The Feast of Saint Augustine Zhao Rong and his Companions
Another small yet not insignificant step toward the dissolution of that grand creation of a now long dead empire: the Republic of Iraq. The President of the Kurdistan Regional Government Massoud Barzani today withdrew (in Arabic here) all Kurdish ministers from the cabinet of Iraq’s central government headed by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Baghdad. This comes a day after Maliki accused the Kurdish regional government of harboring terrorists from the Islamic State in its domains.
Turnarounds are always possible, but Iraq seems unlikely to keep on existing in the form we have known it. I suppose that Iran could throw an immense weight of forces into fighting the Islamic State in both Syria and Iraq and make a supreme national effort to destroy the wannabe caliphate led by its remarkably uncharismatic khalifa before it gets a real head of steam going. Possible, always possible but unlikely. Or Russia could decide that they don’t want a jihadi empire rising up to their south and decide to give serious backing to Maliki, but after his lightning annexation of Crimea Vladimir Putin no longer seems able to get out of his own way in Ukraine so I would be dubious on that.
Or there could always be a good old fashioned divine miracle, but one really does wonder at this point why the Lord of history would be interested in saving the Iraq that we have known. In any case those things are beyond my comprehension.
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