A Techno-with­out-crat Gov­ern­ment in Bagh­dad

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Gazi Has­san

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.

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