Is Iraq on the verge of a US-backed Baathist coup?
Is Iraq on the verge of a coup? :
The terrorist bombings that killed more than 220 residents of Baghdad's Sadr City on Thursday have caused great concern among Iranians. The bloodshed happens at a time when U.S. forces are responsible for maintaining security in important areas of Iraq’s cities.
The increasing insecurity and the focus of the terrorist attacks on the Shias show that there is an organized conspiracy against the Iraqi majority.
The secret visit to Baghdad by U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney and former secretary of state James A. Baker, who is currently the chairman of the Iraq Study Group, is part of the conspiracy.
As these developments were unfolding, it was announced that Tariq Aziz, the former Iraqi foreign minister and close aide of deposed dictator Saddam Hussein, would be released from prison.
In fact, these events are all part of a new U.S. plot to topple Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s elected government and hand control of the country to Baathist elements.
The Baathists’ return to power could provide just such a base for the terrorists who are responsible for the bloodbath in Iraq. Iraq’s new government has been established through free elections. Helping the Maliki government suppress the Arab terrorists and uproot terrorism in the country is the only way out of the current crisis.
The United States has no alternative but to hand over security affairs to the Iraqi government and gradually withdraw its troops from the country because the era of military coups, like the ones that happened in the 1960s and 1970s, is over.
If the U.S. intends to bring the Baathists back to power, not only Iraq but the entire region will witness a new crisis whose repercussions will be felt by regional and extra-regional powers.