Aug 2 2013
By Fateh Abdulsalam
Azzaman, August 2, 2013
Statements abound these days in the country in which their authors openly express fears of a replication of the events in Syria.
These statements are not confined to experts, politicians, or security officials but even ordinary Iraqis voice them in their daily conversations.
Every group have their own reasons to be worried amid the upsurge in violence that has gripped the country recently.
But almost all of them would agree that there are so many parallels between what is happening in Syria and Iraq.
The crisis in Syria is characterized by the shedding of blood and non-stop fighting. Iraq’s crisis shares a lot of the features that categorize the conflict in Syria.
With so many characteristics in common, many feel today that it is extremely hard for Iraq to evade a scenario similar to the one currently taking place in Syria.
How can one not contemplate such a scenario when most of the fighting and attacks in both Syria and Iraq are carried out by the same group, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Islamic State in Syria; euphemistic terms that refer to al-Qaeda terror group.
Hardened by fighting U.S. occupation troops for many years, one should not forget that the Iraqi branch of al-Qaeda is much more powerful than its Syrian counterpart.
One cannot imagine what will become of Iraq if conditions aggravate and lead to a situation similar to the one in Syria.
What a black scenario awaits Iraq with a weakening and corrupt government and a terror group that is gaining more strength.
Repercussions of the war in Syria will impact every sector of life in the country because numerous Iraqi political factions and militia groups are involved in it.
There are parties who have strived to implicate Iraq in the war in Syria and they have succeeded.
Logistically, militarily and financially, the country is involved in what is happening in Syria.
In the absence of independent political pursuits on the part of the government, Iraq will remain a scapegoat of regional rivalries.
This post has already been read 567 times!