Iraq is in the grip of a civil war. There are three different forces pulling her in different directions. American and British like to steer her towards disintegration for easy control and dominance for all time to come. wants it to be economically crippled, unable to equip herself militarily to challenge their authority in the region.
Let bygone be bygone. You seem to have come out of all the trouble and setback. You need to evaluate things in the present perspective and reality. Unity is your only choice, grab it or else you may get scattered for ever.
To me personally is like . I take this opportunity to address my Iraqi brothers and express my feelings in retrospect, what I saw when I served in Iraqi Air Force for almost three years.
A contingent of 11 Pakistan Air Force officers landed at
Law and order situation was exemplary, better than any other civilized country of the world. People in the street were friendly, sympathetic and very courteous. It indeed presented an ideal place for living. If there were no restrictions I would have opted to spend rest of my life in
Besides some civilians I had some excellent friends in the Air Force. They included Air Force Chief General Hussain Hayavi, Air Defense Commander General Naama Delaimi, Brigadier Qusai-Al-Fazli. A very good friend Colonel (R) Munder Vendavi, who was a political contemporary of Saddam Hussain. Because of his political ambitions he was later sent by Saddam as Iraqi Ambassador to , , and many other countries, never to return to . He resigned as Ambassador to
There was never a dispute between Shia and Sunnis on any issue. What to talk of disputes there were no open differences between any communities in matters of religious, political or social affairs. In the place of work we never knew or heard of any divide between any sect or minority. We were totally unaware of who is who. All were Iraqis and nothing else. Even the differences between and were not on sectarian but territorial issues. Iranians were free to visit on pilgrimage to
Saddam was a very progressive man. During the Iranian war and after he carried out enormous developments in
During first Gulf War the Iraqi Army was equally manned by Shia and Sunni. There were no sectarian divide and every body was treated as Iraqis. In the face of defeat some seeds of dissention were sown with Shias in the south and Kurds in the north and a revolt was maneuvered by the American invaders. However soon after the war a fresh appraisal of Saddam by American drove them to betray both Shia and Kurds and Saddam was indirectly indicated to curb this revolt in his own way. He broke lose on both Kurds and Shias and inflicted grave atrocities as punishment for committing treason against their own government in collusion with the enemy.
After the revolt was quelled and routine prevailed in the entire country, some smell of bad behaviour by Shias and Kurds polluted the normal way of life as was prevalent in the country before the 1ST Gulf war. This was indeed the first sectarian disease commencing in .
After defeat in the 2nd Gulf war and Saddam’s expulsion, the general public in displayed a sign of unity and welcomed the ouster of Saddam but at the same time lamented aggression on their country and condemned it outright. This was not easily digestible by Americans and British. They regenerated the germs of sectarianism for the purpose of divide and rule. They aired the Shia Sunni dissentions and tried to separate Kurds as a separate entity and lure them as allies. Secondly in their view a separate Kurdish state will be a perpetual source of trouble in the area for , , and .
The emergence of Muqtada Al-Sadre and Mullah Sustani as Shia separatist in the south and southwest, Kurds in the north, was a deep Anglo-American conspiracy to divide Iraq in splinter groups and keep a week sunni state in the centre, to ensure that Iraq never remain a strong country for all time to come. To give it a practical shape they contemplated a vision of deep hatred amongst all the three communities so that a voice of disunity and permanent divorce becomes a reality from where coming back would be impossible. To do this, they infiltrated at least thirteen thousand Israeli, MI6, CIA agents to plan and execute sectarian killing at all sacred places of these communities. Seventy to one hundred Iraqis per day were the victims of their planning accepting five to ten percent of their own losses. So far 670000 Iraqis have been murdered and almost 3 to 4 thousand of their own troops.
Saddam Hussain was a dictator, but was Iraqi and a patriot. He never thought in terms of Shia and Sunni. He got maximum Kurds killed fighting against the government in the northern . Kurds were all Sunnis. If he ever discriminated between Shia and Sunnis he would have never indulged in the massacre of Kurds. He eliminated everybody who, he thought was an impediment in the progress of , irrespective of his sect or creed. Because of his dictatorial use of power he committed lots of excesses on personal liberties of the people for which he has been punished. However he was an architect of ’s development and recognition as a power to be reckoned by the super powers. Shia and Sunni divide was not Saddam’s trait and he never wanted this unholy treat between muslims of different sects.
Iraqis therefore should never become a tool in the hands of invaders to kill each other and destroy