Iraq Press Roundup

By HIBA DAWOOD, UPI Correspondent  |  April 2, 2008 at 4:02 PM
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The independent Kitabat Newspaper in an editorial Wednesday commemorated the five-year mark of the Iraq invasion and the fall of the Baathist government, which happened through "occupying" or some say "liberating" Iraq.

The editorial, titled "Images for Iraq for the fifth year of the Baathist government fall," said that Saddam Hussein's government used the most crucial ways and violations against people of Iraq and against social components.

The human-rights abuse Saddam committed made him the first leader of a government that used internationally prohibited weapons against the people of his county.

"Saddam Hussein and his behaviors is a substantial reason for the presence of the U.S. troops in Iraq and the region. … The chaos spread in the country due to the occupation of Iraq has resulted in damaging it and giving the neighboring countries the chance to interfere and causing more damage," it said.

It added that Iraqi politicians were able to avoid the mistakes that were committed by the occupation forces, but they instead turned Iraq into a "filtering" ground and challenging battlefield for local, regional and international powers.

It said that such challenges among Iraqi politicians have brought international terrorism to Iraq and resulted in the birth of the sectarian militias.

"The occupier's policy has helped in creating the basics to political sectarianism through the building of the Provincial Council that put Iraq in miseries hard to overcome," it said.

The paper said it has been five years for the occupation and it is still unclear what the United States wants for and from Iraq while there is no mention of the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who were killed in sectarian and terrorism cleansing, the several millions of others who fled their homes, or the million widows who are left alone taking care of families.

On the fifth anniversary of the fall of Saddam's government, and after what has been done to Iraq and its people, it is important to highlight the fact that the Iraqi national state hasn't been born yet, and that there are many obstacles set up by some political blocs in the current government that challenge its existence, it said.

Kitabat Newspaper said that the "improvement" in the security situation needs to be provided by local services and jobs, two factors that affect stability of life and society.

It added that members of the Iraqi Parliament have been away from Iraqis' daily problems and crises when the national powers should present realistic applicable projects.

"Some powers in the Iraqi government promote the civil war projects through provocative statements they use deeply affecting the Iraqi people," it said.

The paper added that the new Iraqi state has to be built without avenging Iraqis, inconsiderate of the term "majority," unfocused on giving an oppressed sect that suffered in the past more power and should not use identities.

It said Iraqis have discouraged the calls for divisions, a reality that reflects the nature of Iraqis that will lead to a new vision for a sociopolitical dialogue and activation of national reconciliation.

The paper also said there is a need for steps that may lift the pain, injustice and suffering from the people and find solutions considering the wealth of Iraq to provide at least job opportunities.

It said that the militias should be prohibited from infiltrating the government to prevent them taking control over the decisions, as well as a decrease of tribal roles and their submission to the Iraqi people's values, and fighting the gangsters and administrative corruption.

The editorial urged the Marjiits (religious references) to keep religion away from politics and not let politicians use their names and influence to gain the support of the public.

It added that five years after the fall of Saddam's Baathist government, Iraq looks open to all international and regional possibilities to carry out their struggles in it.

"Iraq now is similar to a strange plant in the Arab region; the region that worries of a stability and development of Iraq. … Some regional countries, each according to their interests, try to create obstacles in the path of transformational Iraq," it said.

Kitabat Newspaper concluded that Iraq is a rich image that varies, it has a history of people who insist on its unity as people intermarried and mixed with its various components, speak many different languages, and that the people of Iraq all own a huge wealth that could transform the country.

"Even with the miseries Iraqis go through, they are still able to draw a unique image for Iraq, an image that differs than the one drawn by its enemies and those envious," it said.

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