Negative Message Emanating From Iraqi Politics

  • 17 April 2007

Despite all capabilities mobilized for its success, the Iraqi security plan is still not able to prevent terrorist attacks that have led to scores of causalities, as 60 days have elapsed since the commencement of the new security plan. This begs the question that has been repeatedly asked in the context of the Iraq crisis: “Where does the essence of Iraq crisis lie?” Is it a political, security, sectarian, or a racist crisis? Witnessing the events unfold it seems to be a multi-dimensional crises. It is not only a security related problem but also a political, sectarian, and a racist one. For this reason, its treatment must be holistic and should cover all aspects in a balanced manner. Any shortcoming in any aspect would adversely effect on the other and compromise its treatment.

For this reason, whatever the strength of the security plans and the dedication and honesty of those responsible for its implementation, they are not likely to succeed if carried out without considering the political situation. Perhaps, this indicates that Iraq requires a consensus among all its parties and movements and solidarity in confronting terrorist attacks that aim at aborting peace attempts. The Iraqi scene has recently emitted many negative signals that indicate political turmoil and tensions at various levels. Barham Saleh, the Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister, and is a Kurdish high official, has confirmed that a referendum on Kirkuk was a precondition for the continued participation of the Kurds in the political process. The situation in Kirkuk is raising concerns as this could give a body blow to efforts at the spirit of coexistence in Iraq. Similarly, the movement led by Muqtada Al Sadr has declared the withdrawal of its representatives from the Iraqi government on Monday, in objection to statements made by Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki that supported no timetable for the end of occupation. This undoubtedly places the Maliki government in a difficult situation, as it needs its unity and harmony in its ranks to confront the challenges posed by terrorism. In another potentially dangerous development, some political movements have declared the formation of a temporary government in the southern province of Basra, which has raised an outcry in the city and threatens to explode into violence. It is well-known that provincial issues have caused a lot of acrimony and tensions between Sunnis on the one hand, and Shiites and Kurds on the other.

For this reason and because of an increase in terrorist attacks, there is need for solidarity and unity to face all challenges. The message emanating from the different political forces in Iraq is a message of disharmony and desperation that reveals a divergence in priorities and an imbalance in outlook. In the wake of this situation, the success of the movements and plans that aim at solving the security crises, whatever their level of commitment, will always remain in the shadow of doubt.