New Decade, New Iraq War? Tensions High As U.S. Responds To Iran’s ‘Influence’ 2

Tension in the Middle East may again be reaching critical mass as recent events in Iraq have created a difficult situation for the region.  While originally the United States targeted the Kataib Hezbollah militia, supported by Iran, in response to a deadly attack on one of its military contractors blamed on that group, recent anti-American protests have been replaced by the specter of war as they additionally killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani (who was visiting Iraq).  Iran’s Supreme Leader has warned of major consequences following the attack, suggesting that this provocation will be returned.

These rather dire and complex events follow some months of unrest in the often violent protests against the Iraqi Government.  While it is not certain to what extent anti-American and anti-Iranian sentiments have shaped the protests, they have become part of an effort to force a change in Iraq’s government – perceived to be corrupt and failing to help its citizens.  Surrounding this has also been a persisting effort through Iraq’s government to get the United States to remove troops, the most recent of which arrived after the defeat of ISIS in Syria.  Needless to explain that with the greater tensions between Iran and the U.S., their interfactional differences in the winding up of the war on ISIS, and the adding of the protests in Iraq, it was probably only a matter of time before both countries were involved in a direct provocation.  Iraq, which could once be seen as a buffer nation between the two rivals, looks to now be in an impossible situation.

While originally this piece was going to be about growing U.S. disenfranchisement within Iraq, spilling out into various protests like at the unexpected and dramatic New Year’s Baghdad U.S. embassy demonstration, these recent and serious developments underscore a long history of American misadventures in and around Iraq worth examining too.  Originally their friend until President Bush Senior defeated Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait, and President Bush Junior invaded and destabilized the country on false pretenses, American misleadership has ironically created a scenario where bad consequences have multiplied across the region.  Iraq, once a stronger and stable nation, is now closer to Iran and has probably suffered more from United States occupation than under one strongman.  The rise and fall of ISIS, which sprouted late from the 2003 invasion, is significant evidence for that idea too.  While President Trump has insistently commented that he wants to leave the Middle East behind, after defeating ISIS, his Iran policy does not appear to give him room to leave Iraq given recent developments.  It is difficult to say what will happen next considering the geopolitical history of the region, including that of Iran, other than to conclude it will probably not be good for Iraq, its neighbor, or its permanent guest.

This does not mean that the sins of the past cannot be resolved.  In fact, a wise and once-popular President once said: “peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means”.  He also, while not perfect when it came to intervening around the world, recognized after a disastrous loss of personal in 1983 that some conflicts could not be solved with military presence.  Even though President Reagan had problems with Iran during his time too, his advice shows that Trump can still have a chance to win the day through diplomacy.  Naturally, much has to be fixed before the U.S., Iran, and Iraq can escape the shroud of war.  Now only time will tell if the former dovish candidate will keep his promise or if he will follow the folly of the Bush’s and the military-industrial complex.

2 thoughts on “New Decade, New Iraq War? Tensions High As U.S. Responds To Iran’s ‘Influence’

  • samir sardana

    US assassinates Solomon-I, in Iraq, in a Quasi-Shia State, in the wee hours of the morning.

    Y would a Iranian Gen – who is anti-Israel and America, fly from a Commercial/Military Airport in Iraq – when the US embassy was firebombed just a few days ago ? He would have known that all his e-signatures would be tracked by the Americans,second by second,and there would be no dearth of spies at the hangar,ATC,Airport who would ply the Americans with precise coordinates of the General’s flight patterns ?

    Surely after the US embassy bombing the Good General would have been told by his team to exit Iraq ? Could a general be so careless or foolish – that he would think that he could exit from a designated airport,after the US embassy escapade – and with another designated terrorist (designed by USA) – with makes it a double prime target – and with no collateral baggage ? In ISIS days – he was fighting with the Americans – and those days are over.

    Persian Shia’ism is not a suicide cult – it appears to be one – but it is not.So the general was misled into complacency and entrapped by some , in the Iraqi state, to take that flight – and the US embassy firebombing might also have been a false flag operation as the US troops shot no one – id.est., no firebomber was killed.But the sons of Xerxes and Cyrus cannot be so naive and foolish.The General would not have boarded that plane unless he was secured by the Russians and Tehran.2000 years ago, the Jews inserted a fake verse into the Old Testament and Talmud – to state that Cyrus was the messiah- and showed it to Cyrus – who like a fool, believed it, and rebuilt the Temple !The General had read the Torah,Talmud,Hebrew Bible and the History of the Jews and the Nassara

    CNN portrays the killing as a “Trump rash reaction” – but it is not.Ultimately,the USA will go to war with Iran – as the Americans do not trust the Persian Shias – on the N-Bomb,and the Persians do not trust the Jews or the Nassara. Soleimani was just the catalyst to push the Persians into the N- Suspension, and go full N-throttle – which is what the Persians have done – and which is what the Americans wanted.

    Iraqi govtt will kick out the US troops and the US troops will not leave – as that is what the Americans (and Kurds,Nassara,Sunnis) really want.To be precise, the Kurds,Suniis do not want the Yankii to leave – but that they be asked to leave – so that their mortal fears of living under Persian Shias is brought to the fore – for a partition of the Iraqi state

    What the Americans want is to trifurcate Iraq – which will happen inevitably post Soleimani – and which is what the Persians also seek,although the Persians would like to Shia-ise the whole of Iraq.Persian security interests are preserved by destabilising and burning Iraq to create a “sea of fire” between them and the US/Israel and satellite Hezbollahs all over the Gulf,especially encircling the Saudis (The Soleimani Doctrine).But now,they will be happy with a trifurcation

    After trifurcating Itaq the Persians will export their franchise and the brand to all Shia regions in GCC and Africa (where the USA has lesser troops and even lesser interest).Even the EU/PRC will be pleased – and this will look like an amicable solution (already crafted) – after creating a well planned disaster (assassinating Soleimani)

    There was no inpending attack by Soleimani – just lies and deception of the American state.There are many heads of Terror Groups in the Gulf who can be killed, with or w/o collateral impact – but they are never taken out – not even by Israel or ISIS (Israel Secret Intel Service).The Americans chose a Persian Shia,when the whole Sunni world hates Persia and the Persia Shian, and killed him in a Quasi Shia State – and so there is no empathy or support for the Persians – even after the assassination – not even from Russia and PRC.

    Obviously,the Russians,PRC,EU would have known – and they did not tip off the Persians and the Americans shot off 4 Hell Fire’s – and THERE WAS NO COLLATERAL PRESENCE AT THE AIRPORT AT THAT TIME. A marked man would travel in the presence of ample collateral baggage – like the Hamas and Hezb, do in Gaza – to provoke Collateral damage,and then the Christian empathy,by Amanpour on CNN

    The Persians have launched a muffled attack at a site which it knows, hosts no Americans, using missiles which have the capacity to hit US barracks,and knowing that the site hosts Iraqis – where the Iranians had ample intel and time to affix missile coordinates for the terminal descent – and they did not.The Persians used BM with intent,SO THAT THE AMERICANS could track their launch and loading and set up – AND THE AMERICANS did NOT TAKE OUT THE LAUNCHERS AND SILOS – before take off.

    The whole story stinks and if it ends with the Persian missile strike – it will stink even more.Odds are there will be more strikes by the Persians and US will make 1 strike (at least) on Persian soil – to further aggravate the Persians into the N-Bomb – and then disaster will come when either side hits civilians by plan or strategy

    A few days ago,the Iranian media mentioned the US blowing up of a Iranian Airliner long ago.Coincidentally,a NATO nation – Article 5 nation – had its commercial aircraft blown up in Tehran- with no survivors – at take off time – with all tanks full,Ukraine is a nation that Trump and the USA have sworn to protect.

    Just providence of coincidence and incidence.No one is reporting on the passenger list – surely there would no Shias on the plane.

    The Nassara do not understand 1 simple thing.For the Persians and also the Sunnis,the path to salvation and evolution, as per Shia Theology and Philosophy – goes via the Bed of Armageddon – as that is when the Mehdi will return

    As an aside, the Hindoos sent a terror-spy to Pakistan, via Iran, on the cover of a port project.The spy was busted in Pakistan.Hindoo History and Persian History shows that whenever, the Persians support the Hindoos or Indians – some disaster occurs.Soleimani supported the Indian Terror-Spy.

    The wisdom of the “children of Cyrus,Darius and Xerxes”,encapsulates the “transcendence of Human thought”, the “Deuterosis of the Dindoo”, as under:

    A “Persian dictionary”,titled “Lughet-e-Kishwari”,published in Lucknow in 1964,gives the meaning of the word Hindu as “chore [thief], dakoo [dacoit], raahzan [waylayer], and ghulam [slave].

    Evidently the Gates of Hell are ajar.In essence,the world is overpopulated.If The Indians and South East Asians (besides Thai women) were to disappear,the Garden of Eden would return.Then there are Arabs,who allow Hindoos in their nation and let them build temples in Arab nations and extol Hindoo Gods – such vermin should also die.dindooohindoo

    And then there are Muslims – who will not answer 1 simple question – Was Soleimani a Mujahid and now a Shaheed.Soleimani- the Persian,named after Solomon-the son of David-David the messiah of Israel.

    Solomon bore the Curse of Allah on the Jews – as per the Hebrew Bible – id.est the Jews are cursed by Allah,due to the sins of Solomon.

    Y did the Russians and Tehran not protect Soleimani ? They allowed him to be killed .

  • Isaac Heaphy Post author

    Well, I can’t really write to much in your comment there. However, I’ve read elsewhere that Soleimani was actually on a peace mission to bring about better relations with Iran and Saudi Arabia. It’s hard to see him getting ‘droned’ as anything but rash because the fact the best surveillance and military in the world (owned by the U.S.) couldn’t figure out what was going on accurately means some mistake was made. Compounded by the fact that Iran was also fighting the Islamic State through proxy support, this just goes to show how muddled the whole series of events is given the U.S. should be thanking him for helping defeat them faster. Currently, after Iran retaliated, the U.S. is only going to be putting on sanctions on Iran (which is still not a good outcome given that they’ve sanctioned a lot of important things for Iran, like medicine), probably because they realise a war right now would look bad. Not only that, they might lose their $750m embassy in Iraq. So, probably better to ‘sure’ that up before going sable rattling again.

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