TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club(YJC)_James Henry Fetzer, an academic based in Wisconsin, said recent Washington was to blame for the recent wave of deadly unrest in Iraq.
“It was the inevitable effect of the 9/11 which was orchestrated by the CIA, the neocons in the Department of Defense and the Mossad in order to create a pretext for the United States moving aggressively, militarily into the Middle East to take out modern Arab states that served as a counter-balance to Israel’s domination of the entire region,” he told Press TV on Monday.
He said in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11, American officials only decided to invade Iraq because of its oil resources.
“It is all apparently shocking and dismaying that the United States has wreaked so much havoc in the Middle East at really the bequest of Israel,” he said, adding “the world will never forget what the United States has done here and it will remain a black stain on the history of this once great nation forever.”
Iraqi Interior Ministry spokesman Saad Maan confirmed on Sunday that 104 people had been killed, including eight security officers, and more than 6,000 wounded in the protests, which began last Tuesday.
The rallies soon turned into riots as some protesters started vandalizing public properties and attempted to enter the Green Zone in the capital Baghdad -- which houses government offices and foreign diplomatic missions.
Analysts have blamed the US and its years of war and occupation in Iraq as the main reason for the existing economic issues in the country.
Washington has repeatedly expressed frustration over Iraq’s role as one of the key members of the resistance axis in the Middle East.
Hoping to change Iraq’s foreign policy, the US has also provided unconditional support to Takfiri groups that first overtook parts of Syria and then proceeded to override neighboring Iraq.
Both countries, however, have been able to purge the foreign-backed terrorists with help from Iran, the Lebanese movement Hezbollah and Russia.