Iraq: A Fly In The Ointment
They say you should be careful what you wish for. We may once again prove the wisdom behind that adage given events in Iraq. We wanted an independent state in Iraq. Now, that state, dependent on us, is meeting with Syria and Iran this weekend.
While barbaric, Syria and Iran are not dumb. And I doubt the Gemayel assassination in Lebanon today took place without some thought. What’s unclear is whether or not those tri-party meetings in Iran are taking place with the understanding of the US, or because a Shia people we abandoned once before has decided to place its own interests as a majority above anyone’s wish for a free and forward moving Iraq.
Jules is right to say we can’t negotiate with Iran or Syria without a show of strength … personally, I doubt it’s worth the effort under any circumstance. But what remains to be seen is if we aren’t about to be negotiated out of Iraq, whether we like it, or not. Certainly Iran would do the thing America has resisted doing – crush any resistance or sectarian violence.
The Maliki government would become powerful over night were it backed by a state with leaders more willing to fight the type of ruthless battle to which the Middle East is accustomed.