Deadlock Breeds Despair in Iraq
While commentators around the world weigh in with varying opinions on Iraq's continuing political impasse, one common reaction from Iraqis is angry despair.
The prospect of progress was scuttled once again today when Iraq's top legislator postponed a parliamentary session meant to break the deadlock.
"Our government is fast asleep, snoring over pillows filled with ostrich feathers and if it wakes up - and that is a big if - it immerses itself in soft and luxurious armchairs," writes Jamal Mudhafar in today's edition of Azzaman, a Baghdad daily.
"It is simply oblivious to the suffering of the Iraqi people gripped by one deadly crisis after another," he says. "The nation is reeling from pain and the government looks on as a bystander. It has fortified itself within the Green Zone (U.S. military and civil headquarters in Iraq), distancing itself from the tragedies, calamities and disasters afflicting the Iraqi people."
The country is falling "into the abyss," writes another Azzaman columnist, Jassem Murad. "There is nothing in store for Iraqis but more bloodshed as this horrific scenario unfolds."
Ayub Nuri, a Kurdish journalist who recently returned to Baghdad for the first time in two years, writes on Iraq for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting. "The shocking reality is that people vanish into their homes in the early afternoon," writes Nuri. "Many do not have drinking water or electricity. Women give birth at home because of the curfew. Dozens of bodies are found everyday. Garbage piles up everywhere, and buildings are in the same shape as they were the day after the war."
Once hopeful that Iraq could be free and democratic, Nuri now says, "I now just want one thing: for Iraqi leaders to end the political rivalries that have made them forget the Iraqi people who voted for them. I want them to end their hypocrisy -- kissing one another on TV while unleashing their militias to kill each other on the streets."
Meanwhile, the deadlock goes on.
By Jefferson Morley |
April 17, 2006; 1:38 PM ET
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