Trump has a historic opportunity to prove he is smarter than Obama in Iraq, if he invests this point
LONDON: Trump has a historic opportunity to prove he is smarter than Obama in Iraq, if he invests this point
Posted, 2017/08/27 23:06
Baghdad today – follow-up
Al-Hayat newspaper published an article by the Iraqi writer and former spokesman on behalf of the Iraqi government, Hamid al-Kafai, in which he posed a question titled “When does Iran recognize the independence of Iraq?” He pointed out that the new US administration represented by President Donald Trump a historic opportunity to prove that it is smarter than its predecessor by investing victories And Arab openness to rid Baghdad of Iranian influence.
“Iraq and Iran have not had friendly relations since the dawn of history, when countries were either at war or subject to one another, and the situation has prevailed so far, but for how long can not countries establish normal relations on the basis of common interests instead of subordination? The establishment of normal relations is possible, provided that the thinking of the political elites that govern the two countries changes.
“The Iranians must respect Iraq as an independent state that sets its policies on the basis of its national interests. The Iraqis must know that hostility or dependence on Iran is not inevitable, and balanced natural relations can be established,” he said.
“There is a prevailing feeling among successive Iranian elites not to deal with Iraq as an independent state, and that this country must be subject to its eastern neighbor,” he says, “and the Iranians still treat Iraq as part of the Persian Empire. Iran must at least control, at least morally, these important shrines and madrasas in Najaf, Karbala, Kadhimiya and Samarra, and dominate Iraq’s political and religious decision as the largest Shiite country in the world. ”
“Since Iran’s conversion to Shiism five centuries ago, it has not stopped using religion and doctrine to weaken Iraq and divide Iraqis, and the Iranian-speaking Iranian radio stations (Tehran, Ahwaz, Abadan, and Shireen Palace) Saddam, his lack of acceptance of criticism, the stupidity of his political and media apparatus, and his excessive brutality in dealing with opponents and his tyrannical racism, Iran’s propaganda has been heard in Iraq, especially with some Arabs reacting to Saddam’s regime despite his ruthlessness and ridicule. But he benefited from Saddam’s cruelty with his people, supporting the Kurdish armed opposition until Saddam Hussein surrendered and relinquished Iraq’s sovereignty over the Shatt al-Arab in the 1975 Algiers agreement in exchange for Iran stopping its support for the Kurds. ”
The most prominent of the Shiites of Iraq, the most prominent of the Shiites in Iraq, was Iran’s 1979 revolution, and Iran’s propaganda to provoke religious and sectarian fanaticism helped to bolster that fascination, but what helped Iran’s success – the media revolution in Iraq – was the brutality of the Iraqi regime, its foes, critics, In the country, their disregard for the laws and their disregard for the violation of human rights, the opponents or critics did not find an outlet other than to go to Iran and engage in fighting the Iraqi regime, despite their national and political incompatibility with the Iranian regime. Circumstances to adapt to the theocratic regime, especially since their choices were limited or non-existent. ”
“In the 1980s, Iran, along with its ally Syria, was the only country in the world that sympathized with the Iraqi people politically and media, and the only one that provided financial, military and logistical assistance to the Iraqi Islamic opposition that enabled it to stand up and organize and then control power. The Iraqi opposition forces suffered a lot as a result of their relationship with Iran and bore the harshest accusations that it was aligned with the enemies of Iraq. There was widespread Iraqi resentment of Iran because of its continuation of the war in Iraq, especially after the Iranian missiles began falling on the heads of civilians Akian in Basra and Baghdad. The Iraqis were convinced that Iran’s propaganda, which claims that Iran is continuing the war “to rid the Iraqi people of Saddam’s infidel regime,” is not credible, because the first victim was the Iraqi people. Eight years later, more than 1.5 million Iraqis and Iranians were killed, displaced, and injured. Millions of others were arrested. Iranian propaganda suddenly stopped and the world was surprised by Iran’s agreement to stop the war and accept the international resolutions it had previously rejected and establish normal relations with Saddam’s regime.
He adds to his historical talk, “The reason for Iran’s quitting of peace after a devastating war for both peoples and the two countries is that the theocratic regime found itself weak internally, after the war had exhausted its forces and consumed its financial resources, and the Iranians resented the continuation of futile futile war. For one reason or another, while Saddam’s regime remained strong and cohesive thanks to global support, and after the fall of Saddam’s regime, Iran’s Islamist forces dominated a quarter of a century of power in Iraq, although it freed itself from Iranian dictates after its return to Iraq and its acceptance of the US role and interaction with it. The absence of a deep American understanding of politics and culture in both Iraq and Iran, coupled with the mismanagement of US officials in Iraq, and the inability of the Bush administration to understand and coordinate with Iraqi political forces unrelated to Iran have completely changed the balance of power for Iran. The Iraqi forces and support for the factions that were operating on its territory, but it established new armed factions supporting them with money and weapons. ”
“The decline in American influence in Iraq has made the withdrawal from the Iraqi issue an official American policy under the Obama administration. This retreat has been linked to the Iranian political, military, economic and religious influence. Iran has even improved its relations with the forces But the continuation of Iranian support for the forces that have armed militias has seriously damaged the reputation of Iran among the Iraqis who have blamed it for the crimes committed by the forces backed by it, corruption, thefts and attacks on the freedom. Public data “.
“As the Iraqi religious authority closed its doors to politicians because of their discontent with corruption and failure in the administration of the state, the Iranian theocratic leadership continued to support corrupt politicians and armed militias at the expense of Iraq’s stability and the interests of its basic people. Changed the American position under the new Republican administration, the Arab openness to Iraq, and the emergence of new Iraqi forces. ”