Opinion and Editorial

Mayhem in Iraq

Filed on October 30, 2012

There is no respite for the people of Iraq; their country seems to be relapsing into the abyss of perpetual bomb attacks. In fact, the deteriorating security situation in Iraq is an eerie reminder of the gory sectarian conflict of 2005-2006.

The recent festival of Eid Al Adha brought in more unrest in the country, where political stability has been teetering ever since the departure of the coalition forces last year. On Saturday, at least 30 people were killed and dozens were injured in a series of attacks across Iraq. Two bombs struck neighbourhoods in Baghdad and one exploded near the capital on a bus carrying pilgrims. And that’s not all. In the northern city of Mosul, gunmen barged into several homes, leaving many dead.

This latest incident of violence closely follows a series of heinous attacks that have plagued Iraq in the recent months. Just six days ago, four car bombs exploded simultaneously in the capital, killing four and injuring 11. Last month, Iraqis witnessed some of the deadliest offensives since the fall of the Saddam regime. On September 30, multiple coordinated attacks stretching from Kirkuk in northern Iraq to the southern town of Kut killed at least 26 and injured 94 , whil more than a 100 people died on September 9 as a result of coordinated attacks across the country.

The rising incidence of bomb attacks in Iraq has paralleled the rising political rifts in the fragile democratic government. The ineptness of the fractious Iraqi government is clear; it has failed to exercise its control violence and exercise its writ. There’s a real danger that Iraq will become the ungovernable in the future, as local forces continue to squabble and compete in the power vacuum left by the exit of the coalition troops.

The situation in Iraq, in fact, is a gloomy indicator of what Afghanistan might look like in the future, after the US troop withdrawal plan kicks in during 2014. One thing is for sure: the West’s dream of building peaceful post-conflict democracies in Iraq and Afghanistan has failed.

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