|Regional crises rooted in ‘Western-Arab alliance’ against ‘Iran-Arab alliance’: expert||
TEHRAN - Nuray Mert, a Turkish journalist and political scientist, says the main reason behind the crises in the Middle East is the rivalry between the “Western-Arab alliance” and the “anti-Western Iran-Arab alliance”.
“We all know that the major reason of the regional crises is the rivalry and conflicts between the Western-Arab alliance and the anti-Western Iran-Arab alliance,” Mert tells the Mehr News Agency.
She says, “The focus of these crises permanently shifts or all crises come at the same time in various fronts; once it is the Iranian nuclear crisis, then Iraq’s political power sharing, then targeting Syria for the Hariri assassination, then Lebanese-Israeli war or the Lebanese political crises, then again nuclear crises, then Syria and then Iraq and so on.”
She adds, “Iraq has been a very important actor for both sides of the regional alliances after the Iranian Revolution and successive Iran-Iraq war.”
The Turkish political scientist also argues that Washington had the illusion that it could put an end to the Iranian influence in region by invading Iraq in 2003. Mert also does not believe that the West and its regional Arab allies are trying to topple the Nouri al-Maliki government in Iraq through exporting unrest in Syria to Iraq, saying Iraq itself is “already full of unrest and conflicts”.
“The 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq was thought to end the Iranian influence in the region but did not work in this way. Now, it is more like opening another front in Iraq and enforce the process of regime change also from this front more effectively, than ‘spilling over the unrest and conflict to Iraq’ since Iraq is already full of unrest and conflicts.”
In recent days thousands of Sunni Muslims have taken to the streets of Baghdad and other parts of Iraq, protesting anti-terror legislation. Political analysts say the demonstrations, backed by certain Arab countries, are aimed at overthrowing the democratically elected government in Iraq.
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