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US Aiding Zarqawi Terrorists To Prevent Shia Power Base?

Tehran Times | November 24 2004

General Richard Meyers, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently said that a civil war might break out in Iraq after the January 2005 election.

These remarks indicate that the United States expects developments in Iraq to mirror the situation in Algeria in the 1990s. What is the final objective behind all these measures? Why is the U.S. insisting on holding an election in Iraq? Is the United States really trying to establish democracy in that country?

In order to find the answers to these questions, we must study the incidents which have occurred over the past 19 months during the occupation of Iraq by U.S. and British forces.

After the fall of Baghdad’s dictator, the United States began testing the religious tendencies of the Iraqi nation and the popularity and influence of some Iraqi figures through the formation of some governmental councils and the replacement of popular religious and national figures.

The fact that millions of Iraqi Shias welcomed martyr Ayatollah Seyyed Mohammad Baqer Hakim on his arrival in Najaf from Iran in 2003, and the fact that later that year millions of Iraqi Shias walked to Karbala on the threshold of the anniversary of the 40th day after the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS), which is known as Arba’in, allowed U.S. strategists to make an accurate assessment of the power of religious authorities to mobilize Iraqi Shias.

It is quite clear that U.S. officials began to believe that the continuation of active participation by Shia clerics in Iraq’s social and political scenes would endanger their long-term goals in the region.

Some of the officials of Arab countries on Iraq’s borders also hold similar views because the formation of an independent and democratic government in Iraq based on the vote of the majority would be a potential threat to their governments.

For this reason, the U.S. has tried to reinstall some Baath Party agents in government posts and to strengthen the Sunni minority in Iraq, while taking no serious measures to prevent terrorists of the Al-Qaeda network and the Abu Musab al-Zarqawi group from entering the country, knowing that the two terrorist groups have longstanding enmity toward the Shias.

After arriving in Iraq, members of these terrorist groups assassinated prominent Iraqi leaders including Ayatollah Seyyed Mohammad Baqer Hakim, the former chairman of the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), Izzedin Salim, the former head of the Iraqi Governing Council, and dozens of other Shia officials affiliated to various parties.

Although these terrorist groups have no common interests or policies with the United States, they are in agreement with the U.S. on one point, and that is preventing the Iraqi Shias from assuming power.

U.S. forces could have prevented these terrorist groups from entering Iraq, but it seems that they have used these criminals as a tool to achieve their long-term goals.

Controlling the so-called Sunni Triangle does not seem so difficult, but the U.S. instead gave a green light to Baathists and other terrorists based in the area to eliminate influential Shia figures.

Apparently, U.S. officials will spare no effort to hold the Iraqi elections on schedule in order to realize their goals.

If one of the popular Iraqi figures such as Hojjatoleslam Seyyed Abdul Aziz Hakim, Mouwafak al-Rabii, Dr. Ibrahim Jafari, Hamid al-Bayati, Bayan Gabr, Seyyed Hussein Sadr, or Seyyed Mohammad Bahr al-Uloum wins the election, the U.S. will encourage Baathists or other terrorist elements based in the Sunni Triangle to assassinate these figures.

After eliminating the outstanding leaders of the Iraqi Shia community, the U.S. will then try to impose figures with pan-Arabist tendencies on the Iraqi nation.

Therefore, Iraqi religious leaders should be very cautious and avoid showing their hand in order to prevent the implementation of the treacherous U.S. plot to divide the Iraqi nation and foment a civil war between Iraqi Sunnis and Shias.

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