By Fahed Khitan

Maliki’s Spite for Jordan

The most notorious, former Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri Maliki, along with his MPs in parliament, have begun a restless war to sabotage advancing Iraqi-Jordanian relations.

Just two weeks after Jordan’s premier, Dr Hani Mulqi, visited Baghdad, Maliki’s MPs went on a crazed rampage to oppose the recent accords; some even threatened to rip the signed agreements to pieces.

Now, Maliki’s justification for this hostility is that Jordan is housing a member of Saddam Hussein’s family, which really has nothing to do with anything. Whoever has taken asylum in Jordan, of the late Iraqi president’s family, plays no political part in the Kingdom’s decisions nor practice any anti-Iraqi activities in Amman; their presence here is merely a humane gesture, and none of his relatives in Jordan have held any official positions in Iraq during Hussein’s presidency.

It’s just an empty pretext. The truth behind their campaign is Maliki’s deep rooted hate for anything representing the Arab aspiration and his tireless endeavour to pull Iraq out of its historic Arabic depths. Why? For that great country to remain as Maliki wants for it to be; another Iranian backyard.

Mind you, this is not merely speculation; there is plenty of evidence off his 8 years ruling Iraq on this; he did everything he could to drag the country away from its Arab brethren by straining Iraqi relationship with all its neighbours, with the exception of Iran.

Along these lines, the former premier has a history of decisions which have marginalised and secluded vital segments of the Iraqi society, which led to the resurrection of the terrorist group; Al Qaeda, in its more vicious ultra-hard-line version; ISIS.

Another catastrophic result of Maliki’s presidency is the fall of Mosul under the control of terrorists, who met no mentionable resistance by the deteriorated Iraqi army.

Principally, that last bit has cost Iraq and Iraqis endless sacrifices in blood and wealth to liberate that one city, with others still under the terrorists’ control.

In the aftermath of Mosul’s fall, a representative committee investigated into the catastrophic failure. They concluded that 35 Iraqi officials are responsible for the tragedy; some were directly involved, others just came short in their duties. Chief among those responsible was Nouri Maliki.

Still, he evaded punishment, the way he did every time he or a delegate of his government committed a crime; be it against life or public wealth, all the same.

Since he left, Maliki has been devoted to his crusade, more or less, to stripping Iraq of its ‘Arabist’ Identity and sabotaging the relationships Heyder Abadi’s government built with other Arab states.

First, he successfully suffocated Iraq’s relationships with Gulf countries to the point of strain, and now he has his eyes set on Jordan; this time backed by a parliamentary block that is devoted to bringing down the Iraqi government and hinder its efforts to liberate Mosul, all the while endeavouring to sabotage the National Iraqi Reconciliation at any cost, in order to preface for Maliki’s return to office.

That said, I doubt any Jordanian diplomatic effort will calm Maliki’s guys down to gain their support for the building proximity between Amman and Baghdad; Maliki’s ‘current’ is strongly anti-Arab.

Similarly, it is unlikely that Tehran would pressure Maliki out of his headstrong position against Jordan, even if they wanted to, because Maliki is relying on the support of Irani establishments that are not obliged by Hasan Rouhani’s restorative directives.

Thus, there is no other way to contain and minimise Maliki’s influence but to push forth the reinforcement of ties with Abadi’s government, and translate these relations and accords into indispensable interests.

This article is an edited translation from the Arabic version, published by AlGhad.

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