No one assumes responsibility for Iraq’s downfall
It appears that no party or official in Iraq is taking on responsibility for the downfall of this country. This appears very clear in the overrun of Mosul last year and Anbar last month by the ISIS. This evidently shows that no one is assuming responsibility for the political, humanitarian, economical, social and cultural disasters that befall Iraq.
The national Iraqi army seems non-existent. It cannot play any effective role to restore stability in the country. The army has been ruled by dictators throughout Iraq's modern history, even the police and the intelligence are under the sectarian influence and the authority of various political parties. So, corruption, economic hardship, lack of investment, bad service, rise of human- rights violations, negligence of education and health problems show that no one is holding any accountability. Taking a look at the political power and responsibility, we see that they are utilized in two domains: the first one is weakening the position and power of the Kurdistan Region, and further weakening of the Sunni Arabs too. The second one is that the Prime Minister, the Parliament and Iraqi Presidency are only showing some responsibility in front of foreign delegates and the press. The Iraqi authorities hide away from catastrophes and dramatic developments like the army’s break down facing the ISIS and the displacing of millions of people in Iraq.
In this, I intend to mean that why the Prime Minister, who’s the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, is not interrogated when two cities of Mosul and Anbar fell and the army fled, leaving thousand pieces of U.S. weapons to the IS and terrorists. Why no one holds them responsible for displacing millions of people? Is leading a country really is about the foreign visits and appearing on TVs and meeting in the Council of Ministers, or is it about the well-management of the country?
Practically, the army in Iraq is not ready for any strategic wars. The Iraqi officials also are not equally dealing with army, police and intelligence through a national security prospect, but they see these institutions as parts of their own power and strategic survival. So neither America can end the existence of sectarianism in Iraqi army, nor can the army itself face the threats. Iraq needs three armies that can provide security to each of the three known regions.
If you want a successful Iraq where the components live in peace and tranquility, children can sleep peacefully and women can happily bring up their family with no more genocide and displacement, the responsibility should not be only a matter of posts and positions. The main officials such as the Prime Minister, the President, and the Speaker of the Parliament have to be interrogated and questioned. If the allied countries want to recover the ruling system in Iraq they should first change the political and administrative mentality, not arming and blowing whistles to the army. The authorities of Baghdad should be reminded that the state must be run democratically. And the army should defend the land, the people and the constitution of the country.