Monday, June 21, 2004

 

Background – Prospects of the Interim Government

The coalition’s first attempt at “constructing” an Iraqi government was the Iraqi Governing Council (IGC). This was a total failure! Within weeks of its conception, the IGC was rejected by ordinary people. The present interim government was born out of the IGC.

Having said that, there are many Iraqis who seem to be willing to give the present government a chance…but apparently not all of them are willing to do that; violence has been on the rise recently!

The only possible solution to this stalemate situation in Iraq is to deprive violent people of their base of popular support which allows them to operate freely at present. This can only be achieved if the average Iraqi sees the government (interim or otherwise) as legitimate. But no government “engineered” by the occupying power will be seen as legitimate!

So, unfortunately, I can only see the present cycle of violence continuing. The “invited” multi-national forces after June 30th will try to bring the situation under control through the use of force. This will naturally lead to further popular resentment.

There was a time when the US administration could have won over the “hearts and minds” of the people through the demonstration of good will and good intentions!
But after a year of mistakes, criminal incompetence, ill-intentions and bad behavior, the US army is seen by most Iraqis as an “enemy” and as an occupying force. The political blunders of the IGC and the stink of the prisoner abuse episode… all have left the USA administration with too little credibility for the people to accept any declaration of good intentions with good will.

The US administration has “missed” an opportunity of historic proportions to improve this part of the world and to improve the way many people regard America. Most people who were suspicious of American intentions in Iraq, have now been proven correct!

The sad result is that any new scheme or policy will only be viewed with a great deal of skepticism to say the least.


Comments:
Yes, there have been many mistakes. Almost all of them were made by the Iraqis. They made a mistake by looting their own records and schools and hospitals, etc. They made a mistake by not reporting bombers and shooters. They made a mistake by demanding perfection immediately while passively waiting for someone else to do it. They made a mistake by not helping the Americans to help them. But eventually, even Iraqis can learn, I hope.
 
When was that " golden hour" in which we could have won hearts and minds? I was not there so I relied on news reports of the never ceasing attacks on the coalition. The coalition arrived in Baghdad, the statue came down, people were cheering. We in the US thought we had bought liberation to your people. Should we have left then, while the Hussein family was alive and well, just hiding? Should we have left while Iraqis were unable to protect the national treasures? Should we have not tried to rebuild your country and just left it to the Iraqi people to reopen schools, rebuild your infrastructure. Why did Iraqis turn on the coalition?
Why did they kill our troops that came to save them?
Distrust is the most likely answer. Iraqis, after the initial euphoria, could not trust us to help you rebuild and improve your country before we left. How would selection of a type of government or election of that government occured if you were left alone? Would al Sadr and his militia protect you and give you an open and free government. Would the Baathists support a free government. You speak of puppet government not being legitimate and therefore unable to function. Who among the Iraqis had the experience in governing without a little help from people who had experience. One American, PB, worked with Iraqis to help them. The Iraqis in the provisional government selected Iraqis to lead until elections. How would you suggest it to be done differently? I understand foreigners on your soil in any type of power is not the most desirable situation
and we would not like that in America. I do think it is possible to work together for the best possible solution. My question to the Iraqis is "are you, a proud people willing to accept help and guidance from a nation who has helped before as in Germany and Japan to help people of a nation to come together in peace and rebuild the country and all of its institutions"?
 
...I don't agreee with your conclusions. It now appears Saddam did have a post-war plan, to cause ongoing chaos. I suppose this is the fault of the U.S. eh? Remember,

- Iraqis didn't topple THEIR evil ruler
- Iraqis are responsible for the deaths of millions (Iran, Kuwait, own people)
- Iraqis looted their own country and turned it into chaos

While we're trying to bring security and democracy:

- we don't know the language
- we don't know the culture
- we didn't know about Saddams post-war plans

Sorry, but Iraqis share responsibility in the problems you have. I suppose it is just easier to do nothing, be a 'victim' and blame the U.S. - isn't that what Saddam always did?
 
First off, I have to compliment you on even allowing comments. Most USA haters do not allow comments.

Secondly, I have to echo the sentiments of my fellow countrymen. America became a free nation because the inhabitants wanted a free nation, and won it. Now Americans have given Iraqis the choice of having a free nation or one like Syria, the Saudis, or Libya have, run by brutal dictatorships, or by religious fanatics. We gave you the choice, and it is time the Iraqi people stand up to the terrorists, turn them over to IP, and get on with building a prosperous democratic country! And stop whining about a few incidents at Abu Graib! At least they were taking better care of the thugs than Saddam did!
 
Thanks for taking the trouble to publish your blogs. I agree with many of your critiques, and am no fan of the Bush administration in general. It's also quite understandable that Iraqis would be fed-up and angry at the continuing problems. However, the thoughts expressed in some of these responses are also true.

There never was a golden age of LOVE and TRUST between Iraqis and Americans. Our soldiers in the so-called Sunni Triangle were under constant attack from the start. It seems that Saddam's boys had other ideas for Iraq -- cutting power and water through attacks on infrastructure were one. A steadily growing pile of bodies -- both foreign and Iraqi -- through bombings, assassination and sheer thuggery, was another. This is your home-grown, 100% Iraqi Political Solution. If you resent the solutions being imposed, in an admittedly ham-handed and incompetent way, by Americans I must ask you: do you prefer the home-grown, 100% Iraqi Political Solution instead?

You make excellent points about political parties needing time to grow, of institutions of democracy needing time and breathing space. And I infer from your many thoughtful remarks that you would make the necessary logical connection between that need for time and breathing space and the need for security and the rule of law. Well, your home-grown 100% Iraqi political operatives with the bombs will have none of that! Their whole strategy is based around keeping you fearful and miserable. It seems they are succeeding brilliantly.

America has made many mistakes in Iraq. It's no surprise what happened in Agu Graib, just look at America! Here, we have 2 million prisoners locked away in hellholes where rape, torture and anamalistic brutality are everyday occurrences. Some of it perpetrated by the guards, (and here I'll reference the staged Glatiator Duels at Corcoran State in California, Google it up if you want to vomit). But, and I say BUT, it should be noted that the population at Abu Graib under the American idiots was 5,000, while under the Saddam idiots it was 50,000. You see, my argument boils down to a 'lesser of two evils' thing. I wish I could offer more hope. I wish I could expect more from American politicians, and I wish you could as well. But we do the best we can, don't we?
 
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I find it interesting to note the Americans that have commented have said that, essentially : You are too stupid to understand democracy, you are ungrateful for being occupied and that you have brought this mess upon yourselves. Nothing to do with them! You owe them big time for their efforts.(As if you asked them to take over.)

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Makes you think, huh?

--Bruno--
 
"or by religious fanatics."
The united states is run by a religious fanatic: George W. Bush is nothing more than a HARDCORE CHRISTIAN MORON.
 
After reading all the comments I offer this one. Germany and Japan did not have a national religion as an issue, like Islam, to contend with in their endeavor to help rebuild those nations. The situation in Iraq presents a more specific and specialized challenge, which does not begin and end with brick and mortar, but begin and end with ideology - Islam. The allied powers left Germany and Japan physically and ideologically beaten nations as a starting point, to say nothing of their religious preference. The Iraqi people start with dignity and continue, no matter what, with that same dignity (you call it pride) whether they get help from the U.S., from some other source, or from no source at all save Allah. Is it that assisting a nation with a different religious view (Islam) and a different political preference other than democracy (Islam) too much challenge to give serious bothers? Is America to proud to admit that this Iraqi rebuilding project is much more than one nation (U.S.) can handle effectively? Alternatively, should the U.S. seek the assistance and the scholarly, religious advice of Muslim imams in this rebuilding project, in addition to brick and mortar engineers, so as to make sure the means of governing are not a residual of occupation, and one that the people are accustomed too? Or, does that sound too much like right?
 
Seems Iraq would need to become a Constitutional Republic, not a Democracy in order to survive as a nation and for the minorities to have a voice. America is supposed to be a Constitutional Republic, not a Democracy. The founding fathers of America didn't want a Democracy because they felt that a Democracy would lead to tyranny and despotism. They might have had a point. Seems that almost everyone has long since forgotten what America is supposed to be, including its leaders.
 
When will this end

Iraqi Police Find 87 Bodies in 24 Hours
 
I'm very sorry things are so bad in Iraq. In America all they do is argue if invasion was a good or bad thing but most of this is people who hate or support Bush arguing with each other.

No one really understands how complex the situation is in Iraq. I don't think the US knew what to do after Sadaam fell and they did not develop a good plan. When a dictator falls, even a bad person like Sadaam, all sorts of groups flood in and try to fight for power and it can be very scary and chaotic for the people who live there.

I wish I could help but all I can think to do is pray for your country to become safe, happy and stable.
 
Making the World Safe for Hypocrisy

Why are we in Iraq? First we were told it was because Saddam had WMD and we could expect mushroom clouds over American cities if he were allowed to stay in power; then the goal was getting rid of a brutal dictator who gassed his own people and by the way has a "blood feud" with America; the latest rationale is that we are bringing democracy to a troubled part of the world.

The rad-con democracy domino theory is that Iraq will become a shining example of representative democracy in the Middle East that all its neighbors will desire to emulate. Yet, despite a couple of elections; this utopia seems further away than ever.

Meanwhile, back here in the USA, the Bush administration is quietly choking off funding to the primary organizations that are actually training Iraqis on how to set up and run democratic political parties, elections, and governments. Is this hypocrisy?

"The commitment to what the president of the United States will say every single day of the week is his number one priority in Iraq, when it's translated into action, looks very tiny," said Les Campbell, who runs programs in the Middle East for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, known as NDI.(see link to story in title) Apparently, there has been no response to these reports from the White House.

It appears that military and security spending is cutting back the only legitimate pro-democracy efforts America is conducting in Iraq. This is just the latest example of the Bush administration's failure to put the money where its mouth is. If we really want to know what politicians value, we need to find out what programs they fund and which they cut.

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I heard something not good that had happened in Iraq.
 
I don't like those politics which are very dirty.
 
But all way in politics are dirty.
 
Because of pride there's a war.
 
It depends on the leaders who posses it.
 
Well, that really not good.


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