By Moon Of Alabama
November 08, 2019 "Information
Clearing House" - Protests in Lebanon and
Iraq were caused by internal problems but are
manipulated by external forces. Today an Iraqi
leader exposed those forces which might well bring
that problem to an end. Lebanon will still have to
suffer through more strife.
reports of more bloody protests in Iraq:
Anti-government protests in Iraq entered their
third week with fresh bloodshed on Friday, as
leaders appeared to have closed rank around the
country's embattled premier.
More than a dozen demonstrators died in
Baghdad and the southern port city of Basra
within 24 hours, medical sources told AFP.
The reporter listened to some protesters and it
is interesting what voices s/he chose to repeated:
"Even if it comes down to the last man, we have
to enter the Green Zone and bring it down,"
another protester shouted.
"We'll announce our people's revolution from
there against everyone who stole from us --
Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi, Qais al-Khazaali,
Hadi al-Ameri!" he said.
Khazaali and Ameri are leading commanders in
the Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary network, which
has publicly backed the government after
It was founded in 2014 to fight the Islamic
State group, drawing from a host of Shiite armed
factions, many of which have close ties to Iran.
A month ago
we wrote that the legitimate protests in Iraq
and Lebanon are used by the U.S. for coup attempts
financed by Saudi money. The actual target of the
coup attempts are those groups who have the support
of Iran - Hizbullah in Lebanon and the Hashd al
Shaabi in Iraq.
That is why the AFP
piece quotes those who attack the
leaders of the Hashed which was founded,
trained and equipped by Iran. It is now
'western' reporting to falsely
depict the protests as being against
warned that these protest might escalate:
The best strategy for the legitimate protesters
is to press the current governments for reform.
The governments in Iraq and in Lebanon have both
already agreed to make certain changes. The
protesters should accept those and pull back. If
the politicians do not stick to those
commitments the protesters can always go back
into the streets and demand more.
Unfortunately there are external
actors with lots of money who want to prevent
that. They want to throw both countries into
utter chaos or even civil wars because they hope
that it will weaken those factions that have
good relations with Iran.
In Lebanon there was some violence by
followers of the Shia Amal movement against a
protesters tent camp. 'Western' media falsely
attributed the violence to Hizbullah. In Iraq
the guards of a government building in Karbala
shot at protesters who tried to breach its gate.
Some 'western' media falsely alleged that those
shooters were Iranians.
But external actors have made such bids
before only to fail to achieve the wanted
The AFP last line is curious:
On Friday, the country's top Shiite cleric Grand
Ayatollah Ali Sistani said there should be "no
more procrastination" on finding a "roadmap" to
end the crisis.
said much more than that (in
He urged the politicians in power to lay out a
specific roadmap of reforms to end corruption, to
end sectarian/political quotas and for social
justice. He called that a 'unique opportunity'. He
urged the legitimate protesters and the government
to stay peaceful.
Then came the really important parts (machine
Fourth: There are parties and internal and
external parties that have played a prominent
role in the past decades in Iraq, which has been
severely harmed and subjected to the oppression
and abuse of Iraqis, and it may seek today to
exploit the ongoing protest movement to achieve
some of its objectives. Participants in the
protests and others should be Great caution
against the exploitation of these parties and
any loophole through which they can penetrate
their gathering and change the course of the
The external parties that Sistani calls out are
of course the U.S. which invaded Iraq and the Saudis
who financed the Islamic State. That Sistani is
directly pointing to them is extraordinary.
The last part of Sistani's message is equally
Fifth: Our pride in the armed forces and those
who joined them in the fight against ISIS
terrorism and defending Iraq as a people, land
and sanctities have a great credit to everyone,
especially those who are stationed to this day
on the borders and the following sensitive
sites, we should not forget their virtues and
should not forget They hear any word that
detracts from their grave sacrifices, but if it
is possible today to hold peaceful
demonstrations and sit-ins away from the harm of
terrorists, it is thanks to these heroic men,
they have full respect and appreciation.
Sistani, who is not pro-Iran, is fully supporting
the Hashd al-Shaabi. The external actors who want to
use the protest to put Hashd down will fail.
After the U.S. invaded Iran its viceroy Paul
Bremer planned to install a proxy government without
any elections. It was Ayatollah Sistani who
prevented that when he publicly decreed that the
U.S. had to let the Iraqis decide for themselves.
The Marja had spoken, the U.S. had to back down and
elections were held. His statement today is of
similar importance and weight.
Elijah J. Magnier @ejmalrai -
13:13 UTC · Nov 8, 2019
Grand Ayatollah Sistani (via Sheikh
Karbala'ei) warned of internal/external
(countries/players) interference in the
Stresses respect for armed forces & Hashd al-Shaabi:
"All those who fought against terrorism and
still are on the frontline"
Grand Ayatollah Sistani (via Sheikh Karbalaei)
warned explicitly #SaudiArabia and the #US,
responsible for what had happened to Iraq (ISIS
and the destruction that came with it), from
interfering with the protestors.
Very very strong message.
I knew Sistani for many years. I can tell:
this is unheard off and never ever Sayyed
Sistani was so clear and direct, without saying
the names of the countries involved, in accusing
His defence of Hashd al-Shaabi is putting an
end to all naive analysts.
Sistani's statement likely also puts an end to
the violent protesters. Those who continue to fight
or storm government buildings will now be seen as
U.S. and Saudi agents. It is now also likely that
the coup attempt will fail and that the Iraqi
government will survive. But it will have to
implement the reforms the genuine protesters are
That should be doable as Iraq has significant
income and can finance reforms.
The situation in Lebanon is way more difficult.
The sectarian warlords and politicians who
traditionally reign over the country and share the
spoils are unwilling to leave their positions. There
is always the chance of another civil war and the
country is nearly bankrupt. It will require more
delicate negotiations, or even violence, to effect
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