|Photo credt: Reuters/E.Munoz|
Earlier this week I posted Sydney lawyer and international affairs analyst David Singer's spotlight on Abu Mazen's UN-bedazzling economy with the truth
(it's proving a popular read, so please have a look if you've missed it).
And now, here's David's latest article, entitled "Iraq Exacerbates America-Russia Standoff on Destroying Islamic State".
and its 62 nation coalition is becoming increasingly isolated and
irrelevant as Russia maintains its airstrikes in Syria and has now
commenced firing cruise missiles
from warships in the Caspian Sea 1500
Russia is presently contemplating entering Iraq
if requested by Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi [pictured above, addressing the UN on 30 September] – who had
indicated last week that he would welcome a Russian bombing
campaign to destroy Islamic State’s presence in Iraq.
Abadi then said Russian strikes were a “possibility” but had not been discussed.
Russia’s Foreign Minister – Sergei Lavrov – made Russia’s position clear on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly:
“We are polite people. We don’t come if not invited.”
comment was clearly critical of the American coalition’s air strikes in
Syria having being undertaken without any invitation from President
Assad – dubiously being justified by America as legal to defend Iraq’s
territorial sovereignty against further incursions by Islamic State from
Now just one week later Abadi has upped the ante - reportedly
saying he would welcome Russian airstrikes in Iraq if they were
coordinated with the American-led coalition and that he sought to
maintain cordial relations with both America and Russia.
He called the American-led coalition “a small help”– adding:
“This doesn’t mean that I reject the small help. Even the one single bomb would be helpful to me”
President Obama would not have been very impressed with Abadi’s mean-spirited disparaging comment.
American-led coalition has been bombing Islamic State targets in Iraq
for more than a year – but Iraqi officials have repeatedly complained
that their efforts are insufficient to decisively turn back Islamic
State. The United States has spent more than $25 billion training and
equipping Iraq’s military.
Valentina Matviyenko – head of Russia’s
Federation Council – the upper house of parliament – said
case of an official address from Iraq to the Russian Federation, the
leaders of our country would study the political and military expediency
of our Air Force’s participation in an air operation. Presently we have
not received such an address”
Iraq’s concern at destroying
Islamic State has been heightened following Islamic State claiming
responsibility for a series of bombings that killed more than 50 people
throughout Iraq on 5 October.
Abadi’s wish for Russian
intervention to be co-ordinated with the American-led coalition has
offered Obama probably the last opportunity to come to an agreement with
Russia on forming a legally
constituted armed military force authorized pursuant to a Security Council Resolution under Article 42 of the UN Charter.
past insistence that any America-Russia co-operation be conditioned
upon President Assad’s removal has stymied any possible earlier attempt.
Abadi’s timely lifeline should be grabbed by Obama before Syria
and Iraq slide into an escalating conflict of indescribable carnage.
Abadi could invite Russia to come to its assistance without American
co-ordination if Obama continues to delay seeking Russia’s co-sponsoring
of such a Resolution. Obama should heed President Putin’s advice expressed
in his New York Times
op-ed on 11 September 2013:
need to use the United Nations Security Council and believe that
preserving law and order in today’s complex and turbulent world is one
of the few ways to keep international relations from sliding into chaos.
The law is still the law, and we must follow it whether we like it or
not. Under current international law, force is permitted only in
self-defense or by the decision of the Security Council. Anything else
is unacceptable under the United Nations Charter and would constitute an
act of aggression."
Obama’s failure to test Putin’s sincerity could risk America’s Middle East policy being seriously compromised.