Tue Nov 5, 2019, 08:57 PM

China not Iran is the real reason US troops will never leave Iraq

5 Nov, 2019 10:15 / Updated 14 hours ago

Recent developments suggest that the US and its allies have become increasingly wary of China’s expanding influence inside Iraq, even while Washington continuously points out the threat supposedly posed by Iran instead.

Over the past few weeks, Iraq has slowly but surely begun its re-descent into chaos. According to reports, tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest Iraq’s current state of governance, with over 250 already being killed in clashes with security forces. One protester even died last week, after being hit in the chest by a tear-gas canister in Baghdad. At the time of writing, Iraqi protesters have just stormed Iran’s consulate in the holy city of Karbala, resulting in four further deaths and at least 19 injuries.

I can’t help but notice that, when Iraq is being ruled as a US client state, clashes with security forces that see hundreds of civilian deaths are no big deal. It’s not as if the US can hustle the international community to legitimize another invasion of a country it’s invaded twice before. It does therefore ring quite hypocritical when the sole basis of Washington’s call for the Syrian government to step down in 2011 seemed to be based on allegations of a similar fact scenario. But that is a topic for a separate article.

Then again, it was the US who plunged Iraq into chaos to begin with. The US, together with the UK, toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003, fired close to 500,000 police and military personnel (which to some extent contributed to the rise of ISIS), and facilitated the deaths of over one million Iraqi civilians in the process.


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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 09:21 PM

1. Iran is an insane theocracy

China is a a murderous Communist regime. I also think China would do a better job of controlling, jailing and killing the insane Islamist.

I say let them have the entire Middle East because we do not need their oil anymore, Europe does but fuck them!!

Then we settled into a new a new Cold War and MADD keeps the world safe again for generations to come!

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Tue Nov 5, 2019, 10:24 PM

2. Thank you for that memo from the desk of Putin

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