Dr. Nuri Al-Muradi, Spokesman for the Iraqi Communist Party appeared on Al-Jazeera TV (Qatar) on January 12, 2005
Al-Muradi: The final decision [regarding the elections] is in the hands of the brave national Iraqi resistance. It is the one that dictates the events in the Iraqi arena. It is the one that enforces its conditions. It is the one that mobilizes the symbols of occupation and its agents as pawns on a chess board. The occupiers can only respond hysterically, like a locust tied with string. It hasn't the brains to escape, and every time it jumps, it crashes to the ground, until it dies.
Sir, there will be no proper elections because the resistance movement has decided that they will not take place. And so, they will not.
I say to the Americans: "Oh, Americans, whether or not the Iraqi elections will take place, Iraq will be liberated by force of arms, whether you like it or not; whether your turban-wearing Sistani likes it or not; and whether Allawi, the commander of 16 security forces, like it or not; and whether all the bench-warmers, like Abd Al-Hamid, Pachachi, and all those nobodies like it or not.
Therefore, I'll give you a piece of advice: Cut the crap and come to where the real decisions are made – the battlefield. You have no choice anyway. Why? Because the Iraqi national resistance and its supporters have swore by Allah that you will leave Iraq in coffins. You have no choice, for the war has already started, and let he who is stronger win.
I want to talk about Mr. Al-Sistani and to show this picture. I ask the director to show this picture.
Two pictures of Al-Sistani are shown, bearing the captions "Before London" and "After London."
Of course Sistani… The picture in which he has a white beard was taken before he went to London, and the picture with the other beard was taken after he came back. Can anyone claim these pictures are similar? Anyway, I don't care if Sistani is the man in the new photo or in the original.