12/01/13 Patrick Cockburn

Patrick Cockburn, a journalist with The Independent, discusses Muqtada al-Sadr’s warning of Iraq’s dark near-future; Sadr’s political coming-of-age under Saddam Hussein and the US occupation; the role of al-Qa’ida, Iran and Syria in Iraq; and why the sectarian divide between Sunni and Shia is as strong as ever.

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  1. Bianca

    It really is not a brain surgery. The terrorism in Iraq is a signature work of Salafi Suni movements set up by John Negroponte in Iraq, in order to start up civil war between Shiia and Sunni minority. The revenge that Shiia majority leveled on Sunni people, has been exploited by US and Saudi Arabia. Saudi Wahhabis recruit, fund, arm and direct Salafi movements. Their methods do not differ much in Iraq or in Syria.

    The problem is, Saudi treasure is depleated. It has borne a lion’s share of infusion of funds in Libya, along with Qatar. Then, it spent a fortune funding the rebellion of Salafis in Egypt against Moslem Brotherhood and elected government and president. It spent a fortune trafficking mercenaries to Syria, arming them, and paying for their sustinence for now two years in Syria. The trnsportation alone — from all corners of the world, from Pakistan to Bosnia, Kosovo, or European capitals. Now, it is out of money, and nothing to show for it. And the only success, ousting of Morsi — is going to prove short-lived. The generals will be forced to compromise, taking away Saudi leverage, unless it continues to subsidize Egyptian economy ad infinitem. There will be no point spending money to undemine Shia rezime in Iraq, while Iran is being left off the hook. It all badly backfired for Saudi Arabia and their Gulf cousins.

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