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This scenario is falsely conceived despite other outlets following suit in pushing this narrative. Political events taking place in October reveal a much different story unfolding in Iraq. President Barham Salih was chosen in a different manneraway from the back room dealings, which defied the current norm of agreements between bloc leaders.
This was made possible through the votes of individual members of parliaments MPs and their convictions, rather than predetermined agreements taking place before MPs voted. The same day the president was selected, he designated Adil Abdul-Mahdia compromise candidate from both sides as prime minister.
After multiple governments formed, the political process is more stable than most analysts give credit. Nevertheless, while at the moment the political scene in Iraq is overwhelmed with the final steps of the government formation process, it is expected that any further escalation in Southern Iraq will trigger once more a burst of similar doomsday analysis.
Nobody can deny the influence of both Iran and the U. But while all the developments in Basra and other cities in the last month were worrisome, this does not mean that there will be another civil war in Iraq, whether it is between Shia or other factions of Iraq.
The issue with this type of analysis is that those pushing it insist on viewing all developments in Iraq in light of the rivalry between Iran and the U. Such an approach always misses the nuances and narrow interests and pursuits of the major players involved, which often do not fit with those of their supposed patrons.
This issue alone warrants labeling such analysis as flawed. More specifically, the assumptions that today there are clear-cut political axis representing the interests of Iran and the U. The government formation process, although not finalized yet, is clear proof that the competing political parties in Iraq have far more options than that of going to war with each other.
Another critical flaw with such analysis is that it does not take into consideration the role of the Marjaiya. Nevertheless, the situation would never get to the level of a civil war in the first place without the Marjaiya exercising all its leverage to prevent it.
While not all the Shia factions in question follow the Marjaiya of Najaf or even acknowledge it, they certainly respect its influence and are aware of the power it possesses. More importantly, even in the worst and most violent stages of the sectarian conflict in Iraq, it was never a full-blown civil war.
The country continued to have a political process and the majority of the Iraqi people despised the conflict and refused to take part in it. Despite the view of many analysts that the events of last October would be the major source of conflict that would lead to the next civil war in Iraq, it showed that bringing Kirkuk under federal control happened relatively peacefullyand that both sides worked hard to avoid any further armed conflict.
It is therefore very far-fetched that an internal war will erupt between the Shia themselves when sect and ethnicity failed to ignite such a war in the past between Iraqis from diverse backgrounds.
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We are not close to a resolution of their issue, but the objective observer has to acknowledge that the trend in Iraq is gradually towards limiting their influence, with the public and the religious authority supporting these efforts. The reality is that the Iraqi people are exhausted from war and want better services.
This demand unites the people from the north to the south. While there are better ways to achieve long-lasting changethe real reasons why people demonstrate in Basra are services and corruption, not just political grievances nor the craving for another conflict.
It is true that some actors want to capitalize on the demonstrations for political aspirations, and the violence might lead to a security vacuum which political factions or proxies will use to settle scores with rivals.
However, the original nature of the protests remains peaceful, and this is why it is vital to preserve their reformative and democratic nature and protect them from violence and under-the-belt politics.
There are, however, still a number of sources that help put both the Iraq War and the current state of Iraq into perspective. The Burke Chair has prepared a graphic overview of the key trends in the war, its cost in dollars and blood, the current state of security in Iraq, and key . The U.S. rationale for the Iraq War has faced heavy criticism from an array of popular and official sources both inside and outside the United States. Putting this controversy aside, both proponents and opponents of the invasion have also criticised the prosecution of the war effort along a number of lines. Just like the Times Magazine “The End of Iraq” cover that became a symbol of sensationalist journalism failure on Iraq in , there is a new wave of doomsday analysis that started to build up in August and September predicting a new war in Iraq, this time between different Shi’i factions.
The only war the demonstrations in Basra will lead to is a war against corruption and complacency of the political elite, and it is the only war the Iraqi people are willing to fight today.
As much as both Iran and the U. He is currently doing a PhD in Human Resource Management and is interested in politics, media, and development.Tens of thousands of people died fighting in the Iraq War, which began 15 years ago Tuesday.
Nearly 5, of them were U.S. service members. Tens of thousands were insurgents battling the.
Just like the Times Magazine “The End of Iraq” cover that became a symbol of sensationalist journalism failure on Iraq in , there is a new wave of doomsday analysis that started to build up in August and September predicting a new war in Iraq, this time between different Shi’i factions.
The Philosophy of War. Any philosophical examination of war will center on four general questions: What is war? What causes war? What is the relationship between human nature and war? The U.S. rationale for the Iraq War has faced heavy criticism from an array of popular and official sources both inside and outside the United States.
Putting this controversy aside, both proponents and opponents of the invasion have also criticised the prosecution of the war effort along a number of lines. Media ContactFor media inquires please contact [email protected] Updated Overview The Iraq Project at the Institute for the Study of War produces detailed publications that .
The following is a partial accounting of financial costs of the Iraq War by the United States and the United Kingdom, the two largest non-Iraqi participants of the multinational force in Iraq.