Iraq will explode and Paul Bremer will be lucky
if he escapes with his life, as will some of our
top brass in Iraq. The killing of Ayatollah Hakim
was a major catastrophe for the Iraqi people,
but it will be an even larger one for the West,
especially the US and UK, along with Israel.
American media people are already saying it was
the Saddam people, or the Sunni or someone among
the Shiía who killed Hakim. But anyone who knows
the reality of the situation in Iraq knows that
the Sunni and Shi'a were united on driving the
US/UK out of Iraq; also, that though there was
infighting among the Shi'a for power, none would
have killed Hakim for this argument.
who stands to gain from the death of a uniting
leader in Iraq, especially a Shi'a leader? We
have to look at this like a murder mystery and
put together the circumstantial evidence because
we may never get the true, hard evidence to examine
for forensic purposes of the truth.
America, the UK and Israel, because he'll be out
of the way and there is no other leader with his
charisma, following, intelligence or will-power
to lead the Iraqi people. None of the American
appointed puppets have a chance for leadership,
the Chalabi crowd especially; they too will be
lucky if they come out alive.
the Iraqi Shi'a this well, I can tell you they
will be more militant than before, they will be
more daring and even youngsters will be involved
in coming after the US/UK/Israeli nexus. Suicide
bombers will be seen not only in Palestine, but
now more so in Iraq and perhaps in other countries
as they attack US/UK and Israeli sites, in retaliation
for this killing.
fact that Ayatollah Hakim was killed in the Holy
City of Najaf, the seat of Shi'aism, on a day
of prayer, a day when his qhutbah (sermon) was
about unity among Iraqis in order to drive the
Americans out, will make him a major martyr in
the tradition of Ali, Hussein, something not seen
for over a thousand years. Hakim's martyrdom will
drive many others toward martyrdom in the cause
of Iraqi freedom.
some of the American media paint Hakim as being
in the U.S. camp, most Shi'a knew better; he was
patient, playing out a game in order to get time
and organization to drive the Americans out of
Iraq. He knew this, as did the Mossad and the
Americans, but they all played at an amicable
surface until today's attack.
the U.S. has been allowing the Israeli Mossad
and military men to help train American troops
and even Bremer and his agents; this has the smell
of the same type of assassinations as are being
done in Palestine. Israel believes that if you
cut off the head of a group, they will run away
and youíll be done with it. But this is not how
things will work in Iraq or even in Palestine.
The more leaders you kill, the more new ones will
pop up and fight, but without any relief or belief
that peace can be achieved without armed conflict.
So we will see more armed conflict, but on Iraqi
terms, in the streets, in the alleys, on open
terrain -- and it will be brutal. America will
be the loser for having listened to the brutal
ways of the Mossad and Israelis.
we behaved decently and never gone into Iraq,
we would have been better off. But now that we
are there, it has been a mistake to brutalize
the people as we've been doing in the past few
months. If we truly wanted peace and reform, we
should have tried to work with the people's leaders
instead of trying to kill them, to break into
their homes, threaten them and their families.
have no doubt in my mind that the circumstantial
evidence points only in one direction, toward
the US/UK/Israeli nexus; not toward any Iraqi
group. The Iraqis, as I pointed out earlier had
begun working together to oust the US/UK/Israeli
groups. But the US/UK/Israeli groups are the only
ones that felt they could benefit from the disposal
of Hakim. Some may point at the Kurds, but they
are too noticeable to have a strong presence around
Karbala or Najaf and would have been known from
their behavior and accents. Some might also say,
perhaps the Muslims did this to create a martyr.
I don't buy this because there are already enough
dead in Iraq already, but it is true that Hakim
will be a major martyr -- the largest since the
killing of Hussein, Ali's son back in the early
days of Islam.
the other hand, you can be sure the American media
and their false 'experts' will be pointing their
fingers everywhere except at the truth. They will
be pointing their fingers at the Sunni, the Shi'a
and the Saddam people, as I said earlier, but
don't you believe it because it is the kind of
lie they want you to believe.
I predict all hell will break loose in Iraq, and
possibly in other parts of the Muslim and non-Muslim
worlds wherever US/UK and Israeli interests are
is a most unfortunate event, nothing good will
come of it. ----
Hamod is an expert on Islam and the Muslim World;
he is the former Director of the Islamic Center
of Washington, DC; advisor to the U.S. State Department;
Editor of Third World News (in DC); edits www.todaysalternativenews.com
He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
September 4, 2003