Samer Mohamad Bazzi Send E-mail to Writer
California-  U.S.A.
Tuesday, June 1, 2004

The Lebanese Armageddon
in the New Iraq

   Al-Hakim, as-Sadr, Chalabi, Allawi, Abizaid are all very prominent names in the new Iraq. Some are religious and some are secular; some violently oppose the U.S. occupation, some prefer to cooperate with the occupation, and yet one is the very occupation. Nevertheless, there is one common denominator among all of them: Their Lebanese connection. Indeed, the new Iraqi political order is heavily influenced by the Levant via intermarriage with influential Southern Lebanese families or via their Lebanese roots.

On the religious side, the founder of the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (Sciri), the Martyr Ayatollah Muhammad Baqer al-Hakim, is the son of al-Haja Fawzieh Hassan Bazzi, sister of the late Member of Parliament (MP) and co-founder of modern Lebanon Ali Bazzi. The Martyr al-Hakim is the brother of Sayyed Abdulaziz al-Hakim, the leader of the Badr Brigade and member of the Iraqi Governing Council. Ayatollah al-Hakim is also the maternal cousin of Ayatollah Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah, as he is the son of al-Haja Raoufa Hassan Bazzi. The Bazzi family is from Bint Jbeil, the historical capital of Mount Amel.

The staunchly anti-occupation Sayyed Muqtada as-Sadr is also of Lebanese descent. His forefathers immigrated to Iraq from southern Lebanon. He is a cousin of the absented Imam Moussa as-Sadr, the Lebanese founder of the once-very-popular Amal Movement.

On the secular side, Iraqi Governing Council member Dr. Ahmad Chalabi and Iraqi Prime Minister Dr. Iyad Allawi are related to the Osseiran family of Saida, South Lebanon. Dr. Chalabi is married to Leila Osseiran, the daughter of the late President of the Lebanese Parliament Adel Osseiran and sister of MP Ali Osseiran. Prime Minister Allawi is half Lebanese, as he is the son of Najat Osseiran, a cousin of Leila Adel Osseiran.

On the U.S. occupation side, the head of the U.S. Central Command, Lieutenant General John Philip Abizaid is the grandson of Christian-Lebanese immigrants.

With so much discordant and conflicting Lebanese influence in Iraq, indeed Armageddon must have been relocated from the plains of Palestine to the Lands Between the Two Rivers, a la Lebanese! So much for stability in Iraq!

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