April 28, 2015

WHAT OUR ALLIES CAN TEACH US:

Why Iran wins the propaganda war in Iraq (Michael Rubin, 4/28/15, AEI)

Earlier this month, Iraqi forces reportedly killed Saddam Hussein's former deputy Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri. His death reinforces the reality that there is not much space between the Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL, Daesh) and the Baath Party. The ideological patina to both might differ, but their common core is tyranny, sectarian (anti-Shi'ite) hatred, and ethnic chauvinism.

Indeed, not only have American efforts to force reconciliation with the Baath been ham-fisted, but they have also played into Iranian propaganda, enabling the Iranian government to argue that only Tehran can protect the Iraqis from terrorist entities like the Islamic State, whereas the United State seeks to cut deals with such agents of tyranny. Indeed, this is a constant theme of the Supreme Leader.

Well, here's an example of how Iran wins the propaganda war. There were few figures more hated in Iraq than Izzat al-Duri. So what do the Iranians do after his death? They have an Iranian general pose with the body.

Had W accepted the initial Iranian peace offer, we'd have spent more time on denazification and lkess trying to hold together an Iraq that does not exist.

Posted by at April 28, 2015 3:31 PM
  

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