Iraqi Shiites! Stand Up and Reject Iran!
Is Iran now confronting some blowback of its own, due to its intervention in Iraq since the U.S. invasion? According to this op-ed article from Iraq’s Kitabat newspaper, ‘Any Iraqi Shiite who doesn’t frankly and publicly reject Iran’s interference is an Iranian agent, a traitor and a coward.’
“My Shiite brother, today it is your duty before Allah the Exalted One, before your own conscience and in the face of history … to publicly and frankly declare your rejection of Iran’s criminal interference in Iraq. … It is this that has destroyed our nation and has resulted in the murder of our sons.”
By Khadir Taahar
Translated By James Jacobson
December 25, 2007
Iraq – Kitabat – Original Article (Arabic)
My noble and heroic Iraqi Shiite brothers, who have endured adversity, tragedy detention camps and communal graves …
I, a fellow Iraqi Shiite, address you as someone who shares your worries and grief, and like you, dreams of a free and dignified life within our beloved Iraq … I address you in the hope of preserving our rights and interests, we, Iraq’s Shiite sons, before they are stolen by the agents and proxies of Iran.
With all regret, I find myself compelled to use this sectarian and un-Iraqi language. Perhaps one can be forgiven, since the reasons are so compelling and the catastrophe so great. After the destruction our nation has suffered and the division of its people into sects and nationalities, it has become nearly impossible to restore Iraq’s shattered national unity. With the devastation that has undermined the very notion of citizenship, all that was left was to defend our narrow, sectarian interests. One must be realistic, even if we reject this reality!
My Shiite brother, today it is your duty before Allah the Exalted one, before your own conscience and in the face of history … to publicly and frankly declare your rejection of Iran’s criminal interference in Iraq. It is this that has destroyed our nation and has resulted in the murder of our sons, for it is Iran – with the help Syria’s Baath regime – which supports the remnants of the Baath Party and al-Qaeda; it is Iran which supports the Shiite militias and factions; and it is Iran that has caused the mass murder and destruction that has befallen Iraq.
My Shiite brother, prove your patriotism and your honor by rejecting Iran’s underhanded, filthy interference in Iraq by taking part in mass demonstrations across the country, and publicly declare your opposition to Iran’s despicable conspiracies against our nation.
Boycott all Iranian goods and hinder their import into Iraq; boycott all Iranian institutions and tear the offensive images of Iran’s clerics from the walls of Iraq’s cities.