US Intervention Is Not Humanitarian and Will Not Protect the People of Iraq

MRZine, 08.08.14

Here we go again, the US is using a humanitarian catastrophe to implement imperialist objectives and pour petrol on fire.

It is sickening to see Obama and the Western media shedding crocodile tears for the Iraqi people, after the US-led occupation pulverised Iraq as a society and killed a million of its people. It is obscene to now suggest that the US will fight terrorism and protect the Iraqi people, when the rise of terrorism was the direct result of the US-led invasion of the country.

Emergency humanitarian help to Yezidi, Christian, Shia communities and all victims of ISIS is essential. But this has to be done through genuine humanitarian organisations and the UN (like in Gaza).

Defeating ISIS and the other terrorist groups is vital, but it is also vital that we oppose US intervention, which will make matters worse and is designed to bolster US presence and use Iraqi Kurdistan as a base of operations and aggression against the Iraqi and Iranian people.

Obama’s declaration to intervene militarily (humanely of course) in Iraq is the US Vice President Joe Biden Plan (2006) in action: to create a very weak central government in Baghdad and 3 statelets, led by racist and sectarian forces.

The US is already dominating the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and using some of the Kurdish leaders, particularly Masoud Barzani, as their main asset in Iraq. They have told them not to declare an independent Kurdish state now, because that will mean loss of US influence in Baghdad, where Kurdish leaders have a massive share in power and resources and a strong presence in the central security apparatus.

In unison with this plank of the US’s policy in Iraq is the formation of a sectarian “Sunni” army. Many of the leaders of these pro-US Iraqi ‘Sunni’ organisations, including the Saddamist faction of the Ba’ath party, are now in the Kurdish capital, Arbil. See the Wall Street Journal report on US plans for the ‘Sunni’ army.

Barzani’s first statement after the fall in June of Iraq’s second city, Mosul, to ISIS and its Saddamist allies was to declare the death of the “old Iraq” and the birth of a new one. He stressed that his Peshmerga forces “will not fight outside Kurdistan” and promptly moved his Peshmerga forces to enlarge the KRG area by 40% and stopped along lines manned by ISIS terrorists. The de facto alliance with ISIS on the ground was clear to all.

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