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Azzaman, Iraq

Iraqi Democracy has Been 'Assassinated'


"Democracy has been assassinated and its fiery light extinguished through what has happened and is happening among political blocs that have imposed and set themselves above Constitution, the law and first and foremost, the people’s will and the results of the elections."


By Abdul Sattar Ramadan


Translated By Nicolas Dagher


August 21, 2010


Iraq - Azzaman - Original Article (Arabic)

A secret letter said to have been sent by President Obama to Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani may signal quickly-waning U.S. influence over events in the country - and a desperation.


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Without quibbling or sugar coating, the true picture of Iraq's situation can be clearly seen in the daily lives of its citizens, who begin their days with a long series of crisis stemming from a lack of essential services, a deteriorating security situation and corruption, which is eating its way through Iraq's society and body politic. But most important of all is the loss of any sense of hope that things will improve or that the dream born on the 9th of April 2003 - that democracy and freedom would bring Iraqis a dignified life and a promising future - will ever materialize.


The way things have gone for the past seven years and what has happened to this stricken people is starkly reflected by the crisis over forming a new government - a Gordian knot, not only for the politicians and Iraqi political parties, but for the entire international community and especially the U.S. administration, which appears to be stumbling over its policies and decision.


The public report issued by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and submitted to the U.N. Security Council on the responsibilities of the U.N. mission to provide assistance to Iraq, the situation in the country and the living conditions of the Iraqi people, the fourth such report submitted in accordance with paragraph six of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1883, dealt with the most recent information on activities undertaken by the U.N. in Iraq. Moon's report provided a summary of key political developments, in addition to the regional and international events related to Iraq. The report also provided an update on the activities undertaken U.N. Special Representative in Iraq Ad Melkert, as well as operational and security issues.


But despite the reports great length (61 paragraphs), it failed to address the fundamental issue - the crisis over forming a government. Instead, the report merely expresses concern and informs political leaders of the need to form a new government. The report demonstrates the weakness of the U.N. role in Iraq, since instead of emphasizing the key issue that the U.N. is supposed to be addressing - particularly since Iraq is still under the provisions of Chapter VII of the U.N. Charter which gives the Security Council a central role regarding many issues in Iraq - the report instead emphasized the need for Iraq to undertake it's obligations toward Kuwait. [regarding reparations for Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait].


The worsening situation in Iraq was also highlighted by a secret message said to have been sent by U.S. President Obama to Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. In an attempt to break the political gridlock, President Obama reportedly urged Sistani to convince Iraq's feuding politicians to form a new government without delay. The fact that neither White House officials nor Sistani's representatives will confirm or deny the existence of such a letter shows that the U.S. administration is losing influence over Iraq's political leaders, and has begun seeking to put leverage on other centers of power, which the Americans think can better influence the rapidity of forming a new government.  





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Between the public report of the U.N. Secretary and Obama’s secret letter, we can see how dismal and complex Iraq's situation has become. And this, despite the fact that the Iraqi people have done what has been asked of them, standing up against threats, terrorism and all the enemies of the new Iraq, having participated in their millions by voting on the Constitution and in the first and second National Assembly elections. Sadly, however, the political class hasn't stepped up to offer an equal measure of sacrifice and abide by the choices made by Iraqis through their ballots.


Democracy has been assassinated and its fiery light extinguished through what has happened and is happening among political blocs that have imposed and set themselves above Constitution, the law and first and foremost, the people’s will and the results of the elections.


Is there any country in the world, five months after the results of an election have been announced, where its leaders are still negotiating? Meanwhile, the Iraqi people are living in 122-degree temperatures without water or electricity. Allah only knows what they could possibly be discussing at this late hour - and what are they attempting to agree upon.



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