Guess Who is
Behind The Insurgence in Iraq
decided to get rid of the terrorist Talibans in Afghanistan and the
criminal Baathists in
Iraq, the Iranian Mullahs were feeling the heat under their turbans and knew
they would be the next unless they subversively challenge the American
presence that is now too close for their comfort.
Iran’s neighbors are Russia
to the North, Afghanistan
to the East,
to the West and across the gulf to the south there is
, and a bunch of other countries.
is inimical to all of them and
is friendly with all of them.
This is a very tense situation
for the Iranian Mullahs who not only have to fear the Iranian population
they have to watch over their shoulders even across the borders.
The Iranian Mullahs cannot let
democracy gain footholds in its neighboring countries. This would only
weaken their grip of power. The situation of the Iranian Mullahs is
precarious as it is and the burgeoning of democracies in
Iran’s neighboring countries does not help. So they would do everything to
sabotage this process.
The Mullahs have killed
innumerable people to maintain their grip on power. They are not going
to let this power slip away from their hands easily.
The only chance they have to
remain in power is to sabotage the democratization of
a nightmare for
the Mullahs would have ensured their rule for many more years. But if
the Iraqi experience succeeds, and democracy is established in that
country the days of the Mullahs in
would be numbered.
has no friends in the
Middle East. Her European business partners and allies would not be of much help to
the Mullahs in an uprising of the Iranians. So the only way they can
prolong their stay in power is to sabotage the process of
Today I learned that the 31 year
old Moqtada Sadr, the Iraqi Shiite cleric, who is stirring anti American
sentiments in Iraq
and is behind the present insurgence among the Shiites, has very close
ties with the Iranian clergy.
Al Sadr who is charged in
connection with five slayings including that of another Shiite religious
leader, the pro American ayatollah Said Abdul Majid al-Khoei, after he
returned from exile in
within days of the fall of the Saddam Hussein regime, is a nephew of the
Iranian president Khatami
Timmerman, a senior
writer for Insight magazine revealed the following:
”In mainstream media reports, the 30-year-old Sadr (pronounced sod-ar)
is said to have inherited a mantle of legitimacy from his father,
Ayatollah Mohammed Sadeq al-Sadr, a top Shiite cleric who was
assassinated along with his two eldest sons in 1999 by Saddam Hussein's
But in Shiite tradition, neither religious fatwas nor clerical
legitimacy is passed down from father to son, a prominent Iranian cleric
Instead, it is young Sadr's power, not his clerical antecedents that
have given him influence.
And that power derives from massive assistance from the Islamic Republic
of Iran, which has helped Sadr build up his "Mahdi's Army"
during the last eight months, Iranian dissidents tell Insight.
"Moqtada Sadr is the nephew of President Mohammad Khatami's
wife," a prominent dissident based in
told this magazine recently in
, making him Khatami's uncle in the Islamic scheme of things.
"Khatami's wife, Zohreh, is the sister of Moqtada Sadr's
The sisters are siblings of the famed Iranian cleric, Imam Moussa Sadr,
who "disappeared" while on a visit to
Moussa Sadr is credited among terrorists with having launched Lebanon's Amal Movement, a precursor of today's Hezbollah.
Those family ties have helped Moqtada Sadr reach deep into the clerical
for assistance in his yearlong effort to build a private militia to
challenge the coalition authority.
In addition, Insight sources say, the young Sadr is receiving money and
weapons from a top Sunni cleric, Mullah Qusi, as well as from former
intelligence officers from Saddam Hussein's regime - altogether a toxic
brew which this magazine is the first to report."
We have to realize that in those
countries, people understand one language and that is the language of
force. Saddam killed Sadr’s father and brothers and this man did not
have the guts to declare war against Saddam. Saddam and Sadr understood
one another and Saddam, thanks to his kill-first-ask-after approach
was more convincing.
To win this war
must learn one lesson. That lesson is: “When in
do as Romans do”.
hesitates, and fears that by killing a large number of terrorists or by
invading a mosque to capture them she might alienate the Iraqis, the
Iraqis and the Islamists all over the world interpret that as weakness
and they will add to their hostilities against
This Shiite uprising must be
nipped in the bud and quashed at any cost. Any compromise will be
interpreted as weakness.
However one thing we should know
is that even if Sadr is captured or killed the problems in
are not going to end. These problems must be resolved from where they
originate and that is