Those who glorify the "Iraqi Insurgency" and compare it with other liberation movements against occupations in the past, should watch this video of Muqtada Sadr on youtube:
He talks about why playing and watching football is un-Islamic and praises the Israelis for adhering to their religion by not playing football!
Some liberation leader!!
Damn this caveman and the misery he has brought on our people.
this is Islam after all
And to think that this man has million of followers...
I doubt most Iraqis would take this guy seriously.
I know Iraqis and I also know for a fact that they love their soccer/football.
Moqtada makes an appeal to the poor class of Iraq's society, who have given him their loyalty in exchange for security and protection through him.
Muqtada Sadr gives them protection? Are you nuts? He has given them nothing but misery, insecurity and sectarianism. It takes intellectuals like you to justify someone like Muqtada Sadr!
In certain Shi'ite areas, Moqtada's militia men have provided protection against the other Sunni insurgents. This is a fact. I did not believe this until I heard it from actual Iraqis.
I'm not talking about protection in the sense of 'secular freedoms' or something like that. I'm talking about safeguarding the area against Sunni extremists who want to ethnically cleanse it of all Shi'ites.
When there is such a security vacuum, (as the one that currently exists) people turn to militias for support, just to receive basic protection. This protection - again - is not synonymous with women's rights, religious tolerance, etc. I'm not talking about any of that. These are two fundamentally different issues.
This protection sends a deceiving appeal to a desperate populace that has lost all faith in their gov. When people begin to live in tents, and lose their homes to insurgents, sectarian militias deliver an appeal to the emotionally weak sects. Its human nature, I'm not justifying it. I'm just making an observation here. To 'observe' and 'justify' are two infinitely different things.
I do not support this Islamic rat. Far from it.
Please consider this next time you insinuate false labels against me like 'justifying Moqtada al Sadr.' I didnt expect this coming from you.
P.S. Sorry for the long post.
Well you can say this about the militias on the other side as well. The point about my post was the naive people in the West who seem to think these insurgents are some kind of liberation force they should support.
Dont worry about your comments being long though, its best that you leave a comment than a misunderstanding being a created.
Yes, we can say the same thing about all militias. And that was exactly my point. Maybe it sounded too selective, and if it did that wasnt my intention.
Militias have received popularity as a result of the political incompetence.
In no way, shape, or form do I call these groups 'resistance fighters.' They are opportunists who benefit from the people's suffering by exploiting their vulnerability. It is self-evident of how weak the security is.
I just wish the secular/moderate forces were more vocal and organized. It seems they have never been organized, unfortunately. And I do agree with you on the west's intellectual bankruptcy in calling these militias 'resistance fighters' - at least Moqtada's and co.
Fully agree with you on this. Sounds like we were saying the same thing all along :)
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