By: Kayhan Int’l Staff Writer
Words and more importantly resolutions, if they are meant to be effective, ought to be followed by action, or else they would be viewed as empty and embolden the mischief-mongers, aggressors, terrorists, and the like to continue their destructive activities.
A glaring example in this regard is the failure of the government of Iraq to kick out the intrusive Americans even after a year since the unanimous resolution of the parliament to close down all US bases, following the cowardly assassination at Baghdad International Airport on January 3 of two of the iconic anti-terrorist figures – Iraq’s Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Iran’s General Qassem Soleimani.
Washington views this as Baghdad’s weakness and a golden opportunity to further tighten its destabilizing tentacles by resurrecting the dastardly Daesh terrorists to commit more horrendous crimes against the Iraqi people.
The new man in the White House is not new to the state of affairs in Iraq, and the divisions in the country.
Joe Biden, having served for eight years as vice president under Barak Obama, had seen how Prime Minister Nouri Maleki resolutely asked all American military personnel to leave, and how within a few years the Yankees managed to re-enter Iraq on the ‘request’ of the next premier, Haidar al-Ebadi, after unleashing the macabrely murderous Daesh terrorists on most of the cities and towns.
It was a blunder from which Iraq continues to suffer, although the US failed in its efforts to turn the country into Takfiristan despite dropping crates of arms for the terrorists on the pretext of bombing them, thanks to the valiant efforts of the Hashd ash-Sha’bi or the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) – ably guided by General Soleimani and Abu Mahdi, who demonstrated that people’s power was key to victory rather than any need for the supposed support from foreigners.
Now we better understand why the two keynote figures ensuring the dignity and independence of Iraq were assassinated, and now a year after their martyrdom during which the people of Iraq and Iran vowed vengeance against the US but never fully carried it out, Biden feels emboldened to resurrect the Daesh terrorists.
If the twin bomb blast in Baghdad on Thursday January 21 that left around fifty men, women, and children martyred and was quickly claimed by Daesh, was the opening shot of the new phase of terrorism, the ambush late Saturday night near Tikrit that killed 11 PMU personnel, signals the intention of the Daesh-US duo to target the very guardians of Iraq’s independence, sovereignty, and dignity.
It would be wrong to assume the Americans are the only supporters of the terrorists in Iraq, where treason does prevail in certain quarters conspiring with Saudi Arabia and the UAE to facilitate the installing in Baghdad of a regime removed from the religious/national aspirations of the people and serving the interests of the Zionists.
In view of this fact, several PMU leaders have rightly called as "axis of evil” the unholy US-Saudi-Israeli triangle, which often takes a quadrangular shape with the inclusion of the UAE.
The Hashd ash-Sha’bi commanders have warned MBS (Mohamed bin Salman the Saudi Heir Apparent) of the consequences of his support for terrorists, but if such warning remains as rhetoric instead of taking practical shape, the enemies of the Iraqi nation will grow more impudent in committing sacrilege, such as terrorist attacks in the holy cities of Samarra, Balad, Kazemayn, Karbala, and Najaf.
The revered religious authorities in holy Najaf whose farsightedness had created the PMU in 2014 will be among the prime targets of Daesh, since the US knows that as long as Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Sistani lives, Iraq cannot be turned into a pro-Zionist American client state.
Reports speak of the entry of scores (if not hundreds) of Saudi terrorists into Iraq from the recently opened Arar border crossing.
The situation is alarming, and unless the PMU as the legitimate and lawful defenders of Iraq swing into action nationwide against the terrorists, and the parliament pressures the provisional cabinet of Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi to show the exit door to all US personnel, it might become worse.