Posted by: Tony Carson | 24 August, 2007

Fisk: The Iraqis Don’t Deserve Us. So We Betray Them…

Fisk on understanding the Iraqi leadership:

We overthrew Saddam’s Sunni minority and the Iraqis elected the Shias into power, and all those old Iranian acolytes who had grown up under the Islamic Revolution in exile from the Iraq-Iran war – Jaafari was a senior member of the Islamic Dawaa party which was enthusiastically seizing Western hostages in Beirut in the 1980s and trying to blow up our friend the Emir of Kuwait – were voted into power. So blame the Iranians for their “interference” in Iraq when Iran’s own creatures had been voted into power.

And now, get rid of Maliki. Chap doesn’t know how to unify his own people, for God’s sake. No interference, of course. It’s up to the Iraqis, or at least, it’s up to the Iraqis who live under American protection in the green zone. The word in the Middle East – where the “plot” (al-moammarer) has the power of reality – is that Maliki’s cosy trips to Tehran and Damascus these past two weeks have been the final straw for the fantasists in Washington. Because Iran and Syria are part of the axis of evil or the cradle of evil or whatever nonsense Bush and his cohorts and the Israelis dream up, take a look at the $30bn in arms heading to Israel in the next decade in the cause of “peace”.

Maliki’s state visits to the crazed Ahmedinejad and the much more serious Bashar al-Assad appear to be, in Henry VIII’s words, “treachery, treachery, treachery”. But Maliki is showing loyalty to his former Iranian masters and their Syrian Alawite allies (the Alawites being an interesting satellite of the Shias).

These creatures – let us use the right word – belong to us and thus we can step on them when we wish. We will not learn – we will never learn, it seems – the key to Iraq. The majority of the people are Muslim Shias. The majority of their leaders, including the “fiery” Muqtada al-Sadr were trained, nurtured, weaned, loved, taught in Iran. And now, suddenly, we hate them. The Iraqis do not deserve us. This is to be the grit on the sand that will give our tanks traction to leave Iraq. Bring on the clowns! Maybe they can help us too.

The full article is at CommonDreams The Iraqis Don’t Deserve Us. So We Betray Them…

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