Hayder is a Researcher at the Centre for Academic Shi’a Studies. He is also a postgraduate student at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS. You can follow him on Twitter @Hayder_alKhoei
really nice thought
but the new iraqi flag with out stars….
Even though, I strongly oppose the presence of US troops in Iraq, yet I strongly recommend for their stay to be lengthened in Iraq, because after they withdraw the security scenario in the streets of Baghdad will lead to civil war. In other words CHAOS. It is their responsibility after all.
But I like that cartoon drawing. Maliki seems to be waiting for a long time.
هذا هو الانسان ينتظر كثيراً
ثم لا يبقى إلا قليلاً
I thought that the Americans’ tax payers have trusted the adminstration to spend their money over applying “Democracy in Iraq”, but it seems like it was a joke, because Mr. Obama delivering the key of Iraq to one guy.
So, whenever Mr. Obama wants something from that CAR, he knows who has the key!!
Where is the “DEMOCRACY” in this case?
Forgot to mention, what’s the idea of receiving a car with a burned out motor, unless you intend to sale it a parts?
The motor may have been burned out, but there is a point in handing it over to Maliki.
At least he has a car of his own and he can do anything with it.
Hey may :
1. Repair the car ( unlikely)
2. Demolish the car completely, for various reasons
3. Get rid of it
4. Or he may just offer it for sale… to Iran maybe? (He will make good business co-operation)
I had three immediate thoughts when I first saw this cartoon.
1. It wasn’t Obama’s decision. He had to withdraw as that was the agreement decided before he came into office.
2. Why have they painted the old flag? Is it because they simply didn’t know that the flag had changed or because it symbolises that whilst the leader has changed, the characteristics of the state institutions are more or less the same?
3. Is that guy in the passenger seat a bona fide soldier or Mehdi Army militiaman?
Whether the guy in the passenger seat is Mehdi army militiaman, Iraqi soldier, or policeman, there’s no difference really, as long as they support the Prime Minister, they are criminals.
Yes, the leader has changed in terms of physical appearance, but more or less he holds the same characteristics as Sadam Hussien. Both dictators, but Mr. Maliki is a ”democratic dictatorship”…
aftar one year sharqya tv brevew laik this
the qaeda and dektators arab in galf as saudai in one way agnast new iraq
Some interesting points you put forward. However, I don’t agree with you completely, and this standpoint is based on three main factors. The first one, has to do with the illegitimacy of the court rule, what I mean with this, is that they put “key witnesses” on public trials – i.e., national TV, in which they confess the crimes Tariq Hashimi is suspected to have ordered.
The underlying problem here is that these witnesses were not accompanied by lawyers, or any form of defendants that could guarantee that their “confessions” were carried out in accordance to the law’s of the country. A second defining factor, is the the moment they made the arrest order public – it could’ve been ordered 1 month ago, or why not 2 years ago? Don’t you think that the the date, that clearly coincides with the American departure is quite remarkable?
Fact is: US can’t stay for ever. Even Barazani said it. But i pisses the American off that they had to leave like this because it seemed to be that beside the big losses and the huge amount of money they were spending in Iraq, the really wanted to stay longer. The headline really implies that. They really didn’t like to leave this way.
About the old flag on the car: I see it in a different way. Maybe it means that OK, you got Iraq, but you still have to deal with the Baathis, who we didn’t care to remove completely because they might be useful for us in the future to put pressure on you, or work for our interests. Tariq Al-Hashimi and his clan are people America can deal with, not like the stubborn Maliki who is too independent from them.
And the gun men symbolize the Army that America built out of honest brave people but also full with Militias and Al-Qaida wearing official army clothes. They didn’t really care to eliminate them, since they weren’t as much a threat to them as much as Iran was through Iraqi Hizbollah and Assaeb Ahl Al-Haq. The fact that Militias and Al-Qaida both hurt Iraqi people wasn’t enough of a concern to them in order to put them at the top of their To-Do list in Iraq.
And the car that is full of bullets inside it symbolized the way US handled the country either by destroying it or by not caring too much that it is being destroyed. They were supposed to repair the already broken car and not hand it over wreaked. They promised to do so.
The US came, and the single good thing from them coming to Iraq is the removal of Saddam. Not a single thing else did they do well in Iraq. No reconstruction, nor a strong democratic system (rather a weak democratic system), corruption, and satellite wars against Iran on Iraqi soil with Iraqi people paying the price.
I’m not a little bit sorry that they left.
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