The confirmation comes as the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, said Iran was ready to support Iraq from the mortal threat fast spreading through the country, while the Iraqi prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, called on citizens to take up arms in their country’s defence.
Addressing the country on Saturday, Maliki said rebels from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) had given “an incentive to the army and to Iraqis to act bravely”. His call to arms came after reports surfaced that hundreds of young men were flocking to volunteer centres across Baghdad to join the fight against Isis.
In Iran, Rouhani raised the prospect of Teheran cooperating with its old enemy Washington to defeat the Sunni insurgent group – which is attempting to ignite a sectarian war beyond Iraq’s borders.
Wow. Iran taking over Iraq, and likely with the help of the United States. Who could ever have predicted that?
Other than me, of course:
As I have said before, this is a power struggle within the Iraqi Shia body politic, with Iran positioning itself as the likely winner no matter which way it falls out. al-Sadr seems to be the Iraqi nationalist among the Shia, but people continue to gloss over the fact that he is directing his militias (300% larger than the Badrs, by the way) from Iran.
American newspapers and most analysts continue to view this conflict as being a matter of whether the US military (and President Bush) can control or halt “violence” in Iraq. “Victory” is now defined as “ending the violence.” But a graveyard is a quiet and peaceful place, and an Iranian-dominated Iraqi Islamic Republic will, I would imagine, also be restful – after the Mullahs finish slaughtering all opposition.
As did Saddam Hussein himself, come to think on it. His Iraq was pretty peaceful too, wasn’t it?
I keep asking people to give me a definition of victory in Iraq that includes the dominating presence of, and internal Iraqi influence from, Iran, but everybody keeps blabbering on as if Iran is meaningless or irrelevant to the discussion.
Iran? Iran? Iran is involved in this? How ever did that happen?