Press TV has conducted an interview with James Fetzer, professor at University of Minnesota, about the bombers targeting pilgrims in Iraq.
The following is an approximate transcript of the interview.
How do you assess this ongoing violence in the country? There do seem to be sectarian undertones here.
Well, this is a perfectly predictable consequence of the US involvement and intervention in the Middle East.
When Wesley Clark returned to the Pentagon after serving as supreme commander of allied forces Europe and was informed we were going to destabilize seven Arab countries in the next five years ending with the Persian nation of Iran he asked why in the world were we doing that.
What we were doing was fulfilling the Israeli plan, which Netanyahu had promulgated to dismantle the modern sophisticated Arab states so they could not serve as a counterbalance to Israeli domination of the Middle East by breaking them up into smaller state-lets that would be conflicting along sectarian lines, which is precisely what has happened here.
So are you saying that the violence we are seeing in Iraq is to a certain extent out of that government’s hands?
Oh yes absolutely. We are talking about religious antagonism that dates back thousands of years. And the fact is that the nation needed a strong leader like Saddam Hussein in order to maintain its integrity. Saddam was so eager to avoid war with the United States that he offered through the CIA liaison Susan Lindauer to buy a million cars from America for the next ten years. And then he added, if that’s not enough make it 20 (million),
But Bush and Cheney were so intent upon fulfilling the Israeli plan for destabilizing the Middle East and putting it under Israeli domination that they ignored it all, they ignored the best interests of the American people and they have squandered American lives and treasury and made life miserable for most of the nations of the Middle East, it’s sad to say.
Do you not see any light at the end of the tunnel for the Iraqi government or its people?
It’s very difficult to see how this is possibly going to end because any time you might have a form of reconciliation between Shia and Sunni and Kurds for example, the Israelis are going to provoke another bombing attack, I strongly suspect.
And they have a long history of false flag attacks dating back to the urban terrorist gang that bombed the King David hotel dressed as Arabs in 1946; the attack on the USS Liberty in 1967; the bombings of their own embassy in Buenos Aires in 1992 - and then when that didn’t kill enough people, their own Jewish community center in retaliation against Argentina for cooperating with Iran in the development of peaceful nuclear energy.
I foresee no end to this kind of conflict I am sorry to say it’s going to endure for a very long time.