By Ibrahim Ebeid & Husayn Al-Kurdi
08 October, 2007
By far the biggest story and best-kept secret in the Western media has been the steady development of the Resistance to the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq. While the attention of the U.S. information services and its accomplices has been fixated on the sectarian violence among various ethnic and religious communities, the Arab Ba'ath Socialist Party has steadily been uniting and cooperating with all in Iraq who show themselves to be committed to ridding their country of occupation and restoring it to the exercise of self-determination and a resumption of its role at the forefront of the Arab struggle against Imperialism and Zionism.
The occupation of Baghdad by U.S. forces and Bush's declaration of "victory" in 2003 marked the beginning of the Ba'ath led Iraqi Resistance. Saddam Hussein and other Ba'ath leaders, in consultation with people in Baghdad, dispersed throughout Iraq and began to fight a protracted War of national liberation in resistance to the occupiers. They refused to remain concentrated in Baghdad so as to save that city from destruction and to enhance the successful transition to a guerrilla/ People's War mode of struggle.
While the U.S. was sponsoring exiles to turn death squads loose on the Iraqi people, targeting those who supported the Ba'ath or were otherwise opposed to the occupation, the Ba'ath and its allies and partners operated on the basis of militarily engaging the enemy, including his puppets and stooges, scrupulously avoiding the harming of innocents and promoting unity among all Iraqis from all religious, ethnic and political backgrounds who are interested in liberating and defending their nation.
In spite of repeated attempts to co-opt, discredit and divide it the Ba'ath, it is remarkable that no leading Ba'athist has been induced to betray his Party's principles of promoting Arab unity, striving for freedom from the USA and Jewish-state occupiers of the Arab lands, and building a socialist society which serves the welfare of the popular classes.
Saddam Hussein has emerged as the great steadfast leader and Martyr and modern Founding Father of Iraq, a stalwart in the Arab cause and a champion of Islam in the tradition of Salah-al-Deen Al-Ayyubi , the fabled "Saladin" who drove the Crusaders out of Jerusalem and stifled their efforts at occupying Palestine and subjugating the forces of Islam. Saddam's activities and his example have contributed immeasurably to the re-emergence of the Ba'ath at the heart and head of the Resistance in Iraq, although this remains a closely-guarded secret in America and the West. Even Leftist and allegedly "progressive" circles who have nominally supported past national liberation movements such as in Vietnam have not been forthcoming with similar expressions of solidarity for the Iraqi counterpart. Instead, they claim that the Ba'ath "died with Saddam", that the Resistance has been crushed and only the media-touted "civil war" remains to be seen in their field of vision. The Resistance simply does not exist for them. Fortunately, it not only exists but is waxing fiercely throughout the country at the present time.
The puppet Iraqi "National Security Adviser", Muwafaq al-Rubaie confirmed in his recent Washington visit that "Saddam has planted an incurable virus" in the minds of Iraqis. That "virus" is non-acceptance of the occupation and refusal of its puppet government. In the same breath, al-Rubaie affirmed that he and his associates have "chosen once and for all its strategic ally and that is the United States of America."
A signal event occurred in September when 22 Iraqi Resistance groups convened a Unification Congress in a liberated area of Baghdad. The Congress resolved to unite all the groups who were in attendance on the basis of achieving the total liberation of Iraq, however long that may take. The Congress also decided that membership in the unified Resistance Front would be open to other groups or fighters wishing to join. A Supreme Command of the Jihad and Liberation Struggle was created and Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, Ba'ath Secretary-general and President of Iraq, was elected the Supreme Commander of the Front.
The Supreme Command then convened its own meeting at which a General Staff was created. Lieutenant General Amir Muhammad Amin was named Deputy Supreme Commander for military affairs, while Shaykh 'Ali Abdallah al-Ubaydi' was chosen to head a religious consultative body. A national security board was formed to be headed by General Khalid Sulayman Khalaf. A board for administrative and financial affairs was created under the command of Lieutenant General Muhammad Salih Alwan and an information and mobilization bureau set up under the command of General Salah ad-Deen Ahmad. Dr. Kan'an Amin was selected as official spokesman for the Jihad and Liberation Command.
The Supreme Command declared that the Jihad and Liberation Command upheld "sacred principles" that could not be violated and that no party was authorized to enter into negotiations with the American enemy except on the basis of these principles. The preconditions for negotiations with the occupying forces were clearly spelled out in the following terms:
Officially recognize the patriotic Resistance, with all the patriotic, Arab nationalist and Islamist Resistance organizations, as the sole legitimate representative of Iraq and its great people.
Officially announce an unconditional withdrawal from Iraq, whether immediate or in quick stages.
Halt raids, pursuits, killings, destruction, sabotage, dispossessions and expulsions and withdraw the occupation troops from all population centers.
Free all prisoners and detainees without exception and compensate them for their losses.
Return to service the Iraqi Army and national security forces, to be restored in keeping with the rules and traditions that were in force before the American invasion. They must also be compensated for their losses.
Pledge to compensate Iraq for losses and injuries to the country caused by the occupation.
Cancel all laws, decrees and other pieces of legislation issued during the occupation.
If the enemy wants to withdraw in a face-saving manner, they should sit down and speak directly with the Resistance to discuss the implementation of these sacred principles. Otherwise, their only alternative is collapse and flight.
After preparing a program for the implementation of these principles, meetings and dialogs will take place between the people of Iraq through the interim government with the aggression states to reformulate official relations with them on the basis of equality and non-interference in the internal affairs of others, respect for independence, sovereignty and self-determination.
After the start of the withdrawal of the enemy from the homeland, the Resistance forces will meet for the formation of a national council (shura) to oversee the transitional phase and appoint a transitional government for an agreed-upon period of time, to prepare for Legislative Assembly elections so that the people can freely elect its own leadership.
The 22 groups represented at the meeting included:
1 - Army of the Naqshabandi Order.
2 - Jaysh al-Sahaba.
3 - Jaysh al-Murabiteen.
4 - Jaysh al-Risala.
5 - Jaysh al-Walid.
6 - Unified Command of Mujahedeen (Iraq).
7 - Kataeb al-Tahrir.
8 - Jaysh al-Mustafa.
9 - Jaysh Tahrir Iraq.
10 - Saraya al-Shuhada.
11 - Jaysh al-Sabireen.
12 - Kataeb al-Jihad al-Ard al-Rafyein.
13 - Jaysh al-Faris (in the Kurdish "self-rule" area).
14 - Saraya al-Jihad (Basra).
15 - Saraya al-Falluja al-Jihadiya.
17 - The National Popular Liberation Front off Iraq.
18 - Saraya Altaf al-Husseiniya.
19 - Saraya Tahrir al-Junoob.
20 - Jaysh Haneen.
21 - Saraya Diyala for Jihad and Liberation.
22 - Saraya Al-Majd for the Liberation of Iraq.