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BAL-LA AL MOUSS
Brazilian comic book series about Iraqi resistance
July 31, 2005
The topic of the
Iraqi resistance is now beginning to be heard in the U.S. Not loudly, but enough to gain attention in certain areas.
For those who have followed this era in history,
it is nothing new. But, the so-called "average" citizen is now asking questions. A growing number of U.S. citizens are questioning
the administration’s version of the resistance as "dead-enders" or a bunch of "disgruntled" people who are fighting
It’s about time.
Just the other night, while talking to a friend
about the resistance, he said, "Now I know what Saddam meant by "the Mother of all Battles." In other words, the statement
that Saddam Hussein made on January 17, 1991 did not apply solely to the battle that had just begun.
The current phase of the Mother of all Battles is
more than a population attempting to kick out unwanted invaders. It is a definitive battle in the history of the world against
imperialism, ethnocentrism, and deceit.
Look around and you will see there is support for
the resistance all over the world. In Brazil, Iraqi resistance clubs have sprung up. There is even an Iraqi resistance comic
book series. Go to google and input "Iraqi resistance" in the image portion of the search engine and you will see U.S. citizens
in Detroit, or in Pittsburgh, or in New York, holding pro-Iraqi resistance signs. This battle has worldwide implications.
But, the U.S. keeps saying that things are going
well. Dick (appropriately-named) Cheney stated a few weeks ago that it was in its death throes. Since then, the numbers of
casualties have escalated. What’s going on?
U.S. commanders in the field are sounding negative.
They are speaking about the resilience and the ingenuity of the freedom fighters. A year ago, we never heard such words come
out of the mouths of U.S. military personnel.
There is a great problem for the U.S. Increasing
numbers of U.S. citizens are calling for the U.S. to leave Iraq. The administration says it will in time. However, this is
a lie. Things have been put in motion that can not be stopped or put back. For instance, 14 new U.S. military bases are being
constructed in Iraq. And, thousands of U.S. civilians have set up shop in Iraq. The facts on the ground show the duplicity
of the government’s statements about leaving Iraq.
The problem is that the resistance is getting stronger.
More U.S. (military and civilian) deaths are occurring. More stooge Iraqi personnel (police, national guards, etc.) are being
destroyed. In the past 24 hours, 75 Iraqis have been killed and hundreds wounded in attacks. And, seven U.S. Marines have
been killed in the past 48 hours.
The term "quagmire" was often used to describe Vietnam.
When it was hinted that Iraq may turn into a quagmire, the hair on the backs of the necks of administration officials bristled.
"You can’t compare Vietnam to Iraq," they often shrieked. Today, the term quagmire is precise.
Let’s look at this from an Arab point of view.
A couple of hours ago, an Iraqi-American friend visited me. He called the occupation and resistance, "bal-la al mouss." Then
he explained, "This means someone who has a razor in his throat. He can not spit it out and he can not swallow it." A great
analogy. I would say, "fucked if he does and fucked if he doesn’t." Which ever of the three terms one chooses, it is
apparent that the U.S. is cornered in Iraq and will be for some time.
The resistance has led many people to write about
its origins. I have stated many times my assessment that it was planned well before March 2003 by the Ba'ath leadership. However,
some armchair leftists have said that it had nothing to do with the Ba’athists and was an impromptu uprising. They do
not take into account, however, that it is well-funded, well-organized and well-armed. These factors are not present in any
resistance that springs up out of nowhere.
On July 26, 2005, uruknet.info, a leading website for highlighting "information from occupied
Iraq," ran an interview with Salah al Mukhtar, Iraq’s last ambassador to Vietnam. In it, he goes into detail about
the organizing of, the actions of, and the future of the resistance. It is by far the most astute look I have seen about the
resistance. Click on the link at the end of this article to see the interview in its entirety in an PDF file. You can also
save the file to disk on your computer. (NOTE: interview posted below)
On April 8, 2003, Mohamed Sahaff, the Iraqi Information
Minister, was holding a press conference in Baghdad. A reporter pointed out that U.S. troops were already in Baghdad. Sahaff
looked and spotted a U.S. tank and stated, "We’ve got them right where we want them." Then he walked away. Despite universal
ridicule about his statement, Sahaff stuck to his proclamation. Nobody is laughing today about the Iraqi Information Minister’s
:: Article nr. 14239 sent on 31-jul-2005
SALAH AL MUKHTAR:
The Iraqi Resistance Is Geared To Keep On Fighting For A Decade To Come
Sanaa, July - For years he has been one of
the most pugnacious public voices in Iraq during the government of the Baath party. He had worked at the Iraqi mission to
the United Nations, then, in the years 1990-1991, at the Arab League as assistant to the Secretary General holding responsibility
for Information. In the years 1993-1998 he headed the main Iraqi daily, al Gumhouriya. From 1999 he was Iraqi Ambassador to
India and in 2003 to Vietnam.
Salah al Mukhtar, 61, lives currently in Yemen, but underscores that his stay is a "temporary"
one, as he is convinced that one day he will return to Iraq and that it will be to an Iraq governed again by Baath. Arabmonitor
obtained a thorough interview with al Mukhtar, one of the top-ranking personalities among the Iraqi émigré community.
the resistance in Iraq, which we are witnessing, was prepared by former governement or it grew up during the occupation ?
current resistance in Iraq, to be accurate, has not made or prepared by Iraqi government, but by Baath party leadership. At
the beginning in the year 2002, the Baath party has completed the training of about 6 million Iraqi citizens to fight urban
warfare by the so called Al Quds Army. President Saddam Hussein has managed all preparation, including storing about 50 million
of guns, big, medium and small sizes with their necessary ammunition to fight against the occupation for ten years. The groups
prepared for a guerrilla warfare has included, beside the Iraqi armed forces, organization called Fedayeen of Saddam, Baath
party fighters, as well as kaders of Baath party. In the light of what I have said, you can reach the conclusion that the
resistance was prepared mainly by the political leadership of Iraq. Of course, it has used the government apparatus to facilitate
the preparation for a guerrilla warfare. After the occupation of Iraq thousands of people have joined the armed resistance:
some of them joined Baath party organizations, some others formulated their own organizations. For the time being, we have
many different groups fighting against American colonial occupation, and these organizations have different ideological characters,
including progressive forces, religious groups, nationalists, but the main organization is the Baathist one. As for the connection
among these organizations, I can say that there is a strong coordination and cooperation".
--If it was prepared,
how to explain the proliferation of islamist-religious groups ?
--"During a liberation warfare it's very important
to mobilize all forces to fight against the occupation. All historical experiences have proven that all kind of ideologies
and characters where participated in the process of liberating homeland, for example in Vietnam the Buddhist where active
against the American occupation. As for Iraq, we are confronting the most dangerous colonialism ever witnessed in the history
of the mankind, and because there are no outside support, the circumstances have obliged all forces to be united with each
other, to guarantee the liberation of Iraq. The Islamist organizations are fighting side by side with progressive and secular
forces, which is very important and necessary to kick out the imperialist occupation. Let me correct some misunderstanding.
The matter of martyr operations is not limited to Islamist organizations but also the organizations under Baath party practicing
in the martyr operations. This kind of way of acting is the most effective weapon in the hand of the Iraqi resistance: actually
it is the Iraqi mass destruction weapon capable of deterring and defeating the American forces occupying the country. The
Iraqi resistance has simple weapons, while the other party has highly sophisticated weaponry, such as jet fighters, tanks,
missiles, modern technology. Therefore, to neutralize that kind of superiority, the martyr operations are the only effective
weapon the resistance has. I would like to remind you that this kind of operations have been used by the Vietnamese and Tamil
tigers, as well as by Palestinian organizations".
--How many Iraqis are active in the resistance ?
to the intelligence of the government imposed on Iraq by Americans, the number of fighters of the Iraqi resistance is around
200 thousand as a main body, supported by another 200 thousands, but this number is not correct because about 3 million Iraqis
are constituting the so called in guerrilla warfare, the ocean in which the fishs are swimming. You have to remember that
the number of supporters of Baath party is about 6 million people and if we dropped half that number, still we have at least
3 millions supporting the fighters. As for the number of the fighters it is not less than 400 thousand people, well trained
militarily and ideologically for more than a quarter of century. This number including the best generals of the Iraqi army,
specially of the Republican guards".
--It seems that the resistance has infiltrated the new Iraq security, the new
army, the new administration.
--"As I said at the beginning, the preparations for underground fighting was finished
two years before the occupation. According to information released by both, American occupation sources and the resistance,
the Iraqi intelligence service has penetrated all levels not only of the new Iraqi administration, imposed by the occupation,
but also the highest command of American army, because the Americans are in desperate needs for translators, guides, workers,
technicians, speaking Arabic, and by this way the Iraqi intelligence has infiltrated their ranks. The newly established security
forces and the so called( national guard’s) have become a very good sources on the Iraqis cooperating with the Americans
and the Americans. I can assure you that the Iraqi intelligence has achieved very important operations and as Mr. Paul Bremer,
the American colonial administrator, has said, the most painful operations the Iraqi resistance have made were not the military
one but the intelligence. You have to know that the intelligence of the resistance is the original intelligence service of
Iraq, which was selected from the élite of intelligence officers to join the resistance. So the experiences of Iraqi intelligence
were used perfectly against Americans and I assure you that the Iraqi intelligence under the resistance leadership has overwhelmed
--Do you believe in the existence of Abu Musab al Zarqawi, acting in Iraq ?
--"There is no
sure information about the fate of Zarqawi, some of the information suggesting that he had been killed at the beginning of
Iraq’s occupation, but some other sources believe that he has been arrested by Americans. Anyway whatever the correct
story is, I tell you that Zarqawi is a limited phenomenon and it is located in a specific area and playing a limited role.
The US intelligence used to say that all operations are made by Zarqawi to show that those who fight against Americans in
Iraq are foreigners not Iraqis, to convince American public opinion that the war against the so called( terrorism) is justified.
On the other hand, the US want to underestimate the role of the Iraqi resistance in general and the Baath party in particular".
talks between resistance and US-Iraqi forces could work, if there is any talk ?
--"The only fact is that the US
and the resistance have exchanged some letters through some mediators, in which American side has asked about what exactly
the resistance wants. The resistance replied by putting together some conditions to be implemented by American occupation,
as the only mean to provide American troops safe withdrawal from Iraq. Among these conditions the full and unconditional withdrawal
of all US armed forces from Iraq, the compensation for both the Iraqi state and Iraqi individuals for the damages suffered,
the necessity to establish an international fund to rebuild Iraq as it was before the occupation. There was no agreement between
the two sides because the US looked for a negotiation with the resistance without any precondition. The resistance has insisted
on meeting its conditions before starting any negotiation, which should be concentrating on the complete wit hdrawal and the
details of how to implement the Iraqi demands".
--How the Arab-Islamic governements are reacting to Baghdad's call
to give support to fight resistance ?
--"The reaction of Arab and Islamic governments is characterized by fear
and hesitation, because they see how the American troops and the others are humiliated. We have an Arab proverb saying that(
if you have nothing, you can give nothing). So the Arab governments, as well the Islamic governments, are not prepared to
fight in Iraq because if the strongest empire is defeated and humiliated, how they can do what America is failed to do. But
even if we suppose that some governements are preparing to send troops to Iraq, their fate will not be different from the
fate of American forces".
--Can be justified the abduction of Egypt's envoy to Iraq ?
--"Those who abducted
the Egyptian ambassador believing that the government of Egypt has played a negative role in Iraq by supporting American occupation
and giving the hand to the puppet government in Baghdad. The best argument they are giving is the decision to upgrade the
diplomatic representation to Embassy rank. The Egyptian government has rejected before the invasion of Iraq to upgrade diplomatic
representation to the level of ambassador. The question of abductors is: why sending ambassador now? Also they are believing
that the Egyptian step is designed to encourage other nations to send ambassadors to Iraq, which means Egypt wants to give
legitimacy to the government imposed by occupation. They reached the conclusion that to stop the process of legitimizing the
puppet government, they have to do something unusual as a tool of deterrence. I think this is the message of the assassins".
you believe the Jaafari governement will be able to put on trial the Iraqi leadership deposed by force ?
depends on American decision, because the main and the real player in Iraq is not the Jaafari government but the American
occupation. If the US government takes a decision Jaafari will obey American orders, in spite the fact that the whole process
is not legal from the point of view of the international law. I do believe that the issue of the trial is a tactic to press
the Iraqi resistance not to insist on its conditions and to stop its attacks, or at least reduce the volume of attacks".
could work togheter Iraqi Shiite agenda, American occupation agenda and Kurdish projects to create an independent entity ?
main objective of the US in Iraq is to transform Iraq from a strong, unified state into a week one. To do so it has to encourage
all kind of conflicts and disturbances, on the basis of sect and ethnic affiliation. Therefore the United States is not interested
in harmonizing different agendas, in contrary it is working on an old agenda, which is American-Israeli agenda, to divide
Iraq into three tiny entities. Now, it is necessary to keep all parties fighting each other just to pave the way to impose
a full control over Iraq".
--Do you think that the Iraqi autorithy will be able to draft a Constitution ?
a Constitution is very easy issue, but the more difficult issue is how Jaafari can activate and impose that Constitution in
time when the resistance is the main power in Iraq".
--Who are the Sunni Muslims who joined the committee which
has to write the Constitution ?
--"They are a small number of citizens without weight or effective role in Iraq.
They are nobody in terms of the fighting in Iraq. Sunni, Shiite, Kurd are the maid of the CIA, and it doesn’t work in
the longer range, because Iraq is one nation, one state, one destiny, and no one can change this fact".
think is there any chance in the future for Baath party to restart to work officially as Baath in Iraq ?
you mean that Baath party will join the so called( political process) under the occupation, I assure you that the party will
never join this process. But if you mean whether Baath party will return to the power or not, I tell you that it will capture
the power again, because it has the upper hand in the battlefield: by watching the development of the armed struggle and the
Iraqi resistance, you can make the conclusion that whoever is controlling the land in Iraq will be the future government".
interview was conducted by Italian news agency called : arabmonitor.info
24 -7 -2005
Courtesy of SALAH AL MUKHTAR
:: Article nr. 14074 sent on 26-jul-2005 00:42 ECT
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