[Marxism] Shia leader speaks to Mothers Against War in Canada
ffeldman at bellatlantic.net
Tue Feb 17 07:39:06 MST 2004
The following letter, posted to lists by its recipient, describes the
appearance of a major Iraqi Shia leader at a conference of Mothers
Against War in Canada. The letter was written by a member of the U.S.
organization Military Families Speak Out.
The appearance of a Shia leader and his comments at the conference is
itself an important and positive development, showing a will to reach
out to both the people of the United States (and of course Canada) and
Just as an aside, I think this helps counter a weakness of Tariq Ali's
useful-as-always recent comments. Vis a vis the Shia leaders, I think
he tends to accept a rather broad and potentially divisive definition of
"collaboration," apparently put forward by SOME in the "armed"
resistance, which currently has relatively low-key support among the
Shia people (quite broad for actions against the occupation forces, less
enthusiastic about or opposed to some of the others).
Subject: [ufpj-iraq] Fw: [MilitaryFamiliesSpeakOut] Mothers Against War
conference in Victoria BC Canada
This is from a member of MFSO, posted today.
Subject: [MilitaryFamiliesSpeakOut] Mothers Against War conference in
Victoria BC Canada
Dear Military Familes and Friends,
On Saturday I traveled to Victoria BC Canada where I was featured as a
speaker for a Mother's Against War conference.
I was able to attend some other conferences throughout the day, where I
listened to speakers on labor, human rights, and war issues from around
world. I discovered that Muqtada al-Sadr, a Shiite cleric from Iraq,
attending and speaking at the conference. I was curious and I listened
his message carefully; he spoke on the importance of a free democratic
government elected by popular vote in Iraq and their hopes this would be
occurring in June as promised.
I approached him after his talk and introduced myself, he was interested
speaking with me privately because I told him I was an anti-war activist
my son was a soldier in Iraq. We chatted for several minutes and he
impressed upon me how important it is that "the Americans must go home".
asked me to bring his message to the people of the United States and I
him I would deliver it.
He told me, "We are a patient people but our patience is not long", and
told me again that "the Americans must go home".
His interpreter showed me pictures of a huge demonstration of 100,000 in
Iraq last month, where the people are calling for free elections. He
showed me pictures of the Shia and Shiite [given the context, I suspect
she meant to say "Sunni" --FF] clerics working together with
unity. He told me there is no civil war but there is a growing unity
between the factions against the "American Imperialist Occupiers". This
what they call the coalition forces in Iraq today.
I do not advocate violence of any sort and I told the Iraqi's I spoke
at the conference that I only support a peaceful resolution to their
I also feel strongly that we, the American people and especially those
with loved ones in Iraq, deserve to know the truth about what is really
happening there. So, this is all that I learned about it in Victoria,
offer this information to you without judgment or endorsement.
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