Iraq… An Outdated State
Some philosophers and sociologists consider states as tools of oppression and inequality. The state could be seen as tools for some radical and short-sighted authoritarian desire, and as an endless mirage for nations and peoples. However, state in the modern era could be a source of happiness for people. It’s true that the happiness might never be the absolute equality and justice, but the state can be a means to organize people’s lives and supplying their principle needs, and a tool for internal peace and international stability. A state which is deprived of these qualities is nothing but a catastrophe.
Iraq is a state which doesn’t possess any of these qualities, neither people’s happiness nor guaranteeing their basic needs. From the time it was established, war and conflict have been dominating people's daily lives; while rationale, constitution, human rights, respecting different religions and components are odd things here and non-existent up to the level that Nuri al-Maliki contextualizes all the illusions and philosophies to accuse Kurdistan Region, which is the only anti-terror land and victim of terror, of supporting terrorists and the remnants of Baath party. This is too far from rationale and logic. He was right if he had meant that Kurds will not be a part of the conflict between Arab Sunnis and Shiaas, and will not be part of the ongoing sectarian conflict in an outdated state of Iraq.
The principle on which Iraq was established after World War I is no longer viable. The policy of forcibly attaching Kurdistan, Arab Sunnis and Shiaas altogether after the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime has proven unworkable. Also the democratic majority on which al-Maliki intends to cling to power has not been realized.
Terrorism and fighting terrorists, which al-Maliki used as a strong card to maintain good relations with the U.S and Europe and to get their support after US army withdrawal in 2011 is about to be outdated, because the developments in the Middle East and the Islamic Arab world have shifted the Shia-Sunni conflict to a level that can no longer be concealed.
A new reality has emerged. The disintegration of some countries like Iraq and Syria is in the making. These artificial states were patched together by the treaty of (Sykes-Picot). The U.S now doesn’t seem to intend taking the military responsibility in solving the issues. Faster than any other states, Russia is heading to the Middle East. Turkey, which has lost its position, power and wide territory of the Ottoman Empire because of the SykesPicot agreement, perhaps wants to re-gain some of its faded dreams via implementing moderate politicies.
Iran might possibly play the main role in the current crises of Iraq. It is practically the main kingmaker inside Iraq and is about to provide military support to Nuri al-Maliki. We should bear in mind that years ago, Turkey intended to support Turcomen of Iraq through military interventions. It would for sure harm the interests of the country because it was a wrong policy. But it’s also possible that Iran undermines the power and position of the Shiaas through its unconditional support for them as we can see now that radical Sunnis have made this issue the main factor behind their disapproval of al-Maliki.
Iraq is considered practically as an outdated state. Sunnis are against Shiaas policies in all its forms. Parts of Shiaas stand against both the Kurds and Sunnis. Kurds disapprove Nuri al-Maliki’s policy and believe that Iraq has ended as a viable entity. This end is approaching day by day. The important questions are : Will the US and Europe renew the expiry date of Iraq once more? Will they dose it up with the expire remedy? Or their humanitarian and moral values will put an end to these concerns and conflicts and they will sign the demise of an outdated Iraq and its risky game once for all?