By: Kayhan Int’l Staff Writer
News from neighbouring Iraq indicate the parties that topped the
results of last month’s parliamentary polls are on the right track in efforts to form a coalition government, based on the political, religious,
and ethnic patchwork of the Land of the Two Rivers.
With no party emerging outright winner for the 329-seat national
assembly to form a government on its own, the "as-Sairoon” of Hojjat al-Islam Seyyed Moqtada as-Sadr (not a candidate for the prime
minister’s post since he didn’t contest the polls) with its 54 seats has
formally sealed an alliance with the 47-seat "al-Fath” of renowned
leader of the popular mobilization units, Hadi al-Ameri.
It now hopes to secure the remaining 64 seats needed for forming
the cabinet, by attracting other parties, including outgoing Prime
Minister Haider al-Ebadi’s "an-Nasr” which has 42 seats, and the
marginal winners, such as former Premier Nouri al-Maleki’s "alQanoun” (State of the Law Coalition), Hojjat al-Islam Seyyed Ammar al-Hakeem’s "al-Hikma” and the Kurdish and Arab Sunni ethnic
The willingness expressed by all parties to work together to give
shape to a truly national representative government, is a positive factor for ensuring Iraq’s independence in the face of intense machinations by the avowed enemies of the nation, such as the US, Saudi
Arabia, the UAE, and the illegal Zionist entity, to influence the trend
of events in the political circles of Baghdad.
The public announcement and appearance at a joint press conference by as-Sadr and al-Ameri was not just a resounding slap for the
enemies of Iraq, but should end all those wild speculations by the
Western and Arab media on the supposed inclinations of the principal
winners, the alleged differences amongst them, and the difficulty of
forming a broad-based national government.
Fortunately the Iraqi people have the insight to distinguish friends
from foes. They know very well what havoc the US played in their
country on the claim of liberating them from the jackboots of the tyrant Saddam’s Ba’th minority regime, by murdering around two million Iraqi men, women, and children during the American occupation.
The Iraqi people are also well aware of the billions of dollars doled
out to Saddam by Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the UAE, and Qatar, for the
genocide of the Shi’a Arabs and the Sunni Kurds during the 1980s
and 1990s, in addition to the oil-rich Persian Gulf states’ blank
cheque given to Baghdad for continuation of the 8-year US imposed
war against Iran that brought nothing but catastrophe for the nation.
At the same time, the Iraqi people are grateful to the brotherly Islamic Republic of Iran for its firm support throughout the Ba’thist
reign of terror, as well as the recent rushing of relief aid, defence
equipment, advisors and military trainers to thwart the US-Saudi
Takfiri terrorist plot to seize Baghdad, desecrate the holy shrines of
the Infallible Imams of the Prophet’s Household, install yet another
repressive minority regime, and forcibly convert the people to the heretical Wahhabi cult, or else subject them to mass macabre massacres
on a gigantic scale.
In view of these facts, all elements of the emerging coalition government need to be on guard against infiltrators on the payroll of Washington and Riyadh, which fear that Iraq will be a natural link of the
chain of the Resistance Front stretching from the Persian Gulf to the
This certainty is causing nightmares in Israel as well, because a politically strong and economically-flourishing Iraq will not just inspire
the oppressed Arab Muslim masses of the rest of West Asia to rise
against reactionary regimes, but will mobilize the Palestinians for the
cherished goal of the liberation of their Zionist usurped homeland.
Iran and the Iranian people reaffirm their support for the national
aspirations of the brotherly people of Iraq, with full respect for the
form of government they chose and their firm desire to ensure no
American occupation soldier remains on the sacred soil of the Land
of the Euphrates and the Tigris that is home to the holy shrines of several of the Infallible Imams of Prophet Muhammad’s (SAWA) Blessed