<em>TWN</em> Media Alert “Sam Seder Show” on Air America


10:35 a.m. EST — Sam Seder and I will discuss America’s Middle East mess.
— Steve Clemons


4 comments on “<em>TWN</em> Media Alert “Sam Seder Show” on Air America

  1. C Christie says:

    It’s about time someone started to editorialize the real reason we are having an insurgency/civil war in Iraq. Pulling out or staying the course matters little in solving the problem. OIL is and has always been what everyone is fighting over and until we admit to this and address this the fighting will go on. The US intervention in foreign commerce has a long history known to all
    and we must now accept the fact that we’ve been stopped in this oil adventure, any hope of a favorable oil concession is lost, unless we want to spend another trillion dollars and thousands of American soldiers to buy these concessions at the point of a gun.
    Let us drop the charade that this is a war for Iraqi freedom, it is and always has been a commercial war for access to natural resources and concessions for development and exploitation.
    Who will win at this game of monopoly if the people of Iraq continue with their civil war, my guess is Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia, countries which are stable and can offer the Iraqi security in exchange for economic domination, and (laughingly), allow US companies to gain their OIL concessions through the back door !
    The only one to feel sorry for are peole of Iraq who have unwittingly become pawns in this bloody commercial competition. They were cursed with oil.
    C T Christie


  2. Homer says:

    Steve Clemons: America’s Middle East mess
    Please, if I may, I hope someone will take up the history of the Al Dawa party in Iraq which holds the real reins of power along with the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution of Iraq (sic!), and Muqtada Al Sadr.
    In the 1980s, The WaPost et al did a fair job at revealing who they are.
    Message From Iran Triggered Bombing Spree In Kuwait, The Washington Post, February 3, 1984
    Al Dawa, for example, is no household name in the United States.
    But it is a name important to this story.
    It leads us back to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the ruling figure in Iran; to Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, the militant Lebanese Shiite leader who has been implicated–despite his denials–in the Marine and French bombings in Beirut; to Hussein Musawi, Fadlallah’s strong-arm lieutenant; to the Hakim brothers in Iran and their connections to the Middle East terrorism industry.
    Baalbek Seen As Staging Area For Terrorism, The Washington Post, January 9, 1984
    Al Dawa, according to Arab and western sources, is believed to have had a role in the Oct. 23 suicide bomb attacks on the U.S. Marine and French military compounds in Beirut.
    Beirut Bombers Seen Front for Iranian-Supported Shiite Faction, The Washington Post, January 4, 1984
    The terrorist group that claimed responsibility for the bombing of the U.S. Marine compound and the French military headquarters here may be a front for an exiled Iraqi Shiite opposition party based in Iran, in the view of a number of Arab and western diplomatic sources.
    Authorities in Kuwait say their questioning of suspects in the recent bombing there of the U.S. and French embassies indicates a clear link between Islamic Jihad, a shadowy group that says it carried out the Beirut attacks, and Al Dawa Islamiyah, the main source of resistance to the government of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
    Al Dawa (The Call) has been outlawed in Iraq, where it wants to establish a fundamentalist Islamic state to replace the secular Baath Socialist government of Saddam Hussein, who is a Sunni Moslem.
    It draws its strength from the large Shiite population in southern Iraq. Thousands of its most militant members were expelled to Iran in 1980 before the outbreak of the Iranian-Iraqi war and joined Al Dawa there. But it also has a large following in Lebanon among Iraqi exiles and sympathetic Lebanese Shiites.
    While Al Dawa operates out of Tehran, it is not clear whether its activities abroad are under direct Iranian control or merely have Iran’s tacit acceptance.
    10 Pro-Iranian Shiites Held in Kuwait Bombings, The Washington Post December 19, 1983
    Kuwait announced yesterday the arrest of 10 Shiite Moslems with ties to Iran in terrorist bombings that killed four people and wounded 66 last Monday at the U.S. Embassy and other targets.
    “All 10 have admitted involvement in the incidents as well as participating in planning the blasts,” Abdul Aziz Hussein, minister of state for Cabinet affairs, told reporters after a Cabinet session, United Press International reported.
    Hussein said the seven Iraqis and three Lebanese were members of the Al Dawa party, a radical Iraqi Shiite Moslem group with close ties to Iran.
    The Miami Herald, December 19, 1983
    Kuwait Sunday announced the arrests of 10 Shiite Moslems with ties to Iran in the terrorist bombings that killed four people and wounded 66 last week at the U.S. Embassy and other targets.
    Hussein said fingerprints from the driver who died in the blast at the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait identified him as Raad Akeel al Badran, an Iraqi mechanic who lived in Kuwait and belonged to the Dawa party.
    U.S. HAS LIST OF BOMB SUSPECTS, LEBANESE SAYS Detroit Free Press, October 29, 1983
    The source said the drivers of the two bomb-laden trucks were blessed before their mission by Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, leader of the Iranian-backed Dawa Party, a Lebanese Shiite Muslim splinter group.
    Large Turnout Reported For 1st Iraqi Vote Since ’58 The Washington Post, June 21, 1980
    In another development today, Al Dawa, a clandestine Iraqi fundamentalist Moslem organization, claimed responsibility for yesterday’s grenade attack on the British Embassy here in which three gunmen reportedly were killed.
    An Al Dawa spokesman told Agence France-Presse by phone that the attack was a “punitive operation against a center of British and American plotters.”
    Secretary of State George Shultz said Tuesday that there “quite likely” was a link between the U.S. Embassy bombing in Kuwait and attacks on American facilities in Lebanon. He warned of possible retaliation.
    The sources said the investigators matched the prints on the fingers with those on file with Kuwaiti authorities and
    tentatively identified the assailant as Raed Mukbil, an Iraqi automobile mechanic who lived in Kuwait and was a member of Hezb Al Dawa, a fundamentalist Iraqi Shiite Moslem group based in Iran.
    Iraq Keeps a Tight Rein on Shiites While Bidding to Win Their Loyalty The Washington Post, November 30, 1982
    Membership in Dawa, which means “the call,” is punishable by execution. Dawa guerrillas were known for hurling grenades into crowds during religious ceremonies, and attacks claimed by the party were frequent until the middle of 1980.


  3. PW says:

    I missed that by about half an hour. But I am listening to Daniel Levy on the Al Franken show. He’s a very impressive analyist — and a very gentle, deft handler of customary Franken’s distractions and interruptions!


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