The new Iraq and the Qatari temptation

Iraq is a large country that’s swayed by all forms of influence. Iran is greedy for it and the US sees it as a goal to reach. However, before all that, Iraq is for its people with their different sects and orientations, and their interests must be served. It is in the Iraqis’ best interest to shield the country from wars and from mortgaging its wealth and security in favor of this or that neighbor.

Iraq today has a new parliament, a new prime minister and a new president who is the Kurdish sensible politician Barham Salih who made his first foreign tour and visited Iran and Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries.

Will Iraq today be biased towards the “harmful” Iranian neighbor after the international American economic and political restraints tightened around the Iranian regime? We ask this while being aware of the size of Iranian political investment and depth inside Iraq.

Iraqi President Barham Salih’s visit to Riyadh and his meeting with King Salman is a good sign. We’re not saying it’s a sign towards matching Iraqi policy with Saudi Arabia but towards putting Iraq and the Iraqis’ interest above all other considerations

Mashari Althaydi

This investment is enveloped with the fangs and claws of gangs affiliated with Iran in Iraq – gangs whose statuses strengthened to the point where they have political wings represented in the parliament, like the case is with the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group in Lebanon. Speaking of Hezbollah, the party exported its expertise in political destruction to Iraq via its delegate there, Mohammed Kawtharani.

Qatari meddling

Since Qatar, under the authority of Hamad bin Khalifa and the Brotherhood’s planning, is an ally in a harmful alliance whose pillar is Iraq and Turkey, it’s trying to access the Iraqi arena via this alliance.

News reports from inside Iraq state that Qatar is today promoting to Iraq’s rulers the idea of having Iraq join an alliance that includes it, Iran, Syria and Turkey, and that is based on the mutual political and economic interests among all five countries.

This piece of news, which is not surprising given the behavior of Qatar’s current rulers, sheds light on the importance of maximizing Iraq’s national powers which call for preserving the wealth and security of Iraq that has been suffering since 1990 until today. It also gives importance to focusing on Iraq’s domestic affairs such as development and improvement of public services (water, electricity, health, education, etc..) and keeping away from Iranian harmful policies and Qatari-Brotherhood schemes.

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What strengthens the validity of this piece of news is that the National Axis Alliance, which includes most of the Sunni political powers, rejected that Iraq become part of this alliance that consists of the five countries.

Anyway, Iraqi President Barham Salih’s visit to Riyadh and his meeting with King Salman is a good sign. We’re not saying it’s a sign towards matching Iraqi policy with Saudi Arabia but towards putting Iraq and the Iraqis’ interest above all other considerations, including the Iranian and Turkish and even the Saudi ones, since as long as Iraq will focus on development and stability, there will be no other Saudi Arabian consideration anyway!

Will the Americans, who paid plenty of money and sacrificed plenty of men in Iraq, accept that Iraq becomes an affiliate of a hostile axis?

The gamble is on the wise men of Iraq and its vigilant people and on all those who want Iraq’s interest before anything else.

This article is also available in Arabic.

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Saudi journalist Mshari Al Thaydi @MAlthaydy presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “Views on the News” daily show, “Maraya.” He has previously held the position of a managing senior editor for Saudi Arabia & the Gulf region at pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Al Thaydi has published several papers on political Islam and social history of Saudi Arabia. He appears as a guest on several radio and television programs to discuss the ideologies of extremist groups and terrorists.

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