Iraq is in Need of Unconventional Initiatives

  • 20 March 2006

At the time of the third anniversary of the Iraq War, three years after the downfall of the Saddam Hussein regime in 2003, heightened sense of insecurity prevails at all levels in the country. The future has become synonymous with uncertainty that is still raising extreme anxiety and fears. The enormous aspirations of the Iraqi people have turned into uncontrollable frustration, which is threatening to destroy everything. Three years since the commencement of the war, various problems emanating after the overthrow of Saddam—including a crisis-ridden political process, a deteriorating economic and security situation, questions related to presence of foreign elements, sectarian and ethnic issues—have peaked. Meanwhile, the risk of civil war has become imminent. Political positions and developments have got complex, which are threatening to jeopardize Iraq’s future and are confounding political experts about the course of events.

Moreover, discussions and debates taking place at present, either inside or outside Iraq, are bound by parochial national and sectarian considerations. If not, they are usually preoccupied with exploring the causes for various crises and the role played by various parties in complicating them, rather than finding solutions to the problems. All these deliberations should not seek to pin the blame on the other party, but should think collectively for finding solutions, even those if some of them appear unconventional. At present it is important for all the concerned parties, both within and outside Iraq, to understand that the present critical situation cannot be handled by old methods and tactics. There is a need for creative initiatives and solutions that are more mindful of Iraq’s particularities, its size, location, regional significance and the peculiarities of the problems at hand. The Iraqi question has become an international issue, in which regional and international parties have played various roles. Yet, greater responsibility has to be shouldered by Iraqis themselves, for their internal disagreements pose a greater threat to them than all the other threats.