IRAQ: WE ARE SEEKING BIGGER ROLE FOR RUSSIA THAN AMERICAOctober 30, 2015
With all of the geopolitical and financial earthquakes taking place, it is difficult to keep abreast of them. But this is one I alluded to a few days ago, as the shock waves of Russia's (and now, apparently, China's) intervention in Syria grow. In this case, it's Iraq signalling its willingness to work with its big neighbor to the north(and my thanks to Mr. T.T. for sharing this article):
The short article says it all and in a very few words:
Baghdad, Russia’s ally in its fight against ISIS, wants Russia to have a bigger role in the anti-terrorist campaign in Iraq than the US and may soon officially request to start airstrikes on its soil, the chairman of Iraqi parliament’s defense committee said.
"We might be forced to ask Russia to launch airstrikes in Iraq soon. I think in the upcoming few days or weeks Iraq will be forced to ask Russia to launch airstrikes and that depends on their success in Syria," said Hakim al-Zamili, Reuters reported.
"We are seeking to see Russia having a bigger role in Iraq... Yes, definitely a bigger role than the Americans," Zamili said.
The Iraqi official told RIA Novosti that the decision would depend on how efficient the Russian campaign in Syria proved to be.
In my high octane speculation of the day, I suggest that it is beneficial to view Iraq's position here as perhaps reflective of a wider perception within the Islamic world that views the growth of radicalized elements, and the inevitable instability they bring with them, as an indicator of a much more widespread phenomenon than one confined merely to Iraq. American-Western interventions in the past few years throughout the region have increasingly not brought stability but stirred up a hornet's nest of radicalism and revived the ancient Shia-Sunni conflict in certain areas. Additionally, as I suggested a few days ago, it has even perhaps stirred up a kind of "Ottomania", with visions of a resurgent Turkey seemingly motivating some of Mr. Erdogan's actions in the region. For Arabs, both Muslim and Christian, this prospect must loom large, if not quietly and unspoken.
The key to Iraq's current position is revealed by the fact that they are taking a "wait, watch, and see" position vis-a-vis the Russian intervention in Syria, and, depending upon the relative success(or lack thereof), may formally invite Russia to a similar intervention in that country. This position, I suspect, is not confined to Iraq alone. Egypt has recently mended its former ties with Moscow, and similarly, in the wake of the dissolution of Libya after the fall and murder of Qaddafi, whatever government as remains there, will be watching too... as will countries from Sudan to Pakistan and Indonesia.
For Iraq, sandwiched between Saudi Arabia to the south and Iran to the east, the outcome will also additionally depend on how Russia and its new Chinese assistants in the area deal with the festering tensions between Shias and Sunnis.
But one other thing has also emerged from Iraq: after two invasions by the USA and its allies, and over a decade of "nation building", they've had it too.
And perhaps, under these geopolitical circumstances, the wisest geopolitical course for the west would be to step aside, and allow them to be sucked into the vortex. And that, indeed, might be what's in play here, in this article, shared by Ms. M.W.:
See you on the flip side...