While in London for a three-day visit, Iraqi President Barham Salih spoke of a "storm sweeping across the Middle East." Salih once lived in the UK for many years and seems to be enjoying the limelight in a country that has all but turned its back on Iraqi affairs.
The latest build-up of US forces in the Gulf region are set against new and shocking evidence emerges from German intelligence sources that Iran is continuing to pursue its goal to develop a viable nuclear weapons capability. The intelligence service of Baden- Württemberg has announced that the Iranian regime has been making concerted efforts to acquire expertise and technology which would facilitate the building of a fully operational nuclear arsenal.
Since 1979 Iran has defined itself as a country with expansionist designs backed up by a relentless ideology. Its latest confrontation with the US shows yet again that this ideology is hard-wired into the soul of the Tehran Regime. Indeed, Iran’s course of action is the very reason that the regime exists as it does.
In an era when the value and credibility of multinational institutions everywhere is being questioned, the 2019 Arab Summit produced a coherent message about the pressures and threats which affect its constituent states; foremost of these continues to be Iran
Against the background of recent failed international gatherings the first Arab-EU summit appears to have been an outstanding success. The mutual recognition of acute common threats along with shared strategic interests, and opportunities seem to have found new utterance during the gathering in Sharm el-Sheikh.
Representatives of more than 60 countries gathered in Warsaw last week in an attempt to find common ground on Iran. The US, in particular made no bones about its wish to galvanise a concerted international front to deal with Iran’s flouting of its treaty obligations and its aggressive regional foreign policy.
One wonders what men of good faith in what passes for the current Iraqi administration think is the way forward in trying to create conditions where the country can emerge as a sovereign state at ease with itself, and where tribal, religious and ethnic interests are subsumed in the interests of the greater good
The devastation in Iraq was wrought by years of war but it became much more acute with the rise of ISIS and the ensuing vicious sectarian conflict involving regular Iraqi forces Iran and Iranian proxy militias.