Video: The last decent man in Iraq

posted at 7:44 pm on January 11, 2007 by Allahpundit

It’s Iyad Jamal al-Din. He’s a secularist Shiite MP. He pops up from time to time on MEMRI dressed like a Sadrist but displaying the most astonishingly incongruous good sense and decency you’ll ever see on Arab television. Sample:

I believe my freedom as a Shiite and as a religious person will never be complete unless I preserve the freedom of the Sunni, the Christian, the Jew, the Sabai, or the Yazidi. We will not be able to preserve the freedom of the mosque unless we preserve the freedom of entertainment clubs.

Take a tour of his four previous clips; they all run along those lines. The transcripts are only a few paragraphs, but this is the can’t-miss. He’s the type of guy we thought we’d be seeing en masse once Saddam was deposed. That was the biggest mistake.

I hope there’s an American citizenship card reserved somewhere for him in case things go pop and he’s forced to leave. Assuming, of course, that they don’t cut his head off first. Which they probably will.

Click the image to watch.

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Update: Meanwhile, in the West Bank, the residents of Jenin have renamed the town square after Saddam. In some places in India, the local religion-of-peace practitioners have gone considerably further than that.

Update: Debbie Schlussel notes in the comments that he’s not dressed like a Sadrist, just a typical Shiite imam.


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Ummm…I question the timing? Really, where did HE come from. I haven’t heard that level of common sense from a muslim since…well, never. One hopes he’s representative of a large faction of people. One also doubts that’s true.

thedecider on January 11, 2007 at 7:52 PM

That is one to keep on file.

BobK on January 11, 2007 at 7:54 PM

Interesting.

I have to believe this is representative of most people in Iraq.

Maybe they’re out there, but deafened by the MSM.
If he makes it to Iraq news, why not here?

Kini on January 11, 2007 at 8:03 PM

I hope there’s an American citizenship card reserved somewhere for him in case things go pop and he’s forced to leave.

posted at 7:44 pm on January 11, 2007 by Allahpundit

Not likely.

Bush administration is criticized for its plan to resettle just 500 Iraqis this year, mere fraction of tens of thousands of Iraqis now believed to be fleeing their country each month

THeDRiFTeR on January 11, 2007 at 8:06 PM

Can’t get the video to work, but the transcripts are strong stuff. I hope we hear alot more from this and like minded persons.

THeDRiFTeR on January 11, 2007 at 8:19 PM

Amazing courage. You know the terrorists are gunning for him. There are lots of Iraqis who think like he does but these people are afraid of their own shadows. The Iraqi people suffer from “beaten dog” syndrome. They cower and lick the hand of their antagonizer and never stand up for themselves. If more Iraqis stood up like he does it could turn the tide of the war on terrorists.

Guardian on January 11, 2007 at 8:20 PM

Wow.

EFG on January 11, 2007 at 8:22 PM

You would never know that was Karl Rove. He’s totally unrecognizable in dark hair/beard and the turban…and without the glasses. This guy can multi-task better than any advisor in American history. You know you are the man when you can dupe Jihad TV into booking you on their shows…go Karl, go Karl, it’s your birthday….

ritethinker on January 11, 2007 at 8:27 PM

Democracy is the religion of the dollar and serves its global interests

I should be offended, I like it.
To hell with Guiliani, McCain, and Romney, what about this guy for the Iowa Caucus?

billy on January 11, 2007 at 8:34 PM

Kark Rove looks good with a beard.

right2bright on January 11, 2007 at 8:42 PM

oops…Karl

right2bright on January 11, 2007 at 8:42 PM

Wow! Thats all I can say.

Verbal Abuse on January 11, 2007 at 8:50 PM

God Bless George W. Bush.

Griz on January 11, 2007 at 8:53 PM

We need more Iraqis like this guy but I honestly don’t know if there are enough like him out there.

Yakko77 on January 11, 2007 at 9:10 PM

Not sure how dressing like a typical Shi’ite imam constitutes “dressing like a Sadrist.” That’s the way ALL Shi’ite Imams from Iraq and Iran dress. And even Shi’ite Shiekhs Fadlallah and Nasrallah in Lebanon dress that way. Since they’ve all been doing so for decades–long before Sadr was born–it’s not “dressing like a Sadrist.” It’s dressing like what he is–an imam. That’s the standard uniform. With a nickname like Allah Pundit, this should be a basic for you. But, strangely, it isn’t. Hmmm . . .

Debbie Schlussel on January 11, 2007 at 9:26 PM

Allah you have been spanked and sent to your room by the lovely and gracious Ms. Schlussel. Learn thy lesson Allah, do not let this shi’ite happen again….

ritethinker on January 11, 2007 at 9:32 PM

Muhammad on a Mini-bus! This guy is a freaking genius (for an Arab).

He gets it. Hot Damn! If there is one, maybe there are others.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 11, 2007 at 9:37 PM

PS, I know you are being facetious by saying he’s the “last decent man in Iraq,” but as you know, that would be the lib media’s position. In fact, there are decent men on both sides (that means Sunni, too), like Mithal Al-Alusi who is also very pro-American, is a member of the Iraqi Parliament, and lost his two sons b/c he is pro-American, pro-democracy, and pro-Israel. Yet, he remains committed. Now, that is beyond decency. But you’ll never see him on NBC News, etc. . . . Not even on FOX/Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal News Channel.

Debbie Schlussel on January 11, 2007 at 9:39 PM

Could he stand in for Georges next big speech?

serenity on January 11, 2007 at 9:46 PM

now believed to be fleeing their country each month
THeDRiFTeR on January 11, 2007 at 8:06 PM

Red flag phrase: now believed
That would be a lawyer talking so he could get out of it later,”I didn’t say were, I said believed!”
Well is it TRUE?
That’s not Associated Press-Talk is it? That unbiased font of virtual knowledge, courtesy of the Left?

naliaka on January 11, 2007 at 9:48 PM

Democracy is the religion of the dollar and serves its global interests

Indeed it is. The Union defeated the Confederacy because slavery is bad for business; the North simply had a stronger economy. We did a lab experiment after WWII, and divided Germany into a free and unfree part. We let it run for almost half a century, and the result was clear: Freedom breeds prosperity.

Even the PRC is trying to allow a lot of economic freedom, while somehow maintaining political control. That experiment is still running.

The Monster on January 11, 2007 at 10:24 PM

I hope he knows at least two non-Iraqi words: “KEVLAR” and “GLOCK“.

Even in a maelstrom there are a few who don’t blow.

profitsbeard on January 11, 2007 at 10:28 PM

Tony Snow, meet your replacement.

Editor on January 11, 2007 at 10:30 PM

Not sure how dressing like a typical Shi’ite imam constitutes “dressing like a Sadrist.” That’s the way ALL Shi’ite Imams from Iraq and Iran dress. And even Shi’ite Shiekhs Fadlallah and Nasrallah in Lebanon dress that way. Since they’ve all been doing so for decades–long before Sadr was born–it’s not “dressing like a Sadrist.” It’s dressing like what he is–an imam. That’s the standard uniform. With a nickname like Allah Pundit, this should be a basic for you. But, strangely, it isn’t. Hmmm . . .

Debbie Schlussel on January 11, 2007 at 9:26 PM

Debbie, Allah has been a little stressed lately. He is the only kitty in the litter box most of the time. (touching the monkey relieves stress) ;-)

R D on January 11, 2007 at 11:21 PM

Red flag phrase: now believed
That would be a lawyer talking so he could get out of it later,”I didn’t say were, I said believed!”
Well is it TRUE?
That’s not Associated Press-Talk is it? That unbiased font of virtual knowledge, courtesy of the Left?

naliaka on January 11, 2007 at 9:48 PM

naliaka, you make a very good point. That is used just like unnamed sources all the time. I shall be on the lookout for that little phrase.

R D on January 11, 2007 at 11:25 PM

I know you are being facetious by saying he’s the “last decent man in Iraq,” but as you know, that would be the lib media’s position.

Debbie Schlussel on January 11, 2007 at 9:39 PM

I know where you were going with that one Debbie, but I hate to say that the lib media’s position would be that this guy is the Anti-Christ. They’re most likely wishing for his death as we type. Pro-American and pro-Bush words do not digest well in the belly of a traitor.

Gregor on January 11, 2007 at 11:31 PM

Wow.

EFG on January 11, 2007 at 8:22 PM

Dittos.

TwinkietheKid on January 11, 2007 at 11:51 PM

This guy is great, he should be a leader, but in the land of savages, he probably can’t even communicate with the animals of the middle east..

retired on January 12, 2007 at 12:06 AM

Many Iraqis are like this. In the Shi’ite south, many speak like this guy, but they are afraid of their audiences.

Black Adam on January 12, 2007 at 12:55 AM

Wow – again. Iyad Jamal al-Din really seems to have an accurate picture of his country and the role of democracy. It is opinion such as these that really give me hope that an Islamic country such as Iraq can actually enjoy some kind of democracy. Wow, Wow, Bow Wow!

The problem is that, in my opinion, Islam and democracy are not compatable. Islamic doctrine is not only a religion but a political entity that tolerates none but itself, and requires subjugation or elimination of all others.

I am at a loss to see how even Iyad Jamal al-Din (can we add a Wow! in his name somewhere?) can reconcile Islam with democracy.

omegaram on January 12, 2007 at 1:22 AM

Can’t believe his neck is still attached to his body.

Will be interesting to see if he stays alive if he truly does believe what he is saying.

Highrise on January 12, 2007 at 2:32 AM

Can’t get the video to work, but the transcripts are strong stuff. I hope we hear alot more from this and like minded persons.

THeDRiFTeR on January 11, 2007 at 8:19 PM

I wish we would hear this stuff from the Libs of this country. Moonbats like Sheehan et al.

csdeven on January 12, 2007 at 7:30 AM

Someone remarked that the people in the southern part of Iraq are of the same mind as this guy. Can they please provide some kind of link to support that? It would be real nice to have something to stuff up the libs ignorant butts when discussing reasons for hope in Iraq.

csdeven on January 12, 2007 at 7:46 AM

These are the type of people that put our country together. Speaking out to traditionalists that cannot understand the concept of freedom. The bird cage analogy is perfect. Kept in a cage for 1,400 years, how can you expect the bird to fly when the cage is broken open. Could have been said in Boston, a couple of hundred years ago.

right2bright on January 12, 2007 at 9:09 AM

right2bright on January 12, 2007 at 9:09 AM

The Iraqi’s have the benefit of our 200 years of practicing democracy and can learn by our mistakes. It’s not much of a hedge against that 1400 years, but it’s a start.

csdeven on January 12, 2007 at 10:02 AM

Amazing…

I’ve heard the rhetoric prior to this Dec 2006 video – I’ve heard it on documentaries – Some say “we-mid-easterners” need change from the outside – i.e. America-USA — Others say we need it from the inside; and neither side can agree.

I agree with everything on that video – however, I would strongly add that Step 2 would be to include the Women population into the reform; and to do so immediately.

ar_basin on January 12, 2007 at 10:11 AM

ar_basin on January 12, 2007 at 10:11 AM

Next thing you’ll be asking to allow women to vote…unbelievable. It is that slippery slope thing.

right2bright on January 12, 2007 at 11:01 AM

I hate to interject pop-culture here, but I must, I must. America can affect change in the Middle East, but at the end of the day the Muslim-world is going to have to fight for it. Now the pop-culture..Tom Petty from the song refugee..”it don’t really matter to me baby, everyone has had to fight to be free”. This is a truism…….

ritethinker on January 12, 2007 at 12:07 PM

Debbie, go back to your blog and stay there. Your’re a 15 minute of famer on a hourly basis. I’ve never seen the Allahmeister bother you. F**k off. I don’t give a flying crap for your comments.

auspatriotman on January 12, 2007 at 11:00 PM