Where will the Arab battle head? (Part 1) [Archives:2007/1014/Opinion]

January 8 2007

Dr. Salah Al-Mukhtar
Regretfully some Arabs when they tackle political events they think with their hearts instead of brains and therefore they get lost in alleys of ignorance. The clearest example is how some Arab, rather than Iraqi, elites or personalities understand the events going on in the Arab Homeland. Thus they become an easy catch for the plans of the hostile propaganda.

The sudden shift, after the Israeli aggression on Lebanon last July from the priority of supporting the Iraqi resistance to lowering its rank to merely a sectarian war and focusing the support for its twins the Lebanese and the Palestinian resistance movements. There are several phenomena of this mistaken understanding, most prominently the forgetfulness of the Iraqi resistance to an extent of neglecting to mention it when demonstrations and ceremonies are staged in support of the resistance in Lebanon and Palestine. When there is talk about the Iraqi resistance it is described as a civil sectarian war. Some in the media have gone to repeat what would serve the occupation and those who participate with it, in mentioning that Lebanon and Sudan might slip into the condition and case in Iraq. They mean that they will face a state of sectarian fragmentation, as they view the case in Iraq.

A year ago some were warning against Lebanization of Iraq with regard to its development, that is the political sectarianism. But at present some are likening Lebanon to the virtually mistaken case in Iraq. Has Iraq so suddenly changed to be an example of dismemberment and has Lebanon changed and surpassed its traditional political sectarianism? In the light of all that we have found many believe that many divisive Arab battles will take place in the Lebanon arena rather than in Iraq.

The Iraqi resistance has basically emerged to expel the occupation and its bases escalated and become stronger in dependence on this liberationist nature. It has also gained support from Arab public opinion and revived the hopes for victory on enemies of the Arab nation after it managed to change the American forces of occupation from the position of offense to defense and placed the occupation in the face of true defeat even before a year passed since its beginning. The Iraqi resistance has surprised the entire world because it is the only resistance in the world which was founded without a foreign support, launched immediately following the occupation of Baghdad as comprehensive war of liberation fought by Iraqi battalions comprising hundreds and thousands of Iraqis, unlike other liberation wars which begin with a few people and then expand gradually and it is the only resistance that has not sustained defeats, although military setbacks are natural part of the state of war.

By virtue of these characteristics the Iraqi resistance succeeded in the re-formation of the Arab psychology by giving it hope that image continued outside Iraq until the early months of 2006 when the dome of Imam Al-Hadi in Samrah was blasted as a result of American-Iranian cooperation. Then a deluding media campaign began sowing a mistaken idea that a sectarian war had erupted and took the place of liberation war. And as a result of depriving the Iraqi resistance of media outlets the idea of the sectarian war spread.

In a sectarian war there will be two blocks of sectarian masses fighting each other and fighting must lead to an acute sectarian singling. There is not such a thing in Iraq. Thhe ere is no fighting between two sects in Iraq fought by two blocks. There are masked gangs with disguised identities carrying out kidnapping operations, both Shiite and Sunni and that is associated with ransoms and death. There has never happened up until now that Shiite or Sunni masses launched attacks against each other, but all that happens is a work by political or criminal gangs directed by America. The most dangerous of it is what the Interior Ministry, the National Guard and the army carries out. They are all organizations established by the occupation and are composed of Iranian or mercenary groups who do not represent any sect or religion. They represent themselves as mercenaries or criminal gangsters or agents motivated and directed by international or regional intelligence organizations.

The sectarian segregation and blowing up bridges between the Sunnis and the Shiites has not happened for several reasons. All the Iraqis know that the crimes of killing according to identity were not perpetrated by Sunni or Shiite elements, but rather carried out by occupation, Iranians and Kurdish. Therefore the Iraqi people remained united and their kinship remained uniting the Shiite and the Sunni. Operations forcing people to leave their residential areas were carried out by Iranian elements and most dangerously by regiments of Badr and Al-Sadr. The most important factor of proving that there is no civil war in Iraq is the formation of the Iraqi resistance. It does not represent a certain sect, as America and Iran allege. The Iraqi resistance includes Shiites, Sunnis, Arabs, Kurds, Christians and Muslims. This fact explains the phenomenon of the resistance's non-retreat or weakness despite all that it has been facing of unsightly massacres at the hands of occupation and its Iranian allies. It is on the contrary it is expanding and progressing and removing all obstacles and beating all conspiracies to an extent it pushed America to one killing corner; the corner of defeat. The resistance in Iraq would not have achieved all those victories if what is going now in Iraq is a sectarian conflict.