. ""It is somewhat curious," says Mr Chalabi, "that the intelligence service of a country which is sovereign – that no one really knows who is funding it." In fact there are very few Iraqis who do not believe they have a very clear idea of who funds Iraq's secret police. Its director is General Mohammed Abdullah Shahwani, who once led a failed coup against Saddam Hussein, and was handpicked by the CIA to run the new security organisation soon after the invasion of 2003. He is believed to have been answering to them ever since. For all Mr Bush's pious declarations about respecting Iraqi sovereignty, General Shahwani is reported to work primarily for American intelligence. The intelligence service is "not working for the Iraqi government – it's working for the CIA," Hadi al-Ameri, a powerful Shia lawmaker, was quoted as saying three years ago. "I prefer to call it the American Intelligence of Iraq, not the Iraqi Intelligence Service." The US can quit Iraq, or it can stay. But it can't do both: Iraqis have a clear idea who they believe funds their secret police November 11, 2008
It may be surprisingly "curious" for Al-Chalabi who knows all about the cosy relationship between some of the Iraqi security forces and the US. He himself brought the 'startup team' to Iraq, posing as his own militia. These were several hundred Iraqis trained by the US in Hungary before the war. Many incidents are attributed to Chalabi's 'own militia' acting outside the law and with impunity.
But then again, Hadi al-Ameri is one of Iraq’s most notorious armed-militia leaders who is working in close connection with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. He is the head of the "Security and Defence" committee who is widely believed to be under the control of the Badr Organisation and its political face SCIRI. See this two years old posting: "Will the US have to reinvade Iraq to depose him?" November 21, 2006 .
. For the record, and to avoid Al-Chalabi any more embarrassing curiousities, there are other Bremer appointed high government officials that have been receiving their salaries, for more than five and a half years now, directly from the Americans and the CIA and not from the Iraqi government. They are:
The above mentioned head of the "Iraqi" National Intelligene Service - Al-Shawani (see previous posting: The Genocide Option February 05, 2007
The head of the "Iraqi" Central Bank - Sinan Al-Shibibi
The presidential advisor - Mowafaq Al-Rubaie
The head of the High Judicial Council
The head of the Elections Committee
Which other "sovereign" state can boast such paid loyalties, but a SOFA one?(Well, maybe Obama'a Rahm Israel Emanuel)
Al-Shahwani................................Al-Shibibi (on the right) ......................Al-Rubaei (second from left)
Why Do You Kill Zaid? The West is much more violent than the Muslim world. Millions of Arab civilians have been killed since colonialism began.
The current Iraq war . . . shows a breathtaking contempt for the Muslim world. Thousands of civilians were killed as U.S.-led forces marched in. Countless numbers were crippled by bombs, including some containing uranium. A study conducted by independent American and Iraqi physicians and published in the medical journal The Lancet, estimates that more than 600,000 Iraqis had met with violent deaths by June 2006 as a result of the war and the chaos caused by occupation forces. It says 31 percent were killed by U.S.-led coalition forces, and 24 percent as a result of sectarian violence and suicide attacks. Responsibility could not be attributed in 45 percent of the violent deaths. According to The Lancet, the high number of gunshot victims suggests a "direct involvement of the U.S."
In the opinion of the Nuremberg war crimes tribunal, "To initiate a war of aggression, therefore, is not only an international crime: it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within it the accumulated evil of all crimes of war." The chief U.S. prosecutor Robert H. Jackson stated: "We must never forget that the record on which we judge these defendants today constitutes the record on which history will judge us tomorrow."
"Wars of aggression are the terrorism of the rich," as Peter Ustinov put it. For an Iraqi child it makes no difference whether he is blown apart by an "Islamic" suicide bomber or a "Christian" bomb. For this child, George W. Bush and Tony Blair are just as much terrorists as Bin Laden is for us.
Armed resistance to wars and occupation that are illegal under international law is nonetheless only legitimate if it is conducted in accordance with the humanitarian law that applies in armed conflicts. Suicide attacks against civilians who have different beliefs, such as we see every day in Iraq and elsewhere, are acts of terrorism. They have nothing to do with legitimate resistance. The most spectacular attacks on civilians in Iraq are, however, for the most part directed from outside the country. According to a statement issued on July 11, 2007, by the spokesman for the multi-national forces in Iraq, General Kevin Bergner, between 80 and 90 percent of the suicide bombers come from abroad.
The Iraqis have long since lost the media war. There are still at least 100 military operations conducted by occupation forces against the Iraqi civilian population every day, and a comparable number of attacks every day by the resistance on occupation forces and their allies. The daily tally of suicide attacks against civilians is two or three at most. Nevertheless, TV broadcasters show almost exclusively pictures of such suicide terror attacks, which are carried out mainly by foreigners, as if that were typical of the Iraqis' struggle against the United States. They therefore convey a completely distorted picture of the situation in Iraq. We do not get to see the true face of this war. The Pentagon has a monopoly on information in occupied Iraq and exploits this to the full.
The shocking fascination of contemporary suicide terrorism is based on two kinds of shamelessness: the shamelessness of some Western politicians who continue to spill Muslim blood at a ratio of 10:1, and the shamelessness with which those who mastermind such terrorism distort the Qur'an and try to make young Muslims believe that all they have to do to become Islamic martyrs is blow themselves up as suicide bombers.
Miscarriage of Justice: Who was behind the October 2002 Bali bombings? The 2002 Bali bomb attacks contributed to swaying Australian public opinion in favor of the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, while also weakening the anti-war protest movement. In the wake of the 2002 Bali attack, the Australian government "officially" joined the US-led "war on terrorism." It not only used the Bali bombings as a pretext to fully integrate the US-UK military axis, it also used the attacks as a pretext to implement drastic police measures including "ethnic profiling" directed against its own citizens . . . .
The United Nations of New Jersusalem and The Empire of Zog: It’s been two years now since the attacks in Houston and Seattle. Then, a month later, Denver was gone as well. Even I found it hard to get my head around what happened. As for the American people, well, they couldn’t process it at all; Muslims rounded up and necklaced with tires on city and suburban streets… burning in the dark nights of the American outrage. All it took was to tell them that Iran was behind it and then Iran was gone too. There isn’t much news out of what’s left of the Middle East these days. No one knows what’s going on there.
In the early days there was some pretty fierce resistance but it didn’t come to much. Executive order 525 put an end to most of it after it became law to kill the entire families and all known associates of anyone caught fighting back. Then came Bloggernacht and the public executions of anyone convicted of terror-speech. The arrival of the IDF and its merger with Blackwater and the New American Army put ‘shoot to kill’ storm troopers on every street corner. The bounty paid to children for informing on their parents, with food and fuel so scarce, was a crackerjack idea. No one knows what happened to those informed on. They just disappeared.
The assassination of President Obama and the vice president, during their sit-down in Cyprus with Amadinejad, well, that was just icing on the cake. No one much questioned Nancy Pelosi’s stepping down in favor of Rahm Emanuel. It all seemed like a perfectly natural progression. Congress passed the necessary laws and The Supreme Court did what they had to do. Seeing it on the news it made perfect sense the way it was explained. Most of America just bowed their heads and thanked their lucky stars that they were allowed to live on their knees instead of being machine-gunned on their feet. Not too many people were wearing boots anyway. Boots and balls were about as prominent as passenger vehicles on the highways.
I remember when Bennie Netanyahoo arrived for the big reception and state dinner three months into President Rahm’s term. I guess ‘term’ isn’t the right word since it was left pretty open ended after the investiture. Hearing Netanyahoo speak and then listening to the way the newscasters and opinion makers framed it, it seemed reasonable that everyone who wasn’t a Zionist or an Israeli should have to dress according to their particular creeds and affiliations. . . .