Written By: FA ME / USA
Iran is an Islamic country neighboring Iraq from the east, throughout the course of time there always had been a conflict between the national governments in Iraq and Iran; starting from the time of Sumerians, Akkadians, Babylonians, Ayssrians, and finally the Chaldeans. When all the governing regimes in Mesopotamia were overthrown, the conflict emerged to be between the (Greek and Romans) from one side and the Persian State on the other side. But the most powerful strikes Iran ever had was 1- from the legendary Greek leader Alexander of Macedonia (Alexander the Great). And 2- the Islamic campaigns by the Islamic leader Saad Ben Abi Waqas.
In the 17th century Nader Shah, a Persian leader attempted to conquer Mosul (Nineveh). But his attempt failed because of the great resistance that he faced from the people and because of the plague that spread in his army forces.
The reader may pause for moment and think of what has Iran to do with attacking Iraqi Christians, or attacking the Churches in Mosul and Baghdad and Kirkuk?
Iran acted, during the last 6 years, as a vicious enemy to Iraq and its people, even thought, it implicitly acted as a friend and tended to reconcile with Iraqi components persuading them to forget the past. But originally Iran is the one who doesn’t seem to be neither forgetting nor forgiving of things.
In the past 3 weeks and while Iraq is approaching for the third time, in his newly lived democratic period and hardly through a narrow hole, to Elections and announcing the date of Elections March 6th 2010, some significant events took place including: (Bombings targeted government buildings that reaped the life of more than 170 people, and the Iranian Forces crossing the Iraqi borders and occupying “Fakah” oil field in southern part of Iraq. And the most recent events were bombings of Churches and killing Christian people in Mosul city.
I could hardly find any statements of Iranian or Arab politicians to condemn these acts against Christians. The Iranian Parliament Speaker “Ali Larijani” condemns the bombings on governmental sites in Baghdad, but he never spoke of bombing the churches in Mosul, that are already still in Iraq. I don’t know if this is a political correctness or evasion of crime!
I then realized that these bombings were a message to Iraqi leaders, after assuming that Iran involved in them. The first car bombed in Baghdad early in December was targeting Iraqi ministry of Finance, led by Shiia Minister, “Baqir Jabir”, one of the great Iranian allies, who recently might have disagreed with many Iranian policies in Iraq, and or, he is by one way or another expressed his opinion to support the Reformists in Iran led by Mir-Hossein Musavi, who was the seventy ninth and last Prime Minister in Iran during the period of 1981-1989, and Iran was at war with Iraq during which a great support was given to the opposition against the regime of Saddam Hussain. Baqir Jabir is one of them.
The second major target was the ministry of Justice, led by Kurd Minister “Dara Nur Aldin”, who acted as minister in 2008. This was the second message to the Iraq government in response to the Kurdish role in northern Iraq to facilities the entry of “Pajak Party” members who have been fighting the Iranian Regime since 1980s, and still. They have had a significant role in 2009 Iranian election disturbance, and many members of this party were arrested by Iranian security forces, to become what is known to be the “Velvet Revolution”.
In the middle of all this Iranian interference in Iraqi issues, this tries, with all possible effort to undermine the political process in Iraq. To implement this instability in Iraq, the terrorist activities has to be varied and multiply, among which the attacks on churches occurred in Mosul, another game to destabilize the situation, leading the vulnerable people to flee their country again, once it was relatively recovered.
I wish the Iraqi honest politicians and those who have been in power not because of their power, but because people have elected them, to step aside from any sectarian alliance or alliance to foreign governments, because loyalty to Iraq and to Iraqi people is the biggest treasure for their future aspirations in finding better and more politically, economically, and securely stabilized country.