Iraqi politicians may be happy with Iran, but its people are not
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to Iraq continues to generate heated debate. One wonders if the outcome of the trip will be entirely in favor of Iran to the detriment of Iraq, despite the signing of bilateral agreements in the fields of agriculture, industry, energy, health and transport and facilitating the entry of millions of visitors.
The agreements with Iran are open and far-reaching. Their expected effect will be profound as they go beyond US sanctions against Iran and bind Iraq economically, legally and socially.
The travel schedule indicates that Rouhani’s visit is more than an opportunity to discuss issues of mutual concern, such as the water crisis created by Iran’s containment of rivers flowing into Iraq and the border demarcation.
In this regard, the Iranian side is more realistic than Iraqi politicians and their media. The Iranians have made it clear that they see Iraq as another way to avoid US sanctions.
In other words, the sanctions have motivated several official Iranian delegations to speed up visits to Iraq in a short period of time. Added to this is the leading role that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has played in bringing together various political blocs in Iraq. The day before Rohani’s visit, Zarif had a 5-hour meeting with Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohamed Alhakim, showing how many issues were raised during Rohani’s visit.
To escape US sanctions – and the crisis and internal conflicts – the Iranian regime is rushing to Iraq to find quick solutions to all the items on its agenda. This includes the creation of a common bank and a common border area, as well as the payment by Iraq of Iran’s external debts in exchange for the discharge of Iraqi debts to Iran created by the import. electricity, gas and various goods from Iran.
Thus, under the guise of paying its debt to Iran, Iraq will finance Iranian media agencies and platforms and ensure compensation for Iran’s loss of resources. This plan became clear after dozens of employees of the satellite channel were made redundant and there were long delays in paying armed personnel. Many of the latter will be integrated into the government militias while some will be dismissed under various empty pretexts.
In Iraq, there is more than one state, so any strategic negotiation automatically means the delivery of Iraqi resources to Iran and its sectarian project in Iraq. This was evident and confirmed by Rouhani’s visit.
From the airport, Rouhani and his official delegation went directly to the Kadhimiya district in Baghdad to perform religious rites there, revealing Iran’s strategy to uphold the sectarian dimension in the exercise of power in Iraq and the nature of bilateral relations between Iran and Iraq.
These relations are detrimental to Iraq’s territorial integrity, its independence and all that remains of its sovereignty.
Meanwhile, the Iraqi government and media have remained silent on Iran’s behavior, further explaining the nature of the Iraqi political system and its enslavement to the mullahs’ regime.
There is no need for additional interpretations based on theories of historical relationships and their meaning. It is enough to look at the reception reserved for Rouhani to realize to what extent Iraq bowed before the invaders and the colonizers and thus wasted the blood of its martyrs and its dignity.
Iraqi President Barham Salih used the phrase “We are lucky to have Iran as a neighbor” and repeated it with other humiliating statements. He could not have given a better sign of the persistence of Iraqi politicians in defying the will of the people and the history of their suffering of the mullahs’ regime before and after the American occupation.
Talk to any impartial person about the benefits of having the mullahs’ regime as a friend or neighbor in the service of Iraq and they will immediately report the bloodshed of the demonstrators in Basra.
None of the sons of Iraq can see any honor in receiving an Iranian official. It must have to do with the collective memory that rejects the results of the American occupation, the quota system and the involvement of the Iraqis in a war of ignorance, bigotry, identity conflict and terrorism.
Even the Shiite sectarian authorities in Najaf, who authorized jihad, pushed for the creation of sectarian militias and met with political and international delegations, avoided meeting with Iranian delegations as such meetings could create misunderstandings and embarrass them with the Iraqis. , who undoubtedly reject the Iranian project and its role in the destruction of their country.
Iran and its regime know that they can find agents in Iraq who will help them at the expense of the Iraqis, including digging through old files and documents that will bring them more profit. This could involve opening an investigation into the causes of his war with Iraq and who started it so that they can demand compensation. Iraqi politicians can be counted on to provide the necessary false testimony.
Yes, Iraqi politicians have their own reasons for being happy to receive Rouhani, but those reasons do not resonate in the streets.
The Iraqis are preparing to fight for their wealth and stand up to Iranian terrorism and its agents in Iraq. These are the leaders of Iraq who have put all their eggs in Iran’s basket without considering the consequences of US sanctions and without considering the consequences of continued disrespect to the Iraqi people.