Thu Aug 20, 2020 9:0
Pompeo’s Election-Themed Demands Are Revealing
TEHRAN (FNA)- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is once again demanding that Iraq dismantle all Shiite volunteer forces in the country, calling them a threat to national sovereignty and promising US support on doing this.

The US has long had a problem with the Popular Mobilisation Units, even though in recent wars, like the ISIL War, they were the ones that dislodged the terrorist group by helping the Iraqi government. This is because they are also friendly with Iran, and the US sees them as a potential enemy in a future campaign to divide Iraq and even use its soil to attack Iran.

Pompeo’s ridiculous statements and election-themed demands are also designed to appease the House of Saud and Israel. That said, the argument is that US occupying forces have no right to remain in Iraq because people there don’t want them as their representatives at the parliament showed through their strong approval for the immediate expulsion of the military forces of the US and its NATO allies from Iraq.

However, Pompeo is even warning Iraq from doing business with Iran, whose IRGC Quds Force helped the armed forces of Iraq and Syria dislodge ISIL fighters from many cities and towns when Washington was looking the other way and its terror proxies were busy committing human rights abuses and war crimes, or sowing instability throughout the region and beyond - even launching terror attacks in Europe.

Which leads us to this inevitable certainty: It is the United States which has been destabilizing Iraq and whose forces need to leave the region too - and not the Shia volunteer forces who have sacrificed their lives to defeat terrorism and restore peace and stability in their homeland and throughout the region.

The US and its allies are solely responsible for all the divisions among Muslims. They blame the victim of imperialism as the Israelis blame the Palestinians for the latter’s chronic subjugated condition. It is hypocritical for Pompeo and other Western politicians, the media and analysts that reflect “fakestream” views to argue that Iran or the Shia volunteer forces contribute to instability and political problems in Iraq and the region.

The US has created a mess in the Middle East. This is in part because it has been trying unsuccessfully to determine the regional balance of power where Iran is at the core in the region and where no problem can be solved without Iran's partnership. One result of US destabilization policy is terror proxies.

It is reprehensible that Washington and apologists of Western imperialism without any sense of historical context and self-criticism insist that any instability in Iraq is a problem solely created by Iran and the PMUs; after all, they created all this mess in the Middle-East to contain Iran's growing power. Without the American-Saudi money, guns and ammunition, political support, and covert operations to facilitate such operations intended to secure the goal of instability and division, how far would terror proxies succeed in carrying out their operations? Would these terrorist groups have been created at all? Confessions made by former and present US officials to show the main role of the US and its regional allies in this regard are galore.

No one should be surprised at the arrogance of American politicians and well-paid consultants and analysts echoing official policy when it comes to Iraq and victim blaming which is official policy in Washington and Tel Aviv and adopted by both Republican and Democrat politicians and the “fakestream” media. This is archaic imperialist mindset applied by the US to the non-Western world dating back to the era of European colonialism.

US volte face from collaboration with terrorists to confrontation is all too familiar a story as well. Even as the US and the West once publicly proclaimed their resolve on the war on terror and opposition to ISIL in Iraq, they were still backing the same terrorist groups and Qaeda-linked proxies in Syria.

Washington’s double-standard behind which rests the destabilization policy as a priority is still revealing and condemnable in both Iraq and Syria. It is one reason that prompts the allied forces of Iran, Russia, Hezbollah and Popular Mobilisation Units to continue to support the national armed forces of Iraq and Syria to fight foreign-backed terrorism and extremism to the end.





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