Sunday, May 01, 2016
Editorial: Iraq still on fire
US Vic President Joe Biden visited Iraq last week.
It was one of the calmer moments.
Saturday, Moqtada al-Sadr -- Shi'ite cleric and movement leader -- gave a speech in Najaf calling on his followers to storm the Green Zone which they did.
And they stormed Parliament.
Could anything make it more clear that Haider al-Abadi is a stooge?
Nouri al-Maliki wanted a third term but Barack only allowed him two.
But while the thug was prime minister, groups did not breach the heavily fortified Green Zone.
Haider can't even ensure the safety of the Green Zone.
What a failure he is.
And he's been a failure for some time.
People have tried to avoid that reality.
News outlets have insisted that he's doing great things and making progress.
Iraq is still split along Sunni and Shi'ite lines and Sunnis are still persecuted.
That's the fault line in Iraq currently.
Patrick Martin (WSWS) observes, "The underlying cause of the crisis is the shattering impact of the US conquest and occupation of Iraq, which destroyed the country as a functioning society. Faced with widespread armed resistance to the US occupation, the Bush administration deliberately fomented sectarian warfare between Shiites and Sunnis, culminating in the bloodbath of 2006-2007."
And Haider's done nothing to address the split.
He's had nearly two years.
Haider's a failure.
Iraq's still on fire because the latest US-installed prime minister is a failure.