Arab-American War Profiteers Benefit from US Occupation of Iraq

The American Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC) recently hosted an event to discuss “investment opportunities” with the Iraqi government. That is, the sectarian, illegitimate, puppet Iraqi government that was installed in the wake of the illegal US invasion of Iraq.

While the massacre of Iraq and destruction of its ancient civilization should be cause for humanitarian alarm and antiwar activism, Iraq is simply another business opportunity for these vultures. At the time humanity sees in Iraq a horrifying number of widows, orphans, maimed, displaced, birth deformities as a result of depleted uranium and white phosphorus, AACC and its ilk somehow manage to overlook the carnage to focus on how to make a buck.

While Field Arabs like Muntadhar Zaidi and Ahlam Mohsen throw shoes and pies at their oppressors, House Arabs exploit the colonizer-colonized relationship by siding with the colonizer. Though racist, the empire isn’t purely white. It has Arab ambassadors, and the AACC is one such example.

The AACC represents the Arab-American community’s capitalist arm with all the immorality and opportunism that go with such a designation. It is no surprise that US-based House Arabs would collaborate with Iraq-based House Arabs like the Iraqi government and its National Investment Commission Chairman Sami Al-Araji, who delivered a speech at the AACC event. Al-Araji’s background is rich with examples of cynically taking advantage of war-torn Iraq for immediate personal gain disguised as “reconstruction.” At one business meeting in 2009, Al-Araji encouraged the US, which has been pounding Iraq for decades, to invest in Iraq, ignoring the US’s history of sanctioning Iraq for 13 years and murdering and torturing Iraqis en masse.

“I say to the US, there are countries that are competing with you,” Dr. Sami replies. “India and China could come in and get many of the opportunities. You might find yourself waiting for a long time.”

He has excitedly described the establishment of a clothing store in Mosul that is owned by a West Point graduate:

It will be a great deal,” Al-Araji said. “For the first time, our product produced in our country will be in American stores. … And if Iraq succeeds in this, it means Iraq will be able to capture a percentage of the American market for our products.

Al-Araji has no qualms with dismissing the ongoing suffering of the Iraqi people: “Now that we put the military page behind us, I think the most important page that we should cooperate on is the economic page. Hopefully that we can get American businessmen to enter into Iraq in the different economic sectors, oil and gas industry, agriculture, tourism.”

To accomplish “new free-market economy in Iraq,” Al-Araji expresses utter disregard for the plight of millions of Iraqis who are still displaced and thousands who are still grieving by simply asserting, “Life is moving on.”

Hundreds and thousands of Iraqis continue to die, disappear, and leave their homes as the violence continues, but apparently Al-Araji thinks the “military page is behind us” because the mainstream media does not cover the ongoing tragedy.  Yet the level of ongoing violence the Iraqis continue to endure would warrant 24 hour news coverage had it been taking place in any Western country.  This is not the first example of House Arabs adopting the sensibilities and underlying racism of a white supremacist culture.

Business opportunities like this are meant to contain the fury of an occupied, besieged population against the occupation, as the occupiers themselves admit:

“If people are out of work, and you’ve got a population that’s disenfranchised and not part of the process, they’re going to become part of the problem,” says Col. Steve Boylan, a spokesman for Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. military leader in Iraq.”

It is only appropriate for the AACC to work with its counterparts in Iraq. Its website makes no secret of its sponsorship by the CIA, the FBI and the US Army.

Incidentally, Yahya Basha is on the boards of both AACC and the Arab American Institute. One doubts we’ll be hearing James Zogby’s denunciation of AACC’s “investment” in Iraq anytime soon.  On the contrary, we expect Zogby to welcome the efforts, and describe them as Arab-American political empowerment.

It’s disgusting enough when Halliburton and Chevron exploit Iraq’s tragedies. It’s particularly abhorrent when Arab-Americans, who should know better by virtue of supposedly knowing the area’s language, history and culture, collaborate against their brethren. It is regrettable that instead of assuming the leadership of the antiwar movement and doing everything possible to cease the criminal occupation of Iraq, the AACC’s House Arabs attempt to bestow legitimacy on the US empire by giving it an Arab face.

This is not only a betrayal of the homeland they left behind, but a betrayal of other Americans who bravely opposed the invasion of Iraq, and reject the imperialist warmongering that takes place in their name.

Qasim Lutfi is co-editor of, a blog dedicated to exposing House Arabs and House Muslims, terms inspired by Malcolm X's use of "House Negro." He can be reached at: Read other articles by Qasim, or visit Qasim's website.

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  1. bozh said on December 1st, 2010 at 12:20pm #

    yes, i made the point that iraq is also an evil empire; i.e., ruled by supremacists just like u.s, israel and many other lands. o ICH, i usually got many minuses for that. this piece supports my conclusion.
    i don’t blame mass of iraqis. their ‘nobles’ appear as wicked as any others’. tnx

  2. mary said on December 1st, 2010 at 12:34pm #

    An excellent article that informs us. Shame on these Arab Americans for betraying their brothers and sisters.

    Iraq is NOT an evil empire. What Mr Lutfi outlines is the ‘legacy’ of the evil empires (predominantly the US and the UK) that invaded, killed, maimed, pillaged and carried out all the crimes too numerous and too horrible to mention. The birth deformities in Fallujah are some of the most shocking.

  3. commoner3 said on December 1st, 2010 at 7:17pm #

    bozh wrote:
    “yes, i made the point that iraq is also an evil empire;”

    Iraq is NOT an evil empire. Iraq is a small occupied and helpless country!.
    What are you smoking? Please change your supplier!

  4. shabnam said on December 1st, 2010 at 10:12pm #

    This is an excellent post that exposes ‘Arab-American’ traitors who are in the service of US imperialism and Zionism to enrich themselves. I recommend this post to be read by everyone.

    His website, IKHRAS, is about the Arab ENABLERS who are living in the West but feed on Iraq’s resources along with the war criminals. One such a person is James Zogby who has been exposed by others including Angry Arab many times in the past. Zogby has receives thousand of $$$$$$$$ from the Saudis and has close relations with AIPAC personalities such as Martin Indyk, but he tries to sell himself as supporter of Palestinians and Arabs where ‘Angry Arab’ told him you have no right to talk on behalf of Arabs in America, but you can fool yourself as much as you want.

    Another person who has been attacked by many including Mr. Qasim Lutfi is Hussain Ibish, an imperialist and Zionist enabler who promotes people like Hamid Dabashi and his wife Golbarg Bashi, stooges, from the ‘Green wave’.

    There are thousands of “Iranian-American” in the service of the US imperialism and Zionism who MUST BE EXPOSED REGULARLY, in my opinion, because I strongly believe that the war criminals cannot carry out commit crimes against humanity without the help of these traitors.
    I am very glad to see a website that exposes Arab head of states, like Saudis. Unfortunately, the Arab media is controlled by Saudis $$$$$$ where many journalists are hired by the Saudis to write lies in the interest of the saudi elite to protect their interest. Al Arabiya, even Aljazeera are considered ZIONIST PLATFORM.

    Many journalists, who are writing about Arabs and Muslims, do not expose Saudis ruling elite which is unfortunate. Saudi Arabia and other Arab head of states must be condemned for their roles as enablers and puppet of US and Israel against the interest of all in the region. They are complicit in Israeli and American crimes against Palestinians, Iraqis, Yemenis and other targeted Muslim countries. They are hated throughout the region by the people regardless of their ethnic or religious divide. I want Muslims boycott Mecca as long as the Saudi elite is in power.

    Mr. Qasim Lutfi: thank you again, I hope other Arabs follow your footprint to expose the ‘moderate Arab head of States’ as puppets and enablers on a daily basis. Unfortunately, many Arab-Americans have limited themselves to one thing, Palestine, and leave the ‘moderate Arab head of states’ off the hook.

  5. mary said on December 2nd, 2010 at 1:53am #

    The American-funded and American-backed tyranny in Egypt is very much reminiscent to US backing of the Shah’s regime in Iran prior to the Islamic revolution in 1978. The US gave the Shah all sorts of state-of-the-art weapons, hoping to maintain and perpetuate his grip on power. The notorious Savak was given a free rein to kill, torture, and rape Iranians while the regime made sure to suppress every gesture of public dissent

    U.S is responsible for Egypt ‘s election joke
    By Khalid Amayreh
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  6. shabnam said on December 2nd, 2010 at 6:52am #

    Khalid Amayreh has written another article “Iran is not the Arabs’ enemey,
    Israel is” which says:

    {There is little doubt that American and Zionist circles stand behind the anti-Iran propaganda campaign now permeating through several Arab capitals. In recent years, Zionist circles have made laborious efforts to convince Arab states and Arab people that their real enemy is not Israel, which occupies Palestine, torments Palestinians on a daily basis, and seeks the destruction of the Aqsa Mosque, but Iran which is making some efforts to check Israeli regional hegemony and aggression.}


    Iranian independent stance is very popular among Arab population at large where THIS POPULARITY was targeted by Erdogan, US agent, to capture Arab’s hearts and minds and direct it according to Turkey’s interest. Everyone knows that Erdogan’s rhetoric has gone nowhere because it needs scarifies that Turkey is unable to make.

    Turkey even voted for the entry of Israel into OECD in November 21, 2010, after GAZAN GENOCITE AND AN ATTACK ON Flotilla in the international water BY ISRAEL, against Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, US/Israel puppet, who was trying to block Israel’s entry. Turkey has always been a close ally of both US imperialism and Israel.


    Iranian leaders have been supporters of the Palestinians’ right since they were teenagers out of convictions not political gain where were imprisoned by the Shah for their political activities against US imperialism and Zionism.