Thursday, 26 February 2015

Destroying Iraq's Cultural Heritage

Strange things are happening in Iraq. At Firdosi Square in Baghdad there was once a gigantic statue of Comrade Saddam, soaring towards heaven like an axis mundi of sorts. Those with their memory intact do perhaps recall that the invading American vermin toppled the statue of Comrade Saddam in a staged media event. This risible hullabaloo allegedly foreshadowed Iraq’s transition from Baathist tyranny to American style democracy. As we all well know, things did not quite turn out this way. The Americans constitue a mentally inferior human type, and bequeathing the responsibility of nation-building to creatures belonging up in a tree is tantamount to asking a seasoned pimp to lecture a nunnery on the merits of virginity.

Enough of this digression on the Yankee simians; let us return to Firdosi Square:

At Firdosi Square, where the statue of Comrade Saddam once stood, we are met by gigantic billboards with images of past and present Ayatollahs of Iran. This appalling act of provocation is a firm indicator as to the unabashed sectarianism permeating the Iraqi society. Things were not always so: during the reign of Comrade Saddam, the great dividing line was not between Sunni and Shia but between those who adhered to the principles of Baathist nationalism and those beholden to religious obscurantism (the worst culprits in this regard were typically the socially conservative Shias of Southern Iraq). Intermarriage amongst Baathists negated sectarian divisions, and Comrade Saddam, one of the greatest Arab visionaries and a true Kulturmensch with a formidable sense of history, sought to construct an Iraqi super-culture which would deliver the final blow to all sectarianism. As Comrade Saddam saw things, his Baathist regime stood in a direct line of continuity with the great Assyrian and Babylonian empires of the past. Furthermore, Comrade Saddam was heir not only to Sargon and Nebuchadnezzar, but also to Al Mothanna ibn Haritha the scourge of the Persians and Saladin the crusher of the crusaders. This majestic vision is articulated with gusto in Ardulfurataini Watan, a remarkable piece of Baathist poetry. I want you to reflect carefully on the following words; these are not idle utterances – rather they bespeak a definite national vision, and it is a profound lesson in history:

Vaterland spreads its wings over the horizon
And wears the glory of civilisations
Blessed be the land of the two rivers
Vaterland of glorious determination and tolerance
This homeland is made of flame and splendour
And pride unmatched by the highest heaven.
It is a mountain that rises above the tops of the world
And a plain that embodies our pride
Babylon is within us and Assyria within us too
And because of the glory of our lineage
History itself radiates with light
We alone who possess the anger of the sword
And the patience of the prophets
When we forged the sands of Arabia into a revolution
And bore the flag of history as ideology
Since Al Mothanna marched onwards [towards Persia]
And Saladin covered [his foes] with spears

There was of course much more to Iraq than mere nationalist oratory. Comrade Saddam created a secular welfare state that became the pride of the Arab world. Educated foreign workers from East Germany, Yugoslavia, and the Soviet Union shared their know-how with a regime that was intent on turning Iraq into the Germany of the Middle East. Christians could occupy elevated political and bureaucratic positions in a majority Muslim country and openly confess their creed. Comrade Saddam, the Kulturmensch that he was, emphasised the need for academic excellence for all – including women. Given this, the following observations of Rania Khalek are spot on:

“Contrary to popular imagination, Iraqi women enjoyed far more freedom under Saddam Hussein’s secular Ba’athist government than women in other Middle Eastern countries. In fact, equal rights for women were enshrined in Iraq’s Constitution in 1970, including the right to vote, run for political office, access education and own property. […] Prior to the devastating economic sanctions of the 1990s, Iraq’s education system was top notch and female literacy rates were the highest in the region, reaching 87 percent in 1985. Education was a major priority for Saddam Hussein’s regime, so much so that in 1982 Iraq received the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) award for eradicating illiteracy.”

This was the burgeoning Iraqi national project that was torpedoed by a deranged homosexual Ayatollah intent on exporting his Islamic revolution to his neighbouring countries and subsequently aborted by the American barbarians and their stooges. This was the assault of Untermenschen who themselves possess no culture on the citadel of Kultur an sich. In the words of James Petras, the war on Iraq

“was not a ‘war’ against a dictator, nor even a simply ugly massacre of the Iraqi people, it is the deliberate destruction of a civilization carried out by modern barbarians - modern barbarians combining high-tech weapons of mass destruction, directed at destroying homes, factories, offices, water treatment facilities, public utilities with primitive vandals and paramilitary forces destroying the heritage of 5000 years of civilization and 30 years of a modern secular Arab state. Vandals unleashed to incinerate the archives of a nation, its libraries and research institutes, to strip the most famous archeological museum of priceless antiquities and jewels of Islamic art, to destroy universities, school records, hospitals, documents detailing the most important aspects of modern Iraqi life as well as Iraqi national heritage. This is the systematic destruction of everything which allows a people to exist as a recognized nation.”

In the light of these astute observations of Petras, it is the epitome of hypocrisy to accuse ISIS of destroying the Iraqi heritage when the American enemies of Kultur have done exactly the same, and that far more intensively and extensively.

As I have pointed out elsewhere, the destruction of the libraries in Mosul and the iconoclastic frenzy that we have witnessed lately are not the misdeeds of native Iraqis; rather we are dealing with a mere footnote to the destruction of the Iraqi heritage that was inititiated by the Americans more than a decade ago. Those responsible for this vile but minuscule cultural destruction are foreign provocateurs. The quesion that must be asked is the following: at whose behest are they acting? We should be pointing our fingers at Iran.

So stupified are Westerners by the bugbear called ISIS that they have become oblivious to the terrorists and infiltrators doing Iran’s bidding in Iraq. These are the observations of Ali Khedery, an American diplomat:

“The staunchly pro-Iranian Badr Organization commander Hadi al-Ameri — who was welcomed in the Oval Office by Obama in 2011, and is known for favoring power drills to murder his victims — has been tasked with leading all Iraqi efforts to secure and pacify the strategically important province of Diyala. [...] These militia leaders are not only operating outside the Iraqi government’s control; many key figures are deeply embedded within Baghdad’s power structure. Hakim al-Zamili, an Iranian-backed militia commander notorious for ethnically cleansing Baghdad of its Sunni inhabitants while serving as Maliki’s deputy health minister, is now chairman of the Iraqi Parliament’s security and defense committee.”

More alarmingly:

“This constellation of Iranian-backed militias is eclipsing official Iraqi institutions, and sowing the seeds of conflict for decades to come.”

Given these circumstances, it should surprise no one that the Sunnis of Iraq have no one to turn to except ISIS. But ISIS itself is no more than a loose designation for a multitude of belligerent entities with contanstly shifting alliances amongst each other. Your friend of today is your foe of tomorrow. This is the perfect climate for Iranian infiltrators who, unlike the ignorant American enemies of Kultur, have historical reasons for wiping out the cultural heritage of their perennial adversary. Now, the Iranians are a most peculiar people and it is in your own best interest to learn a thing or two about this nation of double-dealers (zahir-batin):

“As we know the Persian in history, he is a born liar. He is, therefore, a born conspirator. He has great quickness of mind, adaptability, and, apart from religious emotion, no conscience. In the third century of the Hijra (the ninth A.D.), the Persians were either devoted Shiites or simple unbelievers. The one class would do anything for the descendants of Ali; the other, anything for themselves. This second class, further, would by preference combine doing something for themselves with doing something against [...] the Arabs, the conquerors of their country.”

The latest spectacle of the cultural destruction in Mosul, a former Baathist stronghold, appears to me as being just another instance of the Persian-Iranian habit of “doing something against the Arabs.”