A New Iraqi Revolution
Several Iraqi cities have witnessed massive demonstrations in recent days, heralding the beginning of a popular revolution that could change the face of Iraq's sectarian regime.
The demonstrators in the southern part of the country are not demanding miracles from the central government to improve the quality of their miserable life. All they demand is electricity and potable water. It is unthinkable that people in the 21st century are still deprived of these basic needs especially in a country that sleeps on a sea of oil while the influential and thieves in the "green zone" are enjoying wealth and luxury.
Instead of responding to their legitimate demands, the sectarian government and guards of the sectarian parties confronted them with bullets killing several and wounding hundreds. The charge was ready: They were "terrorists and saboteurs."
Demonstrations took place in Basra, Najaf, Babil, Karbala, Nasiriyah and Amara. They are predominantly Shiat cities where large numbers of young people are unemployment, in addition to high rates of poverty in a country ruled by clans, armed groups, partisan militias and organized crime gang, while university graduates do not find jobs at a time when the government and foreign monopoly companies such as the Russian Block Oil and ExxonMobil import engineers and foreign workers to work in the Iraqi oilfields.
Iran controls electricity contracts and with Turkey it steals the Iraqi people's share of water.
Iran has cut off electricity from these miserable areas in a clear effort to spread chaos in Iraq in the hope that this will help it in its economic war with the United States.
The current Iraqi government, like other governments that came to power after the US occupation in 2003, with the support of Iran and sectarian militias, used the so-called "religious references" to promote a campaign of disinformation and distortion against demonstrators and accused them of vandalizing public property and serving foreign agendas. They are: "criminals, sinner, Baathists, ISIS ... who should be punished, "said one of the leaders of the pro-Tehran Dawa party after the demonstrators attacked his party offices and the headquarters of other religious parties.
These spontaneous demonstrations are similar to the demonstrations that took place in other Iraqi cities of Mousel, Huwaija and Anbar in 2011 and 2013. All of them demand that the government pay attention to the needs of the people instead of focusing on sectarian quotas and distribution of spoils between turban-wearing heads of parties and looters and smugglers of Iraq's oil wealth.
All governments that came to power after the US occupation failed to unite the fabric of the Iraqi people and tickled their emotions with sectarian slogans and allowed the Iranian-backed militias to kill and displace millions of Iraqi people, especially followers of the Sunni sect, and to suspend all construction projects under the pretext of fighting the ISIS scarecrow.
But it seems from these demonstrations and the demonstrations taking place in the Iranian cities, that the Iraqi and Iranian people have regained conscience from the impact of sectarian anesthesia and decided to defend their interests by themselves and to recover their stolen rights, looted wealth and confiscated dignity. Surely, what is going on in Iraq is the beginning of a popular revolution that will turn magic on the magician, and the sectarian regimes in Tehran and Baghdad will get a taste of their own medicine. But what we fear most is that the conspirators will confront this popular uprising and nip it in the buds as they did with the Syrian revolution!
د. طلال الحربي