The United States is already desperate for mediation with Iran as the Middle Eastern state continues to project a show of strength and pledges vengeance, defying American expectations.
The fallout and negative response around the globe to the United States’ assassination of Qassem Soleimani have run contrary to American expectations, with the U.S. absurdly believing that Iraqis and Iranians would celebrate the killings of both the Iranian general and the deputy leader of Iraq’s Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.
On Sunday, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi revealed that Soleimani was acting as part of an Iraqi attempt to improve regional relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Abdul-Mahdi also revealed that Donald Trump had asked him to personally mediate with Iran following last Tuesday’s protests at the American embassy in Baghdad, adding that he was disappointed that Trump was talking of mediation while planning the murder of Soleimani.
The sense that the United States had no true concept of the consequences of their actions cannot be escaped, failing to understand what Soleimani meant to the people of Iran and the deep level of betrayal that is felt across the region following Soleimani’s leading role in the fight against ISIS and al-Qaeda.
Such is the level of offence caused to the people of Iraq and Iran that Sunni clerics backed Shia calls for the expulsion of American troops from their soil, uniting both Sunni and Shia Muslims in a united front against American imperialism.
In response, Iraq’s Parliament passed a resolution which urges the government to expel foreign troops from the country. The non-binding resolution asks that the government cancels the request for military assistance from the US-led coalition and expels foreign troops from Iraqi territory.
China meanwhile has pledged “military assistance” to Iraq following a meeting between Prime Minister Adil Abdul al-Mahdi and China’s ambassador to Iraq Zhang Tao.
There were also pledges of solidarity from forces in Yemen, Syria and Lebanon as the red flag of revenge was hoisted in Iran, the flag now flying over every mosque in the country.
The flag symbolises the spilling of blood unjustly through betrayal and is a call for vengeance, it being inscribed with the words “those who want to avenge the blood of Hussain,” a reference to the 680AD betrayal and killing of Hussein, a grandson of the prophet Muhammad. The hoisting of the flag for the first time in history is full of historic and religious symbolism, equating the betrayal and slaying of Soleimani with the slaying of Imam Hussain.
It is also an Arab tradition to raise a red flag on the tomb of the one who had been killed unjustly, the flag flying until revenge has been served.
Faced with the prospect of having unleashed a force that the Americans cannot handle, there are reports that U.S. diplomats have approached sixteen countries, including Qatar, to mediate with Iran despite the belligerent statements of President Donald Trump.
Qatar foreign minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani is said to have already met with his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif and been authorised to offer considerable concessions to avert a justified Iranian response.
A letter has also been delivered to Iran on behalf of the United States offering concessions in exchange for no response or one that is proportionate to the killing of Soleimani.
Staggeringly Donald Trump has asked Iran to keep their response proportionate and give a “similar response”.
The attempts from the United States at placating Iran speak only of panic and duplicity, an attempt to laughably appear as peacemaker after engineering the crisis through betrayal and violence.
Despite these apparent attempts at diplomacy, Trump has continued to use Twitter to spit out his belligerent rhetoric.
Disgustingly NATO called on Iran to “refrain from further violence”.
Tehran has rejected American overtures as “childish”, which, after their existing betrayal and 40+ years of similar behaviour can only be expected.