Iraq’s Problems Go Beyond Maliki

By Mustafa al-Kadhimi for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

This is not the first time that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has been accused of being a dictator. For more than a year, senior politicians have been leveling this charge, long before it ever rung out as the defining chant of the demonstrations in Anbar and other Sunni cities.

Assessing the interplay of accusations between Iraqi political parties is a highly sensitive task. It must be approached cautiously and credibility must be granted sparingly due to the escalation in the nature of the accusations, having started with corruption, terrorism and subordination to foreign countries, and ending with dictatorship.

The latter charge is never leveled independent of the other accusations. This reveals a systematic flaw inherent in the Iraqi state structure which facilitates this interchange of accusations and in turn could lead to major crises.

The mistakes, which first plagued the establishment of the political system in Iraq in 2003, are part of a century-long legacy of mismanagement in Iraq. It is a burdensome legacy whose blunders, stumbles, and uncertainties culminated in Maliki assuming executive powers in 2006. This occurred in tumultuous circumstances when large areas of Iraq were under the sway of al-Qaeda or armed militias, not to mention the U.S. military presence and the vagaries accompanying its operations in Iraq that year.

2 Responses to Iraq’s Problems Go Beyond Maliki

  1. Lorenzo February 4, 2013 at 8:17 pm #

    It is a shame that Iraqi citizens dies at the hand of Iraqi army again. So, yes I understand the Anbar wrath. The history repeats itself and this time against the Sunnis in Anbar.

    It must be incompetency at the highest level when the heart of the Iraqi country, it’s oil will be mostly sold to Chinese interests and Iranians middle-men.

    Is it so difficult to understand the american and other international IOC’s reasons for not investing in Iraq and choosing Kurdistan? Is it so difficult to agree in the Parliament to something? With so many laws pending and no willingnes to compromise and agree to anything?

  2. james February 7, 2013 at 6:01 pm #

    The security of contract and the security in general is alot better in Kurdistan than Iraq which is why the western companies flock to Erbil. You only have to wonder why the IOC’s are all wishing to leave their concessions in Iraqs south.

    Dealing with the SOC and inherent corrupt practices and lack of infrastructure is crippling the oil majors who could progress so much faster if left to their own devices. In many cases the production levels they were given were false which is why all the fields have negotiated lower plateau levels. Im sure they wish they had waited 5 years before diving headlong into Iraq.