Is it fair to say that Iraq’s ‘Green Zone’ politicians, having come to power thanks to American military force, are now using Washington as a scapegoat for their own failure to get the nation back on its feet? According to columnist Abd al-Zahra al-Rukaby of Kuwait’s Al Qabas, Iraqi politicians are nothing but cowardly ‘sheep’ unable to make decisions without American help.
For Kuwait’s Al Qabas, Abd al-Zahra al-Rukaby starts out this way:
We all know why politicians in Baghdad’s Green Zone refer to America when it comes to each and every issue. Despite the fact that the U.S. has in fact withdrawn from Iraq and has therefore ended its occupation, such politicians are the first to behave as though there has been no withdrawal, blaming the United States for every problem and all the tension Iraq continues to experience. This is tacit recognition of the continuing and intrinsic importance of the United States.
These politicians go to Washington to receive its blessing and ask it to interfere in Iraqi affairs, thereby slashing the words “sovereignty” and “independence” from their dictionaries. That type of deletion isn’t new, perhaps beginning even before they joined the Iraqi opposition during the days of Saddam, which eventually allowed them, with America’s help, to settle as rulers in the Green Zone – and they could hardly care what the nature of the regime may be.
Following this approach, former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi recently wrote an article in an Arab newspaper, in which he repeatedly blamed the United States for the country’s turbulence, and said, “America’s obvious ambivalence toward the Iraq situation has given al-Maliki unjustified confidence to pursue his goal of establishing absolute rule.”
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