Notes on a New Scandal – in Iraq!

The situation is getting more serious by the day for the Syrians in Iraq, as many refugees live hand to mouth and spend their time moving from one willing friend’s place to another for safety as the hunt and the raids continue.

Today a new sign of coordination between Syrian and Iraqi security in this regard surfaced when the two sons of one of the most visible Syrian refugees and opposition members in Iraq, Muhammad Bakkur, were arrested in Hama in central Syria. Omar and Sufian had returned to Syria in 2003 following the US-led invasion of Iraq, the Syrian authorities had allowed at the time for a handful of refugees to return home as part of their campaign to polish the image of the regime. Their arrest today denotes the Assads’ growing confidence, defiance and possible coordination efforts with Iraqi counterparts. No wonder Talibani is calling on the US to engage them. The Assholes of the world have always had a pretty good sense as to when it behooves them to unite. This all too unfortunate tendency, it seems, has allowed the Assads to get back to their old habit of hunting opposition figures wherever they are allowed to reach. Failing that, revenge against more easily accessible family members is in vogue again. This should give much food for thought for people in my position, I guess.

On a related note, attacks on Palestinian refugees in Baghdad took place yesterday as well, which makes one has to wonder: first Syrians and now Palestinian refugees, is a deliberate policy of ethnic cleansing unfolding in Baghdad? If so, where will it lead? What’s Maliki’s government role in all of this? And what potential backlash could there be among the wider Sunni community (considering that all these refugees are almost exclusively Sunni)? Indeed, the re-engineering of Baghdad into clearly demarcated Sunni/Shia cantons have been taken place for a while now, with some success. Could this trend be part of it?

Should the Sunnis in the region perceive themselves as the target of some organized ethnic cleansing in Iraq, and considering recent developments elsewhere in the region where Sunnis were on the losing end (Afghanistan, Somalia, Gaza, etc.), the implications of such perception for the Global War on Terror and regional stability are very serious indeed.

Infelix Vates.

2 thoughts on “Notes on a New Scandal – in Iraq!

  1. جيش المهدي يوجه إنذاراً نهائياً للفلسطينيين بمغادرة العراقجنيف، رام الله: ماجد الجميل، عبدالرؤوف أرناؤوطوجه الناطق باسم جيش المهدي بمدينة الصدر العراقية محمد الحسيني إنذاراً نهائياً لكافة الفلسطينيين بمغادرة العراق في غضون أشهر “وإلا سيدفعون الثمن”.وقال الحسيني في مجلس عزاء أقيم بالمدينة بمناسبة الأول من محرم وبدء الاحتفالات بعاشوراء مخاطباً الفلسطينيين بقوله: أنتم من جلب البؤس والكوارث لنفسه. أنتم تؤيدون الصداميين والتكفيريين والظلاميين. ساهمتم بقتل الشيعة وعليكم أن تدفعوا الثمن الآن.بدورها، طلبت منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية من الحكومة العراقية توفير الحماية للجالية الفلسطينية ومنع الاعتداءات التي تقوم بها مجموعات مسلحة ضدهم، مناشدة المنظمات العربية والدولية لتوفير الحماية “في ظل تصاعد الجرائم ضد الفلسطينيين”.وقالت المنظمة إنها تتطلع لسرعة الاستجابة والمبادرة من الحكومة وأجهزتها “لكف أيدي القتلة من الميليشيات أو الخارجين عن القانون والمجرمين الذين يستبيحون الدم الفلسطيني على خلفيات عرقية ومذهبية”.

  2. This is a continuation of the Iranian plan to create a Shiite axis going from Iran, Baghdad, Syria, Lebanon and Palestine. It is about time for the Sunnis to wake up and realize the danger. They should react quickly otherwise, they are doomed…

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