Friday, April 28, 2006
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
The original video was 30+ minutes, I took out all the boring parts, edited the video a bit and made a shorter version (10 mins).
He comes out with the usual BS. Complains about the "Crusaders", the Kurds and the Shia. He never actually says the word "Shia"...He calls them "Rawafidh" (Rejectionists), because the Shia reject the first 3 caliphs of Islam. He speaks in classical Arabic, saying exactly the same thing he said in the audio tape that was released to the media some time ago. In a nutshell, he is saying..."Death to America, Death to the Shia, Death to the Iraqi army."
When addressing the Iraqi army, he warns them that they will face the "Mujahadeens swords" if they continue to fight for the crusaders.
The video clears up a few things. The most obvious thing to notice is that this coward actually exists. He is not an imaginary figure that the Pentagon decided to make up for Washington to have someone to blame for all the chaos in Iraq. He is a real man, and he is calling for the death of all those who ally with America, especially the Shia.
There were a few rumours floating about the leadership of the terrorists, aka Mujahadeen. This video also clears that up. Zarqawi always was and continues to be their leader, he is in control of all their activities in Iraq. There is a Mujahadeen Shura Council which is an umbrella group consisting of many terrorist cells and groups. A representative of that council was briefing Zarqawi on their activities...a show of power, more or less telling the world that all these terrorist groups report back to him, and are under his control.
Transcript from Memri:
"When the Crusader enemy entered Iraq, it intended to gain control over the [Islamic] nation, and to strengthen the state of the sons of Zion, from the Nile to the Euphrates. But Allah has given the mujahideen sons [of the nation] the strength to face the cruelest Crusader campaign, invading the lands of the Muslims. They have withstood this invasion for more than three years."
"As for the American administration, headed by the bearer of the banner of the cross, Bush - we say to him and to his followers - the Jews, the Crusaders, the Rafidite Shi'ites, the apostates, and others: You will not rest peacefully in the lands of Islam. By Allah, your life will be unbearable as long as blood flows in our veins and our eyes can see. You were offered by our emir and leader Sheikh Osama, may Allah protect him, a long-term truce. It would have been better for you and for those at your side if you had accepted the offer then. But your arrogance and conceit prevented you from doing so. And today, with the grace of Allah, you seek the help of East and West, confused, exhausted, and broken, like someone whom 'Satan has prostrated with his touch.' "
"You (Bush) have become an utter liar. You deceive your people and supporters. Whenever the mujahidun increase their blows, you increase your lies and falsehoods, claiming that the situation is under control. But then it becomes clear to all that what you say is a lie, and so on. You are like someone who tries to cure his drunkenness with alcohol. You have not been honest with yourself or your people for a single moment, even though your forefathers had an integrity you lack. Why don't you reveal the truth about your soldiers, and the collapse of their motivation to fight, so that your people will know the truth about the war? Why don't you tell them about the continuing suicides among your soldiers? Why don't you tell them that none of your soldiers go to sleep unless they take sleeping pills and hallucinatory drugs, which make them lose their minds, and they become like dumb beasts, led by the pro-Zionist and Evangelist generals of your war to the slaughterhouses of perdition? Why don't you tell them about your soldiers' collective fleeing, and about the growing rebelliousness among their ranks?"
"Once again, we warn those who strive to establish and deploy the army and police, which were set up in order to carry out the schemes of the occupiers, and to implement a law different than the one brought down by the Lord. We should beware of whoever joins these collaborating apparatuses. By Allah, the only thing they will get from us is a slashing sword. We will have further battles with them, the horror of which will turn even children's hair white."
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
This idiot never ceases to amaze me, he says that we shouldn't play football (soccer) because it is part of an evil plot by the Americans who "just want us to waste our time instead of worship Allah."
I don't know if he smoked a joint before the interview or not, but his brain is definitely screwed up and I wish I could feel sorry for him. He says "why do we want to shoot a ball towards a 'goal' when our real 'goal' in life should be making ourselves better people." He says playing football is like eating "gargary"...which is an old Iraqi sweet, I have no idea what that has to do with football, Moqtada probably doesnt have a clue either but thats always been the case.
He says that "the west, especially Israel" (someone needs to tell his idiot that Israel is actually in the middle-east) simply watch us play the game and waste our time while they leave it alone and concentrate on things like education. "Are the Jews better than us? No we are better than them, so why do we have to run after a football?"
He believes that instead of "grown men running after a ball" they should do something constructive like swim, or ride horses, or wrestle...Or even run and exercise their legs and muscles (someone needs to tell this idiot that when you play football you do run and exercise your muscles). Its really wierd, because he says that football is not permissable beacuse it "wastes your time/diverts your attention" but only one minute later says "waste your time doing things like swimming"...So if they are both wasting your time, why is swimming allowed and football not allowed!? He REALLY doesnt have a clue what he is on about!
Okay, you probably don't even believe me, we all know Moqtada is stupid, but is he THAT stupid!? Well that is exactly what I was thinking when a friend told me about it, but when I saw the video clip, I just couldn't stop laughing. I mean seriously, who needs stand up comedians when you have fools like Moqtada who make people laugh just by being himself.
To download (right click+save as). You need real player and a 3gp plug in.
Sunday, April 23, 2006
Saturday, April 22, 2006
Here is the famous eve-of-battle speech given by Colonel Tim "Nails" Collins (Irish Regiment) before his men stepped on Iraqi soil. At the time, he was Lieutenant Colonel but was promoted to Colonel only a few weeks after Baghdad fell. He was then investigated for war crimes later that year after an allegation by an American soldier, but was cleared of all charges. He then resigned from the army because he felt let down by his superiors who never gave him their full support. He has been awarded with an OBE, been given a letter of praise by Prince Charles, and even George W Bush has asked for the speech to be hung up in the Oval Office.
The speech is electrifying!
Speech given by Lieutenant Colonel Tim Collins, 20 March 2003, Kuwait, near the Iraqi border:
"We go to liberate not to conquer. We will not fly our flags in their country. We are entering Iraq to free a people and the only flag which will be flown in that ancient land is their own. Show respect for them."
"There are some who are alive at this moment who will not be alive shortly. Those who do not wish to go on that journey, we will not send. As for the others I expect you to rock their world. Wipe them out if that is what they choose. But if you are ferocious in battle remember to be magnanimous in victory."
"Iraq is steeped in history. It is the site of the Garden of Eden, of the Great Flood and the birthplace of Abraham. Tread lightly there. You will see things that no man could pay to see and you will have to go a long way to find a more decent, generous and upright people than the Iraqis. You will be embarrassed by their hospitality even though they have nothing. Don't treat them as refugees for they are in their own country. Their children will be poor, in years to come they will know that the light of liberation in their lives was brought by you."
"If there are casualties of war then remember that when they woke up and got dressed in the morning they did not plan to die this day. Allow them dignity in death. Bury them properly and mark their graves."
"It is my foremost intention to bring every single one of you out alive but there may be people among us who will not see the end of this campaign. We will put them in their sleeping bags and send them back. There will be no time for sorrow."
"The enemy should be in no doubt that we are his nemesis and that we are bringing about his rightful destruction. There are many regional commanders who have stains on their souls and they are stoking the fires of hell for Saddam. He and his forces will be destroyed by this coalition for what they have done. As they die they will know their deeds have brought them to this place. Show them no pity."
"It is a big step to take another human life. It is not to be done lightly. I know of men who have taken life needlessly in other conflicts, I can assure you they live with the mark of Cain upon them. If someone surrenders to you then remember they have that right in international law and ensure that one day they go home to their family."
"The ones who wish to fight, well, we aim to please."
"If you harm the regiment or its history by over-enthusiasm in killing or in cowardice, know it is your family who will suffer. You will be shunned unless your conduct is of the highest for your deeds will follow you down through history. We will bring shame on neither our uniform or our nation."
"[Regarding the use by Saddam of chemical or biological weapons] It is not a question of if, it's a question of when. We know he has already devolved the decision to lower commanders, and that means he has already taken the decision himself. If we survive the first strike we will survive the attack."
"As for ourselves, let's bring everyone home and leave Iraq a better place for us having been there."
"Our business now is north."
This speech is a sharp contrast to the video of the British bastards we saw beating up Iraqi kids in Basra...the Ministry of Defence has investigated their crime and I hope they are all severly punished. At least we know not everyone is like that, and there are people who respect Iraqi's are demand others to respect them.
Friday, April 21, 2006
I havnt met President Bush before, but if I ever do...I will tell him exactly the same thing I told Tony Blair when I met him in the House of Commons only a few days after the capture of Saddam, "Thank you for liberating my country and getting rid of that devil".
Anyways, this isnt about politics, its just a good laugh. Enjoy. (Scroll down and stop the song first).
Thursday, April 20, 2006
Make sure you get a nice spot on your sofa and have some popcorn ready. When 275 members of the Iraqi Parliament meet inside the same building, you just dont know what to expect. The 1st time, all they did was argue, argue, and then argue a bit more, then adjourn the session "untill further notice".
This time they will be trying to inch towards the formation of a government by appointing a speaker for the parliament (along with 2 deputies) and maybe even the Presidential council.
The Speaker of Parliament might be Adnan Al Dulaimi...his 2 deputies are likely to be Shiekh Khalid al-Atiya (Shia) and Tayfour al-Naeb (Kurd), one of the Vice-President seats might go to Iyad Allawi (secular Shia) and Ja'afry is not willing to budge, insisting he was the democracically elected nominee for the PM post.
We might not even have a session, becase the UIA have threatened to boycott unless some key posts (speaker and Presidential Council) are agreed on by all parties. If it does go ahead, I reckon this will be a repeat of the first session, 30 minutes of arguing followed by a "this session will be adjourned untill further notice" statement by either Adnan Al Pachachi (acting speaker) or Adnan Al Dulaimi (if hes chosen as speaker). So expect this session to last forever, or finish very quickly.
Meanwhile, more and more Iraqi's will be killed on streets of Baghdad...As usual.
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
I read in this article that Najah Ali has been denied a student visa to America where he has been accepted in a masters programe in Computer Engineering at the University of Houston. I remember so well the day some members of the Iraqi boxing team came over to London, including Najah Ali. They came to a school gym infront of mainly Iraqi children and all the kids started cheering and clapping when Mourice "Termite" Watkins said that Ali might be representing Iraq in the Olympics. I remember a student asked him "Where are you from?" he stood up and just said "Baghdad", that was enough to earn him another round of applause. The boxing team then performed the famous "Iraq is Back!" dance in the middle of the gym. As we were leaving the school "Termite" asked me how much I weigh, so i told him roughly 80kg..."How much is that in pounds?" he asked, so when I said "Around 175" he said "Why dont-ya come over to eye rak and join our baaxing team?".
Its really wierd because only a few months later the Iraqi football NT came over to London and one of their coaches asked me to join the football team! We had a kick about with a few of the coaches and players and I managed to dribble round one of Iraq's best players, then smash the ball past the the No.1 keeper. So they were either really impressed or just trying to be nice!
But anyways, this isnt about me declining offers from the Iraqi football and boxing teams (I wish). This is about a young boxer from Iraq, who the US State Department has allegedly used for propaganda on their website, being declined a student visa on 4 occasions by the State Department. I really feel sorry for him, he has spent around $2000 (3 million Dinars) travelling to Jordan and back trying to apply for the visa only for him to be denied each time.
Some people say he was good enough for State Department when he was praising America, but not good enough to study in there!? Others say what has that got to with a visa application...I really do feel sorry for him and wish him all the best in the future!
Monday, April 17, 2006
The comments a while back by the Egyptian President Husni Mubarak got me thinking. I mean can it really be possible for the Shia of Iraq to be loyal to a different country!? Not just ANY country...but Iran of ALL countries. Can the people of any country, be loyal to another country who fought a bloody 8 year war with them!? What do Iraqi Shia and Iranian Shia really have in common!? Just simply that they follow the same sect of Islam!? Or does it go deeper than that!?
First Mubarak said that the Shia Arab's in the middle-east are loyal to Iran and not the countries they live in, then he backed down slightly and said that he did not mean all the Arab's, but just the Iraqi Shia Arab's (not sure if he made it better or worse). Lets get something straight first, the ONLY thing Iraqi and Iranian Shia have in common is that they are both Shia, similar to Iraqi Sunni's and lets say Jordanian or Syrian Sunni's. Iraq fought for almost a decade with Iran, the Iraqi army was mainly composed of Shia, the Shia of Iraq shed blood fighting the Shia of Iran. How can anyone then claim that Iraqi Shia are loyal to Iran!?
The only Arab country that I can think of, which you may claim that its Shia population are loyal to Iran, is Bahrain. Even though this is a generalization, when the Iranian football team played Bahrain a few years back, many of the Bahraini Shia Arab's were actually waving Iranian flags and were cheering for the Iranian team, this may be because Bahrain was part of the Persian Empire. The Shah of Iran even claimed in 1970 that Bahrain belongs to Iran. There are many Bahraini Shia's who are of Iranian origin, and maybe, just maybe, you can say they are loyal to Iran.
Iraq is a different country though, the Shia Arab's have their own culture, their own way of life, speak a different language...they have nothing to do with the Shia of Iran (except for the Iranian Shia Arabs of course) and it doesn't even make sense to accuse them of being loyal to Iran. Infact, Iran only became a "Shia" country under the Saffiwid era. It was a political move by the Persian's and Iran's Sunni population was persecuted and thousands were slaughtered if they chose not to convert.
The Iraqi Shia are treated like dirt in Iran, they are treated worse than dogs over there, WHY should they then be loyal to Iran!? What has Iran ever done for Iraq, for Iraqi's to start being loyal to them!? Many Shia Arab's hate Iran even more then their Sunni counterparts, and saying that the Shia of Iraq are loyal to Iran is just as stupid as saying that the Sunni's of Iraq are loyal to Suadi Arabia.
Mubarak later said that his comments were only a warning of Iran's growing influence in Iraq, but if that was the case, then why doesn't he just say what he means, instead of accusing over 16,000,000 Iraqi's of being loyal to Iran. His comments were not exactly diplomatic and if anything, simply added fuel to the fire in Iraq. It's as if these leaders will do anything they can to make sure Iraq isn't stable and stays in the mess that it is in now, possibly because they are scared to death that the winds of democracy will reach them.
I cannot deny, neither can anyone, that Iran is playing a major role in Iraq, and that it has great influence amongst certain political parties in Iraq, but what has that got to do with the Shia of Iraq!? The political parties do not make up 60+% of Iraqi's, the Shia Arab's do.
When the British occupied Iraq in 1920, who took up arms and resisted them, who got rid of them!? Who gave their blood and lives for Iraq!? Wasnt it the Shia of Iraq!? How can anyone doubt their loyalty!? In the glorious intifadha of 1991, did the Iraqi Shia run to Iran for help!? Or did they take up arms alongside the Kurd's and fought for freedom in the country that they were born in and love!?...Didnt they die for Iraq!? Have the Shia not given enough of their lives and shed enough of their blood!? How many more need to die for Iraq so that idiots like Mubarak can recognize who they are loyal to!?
In the end, all i have to say is that the Shia of Iraq are loyal to Iraq. Not Iran, not America, not Israel, not North Korea, not Cuba...IRAQ! Just like the Sunni's of Iraq are loyal to Iraq.
Thursday, April 13, 2006
The Kurds will have a single state
The Sunni Arab's will have 2 states
The Shia Arab's will have 3 states
Baghdad will be a state alone (obviously)
Kirkuk will be a state alone (maybe)
There will be a total of 8 states
[Name of province (Capital of province)]
The Kurdish state will be made up of the three provinces:
1) Duhok (Duhok)
2) As-Sulaimaniya (Sulaimaniya)
3) Arbil (Arbil)
The first Sunni state will be:
1) Al-Anbar (Ramadi)
2) Ninewa (Mousil)
The second Sunni state will be:
1) Salahud-deen (Tikrit)
2) Diyala (Ba'qoobeh)
The 1st Shia state will be:
1) Al-Najaf (Najaf)
2) Kerbala (Kerbala)
3) Babil (Hilla)
The 2nd Shia state will be:
1) Al-Basra (Basra)
2) Dhi-Qar (Nasariya)
3) Maysan (Al Amareh)
The 3rd Shia state will be:
1) Al-Qadisiya (Diwaniya)
2) Al Muthana (Samawa)
3) Wasit (Kut)
Baghdad and Kirkuk (Al-Ta'mim) will be separate states.
Geographically, the Sunni states will make up the largest portion of Iraq (but of course Al-Anbar is mostly empty desert). Kirkuk will be a problem, if it is given to the Kurd's, the Sunni Arab's will not be happy, if it is given to the Sunni Arab's, the Kurd's will demand that it be part of Kurdistan. So i think it will just remain as it is, a single province.
Long Live the United States of Iraq! Or is that the Not-So United States of Iraq.
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Also I heard that the new Iraqi passports are going to be printed by a UK-based firm, and they are going to be quite sohphisticated aswell...scanned signatures, details typed-up (not hand written like the passports we have now)...basically its going to look less like an ID card with loads of pages, and more like an actual passport.
What can I say? Iraqi's always seem to find an excuse to laugh and are always looking at the bright side even when many people in their position would be doing the exact opposite. As soldiers, these guys probably have it the hardest, they are always attacked by an un-seen enemy who, unlike themselves, do not wear uniforms. They hide behind civilians making it nearly impossible for the soldiers to differentiate between terrorist and civilian.
I have great respect for the brave men who don their uniforms proudly, serve their country as well as risk their own lives every single day in order to protect their people. As for the Iraqi's who don Interior Ministry "special forces" unifroms, they can, with all due respect, go to hell. An Iraqi army which is made up of every single sect and ethnicity is a lot better than a "Special" Police unit made up of only a previous militia whose only aim is to kill anybody who is not like them. Thats right, the death squads. The past few days have not been so good in Iraq...more deaths, more pain and more bloodshed. So I thought it would be nice to cheer everyone up.
The first part of the video, an Iraqi soldier is teaching his American counterpart some Arabic. He says things like "Take us back to our family", "We don't get paid wages, there is no cold water" and in the end "screw the army". I must say, the American imitates him very well. The second part the Iraqi's are teaching an American MP how to dance...Iraqi style. He does it pretty good aswell. Enjoy.
Sunday, April 09, 2006
The militias seem to think they are above the law. They can do whatever they want, whenever they want, wherever they want and however they want. So let me rephrase, they are above the law. In parts of Baghdad the Iraqi Police simply wave through cars packed with militia men at checkpoints and some of these militias are as powerful as they are dangerous.
There are two powerful Shia militias, the Badr Brigade and the Mehdi Army. The Badr Brigade/Corps (Faylaq Badr), now formally known as the Badr Organization, is the military wing of SCIRI and number at least 10,000. That's the amount that came from Iran, God knows how many more were recruited in Iraq. It was in Iran where they were created, supervised by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, and it is no secret that between themselves they speak in Persian. The Mehdi Army (Jaysh Al-Mehdi) was formed in June 2003 by the radical cleric Moqtada Sadr. A lot of the people who make up this "army" are the poor, uneducated, and mostly young Iraqi's from Al-Thawra (now known as Sadr City and was previously called Saddam City). These two militias, although rivals, are both financed and supported by Iran. They have even clashed once in Kerbala, the headquarters of the Badr Brigade. The Mehdi Army tried to take over the holy shrine but, after the Badr Brigade fought back and killed a few of their men, they retreated.
The Mehdi Army are behind a lot of the sectarian attacks in Iraq and are almost daily killing innocent Sunni Iraqi's in what they say is only retaliation to sectarian attacks by the Sunni militia which target innocent Shia. They also clashed with coalition troops twice, they lost a lot of men and were humiliated on both occasions.
The Badr Brigades are also a sectarian militia and have formed many death squads which operate in and around Baghdad. A former Badr Brigade commander is now the Interior Minister (Bayan Jabor) and many of these so-called "special" paramilitary and police units are actually made up of Badr Brigade members. Hundreds of Sunni Iraqi's were tortured inside an official Ministry of Interior building in Baghdad by these units. I guess that's what you should expect when a commander of a militia takes control of the security of a country.
According to the dictionary, terrorism is:
"The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons."
Which means both these militia are terrorist organizations. That of course includes the Sunni militia which target innocent Shia.
In Northern Iraq it's a different story. Some people may ask why there are no daily suicide or car bombs detonated in Kurdistan!? Is it because Kurds, unlike Arabs, do not enjoy blowing each other up!? Or perhaps Kurd's do not believe that by beheading 10 other Kurds they will be guaranteed a place in heaven!? Maybe both those reasons, but the main difference is that Northern Iraq is controlled by the Kurdish militia, the Pershmerga. These people are more like an army than a militia; they are well organised, very powerful, and number roughly 60,000 men. They are by far the most powerful and well-trained militia in Iraq and maybe that's why the region they control is so safe. Or maybe it's because they are simply not as blood thirsty as the Shia/Sunni militias.
Iraqi law regarding militias is crystal clear, Article 9 of the Iraqi constitution:
(b) Forming military militias outside the framework of the armed forces is banned.
I guess the militias can get around that one, because they had already been formed well before that law was written.
Thursday, April 06, 2006
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
Click play to watch
Its a video of an Iraqi from the UK who calls up Al-Jazeera and reads out a poem insulting them and their presenter Faisal Al Qasami. The voice sounds SO familiar I dont know why, maybe one day ill find out who it is and thank him.
Most Iraqi's hate Al-Jazeera because it is the most pro-terrorist and anti-Iraqi channel we have on our screens, always praising the so-called "resistance" in Iraq and never call them "terrorists" even when they massacre dozens of innocent Iraqis. They are Pro-Saddam aswell. The previous director has even met Uday, and said "Salamu 3alal habib ibnil habib" (Peace to the 'dear one' son of a 'dear one'). Uday then thanked him for the "good work" Al-Jazeera has done.
All the beheading videos end in their studios (i wonder why) before any one gets hold of them, and they have close contacts within the "resistance". Their station in Baghdad was raided by the Iraqi police and they were even shut down for a month by Iraqi authorities for spreading lies and hatred to the Iraqi people. I once went to a friends house and was flicking through his channels, instead of seeing "Al-Jazeera" I saw "Al-Khanzeera", he edited the channel name to "The Pig". I tried to do the same with my satellite, but it just isn't working!
The caller in this video is speaking about the bigotry and backwardness in the Arab world, saying that even though Saddam killed 2 million people, the Arab's still wish him well.
Sunday, April 02, 2006
Before the 1991 Gulf War, Saddam Hussein threatened that if the US dared to step on Iraqi soil, it would be "the mother of all wars," giving rise to the multi-purpose catchphrase: "the mother of all (fill in blank)"...It is without further a do, i anounce the Mother of All Lazga's, Ibrahim Ja'afary. Lazga means "glue" in Arabic. When someone sticks to someone or to something for longer than they should, or they become unwanted after a while, they become "Lazga's". There is something that Ibrahim Ja'afary seems to be stuck on at the moment, that is his Prime Ministerial chair. Ibrahim Ja'afary has fallen in love with it now and cant seem to get enough of it, everyday he refuses to step down, is another day he gets to spend on his lovely chair.
A lazga stops becomming a lazga when he takes a hint and leaves, but "the mother of all lazgas" doesnt seem to get the hint. At first, Iraq's politicians were secretly calling for him to step down, our dear friend Ja'afary just ignored them, now its becomming worse (for him), politicians are publicly calling for him to step down. The other day we had Kasim Daoud, a senior member of the independent group in the U.I.A (thats Ja'afary's own list), telling him (politely) to step down, saying "I call on Jaafari to take a courageous step and set a fine example by stepping down".
This was followed by someone far more important urging him to step down. Jalal Al-Deen Al-Saghir, a senior member of the SCIRI, said "I call on Jaafari to step down as nominee for prime minister because ... the candidate ought to secure a national consensus from other lists and also international acceptance". I dont think international acceptance should play any role in this, i mean for god's sake, Iraq's PM position should be decided by the IRAQI people, who cares what the international world thinks, but i definately agree with the idea of telling "the mother of all lazgas" to step down. This is becomming a trend now, different politicians calling on Ja'afary to step down. Jalal Al-Deen Al-Sagheer made it clear that he was speaking on behalf of himself and not his party, however he did add that "This is just the beginning and the other calls will follow."
I think Ja'afary will leave with alot more dignity if he simply steps down and says "I have done this for Iraq, and its people", maybe even show a few tears while making his statement, and i am sure he will prefer that to being forced to step down. I cant seem to understand WHY he insists on being stuck to his chair, for god's sake man, just bloody step down or you will always be remembered as "the mother of all problems".