August 29, 2008, - 2:26 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
On this site, I’ve repeatedly criticized the “free” elections in Iraq, which handed the country over to Iran and Shi’ite extremism.
The arrest of Ali Al-Lami is blatant evidence of that. Not only is Al-Lami a top Iraqi official, he was on the Iraqi Elections Commission, which raises questions about election fraud in favor of pan-Iranian Shi’ite parties.
Bush made a big mistake not handing the country over to a benevolent, pro-U.S. Shah-like Sunni dictator.
Alhamdillullah [Praise allah], the Sh’ite crescent is complete:
A senior official in Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government was in custody Thursday, suspected of ties to Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias and plotting a June bombing that killed 10 people, including four Americans, Iraqi authorities said.
The arrest of Ali al-Lami — which happened Wednesday in Baghdad as he left a plane arriving from Lebanon — reinforced suspicions about Iran’s influence within the Shi’ite-led Iraqi government and could open wider investigations into Shi’ite networks, including possible links to Lebanon’s Hizballah.
Al-Lami heads a commission responsible for keeping loyalists to former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, a Sunni, out of government posts. He has been a target of criticism from Sunni leaders who claim the government wants to limit the overall Sunni voice in political and security issues.
He was arrested by U.S. and Iraqi troops at the airport as he returned with his family from medical treatment in Beirut, said a member of his commission, Qaiser Watout.
U.S. military officials would not confirm the arrest of al-Lami, who has been involved in government affairs since shortly after Hussein’s fall in 2003.
But the U.S. command said a suspected senior leader of Iran-backed Special Groups militias was detained at the airport on allegations of planning the June 24 bombing of a municipal building in Sadr City, a Shi’ite district in the capital. Two U.S. soldiers and two State Department employees died in the blast, along with six Iraqis.
“The man has been known to travel in and out of Iraq to neighboring nations including Iran and Lebanon, where it is believed he meets and helps run the Iranian-backed Special Groups in Iraq,” a U.S. military statement said.
In Washington, a senior U.S. military intelligence official said Thursday that the statement referred to al-Lami and that he was believed to have information that would lead investigators to people connected to other countries, an apparent reference to Iran and Lebanon. . . .
Iraqi Shi’ite parties that dominate the government maintain close ties to Iran [DS: Duh!], where many key figures spent years in exile during Hussein’s rule. . . .
“The Americans know very well that such people were brought up and trained” in the Iranian intelligence system, [Sunni legislator Mohammed] al-Daini said. . . . “The detention of al-Lami is part of a chain of events that will lead to the uncovering of others.”
Exit Question: How many others like Al-Lami are there in the Iraqi government.
Answer: it’s swarming with ‘em.
“Winning in Iraq”? Or Establishing Iran II in Iraq?
On that note, I repeatedly find it incredible that over-rated airhead Mr. Campbell Brown a/k/a Den Senor–who helped architect the failed de-Baathification of Iraq and was a key leader in the capitulation to Shi’ism–has a half-page op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal criticizing Joe Biden on Iraq. He’s as wrong as clueless Biden, actually worse.