Commentary & Analysis
L. A. Marzulli
US ends Iraq war, leaves two civil conflicts on the boil
The crossing of the US 4th Stryker Brigade and 2nd Infantry Division from Iraq into Kuwait Thursday morning, Aug. 19, ended America’s combat involvement in the seven and-a-half year Iraq war. debkafile’s military and Baghdad sources note that, for Washington, the war which cost 4,400 American lives and $1 trillion – is over, as per US President Barack Obama’s pledge. But for Iraq, it is just beginning: At least two civil conflicts are at boiling point – Sunni-Shiite strife and hostilities between the two Muslim factions and the Kurds of the North – and Iran’s followers stand ready to seize Iraq’s oil-rich South potentially sparking yet another world conflagration.
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Several years ago I posted an article discussing the possibility of what might happen when US forces pulled out of Iraq. As the recent DEBKA article points out, not much has changed. Car bombings continue and the sectarian violence that has been the hallmark of the spilt between the two predominant sects of Islam, Sunni and Shia, is as deadly as ever! So where is all this going to lead? Here’s a scenario of what we might see.
After the breakup of the Ottoman Empire immediately following WWI, the modern countries of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine – now Israel – were formed. The Hashemite’s who are direct descendants from Mohammed, were kings in Syria, Jordan and Iraq. In Syria and Iraq the regimes of the Hashemite Kings were overthrown, but not in Jordan. The Hashemite kingdom is alive and well there and headed by King Abdullah II.
After the overthrow of Saddam, which I will leave for the subject of another BLOG, King Abdullah offered to the Iraqi people the possibility of a constitutional monarchy. His offer was declined and instead the Malaki government was set in place. Now, with the US leaving the country what will we see?
* The Malaki government is enervated and has been propped up by the US since its inception.
* Unless the Malaki govenrment can quell the sectarian violence, Iraq will never be a safe pace to live for either Sunni or Shia.
* Iran has its eyes on Iraq and is also fueling the ancient hatred between the two sects, as Iran is primarily of the Shia branch of Islam and Iraq is predominantly Sunni.
So here’s a possibility. Iraq needs a strongman like Saddam was. It needs someone who will seize the day and make it very clear who is in charge. Someone who will grab the reigns of power and use them to bring order to the country. That someone may be the King of Jordan. He is a Hashemite and because of this he holds great sway in the Muslim world. He also could offer part of his own country of Jordan as a Palestinian homeland as almost 75% of the Jordanian population is Palestinian. He then would create a new capital, with PETRO dollars and resurrect the ancient city of Babylon. Finally, because he has control of all of the Islamic holy sites, including Mecca and Medina and the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, he could allow the Jews to rebuild their third and last temple on the mount.
If this happens then I believe we have witnessed what I term a Luciferian Dialectic.
The dialectic is as folows:
The conflict is the initial 911 attacks.
The Counter conflict is the Afghan and Iraq war.
The Synthesis is the rise of the Hashemite King who rules from Babylon and creates the long sought after peace in the Middle East between the Jews and the Moslems, as he grants part of Jordan to the Palestinians, thus solving the Middle East conundrum. Of course we know from prophecy that whoever “cuts the deal” with the Jews to rebuild the temple is the Anti Christ….
This of course is all speculation on my part. However let’s watch and be ready!
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