Ben Delicious reports from Baghdad: Big news comes from the ‘green zone’ in the Iraqi capital where the top leadership of the liberated nation presides: the Iraqi government has asked the US for help in dealing with the wave of terrorist attacks that have left 1000 people dead last month alone. It’s been nearly two years since the US troops had pulled out of Iraq and the situation is now getting out of control.
But the new Iraqi rulers, headed by that giant of a man, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, seem to be missing the point here completely. Unlike dogs that tend to return to places where they had s..tted or vomited, America does not come back to where it makes a mess. That’s how it does interventions abroad: it gets involved and then leaves or runs, letting the locals to sort out the mess it creates. It happened in Vietnam, in Cambodia, in Laos, in Lebanon, in Somalia and now in Iraq. And it will happen in Afghanistan, when America and its NATO allies retreat from there, and in Syria, if the yanks get their way and topple President al Assad, and in Iran, if the US bomb it to Kingdom come as they seem to be planning to do.
The only thing that gives the rulers in Baghdad some leverage against the yanks is the oil. Iraq produces more oil these days than Kuwait and lots of it flows to the US. America can boast about its growing self-reliance on shale gas as much as it wants, but that’s all about propaganda. It still needs the oil from the Middle East and that it why it stands firm alongside the biggest producers there, the Saudis, who are no better than Saddam Hussein when it comes to human rights and democracy and are up to no good all across the Middle East and North Africa but are still considered as some of the closest allies by Washington in the region. (Some pragmatism, eh?)
So in the case of Iraq, America will have to do something, even if it’s purely cosmetic. Like sending its drones flying over the Iraqi territory to pick out al Qaeda suspects, or anyone who looks like them, and whacking them. Not to mention getting those private security firms that do the dirty work for the US government these days to step up their operations in Baghdad. This is a totally new way that America meddles in other people’s affairs: invade, pull out and send in the private security people who are all former US soldiers anyway so they can do the same job just as well.
On his recent visit to Washington Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said that his proud country will not shy away from asking the US to help out with fighting terrorism. Mr Zebari also said that if before Washington was showing its total indifference to what was going on in Iraq, more recently it started to show interest, especially when it found out that al Qaeda was getting more active there. Incidentally, in case you don’t know this, al Qaeda did not exist in Iraq under Saddam Hussein and only moved in after the US and Britain pulled off that invasion under false pretences in 2003, making the then President George Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair very rich men as a result.
The biggest irony of the current situation is that the Obama Administration has created the current crisis in Iraq itself, by supplying giving arms to the Syrian rebels who are passing them over to their ‘brothers’ in Iraq. (If you don’t believe me, you can check on what PM al-Maliki said the other day on this subject.)
So when the current lot in power in Baghdad is turning for help to the yanks they are asking for it really.