IRAQ: WE ARE SEEKING BIGGER ROLE FOR RUSSIA THAN AMERICA

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):

'We are seeking bigger role for Russia than Americans' - Iraq defense committee chairman

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.:

Obama Advisors Recommend US Military Withdrawal From Syria

See you on the flip side...

 

14 thoughts on “IRAQ: WE ARE SEEKING BIGGER ROLE FOR RUSSIA THAN AMERICA”

  1. Iraq has a unique perspective by its relations with its neighbors. Many of whom have added to their misery while pinned under the Nato gun. Now that ISIS has been seen to be financed by the sale of their captured Oil reserves to Turkey and others they see a hidden support system for ISIS as its for sure weapons and munitions are being traded in the oil sales to the Nato block,mostly ignored by the news media and the headquarters in Brussels, and lets not forget all the American spare parts ISIS needs to keep their “captured” US equipment operational in such a harsh desert environment.

  2. I agree that the wisest course of action is to get out of that mess, it seems to be a war between the Shia and the Sunni and what is that to us? If the elites are ridding their portfolios of oil production, then we really don’t need it from there. But it seems that everyone wants control of the region for some reason other than the oil.

  3. Robert Barricklow

    Just as Radical elements that are contradictory to the peoples’ interests[99.99%]in Washington D.C.; So are these radical elements[against the 99.99%] flowering in the Middle East.
    Enter Russia/China to nip this radicalism[against the 99.99%] in the bud.

    1. Robert Barricklow

      A refreshing human policy;
      as opposed the “business”/corporate style.
      [parts of which include depopulation]

  4. marcos anthony toledo

    Welcome to HELL on Earth the Confederate States Of America is sending troops into Syria-Iraq again. When will these idiots ever learn to stay out of other people problems. Especially when they created the mess in the first place.

    1. This action which will collide with Russian air and ground is going to start the big one I’m afraid.

      Putin has played this very well, let’s hope and pray he continues to do so.

    2. NATO is also speaking of moving troops to the border in the Ukraine. Reminds me of a small child poking a stick into a hornets nest just to see what will happen.
      OUCH…

  5. The world is a chessboard played by two skilled opponents, the bankers and Intelligence, not by governments who have lost control of both. Both have been infiltrated by the other and the endgame is world domination. Each is planning many moves ahead. There are reasons we do not comprehend for what is occurring. Russia may not be placing itself in the best of situations here, despite what we may believe. The ME has always been a quagmire for those who interfere there.
    Add to this mix a third party, global corporations (owned by one and infiltrated by the other) and their bid via secret trade agreements, and the game becomes even more complicated. What is observable on the surface is seldom the reality of the situation. The puppet masters pull the strings, the puppets perform their roles and the show goes on.

    1. It just occurred to me that what we may be seeing with the banker deaths is a clearing of intelligence assets in the banking sector. May be just wild speculation on my part.

      1. Could very well be. I believe that these murders were among the bankers who interfaced between the computers and the derivative markets and they were wide spread across the globe. Could be. Or as Joseph speculated, they had started to talk among themselves or as you suggest started to give information to whomever and were nailed.

        1. Intelligence began as the bastard child of the aristocracy and banking elite. Eventually that child is going to grow up, realize its plight and want its share of the inheritance.
          Just saying…

  6. The Ziocon hubris (and the palpable stupidity of thinking you are too smart by half, and while we’re at it, one should also include the inevitable consequences of both poisoning of the well and alienating of the rest of the planet that come from always relying upon the “By Way of Deception” doctrine) in believing they could pull off the 911 made-for-TV terror show and then topple Saddam and remake (and sow chaos throughout) the ME/NA as they see fit has, inevitably, created the perfect storm of blowback.

    Eventually, you were going to get bogged down. Eventually, your unrelenting attacks alarm, alienate and infuriate so many people that they form an alliance against you because they see you as an existential threat. This is where we are now.

    What on earth does Iraq want with the US, which laid waste to the country? The US is so deluded that it thinks the battered wife, given the slightest chance after a decade of beatings and continued extortion and abuse, would not flee to the arms of any strong opponent? Add to that basic human psychology the fact that, since Saddam the counterweight was deposed, Iraq is now deeply in the Iranian orbit and is a de facto Iranian province, so of course they will join the Russian ME alliance.

    The self-evident, inevitable stupidity of this has given rise to the Obama talking point that, “Well, after all, the ME is a tar baby, and what we really wanted all along was that Russia grab it from us.” Yeah, sure. After endless years, millions of deaths and countless trillions wasted. It leaves one simply speechless.

    And you also have Jordan about to defect as well. Jordanians are Hashemites, a proud, ancient lineage that guarded Mecca and held Medina as its crown jewels, now given over to the Wahhabist usurpers, jinned up and put in place by the British back in the day to undermine the Ottoman empire. They are seen as arrogant, stupid and sneaky arriviste perfumed princes, believing in a murderous and perverted version of Islam that all the other ME sects despise and view as an insult to the faith, even the Sunnis they claim to represent. Only their vast oil wealth protects them, but as we see King Oil’s days are numbered.

    The Saudis are in a not-so-secret alliance with Israel and are seen rightly as nothing more than Tel Aviv’s lackeys. The Hashemites doubtless see an opening to overthrow the Saudis and put the Israelis in their place; one shouldn’t forget that they are still ostensibly the guardians of the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem and the continual humiliation they suffer.

    Really, the gang-up caused by the ZioCon’s hubris has unleashed the pent-up forces of a century’s worth of Western meddling and map-doodling in the ME and not only will the US pay the price, but also Saudi Arabia and Israel will be swept into the maelstrom they have been creating.

    You know what they say about Karma.

    1. All of this has a ghastly shine of religious “prophecy” on all sides and really scares me. Nothing is worse that a religious war. Putin talked about that in his latest speech to the UN. He spoke of the thirty year war…I need to do some historical research. I believe that war was a religious war by context and inference from his speech, but I’m clueless as to when. Anybody?

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