No one as­sumes re­spon­si­bil­ity for Iraq’s down­fall

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Gazi Has­san

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.

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