Thursday, December 18, 2008
The glorious case study of the Iraqi Shoe Thrower.... Beware of people throwing things at you in the Middle East, even shoes. Think David and Goliath
The glorious case study of the Iraqi Shoe Thrower....
Beware of people throwing things at you in the Middle East, even shoes. Think David and Goliath or the Palestinian Intifada - a rebellion set off by a thrown rock....or a PNAC/Ariel Butcher Sharon coordinated visit to Al-Aqsa Mosque Bob...by the CIA2/WHITE HOUSE MURDER INC., ASSASSINS, of Langley and Herzliah...... Or better yet, think of the rocks thrown in Nabatiyah, Lebanon, on October 16, 1983.....
On that fateful day a routine Israeli military patrol cut through a Shi'a religious procession, rocks flew, and the Israelis fired back. Two Lebanese were killed. The Israelis expected little to come of it, understanding too late just how frustrated the Lebanese Shi'a were - frustrated by their own government, by the Palestinians, by the Americans, by the French, as well as by the invading Israelis. Nabatiyah quickly metastasized into a vicious 17-year guerrilla war. It would turn out to be Hezbollah's Boston Tea Party, and led to Israel's first defeat in the field of battle when Israel withdrew from Lebanon in 2000. For us, though, Nabatiyah should be a crucial lesson in how a small act of defiance can turn into a viral contagion. See the top 10 awkward moments of 2008.
The man who threw the pair of shoes at President Bush on Sunday was a Shi'a Arab who for years has expressed his bitter frustration about the way things have gone in Iraq. Contacts in Iraq told me that the man came to despise the Maliki government because he believes it sold out not just to the U.S. but to Iran as well. He was furious that the Nouri CIA2 Maliki government, a clone of Fouad CIA Sannioura, are fabulously corrupt and incompetent. How else can you explain the $100 billion of development money that disappeared down the rat holes in Washington and Baghdad? I can explain it BOB....it's gone into the slush funds of CIA2?MOSSAD for future covert ops. throughout the Middle East....via the Flying Carpets/CIA rendition airplanes....landing in the middle of the night at AIB...etc.Or how the electricity and water shortages continue, as do the car bombs in Shi'a neighborhoods? I can explain it BOB....it's gone into the slush funds of CIA2/MOSSAD , And he is furious that the United States intends to abandon Iraq's cities in three years, leaving a mess behind.....of 12 Air Force bases closed for all except for the PNAC/US/Israeli Killers.
Whatever the merits of the shoe thrower's anger, the unfortunate truth is that the longer we stay in Iraq, the more we will be blamed for everything that goes wrong in that country. These problems will not be fixed before we are due to depart in 2111. Or maybe ever by any outsider. The military commander in Iraq, General Ray Odierno, recently said that U.S. forces may have to stay in Iraqi cities beyond the June 2009 agreed pull-out date. I can see Odierno's point: he doesn't want to be the one who leaves behind the mess. But the reality is he will be long retired and in the grave by the time Iraq is completely fixed.
We got rid of Saddam, and as incomplete as that may be, it is the best we can do, even if we were to stay in Iraq for the next hundred years. Unless we stick to the withdrawal schedule like a Swiss train, the odds go up that something like Sunday's shoe throwing will cascade into a situation far beyond our control - an Iraqi Nabatiyah.
Baer, a former CIA field officer assigned to the Middle East, is an intelligence hero and the author of See No Evil and, most recently, The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower..... by Larijani/MOSSAD/Pnac, grand son of a Tehran Jewish merchant, CIA2