Why is Iraq among the most corrupt countries in the world?

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By Fatih Abdulsalam

Azzaman, December 5, 2013

What can Iraqis gather from the findings by the Corruption Perceptions Index released recently and which placed their country in the list of the most corrupt states in the world.

The list of the world’s most corrupt countries, according to the index, includes in their running order North Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Syria.

The major outcome is in my opinion despair – despair of reform and improved conditions for a better government that is guided by transparency.

The index tells that even in the case of a new government and a new ruler, both will certainly continue the path of their predecessors and turn into big thieves.

 It is no wonder that Iraqis are generally hopeless of any market improvement in their conditions.

Iraq faces several problems some of them not directly related to corruption.

Iraq’s most pressing problem concerns the dual challenge it faces in relation to its survival as a sovereign and independent state and the sectarian strife that may afflict almost everyone in the country.

The dirty sectarian scenario that is unfolding in Iraq will definitely lead the country to the same tragic path in which Syria has found itself so long as mentalities of darkness prevalent in the Middle Ages continue governing the country.

There is an inherent link between sectarianism and corruption. Terrorism emanates and prospers when these two evils join forces.

The two evils – sectarianism and corruption – are the main reason for imploding the country and turning it into one of the most backward in the world.

Iraq exists because it is still able to export oil and in large quantities. But while oil has turned desert countries into oases like the United Arab Emirates and Qatar and turned Iran into a regional superpower, it has so far been a curse for Iraq and the main reason behind its rampant corruption and horrifying sectarian strife.