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Sayed Mortada Al Qazwini

May 2, 2004
"From Allied to Alienated" (April 28), describing the changes in the views of Ayatollah Sayed Mortada al-Qazwini, needs a few addenda. It is Iraqis who should pick up their trash; it is Iraqis who are responsible for the sabotage of the electric power system and the oil pipelines, which then results in shortages of electricity and long gas lines; it is Iraqis who shoot and bomb our troops -- who then respond in not too kind a manner. The ayatollah would show true wisdom if he would concentrate his efforts on persuading the Iraqis to work on building their own country rather than complaining about the U.S. I was in Germany at the end of World War II. The Germans worked on rebuilding their country from damage far greater than that in Iraq, grateful for whatever help was provided by the U.S. The Iraqis seem to expect a handout while also biting the hand that is trying to help them.
April 28, 2004 | Teresa Watanabe, Times Staff Writer
Ayatollah Sayed Mortada Al-Qazwini should be one of America's best friends in Iraq. A tall, turbaned man with a candid manner and commanding presence, Al-Qazwini was one of the first Shiite Muslim religious scholars to speak out against Saddam Hussein. He lost 15 relatives to Hussein's brutality, and in 1971 he fled Iraq to escape a death sentence.
November 19, 2006 | Teresa Watanabe, Times Staff Writer
The worsening conflict in Iraq is far more than a distant news story to Imam Moustafa Al-Qazwini, a Rowland Heights religious leader, and Muhannad Eshaiker, an Irvine construction executive. Al-Qazwini's father, an ayatollah in the holy city of Karbala, was shot in June in a botched assassination attempt. Eshaiker said his business partner was kidnapped in Baghdad and forced to pay a $50,000 ransom for his release; both men have left the country amid the uncontrolled violence.
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