Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Pessimism and insecurity in Iraq

There is a growing pessimism among the Iraqis concerning the security situation in their country. But it's up to them to work out a solution for their political and religious differences. No force can stop the daily massive killings if none of the armed factions opt for constructive dialog. This can partly be achieved if countries like Iran stop sheltering armed groups and giving them political support.

Iraqi and American forces can achieve little in a short time as long as insurgents have a surplus of suicide bombers, fearless of death and careless about those who fall victims to them.

The problem the US has in dealing with the security situation in Iraq is that it is facing insurgents whose leaders are elusive and with whom it has practically no direct talks. As it seems the US is in constant talks just with the Iraqi government with which it has differences from time to time. An example of this is its refusal to provide the Iraqi forces with more weapons as it was suggested by Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki.

The US administration is currently turning a deaf ear to international and internal demands about the security in Iraq. From within it is ignoring public protests and calls from the Congress for a pull-out. The complex situation in and around Iraq is making it difficult for the US administration to listen to anyone. It is simply following what its political agenda in the region dictates.

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