Friday, June 10, 2005

Dahr Jamail: "Civil War" in Iraq is "State-Sponsored"

Dahr Jamail hasn't posted much at Iraq Dispatches lately, but the stories he's getting ...

Regular readers of this space [all four or five of them] will remember that we've heard from Dahr Jamail once or twice or maybe even three times recently. His latest is called "State Sponsored Civil War" and it starts like this:
Yesterday at a conference in Baghdad, Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, a prominent Shia leader who is also the head of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq announced, "In gratitude to the efforts, sacrifices and heroic positions of our brothers and brave sons from the Badr Organization."

"We must give them the priority in bearing administrative and government responsibilities especially in the security field," he added, while the "President" of Iraq, Jalal Talabani, listened on.

The Badr Organization (formerly known as the Badr Brigade) was formed by al-Hakim’s brother in the ‘80’s to fight Saddam Hussein. It has long since received funding and other "support" from Iran.

While civilians in Fallujah, Mosul, Ramadi, Baquba, Baghdad, Haditha and other cities in Iraq continue to complain of being beaten, looted and humiliated by the members of the Iraqi Army who are members of both the Badr Organization and Kurdish Peshmerga, these militias now have the overt backing of the interim Iraqi government."
"You and your (Kurdish) brothers are the heroes of liberating Iraq," added Talabani at the aforementioned conference.

So we have the US-backed Iraqi "government" overtly [...] pitting Shia and Kurdish militias against the primarily Sunni resistance. State sponsored/propagated civil war -- although most Iraqis continue to fear and loath the idea, and so many Iraqi political and religious organizations continue to work tirelessly to avert the worsening of this now low-grade civil war.
Dahr Jamail continues to receive interesting e-mail.
One man who is a security contractor writes, "Many nationalities from the planet, many cowboys. I feel like Tonto. Some of these boys are psycho. Been there done that on the international radar."
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