The Phalangists of the Tigris

Newsweek columnist Christopher Dickey writes this about our new Iraqi Phalangist friend, the leader of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq*, Abdul Aziz al-Hakim (italics mine):

As a Hakim supporter in the government told me privately the other day, “Moqtada should be behind bars, underground or across the border–those are the three options he has–and a fourth one is for him to behave. The U.S. doesn’t need to tackle him. They don’t need to do the dirty work. We will do the dirty work. They should stay over the horizon.”. . .
The essential point is that Iraqis on all sides of the divide think they know precisely what an effective counterinsurgency campaign looks like, and it’s not the relatively fastidious one the U.S. would have them wage. “The Iraqis under Saddam [Hussein] were world champions at counterinsurgency,” notes [military historian Martin] Van Creveld. The former dictator has been standing trial, and already has received one death sentence, for doing what he thought needed to be done to crush rebellions by Shiites and Kurds–and it worked. Now the United States has turned the tables, the former victims don’t want to be held back. “Maybe they are not trained in the American sense, but they are very well trained to do what they have to do in Iraq,” said Van Creveld.

A friend asked me early on if I thought Iraq would become another Vietnam. I told him that I thought Iraq would resemble Lebanon during the 1980s–only bigger and meaner. If al-Hakim is to be our Phalangist, then what is to be our Sabra and Shatila? Get out now before we’re culpable for something even more horrible.
*If this is freedom on the march, I say, take that purple finger and shove it.

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3 Responses to The Phalangists of the Tigris

  1. Barry says:

    Given that newspapers were reporting months ago that US officials were discussing an ‘El Salvador option’, and that Negroponte was ambassador to Honduras during major mass murder there, and that at least one known trainer of El Salvadorean death squads was transferred to Iraq, I can make a very good guess at what sort of counter-insurgency campaign the US government would like waged. ‘Fastidious’ isn’t the word; ‘deniable’ is.
    Mass murder and torture are standard US techniques to deal with guerrillas. The US government has simply been careful to maintain official distance.

  2. Science blogger says:

    Why is this blog lumped with the science blogs?
    Its manily politics and anti relgious rant.
    Where’s the science?

  3. bigTom says:

    then what is to be our Sabra and Shatila? Get out now before we’re culpable for something even more horrible.
    Unfortunately if we leave then what happens is our Sabra&Shatila. If we stay ditto. Either way we are quilty.

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