A Solitary Iraqi Extremist: “In Israel, there is no occupation, there is liberalism”


Iraq’s Lone Wolf Liberal Parliamentarian, Mithal (“Ze’ev”) al-Alusi at the Funeral of His Two Sons




As opposed to the rank and file Jew and infidel-hating demopaths in Iraq’s Sharia-based “Parliament,” Mithal al-Alusi, chairman of Iraq’s Democratic Party, boldly promotes true Western style democratic ideals. Hence al-Alusi sees not only the US—but Allah forbid—Israel, as an important ally if Iraq is to become a real modern democracy.  Earlier following his initial trip to Israel in September 2004 to attend a counter-terrorism conference, his two sons, 22 and 30, were murdered by some of his ecumenical Iraqi compatriots. In the aftermath of those tragic killings, al-Alusi proclaimed that those (terrorists) who murdered his sons “…will try to kill more. They will try to stop us. It should give us power to continue, to believe in ourselves.”


Now, as the Jerusalem Post reports, after another visit to Israel during which the intrepid al-Alusi called for the creation of a joint intelligence network with Israel and the United States, and declared (to thunderous applause) at a conference on terror in Herziliya, “In Israel, there is no occupation, there is liberalism,” Shi’ite and Sunni lawmakers in Iraq have announced he has been stripped of his diplomatic immunity, banned from traveling outside Iraq or attending Parliamentary sessions, and faces possible prosecution—all for the “humiliation” his latest trip to Israel represents.   


Sadly it is the noble al-Alusi who represents the infinitesimal minority of “extremists” in Iraq. Indeed, he may well be alone.

Andrew G. Bostom is the author of The Legacy of Jihad (Prometheus, 2005) and The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism " (Prometheus, November, 2008) You can contact Dr. Bostom at @andrewbostom.org

5 responses to “A Solitary Iraqi Extremist: “In Israel, there is no occupation, there is liberalism”

  1. A sad story about a brave heart. I will try to remember Mr. Al-Alusi in my prayers. The world needs more worthy souls like this, and it’s a travesty that they have to soldier on alone under such hopeless conditions. The least we can give such men is our prayers and goodwill.

  2. I can only wish that the bravery of this one man that has faced much tragedy in his own life would inspire others to this cause. There are others that feel like he does, but because of fear and intimidation that is used, they will not step forward. If only they could met, in numbers they are strong. After all, these bullies have already proven that.

  3. I should have added … and our voice added to theirs, in a place where a few people still care.

  4. No logic, thought, or worst of all education can currently puncture the prejudices of an entire culture.

    Why not?