: “A People Awakens: Towards the National Liberation of Iraq, Part Two, Right Truth, 25 May 2007, also, ibid. Albrecht Muth had his own rich lore. Commented Dr. Peter Mende, the German Ambassador to Jordan, in response to Mrs. Drath’s inquiry into the whereabouts of her husband, who was running late for a formal dinner being hosted by the Kattans at their residence, adjacent to the Royal Guest Palace, between the third and fourth circle, “Well Viola, “the Pasha is either with the Crown Prince, or the Prime Minister, or he’s in bed with the King.” In recognition of his personal devotion, the King had given Muth issue as Muth Pasha, a non-hereditary title, otherwise no longer in common use in the Royal Hashemite Realm. Detained: Albrecht Muth, who is charged with killing his much-older socialite wife, has been sent to a mental hospital for an assessment after a … For Muth, the Iraq Question is about the epic struggle between "the Secular" and "the Religious" in advance of "the Democratic. Muth was able to operate out of the New York office of U.N. Under-Secretary-General Joseph Verner Reed, a family friend of President Bush, (41) who, years earlier, due to his personal life style, had come into the radar of East German intelligence and who had retained a former translator for Muth’s uncle as his executive assistant. From 1968, Drath was political correspondent for the German newspaper Handelsblatt. (*23) Delineating definitions between "extremists" versus "terrorists," as Lieutenant-General Raymond Odierno, United States Army, then serving as Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, subsequently appointed the Number Two U.S. Combatant Commander in Iraq, and Muth discussed on 18 January 2006, will prove critical in this regard. Moreover, my cousins, I want it to be understood, clearly, that I am fully committed to help further the common cause of a timely victory in the Battle for Baghdad: Victory for JAM. During her life, she was member of the White House Commission on Remembrance, co-chair of the Berlin Air Lift Diamond Jubilee Committee, coordinator, International Consultative Mechanism on Remembrance, and National Coordinator, National Observance to Mark Iraq Liberation Day. Muth und Drath waren dafür bekannt, dass sie in ihrem Reihenhaus im gehobenen Stadtteil Georgetown großzügige Partys veranstalteten, an denen … [1] Later, she moved to the United States, with her first husband. II, “Enemy or Foe: A Conflict of Modern Politics,” TELOS, No. What made the expose especially dicey for Muth were the revelations of his prior service in the East German Intelligence Service and subsequent service for the BND, which found him not only spying on then-U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, whose independent streak was increasingly drawing Washington’s ire and would eventually lead to his replacement by Annan, but also spying on then-U.S. Advisor, Member of the Delegation of the Republic of Cyprus to the 2001 UN Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons, in All Its Aspects. Would you like Wikipedia to always look as professional and up-to-date? Albrecht Gero Muth was convicted of killing his 91-year-old wife Viola Herms Drath in 2011 in their Q Street home in Georgetown and given a 50-year prison sentence. I suspect this may be in the too hard category, but I don't believe it should be there, as other approaches do not seem to be working.” (*21) To the surprise of Senators and senior Bush Administration officials Muth went even so far as to suggest that "the Hoyatoleslam could be swayed to help position Shia Iraq in a forthcoming showdown with Shia, but non-Arab Iran.” (*22), Muth is a firm believer in outflanking extremists at the far-end, not the near-end. He said Moqtada al-Sadr “realizes the implications [for the Mahdi army] in the U.S.-backed Iraqi prime minister's security plan." [1] On August 11, 2011, Drath was found dead in the bathroom of her Q Street home. Under Muth’s tutelage, the Mehdi Army is re-inventing itself on the battlefield as an “Army for Peace,” a pillar of the National Movement for the Liberation of Iraq from Foreign Occupation, to be led by al-Sadr. [5] The April 1990 marriage was performed by a Virginia Supreme Court judge.[5]. Apache/2.4.18 (Ubuntu) Server at www.worldcrunch.com Port 443 In 1946, in Germany, she was a playwright, with one of her early productions, Farewell Isabell,[2] staged in Straubing's Municipal Theater[3] and in Munich. Der Film beruht auf einer wahren Geschichte. Muth, a German man who has been known to wear an Iraqi military uniform and blogged as Albrecht Gero Muth, would hold forth on international affairs. OK. Advisor, Member of the Delegation of the Republic of Cyprus to the 2006 Conference to Review Implementation of the 2001 Programme of Action to Eradicate the Illicit Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons, in All Its Aspects, Observer, Bamako Convocation of the Eminent Persons Group in. Drath's first husband, Col. Drath, died January 11, 1986. (*7) The EPG compromise proposal was circulated as a document of the U.N. Conference, setting the stage for Conference follow-on in the areas of tracing through marking and information exchange. It will enhance any encyclopedic page you visit with the magic of the WIKI 2 technology. The appointment had been held up for nearly a year, because a newspaper profile had exposed Muth as a secret agent of the Bundesnachrichtendienst, Germany’s foreign intelligence service, (*10) tasked with running the former agents of the defunct East German intelligence service, still in the employ of the U.N., at the behest of the American Central Intelligence Agency. The arrangement is unofficial, little publicized, but nonetheless real.” (*25) States Ambassador Pickering: "To the extent Muth has been successful in aligning al-Sadr’s Mehdi Army with the United States Army, and the Sadrist movement with U.S. interests, and there is some evidence for that, he has made a major contribution to the American war effort." After their marriage, Muth fabricated a story that an elderly German Count had fallen from an elephant in India and needed to appoint a successor before dying—from that point forward, Muth insisted on being called Count Albrecht. During her time in Munich, Drath met Lt. Col. Francis S. Drath, who, at the time was the deputy military governor of Bavaria and would later become her first husband, on Lake Constance in Switzerland. ", "With Iraq's secular leadership crumbling under the strains of foreign occupation, al-Sadr realizes that it's time for the Religious to assert its proper role in Iraq's public sphere," Muth says. [1] In April 2011, Muth somehow arranged a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery to honour fallen American soldiers in Iraq, supposedly on behalf of the Iraqi regime. The Federal German Government of then-German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, alongside then-French President Jacques Chirac, a vocal opponent of U.S. President George Bush’s objective to go to war against Iraq, had actively contributed to the article in retribution for Muth’s efforts to help steer a controversial war-authorizing resolution through the U.N. Security Council, under the African Presidency in March 2003, in very much the same fashion, in which he had pushed the EPG compromise document through at the U.N. Small Arms Conference two years prior. Above all, Victory for Iraq and all Iraqis: Shia, Suni, Kurd and Christian. A 49-year-old man convicted of killing his 91-year-old wife in 2011 was sentenced to 50 years in prison on Wednesday, the Washington Post reported. We have created a browser extension. [3], In 2015, it was announced that Christoph Waltz will direct and star in the movie The Worst Marriage in Georgetown, which is based on the true crime story of the murder of Viola Drath. An important first step has been taken on the long road to eradicating the illicit proliferation of small arms and light weapons.”, In April 2004, Michael-Francis Dei-Anang, a nephew of the Secretary-General’s, replaced Muth as EPG Executive Director, with Muth assuming the position of EPG Deputy Executive Director and Special Advisor to Annan. numerology behind the news 12,000+ real-world examples of numerology in action (brought to you by Ed Peterson (numerologist to the world and author of the book Numerology: the practical science)) Muth was 44 years Viola's junior and variously promoted himself as a German count and an Iraqi general. Muth was among the first in de-flagging the threat perception. Not only did Muth succeed in planting a listening device in the boudoir of Ambassador Albright’s master bedroom in her Georgetown residence which, however, due to technical difficulties, only picked up the sound of running water, rather than the happenings in the adjacent room. Motto: “Tout est bien fini. (*3). WASHINGTON (WJLA) - A man who says he was dating Albrecht Muth testified Wednesday in Muth’s murder trial. He rests assured of our continued cooperation.” (*6). Muth attended the 2001 U.N. Small Arms Conference as a Special Representative of the President of the Republic of Mali and a Member of the Delegation of Mali. The special advisor of the former U.N. Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, the patrician German, Albrecht Muth, still in Baghdad, has been a good and serene moderating influence on Moqtada, advising him all the time to hold his horses and tame them in the larger interest of Iraq. But, more importantly, Muth proved himself successful in electronically surveilling the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence at the Waldorf Towers in New York. Writes Karamatullah Khan Ghori, Pakistan’s former Ambassador to Iraq, now a commentator for DAWN, Pakistan’s leading English-speaking daily: “Much of the credit for moderating the reflexes and responses of an erstwhile mercurial Moqtada goes to the former special representative in Iraq of Kofi Annan, Albrecht Gero Muth, whose German roots seem to have served him well in a very demanding situation confronting him in Baghdad. Prince Karl Gero Albrecht Joseph Wilhelm Anton Maria of Urach, Count of Württemberg, 3rd Duke of Urach (19 August 1899 – 15 August 1981) was the head … Viola Drath war mit Albrecht Gero Muth 20 Jahre lang verheiratet. One of her articles, published in 1988, for the National Committee, The Reemergence of the German Question proposed negotiations on German unification between the two German states and the four Allied Powers. After the death of her first husband in 1986, Viola married Albrecht Gero Muth, a German national then serving an unpaid Washington internship. Muth graduated from the Nicolaus-Cusanus-Gymnasium, a prestigious secondary school in Bergisch Gladbach in the West German Federal State of North-Rhine-Westphalia, following intermittent school attendance in East Germany, France, the United Kingdom, the United States, Israel and India. The suave German noble does come up as being more successful in his personal diplomacy than the Secretary General’s puffed up Special Representative for Iraq, the former Pakistani diplomat Asharaf Qazi, who prefers to stay at a safe distance from Iraq, in Amman and whose trips to New York are far more frequent than his rare appearances next door in Baghdad.”(*34), *01: P. V. Narasimha Rao, former Prime Minister of India, Statement before the First Convocation of the Eminent Persons Group, American University, Washington, D C, 2-4 May 2000*02: John Shaw, “Panel of World Leaders Aims to Slow Flood of Small Arms Sales,” The Washington Diplomat, July 2002*03: Albrecht Gero Muth, “Wanderer between the Worlds: Reflections on East-West Espionage,” Remarks, Imperial War Museum, London, 28 April 2001*04: John Shaw, “Panel of World Leaders Aims to Slow Flood of Small Arms Sales,” The Washington Diplomat, July 2002*05: Ibid. Drath was a foreign policy adviser during the 1988 Bush campaign, where she helped "lay the groundwork which led to the "2+4" process towards German unification in 1990". (*9). Drath was born in Düsseldorf, Germany on February 8, 1920. Now that Gen. Raymond Odierno has said al-Sadr himself would not be targeted by U.S. troops, Muth said, the cleric "will take necessary steps" to avoid Mahdi army clashes with security forces.” (*18), In his statement to the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee on 1 February 2007, Muth goes an important step further, when he suggests the possibility of an "entente cordiale" between the Mehdi Army and the United States Army, in advance of the Baghdad Security Plan, which is hoped will enhance security, with the objective of providing the al-Maliki Government the breezing space, in which to advance the process for the national reconciliation of all parties to Iraq’s growing civil strife. After moving to Lincoln, Nebraska, with her first husband, she attended the University of Nebraska where she studied for an advanced degree in literature and philosophy. … The U.N. Conference was mired in stalemate, teetering on the brink of collapse, because of a difference of positions between European countries and the United States on a Franco-Swiss proposal on mandatory marking and tracing of small arms and light weapons which, for the Bush Administration, was tantamount to gun control through the back door of the U.N. An EPG-led diplomatic effort with the major small arms and light weapons producing and exporting States, advanced within the Paris Process, helped pave the way for a Conference compromise in advance of a voluntary mechanism, while keeping the issue of a binding international treaty in abeyance. States Muth, who took the nom de guerre of “Shaikh Ali Al-Muthaba,” upon assuming command: “It shall be the overall objective of my mission, while in Iraq, serving the noble cause of an Iraq, whole and free, to build an entente cordiale between Jaish-al-Mahdi and the United States Army and to advance political cooperation between the Sadrist Movement and the United States Government, in advance of the Prime Minister's Security Plan for Baghdad, the War in Iraq, and beyond, with the objective of advancing a phased withdrawal of all foreign forces from Iraqi territory, in furtherance of early restoration of Iraqi sovereignty and self-governance. On 5 February 2003, the surveillance recorded a ten-minute exchange between then-U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and then-U.K Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, in which, following the critical U.N. Security Council meeting on Iraq earlier that day, both, privately, as reported by Dan Plesch and Richard Norton-Taylor in the Guardian on 5 June 2003, (Plesch serves as a member of the EPG Advisory Group) “expressed serious doubts about the quality of intelligence on Iraq's banned weapons programme at the very time they were publicly trumpeting it to get United Nations support for a war on Iraq.” At the time, Secretary Powell’s serious doubts were not publicly known and the “Waldorf transcripts” were considered an intelligence scoop. State Messrs. Konare and Rocard: “We deeply appreciate Mr. Muth’s arms control expertise in guiding the Group’s substantive work with considerable devotion and against considerable political odds. The end of Annan’s term on 31 December 2006 did not permit Muth time to implement the Secretary-General’s dual-track framework, which was formally embraced by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in a televised address to the Iraqi people on 5 December 2006, in part in an effort to side-step U.S. President Bush’s effort to further militarize the Iraq Question by what would come to be termed a “troop surge,” the additional insertion of, at first, 21,500 troops, then augmented to 28,500, then, again, further augmented by another 30,000 National Guard troops. Two members of the EPG, Ambassador Mitsuro Donowaki, Japan, and Ambassador Sir Michael Weston, United Kingdom, served as Vice Presidents of the Conference. In the early 1980s, Viola met Albrecht Gero Muth, 44 years her junior, who was then an unpaid intern from Germany. Yep, but later. Muth served as “Friend of Chair” of the Committee, charged with drafting the Conference Report, Sir Michael Weston. The bottom line is who threatens the safety of our citizens in the United States and as well as our allies, and we will deal with them based on that.” (*24), As Muth had advised, al-Sadr gave orders to the Mehdi Army to stand down and not to confront the United States Army and the Iraqi Army. Albrecht Garo Muth, Aka Muth Pasha, aka Shaikh Ali al-Muthaba: A self-described secret agent, diplomat and militia leader who in reality never held down any job for a notable length of time and instead lived off his wife’s fortune.At age 47, he stands accused of killing his 91-year-old wife. She died at age 91 by murder at the hands of her second husband.[1]. [5] Following the 2003 completion of the Iraq War, Muth suddenly adopted the rank, and wore the uniform, of a Brigadier General in the Iraqi Army, organizing diplomatic events in DC that he claimed were for the new Iraqi regime. Not unlike the Valery Plame case, which had led to the outing of an under-cover CIA operative by the Bush White House for reasons attributed to her husband’s opposition to the Iraq War, the affair led to formal inquiries by American counter-intelligence, the German Federal Parliament and the German Press Complaints Board. During the post World War II period, Drath was a German interpreter in Munich. 72, Summer 1987*21: Thomas R. Pickering, Career Ambassador, United States Foreign Service, Statement, 21 June 2007*22: Albrecht Gero Muth, “East by East-West: “Enemy” vs. “Foe” in the Iraq War,” Statement to the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee, 1 February 2007*23: Albrecht Gero Muth, Letter from Baghdad, 8 February 2007, Read by MG Galen Jackman, USA, Chief Congressional Liaison for the Secretary of the Army and the Army Chief of Staff, at a Mess Dress Diner in honor of Muth’s wife, hosted by the President of the National Bible Association, DACOR Bacon House, Washington, D.C. also: Albrecht Gero Muth, “Wooing the Insurgents,” Outside View Commentary, United Press International, 29 November 2005*24: Lieutenant-General Raymond Odierno, American Enterprise Institute, 18 January 2006*25: Roland Flamini, “The Enemy of My Enemy,” World Politics Watch, Exclusive, 4 March 2007*26: Thomas R. Pickering, Career Ambassador, United States Foreign Service, Statement, 21 June 2007*27: Albrecht Gero Muth, “Mehdi Army/ Sadrist Battle Plan, Grand Strategy,” (Political and Military) Food for Thought Paper, 6 March 2007*28: Lieutenant-General Raymond Odierno, Video-Conference with News Media, 31 May 2007*29: Bulletin, DACOR, Diplomatic and Consular Officers, Retried, Washington DC, April 2006*30: Senior White House official, on customary request for anonymity, because he is not authorized to speak of Muth, publicly, Statement, 9 July 2007*31: Albrecht Gero Muth, “Baghdad Security Plan, Progress Report,” 4 June 2007, also: Albrecht Gero Muth, “The Baghdad Security Plan at the 90-Day Marker: A Sadrist/ JAM Perspective,” (UNOFFICIAL) Memorandum, 9 May 2007*32: Karamtullah Khan Ghori, “Iraq under U.S. occupation, four years on,” DAWN, 31 March 2007*33: Albrecht Gero Muth, “The Iraq Question between Secularism and the Religious: Hoyatoleslam Moqtadir al-Sadar Calls on Shia, Kurd and Christian to Unite in Advance of an Iraq, Whole and Free, When, if not Now, is the time to assert the Religious in advance of the Democratic,” Article, Right Truth, 30 May 2007, also, ibid. Viola Herms Drath (1920–2011) was a Washington, DC socialite, a "notable figure in German-American relations for over thirty years". In a mere few weeks, between early 2007 and Easter, it has been replaced by Al-Qaeda Mesopotamia as America’s Number One Enemy in Iraq, to the point, where General Odierno is on record as seeking a personal meeting with al-Sadr, (*28) and where U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, for whom Muth and his wife hosted a 65th birthday reception at DACOR Bacon House, the prestigious American Foreign Service Club, within walking distance of the White House, on 30 March 2006, (*29) does not rule out “a political arrangement.” Comments a senior White House official, on customary request for anonymity, because he is not authorized to speak of Muth, publicly: "We follow efforts to re-invent JAM and to align JAM with U.S. interests with keen interest and continuously evaluate word versus deed in this regard. States Salah al Obaidi, a top Sadr aide, “Sayed Muqtada refuses all kinds of violence and he refuses to answer violence with violence.” (*17) On 10 January 2007, U.S. President Bush had announced the “troop surge.” Many an informed observer was expecting a confrontation with al-Sadr’s Mehdi Army. He is married to Viola Herms Drath, a noted American journalist of German birth, author, playwright, academic and Presidential advisor, Mrs. Drath is the recipient of the 2005 William J. Flynn Initiative for Peace Award in recognition of her role in helping lay the groundwork for the “2+4 talks,” which led to the unification of Germany in 1990. the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff*17: Salah al Obaidi, Spokesman for Muqtadir al Sadar, McClatchy News Service, 12 June 2007*18: Roland Flamini, “Ahead of Bush Speech, Battle for Baghdad Gets a Dress Rehearsal,” World Politics Watch, 10 January 2007*19: Albrecht Gero Muth, “East by East-West: “Enemy” vs. “Foe” in the Iraq War,” Statement to the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee, 1 February 2007*20: Dr. George D. Schwab, “Enemy oder Foe: Der Konflikt der modernen Poltiik,” in Epirrhosis, Berlin, 1968, vol. *06: Alpha Oumar Konare, President of the Republic of Mali, and Michel Rocard, former Prime Minister of France, “The Role of a Small Arms Control Regime in Stemming Small Arms and Light Weapons Proliferation,” Consultative Document, Presented to the 55th UN General Assembly (The “Millennium Assembly”) under Agenda Item 74 (w): SMALL ARMS (54/54/R) By the Delegation of the Republic of Mali on behalf of the Eminent Persons Group*07: Albrecht Gero Muth, “The WASHINGTON COMMUNIQUE on the Proliferation of SALW: Elements of an International Action Agenda,” Speech before the First Continental Meeting of African Experts on SALW, Organization of African Unity, Addis Ababa, May 17-19, 2000*08: Benazir Bhutto, former Prime Minister of Pakistan, and Albrecht Gero Muth, "Drain Small Arms Pipelines: Long Term Implications of Inserting Small Arms into Regions in Conflict," Op-Ed, taz, Berlin, Germany, 4 December 2001, also: Albrecht Gero Muth, Small Arms Control: What Next?, SAIS Review - Volume 22, Number 1, Winter-Spring 2002, pp. At al-Maliki’s suggestion Muth stayed in Iraq, accepting on 28 January 2007, at the strong urging of Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani, the revered leader of Iraq’s Shia, interim appointment as Senior Commander of the Political-Military Affairs and Special Operations Command of Jaish-al-Mahdi, aka "the Mehdi Army," i.e. Albrecht Muth was convicted Thursday of first-degree premeditated murder with aggravating circumstances in connection with the death of his 91-year-old wife, Viola Herms Drath. I. Älteste Geschichte bis zum Entstehen der Markgrafen von Nordsachsen 930. Albrecht Gero Muth, aka Muth Pasha, aka Shaikh Ali Al-Muthaba, born 10 May 1964, Cologne, West Germany, Born and raised a Lutheran, he converted to Catholicism with Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, serving as a sponsor. (*26), Muth ranks among the key architects for the Mehdi Army/ Sadrist Battle Plan (*27) which, as opposed to the American battle plan, drawn up by U.S. Army General David Petraeus, the new Number One American Combatant Commander in Iraq, relies heavily on Sun Tzu's call for restraint over Clausewitz's call for action. Albrecht Gero Muth, who is 44 years her junior, was seized by police on Tuesday evening after details emerged about their violent marriage of convenience. (*19), Drawing inspiration from the “enemy” versus “foe” dialectic, advanced by Professor George Schwab, one of America’s leading state theoreticians, formerly of the City College of New York and now the President of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, an independent think tank, which has distinguished itself in helping advance peace in Ireland and diplomatic compromise on the Korean Peninsula, Muth states: “The enemy” need not be “the foe,” but can be “an ally in advance of common tactical goals,” even where “agreement on larger strategic objectives” remains, at least for now, elusive. Grand Ayatollah Al-Sistani was first in recognizing the potential benefit to be had from Muth’s moderating influence on al-Sadr, who would prove himself amenable to being cultivated into Muth's far-flung international network of notables. While a ruling on success versus failure of the mission is premature, to date, JAM has shown considerable self-restraint, circumspection and proven itself helpful in advance of the BSP." The nuptials were officiated by Harry L. Carrico, the Chief Justice of Virginia, at the Supreme Court of Virginia, in Richmond, on 9 April 1990. [1] She is reported to have learned English from vacations and boarding school in Scotland.