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Friday, October 13, 2006

Are we about to hand Iraq over to Tehran's mullahs?

Be afraif; be very afraid (sixth item).

Posted by D.J. McGuire on October 13, 2006 in International Affairs | Permalink


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As long as United States doesn't help to change the regime in Iran, this mess in Iraq will keep on going. The mess in Iraq is Syria's and Iran's fault

Posted by: Winston | 2006-10-13 2:24:30 PM

Well that's a relief. For a while there I was wondering if China may really be an evil totalitarian regime. But if the guards were only defending themselves, that's a different story.
Seriously though, what will the world actually do about this monstrous tyranny for which no theft, no murder, no cruelty, no barbarity, and no ridiculous official lie is considered too much? Nothing.
No offense Mr. McGuire, but it appears the world does not care. The anti-US left cheers on China as a bulwark against American imperialism, and a swath of the right is too busy enriching itself by selling off our natural resources, and importing the ill-made consumer goods China turns them into.
We need the governments of the west to censure the villainy of the Beijing regime, we need to cease fuelling the economic engine of our enemies, we need to cut off the standing bribery of "foreign aid" to this nuclear power with a space program, we need to boycott the Beijing Olympics, and we need to find and expell the Chinese political and industrial spies infesting our countries. But this will not likely happen.
In the absence of leadership from our governments, I suggest a simple grassroots beginning - a boycott of all Chinese-made goods. Would the readership of the WS support this?

Posted by: Greg R | 2006-10-13 2:33:25 PM

Oops - I got caught up in the story of the Chinese attack on the fleeing Tibetan refugees, and forgot that your original post was about Iraq. How embarassing.

Posted by: Greg R | 2006-10-13 2:35:00 PM

The Islamic world does not recognize borders imposed on them as a result of the Paris Conference in 1919.

Although Saddam was nominally Sunni and in a minority position within those artificially created borders, the majority population in southern Iraq and a great majority in Iran are Shi'ite.

Both sects took their turn creating havoc in south Lebanon.

Most of the deaths in Iraq today are due to sectarian violence ... and it is true the Iranian mullahs are supporting their Shi'ite brethren in Iraq ... that was pretty apparent from the git-go.

It's all tribal in that world, since there is no central authority which can adjudicate accepted practises. Therefore, the Qur'an is open to whatever interpretation anybody wishes it to be.

Posted by: Set you free | 2006-10-13 2:35:49 PM

Set you free,

I generally agree with your post, but there is only so much wiggle room to interpret chop this off, submit to that, conquer the whole world yada, yada, pray FIVE times a day not three not four but FIVE etc. Islam is a very punctilious religion and the Koran isn't a very long book as 'Great Religions' go.

Posted by: Speller | 2006-10-13 2:44:28 PM

Set You Free,

The thing about their methodology, is that they actually weed out their insane suicide bombers, by direct ellimination in the process.

You are quite right about the tribal issues they all have. It is like one big soap opera, except people don't just get offended and walk off in a huff, but rather, a puff or poof!

Although Saddam was disgusting, along with his sons, he new how to force these crude people into submission. Although highly disliked, and a father of some pretty horrid sons, who did some real nasty stuff to people in Iraq and other nations, Saddam was the plug that kept the wrath at bay.

We must keep in mind, that wrath is indeed one of the seven deadly sins.

What we are seeing today, is the explosion of forces, of all that pent up anger, actually worse than anger, that was forced down, by the Saddam regime. With the "free-world" framework, suddenly that which had been forced back, found release.

My concerns are that this issue may not be permitted to play out in full, and that someone will come along and force all that wrath to be forced into another deep and dark place, where it will one day have to be let off, as it is today. Although I do not agree that all conflicts must be played out this way, as this is the method that they have chosen to continue on with, it is clear that the exit strategy so deemed essential by democrats and ndpers alike, was never in the power of the real freedom fighters, to implement. It is, and always has been, up to the Iraqis themselves, to sort out this problem.

I am not comfortable with the replacement of one type of regime with another, especially one that thinks, does, and acts in the manner to which we observe in Iran. And, I say this, not in regardds to whether or not there is religion, but what kind of freedoms are or are not permitted under the kind of power structure that is controlled, by Mullahs. That being, the kind where only half the population has freedoms, whereas the other is bound, gaged, and covered like something to be embarrassed.

Furthermore, when you consider the area in the middle east, it would make a corridor connection, going from the borders of Russia, right through the Orient, and to Asia. If there is anything to be concerned about, in full, that is it.

Posted by: Lady | 2006-10-13 2:53:18 PM

No apology necessary Greg R.

Posted by: D.J. McGuire | 2006-10-13 2:54:16 PM


You mean the reformulation of the Caliphate, a throne which Osama bin Laden seeks?

Posted by: Set you free | 2006-10-13 3:19:29 PM


Father Boulos Iskander
October 12 (Compass Direct News) – Iraqi kidnappers who abducted a Syrian Orthodox priest three days ago left his beheaded corpse in an outlying suburb of the northern city of Mosul last night. Father Boulos Iskander, 59, was snatched off a Mosul street on Monday afternoon (October 9) while searching for car parts at local mechanic shops. The Muslim kidnappers telephoned the priest’s oldest son soon afterwards, demanding $350,000 ransom from the family. After negotiations in several more calls, the kidnappers gradually reduced their demands to $40,000 but added another stipulation: that the priest’s church must publicly repudiate Pope Benedict XVI’s remarks about Islam in his lecture in Germany last month. The family managed to raise and pay the ransom, and the St. Ephram parish of the Syrian Orthodox Church placed 30 large signboards on walls around the city, distancing itself from the pontiff’s comments. But then the telephone calls stopped. Fr. Iskander’s dismembered body was discovered last night (October 11) at about 7 p.m. in the remote Tahrir City district, two kilometers (1.2 miles) from the center of Mosul. His arms and legs had been severed and arranged around his head, which rested on his chest. His remains were brought to a local hospital, which then notified his church. News of the priest’s murder reached Damascus as Patriarch Zakka Iwaz was meeting with bishops of the Holy Synod of the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch. The Bishop of Mosul Saliba Chamoun returned immediately from Damascus to Mosul in time to conduct the funeral service this afternoon. He announced during the service that he had been commissioned by Patriarch Iwaz to bestow on the martyred priest an honorary title of “archimandrite,” a cleric just below the rank of bishop. A Syrian Orthodox clergyman present at Fr. Iskander’s funeral service today told Compass that at least 500 members of the Mosul Christian community attended, many of them weeping profusely. “Many more wanted to come to the funeral,” he said, “but they were afraid. We are in very bad circumstances now.” Fr. Iskander is survived by his wife, Azhar, sons Fadi and Yohanna, a married daughter, Fadiyeh, and a daughter, Mariam, 13. “It is a very sad and difficult day for us,” Bishop Chamoun told Compass. “Father Boutros was very active. And he loved very much his mission in the church.” Yesterday Iraqi church sources also reported that a Christian layman from Baghdad, Dr. Joseph Fridon Petros, 55, was ambushed and killed while traveling home from Diala to the capital. Ramadan Atrocities The deadly targeting of Iraqi’s Christians has shot up since the beginning of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting now into its third week. According to the Catholic Asia News agency, Islamist militants distributed flyers across Mosul after Pope Benedict’s controversial lecture in Germany, demanding that the local Catholic clergy condemn the Pope’s remarks about Islam. If they did not do so, the threats said, “Christians will be killed and churches burned down.” Underlining the warning against Mosul’s Christian community, armed militants surrounded the local Chaldean Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit on September 24. The attackers fired at least 80 bullets at the church, damaging the eastern side of the building and shattering some windows. Although the attack came shortly after 11 a.m. on a Sunday morning, no services were in progress at the time and no injuries reported. In Baghdad that same Sunday, two bombs that exploded near the Assyrian Orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary in Baghdad’s central Al-Kerada district killed four civilians, including the church guard, and wounded 14 others. The initial explosion, set under the parish priest Ezaria Warda’s car, was timed to go off as worshippers left Sunday mass, with a second car exploding a few minutes later. Another armed attack was mounted in Mosul on October 2 against the convent of the Iraqi Dominican Sisters. No one was injured in the hail of bullets, although the convent’s garden was set afire. After two days, unknown militants returned to fire shots at Mosul’s Church of the Holy Spirit on October 4, and again on October 5, injuring one of the guards who required hospitalization. According to sources inside Iraq, some of the Christian clergy have stopped wearing their clerical robes in public to avoid inciting attacks. Iraq’s young Christian women have also become open targets for insurgents plying the kidnapping industry over the past two weeks. “In one case in Baghdad, the victim committed suicide after the ransom was paid and she went home, because of the torture and sexual violence she suffered,” Asia News reported yesterday. Another girl who was subjected to gang rape took her own life while still in her captors’ hands.

Posted by: Mohan Koshy | 2006-10-13 5:52:14 PM

As long as elements in the west, and others in the world continue to skirt around the facts that the religion of Islam is an evil remnant of a violent ancient history, nothing is going to change. Things will change for the better when islam it self changes. Its still locked in 13th century limbo, while other religions and cultures have matured to an acceptable degree. Indeed the modern Christian church in its many forms, is probably closer to the actual teachings and beliefs now than it has ever been if one is honest. Islam is like a very nasty child that has never grown up.

Posted by: john a. | 2006-10-14 5:48:26 PM

Set You Free,

I digress.

I have an idea of what that throne would look like, while being hurled into space, at a million miles per second.

The ambiguity with which you framed your question, begs for clarification.
In relation to whether that idiot could lead in that respect, it is clear he is incapable, as everything he places his hands onto, turns into blood. And usually the blood of young men and their victims.

Posted by: Lady | 2006-10-15 6:12:16 PM

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