Iraq’s Salih urges protesters to keep rallies calm
by Jim W. Dean, VT Editor, …with PressTV, Tehran
[ Editor’s Note: Iraq is moving quickly to show protesters that it will respond to their concerns. And it has wisely ordered investigations into the shootings on both sides, as many of us around the world sensed a Ukrainian-style Maidan uprising, where snipers were positioned to kill people on both sides to inflame the situation, which it did.
Unfortunately, such operations are not hard to arrange when you are bringing in outsiders to do the dirty work and then taking them out when the deed is done, as happened in Kiev.
The first question we have to ask is “who benefits from this upheaval”? The answer is “the usual suspects”. The US and Gulf coalition has been taking a political and military beating recently. Their motto is “mayhem is my game”.
The US and Israel would certainly want more chaos in Iraq to divert its plans to crank up commercial traffic with Syria through the new Al-Bakumal border crossing, which is also used for Iran to ship its anti-terrorism supplies into Syria.
With the great pilgrimage to the shrines about to begin, this event will affect the expected 20 million visitors, many from Iran, who are concerned about security, particularly since bombings have been seen at this event in the past.
Crown Prince Salman is under siege now, paying for mistakes he has made in the past, such as, thinking the Yemen war would be easy. His Aramco stock offering is twisting in the wind, due to the credit reduction Aramco just got hit with, due to the Saudi economic situation and concerns about its ability to defend its oil export infrastructure.
Iraq has to play its cards carefully now, as it is walking a tight-wire, with other players trying to knock it off… Jim W. Dean ]
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