The political administration of this country is passing through a stage unseen in the historic record of any nation. It is such an odd situation in fact, that one could reasonably charge that none of Iraq’s politicians are worthy to rule. In fact, it seems quite clear that it is they that need someone to rule over them.
Just look at our Parliament. One bloc decides to suspend its participation. Another block boycotts all meetings. And yet another chooses to resume sessions although quite a few lawmakers are so careless that in any case, they don’t bother to attend.
The government is in disarray. Some ministers have withdrawn, and others are negotiating the price at which they might be persuaded to stay. Some ministers have even linked their own participation in the government to whether or not the religious clerics they hold as saints are pleased with them.
One vice president is angry with the government. The other recants statements that he made on the record, after saying that the government is useless.
The President and Prime Minister of the republic have yet to comment on the disorder and chaos taking place in their own house. The job of the two seems to have been reduced to instating policies of appeasement.
One Member of Parliament accuses one ministers of murder. Another minister is alleged to be cooperating with “terrorists.” Yet another minister flees to Washington.
The Prime Minister’s office is busy trying to appease militia groups that U.S. forces would like to target … an eventuality that the Prime Minister’s office seems keen to prevent.
And the nations Committee for Pubic Integration, which was to introduce some form of government transparency and accountability, is all but silent, mostly due to the fact that as the entire country is being professionally looted, it can no longer cope with the scale of the corruption.
Another committee created to revise the Constitution – an important step toward reconciliation – is in an embarrassing position: Despite the fact that the country is imploding, none of the influential political factions represented on the committee is prepared to compromise.
Iraqi politicians are caught in a vicious circle and are completely out of touch with the reality.
Hapless Iraqis now live under the constant threat of terror, deceit, evacuation, death, murder and kidnapping at the hands of terrorist gangs and bloody militias.
And the unfortunate truth is that left to themselves, our political leaders are powerless to help.