Tuesday, 15 March 2016
Kitabat website (Arabic website) published yesterday an article by Ali Ahmed al-Saedi on Rouhani's oncoming visit to Baghdad. The following is the translations of the article:
As Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gears to visit Iraq, a country engulfed in financial and security crises, there are many questions raised over the reasons behind this trip. The timing of this trip is of significant importance and carries with it messages for the Iraqi government, currently under intense and growing popular pressure after failing to provide services and establish security, and the near all-out destruction of the country’s economy. This is a serious indicator of a major “famine” in the near future, shaking all pillars of the central government in Baghdad.
Rouhani is visiting an Iraq engulfed in economic failures and literally defeated in all aspects of government (the Iranian version of Iraq is the issue of discussion). He will be visiting a Baghdad now categorized as one of the worst cities in the world, with images of the dead [Iranian regime founder Ruhollah] Khomeini and terrorist [Iranian supreme leader Ali] Khamenei seen in its squares. He will be visiting this city and witnessing the despicable image of these mullahs (Khomeini and Khamenei), and the fingerprints of the mullahs’ rule in all the destructions of this country. The stench of the Revolutionary Guards can be felt in the shallow dark waters and filthy streets where Shiite militias and death squads roam free under orders issued by Iran’s intelligence. Rouhani and his government officials will most probably assess the government reforms announced by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. Of course these reform measures must be in line with the standards of the mullahs’ regime and not in contrast with their interests. Therefore, from Iran’s viewpoint, there is pressure placed on al-Abadi’s government by the Iraqi people to change his ministers linked to parties associated to Tehran with independent and technocrat ministers. This issue is being implemented as we speak. The truth is that the situation on the ground in Iraq is slipping out Tehran’s control, while experience shows all matters related to electing and appointing ministers, security and non-security officials should be under full Tehran control.
Furthermore, the issue of monopolizing all weapons under government control – an issue al-Abadi spoke of the day his government was formed, and raised again recently in a reform plan – means an end to the very existence of Iran-affiliated Shiite militia groups in Iraq. This in itself is a major slap in the face Khamenei. Tehran relies heavily on Shiite militia groups (such as Asaeb al-Haq, Badr Corps, Hezbollah battalions, the al-Nojba group, Saraya al-Islam and …) to establish Iran’s military control over the Iraqi government and all its key institutions, and ultimately the entire Iraqi population.
Therefore, Rouhani is coming to Iraq to prevent such a development and at least have Iraqi Shiite militias and Iran-backed death squads remain intact, and guarantee their immunity from disarmament measures. His goal is to actually prevent any establishment of security in Iraq, while guaranteeing Shiite militias continue their killings of civilians, flaring sectarian strife, planting IEDs in public areas, bombing vehicles and other explosions in Shiite and Sunni areas alike, all under orders issued by Iran’s intelligence.
From this we learn that Rouhani intends to visit Baghdad to once again trace Iran’s policies in Iraq and dictate his new instructions to the Iraqi government. Of course, we are talking about an Iraq facing immense public pressures, and the people have even threatened to raid into the Green Zone where the Council of Ministers, Parliament and most important government institutions are stationed. Thus, Rouhani must brush off all of Iran’s disgrace and fiasco, and improve the image Iran under the mullahs and Iraq.