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Gulf Cooperation Council and Iraq

August 28, 2014 - 1:46:25 am

Thanks to Allah and sit-ins by purebred Arab tribes in Anbar, Saladin, Nineveh, Diyala and other parts of Iraq, Nouri AlMaliki got ousted.

Al Maliki broke up peaceful protests using all types of force, including heavy artillery, explosive barrels, rockets and armoured corps to subdue Sunni Arabs.

He did not hesitate to break up tribal sit-ins that demanded freedom, justice, equality, release of prisonersand constitutional amendments.The constitution was penned with hate under unusual circumstances as Iraqi constitutional experts were excluded from taking part in its drafting.

However, he decided to oppress and use force while hordes of multinational mercenaries and militias supported him as he gave them public moneywithout authorisation. 

Al Maliki ill-treated Sunni citizens in Al Anbar, Saladin and other places. He used to say aloud, “We are the army of Ali against the army of Yazid”, WOW!

I’ve never seen a ruler in the 21st century summoning wars that are more than 1,000 years old. Al Maliki and his forces and gangs killed unarmed citizens in north and west Iraq, claiming that they were fighting terrorism.

United States and Iran, amid weird Arab silence, backed him while he was shedding blood and torturing citizens, even some Shias, including Faqih Al Sakhry, who spoke against Al Maliki’s practices and sectarian discrimination.

Mosul, with all of its tribes and men, erupted and ISIL movement joined the uprising against all things related to Al Maliki’s government.

The tribal forces and ISIL invaded army camps and engaged in fighting against militias of Maliki who fled the field, leaving their weapons, tools and camps, as they fought with no belongingness or faith. Therefore, Maliki got ousted.

Al Maliki knows very well that he no longer has any political future in Iraq, and I think the following reasons were behind his hesitation in handing over power without fighting:

1. He was trying to buy himself some time to loot whatever he could for himself and his supporters.

2. To do his best to get immunity against legal accountability for his civil, financial and political crimes, on lines of immunity granted to former Yemeni president Abdullah Saleh of Yemen. And if he ever got this immunity, Iraq will not come out of the political crisis it has been suffering for a long time.Therefore, criminals should not be granted such protection and they must be held accountable for the crimes they committed.

3. GCC leaders jostled to congratulate the three Iraqi leaderships that were agreed upon after the Iraqi occupation in 2003, namely a Kurdish president, a Shia prime minister and a Sunni Speakerof Parliament.

This means that they agreed to the political quota system in Iraq as they did in Yemen and Lebanon.

These precedents are not in favour of GCC countries, neither for the shortterm nor for the longterm, as the process of dismantling is in full swing. In a short period, this pattern will show on some, or all, states of the GCC.

4. I want to emphasise that the happiness of GCC leaders over changes in Iraq won’t last, as changing names and faces do not mean a change of political orientations and practices.

Essential constitutional amendments are required to eliminate the sectarian quota system, achieve equality and justice, guarantee political participation by Iraqi citizens, confirm assigning suitable officials to suitable positions and verify that Iraq is an Arab state.

GCC leaders showed a kind ofslackness in their policies towards Iraq since its occupation in 2003,to the advantage of Iran,which began using it to steer the political rudder to serve its interests.

It is time for Gulf countries to play an effective role in Iraq as the situation now is suitable.

As Iran is the embracer of Shias and the Vatican is the embracer of Catholics all over the world, then Saudi Arabia, along with its brothers in the GGC, should embrace Sunnis.

The GCC states played an important role in overthrowing Saddam Hussein’s regime and they are required to play a bigger role in the rebuilding of Iraq.They should not let Iran take control of the country, under any pretext.

In conclusion, I would say that it is time to embrace Iraq and bring it back to its original state as an Arab country. 

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