October 1, 2008, - 8:39 am

New Boss Same As the Old Boss: Welcome to the “New” Iraq

By Debbie Schlussel
In the past, I’ve written about Mithal Al-Alusi, the courageous, independent, Sunni member of Iraqi parliament, who supports democracy and wants peace and relations with Israel. He’s also wary of the intense Iranian influence over the Shi’ite ruling figures. For all of this, Al-Alusi has lost two sons to targeted assassination–where he was the primary target.
Now, we see what the “new” Iraq is all about. It’s the same as the old Iraq. It’s intolerant, extreme, and barbaric.
Al-Alusi, because he visited Israel, has had his parliamentary immunity lifted. His fellow “democrats” in the Iraqi parliament voted for this overwhelmingly. With his immunity lifted, he can now be prosecuted and face the death penalty, which was the goal of those who moved to lift it. They want him executed.

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Iraqi Legislator Mithal Al-Alusi: He Lost His Sons

For Supporting Peace w/ Israel; Now Could Be Executed

Iraqi legislators said Sunday that parliament had voted to lift the immunity of a Sunni Arab lawmaker who visited Israel.
The parliament has also banned Mithal al-Alusi from traveling outside Iraq or attending parliamentary sessions, they said.
Sunday’s punishment was confirmed by Osama al-Nujeif, a Sunni Arab lawmaker, and Haider al-Ibadi, a Shi’ite lawmaker.
The two men said Alusi’s trip was illegal and a humiliation for Iraqis who see Israel as a historical enemy. Without parliamentary immunity, Alusi could be subject to prosecution.
Alusi, chairman of Iraq’s Democratic Party, Mithal al-Alusi, surprisingly arrived at a conference on terror in Herzliya last Wednesday, calling for the establishment of a joint intelligence network with Israel and the United States.
“In Israel, there is no occupation, there is liberalism,” Alusi said to the sound of roaring applause.
Alusi made his first trip to Israel in September 2004 to participate in a counter-terrorism conference. Apparently as payback, extremists murdered his two sons, 22 and 30.

The next time you hear conservatives or President Bush or anyone else point to the died purple fingers of the Iraqi people voting in elections, remember: This is what they voted for.
Let’s hear it for the new Iraqi “democracy” and “freedom.” This is what over 4,000 of our soldiers died for?
Please tell me how this kind of stuff is different than Saddam’s activities? Oh, it’s Shi’ite instead of Sunni. Same difference.

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10 Responses

It is a complete lie to say the new Iraq is the same as the old Iraq. To wit: no rape rooms, no mass murders, and no money paid to arab terrorists for killing Jews. And this is just for starters. This post is an over reaction and a bunch of hyperventillating bullcrap. The fact that ONE thing goes on that you disagree with means the entire battle for Iraq was a waste of time? Shame on you for devaluing the 4000 American deaths. This post is one of your most pathetic.
[S: IN FACT, I’VE CITED MANY EXAMPLES OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS, ESPECIALLY IN RECENT MONTHS, THAT DEMONSTRATE HOW THE NEW IRAQ IS THE SAME, AND ACTUALLY STRATEGICALLY WORSE (SINCE IT’S NOW RUN BY IRANIAN-BACKED SHI’ITES) AS THE OLD IRAQ. GUESS YOU FORGOT THE MANY POSTS I’VE PUT UP ABOUT THE MURDER OF CHRISTIANS BY SHI’ITES AND ABOUT THE LEGALLY SANCTIONED HONOR KILLING OF AN IRAQI DAUGHTER WHO DATED A CHRISTIAN BRITISH SOLDIER. YOU CLEARLY NEED SOME READING GLASSES. AND SOME MANNERS. LEARN THEM ELSEWHERE, SINCE I’M TIRED OF YOUR INSULTING COMMENTS ON MY SITE AND OBNOXIOUS E-MAILS TO ME, AND YOU’VE BEEN BANNED. YOU WERE FOREWARNED, BUT YOU REFUSED TO TAKE THE HINT. BUH-BYE. DS]

softwaregurus on October 1, 2008 at 5:29 pm

Iraqi anti Semitism is deep and will take years to uproot. Still Iraq is better off without Saddam (and so is the world).
Has anyone heard form our Sec. of State the incompetent Miss Rice?

Ripper on October 1, 2008 at 5:34 pm

I agree with Debbie. I felt this way ever since I heard that their constitution is based subordinate to the koran and subject to sharia law.
Once we leave Iraq with soon devolve back into their typical islamic murderous ways.
By the way, Christians in Iraq are faring a lot worst now than they were under Saddam and there is little hope for their betterment.
Should have followed Ann Coulter’s advice.

FIVEOFNINE on October 1, 2008 at 10:15 pm

I sure hope that our State Dept. launches a public protest against this. Not like I’m holding my breath. If you have any ideas on how to make that happen, please let me know.

There is NO Santa Claus on October 1, 2008 at 11:55 pm

Trying to promote democracy, like what we think of in the west as being democracy, with such things like liberty and humans rights as accompaniments, in Iraq, or pretty much any Islamic country, is like planting seeds in toxic soil.
The seeds will not grow.

feralcat9 on October 2, 2008 at 3:17 am

Islam has been the same problem for 1400 years. Israel has NEVER been the specific problem & is simply a modern version of the Crusader States. Israel is a local scapegoat for Islam’s intolerance for EVERYONE & ANYTHING else.

Bruno on October 2, 2008 at 8:36 am

There was a young lady from Niger,.
Who smiled as she rode on a tiger.
They returned from the ride.
With the lady inside,
And the smile on the face of the tiger.
Lady = Democracy
Tiger = Islam

poetcomic1 on October 2, 2008 at 9:33 am

When I heard they were not going to form the new Iraq Government based on our Constitution the handwriting was on the wall. We can thank Condi, Paul Bremer, and GWB for this mess.
One the principles they abhorred was the second amendment and I can still remember reading about it after the fall of Saddam with Paul Bremer refusing the Iraq people the right to defend themselves.
You see, they are One World Government Republicans that do not believe in our Constitution but the Rockefeller sponsored United Nations rule by the elite.
Just look at all the unconstitutional legislation that GWB has signed into law while pretending to be a conservative republican.
The latest example is the financial bailout. What section of the Constitution allows the Federal Government to steal money from Americans to bailout elitist banking interests that committed fraud for their own benefit?
The Senate should be frog marched before the American people for violating our own Constitution.

ScottyDog on October 2, 2008 at 4:06 pm

I hope you are wrong, but fear you are not:(

mindy1 on October 2, 2008 at 6:57 pm

I agree that at least with Saddam he was a Sunni and counterbalanced Iran. I am not convinved either that Iraq is connected to Al Quida and this idea that we just prop up an American style democracy with all our immorality that this nation sadly has is just a neocon dream.
I do think we need to do something about Iran already though. Either us or Israel. But this endless war we have with Iraq is very bothersome and costly as well.

adam6275 on October 2, 2008 at 11:43 pm

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