Look at America, Britain and Australia. Same language, culture, and often ethnicity; in many ways we are one nation. And if Canada and New Zealand
where more involved in the Iraq war then militarily all five English speaking nations would be behaving as one.
Look at Iraq and Iran. Iraq’s Shiites (who make up about 60% of the population) share the same: Religion, culture, and often ethnicity and language.
In many ways they are a natural unity. Trouble is that in the past Saddam (a Sunni) prevented these Muslim fundamentalists who make up the majority of
Iraq’s population from getting power. The Shiites would often rebel on religious grounds (effectively wanting a more religious dictatorship) but
secularist Saddam prevented these people of Iraq going the Muslim Fundamentalist way of Iran.
However we have…
1. Removed Secular Sunni Saddam
2. And installed democracy (for a people many of whom do not have much loyalty to this Western concept).
3. Which means: Iraqis Shiite should be free to unite with Iran (in same way the big five English speaking nations naturally end up uniting with each
Trouble is that as long as the Americans, British ect are in Iraq the Shiite fundamentalists aren’t fully in control. That said they could certainly
make the mainly Sunni led resistance look like playschool; but at the moment the troops seem to help when needed and (as a general rule) stay out when
not wanted. The Shiite have also been busy massacring their former rulers (the highly educated Sunni people) as many of these make up the
“Resistance” against the “Occupation” our forces don’t always seem that keen to help. That said perhaps you would hardly expect the Sunni
people to be jumping up and down with joy at being kicked out of power, and put under the authority of Muslim Fundamentalists at our hands? Just as
you expect troops to weary about people who bomb them.
Getting Back to Subject:
It would seem that nothing but our military presence in Iraq is preventing the Shiite’s uniting with Shiite, ethnic
brother with ethnic brother. And if we have a war or any sort of military action against Iran then you can expect there to be hell to pay for anybody
left back in Iraq. Especially when Iranian forces are already arming, training and probably funding certain allied groups in Iraq. So far it has
largely been for free (an occasional message to the Americans-British seems to be mostly all that the Iranian regime has wanted).
But when we are out Iraq, Iran will be in control. And if we attack Iran; Iran will have Iraq at its disposal.
So how much of Iraq is-will be part of Iran? (I'm not just talking territory; I'm talking hearts, minds and armed militias).
For further reading… www.iranfocus.com...
This article backs up many of my points and anyway makes interesting reading.
Why oh why are we not making the Sunni people independent with their own share of oil? Surely this would be a great way of
pointing a gun to the back of any fundamentalist Muslim desires the Shiites may-have?
(Not to mention it would save many of their lives; not that, that seems to count for much in Western Foreign policy).