The Hweyjah Massacre and the mobilization of the Iraqi Revolution

Mustafa AlTarshihani

April 24 2013

In 2003 US President George W. Bush, prompted by the foolish advice of his neoconservative advisors led a war of aggression against a thriving Arab country called Iraq. This meaningless war- Iraq never directly threatened the US or its citizens- had as its aim to control the rich oil resources of Iraq as well as to destroy what was a prosperous Arab state that managed to succeed in providing care for its citizens and according to UNESCO figures ranked number one among Arab nations, particularly in the two vital areas of Health and Education. An economic success story as well, Iraq was an Arab country that the neoconservatives and little Bush could not allow to be emulated across the Arab homeland. Furthermore, Iraq was a staunch enemy of the dangerous and terrorist state of “Israel”, illegally embedded by colonial and imperialist powers in the Arab homeland. Indeed, while President Saddam Hussein was in power, “Israel” was never safe. Thus the neoconservatives always ready to protect the terrorist state of “Israel” would not allow neither president Saddam Hussein, nor the Arab Ba’ath Socialist Party to continue to exist while “Israel” was being threatened.

What resulted was a monstrous attack on Iraq that claimed the lives of millions of Iraqis, the destruction of the infrastructure of Iraq, and, worst of all, the installation of pro-Iranian agents in the newly formed American supported government headed by the criminal Nouri Al-Maliki. Signal events included the execution of the heroic president Saddam Hussein and attempts to uproot the Arab Baath Socialist Party from amongst Iraqi society. Sectarianism quickly took hold of Iraqi society, once a model of peaceful coexistence amongst not only different sects in Iraq but also amongst different religions. Instead, poverty, unemployment, and sectarian killings became commonplace across Iraq.

Now, 10 years after the invasion, the people of Iraq have had enough. Prior to his martyrdom Saddam Hussein, who heroically fought the American invaders in 2003 and eventually was martyred in 2006 with the help of the Americans, had planned for an epic of unprecedented resistance against the US invaders and Iranians in power in Iraq. He passed the reigns of leadership to the new secretary-general of the Arab Baath Socialist Party, Izzat Ibrahim Al-Douri, who quickly acted in arming millions of Iraqis to prepare for the next phase of the war of liberation to oust the American invaders and bring down the traitor agent government erected by Iran in the form of Nouri Al-Maliki and his criminal associates.

Forming the Higher Command for Jihad and Liberation, numerous armed groups quickly united forming the Iraqi resistance under the leadership of Izzat Al-Douri. Relying on the money and arms left behind by the Ba’athist under the direction of Saddam, the Iraqi Resistance was successful in forcing an American withdrawal from Iraq. By 2011 the Obama administration conceded defeat in Iraq with mounting casualties amongst its troops and a devastating economic blow, with a trillion dollars in financial losses to pay, while at the same time failing to uproot the Ba’ath or to defeat the Iraqi resistance, the Obama administration conceded by withdrawing its troops.

When the Americans withdrew they left Iran in their place, seeking an alliance with Iran to ensure that their interests in Iraq would be preserved, while controlling the country against the rise of the Iraqi Resistance, and the possibility that the Ba’ath party might return to power. During this time the Iranian-installed government of Al- Maliki committed mass terror campaigns against the Iraqi people and targeted Ba’athists in particular. Instilling a law to uproot the Baath party, it arrested, tortured, and assassinated many thousand Iraqi Ba’athists who died in prison or in the streets of Iraq. Furthermore, fueled by its sectarian hatred it expanded its malicious attack against non-Shiite Iraqis. This situation could no longer be tolerated by the Iraqi people, many of whom were members or who had joined the Arab Ba’ath Socialist Party or had joined the Iraqi resistance and as a result rose in protest to bring down the agent government of Nouri Al-Maliki. By January 2013, mass protests across the length and breadth of Iraq took place, with protesters taking to the streets and holding mass demonstrations and sit-ins that demanded the freeing of political prisoners, the repeal of the “De-Ba’athification” laws and an end to the sectarian government of Nouri Al-Maliki that was serving Iranian and American interests in Iraq and not the interests of the Iraqi people.

The Nouri Al-Maliki government refused the demands of the protesters. First it tried to dismiss the protests, calling them a “bubble that would eventually burst”. Then when the protests did not disband, the government tried to launch a media campaign to depict them as sectarian Sunni uprisings but that was quickly rejected by the protestors who said they did not recognize Sunni/Shia divisions. Eventually, the Nouri Al-Mailiki criminals had no choice but to use force to disband the protests. In and around April 23, 2013 and as the popular Iraqi protests entered their fifth month, the Maliki government fueled by its sectarian hatred and prompted by its Iranian backers decided to act. The city of Hwyejah was their target. They sent troops to surround the city. After cutting off supplies of food and water, government troops attacked the unarmed protesters, committing a massacre that killed 200 and wounded many more.

In response to this foolish act against the Iraqi protestors and as a consequence-and after issuing numerous warnings to the Al-Maliki government- the Iraqi resistance mobilized. On previous occasions the Iraqi resistance warned Al-Maliki that using force against the Iraqi people will be met with force used by the Iraqi resistance against government troops. The Iraqi resistance has acted true to its promise. In the last two days more than 100 combat operations have been carried out against government troops. Indeed, many cities in Iraq have now been fully controlled by the Iraqi protesters and the Iraqi resistance. The protesters themselves have now taken up arms. Calls for the people to defend themselves with arms and forcibly take down the Maliki government have been issued all across Iraq.

After forcing the US withdrawal in 2011, the time has come to complete the liberation of Iraq by bringing down the Nouri Al-Maliki government by force of arms. The Iraqi people, led by the Iraqi resistance and the Arab Ba’ath Socialist Party are now responding.

Let the Iraqi revolution begin!

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