Canadian press gets Basra wrong
The Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps were declared a terrorist organization by the U.S. last year. Yet it was IRGC Brig. Gen. Qassem Suleimani who brokered a deal between Badr Organization leader Hadi al-Amiri and Mahadi Army leader, Muqtada al-Sadr, to bring about a cease fire in the Battle of Basra.
As Peppe Escobar points out, “the winners are Iran and Muqtada al-Sadr.” Yet the Montreal Gazette ran an article today from the Agence France-Press titled “Iraq PM calls Basra assaults a success.” Well that depends largely on what “success” means to al-Maliki. If “success” is 215 dead, some 50 of them his own civilians, and 600 wounded along with tenuous water supplies, than al-Maliki was successful. Also, Escobar stresses that it was the IRGC, labeled a terrorist organization by the U.S., who brokered the cease fire. “This means that the terrorists aren’t exactly terrorists. The terrorists are in fact peacemakers.”