A Techno-without-crat Government in Baghdad
The aforementioned term is originally from Greek and consists of two parts: “Techno” means skills while “crat” means power. Haidar Al-Abadi seemingly made a decision for a technocrat-style government amid the ongoing crisis in Baghdad. Amid the crisis, the government should become the savior of the nation, but governing in Iraq doesn’t seem to be quite that easy.
Every government rules by using the power of army, security forces and police. We can see how that’s played out in Iraq. When the prisons are filled with people, the corrupt decision makers remain free. When militias are allowed, human rights violations are rampant. When legal problems arise, the country nears division. How on earth could this be a technocratic government?
When all the ministers are replaced, how exactly does Prime Minister Abadi hope to remain in power? How can a government accept the recommendation of the Shiite parties alone when it’s supposed to be a so-called powerfully skilled democracy? Al-Abadi recently urged the Sadist Movement to hold demonstrations that led to threats against Green Zone.
Any technocratic government should include specialists and experts in their fields—people who believe in politics without violence. On the contrary, recent moves by Al-Abadi have only served to hide major defeats like that of the ISIS war, a failure to fight corruption through reform, and the inability to retake the city of Mosul. Additionally, Al-Abadi has shown in his actions that he prefers to exclude the Kurds and marginalize the Sunnis in the government. With a Kurdish referendum on the horizon, it seems the Prime Minister is furthering his revenge. In any other world, a true technocratic government would move towards a real, unified government. One might notice similarities with the system in Iran.
Baghdad is a ‘techno’ (skilled) government without the ‘crat’ (power). It’s certainly difficult to establish a technocratic government in Baghdad when ISIS occupies part of Iraq, the economic situation is deteriorating, corruption is rampant, and the Shiite Militias are officially armed and paid to take revenge. Claims of a technocratic government are nothing but political comedy.
Al-Abadi’s remarks certainly draw a crowd but are empty. A technocrat government can exist in a stable, developed, and constitutional country— not in a country where sectarianism rues the day.
When we seek lack of political balance and commitment to the constitution, Iraq’s future is at risk.