Seestani to the rescue…Again?

February 24, 2006

Since the United States illegally invaded Iraq, their military and politicians have made one blunder after another. Amazingly, there has been one common factor that has consistently saved Iraq from spiraling into oblivion and, indirectly, saved the U.S. from utter failure. That factor is an old man, probably not unlike your sweetest grandfather, who lives in a simple house and wears old, simple clothing.

But this man is the leader of millions of people, not only in Iraq, but all over the world. His name is Ayatullah al-‘Udhma Ali Seestani. He is not pro-America, nor is he pro-Iran. His goals have always been clear: protect the interests of the Iraqi people.

When the U.S. invaded, toppled Saddam’s regime and set up a laughable provisional government, Ayatullah Seestani insisted that the Iraqis hold elections as soon as possible. The U.S. refused, and so Ayatullah Seestani sent his followers into the streets to protest. Eventually, the U.S. caved into their demands. Seestani himself, penned and reviewed the election plans and the laws that would be setup for the interim government, a fact that U.S. media conveniently hides. Instead, the Bush administration championed the elections as though they had organized them. In reality, they had resisted them, preferring to keep their new Ba’athist boy, Iyad Allawi, in position as long as possible.

When the young, fiery scholar, Muqtada al-Sadr, raised the banner of jihad and sent his Mahdi army into the streets of Najaf to fight the U.S. military and drive them out “once and for all,” the Americans saw their dreams of a “liberated Iraq” slipping away. Al-Sadr was poised to start another Islamic Revolution, one that would see the Iranians take center-stage in reshaping and rebuilding Iraq. Seestani, at the time, was having surgery in London. Upon his return, al-Sadr, like a disobedient grandson, silenced his rhetoric, retired his army, and turned the keys of Imam ‘Ali’s shrine back over to the “Grand Ayatullah.”

But was Ayatullah Seestani trying to aide the Americans in stopping the Mahdi Army? Absolutely not. His goal, as always, was to protect the people of Najaf, to protect the grave site of Imam Ali (peace be upon him), and to protect one of the greatest learning institutions on the planet, Al-Hawza. Furthermore, Ayatullah Seestani had no more interest in having Iran play too much of a role in reshaping Iraq than the Americans. The difference is that he does not want Iranians to be his enemies. He is Iranian himself. But Iraq must be able to stand on its own, and for that, he has repeatedly asked for the Americans to leave.

Instead, they have remained, ignoring the one sane voice coming out of Iraq. With hope slipping away, after the attacks on the grave site of Imam ‘Ali al-Naqi (peace be upon him) and Imam Hasan al-‘Askari (peace be upon him), the 10th and 11th Imams, the U.S. is shivering at the thought of all out civil war. But so far, civil war has not happened. Yes, sectarian violence in on the rise, but, considering the number of Shi’a in Iraq, the power of their leadership, and the organization of their militias, they could easily and effectively crush any Sunni resistance, but they have not. Why?

Ayatullah Seestani issued a statement. Thus, the majority of shi’as have remained calm, only involving themselves in peaceful protest. The leader of Iran, Ayatullah Khamene`i, issued a similar statement, refusing to bow down to the pressure of a few lunatics who insist on starting a Muslim-on-Muslim civil war. Iran has no interest in doing so, as they did not when Saddam imposed the Iran-Iraq war on them in the 80s. Had Seestani said only one word, “fight,” every Shi’a in the known world would have taken up arms, but he did not. He will not, inshaAllah.

So, once again, Ayatullah Seestani might have saved Iraq and the U.S. from sudden death. But now the question remains, will the U.S. finally start listening to this man? Iraqis listen to him; Iranians listen to him; even people in Pakistan listen to him. The only person reasonably capable of ruling Iraq is the one person who does not want the job, but, whether he wants it or not, people will continue to look to him for guidance. I think it is about time Mr. Bush does the same, before it is too late.


One comment

  1. I agree, good post my brother. Masha’Allah, you know, the force is stronge in this Ayatullah! Do not under estamate the power of the force!

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