This blog post was published on January 31 2010. §
The Supreme Council: split or deviation?
We can filter Ammar Al-Hakim’s “scheduled visits” in Lebanon by simply clicking on the “visits” tab on the Supreme Council’s website and we are interested only in his meetings with Lebanese officials. Ammar Al-Hakim meets:
-) Walid Jumblatt, Sheikh Akil (Head of the Druz), Hassan Nasrallah (Hezbollah Leader), Michel Aoun (Christian leader of the Change and Reform), Nabih Berri (Amal Movement Leader and Parliament speaker), Sa’ad Hariri (PM), and some Lebanese journalists.
Notice that Al-Hakim’s meeting with the (Iraqi origin — lives in the exile) Ayatollah Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah is not listed above — or better to say “removed” from the Suprme Council’s website, because clicking on the Google “cached” version shows that the meeting did happened (4th from the top), but clicking on the headline leads to nowhere.
Nothing unusual in the meeting, Ammar Al-Hakim said the Iraqis want a government that represents all the people, and Fadlallah said that the best way to achieve this goal is the unity between the Iraqi factions. So, what went wrong?
Back in 2008, newspaper Al-Sharq Al-Awsat reported the following:
Fadlallah to an Iraqi delegation: There is no legitimacy to a government that wants to legitimize the occupation.
That is Ayatollah Fadlallah Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah commenting on U.S.-Iraq Agreement (SOFA).
Fadlallah’s comment enraged the Al-Hakim’s [the father] followers, and they “switched on” the Supreme Council’s attack hound — Jalaluddin Al-Saghir — to attack Ayatollah Fadlallah on his website, under the title: “Fadlallah, leave the Iraqis with their government”, here are some excerpts from the article (and the comments):
We didn’t notice any critics from Fadlallah on the former regime and Arab neighbors, who helped the former regime in his tyranny against the Iraqi people.… What are your efforts to stop the 20 years Lebanese civil war? … Fadlallah affected by the fall of the tyrant Saddam, he [Saddam] managed to buy these people…
Jalaluddin Al-Saghir also is the author of a book called “Al-Hawza condemns deviation”, in which he criticizes Fadlallah’s “moderate” Shiism which shifts away from the Supreme clerics in Qom — Iran and Najaf — Iraq (Arabic– for those who want the book, leave a valid email in the comment section and I will send you the book).
The removal of Al-Hakim-Fadlallah meeting raises few question:
- Are the Supreme Council’s senior-leaders control Ammar Al-Hakim’s movements (and the Supreme Council media — the meeting is also removed from the Council’s PR website)?
- Fadlallah — Iran unfriendly relations, is Iran behind this “meeting-removal”?
- Was the meeting an embarrassment to the Supreme Council — Iran relations?
Whatever the answers are, Ammar Al-Hakim’s visit to Lebanon backfiring many problems, starting with Muqtada Al-Sadr and will not end with Jalaluddin Al-Saghir. The above shows a deep split inside the Supreme Council, there are two streams: 1) Pan-Arab follows Fadlallah 2) Pan-Iran, which is close to the Iranian ideology of Wali Al Faqih [Guardianship of the Islamic Jurists].