What an excellent and well thought out piece on the ongoing situation in Iraq. Our first instinct at TMP is to blame Prime Minister Maliki for the threat of sectarian and religious violence, as he has been at the forefront of curtailing the rights of Sunni Iraqis since his first days in office. But further digging shows that he’s not really in control of his own country. In truth it appears as though his strings are being pulled by the Mullahs in Tehran. This goes to show how deep and ingrained Iran is within Shia politicians in Iraq, because even with U.S. aid and assistance, they clearly would rather antagonize their minority populations like Iran, rather than attempt to work with them in a meaningful manner.
We’ll have to wait and see if any of his statements about rapprochement with the Sunnis comes to pass.