February 26, 2011
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Iraq spins back to its 1st day – By Baqi Barzani

After 8 years elapsing from the US-led invasion, Iraq yet again rotates back to its old cycle of violence, terrorism, and political instability.  Since 2009, Iraq enjoyed a fair lull, but the country was far from being truly democratized.

Inspired by the wave of rallies sweeping across the Arab world, Iraqis brought into play the identical pretext to ostensibly vent their strong opposition to the policies of incumbent Al-Maliki’s democratically elected government. Nevertheless, in reality, it was not the unemployment, inflation or corruption issues that the Iraqis were trying to mainly whine about. The Iraqi masses tended to convey a different message in the body of their recent demonstrations.  The US administration did not grasp the implication.

On the “Day of Rage” Tens of thousands of Iraqis as usual waited for the right opportunity to pour to the streets in major cities to protest. Scores were killed and hundreds injured in clashes between Iraqi security forces and protestors. During a demonstration in the Kurdish province of Kirkuk yesterday, many more were reportedly massacred. Political differences go on within the government elements, ensued by intermittent pandemonium and political groups tarrying for the right leeway to plunge the country back to civil war era.  

Iraq is not Egypt, Tunisia or Libya. Different democratization formulas should be applied to different states to prove rewarding. The diverse ethnic and sectarian Iraqi components do not oppose the central government later than the collapse of Saddam’s regime. The Kurds, Shiite and Sunnies oppose one another. They can not tolerate being ruled by one another. For eight years, major Iraqis parties have not been empowered enough to put forward a plain egress formula out of Kirkuk impasse.

Iraq is a country that is intensely divided along religious, ethnic, sectarian lines.  Both US presence and absence are contributing to escalation of violence in the region. Another decade can elapse from the US invasion, but Iraq will remain the same Iraq it was back in 2003 without any tangible changes. Changes can not be imposed, but rather they must be pioneered by the people.

For Iraqis true democracy and freedom simply imply, being able and allowed to govern themselves by themselves. Arabs and Kurds equally. This can only materialize by granting Iraqis their full governance rights.

Perhaps, the United States plans to examine every tacit before deducing a conclusion that the only nitty-gritty to democratize Iraq is by simply partitioning into two or three mini states.


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