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Dec 10, 2019
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Former Iraqi MP Ayad Jamal Al-Din: Destruction of Images of Khomeini, Iranian Consulate in Najaf Shows that Iraqi Shiites No Longer Buy into Notions that Iran Is Holy

#7664 | 03:53
Source: ANB TV (Iraq)

Ayad Jamal Al-Din, a Shiite who has previously served as a member of Iraq’s parliament, said in a December 10, 2019 interview on ANB TV (Iraq) that Iran has been brainwashing Shiites with its “industry of holiness” and the notion of its sanctity, but that these notions, which he described as Iran’s most important weapon, have collapsed among Iraqi Shiites for good. He said that this is evidenced by the fact that people in Najaf, Iraq destroyed pictures of Khomeini and burned down the Iranian consulate. He encouraged people to curse Iran and applauded the destruction of the Iranian embassy, saying that its destruction should be celebrated annually the same way Iran celebrates the anniversary of the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. In addition, Al-Din predicted that Iraq’s corrupt government will not fall until the Iranian regime falls. He added that shari’a law governs personal matters and that Iraq should be ruled by man-made laws that respect every religion like legal systems in the West do.

Ayad Jamal Al-Din: Iran is brainwashing Shiites with the notion of [its] sanctity. This imaginary sanctity will collapse only buy cursing [Iran]. When I tell people to curse and curse, it is not because I like cursing. It is not because I don’t know how to talk or because I lack philosophical depth. I want to shatter the shackles that they planted in people’s minds and hearts, so I tell people to curse [Iran] at the top of their lungs.

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Interviewer:  [The protesters] did more than just curse. They entered the Iranian consulate [in Najaf].

Ayad Jamal Al-Din: May Allah bless them! : May Allah bless them! This is the outcome of the Khomeini policy. Khomeini was the first to attack the American embassy in Tehran. To this day – it’s been 40 years since 1979 – they celebrate the anniversary of the American embassy takeover. Here, in Iraq, we should celebrate the anniversary of the torching of the Iranian Khomeinite consulate in Najaf. Just as they say that America was colonizing them, that it humiliated them, that it destroyed the will of the Iranian people, and that this is the reason that Khomeini waged a revolution, we rebel against those who humiliated and destroyed Iraq and its people, and who imposed despicable bastards to lord over them.

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I am absolutely confident that this corrupt [Iraqi] regime will not fall. Some faces will change – in parliament, the PM, ministers, governors… Some of them will change, but the basic paradigm of Iranian hegemony over Iraq will not collapse now.

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Iran has been using two kinds of weapons in Iraq: militias and the [notion of its] sanctity.  The notion of [Iranian] sanctity collapsed when the [protesters] used their shoes to tear up Khomeini’s poster in Najaf and burned down the [Iranian] consulate. This was their most important weapon, and it is gone forever.

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Do you understand what it means when people are using shoes to tear up posters of Khomeini in Najaf? It’s an enormous earthquake. It’s huge!

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As for the militias, all their killings of Iraqis will backfire on them. The Iraqi regime will not fall quickly because it is armed to the teeth with the weapons of the military and the militias. Obviously, the militias have more weapons than the military. I am certain that the Iraqi regime will not fall until the Iranian regime itself falls, and this will not happen in the next 10 years. So the [Iranian] regime is not going to fall now, but it has lost its most important weapon – a weapon that is more powerful than a nuclear bomb. For Iran, the notion of sanctity and its industry of holiness are more important than the nuclear project.

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Iraq should be ruled by law and not by the Islamic shari’a. Shari’a law is for personal matters – prayer, fasting, pilgrimage, and so on. The state should be ruled by a man-made law that respects all religions. It should respect Al-Sistani, as well as the Sunni source of authority, the Christian source of authority, and even the atheist source of authority. It should respect everybody, just like the West.

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