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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 11:50 AM
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Iraqi Shia leaders condemn Falluja attack
So I'm wondering what is up with al Sistani?
I saw another piece on a "forbidden" site more or less calling
him out for staying silent while Fallujah burns.


Baghdad's highest Shia authority has denounced the US military assault on Falluja and called on all Iraqi religious authorities to support the Iraqi people.

Shaikh Muhammad Mahdi al-Khalissi has issued a statement, obtained by Aljazeera.net on Sunday, condemning the US assault on Falluja and describing it as "aggression and dirty war".

"No matter how powerful the occupation forces are, they will be driven out of Iraq sooner or later. The current savage military attack on Falluja by US occupation forces and the US-appointed Iraqi government is an act of mass murder and a crime of war," the statement said.

Al-Khalissi said he and his faction fully support the religious decree issued by Iraq's influential Sunni Muslim authority, the Association of Muslim Scholars, in which it prohibited Iraqis from participating in the US attack on Falluja.

al Jazeera
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qanda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 11:53 AM
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1. It's about time!!!!!!
And where is Sistani? They probably all got their checks and guarantees of power from the US and so now they don't care about their fellow Iraqis-- Shameful!
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 12:20 PM
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6. Al Sadr spoke up some tiime ago.
This is the first Shiite big-shot I've seen.
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Downtown Hound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 11:54 AM
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2. Well, looks like our attack succeeded in destroying the resistance...
God, is it humanly possible for Bush to be a bigger fool?
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pinerow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 11:54 AM
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3. The caca is hitting the proverbial fan...
sheesh...!!
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 12:03 PM
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4. Thanks for the article. Hard to dispute their first-hand perceptions.
Edited on Sun Nov-14-04 12:07 PM by JudiLyn
They probably pray for peace again. From the article worth reading again:
"No matter how powerful the occupation forces are, they will be driven out of Iraq sooner or later. The current savage military attack on Falluja by US occupation forces and the US-appointed Iraqi government is an act of mass murder and a crime of war," the statement said.
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sushi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 12:10 PM
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5. I find myself agreeing
with Shaikh Muhammad Mahdi al-Khalissi! In case anyone has forgotten, the US is destroying a country that has NOT attacked it, and calling all the people who fight back "insurgents."
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acmavm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 12:33 PM
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7. Sistani is making himself irrelevant. The longer he keeps silent, the more
Shi'ites will see him and an enabler, even a collaborator.

In many ways, that's exactly what he is.
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0007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 12:40 PM
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8. The battle for Falluja







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teryang Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 07:11 PM
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12. Excellent photos!
Starved for real journalism here. Thanks.
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lindashaw Donating Member (921 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 01:28 PM
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9. FINALLY!
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Darranar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 01:46 PM
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10. I don't know if he's right about the inevitability of defeat for the US...
but he's certainly right about the despicability of the Fallujah slaughter.
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 06:04 PM
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11. US Puppet Government Leading Iraq To Civil War
An explanation for Sistani's silence, etc.

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(Rayyan) These operations that are taking place now, whether they have realized that victory or they have not, as you claim, let us assume that they have realized this victory, what repercussions will this have on the political aspect of things, especially since there are elections coming up?

(Al-Ani) Dear sir, elections cannot be held and no-one can imagine that a secure environment can be established with the bloodshed that is taking place, amid this deliberate killing of the Iraqis. This will not prepare the grounds for elections or for a political process. There is now a general Iraqi agreement that resistance is the only way. Let us take Samarra for example. Did the Iraqi government not talk about the (word indistinct) military operations in Samarra? Samarra today is beyond the control of the government? The Iraqi government - to be precise the minister of interior - fired the police and the chief of police in Mosul because there was no presence or semblance of any central power in control. I say that the Iraqi government is pushing towards a real civil war in Iraq against the Sunni and the pan-Arab current, with the blessing of parties known for their ties and sectarian belonging and with the blessing of the authority. The silence from this authority is no longer a surprise to anyone. There are many exclamation marks lingering over the stance of the authority of holy Al-Najaf regarding what is happening in Iraq, at a time when the Association of Muslim Scholars - and everyone remembers this - condemned and renounced what happened to our brethren in Al-Najaf, Karbala and Al-Sadr city. This authority is now also trying to quell the Shi'i pan-Arab current. Ayatollah al-Hasani was detained because he called for boycotting the elections. There have also been preparations for some time to oppress the Al-Sadr current and to contain dealings with the government through a few known parties. The Iraqi government is oppressing the Shi'i pan-Arab current and the national Sunni current.

http://globalresearch.ca/articles/ANI411A.html
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