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Obama and Blackwater

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The political Council of the Iraqi Resistance: An open letter to Barack Obama

Al Moharer.net


We must put in front of your eyes several points which may benefit the new US administration and avoid the mistakes made by your predecessor:


1 - Your triumph in the elections was not because the US citizens wanted to be against racism, it was due to the many mistakes made by the current US administration, which forced the US citizen to never think again, and for a single instant, to see the current administration continue. This has been proved by the volume of votes in your favor.

2 - Your election promises were based on change.. and change is necessary.. and we say with you that it is time for a change for the destruction undergone by the current administration against our homeland, Iraq, such as mass murder, displacing people by force, sectarianism, and racism have been very harmful to your reputation as a US people. They destroyed the assets of a country which didn't aggress against you as you rightly admitted. For this reason, we ask you for change and not to listen to those who tell you that a US withdrawal means defeat. We say that withdrawal means the triumph of reason and logic.

3 - The large votes in your favor, will give you an opportunity to take courageous decisions for the rampaging behavior of your predecessors harmed the US people before anybody else. God, hollowed be His name, told us in his generous holy Book the Koran, that He created humans to know each other and not to murder each other.(We made of you peoples and tribes, to know each other. The most honorable before God amongst you, are the most pious.)

4 - We are a people known for our courage, generosity and good treatment of the foreigner. The one who is good to us, we shall treat him better than what he did to us. But the one, who aggresses against us, shall see us sacrificing our souls to defend ourselves. Imagine an occupier who despises our faith, our homeland, its destiny, security and its unity!

5 - Playing around the security of our homeland through agreement with third parties, to achieve your interests and theirs on the detriment of ours shall have dire consequences. So, you should never think about that and never try to find a solution to your problems with the others, behind our back. We hope that you understand what we mean and that you comprehend what we are talking about.

6 - We shall be flexible on how to deal with your withdrawal provided it not to be according to a security agreement signed with the puppet parties or with the made up artificial government. You should correct your mistakes and act courageously to pay compensation for all those whom you destroyed their families, homes or psychologically. You should also free all the prisoners you detain in your jails until the last Iraqi, and force the sectarian government to free all the detainees in its jails and bring back the security balance in Iraq. Otherwise, we don't think that you are bringing the change you promised. If you do, you will belong to courageous people who will enter the history from its widest doors.

Last, we in the Resistance, shall always be faithful to our promise to liberate our homeland and we shall never flinch from that objective. The history of our ancestors can be a proof of what we are uttering. We shall be as good as our forefathers to defend our nation' sacrosanct values.

5th November 2008

The political Council of the Iraqi Resistance

* Translated by Abu Assur. http://www.al- moharer.net



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