Crisis in the Iraqi scene deepen as western countries fail to offer substantive involvement in reinstating security lost in the ruins of a war that after over a decade still no one really can explain why it took place.
In Iraq today, minorities are being killed and displaced by various militia groups that are mainly supported, armed, and financed by the Iranian mullahs. At the same time, in defiance of active Iranian regime and its Quds forces involvement in the country, Iraqi Sunnis and other minorities are taking to the sidelines as ISIS continues to make advancement in the country.
In the absence of involvement by western countries, the only force that finds its way into to Iraq, with the excuse of confronting ISIS, is the Iranian Quds forces and Iranian proxy groups and militias.
But the Iranian intentions for being in Iraq while the country itself is under international pressures and sanctions due to its suspicious nuclear program, should be a cause for concern.
“Allowing Iran to take control of Iraq under the guise of fighting ISIS is a fatal political and military mistake,” says Struan Stevenson, former Member of European Parliament and the head of the European Iraq Freedom Association warns.
“It is illusory to believe that allowing Tehran to take the lead in the fight against ISIS will ultimately lead to a stable Iraq,” says David Jones (MP) in his “The Diplomat” article, “UK Must Meet its Own Standards for Moral Cohesion in Middle East.”
But Jones sees a practical solution at hand for the crisis. The solution goes beyond Iraqi boarders and seeks to support moderate forces in the region to overcome the wave of reactionary and fundamentalist movement that has taken over the region, waging war and committing massacre of innocent citizens.
In his article in The Diplomat, Jones suggests that the west should recognize the Iranian resistance and also the moderate anti-Assad forces in Syria, aiding them to overpower their dictatorial governments.
By taking such strategy, the west will give a chance for the people of this region to take back their countries from undemocratic forces and by aiding to establish democratic governments, taking away the fake legitimacy from fundamentalist and terrorist groups acting and pursuing their mal-intentions.
“The West should understand this reality and seek to forge a strategy that gives the nations of the Middle East back to their own people, support popular democratic aspiration and helps build strong democratic institutions,” emphasizes Jones.