Some time ago I said that the celebration with the trumpets of the sovereignty of Iraq (with the notice of withdrawal of U.S. troops) seems to me a bad joke. Beyond the purely political statements of Prime Minister Malik, Iraqi authorities are unable to manage the ‘barrel of powder’ of country’s endowment. Security obviously cannot be. And yesterday proved it is very clear.
Conform Associated Press, “nearly simultaneous truck bombs struck Iraq’s Foreign and Finance ministries Wednesday as a wave of explosions killed at least 95 people, bringing the weaknesses of into sharp focus less than two months after U.S. forces withdrew from urban areas. It was the deadliest day of coordinated bombings since Feb. 1, 2008, when two killed 109 people at pet markets in Baghdad. More than 600 were wounded in Wednesday’s blasts”.
The horrible carnage shocked the Shiite-led government and dealt a devastating blow to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki‘s efforts to return Baghdad to normal and reinforce his chances in parliamentary elections in January. Moreover, American troops were seen in the situation of not being able to intervene only in the limits of agreement between the White House and Baghdad. U.S. transition teams assisted with security cordons, medics helped the wounded and explosives experts to clear areas of potential bombs. The White House described the attacks as “senseless violence” but the noted that they would not affect the US military’s plans to withdraw from by the end of 2011. Ok. And what will happen with Iraq? Will be an area of ongoing conflict and insecurity with implications not only locally. Who will manage and how?
- A interesting analysis about “Iraq – Endgame”, published by George Friedman – Stratfor, can read here.