The Complexity of Iraq

The Complexity of Iraq


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Shiites are the majority but have been oppressed and suppressed by

the Sunni for centuries. . . .  it is not only the Saddam loyalists

 and the Sunni insurgents who are attempting to prevent the rise of Shiite Islam



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Love and War: Poems  / In the Crazy House Called America / Woman: Man’s Best Friend Beyond Religion Toward Spirituality

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The Complexity of Iraq

 By Marvin X


Let us cast away illusions and prepare for long years of struggle before we see a liberated Iraq, not only liberated from the US aggressors but from the centuries old battles between Sunnis and Shiites that began with the death of the prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). The Americans merely opened Pandora’s box for the battle of all battles in the Middle East between progress and reaction. So many forces are at play that it will indeed take a rocket scientist to sort out the multiple agendas in Iraq.

As much as I hate to admit it, the Americans are the minor players in this drama. True, they are colonialists in the best tradition of the Crusaders of old, but religious tribalism is the ultimate factor in this drama. And everyone is playing both sides of the fence, in the best tradition of Middle Eastern political chicanery. The Middle East is best known for duplicity, wearing a myriad of personas and speaking with multiple tongues. Alas, the Shiites say, “Tell your enemy anything he wants to hear so long as you achieve your objective.”

So let us begin this drama in 632AD upon the death of the prophet that divided the Muslim world between the orthodox Sunnis and the minority Shiites, who were basically not considered true Muslims, in the same manner that the Nation of Islam in America is not recognized by the orthodox Muslims, even considered beyond the pale of Islam, in spite of the fact that the Nation of Islam gave the world its greatest champions of Islam in the modern era in the personages of Master Fard Muhammad, Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Minister Farrakhan and others, including Warith Din Muhammad ( best known for throwing the bath water out with the baby).

And let us not delete the NOI precursors Marcus Garvey and Noble Drew Ali. Nearly all of the above can be considered outside the pale of Islam but as per Islam in America, they are without peer and their influence is undeniable except to the most dogmatic orthodox believers.

In Iraq, we know the Shiites are the majority but have been oppressed and suppressed by the Sunni for centuries. But if we understand what I’ve said above, we should be able to understand that it is not only the Saddam loyalists and the Sunni insurgents who are attempting to prevent the rise of Shiite Islam but it is a regional conspiracy, including the Saudi Arabians, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Kuwait and Syria, to list a few, although don’t leave out Yemen and the Sudan.

And of course, don’t leave out America who early on declared her intentions to prevent the rise of an Islamic state in Iraq, so have no doubt that American subterfuge is embedded in the Kurds and the CIA agent Shiites Alawi and Ahmed Chelabi.

Democracy is a minor item in the Iraqi drama, sad to say. But the truth is that in any historical drama the process must run its course. For example, take America, there is no possibility of freedom, justice, and equality in America until African Americans receive their just due, no matter how many Mexicans and Latinos cross the border and take control of the cities and the economy. There are forces in the world beyond economics and politics, beyond race and ethnicity—these forces are called justice and retribution, reparations, without which there will be no peace in the world no matter surface reality. It is the deep structure of reality that shall ultimately determine the future of world events.

The trauma of slavery must be adjudicated before any social security happens in America, no matter how many billions are spent on homeland security, no matter how many black males and females are imprisoned to reinstate chattel slavery because African Americans are not needed in the global economy.

No matter how many guns the American government sends to the hood, no matter how much dope, no matter how many Jesus preachers and Allah Uncle Abdullah Imams are given faith based grants, truth shall ultimately overcome lies and collaboration with Pharaoh, and all his magicians, yea, every one, shall bow down and submit to the new radical spirituality based on freedom, justice and equality, knowledge and truth, not mythological and ritual notions of reality.

What a shame that so many American and Middle Eastern youth must sacrifice their lives to create a new world for Muslims and Christians alike, for a surety, after the Iraq conundrum is resolved, there will indeed be a new Middle East and a New World, for when the soldiers have shed their blood and broken their bones, a new spiritual order will arise transcending Islam and Christianity as we know it.

Through suffering and sacrifice, fundamental Christians and Muslims will escape the box of oppression, dogmatism, religiosity and enter the new millennium of One Truth, One God, One Destiny.

posted 24 June 2004

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Pray the Devil Back to Hell

A film directed by Gini Reticker

Pray the Devil Back to Hell is a captivating new film by director Gini Reticker. It exposes a different story angle for the largely forgotten recent events of the women of Liberia uniting to bring the end to their nation’s civil war. This film is amazing in the way it captivates your attention from the earliest frames. It doesn’t shy away from showing footage of the violent events that took place during the Liberian civil war. But the main story of the film is that of Leymah Gbowee and the other women uniting, despite their religious differences, to force action on the stalled peace talks in their country. Using entirely nonviolent methods, not only are the peace talks successful, but Charles Taylor, the president of Liberia, is forced into exile leading to the first election of a female head of state in Africa. The women of this film are truly an inspiration and no one can fail to be moved by the message of hope that comes through clearly in this film. These are heroes that deserve to be remembered and with Pray the Devil we are able to do that, gaining both a knowledge of the history we are ignorant of through archival footage and an understanding of the leaders of this movement through close-up interviews with the many women who lead it. The film also offers a great soundtrack & inspirational song- “Djoyigbe” by Angelique Kidjo & Blake Leyh.—Amazon Reviewer

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Mighty Be Our Powers

How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War

By Leymah Gbowee

As a young woman, Leymah Gbowee was broken by the Liberian civil war, a brutal conflict that tore apart her life and claimed the lives of countless relatives and friends. Years of fighting destroyed her country—and shattered Gbowee’s girlhood hopes and dreams. As a young mother trapped in a nightmare of domestic abuse, she found the courage to turn her bitterness into action, propelled by her realization that it is women who suffer most during conflicts—and that the power of women working together can create an unstoppable force. In 2003, the passionate and charismatic Gbowee helped organize and then led the Liberian Mass Action for Peace, a coalition of Christian and Muslim women who sat in public protest, confronting Liberia’s ruthless president and rebel warlords, and even held a sex strike. With an army of women, Gbowee helped lead her nation to peace—in the process emerging as an international leader who changed history. Mighty Be Our Powers is the gripping chronicle of a journey from hopelessness to empowerment that will touch all who dream of a better world.—Beast Books  / Pray the Devil Back to Hell

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By W. E. B. Du Bois

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