Det nya Irak, en sekteristisk nöjespark..

Efter över 7 års blodig ockupation har vi det nya Irak, en kopia av det sekteristiska Libanon. Ett land med tydliga sekteristiska skiljelinjer och som agerar schackbräde åt stormakter i regionen

Iran wants to see an alliance of the two main Shiite factions, one led by Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki and one, called the Iraqi National Alliance, that groups supporters of anti-American cleric Muqtada Al Sadr and the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council.

To the south is Saudi Arabia, which is equally determined to check Shiite expansionism by backing the coalition led by former prime minister Eyad Allawi, a secular Shiite whose bloc is supported by Sunnis.

To the north, Turkey, with its restive Kurdish population, wants to block any moves toward independence by Iraq’s Kurds, the potential kingmakers in any deal. Turkey also backs Allawi, and has forged close ties with Arab nationalists opposed to Kurdish separatism within his coalition.

And to the west is Syria, Iran’s ally and Saudi Arabia’s rival on most regional issues, but pursuing its own agenda in Iraq. Syria’s Baathist government backs Allawi, who has the support of former Iraqi Baathists, and last month it hosted a ground-breaking meeting in Damascus between Allawi and Al Sadr, an alliance that would suit neither Iran nor the US.”

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