October 19, 2008 by The Mormon Worker
Many early opponents of the 2003 US invasion of Iraq have long argued that the US war had little to do with WMD, and alot to do with US efforts to establish and maintain a permanent military presence in Iraq in order to project military power in the heart of the worlds energy producing countries. Many Iraqis, both Sunni and Shia, share this concern and are strongly opposed to the signing of the agreement. BBC news reported yesterday that the Sadr Movement organized a roughly 50,000 strong demonstration, where protesters shouted “Get out occupier!” to warn Iraqi politicians not to support its signing. See the BBC video here:
If the American government had any respect for Iraqi democracy it would end attempts to sign the agreement and withdraw from Iraq. Below is my translation of an excerpt from an article addressing this issue, which appeared today in Al-Hayat newspaper.
Al-Sadr: the Security Agreement permits the permanent presence of American Forces
10/19/08 Al-Hayat Newspaper
Shiite religious leader Muqtada Al-Sadr warned Iraqi officials against signing the security agreement with the United States of America, because “it will not give Iraqis sovereignty over their own country and will not end the occupation. . .”
During the large demonstration “against the occupation” organized by his movement in Baghdad and in a statement read by Sheikh Abdel Hadi Al-Muhammadawi, Sadr called on the Iraqi parliament to “reject the security agreement [with the U.S.] because it will give permission for the presence of permanent bases for the American Forces in Iraq.” And in a strong attack on the government and politicians which support the signing of the agreement, Sadr said, “If one of them [politicians] says that it will give you [the Iraqi people] sovereignty, he is a liar.” And he expressed that the agreement will become a mark of shame on the face of Iraq and its government with the passing of time, just like Camp David and Sykes-Picot and other such agreements which also had humanitarian facades.