Previously unknown hit squad kills iraqi governing council member

U.S. Taboo-breaking continues to provoke resistance – end of occupation not credible

What saddam’s hit squads failed to accomplish, an obscure hit squad calling itself the "arab resistance movement" called: the assassination of issedin salim, chairman of the iraqi governing council.

It is not yet clear how much coincidence was involved in the suicide bombing with a car full of explosives. Abdul sahra mohammed, who used the cover name "issedin salim" during his resistance to the hussein regime, happened to be in the last car of a convoy of cars waiting at a checkpoint to the green security zone in baghdad. A whole group of government council members were waiting at the checkpoint, including adnan patchachi and akhmed chalabi.

Attention success

The car with the assassin stopped at the last car. The blast killed salim, his driver, his bodyguards, and several iraqis who happened to be standing by; because salim was the rotating chairman of the iraqi governing council this month, the previously unknown hit squad was able to "arab resistance movement ar-rashid brigades" the shock headline "leader of the governing council killed" as an attention-grabbing success.

Issedin salim, an intellectual who co-founded the shiite ad-da’wa party, was considered a moderate shiite who, over the course of his winding political life, transformed himself from an adherent of khomeinist ideas to a proponent of pluralistic democracy.

The assassination has been described in the press and by politicians as a major blow the iraqi government’s opposition to the transfer of political power to the iraqis was used as an opportunity to reiterate how serious it was about the handover:

We need to keep an eye on the political transition. It’s time for the occupation to end.

Condoleezza rice

Taboo violations

But what the transfer modalities will look like in six weeks, no one seems to know at the moment, nor how to deal with the difficult military situation in the south. Once again, a villain, muqtada as-sadr, is being hunted at all costs, like ahab hunted the white whale, and with the means employed, bombs on karbala and military operations in the immediate vicinity of highly sacred places of worship, the resistance continues to flare up – the opposite of what is expected.

The fact that this strategy sooner or later also risks the credibility and adherence of sistani and other clerics who oppose muqtada and his al-mahdi militia among the shiite population, seems to be a far cry from the preferred military option of the "bring ’em on" less important. Bremer reportedly rejected negotiations with shiite clan leaders and al-mahdi militia. Unlike in fallujah, where the sunni resistance was united, it is believed that the disunity of the shiite groups can be played with in the south. The attack on salim, however, has once again sent a clear message that any cooperation with the occupiers is to be seen as "treason" and is correspondingly dangerous to life.

Meanwhile, information from the wall street journal further undermines the credibility of the occupation, should it still exist in remnants.

Quietly

As it is stated in the report, bremer and other officials are quietly building "facilities" which guarantee the u.S. A rough influence on the transitional government even after the official end of the occupation. As early as this spring, the groundwork is expected to be laid for new "commissions" have been laid down, which "effectively giving all possible power to several ministries " taken away. "Handpicked advisors" are to be given key roles within the transitional government.

First, according to these plans, there will be a commission to deal with the licensing of iraqi television stations and the press, and to regulate contracts with telephone companies. The members of the commission are appointed by washington, and their term of office is set at five years.

Likewise, bremer’s government created the post of a new security advisor to oversee the training and organization of the iraqi army – and paramilitary groups. According to the handover coalition advisors will remain in all ministries.

In most cases, according to the wall street journal report, over a period of several years "significant" posts with broad powers – z.B. Law enforcement, court subpoenas, contract negotiation and award – remain in the hands of u.S. Deputies.

Obvious irony

According to u.S. Officials, these measures are necessary to prevent an unelected transitional government from making long-term decisions that a later, elected government could not easily reverse the following year. There is also a concern that the transitional government will not be able to transition process by creating conditions that will allow it to stay in power even after its time is up.

Even if the current government council and its pleasure in power are obviously in mind, this is not without obvious irony. It looks like the u.S. Is going to build an embassy in iraq with 1,300.300 american employees and more than 2.000 iraqi, their powerful position in sovereign iraq very clearly documented.