July 12, 2005
Voices of Resistance
An Interview with Dr. Mohammad al-Obaidi of Iraq’s Peoples’ Struggle Movement
By LAITH al-SAUD
The mainstream media’s attenuation of information regarding Iraq has now rendered public discourse about US policy in Iraq incoherent and incomprehensible. In spite of rising death and tragedy in Iraq, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld claims “progress”. Instead of debating the criminality of the US invasion and occupation of Iraq, the New York Times and Washington Post are discussing what Dick Cheney actually meant by “last throes.” And, of course, instead of finding a way to end the destructive campaign that the Bush administration inflicts on the Iraqi people, Americans are being asked for open-ended commitment to war. Completely obliterated in all this is the suppression by the tmainstream media of an entire side of the issue: the opposition. Opposition is always a check on hegemony, and the domination of the Bush administration’s point of view in the mainstream media has induced complacency on the part of American officials-to the point they do not have to make sense or speak the truth.
Clearly, opposition to the occupation of Iraq does not consist only of Iraqis, but many others . But with all due respect to the global moral support that the Iraqi people have in their resistance, we are concerned with here are what actual Iraqi intellectuals, professionals and community leaders who are connected to Iraq have to say of the situation.
What follows is an interview, (in what is hoped to be a series of interviews of individuals and groups,) with someone actually connected to Iraq and those opposed to the American occupation. I should add that while I make no secret of my moral and political support for the Iraqis’ right to defend themselves convincing the reader to adopt the same position is not the intention of the following discussion. It is simply to provide more information regarding one of the most important issues of our time.
Dr. Mohammad al-Obaidi is a member of the People’s Struggle Movement, more information on this group can be found at www.kifah.org in which links are provided to their political communiquÃ©, available in English.
FULL at Counterpunch