Chalabi: God Giveth and He Taketh Away
Return to Dual Containment
Ahmed Chalabi is being accused of espionage for IRI (Islamic Republic of Iran). He was a U.S. puppet before the current charges by the Bush Administration. Regardless of the current charges, one thing is obvious that recently Mr. Chalabi "forgot" how he came to power in Iraq, and was trying to make deals on his own, to establish a Shi'a state in Iraq.
The whole organization of Chalabi is a make-belief, and is not based on people's movement, and has no popular support. This is why he was a broker between mollahs, U.S., and others. He came to power by lobbying the U.S. for years, to invade Iraq, to bring him to power.
Chalabi is called Reza Pahlavi of Iraq, because RP of Iran, is a similar phenomenon, where his talk of popular support and organizations of monarchists, are all make-belief, to convince the U.S. to invade Iran.
Reza Pahlavi's Myth of Democratic Monarchy is not believed by any Iranian pro-democracy activist, those who have put themselves at risk all these years and know the reality of RP's Agents' Atrocities in political forums, conferences, and demonstrations, rather than falling for his clean PR work on TV.
It is true that RP has not officially bitten the hands of his masters, to fall from grace like Chalabi, but the same way his agents go around and attack pro-democracy activists, when he sits clean in TV interviews, claiming he has no knowledge of them, his agents for years, have been going around, blaming the U.S. for Shah's fall, albeit name-calling Carter.
Basically the monarchists blame the U.S. for Shah's fall, and not Shah's despotism and the treachery of Savak against Iranian pro-democracy activists. Of course Reza Pahlavi, like Chalabi, is clean and nice on TV doing PR work, and does not get involved in all this blaming of the U.S. and British for Shah's fall, which his agents do.
The best Reza Pahlavi can do, is to call the end of Iranian monarchy and all its games to justify the failed monarchy, when Reza Pahlavi & MKO are U.S. Liability in Iran, and these two forces have been the main distraction in the last 25 years, for the Iranian pro-democracy movement to succeed, because every time the people had a chance to end IRI, the fear of possibility of these two forces coming to power, stopped the people from going all the way to end IRI.
It is interesting that the story of puppets in the Middle East, did not start with Mohammad Reza Shah, or Saddam, and will not end with them either. The grandfather of Iran's Reza Pahlavi, whose title was Reza Shah, fell from grace of his British caretakers, when he tried to make deals with Germans on his own, and the allies removed him from power in 1941 (shahrivare 1320), which started a period of semi-democracy in Iran of 1941-1953 period.
The above is in the nature of puppets, that being a puppet means they lack principles, and because of lack of popular support, they end up trying to make deals with various forces, to stay afloat. Thus we see all these rise and falls of U.S. puppets, during the Cold War years, in the Middle East and elsewhere.
The story of Chalabi is not much different, although in the words of a late friend of mine, he was a star that did not even shine before falling. He is removed before the U.S. deadline of June 30th, when the U.S. is scheduled to pass power to the Iraqi Council.
It seems to me a deal with Saudi Arabia has been reached, when Saudis are easing the oil prices for the U.S. Saudi Arabia does not like a Shi'a state in Iraq, and U.S. rehiring former Sunni Saddam generals and firing of Chalabi , paves the way for a pro-Saudi state with more Sunni presence in Iraq. And a return to the days of dual containment of Iran and Iraq will follow, with the help of trusted Saudis, rather than leaving things to unpredictable forces like IRI (Islamic Republic of Iran) and their Iraqi allies.
What should the independent forces in the Middle East do? We should defend the principles of democracy and human rights and stay focused on those when making any decision and to avoid any behind-the-door deals and be very open in all our negotiations.
For example, a few days ago, I read one of the respectable independent-minded leaders of Iraqi Council saying that he had asked U.S. not to have intense torture and he also talked of his support for state economy in future Iraq.
That gentleman's first statement is against any principle of human rights, because one should condemn torture period, with no ifs and buts, and not calling for its reduction. This is how the socialist countries and many mistaken people's movements ended up in despotism by justifying these actions. Why is he trying to appease the Bush Administration? U.S. forces have been wrong to do torture. The same way, the heinous crimes of beheading and other atrocities of terrorists, must be condemned, by all independent democratic forces. One should stand by a vision based on human rights principles, and not try to appease the U.S. extremists or Middle East's Islamists.
That gentleman's second statement against property-owning democracy and his support of state economy, shows his lack of knowledge of modern history, and being stuck in the past socialist programs. I have explained this topic in Wealth and Justice in Future Iran. In other words, he should catch up with the changes in the world, rather than trying to propose obsolete plans for future of Iraq, plans that can easily end up creating another Vietnam or North Korea in Iraq.
Let's return to lessons of Chalabi's fall. The event does not only have lessons for Middle Eastern forces noted above, it also has important lessons for the U.S., not to try to run the Middle East by puppets. From Shah of Iran to Saddam, these are all stories of failure, and no matter how much Saudi royal family today tries to praise the Shah for his role in the Persian Gulf, we all know what a failure Shah's regime was.
If Saudi's could fix the problems of the Middle East, they should have stopped Al Qaedeh and Taliban which were their creations, and why don't they stop the punishment of beheading in their own country? It is true that Saudi Arabia is a U.S. ally. But, the *independent* secular forces of the Middle East are also friends of the U.S., despite the attempts of obsolete forces like Saudi monarchy, to show the secular republican forces to be U.S. enemies.
Puppets act like Chalabi, because they have no popular base, and the same is the reason why Saudi's keep appeasing Al Qaedeh terrorists, and Taliban before them , because Saudi monarchy does not have a popular base, built on democratic principles, to be able to rely on their people's support.
The future of the Middle East is secularism and democracy and clarity about What is Secularism is as important as clarity about democracy, and patchwork deals with U.S. puppets will fall apart before the ink is dry.
We do not want to end up in a new law worse than what we had, like it happened in 1979, a retrogressive revolution devouring its own activists in Iran. Islamic Republic of Iran must go, and a secular republic will be formed in Iran by Iranian people. The forces that support that development in Iran will not only help Iranians but will help themselves by ending retrogressive Islamist regimes in the Middle East.
The worst the Iraqi new rulers can do is to start a new war with Iran, when we know how Iran-Iraq War caused all the devastations in both countries for 8 years. Neither appeasing Iranian mullahs nor invading Iran will help Iran or Iraq, as we saw when Saddam invaded Iran.
Supporting Iranian pro-democracy movement to end IRI, as I wrote in Mr. Kerry, Islamic Republic of Iran Must Go, and to form a secular republic, are the building blocks to create the Futurist Iran, and to end terrorism and Islamism in the Middle East.
Hoping for a Futurist, Federal, Democratic, and Secular Republic in Iran,
Sam Ghandchi, Editor/Publisher
May 24, 2004