Mo­ham­mad The treach­ery of the cen­tury

Daily Trust - - OPINION - Qad­dam Sidq Isa mo­ham­mad­sidq@gmail.com

The Bri­tish gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to par­tic­i­pate in the United States-led mil­i­tary in­va­sion of Iraq in 2003 was ob­vi­ously un­pop­u­lar with the Bri­tish pub­lic who adamantly kicked against it de­spite the pas­sion­ate in­sis­tence of the then Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Tony Blair that the war was nec­es­sary in or­der to dis­arm the then Iraqi Pres­i­dent Sad­dam Hus­sein of weapons of mass de­struc­tion. Be­sides, when, after the in­va­sion, it turned out that Iraq had no weapons of mass de­struc­tion after all, and that the so-called in­tel­li­gence on the bases of which the US-led mil­i­tary coali­tion in­vaded it was a hoax, the crit­i­cism grew fur­ther rais­ing se­ri­ous ques­tions about the cred­i­bil­ity of the then UK gov­ern­ment.

It be­came clear that the in­va­sion was ba­si­cally or­ches­trated by a no­to­ri­ously mega­lo­ma­niac clique in the White House, the Pen­tagon, US De­part­ment of State and the Cen­tral In­tel­li­gence Agency (CIA), which in­cluded, but not lim­ited to, the then Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush, his deputy Dick Cheney, for­mer Sec­re­tary of De­fence Don­ald Rums­feld, his deputy Paul Wol­fowitz, Paul Bre­mer and Ge­orge J. Tenet who as the then Direc­tor of the CIA over­saw the fab­ri­ca­tion of an elab­o­rate con­coc­tion of lay­ers of lies to jus­tify the im­pend­ing USled mil­i­tary in­va­sion of Iraq.

Mean­while, many coun­tries ex­pressed op­po­si­tion to the loom­ing in­va­sion as peo­ple around the world con­tin­ued to stage protests against it also, which cul­mi­nated in stag­ing co­or­di­nated protests in more than six hun­dred cities across the world in­clud­ing Lon­don, on Fe­bru­ary 15, 2003. Nev­er­the­less, the then Tony Blair-led Bri­tish gov­ern­ment re­mained adamantly hell-bent on join­ing the in­vad­ing US-led mil­i­tary coali­tion. Also, like the CIA, the Bri­tish Se­cret In­tel­li­gence Ser­vice, other­wise known as MI6, main­tained equally mis­lead­ing in­tel­li­gence on which Prime Min­is­ter Blair and other war­mon­gers in Lon­don cap­i­tal­ized in their fu­tile ef­forts to jus­tify the in­volve­ment of the Bri­tish mil­i­tary in the in­va­sion.

With the even­tual in­va­sion of Iraq, the over­throw of its lead­er­ship and also the abo­li­tion of its en­tire state in­sti­tu­tions in­clud­ing its mil­i­tary, other se­cu­rity agen­cies and civil ser­vice sys­tem, the whole coun­try plunged into un­con­trol­lable chaos, which has ever since then per­sisted re­sult­ing in the death, dis­abil­ity and/or dis­place­ment of mil­lions of peo­ple in the coun­try. Mean­while, as the post-Sad­dam se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try con­tin­ued to de­te­ri­o­rate, calls for probe into Bri­tish in­volve­ment in thein­va­sion per­sisted un­til 2009 when Blair’s suc­ces­sor, for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Gor­don Brown suc­cumbed to pub­lic pres­sure and com­mis­sioned the Iraq In­quiry un­der the chair­man­ship of Sir John Chilcot from whose name it got the name Chilcot In­quiry, to, among other things, con­sider the cir­cum­stances of the Bri­tish in­volve­ment in the in­va­sion.

Yet, know­ing be­fore­hand how the out­come of the in­quiry would cer­tainly vin­di­cate the op­po­nents of Bri­tain’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the in­va­sion, the pow­er­ful in­di­vid­u­als and vested in­ter­ests who had tried to scut­tle the in­quiry were all along hell­bent

With the even­tual in­va­sion of Iraq, the over­throw of its lead­er­ship and also the abo­li­tion of its en­tire state in­sti­tu­tions in­clud­ing its mil­i­tary, other se­cu­rity agen­cies and civil ser­vice sys­tem, the whole coun­try plunged into un­con­trol­lable chaos, which has ever since then per­sisted re­sult­ing in the death, dis­abil­ity and/or dis­place­ment of mil­lions of peo­ple in the coun­try

im­moral as­pects of the saga were the treach­er­ous roles played by most of the Iraqi op­po­si­tion politi­cians and even re­li­gious cler­ics as well.

Start­ing with the cler­ics, as the US-led in­vaders be­gan their mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions over­pow­er­ing the Iraqi mil­i­tary, and while or­di­nary Iraqis ir­re­spec­tive of their sec­tar­ian af­fil­i­a­tions were or­ga­niz­ing them­selves to form re­sis­tance fronts, the first treach­er­ous re­ac­tion came from the Iraqbased Ira­nian Shi­ite Grand Ay­a­tol­lah Ali al-Sis­tani him­self who, as the spir­i­tual leader of the Iraqi Shi­ites, is­sued a Fatwa pro­hibit­ing the Shi­ites from re­sist­ing the US-led in­vaders, and warn­ing them against do­ing what­ever could ham­per the US-led coali­tion’s in­va­sion of the coun­try. The Fatwa, which sowed the seeds of sec­tar­i­an­ism in Iraqi pol­i­tics, was an­nounced by Sayyid Ab­dulMa­jeed AlKhoey.

Also, the Sis­tani’s Fatwa and the treach­er­ous roles of the re­turn­ing Iraqi Iran-spon­sored sec­tar­ian op­po­si­tion politi­cians who had been liv­ing in Iran and else­where gave rise to a cred­i­ble sus­pi­cion of a prior co­or­di­na­tion be­tween the United States, on the one hand, and the Iraqi Shi’a re­li­gious es­tab­lish­ment and such Iraqi politi­cians, on the other. After all, it turned out that the main sin­gle source of the CIA’s fal­si­fied in­tel­li­gence on the al­leged Iraqi weapons of mass de­struc­tion was an Iraqi US­fa­vored and pam­pered no­to­ri­ous Shi­ite traitor, Dr. Ahmed Cha­l­abi who and his ac­com­plices among the coun­try’s po­lit­i­cal elite, and in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the USin­stalled Coali­tion Pro­vi­sional Author­ity of Iraq un­der the lead­er­ship of Paul Bre­mer con­tin­ued to con­sol­i­date sec­tar­i­an­ism in the coun­try, and, in fact, al­tered the coun­try’s po­lit­i­cal equa­tion ac­cord­ingly. In­ter­est­ingly, though Sad­dam Hus­sein was Sunni, al­beit sec­u­lar, he was cer­tainly never sec­tar­ian, nei­ther was there sec­tar­i­an­ism in Iraqi pol­i­tics all through his era and be­fore.

Any­way, con­se­quently, though the Iraqis had been groan­ing un­der Sad­dam Hus­sein’s dic­ta­tor­ship and harsh eco­nomic con­di­tion due to the eco­nomic sanc­tions im­posed on the coun­try then, they never en­vis­aged what they have been go­ing through ever since the USled in­va­sion of their coun­try.

Ob­vi­ously, in­stead of achiev­ing democ­racy and eco­nomic pros­per­ity as they had been re­peat­edly as­sured by the Amer­i­cans, Iraqis have been wal­low­ing in mis­ery and have been strug­gling to achieve even some sem­blance of what they had been en­joy­ing un­der Sad­dam Hus­sein. They are now miss­ing Sad­dam’s dic­ta­tor­ship, and wish they re­versed the cir­cum­stances. For in­stance, one Kad­him Sharif al-Jabouri; an Iraqi who was par­tic­u­larly ex­cited on the day of the fall of Baghdad, and whose pic­tures and video clips of him de­stroy­ing the giant statue of Sad­dam Hus­sein in Baghdad were widely cir­cu­lated in the me­dia, was re­cently quoted in the me­dia ex­press­ing his re­gret for de­stroy­ing it and wish­ing that he got a chance to re­build it. on sup­press­ing its find­ings, which ex­plains why it took seven years to pub­lish.

How­ever, now that the find­ings have been pub­lished any­way, and though they vin­di­cated the op­po­nents of Bri­tish in­volve­ment and in­deed bil­lions of peo­ple around the world who op­posed it, they (find­ings) hardly sur­prised any­body any­way, for it was all along ab­so­lutely ob­vi­ous that the so-called in­tel­li­gence fab­ri­cated by the CIA and the MI6 in col­lab­o­ra­tion with their re­spec­tive war­mon­ger­ing po­lit­i­cal lead­ers in Washington DC and Lon­don, was sim­ply flawed, to say the least.

Yet, not even the fal­si­fi­ca­tion of that bo­gus in­tel­li­gence was par­tic­u­larly im­moral in the whole saga after all; for it was equally ob­vi­ous all along that the coali­tion mem­ber-coun­tries were ac­tu­ally solely mo­ti­vated by their self-cen­tered in­di­vid­ual and col­lec­tive eco­nomic, po­lit­i­cal and strate­gic in­ter­ests. In­stead, there­fore, the most

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