Call on Iraqi resistance movements: Learn from history

This is an open letter to Iraqi resistance and not insurgent groups that was posted by Ali Al-Hamdani on the Arabic newspaper Kitabat.

Call on Iraqi resistance movements: Learn from history

"To all organizations, fronts, and resistance movements operating in Iraq: warm nationalist greetings.

"I hope this open letter will find its way into your hands and be viewed and read by the Iraqi people. May God bless you and help you in your cause, strengthen your hearts and your footholds, and make you a part of those who never run in fear

"I shall begin by saying that Allah's hand strengthens those who are united.

(Qur'an): "All be faithful to Allah and never disperse."

"It is always of great benefit to learn from the experience of the past. Let us learn the lessons of history and develop plans that can be executed quickly.

"There are numerous examples of national resistance movements against foreign occupiers, collaborators and insiders who side with the occupier and sell themselves, their countries and their own peoples out. This is what we see in Iraq today, Let's learn from those examples.

"The First model of national armed resistance is that of the Vietnamese against American occupation during the 1960s.

"Second is the 50-year old Palestinian struggle against Israeli occupation. The successes and failures of these two resistance movements are worthy of study; the lessons learned could form the basis of a successful resistance against the foreign occupier and clients of Iran who today hold power in Iraq.

"These models should provide a bridgehead for making a qualitative leap forward. I haven't touched on the experiences of other resistance movements, whether in Latin America or Africa, since the two models I have picked are representative in terms of popular Third World struggles.

"The Vietnamese resistance was not an armed front for the Communist Party as commonly believed. That was just American propaganda, similar to what the U.S. is trying to do today by labeling resistance fighters terrorists, extremists or members of Al Qaeda.

"The Vietnamese resistance (the Vietcong) comprised all nationalists who had taken up arms against America's occupation. Organizationally and tactically, the Vietcong had a unique strategy based on uniting civilian activities, guerilla attacks and formal military maneuvers into one front, dragging the U.S. forces into what is known in the military as "unconventional exchanges."

"Because of this strategy, American troops failed to defeat the Vietcong, despite using extremely advanced weaponry, including Napalm bombs, cluster and phosphoric bombs as well as toxic gas.

"U.S. forces were unable to eradicate the Vietnamese resistance and were forced to withdraw in a defeat that was much worse psychologically than militarily. The U.S. left Vietnam licking its wounds and for many years later, the soldiers who took part in the war continued to pay a hefty price. Even after returning home, many U.S. soldiers suffered mental disturbances such as hallucinations and hysteria. And some turned to street crime.

There were three factors behind the success of Vietnam's liberation fighters, among which is the following:

First: Working under a unified front and unified command.
Second: The failure of American forces to drag the Vietnamese into a conventional war and the determination of the Vietcong to resort to guerilla strategy that systematically undermined America's war machine.

Third: Military and financial support from the Soviet Union.
The Palestinian experience began in similar fashion during the 1960s- the establishment of the Palestinian Liberation Army [PLO ]- Efforts failed for the following reasons:

"First: The fragmentation of the Palestinian resistance into individual organizations, under leaders with loyalties to different Arab countries.

"Second: Direct confrontation with the Israeli army and the public release by many of these groups of their fighting tactics.

"Third: The gradual shift from armed resistance into politics, which was the case with the PLO. Slowly but surely, the PLO lost its properly trained forces and became isolated, which ended up divided on the battlefield. "Hamas" fell into the same trap when it decided to become a political party, stand for elections and lead the Palestinian government after winning. This weakened its military wing and exposed its leadership. Hamas then became the primary political opponent of the PLO. This has become a raging confrontation between the two parties.

"Draw lessons from these movements to develop your own strategy. Allow me dear brothers to lay before you a charter for unified action. If you agree with this vision, then let's take the next step and implement it with the power and dedication of men.

"If you disagree with some of what I am going to mention, then let's have a manly debate over it and if you seek to get your voice heard in the media, then we are here to facilitate this, like the men we are.

"1) All the resistance organisations should be united in a genuine effort, under one umbrella and joint leadership. We must put aside ideological differences. You are very well aware of the perils that encircle us all. A united front is harder to defeat and dismantle than the numerous factions that exist now. Unity will help us enhance our combat readiness. It will also facilitate a pooling of expertise and a sharing of responsibility, which will make victory for the enemy an almost impossible mission.

"We should avoid organizations that commit acts against the enemy just to be displayed on TV or printed in public statements. We should eliminate any kind of intelligence infiltration, such as what occurred in some Palestinian organizations [for example, Hamas]. We need not brag out of pride; what we need is effective work. Never forget or underestimate your enemy's intelligence capabilities.

"2) Organizations that lack credibility must be removed from our unified front. An example is the Al Qaeda group, whose leadership is on shaky ground and whose operatives commit crimes that vilify the image of the legitimate resistance.

"3) Utilize better intelligence gathering to expose criminal gangs who kill Iraqi civilians and destroy our country's infrastructure. Your enemies are trying to put the blame on you with the purpose of defaming you and misleading the Iraqi people.

"Remember the role of the criminal militias that commit crimes under the umbrella of Iraqi Police, and with the assistance of the Safawi [Persian or Iranian] government.

"Do not confine the resistance to Sunnis only, even if we agreed that Sunnis are victim number one at the hands of the Safawi [Iranians]. Rather, resistance must be expanded to include all Iraqis, who we know sacrificed for the good of this country for centuries before the advent of the political scum that currently rules Iraq. The Iraq we want is the Iraq of Sunnis, Shias, Arabs, Kurds, Turkmen, Assyrians, Sabians, Muslims and Christians.

"We want an Iraq for everyone.

 "Those Arabs are the successors of Al-Khazaal, Al-Hawatem and other prestigious Arab tribes; some of who are intelligent military men, intellectuals and others are politicians. They are our brothers in Arms, Arabism and Nationalism.

"I have clearly, explicitly and sincerely laid before you these five suggestions; don't  exaggerate when I say that millions of Iraqis share this dream and look to you to realize it.

"I ask whoever reads this letter to present it to others to evaluate it. When this dream is realized, then a truly effective battle for the liberation of Iraq and the liberation from every occupier and traitor will have begun.

(Qur'an): "Then the faithful Muslims will be jubilant with a victory from Allah."

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