Monday, 23 June 2014

Russia Reignites The Proxy War: Putin Offers “Complete Support” To Iraq Prime Minister Scorned By Obama


Well, we said we expected Russia’s conspicuous absence to “change soon”, and so it did: within just 24 hours. Because apparently all Putin was waiting for was for Obama to pick sides (i.e., not Maliki) before the Russian leader made it clear whom he sides with. US, helpfully obliged yesterday morning when we also reported that “US Slams Its Former Iraq Puppet: “The Maliki Government, Candidly, Has Got To Go“.”

So what does Putin – who as a reminder is heavily invested in Iraq’ massive West Qurna-2 oil field via Lukoil - do? Why announce his undying support for Maliki, of course, and as AP reported, the former KGB spy offered Iraqi premier Nuri al-Maliki Russia’s total backing for the fight against fighters who have swept across the country, as well as his full support for the embattled prime minister.
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And just like in Syria from 2012 to 2013, the chessboard is once again set, with a regional middle-east conflict, this time in Iraq, merely serving as the proxy staging ground in which the Iraqi PM, once an obedient US puppet but now an enemy of Saudi Arabia and thus the US, “simply has to go” in the words of Dianne Feinstein, has suddenly become the fulcrum issue behind yet another soon to escalate conflict between Russia and the US.

One thing is certain: the more the US (and Saudi Arabia, and Qatar) pushes for Maliki’s ouster, the more involved Russia will become with its offers of support and bilateral cooperation. And if the Syrian fiasco (for John Kerry) is any indication, Russia is about to expand its “national interest” sphere of influence by one more country.
http://www.blacklistednews.com/Russia_Reignites_The_Proxy_War%3A_Putin_Offers_%E2%80%9CComplete_Support%E2%80%9D_To_Iraq_Prime_Minister_Scorned_By_Obama_/36090/0/38/38/Y/M.html

By using terrorist or extremist groups the 'western military alliance' has put themselves on the wrong side of International Law. This invites US rivals - like Russia and China - to undermine the strategy by moving against the terrorism. In all cases the Russians do not even have to get directly involved. They can legitimately arm the opposition to the terrorists, and even introduce game changing airpower if needed.

So far attempts by the west to repeat what happened in Libya have failed.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 23rd, 2014.]

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