You've seen the reports on TV about the fighting going on in Basra and the surrounding area? You do realize that the fighting is between two groups of Shia? There is no background given on American TV on exactly who is fighting whom and for what... American Goy to the rescue!
Quick info on the background and what's going on now: almost 100% of Iran and the majority of Iraqi population is Shia. Saddam was Sunni, and he staffed his government with Sunni people. The Army, and especially the Republican Guard, and the secret police were majority Sunni.
The system was designed to keep the majority Shia (and minority Kurds) down - by torture, massacres, etc. While Iran is Shia, the rest of the Arab world is Sunni, and so they ALL supported Saddam's efforts to keep the Shia down and the Sunni's in charge.
Now, opposing Saddam and the Sunnis were the Kurds, and the Shia. After the US invasion, the Sunnis were the most active guerrillas fighting the US presence in country, but recently they were literally paid off using US taxpayer money. US soldiers simply started to give large sums of money to the Sunni leaders in exchange for them not shooting Americans anymore. It worked... somewhat (Americans are of course still targeted, because they are occupying a foreign country etc).
The Shia are divided into two main groups: the Muqtada al-Sadr faction and the Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim faction.
Here's the kicker.
al-Sadr is anti American, true, but he is mostly anti-FOREIGN influence in Iraq. That includes Iranians, also. Basically, if he had an official slogan, it would be: "Iraq for Iraqis (and everyone else fuck off!)". While he fought the US military a few years ago (Cindy Sheehan's son was killed in that Shia uprising) al-Sadr decided on a unilateral declaration of peace. His "army" simply ceased guerrilla operations. His faction is not represented in the Iraqi government.
Hakim, on the other hand, IS well represented in the Iraqi government; in fact, he has the largest Shia bloc in the Iraqi parliament. His Badr organization is present in the so called Iraqi Army, in fact it is infiltrated with Badr personnel. Hakim's Shia faction is OPENLY pro-Iranian - this explains why president Ahmadinejad was so warmly welcomed by the Iraqi government a few days ago - because the government in Iraq, led by the (Shia) minister Maliki, is VERY friendly to Iran. You do not see (the anti-American, spawn of Satan, enemy of humanity according to American TV) al-Sadr warmly embrace Ahmadinejad, do you now? But Hakim's man, Prime Minister Maliki, was gushing as he welcomed Ahmadinejad to Baghdad.
Think of Hakam's Badr corps organization as an Iranian version of our American pro-Israel lobby AIPAC - only armed and with their own army in country.
Prime Minister Maliki, who is a Hakim faction Shia, recently (right after Ahmadinejad's visit - hmmmmmm?!) threw the Iraqi Army to fight the (to that point peaceful, not stirring trouble) al-Sadr faction Shia in the south (Basra area). Needless to say, al-Sadr's militia retaliated, with its bombardment of the Green Zone being one of many actions taken in revenge/self defense.
Now, if you have been paying attention, you realize that Maliki is a Hakim man, and that Hakim and his Badr organization is almost Iranian AIPAC in Iraq (except armed).
So now, when the NATIONALIST al-Sadr is fighting the PRO-IRAN Hakim and Prime Minister Maliki, who does the United States military support with aircraft sorties and armored cars?
Why, the pro-Iran Hakim and Maliki of course.
Repeat that FACT: American soldiers are dying for Iranian interests in Iraq. This is horrifying to the rest of the Sunni Arab world, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan... Because they want to LIMIT Iran's influence in the region, unlike the Americans, who fight now to expand it.
I am sure that American mothers and fathers who have their sons and daughters fighting in Iraq will be ecstatic that America is now helping out Iranian interests in the region.
If your son happens to die in an IED explosion, or gets his leg or arm or eye blown off, and comes home a cripple, a wreck of a man, or perhaps even in a flag draped casket...
Iran thanks you for your sacrifice.
Friday, March 28, 2008
Posted by AmericanGoy at 12:46 PM