[News] Iraq: Neither Civil War Nor Sectarian Violence - It's Ethnic Cleansing

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Neither Civil War Nor Sectarian Violence. It's Ethnic Cleansing 
Before the Partition of Iraq
http://www.aljazeerah.info/Editorials/2006%20Editorials/November-December/Neither%20Civil%20War%20Nor%20Sectarian%20Violence.%20It's%20Ethnic%20Cleansing%20Before%20the%20Partition%20of%20Iraq%20By%20Hassan%20El-Najjar.htm

By Hassan El-Najjar

Al-Jazeerah, December 6, 2006



For more than three years, US politicians and journalists have been 
using the term "violence" to refer to the war between US occupation 
forces and Iraqi resistance groups.

During the first half of 2006, they started using the term "sectarian 
violence" to refer to attacks conducted by perpetrators, who are 
described as Shi'is (they use the derogatory term Shiite) or Sunnis.

During the second half of 2006, some of them started wondering 
whether the war in Iraq is "sectarian violence" or "civil war."

After the Republican defeat in midterm Congressional elections this 
year, more voices dared finally to describe the US war in Iraq as "civil war."

Whether the terms used are violence, sectarian violence, or civil 
war, the goal is distracting the American people and the world from the truth.

What is going on in Iraq right now is neither civil war nor sectarian 
violence. The presence of foreign occupiers makes the war between the 
occupier and the occupied, between the invader and the invaded.

The US occupation forces have recruited Iraqis to fight the Iraqi 
resistance. This is an Iraqization of the war, like what happened in 
Vietnam, when the US used south Vietnamese to fight the resistance 
(the Viet Kong).

Using collaborators from the invaded population is an imperialist 
tactic to decrease casualties of the invading forces but it never 
succeeded in crushing the resistance. Lessons from history are 
numerous but the neo-con don't read history.

The German occupiers used the Vichy government against the French 
resistance. The French imperialist government used Algerian 
collaborator army against the Algerian resistance. Israeli 
imperialists used Sa'ad Haddad and his army of collaborators in South 
Lebanon. The US used the South Vietnamese to fight the Viet Kong 
resistance. And now the US is using Shi'i and Kurdish recruits to 
fight the Iraqi resistance to the US occupation.

This imperialist tactic never worked in the past and is not working 
in Iraq, even Rumsfeld admitted it.

The US-recruited forces took several forms, like army, police, death 
squads, and militias. But because they have been recruited by the 
occupying forces, they are part of these forces.

As a result, it's neither a civil war, nor a sectarian violence 
though majority of US recruits are Shi'is and Kurds, ultimately 
fighting on the side of the US occupation forces against the Iraqi resistance.

What has been going on in Iraq from day one of the illegal US 
invasion of Iraq, in March 2003, has been an Iraqi resistance to the 
US invasion and occupation.

It is very simple but US politicians and journalists are still 
playing dumb. They want to say it is anything but resistance to the 
foreign invasion.

The French resisted the German invasion during WWII. The Vietnamese 
resisted the US invasion in the 1960s and the 1970s. The Palestinians 
have been resisting the Israeli invasion and occupation since 1948, 
and particularly since 1967.

The danger on Iraq and the United States is represented by the 
illegal US invasion and occupation of Iraq, not by the resistance to 
the occupation.

In 2003, Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction. It didn't 
have links with Alqaeda (the two official reasons the Bush 
administration used to justify its illegal invasion of Iraq).

The whole world now knows that the real reasons were benefits for the 
military industry, oil industry and Israel.

The US occupation of Iraq is wrong and illegal. Correcting it is by 
ending it, not by inventing new excuses to stay in that country and 
fight the war by proxies.

Apparently, the new shift to the term of "civil war" is another spin 
to justify staying in Iraq "until victory," which is apparently 
dividing the country into better-controlled three mini states: 
Kurdish North, Shi'i South, and Sunni Middle.

The battles raging in Baghdad everyday are nothing but ethnic 
cleansing to drive Shi'is and Sunnis to specific areas suitable to 
the partition.

If Democrats are truly different from Republicans in Congress, then 
they should stop the ongoing ethnic cleansing now.

The question is how can they do that?

Simply, the perpetrators are mainly the Shi'i militias of Badr and 
Mahdi Army, together with the police death squads of the Interior 
Ministry. All of these belong to the US-backed ruling Shi'i alliance. 
They are on the US payroll.

The US is in direct control over the Iraqi armed forces, including 
those of the Interior Ministry. The US is also in indirect control 
over the Shi'i militias because of its backing of the ruling Shi'i alliance.

The Democratic Congress has to press and scrutinize the Bush 
administration to stop the campaign of ethnic cleansing, perpetrated 
by the US-backed Shi'i ruling alliance.

Only then, the process of the partition of Iraq can be stopped. 
Otherwise, we'll be witnessing just the first few years of sixty 
years of global war (as Wolfowitz said once) perpetrated by the US 
and its NATO allies to control the planet and its resources.

All indicators show that the US will be the loser in such "permanent 
war," as the national debt deepens ($8.7 Trillion right now), and as 
the resistance from the invaded nations becomes stronger.

Actually, the US global rivals, such as China and Russia, will be 
waiting for the right moment to provide invaded nations with military 
support, just like they did in Vietnam, to make sure that the US-led 
NATO alliance does not win.

Is this what Americans want? Wars, death, destruction, and hostility?

If the answer is No, then, ethnic cleansing in Iraq must be stopped 
now, before it is too late, when the Shi'i militias and Interior 
Ministry death squads no longer listen to US commanders.

What about the purported Sunni groups (Ba'athist resistance, Alqaeda, 
Islamic resistance, etc.)? Who's going to control them? Are they 
going to stop fighting?

Simple answer:

Resistance by definition is a reaction to the invasion and occupation 
of a nation.

When the US occupation of Iraq ends, the resistance ends too. Period.

***********************

Yesterday, the London-based Arabic newspaper, Al-Quds Al-Arabi, 
published a news report about a study conducted by the Iraqi Southern 
Research Center for Strategic Planning.

The Center study concluded that about 400 Iraqis are killed daily in 
Baghdad alone. The killing is sectarian aiming at cleansing East 
Baghdad from Sunnis and West Baghdad from Shi'is.

Perpetrators commit their crimes using car bombs, mortars, 
motorbikes, bicycles, and guns. They kill in day time with protection 
from security forces.

In another article, there are stories about Shi'i families forced to 
leave their homes in Sunni areas, and Sunni families forced to leave 
their homes in Shi'i areas by militiamen. Despite their plight, they 
are better off than the ones who are killed daily to achieve the 
goals of this ethnic cleansing campaign.

About fifty families are forced daily to leave their homes from one 
area to another. About fifty more families are forced to leave 
Baghdad as a result of this campaign of ethnic cleansing.

In addition, extended families and neighbors exert pressure on men to 
divorce their wives from another sect. Thus, many Sunni women have 
been divorced by their Shi'i husbands, who usually take the children 
in their custody. Many Shi'i women are also being divorced by their 
Sunni husbands, who keep children in their custody, too.

The article tells some of these stories, with names of people and 
their locations.

A third article is about the opportunist Iraqi exiles, who were used 
by the Bush-Blair administrations to convince the public in the US-UK 
to accept the invasion and occupation of Iraq.

After completing their role, they and their families are now back in 
the wealthy London neighborhoods. The article mentioned names and 
locations of residence of these Iraqis who helped destroy their 
country. These include Iyad Allawi, Ibrahim Al-Ja'afari, Ahmed 
Chalabi, Adnan Pajahji, Laith Kubba, and Ali Bin Al-Hussain.

What's going on in Iraq is horrible. The truth has been shielded from 
the American people. The corporate media has been collaborating with 
Rumsfeld about how good the war was going. They portrayed the war in 
Iraq as if it is caused by Alqaeda non-Iraqi fighters. They 
disinformed the American and European peoples.

What's happening in Iraq now is neither a civil war, nor sectarian 
violence. Rather, it is ethnic cleansing blunt and ugly. It is part 
of a plan to partition Iraq into Shi'i, Sunni, and Kurdish mini 
states. It is divide and rule, blunt and clear.

***

American patriots in government and outside must find a solution to 
this dangerous problem of disinformation by the Bush administration. 
The anti-war movement, and even so-called Think Tanks, which have 
access to funding, must start getting information independently. They 
must not depend on the corporate media anymore.

In the past, Al-Jazeerah called for volunteer translation of Arabic 
media. There were few responses, which would not lead to consistent 
output. There is no alternative to genuine translation by 
professional interpreters, which require stable sources of funding.

I call on Democrats in Congress to do the job. A Congressional media 
offices is needed as soon as possible to solve this problem.

I extend the same call to anti-war groups and members of parliaments 
in Europe to do the same. There has been a campaign of disinformation 
about the war in Iraq. It's high time to know the truth.

***

On daily basis, US and other Western corporate media report on few 
attacks in Iraq, which usually result in killing less than fifty 
Iraqis. This has been a disinformation effort to make the war sound 
like violence between Shi'is and Sunnis.

However, reports from the UN, US military commanders, and Iraqi 
officials have showed that more than one hundreds Iraqis are killed every day.

Reports from research centers show the number of Iraqis killed daily 
reaches about four hundred (See: 
<http://www.aljazeerah.info/Editorials/2006%20Editorials/November-December/../../../6%20n/400%20Iraqis%20Killed%20Daily%20in%20Baghdad%20Alone,%20Dividing%20it%20into%20Shi'i%20East%20and%20Sunni%20West,%20Most%20of%20the%20Exiled%20Opportunists%20Returned%20to%20London%20After%20Completing%20their%20Mission.htm>400 
Iraqis Killed Daily in Baghdad Alone, Dividing it into Shi'i East and 
Sunni West, Most of the Exiled Opportunists Returned to London After 
Completing their Mission).

This is echoed in results of other studies about total Iraqis 
casualties, which reached 655,000 since the beginning of the US 
invasion of Iraq in 2003 (See: 
<http://www.aljazeerah.info/Editorials/2006%20Editorials/November-December/../../../News%20archives/2006%20News%20Archives/October/12%20n/655,000%20Iraqis%20Killed%20as%20a%20Result%20of%20the%20US%20Invasion%20and%20Occupation,%20According%20to%20a%20Study%20by%20John%20Hopkins%20and%20Mustansiriya%20Universities.htm>655,000 
Iraqis Killed as a Result of the US Invasion and Occupation, 
According to a Study by John Hopkins and Mustansiriya Universities).

Apparently, corporate media have been participant in a concerted 
effort to cover up the horrors of the US War in Iraq, and make it 
sound less intense than what it is in reality.

Sometimes, the Western corporate media do not report any war news at 
all from Iraq or Afghanistan. They even systematically call daily 
fighting "violence" to make it sound like "domestic violence," not war.

Regarding the purported Iraqi Shi'i-Sunni civil war:

It is inaccurate to describe the war in Iraq as if it is fought 
between Muslim Shi'is and Muslim Sunnis, as the US and other Western 
corporate media have been trying hard to do.

It is more accurate to describe it as fought between US-led forces 
and Iraqi resistance fighters. Even killing civilians is part of the 
war, as the evidence earlier demonstrated that Interior Ministry 
death squads and British soldiers were caught either targeting or 
attempting to target civilians to make the war appear as if it is 
between Shi'is and Sunnis.

This purported Shi'i-Sunni civil war in Iraq aims at distracting 
Iraqis and dividing their country into three regions, in preparation 
for a final partition and dismemberment of Iraq. Previous statements 
of Iraqi elected officials pointed fingers to death squads of the 
Interior Ministry.

(<http://www.aljazeerah.info/Editorials/2006%20Editorials/November-December/../../../News%20archives/2006%20News%20Archives/July/9n/41%20Iraqi%20Sunni%20Pedestrians%20Massacred%20in%20a%20Baghdad%20Street,%2017%20Shi'is%20Killed%20in%20Car%20Bombs,%20Interior%20Ministry%20Death%20Squads%20are%20Blamed.htm>41 
Iraqi Sunni Pedestrians Massacred in a Baghdad Street, 17 Shi'is 
Killed in Car Bombs, Interior Ministry Death Squads are Blamed).

Moreover, on September 19, 2005, two British soldiers were arrested 
by Iraqi police for driving a car bomb in a Basra street. They were 
freed by British forces before being interrogated by Iraqi police. 
This incident sheds some light on who might be behind car bomb 
explosions in Iraq.

(<http://www.aljazeerah.info/News%20archives/2005%20News%20Archives/September/21%20n/British%20Terrorist%20Operation%20in%20Basra,%20Tanks%20on%20Fire,%20Four%20Iraqis%20Killed,%20Two%20Captured%20British%20Undercover%20Soldiers%20Freed%20After%20Demolishing%20Prison%20Hollywood%20Style.htm>British 
Terrorist Operation in Basra, Tanks on Fire, Four Iraqis Killed, Two 
Captured British Undercover Soldiers Freed After Demolishing Prison 
Hollywood Style).

(<http://www.aljazeerah.info/News%20archives/2005%20News%20Archives/September/22%20n/British%20Occupation%20Forces%20Suspected%20Behind%20Sectarian%20Terrorism%20in%20Southern%20Iraq%20The%20Two%20British%20Soldiers%20Drove%20a%20Car%20Bomb%20in%20Basra.htm>British 
Occupation Forces Suspected Behind Sectarian Terrorism in Southern 
Iraq: The Two British Soldiers Drove a Car Bomb in 
Basra<http://www.aljazeerah.info/News%20archives/2005%20News%20Archives/September/22%20n/British%20Occupation%20Forces%20Suspected%20Behind%20Sectarian%20Terrorism%20in%20Southern%20Iraq%20The%20Two%20British%20Soldiers%20Drove%20a%20Car%20Bomb%20in%20Basra.htm>)

More about death squads:

<http://www.aljazeerah.info/Editorials/2006%20Editorials/November-December/../../../News%20archives/2006%20News%20Archives/November/29%20n/El%20Salvador-style%20'death%20squads'%20to%20be%20deployed%20by%20US%20against%20Iraq%20militants.htm>El 
Salvador-style 'death squads' to be deployed by US against Iraq militants


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