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Dec 27, 2003 1:43 am


JAFARI, FIRST "PRESIDENT" OF IRAQ, HAILS FROM THE PARTY THAT FOUNDED HEZBOLLAH



Holy cow! Terry at Nitpicker points us (his permalinks are bloggered) to this article by Matt Bivens of The Nation that points out our hypocrisy in saying this war with Iraq was about combatting terrorism.

Bivens notes this is especially true since we've just put a fundamentalist shiite in charge of Iraq's government -- from a party that helped found Hezbollah no less:

Iraq has its first temporary president, and his name is Ibrahim Jafari. (He'll hold the job for a month: It's a rotating presidency, handed off like a relay baton between nine" chairmen", each of whom was in turn chosen by a USDA-approved 25-member Governing Council.) Jafari hails from the Shiite fundamentalist party Al Dawa.

Dawa? Would that be the same Dawa that carried out a series of Reagan-era bombings in Kuwait of, among other things, the American and French embassies and the residential housing of American Raytheon employees -- bombings that killed five people and injured 80? The same Dawa that took inspiration from the Iranian Islamic Revolution and the Ayatollah Khomenei? The same Dawa that founded and set up Hezbollah in Lebanon? Why yes, it would. Only now, after three decades of guerrilla and terrorist violence, they've surfaced to demand a share of ruling post-Saddam Iraq, and claiming they now believe in democracy and rule of law. And we trust them on this because ... well ... who can keep track of all these guys anyway?

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To recap: When Libya was up to head the UN Human Rights Commission, it was a national outrage (and indeed it was). But when the secretive fundamentalist sect that created Hezbollah, bombed an American embassy, and kidnapped Americans is invited not just to join but to run a US-created organization, that's just us bringing democracy.

And, let's see, why was this war with Iraq a bad idea?

I can't quite remember.

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