OPINION: A dream of Iraqi democracy in ruins. The analyst described what was happening in the country

A sad day for Iraqis

Abdulrazaq first voted in the December 2005 elections, but abroad, in London, where his father once fled for fear of persecution by Saddam’s regime. He was skeptical of the vote, but his father insisted, but did not want to take the opportunity to express his views and believed that a new era of strong civic participation in politics would begin in Iraq, even though the country had always been a monarchy or presidential dictatorship.

I have not voted in the next Iraqi elections since“The analyst admits. He considers Sunday ‘s elections to be another sad day for many Iraqis, given the lousy 41% turnout.

Iraq has never won the democracy promised, instead a completely incompetent, highly corrupt and extremely violent monster has emerged in the country, disguised as democracy and only traumatizing the current generation, the expert believes. He notes that low turnout does not give politicians a broad mandate to govern, and that a governing coalition will only be painfully born.

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The blocs with the largest number of seats will be split and internally quarreled, the strongest of them being led by radical Shiite Islamist Muktada Sadr, who became famous for terrorist acts against Iraqi civilians and American soldiers, the author of the commentary warns. He explains that since the 2005 elections, there has been a quota system called muhasasa, which divides power along ethnic-sectarian lines, pitting Iraqis against each other, polarizing society and creating a sectarian environment full of persecution and murder.

As political elites argued over who would get which ministry (and more importantly, the ministry’s budget), they sought foreign patrons to support their plans., “Abdulrazaq continues. He adds that these were, of course, the United States and Iran.

Not only did the sectarian civil war of 2006-2008 – triggered by al-Qaeda attacks on Shiite mosques and Iran-backed execution squads killing Sunnis – almost irreparably dismantled local communities, but Iraq also became a representative battleground for Washington and Tehran, the analyst said. He adds that thanks to this, most elections were decided in advance.

Illusion of democracy

The muhasasa system produces weak governments, and guarantees that the prime minister will be a Shiite, President Kurd, and a Sunni parliament speaker, the expert outlines. He points out that no one can get a clear majority, so political parties split into an interest coalition led by either the United States or Iran, with these foreign powers deciding who will hold high office.

As a result, the infamous Dawa Shiite Islamist leader, Nouri Maliki, has held the office of prime minister or vice president for 12 years since 2006, although he is described as one of the main instigators of sectarianism in the country, the analyst points out. He emphasizes that this ideological madness is directly linked to the emergence of a Sunni radical Islamic state.

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It is therefore not surprising that a protest movement calling for an end to sectarianism, corruption and foreign interference took to the streets in 2019 and has been on the scene with breaks ever since, despite the covid-19 pandemic., “Abdulrazaq writes. He explains that brutal crackdowns on the movement, in which state security forces and Shiite militias – fearing they could lose their privileges – killed 600 protesters, have led to massive boycotts. Sunday elections.

The violence is driving people underground, news is spreading through new technologies and decentralized private networks that are constantly being reorganized for secrecy and security, the expert said. According to him, the poor turnout also shows that few Iraqis now believe in democracy, and certainly not in the military power established by the Americans and their allies in 2003.

The election thus underlined what is well known, namely that participation in the vote will only support the illusion of democracy, while a handful of elites will benefit and the rest of the country will continue to suffer, the author criticizes. He added that such deep systemic and structural problems, along with a lack of justice for the victims murdered by security forces and militias acting with complete impunity, condemn Iraqi policy to further decay and crumbling.

Abdulrazaq thus declares that his voice will no longer support a fake Iraqi democracy. At the same time, he believes that this desperate attitude is not unique among Iraqis.


Source: EuroZprávy.cz by eurozpravy.cz.

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