Monday, April 07, 2008

Mookie Did It For The Nookie

Muqtada al-Sadr, outside
his Dentist clinic in Qum, reacts
after being asked to
comment on the Battle of Basra, .



Muqtada al-Sadr is a very strange phenomenon. He is the sort of anti-hero that appears in cheesy comedy films starring Rob Schneider about the dork zero who suddenly finds himself in a situation he has absolutely nothing to do with, US News media constantly describe Muqtada in notoriously glorious terms, which sound absolutely hilarious to the Iraqi reader, look, I swear to God, I'm not exaggerating when I tell you that, when Muqtada speaks, the effect he exudes is something closely similar to this skit.



I swear to you I'm not exaggerating or nothing, this is how Muqtada talks to people, can you imagine what a shame it is for Iraq, a country that was the center of the world twice to have this guy to rule it?
This fallacy led many people to strongly suspect Muqtada's power, one of them is IraqPundit, who has dedicated many a post on his blog to try and debunk the propaganda campaign by Mookie's PR Firm, the Western media.
Or is he really that powerful?
Muqtada has proven to us time and again that he does control his army, and there are strong indications that Qadoo is the man with the plan, and no matter how childish he is, I think Muqtada will always be accepted as a more nationalist Iraqi than anything the shifty-eyed Badrists ever care to put out there. I mean, who would you prefer? the crazy fool or the creepy medusa? while a great margin of Shi'i folks openly deride Mooks, the Sunnis in general prefer him waaaay much more than the royal dynasty of the Hakims, my grandmother Ta'iffiya, a rather sectarian individual, commented on his interview last Friday by saying: "The poor sod, he cannot form a single comprehensible sentence. What a shame." So how could it be that such a man could possibly attain such magnificent glory? should we all mourn Iraq, and the Arabic language too openly now?

It seems to me that someone who shares the part of the blame for Muqtada's rise is none other than his formidable enemy : Saddam Hussein.

I have been dumbfounded to read that there used to be a saying in the 20th century which goes: "Cairo Writes, Lebanon Publishes, and Baghdad reads." Baghdad reads?! Really?! Excuse me, but the general sentiment regarding anyone holding a book was as this brilliant caricature by the late Iraqi cartoonist Mu'ayed Ni'ma:

Iraq's intellect and general education levels plummeted severely, starting from the 1980s onwards as Saddam engaged in a feverish battle to extend his domain first, before settling towards doing all that it takes just to keep survive, turning the people in the end into the mass of ruffians that is following Muqtada and his likes today.
the theory goes that Muqtada is Saddam's Bastard Lovechild. Meaning, he is the indirect result of several Saddam Hussein policies: the destruction of the communist party [and every other party by the way], the execution of many Iraqi intellectuals and scientists, which led to a frenzied tyrannical atmosphere that which eventually led to the dumbing down of the intellect of Iraq's population, especially when they were facing severe economic realities, and, as Yitzhaq al-Naqash closes the Iraq chapter in Shia in the Arab World Book: "Saddam Hussein's revival of tribal values and institutions - a policy that started in the 1980s and accelerated following the Gulf War was a strategy for survival and an attempt to use tribalism as a common denomintaor between Sunnis and Shi'is, like the British in 1921, Saddam bolstered the position of tribal sheikh he considered loyal, trying to turn them into a medium by which the countryside could be administered, this conicided with the Baathist attempt to regulate religion, the Ba'ath tolerated the activities of Mohammed Sadiq al-Sadr [Sadr II] as a way to absorb the religious energy of Shi'is and direct it away from the regime. At the same time, it allowed the organization of Sunni Islamist groups, including the Muslim Brothers and Salafis with Wahhabi inclinations, seeking to use them to counterbalance the Shi'is. [...] The Ba'ath regime thus set the stage for the emergence of tribalism and Islam as potent forces following the US invasion."

Here is a fictional profile of a common Sadrist, examining his motivations from an economic viewpoint[written by Ali al-Kalawi]:

As'ad is a common young man, lost, searching for a better tomorrow, forgotten by the government, while the government might (and I stress the importance of doubt cast by the word 'might') be interested in diploma graduates, giving them an opportunity to be employed, men like As'ad who have no diploma stare at the uncertain future. Amidst his search for salvation, As'ad suddenly finds himself spending a long time in the mosques, attending mourning ceremonies and flagellating his chest strongly in order to release his pain and suffering, in the old days, people like As'ad were embraced by the bars, they would roam the streets drunken at night, only to wake up in the morning to search for some money in order to rinse it again in the bars, As'ad never missed a mourning, I mean, at least food and drinks are served in the end.
He adapted to the realities of his area, and eventually he heard of a job opening as a night guard, the only thing he needs to do is pledge allegiance to the Custodian who granted him this opportunity while the state snores somewhere oblivious to the suffering of its citizens, busy in money laundering and wasting funds in imaginary projects we only hear of but not see. Finally, some money into As'ad's empy pockets, and all he has to do is to obey the only person who provided him with a job while others shunned him, and why doesn't he do that, for isn't he the onewho gave him what he has been searching for...money for an honest living?
He would listen to what his custodian would say, and he would repeat what he said, and when words fail him because of his crude education and intellect he would resort to hands to silence those who oppose his custodian, forcing them into submission even if that submission was only superficial, it is not a big wonder as to why the custodian is popular in certain areas alone...those poor slums with no services whatsoever and where the state is only represented by an isolated police center surrounded by high cement walls. State officials are ghosts dancing on a television set, like actors in an unreal drama, and as they blather on about nonexistent contracts, fake projects and false promises the authorities of the custodian pace the streets, occasionally taking heed to services and working to provide them...it doesn't require much thinking to know where your allegiance must lie. Even if the Sayyid's men are doing it only for the money or whatever life goal they seek to pursue shrouded in religion.
and then things broke down between the government and the custodian of les miserables, and wouldn't you know it....As'ad marched out in the streets with a heavy stick, inciting disobedience and advocating martyrdom, what is life if his custodian leaves him? death to his ilk is a blessing, so he forced shops to close doors, he dragged students and teachers from schools...in a day or two, the stick in As'ad's hand became a rifle, a rifle aimed at the paramilitary commandos headquarters in his region, soon they managed to strip the commandos from their weapons and they expelled them, and so the area became void of any state apparatus, the coalition attacked with the paramilitary commandos, clashes broke out in a sporadic fashion, a few innocent lives were claimed, while the real dissidents mingled between the people, As'ad lay dead, as a rocket shot by a US fighter tore him to bits, ending a miserable life that grew up in a repulsive tyranny and matured in the reign of corruption and ruffianry.
What does As'ad and his likes represent to the government? Nothing, the government won't label them as Iraqis, only unpatriotic insurgents, did the government bother to ask why As'ad became an insurgent in the first place? As'ad wasn't buried because curfew was imposed in Baghdad, so he was put with the rest of the dead in a safe place to be buried later, the Sayyid appeared to announce his gesture, and his office commanded his followers to celebrate this occasion joyously, while the living jumped in joy in response to the Sayyid's call, As'ad was put on a car that headed to the cemetery of Najaf, forgotten like countless before him.

15 comments:

Mayssam said...

Abbas ,

You are obssesed with the guy , take a break .

"and judging by the difference between a regular Lebanese and a regular Iraqi"
What is difference?

Don Cox said...

I think that is a good analysis. Are most of the Mahdi Army illiterate?

Abbas Hawazin said...

mayssam,

i'm not obsessed with the guy, it's just what's happening these days.

don, i think most of iraq is illiterate.

RhusLancia said...

I liked Ali al-Kalawi's fictional profile of As'ad. I hope the gov't begins to understand Sadr's appeal with the people, and takes action to improve things.

Abbas, do you think the Sadrists would gain or lose influence in the next election if it were held today?

Mister Ghost said...

Is Muqti really giving us "the finger?" I thought Iraqis showed
their displeasure by either showing the bottom of their feet, throwing their shoes, giving the peace sign, or shooting an RPG at their neighbors?

Can you imagine this (Hey) Rube as Iraqi PM addressing the UN, with his teeth magnified fifty times on the giant screen?

It's going to cost the US another Trillion dollars in Iraq just to have his teeth fixed.

Can you believe this idiot coming to the White House and sleeping in the Lincoln Bedroom? You'll hear the ghost of Lincoln sobbing and wanting to tear up the Emancipation Proclamation.

onix said...

beah, aparently it is not hard to get a racist contribution from us added, abbas. Ur being very partial in painting a hardly credible amateurist picture of the madhi movement. Anyway apparently they happen to be the next shot before the bow, it seems. It is also a fine proof of the democratic allures of these so paperbestowed non-sadrist that the next thing they plan is boykot his election.

A lot of diplomatical choices, but what are we negotiating?

Neway, i don't choose ur blog for being pro sadr or pro shia, more because your viewpoints remain clear enough to have a good grip with the sunni reeality of irak.

I think in dishonouring the madhi army you are not much of an iraki, and perhaps not very fair at all.

One advantage of the madhi army 'structure' could have been that attacks and violence remained limited. With an eye for the future it is still better to respect eachother in what is or has been valuable.

Countless sunni and shia have been carried to the grave by saddam, his predecessors (the english) and his succesors, there is no reason to blame the ones perhaps not yet so guilty from a political perspective. Do you want things to get worse?
No? then you should respect the 20-30% of iraki that would stand after sadr, before you, or before opting for the so familiar (shia) occupation.

Everything is relative, from the perspective from a madhi army person i have said good things about them and good things about you i think.

That besides, never say someone is dumb when he isn't, it doesn't make a smart impression. Sadr tried to outsmart US and occupation, in so far he did that brilliantly, the combined occupation and badr forces have to show almost openly they are planning a next genocidal action on the iraki people. That they don't really care about elections is shown, so is that the occcupation inherited no better policy's then military raids.
(oh well and bribe)

Quite a lot of things that also have happened to other iraki's like you.
Well i felt like making a joke...

you know who is the best frontline president of the world?

Maliki, he runs through mortartfire from his domicile to the parliament daily.

anyway im out for a holiday in the english camp of basra i think..;)

famous last stands by blackadder, good screenshot that final battle maliki quoot:)

English would cheat you into saying anything out of pure annoyance. Poor maliki must have suffered some verbal attacks or what? before he made that braindead statement.

Warn the poor guy if the aliens, uh wosname, willing terror front? came up with that piece of text.:p

Hate to hear the us intervenes, pay more attention please to the fact all the violence (and casualty's) tends to be underreported , especially when it concerns allied interventions and raids.

It should not be opposite to that u consider a shia more of a human then i do. That would be like asking me to respect a wallon over a flamand.

(wallons spoke french over 400 years betitling their fellow country man and eventually getting so stupid they really have difficulties speaking more then 1 language. very friendly peasants tho. bit paranoia, but well, so do flamish, do me a dutch every day for that, we must be so happy people with so little to fear.)

anyhow keep up the good mood, thx for brilliant composition... lovely. Isnt that a bit racist when i dig deep into it?
well no, only means u have a racist attitude over people like sadr..

oh well, ur a good guy, u wudnt make a lousy halfbaked hoyatollislam yourself either;)

comical note i think the word hoyatolislam gave rise to the dutch word "hotemetoot" that is someone that for incongrenous reasons stands on formalities and thinks he is better then others.

From our point of view sadr has to behave, like the rest, in effect it means he has no option but to stand on some formal statue, he is a "hotemetoot" (someone with a say in things for not completely obvious or ever more unobvious reasons.) And as such he is not redi to hear the word illiterate in every discussion posed as a reasonable argument.

btw? don't you know that the madhy army is a doomed army? Perhaps the living shouldn't waste time chasing ghosts. Leave them in peace.

That all true battles ever won have been victories of a madhist army is rather sure, also in democracy, in a broad sense.

I just don't comprehend how iraki people have an attitude that they care about islam, their nation and the history and think, even and let alone, in the 21st century be an option to declare a civil war on madhist resistance against a foreign occupation. It is like saying you want to repress the shia for another 300-400 years and that is not the message anyone would really be waiting for.

sorry for the long rant.

onix said...

beah, aparently it is not hard to get a racist contribution from us added, abbas. Ur being very partial in painting a hardly credible amateurist picture of the madhi movement. Anyway apparently they happen to be the next shot before the bow, it seems. It is also a fine proof of the democratic allures of these so paperbestowed non-sadrist that the next thing they plan is boykot his election.

A lot of diplomatical choices, but what are we negotiating?

Neway, i don't choose ur blog for being pro sadr or pro shia, more because your viewpoints remain clear enough to have a good grip with the sunni reeality of irak.

I think in dishonouring the madhi army you are not much of an iraki, and perhaps not very fair at all.

One advantage of the madhi army 'structure' could have been that attacks and violence remained limited. With an eye for the future it is still better to respect eachother in what is or has been valuable.

Countless sunni and shia have been carried to the grave by saddam, his predecessors (the english) and his succesors, there is no reason to blame the ones perhaps not yet so guilty from a political perspective. Do you want things to get worse?
No? then you should respect the 20-30% of iraki that would stand after sadr, before you, or before opting for the so familiar (shia) occupation.

Everything is relative, from the perspective from a madhi army person i have said good things about them and good things about you i think.

That besides, never say someone is dumb when he isn't, it doesn't make a smart impression. Sadr tried to outsmart US and occupation, in so far he did that brilliantly, the combined occupation and badr forces have to show almost openly they are planning a next genocidal action on the iraki people. That they don't really care about elections is shown, so is that the occcupation inherited no better policy's then military raids.
(oh well and bribe)

Quite a lot of things that also have happened to other iraki's like you.
Well i felt like making a joke...

you know who is the best frontline president of the world?

Maliki, he runs through mortartfire from his domicile to the parliament daily.

anyway im out for a holiday in the english camp of basra i think..;)

famous last stands by blackadder, good screenshot that final battle maliki quoot:)

English would cheat you into saying anything out of pure annoyance. Poor maliki must have suffered some verbal attacks or what? before he made that braindead statement.

Warn the poor guy if the aliens, uh wosname, willing terror front? came up with that piece of text.:p

Hate to hear the us intervenes, pay more attention please to the fact all the violence (and casualty's) tends to be underreported , especially when it concerns allied interventions and raids.

It should not be opposite to that u consider a shia more of a human then i do. That would be like asking me to respect a wallon over a flamand.

(wallons spoke french over 400 years betitling their fellow country man and eventually getting so stupid they really have difficulties speaking more then 1 language. very friendly peasants tho. bit paranoia, but well, so do flamish, do me a dutch every day for that, we must be so happy people with so little to fear.)

anyhow keep up the good mood, thx for brilliant composition... lovely. Isnt that a bit racist when i dig deep into it?
well no, only means u have a racist attitude over people like sadr..

oh well, ur a good guy, u wudnt make a lousy halfbaked hoyatollislam yourself either;)

comical note i think the word hoyatolislam gave rise to the dutch word "hotemetoot" that is someone that for incongrenous reasons stands on formalities and thinks he is better then others.

From our point of view sadr has to behave, like the rest, in effect it means he has no option but to stand on some formal statue, he is a "hotemetoot" (someone with a say in things for not completely obvious or ever more unobvious reasons.) And as such he is not redi to hear the word illiterate in every discussion posed as a reasonable argument.

btw? don't you know that the madhy army is a doomed army? Perhaps the living shouldn't waste time chasing ghosts. Leave them in peace.

That all true battles ever won have been victories of a madhist army is rather sure, also in democracy, in a broad sense.

I just don't comprehend how iraki people have an attitude that they care about islam, their nation and the history and think, even and let alone, in the 21st century be an option to declare a civil war on madhist resistance against a foreign occupation. It is like saying you want to repress the shia for another 300-400 years and that is not the message anyone would really be waiting for.

sorry for the long rant.

Abbas Hawazin said...

onix,

thank you.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for making the effort.
I wrote a post about you and Mr. Sadr at my blog
The more I hear about Iraq, the less I know.
chamblee54

Eye Raki said...

I could not help but laugh at the David Chappelle Black Bush video, I have seen that vid over and over again but this is the first time I watched it with Moqtada in mind, you are 100% correct, he is the black English version of Moqtada.

Anonymous said...

Cute... he is not. Eeeewww!

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