Iraqis can't keep law and order in their country
As the countdown for US troop pullout from Iraq begins, it is being argued that a full withdrawal of American soldiers from Baghdad is premature.
The Chief of Staff of Iraq, Lieutenant General Babakar Zibari says that the Iraqi army and police cannot assume security responsibility in the country until 2020.
Meanwhile, officials in Washington believe that Iraqi servicemen have been trained to a level that will enable them to provide security in their nation, saying that the US is satisfied with the preparations for the withdrawal of combat troops from Baghdad. But will combat operations by American soldiers end as promised? VOR’s Vyacheslv Matuzov has the following answer.
While pulling out from Iraq, America will leave behind 50 thousand military specialists, whose major duty will be to help Iraq maintain law and order. The number is large enough to sustain a US base in Iraq, meaning that it is incorrect to talk about a complete pullout of US soldiers from Iraq, Matuzov says. The US is exploiting the fears by Iraqis about a possible breakup of the country if America were to leave them to their own devices. The US is using the fears of Iraqi political elite to prolong its military presence in Baghdad, said Matuzov.
But the presence of America cannot prevent Iraq from splitting into small parts. The occupation has almost destroyed the country as a homogenous state. Apart from creating a conflict on inter-ethnic and sectarian grounds, the occupation has made the life of the population a hell on earth. Iraqis have paid an extremely high price for the forced presence of Americans in their country, Abbas Kunfud of the Center for strategic studies has said. Thousands of people have perished and 4 million others have become refugees.
Besides, more than 3,500 Iraqi doctors, teachers and workers have been killed. The population is denied medical attention, there is no electricity and there is acute shortage of clean drinking water. The Iraqi intellectuals-scholars, public figures and the cream of the country’s art have all been wiped out. Ancient monuments have been destroyed and museums looted, said Kunfud.
Experts believe however that Iraq will soon ask Washington to let the American soldiers remain in the country, despite the above mentioned atrocities.