Attempts to Push Iraq Back

  • 25 June 2009

The recent wave of bombings in Iraq indicates that there is someone working to impede all the progress being made in the country to restore normalcy. These bombings have come shortly before the completion of the withdrawal process by the US troops from Iraqi cities toward the end of June.

Recent terrorist bombings in Iraq, despite the destruction they wreaked, reflect a high level of desperation among extremists and violent groups to confirm their presence and ability to influence the course of events in Iraq, after having received severe blows.

Whenever Iraq takes a step forward, these terrorists movements increase the levels of violence, yet all indicators confirm that they are not able to revert matters to what they once were.

First among these indicators is that Iraqis have realized the seriousness and danger of sectarian conflict. In recent times, they have stood up against all attempts at causing a civil war. During recent provincial elections, Iraqis have shown they realize the danger of sectarian strife and those who want to drag various communities of the country into confrontation.  The second point is that violent groups have become a pariah in the Iraqi society and are unable to wean any sympathy or support from the masses, unlike the case after 2003 when the evil objectives of such forces sought to transform Iraq into a quagmire of chaos. The third point is that the political process is continuing on its way despite the obstacles it has been encountering. Dialogue has become the basic process that everyone believes to be the framework for discussing, treating and solving the differences, which the violence forces could not stop its process or cause damage to.  The fourth indicator is that Iraq began to regain its position and location in the Arab, regional and international contexts. A major development has been noticed in Arab relations, the openness of Arabs towards Iraq and willingness to assist and cooperate with it while dealing with the challenges it faces. The fifth indicator is the decline in sectarian voting patterns that caused tensions and resentment among various communities. The sixth indicator is the growing acceptance of the principle of coexistence, the belief among Iraqis that some forces are working in their own interest at the expense for security, stability, development and future.

There is no doubt that there are many challenges and problems in Iraq that need to be dealt with seriously and effectively, both at the political level or at the security and economic level. However, indicators confirm that the country will not return to chaos caused by the violent groups and current violent attacks are only acts of desperation that reflect a sense of failing among extremist forces and the fact that matters may have slipped out of their control.