Nur al-Cubicle

A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

The Ahmadinejad Islamic Revolution

Before you read on, please stop by The Arabist Network and read this article on Ahmedinejad’s victory by Simon Kitchen.

This is a dispatch from L'Orient-Le Jour:

The newly-elected President of Iran, ultra-conservative Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, states that the sensation caused his election can be interpreted as a "new Islamic revolution" --a wave which will soon sweep over the entire world.

A new Islamic revolution is born thanks to the blood of the martyrs of 1384 (the current year in the Iranian calandar) and, God willing, will uproot injustice throughout the world, said Ajmadinejad during a meeting with the families of the victims of the 1981 bombing. The era of oppression, hegemony, tyranny and injustice is coming to an end, he continued, pointedly referring to the United States, and a wave of islamic revolution will soon sweep over the entire world. In a single night, the marytrs walked the same path that would have taken 100 years. This talk recalls the first years of the Iranian revolution of which Mr. Ahmadinejad has extoled the "purity", raising fears in the West. For the last several years, however, Teheran has ceased to export revolution, which once caused Western countries and most Arab states to back Saddam Hussein during the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988).

The circumstances in which Mr. Ahmadinejad made these remarks evokes tones of revolution. Mr. Ahmadinejad was meeting with the families of the 70 victims of the bombing of the offices of the Party of the Islamic Republic on June 28, 1981, which killed the Iranian Chief Justice, Ayatollah Mohammed Hosseini Beheshti, dozens of MPs and several ministers. The bombing, attributed to the Mujahedeen-e Khalq [People's Mujahedeen--the terrorist darlings of Paul Wolfowitz--Nur] was one of the first dramas of the Islamic Republic. The following August 30th, President Mohammed Ali Rejaïe and his Prime Minister, Mohammed Javad Bahonar, were assassinated in second bombing. During his campaign, Mr. Ahmadinejad, who will be sworn in on August 3rd, began consultations in view of forming his government. I am exploring things" he said. As speculation swirls, Ahmadinejad added: No one, besides myself, knows what the new government will look like.


Anonymous Mark from Ireland said...

Bad News I'm back and before you ask no they didn't make it ........

On topic

The sooner people realise that Iran is NOT an arab country the better. Iranians are and always have been politically and culturally very nationalistic. The best example of this is that unlike other countries in the Middle East Islam's arrival did NOT mean that the language changed. Farsi is most emphatically not the same as Arabic.

Moreover whenever Persians/Irianians believe that foreigners are trying to take over the country or meddle in its affairs there is ALWAYS a very violent reaction to it.

off topic for this post

One of Knight-Ridder's journalists in Iraq has been killed. Surprise surprise apparently by an American sniper.

Text of Story follows:

Reporter shot to death in Iraq

By Tom Lasseter

Knight Ridder Newspapers

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Yasser Salihee, an Iraqi special correspondent for Knight Ridder, was shot to death in Baghdad last Friday.

The shot appears to have been fired by a U.S. military sniper, though there were Iraqi soldiers in the area who also may have been shooting at the time.

Salihee, 30, had the day off and was driving alone near his home in the western Baghdad neighborhood of Amariyah when a single bullet pierced his windshield and then his skull.

He was shot as his car neared a joint patrol of American and Iraqi troops who'd stopped to search a building for snipers. American and Iraqi soldiers are frequently targeted by suicide car bombers.

The U.S. Army is investigating the incident.

U.S. Humvees blocked three of the entry points to the intersection that Salihee was approaching. The one he was driving toward was manned by Iraqi and American soldiers on foot. It's unclear how well he could have seen those troops, and whether they were standing in the road and waving motorists away, or taking cover by the side of the road in case of sniper attack.

Witnesses at the scene have offered conflicting accounts of what happened.

An early report said Salihee was shot by a passing U.S. convoy when he failed to heed hand signals or shouts from soldiers. That later turned out to be untrue.

Most of the witnesses told another Knight Ridder Iraqi special correspondent that no warning shots were fired. But the front right tire of Salihee's car, a white Daewoo Espero, was pierced by a bullet, presumably meant to stop him from advancing.

Iraqis in Baghdad often complain that U.S. and Iraqi soldiers set up positions in roadways without clearly marking them. Such roadblocks increase the likelihood that motorists won't have time to stop before soldiers, worried about suicide car bombers, open fire, many Iraqis say.

In May, Salihee wrote a story about the dangers of men driving alone in Iraq; such drivers are often suspected of being suicide bombers.

Knight Ridder didn't previously report on Salihee's death because his family was worried about reprisal from insurgents, who often target Iraqis working for Western organizations. The family's wish to have Salihee's story told now outweighs those concerns.

Salihee began working for Knight Ridder in early 2004. He said he left his position as a doctor at Baghdad's Yarmouk Hospital because of low salaries paid by the Iraqi government. He didn't lose his passion for helping others through medicine, though: He volunteered at medical clinics on his days off.

He reported and wrote frequently about the nation's political turmoil, with particular attention to the minority Sunni population and its lack of unity.

Knight Ridder Baghdad Bureau Chief Hannah Allam recently wrote of Salihee: "We weren't really looking for reporters at the time, but Yasser's impeccable English and sunny personality made him too hard to pass up. We hired him and took great delight in watching him blossom into one of our best reporters, the one who accompanied us to militant mosques and talked his way into insurgent-controlled Fallujah."

In the last story he worked on, Salihee used his medical expertise to review records of Sunnis brought to city morgues after reportedly being taken by men in police uniforms.

Salihee is survived by his wife, Raghad, also a physician, and their 2-year-old daughter, Danya.


Nur will you please post links to this like mad. IMO all sides are targetting journalists.

12:11 PM  
Blogger Nur-al-Cubicle said...

Dear Mark,

I am so deeply sorry. My heart goes out to you.


6:41 AM  
Blogger Traveller said...

That's awful, Mark. Really sorry. I added a post at my place just now with links to you and Nur and also Knight Ridder and the Committee to Protect Journalists' website with their tally of journalists' deaths and kidnappings in Iraq. And to the story of the shooting of a Spanish journalist at the Palestine Hotel. Hope others pick up on your story.

10:27 AM  

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