[Marxism] Decisive showdown
g.maclennan at qut.edu.au
g.maclennan at qut.edu.au
Mon Apr 5 16:36:49 MDT 2004
I think it remains to be seen whether this rebellion of the
al-Sadr forces is carried through. He has threatened and
backed down before. I think Bremer was backing on him
Al-Sistani and the al-Hakim clan meanwhile continue to
collaborate. The problem is that the future Iraq planned by
Bremer and co is not the Iraq the Shia want. Al-Sistani and
al-Hakim know this, I suspect, but still think what they get
will be better than life under Saddam. But al-Sadr seems to
now represent the Shia street - those who want more than the
kind of Iraq that the Americans plan.
I was interested to read on the Al Jazeera website, the Emir
of Qatar's warning of the danger of civil war in Iraq. Of
course that is exactly wrong. The real danger for the Emir
and the Americans is not civil war but unity between the Shia
and the Sunni.
What we have seen over the past few days is the dreaded
senario of Arab unity against imperialism. This is the
spectre that haunts the imaginary of the British and the
Americans and their Arab allies. If the current upsurge does
indeed morph into a generalised resitance then the
implications for the the "coalition of the willing" are truly
frightening or wonderful, depending on one's point of view.
I will go with wondeerful.
---- Original message ----
>Date: Mon, 5 Apr 2004 09:31:35 -0400
>From: "Marvin Gandall" <marvgandall at rogers.com>
>Subject: [Marxism] Decisive showdown
>To: "Marxmail" <marxism at lists.econ.utah.edu>
>Today’s Washington Post describes how nervous US authorities
have provoked a
>showdown with the radical wing of the Shia movement led by
>which could decide the fate of the occupation.
>American officials had been hoping to contain and diminish
>influence, while cultivating the Shia leaders who
participate on the
>US-appointed Governing Council, which will nominally be
>“sovereignty” in several months.
>But the Post reports Paul Bremer and his aides have become
alarmed by the
>rapid growth in size and influence of the Mahdi Army, the
>and “fear it will compete for power after the U.S.
administration of Iraq
>According to the Post, the US decided to test the
group’s “resolve” by
>closing down its newspaper and arresting one of its top
>Yaqoubi, suspected in the murder of a rival cleric last year.
>The US gamble has triggered a widespread and violent
response, and the
>occupation forces are now confronted by what the Post calls
>fear”: an untenable two-front Sunni and Shia insurgency.
>Article available on www.supportingfacts.com
>Sorry for any cross posting.
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