The negotiation, set to conclude in late July, will not only establish the basis for a long-term US occupation of Iraq, but will also turn the country into a US colony and yet another military base for Washington in the Middle East.
The accord with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government will replace the UN mandate and allow multinational military presence in the country.
This 'firm handshake' between the
While every revealed article of the agreement is tied to security and military arrangements, Western media portrays the accord as mere cooperation in the areas of politics, economics, culture and security.
All the provisions of the agreement have been introduced in a haze of ambiguity as transparency in the issue would certainly provoke an outcry among the weary people of
One look at Article 10 of the treaty makes it apparent that the
"As long as Iraqi security/military forces are not well-trained, security hasn't been ensured, the neighboring states pose a threat, and terrorist attacks continue, the treaty will be officially binding and both parties are obliged to implement it."
The first article of the treaty allows the US Army to carry out military operations in
Under Article 2, American and British troops can arrest suspects at any time without the consent of the Iraqi government.
Article 3 reinforces Article 10 by asserting that there are no time limits for the presence of American forces, thus annulling the 1790 UN Security Council anti-occupation Resolution.
The contents of the treaty will dissipate all hopes of a sovereign
According to Article 4, American servicemen and non-servicemen are not obliged to attend any court hearings in
Article 7 puts the Iraqi ministries of defense, interior and intelligence under the direct supervision of
Article 6 allows the US to set up 41 military bases in Iraq; Article 8 provides American forces with the authority to supervise arms sales as well as train Iraqi military and law enforcement personnel.
Article 9 argues that as a member of the international community
Which government can claim it has the right to delegate the fate of the nation that has entrusted it with executive powers?
Yet, there is but a shred of a doubt that this treaty has no objective other than handing
One must ask what has made al-Maliki and political leaders of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council and al-Dawa party sink so low as to consider signing such a degrading and demeaning accord.
It is evident that
These extortionist plots, however, considering the current situation in the war-torn country and the growing hatred toward the occupiers seem to have been in vein.
According to senior Iraqi politician Mohsen Hakim, the Iraqi government conceded to the accord only on certain conditions:
These conditions, although deficient, do not counter the humiliating effects of the other contractual obligations of the treaty, thus compelling
SOFA is yet another
What is even more astonishing is that Iraqi political leaders are falling for this political legerdemain and are willingly digging their own graves.
Of course, one should not forget that if the