الخميس، 21 أغسطس، 2014

Iraq Needs American Help



By : Basim Mohammad Habeeb
       Since the very beginning of the latest crisis in Iraq which began after the control by ISIS over large areas in the north and west of Iraq, the united
states is still reluctant to provide military assistance to Iraq. This raises a question as to why the united states is adopting this position and whether this areas from annoyance on the part of American administration of the conduct of Iraq politicians and their unsuccessful management of the domestic affairs in the country or out of American fears of getting involved in an open internal Iraqi conflict in addition to many reasons that can be proposed as answer to such a question.
       Yet despite the plausibility of some of the reasons mentioned from a political point of view , the matter does not seem so from a moral and strategic perspective because Iraq needs an urgent American intervention.
       History strikes us with a significant fact that the country throughout its long history had gone through big crises and they were not solved by internal efforts of Iraqi political powers but eventually by foreign mediation and power. This applies in particular to the problems that the political arena had witnessed over the past ten years. Thanks to American intervention, many internal problems and crises could be solved. Besides what necessitates the American intervention even when we take into account the view that indicates that ISIS consists of a limited number of insurgents fighting against Iraqi government is the fact that this terrorist group in light of the big capabilities and means it possesses is able to dissolve all other powers to become part of it , subjecting them to its own approach or forcing them to follow its orders and directives sooner or later , particularly if this conflict continues for a long time such that the less extremist forces could gradually disappears and become part of this network. In addition the presence of  ISIS inside Iraq for a long time would create sectarian tension on an unprecedented level not only in Iraq but also in the whole region because its extreme Islamist ideology contradicts with that of other religions and sects there a matter which leads to the eruption of religious and sectarian wars that may cross the borders of Iraq especially after ISIS's push to demolish holy shrines, mosques and churches viewed by their followers as holy religious symbols as well as its threats to demolish the remaining ones as soon as it could reach them.
       This attitude may bring back to the scene the civil war scenario which took place after demolishing the Askari Imam shrine in Samara sanctified by Shia. The danger also lies in the fact that ISIS can use Iraqi oil to perform its agenda through exporting it via the black market as happened in Syria a matter which would enable it to recruit more people and create a big arsenal of arms that would enable it to finance organized attacks in the west and to invade entire countries including the Arab Gulf states viewed by ISIS as easy targets in the light of the presence of potential supporters of its ideology. The ISIS led campaign inside Iraq may also increase regional intervention in Iraq internal affairs where each regional power would side with one party or the other and this , in turn , would make Iraq an arena for revenge between these countries and they would gradually nullify the will of Iraqi parties and may hinder reaching a peaceful settlement unless it serves the interest of these countries.
       The most important point that makes American intervention quite necessary more than that of any other power is the feeling by Iraqi political powers that American has abandoned the Iraqi political experiment a matter which could lead some of these powers whether those participating in the political process or those outside it to attempt to foil the process and establish an alternative experiment that departs from the guidelines identified in the original one.
       So America has to interfere to save Iraq and Iraqi people from the serious risks surrounding them or all the efforts exerted for building a democratic model in Iraq could break down. If America chose the latter stand , it would make the enemies of the democratic course in Iraq happy and make them more inclined to shed the blood of Iraqis , harming its national integrity and dividing it.                  


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