[With apologies to BLiP – this should have gone up yesterday. That would have made made an interesting juxtaposition with TRP’s post – for all those that believe that writers at The Standard represent a single view!]
Slowly seducing New Zealanders’ into assisting with the slaughter of innocents on behalf of US corporate interests, John Key’s “dance of the seven veils” reaches its denouement today with the arrival in New Zealand of Iraq Foreign Minister Dr Ibrahim al-Jaafari.
John Key’s ridiculous writhing have been going on for more than eight months, starting back June 2014. At that time, as concern about ISIS’s advances were mounting, John Key ruled out any New Zealand military intervention in Iraq, barring an unlikely United Nations Security Council mission. John Key still denied any intent to involve New Zealand’s armed forces in October when it was revealed that the chief of the New Zealand Defence Force attended an exceptional meeting with US President Barack Obama and 20 other international defence leaders to talk specifically about defeating ISIS. John Key repeated his denial in November when it was revealed that the Army had begun training exercises for deployment to Iraq. Then, while enjoying his extended Christmas vacation, John Key suddenly said military participation in Iraq was the price New Zealand had to pay for its membership of “The Club”. No more talk about a United Nations’ mandate. Instead, the criteria became an invitation from the Iraqi government, a rather neat dodge to keep things legal as per Article 2(4) of the United Nations Charter. Next on the stage was UK Foreign Minister Philip Hammond. No talk about “The Cub”, instead it was “frankly we’ve . . . got used to New Zealand being there alongside us, alongside the US, the UK, Australia, as part of the family,” Next, Gerry Brownlee admits the Army is training for deployment and the language from the National Ltd™ Cult of John Key changes to no “formal decision” has been made. Finally – hey presto – up pops Dr Ibrahim al-Jaafari..
You gotta hand it to John Key: the timing is perfect. On a slow-news Friday at a time when the media is falling over itself to hype the cricket world cup, the last veil drops to reveal al Jaafari and his request for assistance.
Not that anyone is paying much attention, its probably worth pointing out that if there is anyone in the world practised in the art of fronting for US corporate interests, its Dr Ibrahim al-Jaafari. He is one of a bunch of once-exiled Shia politicians brought back to Iraq after the 2003 illegal invasion, occupation and on-going neo-liberal looting of that nation’s resources. Al-Jaafari’s initial role was as the first temporary President of Paul Bremer’s inaugural puppet show, the Governing Council of Iraq. He then served a Vice President from June 2004 until April 2005. Following the 2005 election in Iraq, al-Jaafari became that nation’s first elected Prime Minister on 3 May 2005. His immediate predecessor was the notorious A’yad Allawi.
Allawi, another Shia political activist who spend decades in exile, was a long-term CIA and MI6 source because of his previous involvement with Saddam Hussein’s Ba’athist Party. Allawi was a principal member of the Iraqi National Accord, a grouping of disaffected Iraqis who worked throughout the 1990s and into the 2000s to topple Saddam Hussein. The Iraqi National Accord is alleged to have been the source which provided the “weapons of mass destruction” data which was used by the UK and US governments to generate public support for the 2003 invasion.
Despite their cooperation with the US, both A’yad Allawi and Dr Ibrahim al-Jaafari have reason enough to completely mistrust the US. Allawi was betrayed in 1996 when the CIA operation DBACHILLES – a well-funded, well-organised attempted military coup in Iraq – was foiled by Saddam Hussein. The US stood by in silence refusing any assistance as many of the participants were slaughtered while many, including. the Allawi family lost their lands and hundreds of millions of dollars of assets. Al-Jaafari, on the other hand, was removed from the Prime Ministership of Iraq at the whim of the US almost exactly one year after his election to the office. Al-Jaafari’s major sin was to dither about while his fellow Shia Muslims extracted revenge on the B’athis Sunnis in an upsurge of violence just as Iraq was seemingly emerging as a democracy. Not good PR, at all. Al-Jaafari’s position wasn’t helped by the fact that a large part of his public support stemmed from Moktada al-Sadr, a “turbulent and meddlesome” cleric if ever there was one. So, in yet another act of utter and supremely ignorant arrogance, the US removed al-Jaafari on 20 May 2006 and saw to it that Nuri al-Maliki was installed as Iraq’s new Prime Minister. Even US neo-liberals worked out that wasn’t a good move, but their corporate machinations amounted to little.
Nuri al-Maliki was happily carrying on his role as Prime Minister following the 2014 Iraqi elections, but then ISIS sent shivers through the US which decided he had to go. As a replacement, it installed another of their long-term exiled Shia politicians, one Haider al-Abadi. He served under the Coalition Provisional Authority as Minister of Communications from September 2003 to June 2004. Al-Abadi also has reason enough to completely mistrust the US. Bremer’s Coalition Provisional Authority systematically privatised all of Iraq’s state-owned companies and essential infrastructure including its wireless (mobile) communications system. Needless to say, al-Abadi wasn’t impressed but then, when protesting and attempting to do something about it, he ran into significant interference from the wonderful John A. “Jack” Shaw . . . but that’s another whole chapter.
Overall, it looks as if the US just pressed “reset” on its political game in Iraq with the September 2014 return to the world stage of people like Haider al-Abadi, A’yad Allawi and Dr Ibrahim al-Jaafari. The difference this time is that ISIS presents much more of a threat to US corporate interests than just the fall out from destroying Iraq. The whole Middle East is potentially up for grabs. The question now is: what are these Iraqi politicians really up to and has the US learned anything about meddling in the Middle East over the past 100 years? Hell, what about just over the last 12 years?
John Key certainly hasn’t. Not that he cares. No one who votes for him is gonna be thinking about things like Iraq in 24 hours when the New Zealand MSM focuses on his beaming visage, tears in eyes while Hayley Westenra belts out the national anthem?