[Marxism] As'ad AbuKhalil's Angry Arab News Service

Yoshie Furuhashi furuhashi.1 at osu.edu
Mon Apr 5 16:07:24 MDT 2004

*****   When I see the rise of As-Sadr movement and the Sunni 
fundamentalist groups I can't but wonder about the prospects for 
secularism in Iraq. The Iraqi Communist Party could have provided the 
credible alternative but the idiots of the party have damaged their 
cause for years--if not decades--to come by accepting to serve as a 
tool for occupation. Just as Arab communism suffered from 
subservience to USSR (especially on the partition question), Iraqi 
communism has deeply hurt the movement.

posted by As'ad @ 8:06 AM link

<http://angryarab.blogspot.com/>   *****

*****   Date: Mon, 05 Apr 2004 14:38:06 -0500
From: Institute for Public Accuracy <ipamedia at nationalpress.com>
Subject: * Falluja  * Sadr City -- Context and Parallels
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* Fallujah  * Sadr City
Context and Parallels

DAVID ENDERS, denders at baghdadbulletin.com
Currently in D.C., Enders edited Baghdad Bulletin and has spent much 
of the last year in Iraq. He will be returning there in mid-April. He 
said today: "In Fallujah, as a mission to avenge the deaths of four 
'contractors' killed there last week is underway, it is important to 
note: The four men killed, who have often been referred to as 
'civilian contractors' in the press, worked for a private security 
company from North Carolina. Private soldiers in Iraq are combatants 
-- they kill and detain Iraqis.... There are more private soldiers 
(over 10,000) in Iraq at the present time than there are British 
soldiers.... By closing Shi'ite cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr's newspaper, 
it appears the U.S. army has given the young imam the necessary 
leverage to call for armed struggle on his behalf...."

DOUGLAS VALENTINE, redspruce at comcast.net, http://www.douglasvalentine.com
Author of the book "The Phoenix Program," Valentine said today: "More 
and more the so-called 'counter-insurgency' in Iraq resembles the 
CIA's infamous Phoenix Program in South Vietnam, in which the CIA -- 
under cover of military 'cordon and search' operations -- went into 
villages that supported the resistance, in hopes of catching or 
killing guerrilla leaders. The My Lai massacre was the penultimate 
example of such a flawed policy. Today, in a traditional 'cordon and 
search' (or 'search and destroy') operation, U.S. Marines closed all 
roads into Fallujah...."

AS'AD ABUKHALIL, AAbukhalil at csustan.edu, http://angryarab.blogspot.com
AbuKhalil is professor of political science at California State 
University at Stanislaus and visiting professor at the University of 
California at Berkeley. He is available to comment on events in Iraq 
and the region. (His book about the U.S. and Saudi Arabia is being 
released in a few weeks.)

ANDY SHALLAL, ashallal at cox.net, 
In an IPA news release dated April 10, 2003, just after the fall of 
Saddam Hussein, Shallal said: "When I was a kid in Iraq, we had coups 
and I would go out and jump in the street because it was the coolest 
thing. It's like D.C. when the Redskins win the Super Bowl. The 
problem is what comes after." With the one-year anniversary of 
Hussein's fall approaching, Shallal, founder of Iraqi-Americans for 
Peaceful Alternatives, said today:  "Before the incident of the 
Al-Hawza [newspaper] closing, most Shi'ite demonstrations were 
peaceful.... They are beginning to realize that the freedom they were 
promised is not going to simply materialize -- no jobs, no security 
and now no voice.... The U.S. is left with a cabal of cronies (the 
Governing Council) whose allegiance is far more to the corporate 
invaders than it is to the people of Iraq. Ahmed Chalabi is holding 
all the cards -- he now controls the ministry of finance (incredible 
considering his background), trade and oil. It's like having Kenneth 
Lay become the head of the Treasury Department.... One must ask 
oneself: Is this part of the U.S. plan -- to create more disruptions 
in order to further clamp down? Why is the U.S. sending relatively 
untrained Iraqi police to clash with the demonstrators? How can the 
U.S. justify closing a newspaper office -- what happened to freedom 
and democracy? ... Fallujah reminds one of Jenin -- the parallel with 
what is happening in Palestine is very stark. Sadr himself has made 
the connection."

Note: For information on past crackdowns on media in Iraq, see: 
<http://www.accuracy.org/press_releases/PR092403.htm>. Last Summer, 
Human Rights Watch issued an 18-page report, "Violent Response: The 
U.S. Army in al-Fallujah," shortly after U.S. troops fired on a group 
of protestors in Fallujah. See: 

For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167   *****

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