Haider al-Mulla; an Iraqi politician came out to us from democracy's Champagne, which Iraq drink it, after the American occupation take off its cork; with theannouncement: Mission Accomplished.
His political activity carried the brand "Overseas" for sectarians. The sectarian's wrinkles never shown up on his political face, even in the election campaigns. Never changed his political bag.
Remained us always that he belonging to the Iraqi National Dialogue Front, and being careful to repeat: Saleh al-Mutlaq is my political “God Father".
In a conversation with him, he told me a lot of things, they sounded contradictory; October's uprising in 2019 was one of them. In the first place evaluated it "The popular movement changed the political equation ". After that he throwing stones on the mentality of October's youth in politics "October's youths can't distinguish between bad and good politicians".
He see in the American president; Donald Trump, a new Kissinger, and whipped the Middle Eastern policy for his predecessor, which dervishes in what a liken a Sufi's hospice for Muslims Brotherhood and Iranians.
He saw Mr. Mustafa al-Kadhimi as the “Sniper” of October's 2020. Claimed that the sniping operation implemented by " 6 political blocs", hits October's back. He expected too; that the Iraqi currency will be collapsed in the next days, and the “Salaries of employees whose works in the state's institutions will decrease by 30% at least".
Baghdad- Massar Abdelmohsen Rady
The original subject in Arabic; is Translated into English by the writer
Trump: New Kissinger
Al-Mullah believes that the best partners for Iraq upon all levels are " US and Brussels and there is no disagreement about that".
When you told him Iraq mustn't forget, Brussels now two halves; which one of them seems inclined toward Beijing, Moscow, and Tehran, he doesn’t hesitate to answer “in theoretical study about Iraq in the 21th century, we will wish the best relationships for him with the whole international community; if we put the blackboard and we have students. We will talk like this".
The dilemma in Al-Mullah perspective “in de facto policy, the problem of Iraq today, he is the castle of resistance axis in the regionو this axis never penetrated in the region, except through the Iraqi gateway. Lebanon becomes a secondary place for this axis".
His personal definition dictionary for the term –Resistance Axis- was " I called it the sectarian's axis, but it named a resistance in the mainstream literatures".
I asked him: why you seems so frustrated from this axis; answered “Because it is destroying Iraq and the region. trading, and promoting the sectarian's project; which Turkey and some Arabian states identified with it. For that reason, the priority of Iraq must be a strategic partnership with US and the European states, because we can't alone get rid from this axis and other ones".
About the next American administration, and if the Democratic or the GOP take its wheel, will become more eligible to deal with Iraq and Middle East, he inaugurated " the American citizen raised upon the believe that US is the world. until this moment, just 55% from the American people owned passports, its clearing sign that the American people not concerned in foreign policy".
Continue " what happened after 1991, that the Quartet; Paul Wolfowitz, Dick Cheney, Colin Paul, and W. Bush, launched the "New Middle East" project; which ignited by 11 Sep 2001 event".
The core vision of al-Mullah in this issue " the American legend theory; which she effects in the world not affected, erosion factors will not pass through it; like they passed the whole empires before, and because it is the only empire in the history overseas and not formed in the world's heart like other ones, stroked by 11 SEP".
Al-Mullah assumed “Trump changed the foreign policy agenda of the partisan, in dealing with Iraq and Middle East. his priority in the region two states; the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Israel, and the Abraham's peace which was held between some Arabian states and Israel, but Iraq not a priority".
Democratic polices slapped by this politician who entered the sixth decade of his age " Democrats divorced Iraq completely in Obama era, withdrawal from it, identified with the sectarian's project in the region, supported the line of Muslims Brotherhood, and what is known as the line of Iranian resistance".
The bottom line for his hypothesis “Trump changed the foreign policy equations, which established upon Kissinger in the sixties of 20th century. As a new Kissinger, he established the foreign policy on the base of economical investment to any strategic, political, or militarism service; which US will give it to any state in the world. In my opinion; no American administration will be able to change Trump's policy".
October's 2019 disowned October's 2020
October's 2019 uprising, divided the Iraqi political spectrum. Al-Mullah explained this " it was a factor changed the political equation, and for that the political blocs dislike the entry of this new player, and tried to assassin it with all available ways".
He accused Mr. Mustafa al-Kadhimi " played a role in assassinate October, by polarizing some participants parties in October's 2019, and created internal contradictions among the icons and activists of Tahrir (demonstration) squares. I think this behavior more fatal in terms of impact on the future of this popular movement, more than the " Sniper " who killed the youths of October's uprising".
The prosecution of al-Mullah also alleged “misled the youths; doesn't be honest with them; that he can't do anything without parliamentarian blanket, to implement the reformation which protesters called for it. Formed six political blocs, from Tahrir squares. Because all of this we found October's 2020 radically different from its peer in 2019; in everything".
The October's uprising version in 2019 confronted by “the Brutal authority of Mr. Adil Abdul-Mahdi, to abort this movement, burned and shut down the media, threatened politicians, and killed the activists".
Al-Mullah media participation in this event cost him “Me and Mr. Adnan al-Zurfi was the only politicians who stayed in Baghdad and didn't run away. This cost me 576 arrest warrants, a precedent in the history of Iraqi judiciary, even from the establishing of modern Iraqi state, because I indicted some Iraqi parties, which cooperated with Abdul-Mahdi authority in targeting protesters, by what became known as “Snipers Crime".
He declared his pessimistic in October's uprising and its youths in romantic sense “I am the son of political environment which they revolt against it; I have the courageous to admit that obviously and frankly. The authority's policies over 17 years, weakened the awareness of people. I can't ask them to distinguish between who was participated but opponent, and who was participated, identified, and benefiting from this environment".
Al-Mullah found he need to cement above " I give to you an example; before two weeks, I had a meeting in my office, with 25 female and male students, alumni from faculty of political sciences, doesn't know who is the president".
I interrupted him without hesitate: don't you exaggerating?
Confirmed to me "I am not exaggerating, One of them she thought that US is one of Iraq's neighbor states. how can I asked the October's youths, whose amongst them Tuk Tuk drivers, and who didn't finish the last year of his middle school, to distinguish between good and bad politicians".
Qatari money was a factory of displayed Iraqis
Al-Mulla who seemed in his early forties think " the sectarian's attitude for Iraqis is a social behavior not a dogmatically intellectually structure. Will Durant in “Civilization": the struggling of human being which made him excel, based on one fact, its abstract his struggling with the nature's forces and challenging them for survival".
Comment upon the role of Najaf's Marjayah in the culture of sectarianism " after 2003; the umbrella of the protecting state fallen. Iraqi instinctively began to seek protection in religion, tribe, and in regionalism. The attitude of political authority and powerful clergy enhanced the affiliation to the sub-identities upon the expense of the national one".
He added the Sunni to his analysis “the problem of Sunni political class after 2003; that it's identified with the sectarian's project, because it was not ready for the changing after 2003. When you fellow the Sunni performance over the past 17 years, you found it filled with contradictions. As an example they rejected the constitution in the beginning, and calling after that for the implementing of it. Refusing the regions and calling for regionalization after period".
I commented on his words with question: do you mean they still suffer from occupation's headache!?
Replied “exactly; the occupation's headache still malfunction the compass at the majority of Sunni political class".
The nature of future which he want to make it for his children and if Iraq was good place for that. at first; propagandizing for his political character " the demonstrations in Sunni's governorates produced by the oppression of authority and the injustice of society; it’s the most noblest words I ever said. For that I was and still firm supporter for the idea of Sunni's uprising, which opposed the authority of al-Maliki in 2012. I always declaring in every occasion: October's 2019 never was the first uprising, but it was the second one".
Looked at him and said: you didn’t answer my question!?
He continue as I never interrupted him “when the Qatari money entered from some political parties, which want to trade in people suffers, I cautioned the people. And indeed the external money produced Four Million displaced Iraqis".
I want to jump from my question about his children, but after this last attempt: that meant you want to be realistic… you can't bring your children in the future to live in Iraq?
Finally; I succeeded “I didn't see them from 8 months. I said it clearly: the sons of politicians, provided with living conditions radically different from the sons of ordinary people. There is a huge gap between my sons living conditions and the others. Me and my colleagues in political parties must working to shrink this gap".
Al-Kadhimi a Facebook's Phenomenon and Salaries will be Dwarfed
The critical Iraqi economy situation, which we seen through the permanent late in paying salaries; ignited al-Mullah expectations “I think we are in front of an economic collapse. it will be happened in the next few days, or the salaries will decrease by 30% at least".
He advised Iraqi people “must pressure on government. It is the liability of government and political class to find a solutions for them. Both can't use the economic crisis as crutch for their failure".
Early elections as Mr. al-Kadhimi promised; for al-Mullah “it’s some kind of fraud, because the Iraqi election committee needs 18 months if government provided it with the financial resources, to accomplish the bio-metric update for voters information".
Assessed Mr. al-Kadhimi as “a Facebook's phenomenon which will be end sooner or later; either by falling for the political process or by elections if it's happened. Ever will not be more than that".
Massar Abdelmohsen Rady, an Iraqi Journalist, Narrator; published two books, worked as executive editor-in-chief for Iraq Alyoum newspaper for more than 15 years, write in Arabic and occasionally in English, he published in many Iraqis and Arabs platforms, political researcher focused on MENA generally, hosted regularly on Iraqi and Arabs TV channels, and you can reach him on Twitter: @ voice chorus or by e: [email protected]