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American troop withdrawal from Iraq: an undemocratic Iraq with disarray among its population. Part II

Kurdishaspect.com - By Rauf Naqishbendi

American troop withdrawal from Iraq by the end of this year will leave Iraqis on their own. Should this withdrawal allow a great desolation to ensue or rather leave behind security and prosperity, that will be the destiny the Iraqis will have to choose. Iraq is one of the most difficult countries in the world due to its geographic location and demographic makeup. Mistakenly, America thought Western democracy was an ultimate resolution to Iraq’s shortcomings, which is a common American prescription for all ailing nations. In Iraq it was tried and has miserably failed. Thus, when the American troops depart, they leave behind an undemocratic and chaotic Iraq.

An adaptation of Western democracy in Iraq was considered by former President George W. Bush to be a panacea for Iraq’s social, economic, and political predicaments. Western democracy has been America’s experience for more than two centuries with a blessed outcome. As has been said, however, one size doesn’t fit all, so one could not be sure that replicating the American system would work for Iraq as well. To this end, we need to examine the electorate and the elected and their capacities to fashion a democratic system.

THE ELECTORATE: The threads that makeup the fabric of Iraq’s population is the wrath of its founder upon the Iraqi people. Historically, the harmony among these threads has been nonexistent, and their animosities toward one another will be heightened after the American withdrawal, which will consequently threaten the existence of Iraq as a republic and plunge it into disintegration in the fault line of the fabric of its population. This will result in devastating bloodshed beyond every historical precedent. The future of Iraq and its sovereignty as a country is questionable. Judging by the past animosity among Iraq’s ethnic and religious groups, a peaceful Iraq with a harmonious population is far beyond a reasonable doubt.THE 

ELECTED: From the Arab side, those who came to power were all Shiites who had defected to Iran during Saddam’s regime, were indoctrinated by the Iranian Ayatollahs, and were sent back to Iraq with the Ayatollahs’ sponsorship. From the Kurdish side, they were Talabani and Barzani, whose hands are indelibly painted with the blood of tens of thousands of Kurds who felt victim to their decades of power struggle. These two shameless leaders are arrogant and unremorseful, not realizing (or admitting) their past crimes and acting as if it never happened. So what has this phony democracy and forced voting process accomplished? It was well intended, meaning to propel power sharing in a way that would disenfranchise none and satisfy all, but it didn’t happen.

Iraq is in a sad state: It is located among three of the most hostile nations in the world, Turkey Syria, and Iran, and its own ethnic and religious groups have a lack of common ground due to their own rigid prejudice, blind pride, and uncompromising demands, that is, that each has the power individually. Neither the Sunnis nor the Shiites will accept second place, and both are against not only Kurdish independence, but also an autonomous Kurdish region within federated Iraq. 

The dilemma stalking Iraq’s hope for unity and security is the lack of Iraqi’s identity; for Iraq is a phony and artificial country. Its foundation was engineered by old English architecture post World War I without any regard for its inhabitants. They created a country whereby it is impossible to agglutinate the parts that make up its population, parts that are far distant from one another culturally, religiously, and ethnically. This has left Iraqis with grave consequences, making Iraqi identity utterly trivial. This has also resulted in Iraqi Shiites being more Shiite and Kurds more Kurdistani than being Iraqi. The only group that considers themselves to be Iraqi are the Sunnis, who demands to be the dominant power without power sharing, as has happened since the formation of Iraq and was uninterrupted until the American invasion.

The British superpower’s architects who designed the framework for this “banana republic” were cruel by all means. Then, recently, came the American superpower, invading and promising a democratic Iraq. America should have being cognizant that Iraq’s problems were not a lack of democracy but rather Iraq’s faulty foundation. Instead of promoting Western democracy, it should have facilitated the division of Iraq into at least two countries. 

Prior to Mr. Obama’s presidency, his vice president, Joseph Biden, then a powerful senator, was a leading advocate for dividing Iraq into two countries, but that advocacy faded away once the Obama-Biden ticket made it to the White House. Instead, the U.S.’s answer was to exit Iraq, which will eventually pan out by the end of this current year. The invasion of Iraq would have been a right remedy to Saddam’s injustice if Iraq were to be split, this predicated upon an American and international committee to manage and provide oversight to the two new countries. 

The Western democracy which former President George W. Bush promised Iraq turned into a false promise right from the outset. America committed the paramount sin of allowing the exiled Iraqi Shiite leaders to return to Iraq, for these leaders were puppets of the Iranian regime. They are as fanatic as their counterparts in Iran, and they will transform Iraq into an Islamic republic like that of Iran. 

America entered Iraq knowing its defective foundation. By redrawing the map and dividing Iraq on the line of its natural landmarks, its two main ethnic groups, Kurds and Arabs, would have been rightly granted their own countries. Instead, Iraq was left intact. In its current shape, Iraq is a banana republic and a hodgepodge country and is destined to be ruined. The American troop withdrawal from Iraq will leave Iraqis to their vices. This will result in an impending calamity that will rain upon the Iraqi people an unforgettable human catastrophe to be recorded for all history.  Rauf Naqishbendi is a contributing columnist for Kurdishaspect.com, Kurdistantribune.com, American Chronicle, Kurdishmedia.com(2003-2011), ekur.net,ikjknews.com  and has written Op/Ed pages for the Los Angeles Times. His memoirs entitled "The Garden Of The Poets", recently published. It reads as a novel depicting his experience and the subsequent 1988 bombing of his hometown with chemical and biological weapons by Saddam Hussein.  It is the story of his people´s suffering, and a sneak preview of their culture and history.  Rauf Naqishbendi is a software engineer in the San Francisco Bay Area. ISBN: 978-1-4626-0187-5 ( get The (Zoftcover) ($7.95) Link: http://www.publishamerica.net/product41368.html  Comments are welcome at rxa12@yahoo.com

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