27 June 2005 at 1:13:45 AM
As I mentioned in an article I wrote back in August 2003, the incoming Iraqi Prime Minister, Ibrahim al Jaafari, mistakenly referred to as a ‘moderate' in mainstream US news media accounts, is the leader of the political wing of a longtime Iraqi terrorist organization known as al Dawa. At the time, I argued forcefully that the Bush administration ban all extremist Islamic groups such as SCIRI and Dawa which had a history of committing acts of terrorism, arguments which obviously went unheeded by the White House. Some US intelligence officials have implicated his al-Dawa organization in the 1983 bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut, which cost the lives of two hundred and forty-one Marines. In addition, al-Dawa was directly linked to the death of American civilians in bombing attacks in Iraq in the years since.
In the months before the war the Bush Administration courted Al Dawa by including it among the opposition groups that would control postwar Iraq, in addition to providing it with military assistance and US training. One US intelligence officer described al-Dawa as being "like hard-core Vietcong." Yet when the US military invaded Iraq in March 2003, the leaders of al Dawa sided with Saddam Hussein in publicly urging Iraqis to resist the invasion by force of arms and kill the US invaders. Despite this less than two months later, representatives of al-Dawa were appointed by the US Coalition Provisional Authority to the Iraqi Governing Council. Then in late July 2003, Ibrahim al Jaafari, who has been tapped as the next Prime Minister of Iraq, was appointed the first interim President of the Iraqi Governing Council. In the months following the US invasion of Iraq, al-Dawa's affiliate, the Iranian-backed terrorist group known as Hezbollah, notorious for its terrorist attacks which have left hundreds of Israeli Jews and Lebanese Christians dead, openly declared its intention to target American soldiers and civilians in Iraq for assassination.
Back in August 2003, I wrote that “The ascension of a leader of a terrorist group which is likely responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American soldiers for which it is yet to be held accountable to serve as Iraq's first post-Saddam-era president, is a development whose ramifications have not, to the author's knowledge, been reported elsewhere. It serves as a major warning sign that post-Saddam Iraq will likely pose a far greater terrorist threat to the US than when Saddam Hussein was in power…The Administration would do well to stop abetting radical Shiite terrorist groups which comprise the new Iraqi Governing Council and are clearly "against us" to avoid the appearance of a double standard in its ongoing, perpetual "war on terrorism." The Administration's support of these groups will lead to a more dangerous and violent rather than a more peaceful Iraq.” When I wrote this Iraq was relatively tranquil, but as noted in a CIA report released early last month, it has been transformed into a terrorist haven since. The emergence of al-Jaafari as Iraq's first democratically elected Prime Minister is an even more disturbing development. The imminent Shiite takeover of Iraq is a natural outcome of the short-sighted Bush Administration's Iraq policy which has favored fundamentalist Shiite leaders and groups with a sordid history of terrorism from the start presumably because they constituted the most effective organized opposition to the rule of Saddam Hussein, who had banned them and fought to destroy these and other Islamist terror organizations while still in power.
Just last week, al-Jaafari pledged to offer terrorist leader Mohakta Sadr whom the US Coalition Provisional Authority said last year they wanted ‘dead and alive' for killing US soldiers and Iraqi civilians a cabinet-level post in his government. Is this really what the administration had in mind for Iraq? Al-Jafari has announced that he supports the continued presence of US troops in the country as long as necessary to subdue the Sunni rebels and in the process consolidate the gains of the January 30th Islamic revolution in Iraq so his Shiites don't have to shed their own blood to do so. The fundamentalist Shiites are now in the process of forming a ‘coalition government' not too dissimilar from the coalition governments formed in eastern Europe after the Red Army occupied the region in 1945 in which they will hold all of the positions of power. They are attempting to present a perceived moderate ‘face' like al-Jaafari (of all people) as the Prime Minister of the new Iraq in order to disguise the fact that the radical Shiites have just staged a revolutionary takeover of the country. Such coalition governments with leaders of revolutionary parties are never meant to last.
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