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|Friday, August 26, 2005
|The Al Sadr Question in the
Coming Iraqi Civil War
The al-Sadr group has been charged with involvement in attacks and
intimidation in Najaf against other Shia political factions,
including the killing of a pro-U.S. cleric, Abd al-Majid al-Khoi,
shortly after his return from exile in London. Al-Khoi was himself
the son of another extremely powerful former grand ayatollah,
Abolqassem al-Khoi. Al-Khoi was murdered as he emerged from the
city's Imam Ali Mosque. In an attempt to bridge gaps between the
Sunni and Shia communities, he had met with the mosque's custodian
Haidar Raifee, who was popularly considered to have collaborated with
Saddam Hussein's regime. Raifee was brutally killed along with al-
Immediately following al-Khoi's murder, al-Sadr militants surrounded
the house of the grand ayatollah in Najaf, Ali Sistani, al-Sadr's
main rival for influence. Sistani, a moderate, escaped and
temporarily went into hiding, emerging only after being bolstered by
On August 27 2004, tensions were diffused somewhat when a deal
between the American-led coalition and al-Sadr's forces was brokered
by Shiite cleric Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. The keys to the Imam Ali
mosque, which had been taken over and used as a base by insurgents,
were handed over to Sistani. Al-Sadr ordered his militia to cease
hostilities and stated that he would soon announce plans for his
political future. Given al-Sadr's history of giving conflicting
signals, his long-term plan were unclear. Yesterday's violence offers
an indication that he is again prepared to resort to violence.
the new Shiites-Shiites warfare, the Iraqi civil war is going to have
many cross-currents and conflicting frontlines, Sunni Vs. Shiites,
Shiites Vs Shiites, Governments forces Vs Insurgents, Arabs Vs.
Kurds, Peshmerga Vs Ansar, etc., while the Coalition forces would
have a hard choice to make about which side to back and in what way.
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|A Story of Two Jihads - The Violent one and the Silent one
The violent jihad waged by those who hijacked Islam in the Middle
East is our immediate challenge. Even so, terrorists from the Horn of
Africa have already been implicated in the London subway bombings and
other attacks. The time for engagement is now — not after widespread
radicalization has destroyed the future for millions of Africans and
drawn still more states into the maelstrom of terror.
The construction boom is part of what my personal observation
convinces me is "the other jihad," the slow-roll attempt by
fundamentalists from the Arabian Peninsula to reclaim East Africa for
the faith of the Prophet. We dismiss Osama bin Laden's dream of re-
establishing the caliphate, Islam's bygone empire, as madness. But
Saudis, Yemenis, Omanis and oil-rich Gulf Arabs are every bit as
determined as bin Laden to reassert Muslim domination of the lands
Islam once ruled.
No region is as vulnerable as Africa. The differences between the
Saudi ruling family and bin Laden aren't so much about goals as about
methods. The Saudis were furious over the 1998 embassy bombings in
Nairobi and Dar es Salaam not because of the viciousness of the acts,
but because the attacks threatened to call the West's attention to
quiet subversion by fundamentalist Wahhabis in the region.
For the Muslims of the Arabian Peninsula, ties to Africa's Indian
Ocean coast go back more than a millennium. By the 14th century,
trading cities such as Kilwa (now a ruin) and Mombasa were opulent
outposts of Islam. One dream shared by the House of Saud and Islamist
terrorists is the reclamation of the old Swahili Coast, where their
ancestors grew rich trading ivory, gold and slaves.
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Understanding the Terror of Islam to enable us to destroy it once and forever
How Iraq can take the
entire Middle East into Apocalypse
A friend or a foe?
What does it
take to win a war against theology-inspired terror?
causes of Muslim Alienation and of 9/11, 3/11, 7/7
Muslims glorify murder and revenge?
and contradictions within the Communist-Islamist Alliance
The real Muslim
mind revealed by an Ex-Muslim
break the Islamist-Communist Alliance
Iran's Mullahs' Desperation to get Nuclear Weapons.
Putin's romance with
Palestinians, Iranians and Syrians - Shades of
Hitler-Stalin (Ribbentrop-Molotov) Pact of 1939?
Iran's Duplicity in
building Nuclear weapons under the cloak of Energy
Requirements recalls Hitler's duplicity of building Luftwaffe using
Vietnam War and
the War on Terror - similarities and differences