| 25.02,16. 11:06 PM |
Iran Ceremonies in Iraq: Plundering people’s wealth no longer heals any wounds for falling Iranian regime
By: Keyvan Salami
All Iranian people and movements celebrate the 1979 revolution and the entire nation, and all Iranians abroad remind each other that the February 11th revolution has not been forgotten. Despite being hijacked by Khomeini and the mullahs’ regime, a new spring will most definitely overthrow the Islamic fundamentalist regime ruling Iran today. The regime also goes the limits to stage major demonstrations and rallies. In spite of destroying all the people’s hopes, the mullahs continuously depict their establishment as the owners of this movement. Tehran seeks to strengthen the pillars of its rule and have it spread across the Middle East, allocating huge budgets to stage such programs in other countries, especially Arabic states. At a time when the Iranian people are living in poverty, the mullahs spend their money to serve their mercenaries in countries abroad.
Such ceremonies being held in Iraq is of significant importance. Why? Iran is facing major isolation in this country: it main proxy, Nouri al-Maliki, has been set aside from the prime ministry post; Iran-backed Shiite militias no longer enjoy any role in battles aimed at liberating cities from ISIS control; and finally, Iran is becoming the subject of weekly protests, being dubbed as the occupier, with more and more Iraqis rallying & describing the regime as the element behind corruption and theft in their country. This leaves Iran in desperate need of reconstructing its front in Iraq. Such measures would also resolve problems within the regime back in Iran. Considering the upcoming twin elections, and the raging internal disputes inside the country, with each faction seeking its share of power, staging such events in regional countries provides the Iranian regime the opportunity to claim ongoing hegemony in the Middle East. This is then used for saber-rattling and as a tool in its crackdown campaign against the protesting Iranian people.
Preparations began from mid-January to hold the 1979 anniversary ceremonies in the Iraq Table, linked to the Iranian Foreign Ministry in Tehran, and based on recommendations provided by Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS/VEVAK). These two organs emphasized this year’s ceremony must be different and regarded as impressive by the Iraqis and Americans. The Foreign Ministry relayed this proposal to Iran’s Supreme National Security Council to have the following orders issued.
Iran’s mullahs sought three objectives in staging this event: the presence of al-Maliki and Iraqi judicial chief Mid’hat Mahmoud, two known Iran loyalists in Iraq; gaining the support of influential Sunni politicians and allocating major budgets for hosting such an event; and finally sending a message to the United States and the West that Iraq remains under Iran’s hegemony in the region.
This ceremony was held in Iran’s embassy in Baghdad in two stages. On Friday, February 12th, militias and Popular Mobilization Force units, along with Shiite militia groups linked to the Quds Force under the pretext of teachers, tribal figures and political dignitaries, were all brought to attend this event. The Shiite militias’ need to take part in this gathering was obvious for all: they were in need of support from their godfather to continue their very existence in the political and military spectrum. Despite the widespread invitation, the Iranian embassy in Baghdad failed to lure Sunni politicians brought into this ceremony. No prominent Iraqi politician was seen taking part in this rally and the mullahs were unable to harvest any political fruits.
On the other hand, Tehran’s consulate in the city of Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan is actually very active. Iran was looking to invite all Kurdish parties and groups, in an attempt to claim this region is also under its grip with the ability to unite all parties and groups under one roof. The Kurdistan Democratic Party and its senior officials refusing to take part in this session delivered a major political blow to the mullahs. This led to Iran hauling the entire ceremony from Erbil to Sulaymaniya, and calling on Mohsen Bavafa, its main consulate in this city, to prepare a site for this ceremony as quickly as possible. Even in in Sulaymaniya other than the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, all groups, including Islamic parties, only sent low-profile party officials and political bureau members to this gathering. Most of those taking part were Quds Force contractors and merchants with close ties with Iran. All these individuals were prior to this busy involved in business and trade with Iran, and had no political background or social base at all.
Despite extensive planning and major efforts inside the country and abroad, this year the mullahs failed to reach their goals. As they failed miserably in Iraq, inside Iran the regime could only muster scattered crowds in local demonstrations and ceremonies (of course through threats and financial handouts). The images and video footages were so embarrassing that Tehran simply could not broadcast much of the scenes.
This is of course the response of the nations of Iran, Iraq, Syria and … to nearly four decades of crimes by the mullahs. The more fiery remark will come from the Iranian people in Friday’s elections, and eventually overthrow this regime. The people of the entire Middle East are standing alongside the Iranian people, rendering peace and freedom in across the region. That day is near.
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