…by Gordon Duff, VT Sr. Editor
I have been asked in the past to return to Iraq as a development advisor to the Kurdish government. I have tried my best, even at VT, to maintain the same relationships I had while with the UN, including staying on speaking terms with Israel.
Israel could well have a broad commercial role in the Middle East free of gangsters and my very good friends in Israel’s intelligence services know that. They need to move to save Israel as well.
As we all know, the Iraqi parliament has voted to throw the US out. The US won’t leave and will likely start a civil war instead, siding with the Sunni minority, who are closely tied to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
I know all of these people as well and met with them in January 2014 in a time-wasting attempt to tell them that ISIS was not going to be the solution they envisioned.
OK, here’s my offer. I have good relations with Russia, certainly with Iran though the IRGC is wary, and well should be. The civil war has to be averted and Iraq has to have its economy restored.
This has to be done with reality, something Iraq has had problems with. Toward that end, a variety of solutions can be offered but first of all, ending corruption, hopefully without getting me killed right away, auditing 15 years of oil revenue, something that will be a horrific embarrassment, and getting some of the trillion dollars the US stole…back.
Jobs, education, and stability are the first order.
Stopping all military conflict is paramount to achieving this.
Toward that end, a peace process including all Arab and “other” states must ensue.
Moreover, it is absolutely necessary that all Middle Eastern states draw a redline that requires any state that doesn’t return to the JCPOA with Iran to withdraw from the region, abandon all equipment, all investment, simply leave or comply with the law.
That has to be done immediately. It is for the US to entirely leave, even the UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, all bases of every kind, or return to respect for the law.
The JCPOA was the first step to regional peace and the US destroyed it for a reason, to destroy the Middle East, really beginning with Iraq, not Syria, not even Libya.
Iraq is key to American plans, a stepping stone into Iran, a nation beautifully divided.
In the process, seeing a bit of democracy back here at home would be a nice change after two decades of police state dictatorship.
This is about survival, not victory. And yes, you are going to have to sit down with the Jews, something done in secret for decades.