Political prejudice and not prudence rules Iraq

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By Fatih Abdulsalam

Prejudice and self-interest have become the main factors in drawing up policies for Iraq and in determining the stands of various political groups on the ground as the country’s crisis deepens.

The situation, despite the risks it involves, drags on in the absence of adherence to the constitution, which itself has become a point of dispute. This is quite obvious in the differences between the Kurdish region and the central government in Baghdad, which have defied all attempts at reaching a compromise.

What is happening in Iraq is weird and incredible. Its politicians have turned their differences and political prejudices into a de facto situation in which every party persistently stick to their own interests and privileges, rejecting a negotiated settlement or middle-ground solution.

The interests Iraqi political factions are not willing to reconsider are not legitimate as they were obtained when the country was under U.S. administration and when the notorious U.S. civil administrator Paul Bremer was the de facto ruler.

As the country was in the throes of civil war, the factions fought their way to establish their privileges rather than working for national unity.

Conditions in Iraq are so grave that no political group or wise man is capable of handling one single issue in the so many files that are indicative of political deterioration.

The parliament seems to be ineffective and cannot execute one of its basic functions – legislation. The parliament’s inefficiency is the result of the differences driving its various political blocs apart.

After so many years of political failures, it is naïve to believe that a solution, whether from inside or outside the country, is in the horizon.

Iraq is in a stagnated quagmire, which erupts now and then in the form of bombs, assassination and liquidation.

Nonetheless, no one can expect the next elections to bring about results or transformations outside the framework of personal convictions which have for so long undermined the country’s national interests.

A change is only to come if new conditions are made available through guarantees and oversight from international bodies like the Security council.