Khameni Blames Foreigners for Iraqi Conflict
The Iranian leader blamed foreigners for the conflict in Iraq, saying Western intelligence agencies wanted to destroy the pillars of Iraq’s political and national unity.
“One should vigilantly and carefully stand against (Western intelligence agencies) plot and divisive attempt and not allow the unity among the Shia and Sunni and Kurd and Arab to be damaged,” Khamenei told al-Abadi. (Press TV, 17 June)
“The Americans on the one hand are seeking to plunder Iraq’s wealth as they o in some other countries in the region and on the other hand impose their demands [on Iraq] as before. However, one should not allow this objective to be realized,” Khamenei added.
Blaming foreigners for national disasters, like what’s happening in Iraq, has been the norm in the region, a convenient way to explain away internal problems. Khamenei’s comments today on Iraq, however, raise that practice to new heights.
Photo credit: Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei meeting with the visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Tehran; 17 June 2015 (IRNA)