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recent developments, Iyad Allawi has been promoted by the British and
the U.S. mainstream media as a defender of "human rights". This new
spin coincides with Blair and Bush strategy of resurrecting Allawi as
"the best hope" in the December 15 illegitimate elections. Despite his
well-publicised unpopularity among Iraqis, the propaganda for his
elections campaign has already begun. Careful examination of this
policy reveals that the U.S. and Britain are in pursuit of a rotten
imperialist policy to serve their own interests at the expense of the
A brief history of Allawi’s political career is
essential. Dr. Haifa al-Azawi, a California-based gynaecologist and a
U.S. citizen who went to school with Allawi in Baghdad in the 1960s,
remembered Allawi as: "big, husky man. The Baath party union leader,
who carried a gun on his belt and frequently brandished it terrorizing
the medical students, was a poor student and chose to spend his time
standing in the school courtyard or chasing female students to their
homes. His medical degree is bogus and was conferred upon him by the
Baath party, soon after a World Health Organization (WHO) grant was
orchestrated for him to go to England and study public health
accompanied by his Christian wife, whom he dumped later to marry a
Muslim woman. In England he was a poor student, visiting the Iraqi
embassy at the end of each month to collect his salary as the Baath
party representative. According to his first wife and her family
members, he spent his time dealing with assassins doing the dirty work
for the Iraqi government, until his time was up and he became their
target". It was not uncommon in Iraq during the Baath Party rule to
give special favours for those who choose to serve its agenda.
After falling out of favour with Saddam, Allawi
sought exile in London, where he developed a relationship with
Britain's MI-6 intelligence service during the 1980s, and eventually he
also formed a relationship with the C.I.A. Allawi and Chalabi are
related by marriage, have been described by Western media as
"alternately rivals and allies". However, the reality is that the two
have been allies, and there is no evidence of rivalry. Chalabi had a
bitter break-up with the C.I.A in the 1990s but became close with the
Pentagon. Meanwhile, Allawi and his Iraqi National Accord (INA), one of
several death squads created by the C.I.A. and Britain MI-6, have solid
relationships with the C.I.A., the State Department and the MI-6. I
will return to the death squads later.
In 1991, Allawi with Salih Omar Ali Al-Tikriti
founded the INA as an opposition to Saddam's Baath Party. Both were
ex-Baathists and former supporters of Saddam's regime. Salih Al-Tikriti
viewed as unsavoury by the U.S. The INA constituted of disillusioned
former Baathists from the military and security fields. With support
from the C.I.A., MI-6 and the Israeli Mossad, the INA instigated a coup
d'étate within the Iraqi Army, but Saddam was not so stupid and the
attempt ended disastrously. In London, Allawi's job was to keep an eye
on Iraqi students studying in the UK. After moving to London in 1971 as
a medical student he received payment from the Iraqi embassy there.
C.I.A. agents alleged that Allawi "had served as an assassin for Saddam
in Europe, killing dissenting Iraqi students, before his own
defection". It is also alleged that he did not quit the Baath party
until 1975, and that he escaped an assassination attempt on his life in
A report in The New York Times described the
INA as; "a terrorist organization. In the early 1990's the INA sent
agents into Baghdad to plant bombs and sabotage government facilities
under the direction of the C.I.A., several former intelligence
officials say, they also bombed movie theatres and school buses full of
children". Furthermore, the Times reported, "In 1996, Amneh
al-Khadami, who described himself as the chief bomb maker for the [INA]
and as being based in Sulaimaniya, in northern Iraq, recorded a
videotape in which he talked of the bombing campaign and complained
that he was being short-changed money and supplies. Two former
intelligence officers confirmed the existence of the videotape"."[W]e
blew up a car, and we were supposed to get $2,000 but got only $1,000'
Mr. Khadami alleged told The Independent in 1997".
In Washington and London, Mr. Allawi is well
connected, but in Iraq everyone mistrusts Allawi. An extensive PR
campaign last year to built support in Washington rather than in
Baghdad seemed to pay off. Danielle Pletka, a rightwing analyst at the
conservative American Enterprise Institute, a Washington think tank
said; "It was a bid for influence, and it was money well spent. Allawi
has always assumed, in many ways correctly, that he didn't need a
constituency in Iraq as long as he had one in Washington", added Pletka.
According to report by Jim Drinkard of USA Today:
"Lobbying records show that the law firm of Preston Gates Ellis &
Rouvelas Meeds and the New York public relations firm of Brown Lloyd
James engaged in a flurry of contacts on Allawi's behalf beginning in
late October. Most were aimed at setting up meetings with influential
members of Congress and their staffs, administration officials, think
tanks and journalists". The money paid by a wealthy Iraqi expatriate in
From the beginning of the U.S. Occupation of Iraq,
Allawi and Chalabi were appointed to the Iraqi Governing Council (IGC).
Allawi was responsible for overseeing the council's security committee
of the IGC. His position in the IGC was to recruit new army, police and
intelligent members, a job he had under Saddam. Allawi was a member of
Hunein, a security apparatus headed by Saddam Hussein. He admitted
recently that he has always opposed to 'the purging of members of the
Baath party’ from senior government posts.
After the so-called "handover of sovereignty" to
Iraqis, Allawi was appointed "Prime Minister" of the Iraqi Interim
Government (IIG) by US. Proconsul Paul Bremer. The choice of Iyad
Allawi as Iraq's "Prime Minister" was forced by the U.S. as a fait accompli
on the UN and the Iraqi people. He was an American candidate than one
of the UN or the Iraqis themselves. "When we first heard the news
today, we thought that the [IGC] had hijacked the process", a senior
U.N. official said. Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN special envoy to Iraq
resigned as a result of his failure to stand up to the U.S. and show
some credibility in Iraq.
Allawi's choice and his close ties with the U.S.
came in a country where public opinion has grown almost universally
hostile to the U.S. presence. Recent polls reveal that Allawi has 5 per
cent supports among Iraqis, just below the president (Ghazi al-Yawar),
with a 7 per cent approval rating. According to a poll conducted by the
Iraq Centre for Research and Strategic Studies (ICRSS) in May 2004,
among 17 prominent Iraqi religious and political leaders, Allawi ranked
in sixteenth place. Behind him, dead last, came al-Yawer, who was named
"president" of the IIG on 01 June 2004. In the January rigged
elections, even with the massive backing of the U.S. and British
mainstream media in Iraq and outside Iraq, Allawi was only able to
garner 14 per cent of the vote. Allawi’s unpopularity is due to his
violent past as an "attack dog", and his connection with the MI-6, the
CIA and the Israeli Mossad.
From his first days as the U.S.-appointed interim
"Prime Minister", Allawi deliberately increased the violence against
the Iraqi people. In August 2004, U.S. forces savagely attacked the
Muslim holy city of Najef. There were no witnesses to the atrocity: The
few journalists in Najef were ordered to leave or risk being arrested.
The indiscriminate attacks have killed thousand of innocent Iraqis. The
ancient city of 600,000 people was deliberately destroyed. Allawi
played an important propaganda role for the justification of U.S.
crimes against the people of Najef. Despite the big atrocity, tens of
thousands of Iraqis defied Allawi and flocked into Iraqi cities,
including Najef, to condemned the atrocity and demonstrate their
support for the Iraqi Resistance.
In November 2004, Allawi alleged to have "given the
green light" to U.S. forces to attack Fallujah. The city was savagely
attacked with chemical bombs, fire bombs (fuel-air bombs), napalm and
other non-conventional weapons (WMD) and it’s been ruined. More than
6000 innocent Iraqi women and children were massacred by U.S. and
British forces. Fallujah was a war crime committed in gross violation
of the Geneva Conventions and international law. The city entire
300,000 population are still displaced refugees. These criminal
attacks exposed Allawi as a Western-created thug and criminal.
As the Occupation continues, Allawi’s INA and other death squads
– created and trained by the U.S., Britain and Iran – have adopted
Gestapo-like tactics in terrorising the Iraqi people on behalf of their
masters. Torturing and murdering not only innocent members of the
former regime, but also prominent Iraqi opposition leaders, Iraqi
academics and professionals. They are eliminating anyone who looks like
opposition. "Hundreds of accounts of killings and abductions have
emerged in recent weeks, most of them brought forward by Sunni
civilians, who claim that their relatives have been taken away by Iraqi
men in uniform without warrant or explanation", reported the New York Times
correspondent Dexter Filkins from Baghdad. "Some Sunni males have been
found dead in ditches and fields, with bullet holes in their temples,
acid burns on their skin, and holes in their bodies apparently made by
electric drills", writes Filkins. One of these death squads is a
commando force, known by Iraqis as the 'Maghawir’, was widely used
under the interim administration of Iyad Allawi.
The Los Angeles Time reported that; "The
Baghdad morgue reports that dozens of bodies arrive at the same time on
a weekly basis, including scores of corpses with wrists bound by police
handcuffs". These murderous acts are the "deliberate product of
carefully crafted, efficiently managed U.S.-Zionist strategy"
for the sole purpose of disintegrating Iraq and destroying the unity of
the Iraqi society. In addition, there are hundreds of thousands of
Iraqi prisoners and detainees languishing in countless prisons run by
the U.S. forces and the puppet government. They are abused, savagely
tortured, murdered and disappeared. The "new" Iraq is a cluster of
prisons within a larger prison, devoid of "democracy", "liberty", and
all the rest of "human rights", that the US using as a vehicle to
spread war and fear.
Independent reports on the creation of the death
squads by investigative journalists AK Gupta of the NYC Independent
Media Centre (Indypendent), and journalist Max Fuller
shed light on the purpose of the death squads and the complicity of the
U.S. and its allies in the incitement of civil strife in Iraq. The U.S.
aim is to make the public focus on the violence of the occupied and
oppressed and justify the action of the occupiers. The role of the
media is to amplify and explain the violence in cultural terms, as
"Iraqis against Iraqis", a colonial propaganda to justify the
Occupation. In addition, the U.S. ant its allies are broadening the
violence by undermining the power of the central authority. The recent
signing of an oil contract
between Norway – a recent peace-loving mask of Western imperialism –
and the Kurdish warlords to drill for oil in northern Iraq without the
knowledge of the central government in Baghdad is a case in point on
how the West fuelling the bloodshed by pitting Iraqis against each
other, and carving Iraq’s oil wealth.
In his latest conversion into a defender of human rights, Allawi told the Sunday's Observer
that a lot of Iraqis are being killed during interrogations. He said:
"People are doing the same as [in] Saddam Hussein's time and worse.
These are the precise reasons why we fought Saddam Hussein and now we
are seeing the same things. We are hearing about secret police, secret
bunkers where people are being interrogated". As the US.-appointed
"Prime Minister", Allawi heard lots about the U.S. sadistic practice of
torture at Abu Ghraib.
Allawi didn’t only approve of torture of Iraqi
prisoners, he killed some of them. As the U.S.-appointed Iraqi "Interim
Prime Minister", Allawi "pulled a pistol and executed as many as six
suspected "insurgents" at a Baghdad police station", reported the Sydney Morning Herald on 17 July 2004.
Allawi’s message is to tell the police how to treat prisoners and to
send a message of violence to all Iraqis that they accept his terror or
else. He is a professional thug and criminal.
Allawi’s recent resurrection for the December
elections showed that the U.S. and Britain real aim in Iraq is not
"democracy", "freedom" or "liberty", but the colonisation of Iraq to
serve the interests of Western imperialism and Israel’s Zionism. The
U.S. war on Iraq has taught the rest of the world that the real purpose
of the terms, "democracy", "human rights" and "liberty" propagated by
Western countries; is "to camouflage sordid realities". The U.S. and
its allies are not interested human rights or in genuine democracy. The
U.S., in particular, is interested in U.S.-controlled regimes that
serve its imperial interests. The kind of democracy enforced on the
peoples of Latin America, the Arab states and states ruled by
U.S.-backed bloody dictators.
Consistent with U.S. democratic principles,
political transparency and freedom of speech, the U.S. new "democratic"
offensive in Iraq is to promote the Occupation U.S.-style "democracy"
through deceptive propaganda in Iraqi newspaper and in order to fool
the Iraqi people. As part of an information offensive in Iraq, the U.S.
military is secretly paying Iraqi newspapers to publish positive news
stories in an effort to burnish the image of the U.S. Occupation and
distort the image of the Iraqi Resistance. The articles, written by
U.S. military "information operations taskforce" troops masquerading as
independent journalists, are translated into Arabic and planted in
Baghdad newspapers with the help of a defence contractor, according to
U.S. military officials and documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times. In addition, Jonathan S. Landay of Knight Ridder Newspapers
reported on 01 December 2005 that the U.S. military was also paying
Iraqi reporters up to $U.S.200 a month to write positive news stories.
It said the payments were made to members of the Baghdad Press Club,
set up by U.S. Army officers more than a year ago.
When asked about the issue, military spokesman Maj.
Gen. Rick Lynch defended the program and said: "We don't lie. We don't
need to lie. We do empower our operational commanders with the ability
to inform the Iraqi public, but everything we do is based on fact, not
based on fiction". Hallucinations result from the failure to
Furthermore, the recent U.S. and Britain propaganda
campaign to depict the Occupation of Iraq as "necessary to promote
democracy and fight terrorism" is misleading and deceptive propaganda.
It is contrary to the Iraqi people aspiration for freedom and
democracy. A recent poll conducted by the British Ministry of Defence
in August 2005 reveals that over 82 per cent of Iraqis are "strongly opposed"
to the. Less than 1 per cent of Iraqis think the Occupation forces are
responsible for any improvement in security; and that 45 per cent
supports attacks on the Occupation forces. If one excludes the Kurdish
region of Iraq – where the U.S. has some support – from the poll, the
anti-Occupation sentiment is even higher. It follows that there is no
reason for U.S. and British forces to remain in Iraq; the only "job"
left is the full and immediate withdrawal. George Bush refusal to
withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq is also contrary to the "tentative
agreement" reached on 21 November 2005 at the Cairo conference", by
Iraqi leaders, including the current puppet government.
Allawi does not represent the Iraqi people; far from
it. He is "'a man of the shadows’", as his cousin, Ali Allawi described
him. "Iyad sees maintaining power primarily as an intelligence game.
It’s a kind of mind-set", Ali Allawi told The New Yorker. Iyad
Allawi had his time and proved to be a coward puppet and a corrupt. He
failed to save Iraqi lives and failed to stand up to the violence of
the Occupation. Allawi lives in England and there where he should
campaign for elections not in Iraq.
Allawi is promoted by the U.S. and British
government for the upcoming December elections, because he fits Western
image of the "educated technocrat" who serves Western interests at the
expense of the Iraqi people. Allawi provides the best Arab façade of
acting on behalf of his masters. Like his relative, Ahmed Chalabi,
Allawi is a conman, committed crimes against the Iraqi state and the
Iraqi people, and should be held accountable for his crimes.
Finally, democratic elections are illegitimate under
foreign military occupation. The only way to a free, faire and
democratic elections; is a free and sovereign Iraq. Democracy and
freedom are not compatible with occupation and repression. The Iraqi
people’s aspiration for freedom and democracy, and their rejection of
the ongoing Occupation should be supported and emulated by all
Global Research Contribuitng Editor Ghali Hassan lives in Perth, Western Australia.