Following are excerpts
from an interview with former Iraqi MP
Ayad Jamaluddin, who recently survived an assassination attempt. The
interview aired on Al-Baghdadiya TV on August 5, 2011.
Jamaluddin: [During Ramadhan], we spend our evenings in the mudhif,
as you and many people know. It was 10 o'clock in the evening, when
a sudden blast threw me several meters away. At first, we thought it
was a missile, a mortar, a Katyusha, or something, but the investigation
showed that an explosive device had been planted there. It was right
behind where I was sitting.
The mudhif was
completely burnt down, and some of the brothers were wounded. I was
wounded too, but only slightly, Allah be praised.
A security breach can
occur in any place and at any time, and you cannot protect yourself
100%. Death is preordained for all.
Jamaluddin: But honor requires that your killer confront you face-to-face,
not approach you furtively and in stealth. This is perfidious and despicable
conduct, shunned even by many animals. Lions and wolves, for example,
are not treacherous. Maybe snakes are.
I am pretty sure that
the militias supported by Iran are responsible for this criminal act.
Iran is trying to impose its hegemony over Iraq, and it does not tolerate
any Shiite voice opposed to the Rule of the Jurisprudent. They are willing
to tolerate it when it comes from a Communist or a liberal, but not
when it comes from a Shiite man of religion.
You are a Shiite, living
in a Shiite area, and you know many Shiite religious scholars and
ulema, both in Iraq and abroad. Among the Shiite men of religion,
there are perhaps two or three...
are you opposed to the Rule of the Jurisprudent?
Jamaluddin: The Rule of the Jurisprudent contradicts the rule of
Ali bin Abi Talib. The way I see it, you are either loyal to the rule
of Ali bin Abi Talib, or else you are loyal to the Rule of the Jurisprudent.
To my understanding,
the rule is reserved for the 12 infallible imams only. We don't have
a 13th imam called Khomeini, or a 14th imam called Khamenei, or a 15th,
who will come after him.
have declared that secularism is the ideal solution for the running
of the country.
Jamaluddin: In my view, the state is responsible for the management
of the country, and therefore, it must be neutral. It must not have
a Shiite, Sunni, or Kurdish hue. It must be neutral, and neutral means
secularism. The moment one gives the administration a religious hue,
the inevitable question arises: Which religion – Sunni or Shiite?
And then we return to the issue of sectarian quotas.
The only form of government
suitable for a country like Iraq is a secular one.