Despite the escalating violence in Iraq and the continuing killings until the number of people killed every day doesn’t matter anymore , an American expert on Iraqi issues committed and revealed an optimistic aside for the future of Iraq. Shafaq News /
He pointed out that Iraq's problems is not Prime Minister, Nuri al - Maliki , but by pursuing a strong central policy like Saddam Hussein , by a group of angry Shiites that surrounds al-Maliki .
“Iraq’s tunnel is long, but at the end there is a light, with this sentence Michael Knights, an expert at the Washington Institute for the Near East began his talk as he believes that after 20 years, Iraq will come out of this crisis, will be a leader , tolerant and open state”.
“A lot of media images about the problems of Iraq are exaggerated: many killings, but less than it was. Killing is not in Iraq only”.
Knights refuses to describe what is happening as a civil war , he says, "I was in Iraq during the most difficult years 2006 and 2007, but those were not years of civil war, Nor now. Though many Iraqis criticize the government of Nuri al -Maliki, now two factors remains: first, many political parties are keen to stay in parliament and in the government , secondly, the Kurds are not keen to enter into a military confrontation with the government in Baghdad. "
When asked about what al-Qaeda represents as a threat in light of escalating their attacks, Knights said "we did not withdraw all our troops from Iraq; we have withdrawn surveillance and espionage devices and stalking. We have withdrawn giant capabilities connecting satellites to what is happening on the ground, probably in every street in each house. Thus, we gave ( al-Qaeda) a chance to re- coordinate their activities , and continue to murder. Second reason is that (al -Qaeda) benefited from the popular anger on the government, anger at corruption, chaos and failure to provide services. Regardless of regional , sectarian and ethnic affiliations.
"The third reason is that (al -Qaeda) has increased its activity in neighboring Syria , and western Iraq became a center , not only to be killed there, but , also , to finance the killing in Syria."
Asked about it is probably of being the only one who seems optimistic about the future of Iraq , he replied, " do not miss understanding . Iraq is in a very difficult situation at the present time . , But I think that officials in Iraq will benefit from our mistakes in Iraq. After the invasion , we targeted Sunnis by the fact that the regime of Saddam Hussein’s system was Sunni basically . and merged between Sunni fighters and peaceful Sunnis. Here are Maliki’s government doing the same mistake and will arrive at where we are now. This is what I focus on. Not at the present time, but in the future. "
In response to the policies of Prime Minister, Nuri al-Maliki , Knights says "During our presence in Iraq , we say that the problem were not Saddam Hussein, as it was the Iraqi strong central regime. For this, we focused on decentralization , and for this we have set and develop in the Constitution. However, after we have withdrawn Maliki returned to Saddam Hussein's central strong (...) and surrounded himself with a group of angry Shiite that wasn’t for revenge. These groups controlled the nominations of the armed forces, courts and the central bank. "
He adds that “the core of Iraq's problems is no difference between Sunnis and Shiites, or Arabs and Kurds, But between centralization and decentralization. Between every region to rule itself and Baghdad controls Iraq strongly again, I would say that the Iraqis, someday, will choose decentralization.”
On the responsibility of the United States of what is happening in Iraq, Knights says "We are happy because we are out of Iraq. Our withdrawal is evidence that we were wrong? I prefer not to focus on the past, but avoid mistakes and focus on the merits “.
He added, "if not anything else, the decentralized Constitution that we have set, which I think solved Iraq's problems, as I told you . It is clear from your question that we deliberately forget about Iraq and expelled it from our memories after we came out of it. This was true during the past two years. But, here is the Minister of Foreign Affairs, John Kerry trying to put an end to this neglect, or forgetting. "
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