Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Commenter to Juan: Enough!

Beloved blogger Juan Cole was in full flight this morning (Tuesday April 22), explaining that Maliki is attempting to "reduce the power" of the downscale Sadrists, "in favor of his new ally", the upscale Supreme Council, as if this was some kind of a gentrification program. He wrote:
The government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is attempting to reduce the power of the Sadrist political movement, backed by the Mahdi Army, in favor of his new ally, the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI), headed by Abdul Aziz al-Hakim. Al-Hakim's movement is more middle and upper class and more tied to Iran, while the Sadrists are working class or poor slum dwellers and Iraqi nationalists.
Commenter Christiane, who reads this stuff regularly, finally had enough:
Day after day [she writes], I'm reading you in this blog telling about the deeds (or the non/deeds) of Al'Maliki's government and of internal Iraqi politics, as if Iraq was a free country. In the end, these kind of sentences (like the one above) are misleading. They give the illusion that the Iraqis and their government are free to act as they wishes. But let's be clear, they don't operate in a vacuum : your country and your military, following a decision taken by your twice elected president, has illegally invaded Iraq and is now occupying it. As a result, one can be quite sure that Al' Maliki can't blink or cough without the US acknowledgement and agreement. Since Al'Maliki was chosen thanks to the support of the Sadrists, why would he go after them, if he wasn't pressured to do so by the US ?

The worst scenario for the US and the one they fear the most is if the Sadrists are able to unite with the Sunnis resistance. It's quite clear that the US autorities fears a Sadrists landslide in the next elections and are manoevring in order to prevent it.

And these manoevres, we can be sure, include intimidations and war crimes : you can't bomb a slum home of 3.5Millions inhabitants [or 2.5 million] without at the same time massacring civilians, especially when resistant fighters merge in the population, as is the case in all guerrilla war.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's talk about class! The Sadrist represent the shiite part of the poor and working class. The Sunni resistance represents the sunni bourgeoisie. Maliki represents the shiite bourgeoisie. Could they find a bourgeoisie class compromise? There are different sources of income and vision. the shia bourgeoisie lives from pilgrimage, therefore their proximity to iran. the sunni bourgeoisie needs an idependent iraq. but they need also a most humble working class

1:45 PM  
Blogger badger said...

You're talking about a time after the Americans leave, right?

1:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


The Sunni resistance is far from made up of a bourgeoisie.

Check out "Meeting Resistance" (early DVD orders available on April 28th)you may find that the "humble working class" are well represented. They just happen to have had access to education which, I suppose, accounts for their less than humble stance these past few years.

And Badger, after once again using your real estate, more thanks are in order for your work over the last couple of months. I think many of us would have been in the dark without you.

Have you had a chance to see the film yet?



6:19 PM  
Blogger badger said...

No! It hasn't reached us yet out here on the edge of the frozen tundra...

6:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Drop me a line at steve@meetingresistance.com.

It should, at least, warm your heart....:)

6:35 PM  

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