Iraq: Not an unraveling, but a stalemate? And still more violent than Afghanistan
I was thinking recently that I was wrong about Iraq, because I expected it to fall apart, but it hasn’t. By coincidence, a few minutes later I read Joel Wing’s summary of the state of things in Iraq, which interested me because he always has been more optimistic about Iraq than I have. He concludes ...
By coincidence, a few minutes later I read Joel Wing’s summary of the state of things in Iraq, which interested me because he always has been more optimistic about Iraq than I have. He concludes that Iraq is stuck in a political deadlock that is causing an annual cycle of violence:
After the summer is over, attacks and deaths will go down in Iraq. The problem is that the routine will repeat itself next year, and the year after that until there is a change in the status quo. That will not come from the security forces that are set in their ways. Only the political class can bring about a real transformation. In 2009 and 2010, large numbers of Sunnis participated in elections after largely boycotting them in 2005. That led to a drop in casualties. Now, things are going in the other direction, as the ruling parties are moving farther and farther apart in their feud over the distribution of power, increasing ethnosectarian tensions. That growing resentment within the country, gives some the reason to fight rather than reconcile adding life to the insurgency. The problem for Iraq is that nothing looks to be changing the political deadlock, and in turn the security situation will not improve either.
Meanwhile, Iraq is allowing Iran to fly military supplies through its airspace to Syria.
And an Iraqi MP called for dumping the U.S. and starting an alliance with Russia. Frankly, okay by me. Knock yourself out.
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