Brahimi blames world neglect of Syria for Iraq unrest

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brahimi syria a failed statebrahThe unrest sweeping Iraq is a direct result of the world’s indifference to the conflict in neighbouring Syria, former peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi told AFP in an interview on Sunday.

Jihadist-led militants launched an offensive six days ago and swiftly advanced to within 80 kilometres (50 miles) of Baghdad’s city limits, bringing Iraq’s security forces to the brink of collapse.

Brahimi, who resigned in May as the UN-Arab League mediator for Syria, said the international community’s inaction on the conflict in Syria had precipitated the crisis in Iraq.

“It is a well known rule: a conflict of this kind (in Syria) cannot stay confined within the borders of one country,” Brahimi said.

The international community “unfortunately neglected the Syrian problem and did not help to resolve it. This is the result,” said Brahimi.

The Algerian statesman briefly served as UN special envoy for Iraq in 2004, following the US-led invasion that toppled the regime of dictator Saddam Hussein.

He stressed that he had told the UN Security Council in November that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the powerful jihadist group spearheading the offensive in Iraq, was “ten times more active in Iraq than in Syria”.

“The jihadists’ action in Iraq is taking place against a backdrop of a civil war between Shiites and Sunnis,” Brahimi said.

This meant Iraq’s minority Sunni Arab community was likely to “support the jihadists, not because they are jihadists but because my enemy’s enemy is my friend”.

Brahimi said Iraq “is like a deep wound that became infected” by the war in Syria.

“We have no right to be surprised because Iraq has never really recovered from the 2003 US invasion,” he said.

– ‘US-Iran cooperation’ –

Sectarian division in Iraq runs very deep and Sunni Arabs have felt marginalised by the Shiite-dominated government since the overthrow of Saddam’s Baathist regime.

Brahimi added that Iran, a key ally of the government in Baghdad, had “its place” in the region, pointing to the “de facto cooperation between the United States and Iran” on the crisis in Iraq.

Responding to the crisis in Iraq, the Pentagon said on Saturday the United States had ordered an aircraft carrier, the USS George H.W. Bush, into the Gulf.

The deployment of the aircraft carrier was ordered by US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel and comes amid calls for air strikes to blunt the insurgents’ lightning offensive that caught Iraq’s security forces on the hop, with many soldiers throwing away their uniforms and fleeing.

Iran warned on Sunday that “any foreign military intervention in Iraq” would only complicate the crisis.

Iraqi commanders have said security forces were now starting to push the militants back, and that soldiers had recaptured two towns north of Baghdad.

“Ideally, all countries in the region, including Iran, should sit together to say that we do not need a civil war between Sunnis and Shiites and that we must learn to live together,” Brahimi said.

He insisted that there could be no military solution to the conflict in Syria.

“The Syrian regime, which is making military gains, concluded that it will achieve a decisive victory,” Brahimi said.

“But I am not all certain that this is the case. Soon everyone will agree on seeking a political solution, which is the best for everyone.”

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22 responses to “Brahimi blames world neglect of Syria for Iraq unrest”

  1. zabada Avatar

    I agree with Brahimi..I guess sometimes in the west there is a plan by Jews in America to destroy both Sunni and syiah.That why they not intervene in Syria who is Syiah, otherwise they topple Saddam Hussin,In Iraq who is Sunni.By that way they make Sunni and Syiah will engage in wars forever.To plant democracy is only a fraud.I believe Jews still lead America and U.K behind curtain like at the past..Hence America and U.K will not intervene.This just happened in Syria.The West not intervene even there is genocide using chemical in big quantity,missiles are shooting on the roof of civilian houses.American will let Iran to intervene in Iraq or send theirSyiah armies .By that they are fully destroying both Sunni and Syiah.How smart Jews was.But muslims is muslims,they are not creating their own civilization and modernization to be able to intervene their own problems.Hence they will perish for decades in future.To when they will aware this.They are fully blind in civilization,politic and economy and in all modern knowledge.These lead too many bad events in all sections in their life, in them selves. God know best.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      We know that many (perhaps most Muslims) BLAME ‘The international community’ for causing it in the first place. (see YeUx and his oil theory) And initially they asked for ‘No boots on the ground’ in fear of it becoming another Iraq. (Talibanis hanging just over the borders.)
      So … no boots from The international community – although they DID make an attempt at humanitarian and medical help. Couldn’t even get all the Polio Vaccinations distributed.
      And, somehow, the Talibani-type Heads made it into the place anyway.
      There are so many Muslim ‘Sects’ now, it’s simply just ludicrous.
      Brahimi should understand that ‘The international community’ knows when to walk away from stupidity – even as what happens will affect the whole world, as the ‘Middle East’ devolves into it’s own ‘World War’ – and it knows the costs.
      The rest of the world works on defence.
      SIX Million (not all orphans) refugee children. THERE is a worry for the communities.
      (or is it Ten now … hmmm)

      1. zabada Avatar

        All the chaos begin there after 9 11.Jews who do 9 11.They wre working to plant New World order.I guess sometimes in the west there is a plan by Jews in
        America to destroy both Sunni and syiah.That why they not intervene in Syria
        who is Syiah, otherwise they topple Saddam Hussin,In Iraq who is Sunni.They
        make up fake story that Saddam have wmd.They do 9 11 and then dethrone
        Saddam.Jews must destroy powerfull muslims countries.Israelist can,t sleep
        peacefully if there are strong muslims countries in middle eas.t By dethtrone
        Saddam they make Sunni and Syiah will engage in wars forever.Jews force western armies to die for them in Iraq.After that sacrifice, Jews will kill both Syiah and sunni.They are working that way.To plant democracy
        is only a fraud.I believe Jews still lead America and U.K behind curtain like
        at the past..Hence America and U.K will not intervene.This just happened in
        Syria.The West not intervene even there is genocide using chemical in big
        quantity,missiles are shooting on the roof of civilian houses.American will let
        Iran to intervene in Iraq or send theirSyiah armies .By that they are fully
        destroying both Sunni and Syiah.How smart Jews was.But muslims is muslims,they
        are not creating their own civilization and modernization to be able to
        intervene their own problems.Hence they will perish for decades in future.To
        when they will aware this.They are fully blind in civilization,politic and
        economy and in all modern knowledge.These lead too many bad events in all
        sections in their life, in them selves. For sure..Syiah and Sunii can,t live
        side by side..Syiah is a political religion..so they decided to control
        all..insult Sunni as a robbers at the past,insult companions of the
        prophet,even the prophet,s wife.All of Syiiits are militants because they
        interpreted religion as politic tool.They even make up weird believe in
        Syiah.So Sunni fight them with the same slogan.religion.some of them
        interpreted religion as politic too in order to fight Syiah and others,since
        there no a single muslim,s country who can protect them from Syiah and the
        west.Who started all the chaos.It is Syiah.Syiah need reform its believe to
        live peacefully with Sunni. They must remove their autocracy politic.Ulema must
        not selling religion for their lust.Wipe out Vilayah Al fiqh-Syiah must having
        politic power. Stop interpret religion as politic tool.I know Syiah can,t do
        this.Hence there are wars forever among Sunni and Syiah.That is my opinion.God know best.

        1. Zabada, let me start by offering you a triple espresso coffee to wake you up, If there was no Christians or Jews in the world all the problems in the world would be be even worse than they are today, violence, greed and the power of controling the oil would be exercised by extreme islamists that would do it all by means of the sword or nuclear bombs….they have no restraint of any kind as violence is not shameful and repeatedly justified with no apology whatsoever. Just ask one of the thousands of victims in their paths whether they are at the soccer game, mosque, bread market or funeral.

          Jews and Christians have behaved badly many times in the past and they suffer from the glitter of love of money too and do need unleaded gas too, I am an infidel that happens to only use high octane ๐Ÿ™‚ How ever let me tell you loud and clear that I am Christian with dear friends that are moslems and jews and by far would live and embrace living among jews than to be among excuse making blood spilling extremist indiscriminate killers that keep blaming others for horrid deeds committed by their evil hearts and own hands.
          Stop blaming the Jews !!!!!!!

          The world needs oil but Saudis and other gulf states don’t live in shameful luxury as they do because they don’t get paid $$$$$$$$ handsomely for it. they want to sell us the oil as much as we want to buy it from them.

          1. And that’s what I love about you Geo ( in a non homosexual way of course) well said brother.

          2. lots of love back my friend, We must recognize that If it is not oil it will be coffee, if it is not coffee it cold be rice, the breakdown is not the commodity itself but how we behave as humans with one another, Venezuela has oil, Canada has oil, mexico has oil and they are not at at war, they simply do business with mutual benefits, on the other hand more than 40,000 people died in mexico over control of drug distribution and again I blame this so called Christian country for loving money more than their neighbors and citizens……so unchristian of them.
            My point to zabada is that ARABS HATE EACH OTHER, WHILE JEWS LOVE ONE ANOTHER , don’t blame them, be more like them!
            Good day My friend ๐Ÿ™‚

          3. You are so rite.

          4. Hannibal Avatar
            Hannibal

            Who he dies richest wins ๐Ÿ˜‰

          5. Hannibal Avatar
            Hannibal

            As usual you sound like a beautiful bird ๐Ÿ˜‰

          6. Thank you Hannibal but I am not as beautiful as I used to be ๐Ÿ™ missing a few feathers =D

          7. zabada Avatar

            Believe in me.The plane make muslims even worse.

          8. man-o-war Avatar
            man-o-war

            Da plane! Da Plane!

          9. I believe you zabada , Planes and muslims are not allways a good mix especially when you add tall buildings in the mix. ๐Ÿ™
            Disclaimer ( not all muslims are a hazard to planes) ๐Ÿ™‚

          10. Lol

    2. Yup, leave it to people like you to find a way to blame the Jews.
      Look, either the Jews are so smart that they can manipulate hundreds of millions of people without their knowing it, causing them to slaughter each other like sheep;
      or the Arabs are so foolish, they allow themselves to be manipulated by a few dozen Mossad employees in Tel Aviv and scattered around the region.
      Either way, just give up.
      PS-That is sarcasm. the Jews have absolutely nothing to do with this medieval war.

      1. zabada Avatar

        History can,t be deleted.No doubt Jews are annoying on these history books.At the past Jews planed too many chaos,including 9 11.All over the world know this. Peace.

    3. Hannibal Avatar
      Hannibal

      The Jews are not the ones shooting… If a Jew tells me to shoot my brother and I do whose fault is it really? What is happening today in the ME is an outcome of religious bigotry led by Islam itself.

      1. zabada Avatar

        Jews hand helping this.

  2. Instability in all the Middle East was created to steal the Oil who was very inexpensive before the invasion of Iraq, but now that the USA, Australia and the UK have their share of Iraqi Oil has become extremely expensive and they are screwing their own citizens with the price of gasoline, hence food and prime necessity items. this bastards are worldwide enemies number ONE.

    1. arzatna1 Avatar
      arzatna1

      It does not appear you know much about oil prices. Crude oil price today is more than 3 times what it was when the US invaded Iraq.
      When the US invaded Iraq the price per barrel was around $30 while today it is around $120 on the future’s market.

      Furthermore no body stole oil from Iraq. There are many companies in Iraq from around the world that are engaged in exploration and production of the commodity and it is sold on the commodity exchanges of several countries . You as an individual can buy and sell oil like any company or country in the world.

      Crude oil futures market prices have nothing to do with local gas /petrol prices . Different countries price these as they please . While some producing countries like Venezuela subsidize the local retail prices ( costs about a Dollar to fill up the tank) other ( importing) countries tax this commodity at a very high rate to reduce consumption( $1.50 to $3/per liter) .
      So please stay away from wooden conspiracy theories

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar
        5thDrawer

        Aside from the greedy ‘market people’ of ALL the world playing with stock prices on computers ‘updating’ every second, crude price is not a great indicator for gas price.
        (you do note the taxes ..)
        The distance from any refinery adds to that cost greatly, at the pump.
        Cooking fuel for places like Lebanon rises as well.
        Bad enough when there’s no electricity to keep a fridge working. Hard when you can’t afford the fuel to cook out the bugs.

        1. arzatna1 Avatar
          arzatna1

          As I pointed out in my comment to YeUx futures market prices have nothing to do with local gas /petrol prices . Naturally as you pointed out transportation is a factor in the cost , but in actual fact it plays a very little role in deciding the gas prices at the pump. In producing countries the price at the pump is political while in consuming counties it is dictated by greed…how much taxes will the market bear.

          My point in the comment was to stay away from wooden conspiracy theories, which are not supported by facts

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