‘Just when you thought that Iraq was the sideshow and Afghanistan the main event, the far-too-familiar sound of sirens screeching and the bereaved wailing in the streets of Baghdad remind you otherwise…..Yesterday’s attack inevitably raises the question: how fragile is Iraq?”
With 155 dead and over 500 injured, Sunday’s attacks are some of the bloodiest the country has seen in years. It was only four months ago that we at WHYS were asking if you were celebrating National Sovereignty Day in Iraq as the withdrawal of US troops began across the country. But were Iraqi’s security forces ready to secure their country? Was the world too quick to hail mission accomplished in Iraq?
Some believe the bombings may have been an attempt to derail efforts to reform election law. But Gabriel Gatehouse, the BBC’s man in Baghdad says the attacks weren’t unique or unexpected.
‘Watching Iraqi politics is like watching a tightrope artist crossing a dangerous cavern. At every step it looks as though he is going to fall into the abyss, and yet, somehow, he continues to wobble forward. This next step is particularly important… Transform Iraq and it will impact the whole Arab-Muslim world. Change Afghanistan and you just change Afghanistan.’
Has the world’s attention been too heavily focused on Afghanistan and Pakistan to the detriment of Iraq?
This blog thinks so.
‘American lawmakers and bloviating think tankers among the Washington establishment have long since shelved Iraq like a neat little box, cross-posted under the categories of “Model COIN Operations” and “Why George Bush Was Right.’