The American Dream: An Endless Presence in Iraq

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

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The US and Iraq might sign a so-called 'Strategic Framework Agreement' covering economic, political, cultural and security issues.

Although the agreement will have significant political impacts for the region it has drawn little media attention.

The agreement which would pave the way for a long-term US military presence in Iraq could significantly change the balance of power in the Middle East and destabilize the already tense region.

The American plan is part of a long term scenario which will open the gates of hell for a nation who passed through decades of suffering.

At the first phase of the scenario, the US armed and trained Sunni tribesmen in the main Sunni provinces of al-Anbar, Salah ad Din and Ninawa to set up a tribal militia. The US vowed to organize some 200,000 tribal militiamen over a 9 month period.

This stage of Washington's scenario pursued several goals:

-The US sought to turn resistance against US occupiers into a conflict between Iraqi groups and in this way put an end to attacks against American troops.

- The US plan was also aimed at reorganizing the army of the former Baath regime in a bid to undermine the security-military institutions which were emerged after the new Iraqi government came to power.

- The plan would also help Washington revive Sunni nationalist identity of Iraq which was promoted under Saddam. In this way the White House would be able to renew alliance between Iraq, its former regional allies and the United States.

These Arab Sunni militias known as the Awakening Councils have been formed with support from the US main allies in the region, namely Jordan and Saudi Arabia, with the US officials injecting millions of dollars into the project.

Through the participation of Jordan and Saudi Arabia, the United States managed to control insurgency by Sunni groups like Sheikh Hareth al-Zari's Association of Muslim Scholars and al-Qaeda in Iraq, which had the backing of Amman and Riyadh. In this way, the Awakening Councils were portrayed as a solution to insecurity in the country.

With the support of the US, the Saudis and the Jordanians, the councils had restored relative calm to Iraq's predominantly Sunni provinces-- a fact which reveals again the destructive role of the three countries in violence in Iraq from March 2003 to October 2007.

At the same time, the US incited discord among various political factions inside the powerful ruling Shia coalition. Washington used elements like the sensitivities of Iraq's Islamic Council leaders and their attitude towards Moqtada al-Sadr's family and supporters and pushed the coalition into a conflict with the Sadr movement.

The plan was aimed at undermining resistance against the US occupation and ending the political superiority of the Islamist Shia bloc which is inspired by Islamic and revolutionary teachings.

In the next stage, the United States would manage to replace the Islamist government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki with a secular one and extend the changes to other state institutions, including the judiciary and military. The plan would gradually change political and security situation in Iraq in favor of the US over one to two year.

The White House also sought to sign a long-term comprehensive agreement with new Iraqi officials to extend its dominance over the country's political, economic, and security affairs.

This plan was implemented after dealing a deadly blow to the ruling Shia coalition and restricting their power to resist American-dictates policies.

The Americans have tried to convince the Iraqis that with 5,000 dead, 30,000 wounded, spending one trillion dollars, and putting the US reputation at risk, they should gain something in return.

A number of politicians in the Shia alliance were convinced that without paying a 'reasonable price' Iraq's security and political issues could not be resolved. Even though they knew the negative consequences of such an agreement they decided to endorse the plan.

They argued that by signing a two year agreement they could evade the negative impacts of it and would revoke the pact after two year if they found such consequences uncontrollable.

Even some of these politicians started moves to desensitize others and did some shuttle diplomacy to convince other nations and Iraqi political factions that the overall impacts of the agreement would be positive.

The main goals of the agreement:

- A part of the agreement covers issues regarding 'sustainable security': this section of the agreement will allow the US to build 3 to 12 military bases on Iraq's soil to maintain control over the country's military for an indefinite period. Under the agreement Iraqi military and security forces would not be able to carry out any operations independently and they would have to ask for permission from the US Military Command in Iraq. This section of the agreement would virtually result in the colonization of Iraq and would undermine the sovereignty of the country.

- Another section of the agreement would regulate the authority of US troops in Iraq: thorough this section the US would extend the privileges given to its troops and not only its military forces but also private US contractors like Black Water would be granted immunity from prosecution. All visa restrictions would be lifted for US nationals and they could freely travel to the country. In fact such humiliating conditions have never been imposed on any country even the defeated ones after World War II.

- The US would also be able to decide on agreements between Iraq and other nations and it would have the authority to veto any agreements between Iraq and US opponents. This section was in sharp contrast with Iraq's national interests and would have dire consequences for the nation's ties with other Middle Eastern states.

- Iraq's cultural affairs would be controlled by the US. In this way the US would be able to undermine the Islamic identity of Iraq, westernize the country and replace Islamic values with the Western ones.


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