IRAN’S NAPOLEON: Quds Force legend Qasem Soleimani of the #IRGC has the following accomplishments to his hallowed name: He masterminded Bashar Al-Assad’s 2011-2014 military campaign against the ‘Syrian Rebels’ and defeated their efforts to bring the Arab Spring to Damascus. He armed and guided Lebanon’s Hezbollah in beating back the might of the Israeli Defence Force in 2006. He provided the same backing to Houthi insurgents in their successful 2015 takedown of the government in Yemen. He is credited with 30% of all U.S. military casualties during the Iraqi insurgency of 2003-2008. He is leading Baghdad’s ongoing fight to retake Iraqi territory from the nihilists of #ISIS. And his are the brains behind Tehran’s successful procurement of sensitive technologies for its nuclear weapons programme. In short, he is the greatest military and intelligence GENIUS on the Planet Earth today – AND he bears an uncanny resemblance to Sean Connery’s ‘Caterpillar Driving’ Marko Ramius in the 1990 epic The Hunt for Red October.
Could Linward X be the “Sammy the Bull” to Louis Farrakhan’s John Gotti?
When one considers that the role played by Mafia mobster Salvatore “Sammy the Bull” Gravano in the 16th December 1985 assassination of Gambino crime boss Paul Castellano parallels the part which many believe was played by Nation of Islam (NOI) lieutenant Linward X Cathcart in the 21st February 1965 assassination of Malcolm X, the possibility exists that Cathcart (like Gravano) could yet cut a deal with the US Department of Justice (DOJ), turn state’s evidence and finally reveal the true story behind the crime. In the process, Cathcart could help to place Louis Farrakhan behind bars for whatever role the NOI leader played in the atrocity and ultimately assist in uncovering the complicity of President LBJ himself.
Gravano, who served as an ‘underboss’ to Gambino godfather John Gotti, oversaw a squad of four assassins in the 1985 killing of Castellano outside Manhattan’s Sparks Steak House. He would later turn state’s evidence and help to bring down Gotti after FBI wiretaps emerged in which Gotti could be heard slandering and maligning the loyal Gravano behind his back.
For his part, Cathcart is widely suspected of having ‘supervised’ the five-man team of killers from Newark Mosque #25 responsible for the 1965 murder of Malcolm X at the Audubon Ballroom. But, as revealed in the recently-published NOI memoir Blood, Sweat and Tears by broadcaster Lance Shabazz, Cathcart – who was instrumental in rebuilding the NOI under Farrakhan’s leadership – appears to have been the victim of persistent betrayals, slights and disrespect at the hands of Farrakhan and his minions.
Contrary to popular perceptions that Cathcart and Farrakhan are close pals, it would appear that theirs is a highly complicated, mistrustful and angst-ridden relationship. This could give Cathcart, also known as Abdul Karriem Muhammad, all of the incentive he needs to crack open a can of PAYBACK and bring down Farrakhan in much the same way Gravano brought down Gotti.
Were Cathcart to cut a deal with the DOJ he could finally redeem himself, cleanse his conscience of the wicked role he played in Malcolm’s murder and go down in history as one of the most consequential Americans of all time. In helping the NOI to finally lift the cloud of guilt and suspicion that has hovered over the organisation since the Malcolm X assassination, Cathcart’s courageous actions could spark a process of reform and purification within the NOI and one that could finally see the movement realise its full potential. As a result, the one-time assassin could yet emerge as the unexpected redeemer whose arrival the NOI faithful have been anxiously awaiting.
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The sad irony of this most famous of photographs is that Malcolm X had been compelled to purchase his M1 carbine in order to protect himself and his young family not from the white racists of the Ku Klux Klan but from Elijah Muhammad’s Nation of Islam whose cowardly black followers were making almost daily attempts to murder them. In that respect it foreshadowed the tragic predicament of the contemporary black world in which we often face greater danger from our OWN people than from “outside enemies”…
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Many a time have I imagined the Risen Malcolm returning to show us his bullet wounds of 1965 in a manner not dissimilar to the Caravaggio rendering of St Thomas. What a day that will be.
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The once all-powerful ‘National Secretary’ of the Nation of Islam and architect of the Malcolm X assassination, John Ali, recently surfaced at Louis Farrakhan’s 2015 Saviours Day convention after going into hiding following the death of Elijah Muhammad in 1975. In the first publicly-available photographs of this reclusive and notorious figure to emerge in over 40 years, it would appear that Ali has lost none of his sneering arrogance.
During a June 1964 appearance on Chicago’s WVON Radio show called ‘Hotline’ (hosted by the late Wesley South), Ali publicly declared that the Nation of Islam planned to murder Malcolm X. And like New Jersey assassin William Bradley (aka Al-Mustafa Shabazz), Ali must now be arrested on suspicion of complicity in the 1965 killing.
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How often has the photographer’s lens captured Malcolm X and Louis Farrakhan in the same frame and in almost every case we see Malcolm engaged in some purposeful conversation while Farrakhan can be seen close by, his face frozen with a look of absent-minded preoccupation, seemingly lost in his own thoughts, clearly pondering something of considerable weight. Sadly, we have since come to learn just what it was that was consuming Farrakhan so: how best to outmanoeuvre Malcolm, stab his erstwhile mentor in the back and assume his coveted place at Elijah Muhammad’s side…
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“…And that despite
any desire they might have to seek
retribution, Private Santiago was
not to be harmed in any way…”
– Lt. Jonathan Kendrick, ‘A Few Good Men’ (1992)
“The Messenger told us to leave Minister Malcolm alone…”
– Louis Farrakhan, CBS ’60 Minutes’ (2000)