Thursday, December 24, 2009
As US withdrawal nears, Iraqi fear of Iran grows and with more than good reason!
They better be worried! Iran as you know has already been putting feelers in Iraq warning them as to their strength and their intention to use it and we are not even gone yet. I know we helped Iraq during the Iran Iraq war.
This "help" included several billion dollars worth of economic aid, the sale of dual-use technology, non U.S. weapons, military intelligence and Special Operations training, as well as direct involvement in warfare against Iran.
I do not see that we are going to be in any position to do that again but we will see soon! I thought Iraq with Saddam at the helm did okay against Iran with what I thought was minimal help from Britain and the U.S. However the situation has changed and we can thank G W Bush.
You know Iran has vital interests in Iraq and not just in a few disputed oil fields along the disputed border. That as you know was highlighted by the recent temporary capture of one of the oil fields Iran says is theirs. For now they have withdrawn. They are warning of things to come.
Muqtada Al Sadr’s uprising in 2004fostered concern that Iran was backing violence and Iran’s hands were in it before and have been since. Many of the recent improved and more destructive explosives have been traced to them. They have been accused of meddling in many areas including fixing elections.
In the past Iran has been accused in the rise of groups such as Ansar Al Islam and facilitating their Sunni Shiite movement against the Government in the guise of assassinations of officials. I am suspect along with others of Iran’s undue influence in Iraq’s Shiite dominated Government.
Iran does not want Iraq to re-emerge as a threat in any capacity military or financial. Iran does not want to see a separate Kurdish State as it would have a huge implication on Iran and their Kurdish minority.
They want Shiite rule in Iraq and at the same time they are working to effect Shiite dominance in Syria arming the Houthi rebels and ferrying Hezbollah volunteers to fight with them. Iran is chomping at the bit and as the attack on the oil field and the increased interference demonstrates, they are not going to wait until we leave the area Iraq better be prepared for this! Following are links of interest to the discussion feel free to click on anything you want to expound on!
As US withdrawal nears, Iraqi fear of Iran grows
US army chief: New sanctions likely against 'non-responsive' Iran
Next Stage on Iran Could Hold Real Peril
International Crisis Group - 38 Iran in Iraq: How Much Influence?
The goal absolutely is to be the country who decides which direction the new Middle East (dis)order will take. Bush started it by attacking Iraq to get into the middle east to destabilize it and start the new middle east order the idiot said God told him to do now it will be up to Iran and Saudi Arabia at least up front fight it out whether this goes the Iranian Shiite way or the Saudi Arabian Sunni way and do not forget Israel! Iraq better be on guard!