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Political Comment - Fallujah

Posted By: Muslim
Date: 28, April 04, at 3:29 p.m.

Bismillahi Al-Rahman Al-Raheem
Political Comment

The land of Iraq has, in the last two weeks, been the scene of an unprecedented military escalation. The steadfast city of Al-Fallujah, besieged for more than ten days, has witnessed the fiercest battles with the American forces and their allies. The assailing forces have deliberately set about severely punishing the people of Al-Fallujah by targeting the civilians, flattening their homes, impeding the ferrying of the injured, the martyrs and the supplies, torturing the detained and the prisoners from among the heroic people of Al-Fallujah and those who came to assist them in fighting the Americans and their allies.

In order to perceive the reasons behind this escalation, it is imperative to observe the reality of the relationship between the occupying forces and the Muslim people of Iraq. The occupying coalition forces in general and the American occupying forces in particular have been the target of increased resistance operations since 9th April 2003. These operations have occasioned a noticeably negative impact on the velocity of executing the American project, of which Iraq represents its major cornerstone. America did not merely target the Iraqi regime itself, but she wanted to use Iraq as a gateway to consolidate her influence over the Islamic East, which represents a cultural challenge to Western civilisation in general and the American model in particular, in addition to the economic dimension reflected in controlling the riches of Iraq, which possesses the largest oil reserves in the world. However, the cultural dimension remains more prominent in the occupation of Iraq, which is part of the American war on terror (Islam). America had wanted to turn Iraq into a role model for the countries of the region and to portray it as an oasis for democracy, made by America; this is what she has been assiduously striving to achieve. However, this project has been facing several obstacles, the most important of which is the people of Iraq’s rejection of the American occupation, their resistance of this occupation and America’s failure in dealing with the people of Iraq.

The American administration had thought that the execution of the first phase of her project aimed at formulating a new Iraq, to become a role model for the countries of the region, would be achieved by simply toppling the regime of Saddam Hussein, due to the eagerness of the masses in Iraq to break away from the Baathist rule and due to her military might and her influence over the forces that dominate most of the popular sectors, especially among the Kurds in the north and the Shias in the south. However, America’s hopes collided with the scale of the growing Iraqi resistance and with the conflict of interest between the domestic forces. As the resistance operations against the occupation intensified, especially in the central areas, and as their repercussions on the American presidential elections’ fever emerged and as their negative impact on the image of the Republican administration led by Bush gathered momentum, the American administration decided to nominally hasten the transfer of power to the Iraqis and the withdrawal from the city to avoid further losses among her forces and to ward off international and regional embarrassment in general and domestic embarrassment in particular.

The security situation in Iraq has become an obstacle in the face of any authority that will replace the occupation in maintaining law and order in the cities, due to its dependence on the Iraqi police force and the civil defence forces, which are insufficient to uphold security due to the presence of a widespread resistance throughout Iraq, in addition to the presence of a militia loyal to Muqtada Al-Sadr, which may cause in its current form some problems to the forthcoming authority, coupled with the presence of certain parties that are averse to the rise and the setting up of the defence forces, because these were hatched by the occupation and because their main body is formed by Al-Badr battalion affiliated to Abdul-Aziz Al-Hakim and by the Kurdish peshmerga militia. Hence, the tone and the statements of the American officials that preceded the recent events reflected the presence of a persistence and a predetermination to deal a series of severe punitive blows to those forces and their strongholds, that are expected to impede the task of the new authority especially in the light of the increased resistance operations and the failure of the Americans themselves in curbing them.

The steps that pave the way before the new authority are numerous, the most prominent of which is luring the resistance working underground to nominate a group that would either represent it or which it would it accept as a representative speaking on its behalf. Another step is to instil fear in the hearts of the Shia leaderships, by adopting Muqtada Al-Sadr and his movement and the fate awaiting them as a lesson to whoever dares to display any amount of defiance to America and to her presence in Iraq; this was reflected in the communiqué of the terrified Hawzah, recently published by Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, which pleaded with America not to attack Al-Najaf and Karbala and requested from al-Mahdi army to lay down their arms and leave the cities. One of the very important steps as well is the betterment of the new Iraqi army’s image, especially in terms of its loyalty and in terms of demonstrating its prestige and faculties. The new Iraqi army and police force are currently the most suitable alternative to enforce security in the cities when power is handed over, because some parties in Iraq have voiced their reservations about importing security forces from Islamic or Arab countries to operate under the leadership of the American occupying forces in case the awaited effective role of the United Nations, approved by Washington and backed by London and stipulated in the plan of al-Ibrahimi is delayed. Reservations were also voiced about seeking the help of some powerful leaderships from the former Iraqi army, known for their links to the Baathist regime, though it is likely that the help of former military figures and Arab special units will be sought, once the new Iraqi government is in office, in order to support the current defence forces.

Therefore, the ferocious campaign that targeted Al-Fallujah in particular was designed to achieve the aims of the occupation in dealing the resistance and its strongholds a series of severe blows. The mutilation of the dead Americans’ bodies came at the right time, thus leading to the emergence of a political body whose word is respected by the resistance movements, which America has vigorously been seeking since the occupation started a year ago, in order to resurface from the abyss into which she had fallen, and to undertake the appropriate arrangements for the forthcoming phase; hence, America prompted the Islamic party and exploited the status of the Muslim scholars’ committee and the tribal dignitaries to achieve this.

If the negotiations succeed and an agreement is concluded, irrespective of its form, then America will have won the round – at least politically – by flexing her muscles, generalising the agreement over the whole of central Iraq and by making the Muslim scholars’ committee, the Islamic party and the tribal dignitaries the political face and the official representatives of the Sunnis in Iraq; it would be relatively easier to speak to those figures in comparison with those who only speak the language of Jihad.

As for the provocation of Muqtada Al-Sadr by closing down his magazine and by arresting al-Ya’qubi and accusing him of killing al-Khoee, and even accusing Muqtada Al-Sadr himself of this and declaring him as an outlaw, this has made Muqtada Al-Sadr seem unbalanced, especially in the wake of a series of blows dealt to his followers and the talk about targeting him to either arrest or kill him. This has prompted him to express a willingness to hide under the cloak of Sistani and the other religious authorities. What is important is that America is determined to end the role of Muqtada Al-Sadr and the Mahdi army in order to realise her wishes, be it with regard to instilling fear among the Shia leaderships, thus stressing that there would be no sanctity for anyone who dares expressing defiance to America, or to removing the obstacles standing in the face of spreading the dominion and authority of the forthcoming Iraqi government.

Dear Muslims..
It is a flagrant mistake to think that all that the major powers or the leading power in the international situation are concocting is destined for inevitable success and to think that resisting the American plans for the region is impossible. The Ummah is well capable, if she were to arm herself with her Aqeedah, of foiling what America and other Kufr states are plotting. The Kufr states are currently scheming against Islam and the Muslims in an open and direct manner. America is even working assiduously towards aborting the omens of the Muslims’ revival, because she realises, according to the admission of her most prominent think tanks and politicians, that Islam poses a threat to the future of her unilateral dominion in the 21st century. Hence, she is determined to proceed swiftly towards completing the project she had already started to reshape the region, which emerged recently under the theme of the “Greater Middle East Project” of which the occupation of Iraq is the first phase and the starting point. The signs of its stumble have become evident and conspicuous due to the incompatibility between what America has designed and what is occurring on the ground in Iraq.

Arrogance and tyranny tend to blur America’s vision and perception of some facts, part of which is some of what this noble Ummah possesses in terms of qualities. When faced with the Muslims’ determination to gain martyrdom or to engage their enemies, or their determination to change their reality, America soon senses the presence of what threatens her plans; she may erroneously think that the more she goes to excess in her savagery and oppression, the better she becomes at instilling fear in the hearts of the Muslims. Then it appears to her that the issue is contrary to what she had imagined and that each time she lifted her foot carefully lest she stepped on a mine, she would find herself in the middle of a minefield, from which she would only miraculously escape if she persisted in pursuing her route and did not stop. Hence, the hope is tied around the foreheads of the ferocious heroes in Iraq, the sons of this generous Ummah, to partake in foiling the project of America, which has adopted Iraq as a support point; it is also tied around the foreheads of the sincere individuals from among the sons of this Ummah, in their endeavour to turn the issue of Iraq and other Muslims’ issues into the issue of an Ummah that forges ahead under the banner of a Khalifah who will unite the voice of the Muslims, and lead them towards making their enemies and the enemies of Allah experience the bitter taste of attempting to infringe upon the dignity of the Ummah and to tread on her pride. Meanwhile they do not realise the nobility of this Ummah who has been honoured with the carrying of the Message to salvage and bring happiness to humankind.

Dear Muslims..
It is a major crime to let the people of Iraq be devoured by the tyranny of those reckless killers from among the Americans and their allies. Vibrant nations do not wait for others to assume their affairs, let alone allowing them to change the reality of isolating some of their sons. The assuming of the Ummah’s affairs must emanate from the greatest Aqeedah that has given her the real authority, which the Ummah still leaves in the hands of the ruling gangs and the slaves of the Kuffar, from among the leaders of the existing states in our lands. Therefore, we turn to the Ummah to say loudly to those with influence and power that they must assume their real position and become the hard stick raised in the face of those who cheapened themselves and abused the Ummah and her faculties, so that they may recover her rights from them and then isolate them, so that her affairs may be assumed by the ruler (the Khalifah) who is sincere to his Deen and who will lead the Ummah towards the path of glory by carrying the message of Islam to the world and by breaking the banner of America and the Western Kufr states who work towards spreading their misery through the Kufr thoughts they embrace and towards plotting against the nations and peoples to plunder their riches.

“O you who believe! If you will aid the cause of Allah, He will aid you, and plant your feet firmly. But those who reject, for them is destruction, and Allah will render their deeds astray.” [TMQ]

Hizb ut-Tahrir
26th Safar 1425h
16th April 2004

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