By Samir Sumaidaie (former Iraqi ambassador to the US and Iraqi Interior Minister), for the Atlantic Council.
In Washington, some believe that despite the protests in Iraq that began in early October and continue apace, the current Iraqi government should be supported and given help as it responds to the just demands of the protesters.
The reasons given range from: “What is the alternative? The devil you know is better than the devil you don’t” to “This is the constitutionally elected government, and challenging it risks chaos.”
That analysis might be convenient, but it is wrong. It does not take into account what has led to this explosion of public anger.
(Source: Atlantic Council)