Saturday, October 30, 2010

Iraq: Country Without an End, Country Without a Government - By Mufid Abdulla

On the first day of the invasion of Iraq by the U.S.A in April 2003, it was clearly thought that because they found it so easy to invade the whole country at that time, then surely the situation would stay that way and be easily stabilised. The Kurds thought that the disappearance of Saddam and their bench-man would in turn raise the prosperous history of Iraq.

Since the election for the Iraqi parliament in March 2010 up to the present day the political parties in Iraq have not been able to form a government. The mood amongst the winning parties is rancorous and obviously the political paralysis will produce a long term periodical torrent of violence. The political leaders are not patriotic people or politicians; instead they are fortune seekers. Iraq is rapidly falling with its dusty streets and depressing atmosphere. The failure of the formation of the government for the last almost eight months has prompted a debate about whether these people are fit to lead the people of Iraq. The Iraqi government is a big business tainted by corruption. The bloated political parties including the Dawa Party and Al-Iraqia list are well known for their involvement in mismanagement and sleaze. The destructive forces that brought the Iraqi state to its knees cannot be aborted to these political parties.

There is no easy way out of this. The continued negotiation over the last so many months between all the political parties clearly is not working, although Nori Malike’s alliances should be more responsible towards Iraq’s pain. Nori Malike wants a new modern dictatorship in which he can remain as Prime Minister and control the main key government posts.

Iraq badly needs a government to introduce more transparency into the process. If the dialogue has not paved away the stalemates then as a Kurd I cannot see any of these main Iraqi parties as our alliance. Neither Alawai nor Maliki will understand the value and aspirations of our people. None of them are valuable political property. They do not possess the same normal values and aspirations as the rest of us.

What has led a normal country to be so divided that it has completed hindered the formation of a stable government for the last eight months? The KRG should continue their work, and be extremely cautious in any pact with the two political parties to form the future Iraqi government.