fact that they think Israel will not vanish and is in full control of the USA, they give it more life and prolong its age further. The psychology of fear and defeat is what I mean.
I enlist here why Israel will not celebrate its cenntenial:
1. It was created based on a borrowed ideology, 'Zionism', which was introduced by Christian Europeans at least two centuries before Theodor Herzl (b. May 2, 1860). From English scholar Francis Kett in 1585 to another English advocate, Thomas Draxe in 1608, and from Thomas Brightman (1552-1607) to Joseph Mede (1586-1638); all advocated and published statements that Jews should be restored to the land of Israel. Borrowed ideologies are not long lasting and require force, propaganda and even terrorism to flourish. Till now Zionism has not flourished and been equated with Nazism.
2. Zionists used terrorism to kill thousands of Palestinians and wipe out tens of villages. That is a gloomy beginning and a can-worm opener for animosity and retaliation. Humanity's subconscience will not forget these horrors. Based on the notions of "a reaction for every action" and Karma, the violence will continue until Israel vanishes.
3. A tiny state consisting of immigrants with a cocktail of backgrounds, cultures and languages who only lived with each other for 60 years makes it difficult to achieve unity, a creation based on a religious (Jewish) affiliation is no recipe for survival, never mind a lasting society. It has no written, well-respected constitution and has been far from being democratic and inclusive. It antagonizes and discriminates against not just Moslem Arabs, but even Christian and Jewish Arabs and other easterners and Africans.
4. Israel was created and lasted based on charitable money donated by Europe and the USA. The support of the former has lessened and the economical deterioration of the USA will soon affect its financial support. Added to the scandals by Jewish financial lenders and investors are all formulas for failure. The Madoff and the Holyland-Olmert scandals are two of many that occurred and will happen.
5. It is a poor state geographically, historically (a 62-year old) and agriculturally. Because of its violent nature and lust for wars to ensure fake unity and survival, even tourism has been seriously affected and will even worsen. International Boycotts have been organized numerous times against Israeli products and politics and will increase. Worldwide sympathy and solidarity for Palestinians have increased many folds.
6. Israel continues to steal water from its neighbor Jordan and takes it for granted as if its own. The needy Jordanians will not keep quiet for long. Recently it has even stolen oil from Iraq's Kurds. Theft has been one of Israel's main characteristics. Stealing and lying are no formulas for sustainability.
7. Its citizens are mostly seen in the media as soldiers, killers or as, they pride themselves, spies, assassins and trainers of militias and mercenaries like when they trained Ethiopians, Kurds and others.
8. A state with no worldwide famous artists and athletes will not be able to build bridges with the rest of the world and gain sympathy or have fans especially when in the news it is usually viewed in confrontation, conflicts and wars. Jews who become famous worldwide are usually citizens of the USA or Europe who present their contributions in languages other than Hebrew. In fact, there has been not one friendly and/or handsome Israeli face on TV for decades!
9. Jewish Zionists are emotional and can easily fall in irrationalities and embarrassing situations, more than their opponents. Those who think that Zionists are united, careful and calculating are naive, in fact wrong. Israel's politicians take orders from USA leaders too and do them favors: The war on Lebanon in 2006, the siege on Gazza and the recent massacre of Turks were all events that served USA interest at least indirectly by shifting world's attention away from its failures in Afghanistan and especially in Iraq.
10. Israel's twisting of history events is known to a large number of citizens worldwide. The rest will not be fooled for a long time. In the last four years, even students in Europe and the USA began to seriously challenge and embarrass Israeli politicians whenever they speak publicly. Zionists' arguments have all been repetitive like a crooked musical record, i.e 'Jew-hating', 'anti-Semitic', 'promise land', 'holocaust', 'terrorist Hamas', and soon they will receive a deaf ear from world's citizens. They have no capabilities to invent new lies and stories. Technology will make it even harsher for them to hide the truth.
Here are important and must be viewed reports and videos that prove some of the points mentioned above:
Lovers of Zion: Christian Zionism
Testimony by Eyewitness Irish-American, Ken O'Keefe
Hanin Zoabi, Arab Knesset Member on Flotilla Ship
لجنة الكنيست توصي بتجريد حنين زعبي من امتيازاتها البرلمانية
Thursday, November 26, 2009
أعيادنا غير مباركة . . . لا نستحق الإحتفال
عيد الشكر في الولايات
الأمريكية وعيد الأضحى في العالم الإسلامي
والمقرف في الأمر أن العادات والمناسبات الإجتماعية في العالم الإسلامي صارت معظمها تتحلى بقتل الخرفان أو الدجاج وسفك الدماء : فشراء بيت جديد ، طهور الفحول ، الأعراس ، ولادة طفلة / طفل ، النجاح في الإمتحان ، شراء سيارة جديدة والمآتم هي من بين الكثير من هذه المناسبات .ا
حقوق الطبع محفوظة لوفاء النظيمة ، لايسمح بنشر هذه المقالة بدون أخذ الإذن
تعقيبات على المقالة :ا
ثانيا _ عندما حلل ذبح الخروف في قصة إبراهيم فهذا للواقعة إياها ولا يعني أننا نعمل منها عادة سنوية للأبد ونسفك الدماء بسبب ما حصل منذ آلاف السنين .ا
ثالثا _ الرفق بالحيوان واحترام الكائنات الحية لاعلاقة مطلقة له باليهودية أو اليهود حتى تخشى من تأثري بهم فهم يذبحون الحيوانات ويأكلونها بالضبط كالمسلمين وطقوسهم الدينية والإجتماعية (على الأقل في الشرق) مشابهة للمسلمين . الرفق بالحيوان موجود في كل الأديان ولكنه ممارسا من قبل أناس أكثر من غيرهم .ا
رابعا _ من الأفضل أن يكون الإسلام مفعوما بالحكمة والحجج العلمية مما أن يكون ذا طقوس بالية تخريبية كذبح الحيوانات ، وعلى فكرة فأنا هنا لم أنتقد طقوس الذبح الدينية فحسب ، بل أيضا الأعياد الوطنية (كما في عيد الشكر في الولايات الأمريكية) والمناسبات الإجتماعية في الشرق بمختلف أديانهم كالأعراس وشراء البيت والطهور وغيرها .ا
خامسا _ عندما كتبت "أعيادنا " ، فقصدت بالضمير "نا" البشر عامة وليس المسلمين فقط .ا
سادسا _ لمساعدة الفقراء يمكن تقليل (الى حد كبير) وحتى تفادي ظاهرة تضحية كائن حي وسفك دمه وبهذه الأعداد المخيفة .ا
مع خالص تحياتي
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
The Threat of the USA-UK-Iran-Israel (UI) Collaborative
by Wafaa' Al-Natheema
In Response to Ali Jawad's Article in the Palestine Chronicle
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Arabs are now in extreme danger if they continue being indecisive and disunited about issues affecting their well being and future. One of these issues is their disagreement on Iran. Also to resist and successfully challenge the UI (US-UK-Iran-Israel) powerful collaborative, Arabs’ resistance must be a collaborative effort as well, and the public’s attitude and media coverage by not focusing on one segment of Arab resistance or comparing between its various factions (be that Iraqi, Lebanese or Palestinian), must cease.
Ali Jawad's article, “Myth of Sectarianism in the 'New Middle East'” (included below) is a good example. It has many good points, but his narrative presents only part of the truth about Iran. While I fully agree with Jawad's point, "Today, the political tensions of the Middle East are driven minimally by indigenous inter-sectarian factors. The systematic and organized attempt - by imperialists and their regional clients - to amplify the myth of an ongoing, all-out sectarian war is precisely in order to cover for the evident absence of actual rifts between the peoples of the Middle East," I find his views about Iran's role in the region and its campaign to Shiitize and divide Arabs are not-well argued. They are not 'alleged' as he stated in his article. Iran's money and the work of its religious leaders to convert Moslems, especially Arabs, to Shiism are real and on the rise in the Arab world.
I am reminded of Arabs' emotionality and naiveté when I read Ali Jawad’s paragraph, “Largely due to this self-destructing polarization, admiration for Iran on the Arab street has skyrocketed. In the world of Arab satellite channels, live phone-ins on political talk shows are flooded by voices of solidarity with Iran and total contempt for “sell-out” Arab leaders. Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah, Bashar Al-Assad and Ismail Haniyeh are viewed as the symbols of remaining Arab dignity, and their indisputable popularity, heads and shoulders above the rest, is evidenced in every poll.” This is certainly not the opinion of the vast majority of Iraqi Arabs, neither it is the opinion of Turkmans and other minorities who have tasted first hand the savagery of Iranian conducts in Iraq. It is quite humorous to consider leaders such as Nasrallah and Al-Assad as the symbols of Arab remaining dignity when they both were capable to strike Israel and come to their Gazans' resecue in this year's massacre, but chose not, instead all what they did in return were slogans and orations. This is aside from their previous and many incidents that prove otherwise.
Unfortunately the Moroccan and Saudi Kings and Egyptian presidents have no clean slate either and have had shameful policies and actions, no doubt about that. Therefore whenever they make statements or have concerns, almost always theirs are considered alleged, propaganda or invalid. The same argument can be made about Saddam Hussein. Nothing he said or did was appropriate enough or true for his enemies, his Arab colleagues and counterparts, Iraqis or the media. His concern about Iran and its leaders’ expansionist policies and hatred toward Arabs was not due to his or Iraqis' imagination or love for wars as some like to argue. The Iranian threat toward Arabs and Arab lands has been a reality and in fact has increased many folds since the Iran-Iraq war. This statement should not be interpreted as advocating for or justifying the Iran-Iraq war. Iran's expansionist ambitions for Arab lands are comparable to those of the Zionists. Had the author followed closely how Iranians had been confiscating Arab lands since 1920s and how they've been treating the Ahwazi Arabs in Iran and Iraqi and Palestinian Arabs in Iraq, he wouldn't have written his article and the Palestinian Chronicle wouldn't have published it.
Providing financial assistance to needy Arab families in return for their conversion to Shiism by Iran is actually geared to divide Arabs and eventually Moslems. This is happening in Syria (and I personally witnessed it), in Jordan and Lebanon as well as in some Gulf States, Egypt, Libya, Sudan and Morocco. Even as early as 1981, I have witnessed Shiite conversion attempts in the UK and USA by an originally Iranian Iraqi family through its large network. Therefore the author of the article should have well investigated the matter before making inaccurate statements and using the "alleged" word.
No group thus far and despite the hatred, wars and Guantanamo have been able to kill Islam and put an end to it. So in order to defeat Moslems tactfully, the opponents of Islam; the neoconservative and evangelist Christians, Zionist Jews and even Iranians (who have been working together despite that the Khomeini revolution propagated anti-western and anti-Zionism slogans) need to accomplish the following two missions simultaneously:
1. Anti-Arab policies and killing.
Why these policies against the Arabs?
Not because Arabs are divided and weak as some argue, not because they don't know how to work and are “backward,” or because they invaded Iranians 1400 years ago, and not because of Arabs' so-called terrorism (which they knew nothing about until 1979 when Al-Qaeda was created and funded by the CIA and when Khomeini was brought to power in November 1978 again by the West), but because Arabs are the backbone of Islam: Language wise (the Quran is in Arabic), they were the ones who spread Islam and are the ones who still maintain it closest to its origin, they control most of the essential locations with religious significance to all Moslems (Mecca, Medina, Karbala and Najaf) and because they are rich with resources and have shown serious resistance to the US-Industrial western interests and considerable development and reforms all through the end of the 1980s despite the Iran-Iraq war. It was no coincidence that communism was clearly replaced by Islam in 1989-1990 as THE ENEMY and the heaviest bombing campaign in modern history on Baghdad took place (immediately after) in January 1991. By creating Al-Qaeda, the USA achieved the killing of both of its so-called enemies; Moslems and Communists.
Why IRAQ first? The adversaries of the Islamic world focused on attacking Baghdad in 1258 CE because it was the center of advancement, richness and power, and in the 20th and 21st centuries again when they bombed Baghdad. In 1991 and then in 2003, they bombed IRAQ not because:
1. Saddam Hussein was a dictator,
2. of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, and not because,
3. Iraq was more divided and smaller than Iran and so easier to control.
But because regionally Iraq was the only Arab country to bomb Tel Aviv and the rest of Israel by means of technology and accurate scud missiles, which caused tremendous havoc and destruction in Israel, and that internationally Iraq's Arab leader was the only Arab, in fact the first in the world, who challenged the US dollar and began in November 2000 to use the Euro in oil transactions. Also because Iraq's (75%) majority Arabs (in comparison to other Arabs) are the most rich, educated, resourceful, steadfast, independent, are most supportive of other Arab and African countries/causes (especially the Palestinian cause) and simultaneously have been the top among Arabs in terms of resisting western ways of life (especially western companies and interests including giant junk food businesses), who maintained their culture with a well-intact Arabic language, and who have been living in one of the richest lands on earth, be that manuscripts, ancient ruins, history, artifacts, gold, uranium, copper, oil, water, dates, palm trees, wheat, barley, professionals and hard-core scientists. Though Iraqi Arabs (compared with other Arabs) have been the least articulate verbally (and so the reason for being behind in public relations, promotion and media), they have been the most doers. We have witnessed the intensive campaign to rob Iraq from all its treasures and to eliminate its scientists and professors following the USA-UK-Iran-Israel occupation.
Iraqis in general and their Arab majority in particular have withstood eight years of Iran-Iraq war, the 1991 war with tons of uranium bombs and twelve years of sanctions. Yet all of the above didn't kill and put an end to them. So the USA had to invade Iraq and kill Iraqis by the hundreds of thousands, imprison and torture them by the thousands and displace four millions of them to make sure the job gets done. By destroying the strongest pole of the Arab world, the Zionists, the industrial westerners and Iranians have been roaming freely in the region killing its people and robbing its resources as we've seen done in Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon, Sudan and other parts of the Arab world. In fact, the current conflicts and silenced crimes in IRAQ are not between Shiites and Sunnis as the politicians and the media like to portray, they have been mainly anti-Arab; killing, imprisoning, torturing and displacing them. Indeed non-Arabs in Iraq have highly suffered as well, but the main target of the occupation has been the Arabs (Moslems of all sects, and to a lesser extent Christians and Yezidis) with focus on Sunnis; the most devastated of all. The vast majority of the prisoners in Guantanamo are ARABS as well. Recent reports indicate that most of these prisoners are in fact innocent! The non-Arab Moslem prisoners in Guantanamo are near entirely Sunnis from Afghanistan and Pakistan. It was no coincidence to witness the elimination of the strongest, and most influential and well-connected Sunni Arab leaders: Saddam Hussein and Rafiq Al-Hariri.
Iranians are participating alongside the USA, Israel and the Kurds in the killing and imprisonment of Arabs. In light of the industrial west's population control ambitions for earth, Sunni Moslems are considered a threat by the mere fact that they constitute 90% of the one billion Moslems.
Palestinians and other Arabs, including the author of the article, Jawad Ali, need not to interpret the Iranian support of Hezbollah and Hamas as a sign of innocence and sympathy toward Arabs and their causes because this "support" is part of the plan to create division, enhance favoritism among Arabs and increase their dependency on Iran and the industrial west. To clarify this further:
1. Since the war between Hezbollah and Israel in 2006, there has been a complete media censorship or abandonment of Iraqi resistance! Favoritism and poor comparison between factions of Arab resistance have even infected public opinion and the media with statements highlighting the superiority of the resistance of Hezbollah and Hamas when compared with the Iraqi resistance. But knowing that both Hamas and Hezbollah have been funded by Iran, the very same entity that participated in the invasion of Iraq; imprisoning and killing of Arabs in Iran and Iraq (including Palestinian Iraqis), and collaborating alongside Pakistan with the CIA to sell innocent Arabs and Afghans for the Guantanamo project, one can well understand the Iranian agenda behind the financial aid. Despite Iran's financial support, both Hezbollah and Hamas put together have not inflicted any comparable damage on Israel to that inflicted by the Iraqi resistance since 2003 on the USA, which is a leading world power and superior to Israel. In fact, the Iraqi resistance has not been resisting only US forces, but also UK forces, Iranian militias, Israeli Mossad, Kurdish Peshmergeh, some of the armies of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) and thousands of foreign mercenaries while Hezbolla and Hamas have been resisting one known enemy. Many of us were puzzled by the ineffectiveness and passiveness of Hezbollah during the recent barbaric attacks on neighboring Gaza!!
2. Since the Lebanon-Israel war, the world's mainstream media have focused on Hezbollah and Hamas as victorious, resisters or terrorists (adjectives that denote seriousness and grab attention). This was a typical scenario to occupy the world away from the destruction caused by the USA-UK atrocities worldwide and away from those who have been courageously resisting the USA-UK occupation in Iraq. Because of this recipe, one sees many more anti-Israel and anti-Zionist peace groups and NGOs advocating, organizing events, making donations and/or protesting against Zionists than against the USA-UK occupation in Afghanistan and Iraq. Following this recipe, informants, who worked to see the Iraq’s anti-sanction movement in the 1990s weakened and corrupted, penetrated most major peace groups in the USA.
3. One of the MAIN reasons for the creation of Israel was to occupy the Arabs away from resisting British colonialism and dominance by going to wars with Israel instead. Israel still has this function; whenever the tied is high on the USA (the offspring of the UK) in Afghanistan or in Iraq, a big event is created in the region either committed by or in relation to Israel or Iran to overshadow the USA-UK criminal actions and/or their defeat. Israel and Iran have been utilized for that matter. Both governments collaborated with the USA, secretly in the case of Iran while giving the impression that its policies are anti-Zionist and anti-American. The bombing of Lebanon in 2006, the cry out about the Iranian atomic bomb, the consecutive siege of Gaza, the many elections (within six years) in Iraq and the so-called withdrawal of USA forces from Baghdad are among these attention-occupying events. The above-mentioned tactics and events have been utilized for the purpose of shifting public's attention away from the criminal actions perpetrated by the USA and other industrial western governments.
The unity of Arab resistance is therefore a must in order to create wider and stronger affects on the USA and UK and their creation, Israel. But this unity cannot be achieved when Iran is funding two of the three major Arab resistance factions (Hamas and Hezbollah) while killing and torturing the third (Iraqi resistance), when the Palestinians have been fighting amongst themselves and when various Iraqi resistance factions have not been collaborating well with each other.
The unity of the Iraqi resistance is a prerequisite for the unity of Arab resistance. Such unity will not only free IRAQ from the occupation, but to free and eventually unite Arabs. Iraqi Arabs are the only Arabs able to accomplish this task. After all, about 95% of Iraqi resistance is made of Arabs. The opponents of Arabs and Moslems know well this reality. That is why they have been collaborating to kill, displace, bribe and torture Iraqi Arabs.
The USA-UK-Iran-Israel (UI) collaborative has been working diligently to divide the Arab resistance (Iraqi, Lebanese, Palestinian and others) by killing and taming the most challenging; the Iraqi resistance, dubbing it 'terrorist' and completely depriving it from media coverage and financial support while financially supporting the less challenging resistance of Hezbollah and Hamas, and granting them continuous media coverage. Because this collaborative is well aware that any financial support from the USA, UK or Israel would be rejected by the Arab resistors or if accepted by any resistance group, this would make them lose credibility and trust, therefore Iran has been utilized to accomplish this task for them, which is the best scenario knowing it is an Islamic country. In addition to financially supporting Hamas and Hezbollah, Iran is granting financial support to needy Arab families to convert them to Shiism and gain their loyalty. By supporting Hamas and Hezbollah, Iran is propagating support for Arab resistance, where in reality it is supporting the less challenging segment of Arab resistance (Hezbollah and Hamas), which has been confronting Israel, not the more powerful USA, while participating with the USA in the killing and displacement of Iraqi Arabs and in attempting to destroy the Iraqi resistance, which constitutes the greatest challenge. In other words, Iran is reviving two birds with one stone: One - to divide Arabs and their resistance by favoring and supporting some resistance groups over others, a good recipe for creating resentment and conflicts and two - to eventually divide Moslems by increasing Shiite conversions and conflicting loyalists.
In 2003, following the occupation of Baghdad, Paul Bremer, the governor of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), made sure that Iranians and Kurds are the majority in parliament, main political parties, ministries and embassies despite them being together only 20% of the Iraqi population. He specifically ensured that Shiite religious leaders are to govern Iraq. It is time for non-Iraqi Arabs to pay attention to these highly significant events and begin prioritizing.
The Islamic world and Islam will become part of the endangered species without the presence of Arabs; a reality not well recognized by Moslems including Arabs, but the opponents of Moslems understand it well.
Wafaa' Al-Natheema, who maintains this blog, does not subscribe to any political party or practice any religion since all religions and political parties are the products of men to serve their interest first and foremost.
By Ali Jawad
One of the lasting legacies of the failed US-led war on Iraq is without doubt the rise of sectarianism in the general discourse on Middle Eastern politics. Sectarianism has been pitched as the ‘modern’ story of the Middle East, yet its driving causes and true nature remain subject to sweeping and misplaced generalizations, particularly in the Western media. The subsequent rooting of a sectarian political discourse in understanding the dynamics of the Middle East, flavoured by myths and fallacies, primarily serves to further the interests of imperialist and colonialist powers in the region. At another level, this discourse seeks to insulate discredited Arab leaders (i.e. Moderate “allies”) from the grievances of their own peoples as invented threats posed by an “other” are hyped up to disorientate the power of the masses.
In this regard, the recent scathing attack launched by the Egyptian Public Prosecutor (EPP) against Hezbollah, despite being somewhat expected, was revealing insofar as its sectarian dimension is concerned. Buried in between a long list of accusations against a “Hezbollah cell” uncovered in Egypt, the EPP stated the accused were "planning to carry out hostile operations within the country (Egypt) and attempting to spread Shiite thought in Egypt”.
During recent times, it has become fashionable for Middle Eastern premiers and oil-kings to protest against an ethereal threat posed by Shiism. The summoning of the “spread of Shiism” pretext, as seen above in the case of Egypt, is essentially used as a political tool. Further, the Egyptian line of attack in this respect is by no means an anomaly. In mid-March of this year, the kingdom of Morocco severed diplomatic ties with Iran accusing Tehran of “cultural infiltration” and attempts to “implant the Shiite Muslim ideology” in the country. In the emirate kingdoms of Bahrain and Kuwait, allegations of Iranian interference in the former, and charges claiming the formation of an insidious “Kuwaiti-Hezbollah” in the latter, are similarly propped up and dealt with within a strictly sectarian context.
Politically, the use of sectarianism in the present Middle Eastern context serves several purposes, which can broadly be divided into local, regional and international dimensions. To identify these dimensions, it is necessary to probe below the surface of this worn out, yet doggishly resurgent, charge of Arab leaders against the threat posed by “Shiism” in order to reveal the causative factors behind this renewed focus on sectarianism.
First, by positing a so-called “threat” posed by a Shiite sectarian agenda, Arab leaders conveniently conceal and deflect attention from the deeply entrenched socio-economic disparity that exists between Shiite communities and their counterparts in several Gulf nations. In countries like Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, Shiites are forced to locate themselves on the peripheries of society under the juggernaut of systemic discrimination. Further, an environment of heightened sectarianism also provides an effective red herring for these kingdoms to silence demands calling for fairer representation and accordance of rights.With respect to Shiite communities and their development in the Arab and national contexts, this factor presents a massive hurdle in the way of reform. As an example, the case of Lebanon underlines the central importance that the ability to pressure the central government plays in effecting change. Until the late Seventies of the last century, i.e. more than three decades after the National Pact (al-Mithaq al-Watani) was signed, Shiites found themselves relegated to the outer rims of Lebanese society. Downtrodden and ignored by the state, Lebanese Shiites bottled up their grievances within a sub-national narrative. In this milieu of resignation, the dynamism brought in by the charismatic Shiite leader, Sayyed Musa Al-Sadr, relied primarily on matlabiyya (a politics of demand) to transform the fortunes of Lebanese Shiites. Thus, the present-day hyping up of sectarian polemics by Arab leaders in the Gulf, acts as a significant stumbling block in the way of urgently needed, and long overdue reform of internal political and socio-economic structures. Demands for fair representation and equal rights that ought to be accorded by virtue of citizenship are instead silenced through the use of a sectarian deception.
Second, by reinforcing an image of a whole-scale invasion of the “Shiite” school of thought in traditionally majority-“Sunni” areas (or what was termed the Shii tide; al-madd al-Shii), Arab leaders promote an inherently confrontational and other-excluding relationship between the two major religious sects of Islam. This strategy thus aims to provoke a “religious” reaction hence providing credibility to the statements of highly unpopular and discredited leaders.It has to be noted that this strategy has not only failed so far, but has done so miserably. Contrary to what Arab leaders like Mubarak hoped for, Sunni and Shia religious figures have stood by each other and together lambasted Arab leaders for their criminal silence and treachery towards the Palestinian cause. Notably, Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was accused of “apostasy” and “grand treason” by more than two-hundred Sunni religious scholars in the wake of the brutal war on Gaza.
Third, in logical continuity from the previous point, Arab leaders like Mubarak who suffer from serious popularity deficits amongst their peoples, attempt to revitalize and give credibility to their sinking images by marketing themselves as safe keepers of “Sunnism”. The “spread of Shiism” accusation made by the EPP thus makes the case that the highly unpopular Mubarak in fact plays the role of a gatekeeper who faithfully ensures that the “Sunni” identity of Egypt is preserved. At this level the strategy has again been met with ridicule from the Egyptian public. In a radio interview, the head of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mahdi Akef, termed the allegations levelled against Hezbollah as unfounded and utterly baseless. The secretary general of the Islamic Action Front (IAF), the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood movement in Jordan, minced less into his words when he praised the actions of Hezbollah as a “national, legitimate, and pan-Arab duty and an attempt to bolster the Islamic resistance in the Gaza Strip". Instead of taking Mubarak for his word, public focus in Egypt has shifted to the involvement of Israeli intelligence in the operation targeted at Hezbollah. This factor by itself provides sufficient proof to the Egyptian and Arab streets that the actions of Hezbollah were in fact limited to supporting the resistance in Palestine, rather than the whimsically invented charge made by the EPP citing “spread of Shiism” in Egypt amongst others.
Fourth, the “spread of Shiism” pretext at the regional level is not sold merely as a sectarian phenomenon, but one that occurs in the backdrop of a growing Shiite presence in Middle Eastern politics. Shiite so-called “expansionism” is pitched as an extension of a wider political agenda, or what the Saudi Prince Turki Al-Faisal chooses to call “Iranian obstructionism”. Giving saliency to this aspect interlocks with the interests of the US and Israeli governments as was wittily articulated by an Arab writer who described the Egyptian government’s policy with the words: “Rescue! The Shiites are coming!” By openly declaring an anti-Shiite (read: anti-Iranian, anti resistance) platform, these Arab leaders seek to provide reassurance to the US and Israel that they continue to remain useful and relevant on the Middle Eastern chessboard.
Fifth, one of the more troubling usages of sectarianism in the present Middle East has been the enframent of political and national struggles within the mould of a sectarian identity-politics. The so-called “Moderate” Arab leaders in Cairo, Riyadh and Amman pass off differing stances as sectarian-qua-sectarian agendas. More accurately, political stances that clash with US-inspired “moderate” scripts of how things ought to play out in the Gulf, are pointed to as manifestations of the intrusion of a Shiite tidal wave under direct orders from an aspirant Shiite regional hegemony i.e. Iran.
Fuelling the fires of sectarianism in this way has meant that even pre-eminent struggles and causes in the Arab world have not remained impervious from the burdens of a sectarian-politics discourse. According to leading officials in Egypt, Gaza is seen as a ‘mini Islamic Republic of Iran’, and Hamas an abiding servant of the Iranian agenda. In order to discredit the path of resistance, the likes of Egypt and Saudi Arabia have chosen to mark it off as an Iranian-Shiite conspiracy, which if left unchecked will extend to devour the entire Arab homeland.
Largely due to this self-destructing polarization, admiration for Iran on the Arab street has skyrocketed. In the world of Arab satellite channels, live phone-ins on political talk shows are flooded by voices of solidarity with Iran and total contempt for “sell-out” Arab leaders. Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah, Bashar Al-Assad and Ismail Haniyeh are viewed as the symbols of remaining Arab dignity, and their indisputable popularity, heads and shoulders above the rest, is evidenced in every poll.
Finally, there remains the relation between imperialism and the rise of sectarian rhetoric in the Middle East i.e. the elephant in the room. It is said that sectarianism can be narrated “only by continually acknowledging and referring to both indigenous and imperial” histories and imperatives.
Iraq has been the theatre on, and from, which the image of an ongoing sectarian struggle for the heart of the Middle East has been propagated. In the wake of the collapse of Baghdad in 2003, leading Arab intellectual Dr. Azmi Bishara took to the podium at UC Berkeley and said:
The ‘Balkanization’ of the Middle East has for long been an unswerving desire of imperialist powers. The oft-quoted words of Oded Yinon about the "far-reaching opportunities" presented by the "very stormy situation [that] surrounds Israel," published in 1982 by the World Zionist Organization, are instructive in this regard: "The dissolution of Syria and Iraq into ethnically or religiously unique areas such as in Lebanon is Israel's primary target on the Eastern front. Iraq, rich in oil on the one hand and internally torn on the other is guaranteed as a candidate for Israel's targets. Its dissolution is even more important for us than that of Syria. Iraq is stronger than Syria. In the short run, it is Iraqi power which constitutes the greatest threat to Israel.”
Today, the political tensions of the Middle East are driven minimally by indigenous inter-sectarian factors. The systematic and organized attempt - by imperialists and their regional clients - to amplify the myth of an ongoing, all-out sectarian war is precisely in order to cover for the evident absence of actual rifts between the peoples of the Middle East. Why the likes of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Morocco are not waiting around for second invitations to jump on to this sectarian bandwagon should in itself provoke a lot of questioning. Not in the least surprising, and another reason to look into this subject more critically, has been the failure of Western media from putting forth these simple and straight-forward questions.
Sectarianism constitutes an important chapter in the ‘divide and conquer’ strategy. Whilst it could be said that the US viewed the Middle East through a more ethnic prism in the past, it is clear that the sectarian divide has provided the way forward. The declaration of the “New Middle East” agenda during the Bush administration, and its failure in infancy during the 2006 war on Lebanon, essentially served to overload the sectarian aspect in a bid to foster the right conditions for the implementation of this agenda.
So-called “moderate” Arab leaders shamefully find themselves not only aligned with the most rightist, racist coalition in Israel (which continues to steal more Palestinian land by the day), but they in fact work hand in hand with the Zionist entity to conspire against resistance movements. Netanyahu and Liebermann have taken it upon themselves to scare the world into insanity, under the pretext of an imminent Iranian nuclear weapon capability. Mubarak, Abdullah and cohorts on the other hand, are pioneering the project of spreading fear against a sinister Iranian-led “Shiite” agenda aimed at taking over the Arab heartland which, needless to state, is implemented by resistance movements such as Hezbollah and Hamas.
Sadly, for the imperialists and discredited Arab leaders, the masses no longer buy such crackpot machinations. In the Middle East, we are now witness to a post-sectarian phase; the unity and solidarity that exists between its' peoples - in identifying the key challenges that face this region - is palpable in whichever direction you turn. Western discourse on the Middle East however, remains fixated on talk of civil wars, sectarian strife and religious tension.
The failure of the US (and other Western powers) to move away from a sectarian discourse in accounting for the dynamics of the Middle East, and the failure to impress this reality upon regional Arab clients, will predictably have significant repercussions. There are several very real issues that need to be resolved in this region, and they have precious little to do with the myth of sectarianism. Political agendas can not forever be implemented in the shadow of sectarianism. The sooner the White House realizes this, the better.
- Ali Jawad is a political activist and a member of the AhlulBayt Islamic Mission (AIM); http://www.aimislam.com/. He contributed this article to Palestine Chronicle.com.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
رسالة من الدكتور عقيل السعدي
سيدتي الفاضلة الكريمة وفاء النظيمة المحترمة
لك مني أحلى التهاني بحلول شهر رمضان الفضيل متمنيا لك اولاً تمام الصحة وثانياً التوفيق بالاستمرارية بجهودك الرائعة التي تبذلينها. ورغم اننا فقدنا الاتصال منذ فترة طويلة فقد ابهجني وصول رسالتك الاخيرة عن سيئة الذكرمرشحة الجمهوريين لنيابة رئاسة هذه الجمهورية الأمريكية -- وطبعاً الطرطورالذي يفترض ان يكون رئيساً لها. وكما ترين اني لا اذكر اسماءهم احتقارا في الواقع لهكذا شخصيات تستطيع تمرير انفسها بقبول او رغم انف هذا الشعب المسكين، كبقية شعوب الارض شعبٌ: " راسه بـالـ ... ورجليه بالطين"،(ومعذرة لاستخدام هذه اللغة فقد زرت معظم اصقاع العالم ولم ارَ حكومة نظيفة الا ماندر، ورحم الله جدتي سنية التي كانت موسوعة لامثال العراق والعرب). الشعب الذي اراه في امريكا عموما -- بعد معيشة قرابة 45 سنة، لم ارَ وطني خلالها وحيث مات معظم من احبهم من اهل واصدقاء -- شعب طيب وله قدرات هائلة ولكنه اسلم امره باستمرار الى أحقر واغبى واوسخ وأحياناً اجبن مجموعات (ولا بد ان أقول انه تعرض لعملية غسل دماغ شاملة يساهم بها تقريبا كل قطاعات الادارة والثقافة للأسف الشديد، ولاكثر من قرنين، وهو يقترب من الانظمة الفاشية التي فجعت العالم!)، بصرف النظر عما اذا كانوا من هذا الحزب اللعين اوذاك، يقودونه الى تهلكة وسوء سمعة وأذى للغير وتدهور تدريجي مريع . انا لا ارى أمريكا نفس البلد الذي وصلتُ اليه بل ارى بلداً انحطت مستوياته ويمشي حثيثاً الى الحضيض. ربما كان هذا ما يستحقه!؟ ومرة أخرى جدتي:" بايدي جرحت ايدي وسموني جريح اليد." ايــه دنيا!ا
اعود اليك عزيزتي لأهنئك بحرارة على هذه الطاقة الرائعة التي حياك بها الله مع ذكاء المعي ورغبة في تقديم اجمل ما استطعتِ لأخوتك ابناء البشر اينما كانوا. كم اعجبني لقاءك بآرا خاجادور ومقابلتك لمؤسسي مدرسة الموسيقى والباليه في بغداد والمواضيع الاخرى على اليوتيوب التي ظهرت معهما، وقبلها تتبعك ليهود العراق ... وجهودك الاخرى دون كلل والتي على صعوبتها وتكاليفها لا تثني من عزيمتك واقدامك. دعيني اقول انا فخور بك كإمرأة قديرة، كإمرأة عراقية تحدت ظروف بيئتها المتأخرة، ان لم اقل العفنة، ومشت بخطى واسعة الى مشرق الشمس ومنابع الضياء. دعيني اشد على يدك وادعو لك بتمام الصحة وبالتمتع بطاقة نفسية وجسدية كافية لك على المضي قدماً في مساعيك النبيلة. واود ان اقول لك انك تملكين كذلك صوتا جميلا ولهجة بغدادية حلوة محببة، ولو اني لم اجد ماتلطفت به من سي دي عن اغانيك وقصائدك، وانقل لك هنا ما جاء على هامش رسالتك. ولكنتُ عندئذ استمتعت اكثر بصوتك الرخيم
featuring wafaa's songs in Arabic and poems in English
انا ايتها العزيزة لا شك اكبر منك سناً وكما يقولون "لجت عكا ومكة" بسبب وظائفي سابقاً كإقتصادي للبنك الدولي وكرئيس خبراء للأمم المتحدة، ورأيت قارات وتحادثت مع قادة وموظفين كبار لعدة دول وعشت خلال هموم وأتعاب، ومزقتني مجاعات مرت بها بعضها. وطرت فوق وطني عشرات المرات في طريقي الى الشرق الاقصى دون ان استطيع رؤية أحبتي، تملأ الدموع عيناي كل مرة. واستقر بي المقام في كاليفورنيا الولاية التي أحبتني برعايتها واكملت فيها دراساتي العليا، وتقاعدت فيها اخيراً. اقول ذلك لاني على مابذلته من دراسات وجهود اجد نفسي قاصراً بالمقارنة معكِ لانكِ، وكما أرى، لديك الهام الفنانة، ومعرفة المهندسة، وفطنة العالمة السياسية التي هي فعلاً انتِ ! وعندما تجتمع هاتيك الصفات ليس لنا سوى توقع سيول الإبداع وجمال الأوضاع. وها انتِ قد حققت الكثير وماشية الى ماهو افضل في هذا المصير . وما دام الحديث عن السياسة فلي كلمة قصيرة عن الحال المزري الميؤوس منه تقريبا في عراقنا التعيس: الاحتلال قتل العراق وخربه وخالف كل القوانين والاعراف الدولية، عن قصد وسبق إصرار، ولشديد الأسف دون عقاب! اتذكر اني لما كنت في سنتي الثانية عشرة طالباً في كلية الملك فيصل الاول الانكليزية بالاعظمية قرب المقبرة الملكية ارادت حكومة صالح جبر في حينها تجديد امتياز قاعدة الحبانية الجوية بمعاهدة بورتسموث اللئيمة. فكانت كليتنا، كلية اولاد الذوات واذكياء الطلبة لا مدحاً، بل كان الواقع، لان متخرجيها كان يفترض ان يكونوا من صفوة المتخرجين من الإبتدائية ،ليذهبوا بعد خمس سنوات فيها مباشرة وبدون استثناء الى انكلترة لاكمال دراساتهم والعودة لخدمة اسيادهم الإنكليز! النكتة أن معظمهم اصبحوا ثوريين من اقصى اليمين الى اقصى اليسار، واغلقت الكلية بعدالوثبة وتم توزيعنا على المدارس الثانوية في انحاء بغداد وغيرها -- تقابلها كلية بغداد الجزويتية الامريكية والتي اضيفت لها جامعة الحكمة بعدئذ) الذين لم يتوانوا ان يشعلوا فتيل وثبة كانون الثاني 1948(تراوحت اعمارهم بين احد عشر الى ستة عشرسنة!). ومعركة الجسرشهيرة، قتل فيها من جملة من قتل فرات، اخو شاعر العرب الأكبر محمد مهدي الجواهري، والذي رثاه في تشييعه وبقية الشهداء بقصيدة عصماء:1
اتعلم ام انت لا تعلمُ بأن جراح الضحايا فمُ؟
وسمي بجسر الشهداء بعدئذ. والوثبة وضحايا التعسف في ظل الحكم الملكي أسقطت حكومة جبر والمعاهدة معاً. وجيء بالسيد محمد الصدر رئيساً جديداً للوزراء تهدئة للأحوال. والآن أجد الاحتلال المجرم الارعن الكريه يطالب بـ 58 قاعدة في العراق وكأن لم يكفهم هدمه تماماً بعد ان فلشته من قبلهم أحزاب سياسية تبعتها أخرى دينية، قسم منها صنعته مخابرات دولهم الاجنبية قبل ستين عاما أو نحوه، تزامناً مع انشاء دويلة الصهاينة النازية لغرض شق أمة العرب -- ونجحوا في ذلك بما فاق التصور الامبريالي بقفزات. واليوم ابناء الهرمة يريدون 58 قاعدة وهناك من يفاوضهم عليها بدلاً من ان يقولوا لهم: "الباب توسع جمل" (جدتي المرحومة ثانية!) والا لكم فيتنام اخرى... احيانا اقول تبا للعراق والعراقيين فقد ملؤوا قلبي قيحا وانا على باب قبري!1
أحر تهانئي لكِ ثانية. ورجائي ان اسمع منك وعنك الكثير فقد رفعت رأس المرأة اينما كانت عموماً (تذكريني بالمعمارية العراقية زهاء حديد حفظها الله وحفظكِ) والمرأة العربية والعراقية خاصة. لك مني اطيب التمنيات واحلى الشكر راجياً ان يكون رمضانك مسراً بهيجاً وعيدك سعيداً، وان توفق جهودك دائما الى الرفعة والمعزة!!!1
بعد أن نشرت تعليقاتي بخصوص سارا بيلن في الرابط أدناه ، استلمت رد عقيل السعدي :ا