by: Daniel M. Zucker
FrontPageMagazine.com | Thursday, May 31, 2007
Amazingly, despite all the evidence of Iranian support for both the Iraqi Shiite extremist militias—the Jaish al-Mahdi of al-Dawa Party cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and the Badr and Wolf Brigades of cleric Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim’s SICRI, recently renamed SIIC (the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council),and the Sunni jihadi insurgent al-Qa‘eda of Iraq—there are still America academics that look to the Islamic Republic of Iran as a necessary partner to bring a solution to the violence in Iraq. Professor Ian Shapiro of Yale wrote recently two essays suggesting that the United States needs to turn to Iran to help find a solution to the expanding spiral of violence in that long-suffering land between the two rivers. That’s like turning to Nazi Germany to ask for help in ending the brutally fascistic policies of
If it still is unclear to those in the ivory towers of academia, I’ll spell it out in plain English: In Iraq,
Professor Shapiro continues his misinformed assumptions as regards
One may question whether
The fact that al-Maliki’s secret memo was sent to the Iranian embassy as well as to al-Sadr’s organization and to SICRI should clarify that the three work together and that al-Maliki cooperates with them against American and British interests. With a little bit of common sense this revelation should not come as a total surprise as al-Maliki and Moqtada al-Sadr are both members of the same political organization, the al-Daawa Party (“The Call”), a radical Shi‘ite fundamentalist party ever since its inception some 49 years ago.
If the maze of Iraqi Shi‘ite and Sunni political parties has one confused, maybe an allegory will help clarify the situation. During World War II, the Allies invaded
Lest we compound the problems in Iraq, both for the Iraqi people and for ourselves, by pulling our forces out of Iraq too quickly, thereby giving Iran and her radical fundamentalist Shi‘ite-block allies a chance to dominate Iraqi society and to impose a fundamentalist Islamist law code on that nation, we need to realize that not all Shi‘ite Iraqis are fundamentalists, nor are all Sunni Iraqis Islamic fundamentalists. Indeed, at least half of the Iraqi electorate today is anti-fundamentalist and clearly opposed to the imposition of Islamic Sharia law and the interference of the Islamic Republic of Iran in
What is not well known is that moderate Iraqi Sunnis and Shi‘ites have joined with moderate Kurds and Christians to form a 5.2 million member coalition of anti-fundamentalists. This anti-fundamentalist coalition is known as the “Solidarity Congress” and is led by a Board of Directors which includes Dr. Abdullah Rasheed Al-Jabouri(Chair), Shiekh Kamel Omran Attiyya (First Deputy Chair), Karima Dawoud Al-Jawari (Second Deputy Chair). The following groups are part of this anti-fundamentalist coalition: the Association of Friendship and Solidarity with the People of Iran, the National Association of Struggle Against Fundamentalism and Terrorism, the Association of Independent Jurists, the National Dialogue Front of Iraq-Diyala, the National Front of the Tribes of Iraq, the National Unity Front for a Free Iraq, the Christian Democratic Movement, the Islamic Party of Iraq, the Peace Party, Iraq’s Council for National Dialogue, the Congress of Natives of Iraq, and the Nationalist Elite of Independent Iraq.
The brave members of the Solidarity Congress have risked their lives and continue to risk their lives to stand up and oppose Islamic fundamentalism, both Sunni and Shi‘ite, and Arab and Kurd. Fallen comrades in the struggle against Islamic fundamentalism include Ms. Amereh Abdul-Karim Al-Aqabe, president of the Iraqi Women’s Syndicate (ISW), recently abducted and brutally murdered because she was a fierce opponent to the Iranian regime’s blatant interference in Iraqi political, social, and economic affairs, Abdul-Rahim Nasrallah, leader of the secular National Justice and Progress Party and chairman of the board of directors of the party’s Shaabiya satellite television station, Ayatollah Mohammad Moussawi Qasemi, a prominent Shi‘ite cleric and secretary general of the Islamic Unity Party in Iraq, Mohammad Qassem Ahmed al-Bayati, governor of Soleiman-bak near the northern city of Kirkuk, Muhammad Shihab al-Dulaymi, spokesman for the Maram alliance—a coalition of 42 Sunni and secular political groups including the Iraqi Accord Front, the Iraqi Front for National Dialogue, and the secular Iraqi National List headed by former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi—dedicated to contesting rigged elections, and Major General Amer al-Hashemi, brother of Sunni Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi, whose sister Meysoun and brother Mahmoud were assassinated earlier in the year. All of these anti-fundamentalist martyrs had spoken out in opposition to Iranian domination of
On Monday, May 28, 2007, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan C. Crocker and his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Kazemi Qomi, met at the
“…Bush wants to rescue himself from the ‘
…The Americans have not changed. Only it is that they have been strangled and they want to find a way to breathe. When they catch a breath, they will continue in their old manner. Obviously
Given the Iranian regime’s tendency to telegraph its intentions, the aforementioned Keyhan Daily editorial should be clear enough to be understood in
When will Washington (and Yale) finally figure out who are our friends and who are our enemies in
Professor Rabbi Daniel M. Zucker is founder and Chairman of the Board of Americans for Democracy in the Middle-East, a grassroots organization dedicated to teaching our elected officials and the public of the dangers posed by Islamic fundamentalism and the need to establish genuine democratic institutions in the Middle-East.
1. Ian Shapiro, “After occupation: a containment strategy for
2. Ian Shapiro, “A Strategic Opening to
3. Michael Lea, “
4. Shapiro, Ibid.
5. Justin Delabar, “Iraqi Shi’ite Factions,
6. See Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, “‘Welcome to
8. See Shahab Sariri, “
9. James Morrison, Embassy Row: “Iranian Influence”,
10. NCRI, “Declaration by 5.2 m Iraqis condemns Iran Regime’s terrorist threats, supports PMOI”, June 21, 2006, http://www.ncr-iran.org/content/view/1791/70/ .
11. See NCRI, “The mullahs’ agents abducted and brutally murdered president of Iraqi Women Syndicate”, http://www.ncr-iran.org/content/blogsection/18/154/9/63/ ,
20. “Iraqi Shia leader seeks cancer care”, al-Jazeera,
22. See Mark Hosenball, “