Now Iraq will explode and Paul Bremer will be lucky if he escapes with his life, as will some of our top brass in Iraq. The killing of Ayatollah Hakim was a major catastrophe for the Iraqi people, but it will be an even larger one for the West, especially the US and UK, along with Israel.
Many American media people are already saying it was the Saddam people, or the Sunni or someone among the Shiía who killed Hakim. But anyone who knows the reality of the situation in Iraq knows that the Sunni and Shiía were united on driving the US/UK out of Iraq; also, that though there was infighting among the Shiía for power, none would have killed Hakim for this argument.
But who stands to gain from the death of a uniting leader in Iraq, especially a Shiía leader? We have to look at this like a murder mystery and put together the circumstantial evidence because we may never get the true, hard evidence to examine for forensic purposes of the truth.
Obviously, America, the UK and Israel, because heíll be out of the way and there is no other leader with his charisma, following, intelligence or will-power to lead the Iraqi people. None of the American appointed puppets have a chance for leadership, the Chalabi crowd especially; they too will be lucky if they come out alive.
Knowing the Iraqi Shiía this well, I can tell you they will be more militant than before, they will be more daring and even youngsters will be involved in coming after the US/UK/Israeli nexus. Suicide bombers will be seen not only in Palestine, but now more so in Iraq and perhaps in other countries as they attack US/UK and Israeli sites, in retaliation for this killing.
The fact that Ayatollah Hakim was killed in the Holy City of Najaf, the seat of Shi'aism, on a day of prayer, a day when his qhutbah (sermon) was about unity among Iraqis in order to drive the Americans out, will make him a major martyr in the tradition of Ali, Hussein, something not seen for over a thousand years. Hakim's martyrdom will drive many others toward martyrdom in the cause of Iraqi freedom.
Though some of the American media paint Hakim as being in the U.S. camp, most Shi'a knew better; he was patient, playing out a game in order to get time and organization to drive the Americans out of Iraq. He knew this, as did the Mossad and the Americans, but they all played at an amicable surface until today's attack.