Genuine Concerns for Iraq

  • 20 May 2013

The UAE, Arab countries and the international community is genuinely anxious and concerned about the ongoing deadly violence in Iraq that has claimed over 300 lives (including those of children, women and worshippers) since the beginning of May. These concerns reached a whole new level with the desecration of mosques and churches, which brings back memories of the brutal sectarian war of 2006 and 2007, which killed tens of thousands of people of all sectarian denominations and led to the destruction of scores of religious sites.

The UN secretary-general’s representative in Iraq, Martin Cobbler issued a warning on Saturday that Iraq is heading toward an unforeseen danger, unless immediate measures are taken for a political solution to protect Iraqi citizens and for “putting an end to the Iraqi crisis now.” The UN official lamented that little children had been burnt alive in car bombings and that worshippers had been maimed and blown up in mosques, which was certainly “not acceptable.” He called on Iraqi leaders to “take immediate measures to stop the bloodshed” and initiate dialogue to find a solution to the political crisis, as well as to “stop the train of bloody events in Iraq.”

The United Nations has placed the blame on Iraqi politicians for not being able to provide a way out of the ongoing political and security crises in order to put an end to the bloodbath. Indeed, politicians have a patriotic, humanitarian and historic obligation to run an honest, transparent and sincere dialog to protect Iraq from the throes of an uncertain future.

It is evident that political differences and internal divisions are a recipe for political, security and economic fragility. These problems are resurfacing at a time when terrorist organizations are looking for new areas that can provide a fertile soil for their terrorist activities, where they can operate unperturbed by any threat of a security crackdown against them. Iraqi politicians need to act with wisdom and reason, come to terms with each other and seek a common ground to put aside their differences as a prerequisite for an all-out, national reconciliation that is devoid of foreign interference. Only politicians can solve political and security issues and they should agree on drawing a national plan for putting the country back on the road to development for the Iraqi people, who have suffered several years of chaos and disorder.