We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Iran declares war on the USA’s covert influence in Iraq.

Click here to access article by Elijah J Magnier, an exceptionally independent journalist from Kuwait, from his weblog. 

Although most figures in Iraq are unfamiliar to Americans, Magnier tries to explain how the prime minister of Iraq and the Iraqi government, who are under tremendous pressure to enact various anti-Iran measures,  must balance off the threats posed by the American occupation of their country with powerful anti-USA factions within Iraq. Obviously in many respects, the US officials are treating Iraq as an old-fashioned colony on which they can impose their will whenever they want regardless of the consequences for Iraq.

One realistic threat that the USA poses for Iraq is the co-optation of military leaders who may be used by US authorities as a coup attempt to oust Iraq's prime ministers whenever they don't sufficiently obey US commands. But there are loyal forces in Iraq that are keeping a watchful eye of such military leaders, and presumably could prevent such a coup from happening. Up til now, such forces, together with the population as a whole, have prevented the American strategy of divide and rule by separating Iraq into three countries:
Many US and western analysts take it upon themselves to regularly and harshly criticise Hashd, ignoring the fact that it was Hashd that saved Iraq (and the rest of the Middle East) from ISIS when all other “security” forces were on the run. The US objective in imposing this reform was to cripple all Iranian friends and allies in Iraq and divide Mesopotamia into Kurdistan, Shiistan and Sunnistan.