Iraq: Further bomb attacks in Iraq

The situation in Iraq continues to be more than strained. Only yesterday, Tuesday, there have been further bomb attacks in which at least eight people were killed. This time, bomb explosions occurred in an area outside the Iraqi capital Baghdad, where predominantly Sunnis are living and not in a region where predominantly Shiites are living.

One of the bomb attacks has killed three students near Tikrit, the second bombing in Schukrat killed two employees of the Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture and injured one. The bomb, which killed the staff of the Iraqi Ministry, was attached at their car.

This type of bomb attacks evokes memories at the times in Iraq as the level of violence increased and almost no one was dared to use his car – at least, not without using a mirror to check if everything`s OK and that there is no bomb attached to / under his car.

The increase in violence since the end of the withdrawal of the Americans from Iraq last year led to more than 90 dead in bomb attacks. The trend is feared that Iraq slips into civil war, where the religious groups fight each other and also fight each other for supremacy in Iraq. The power struggle between Sunnis and Shiites also looks obvious within the Iraqi government.

The sectarian violence in Iraq is widespread and constitutes a serious problem in Iraq. A huge and dangerous problem, with which the Iraqi government is not able to fight against it or perhaps not even ready and willing to work for decreasing the sectarian violence in their country.

The situation in the country is very critical and restless. It is questionable in which direction the Iraq will go. But it should be sure, that the approach of al-Maliki and his Shiite alliance with Iran increases the level of concern in the U.S. administration.

Nevertheless, Americans have negotiated an arms deal with the Iraqi government – an arms deal, which will boost the U.S. economy. That`s U.S. Foreign Policy as we know it.

Iraq is due his oil fields very rich and wants to have new weapons, of course. Even if it is legitimately that there are even in the ranks of American government are people who criticized the arms deal with Iraq, it is ultimately irrelevant whether the Americans will make the deal or not.

If they don’t agree to this arms deal, the Iraqi government will get the weapons from other countries. The United States should be more interested to secure the arms deal with the Iraqi government. This arms deal with Iraq should boost the U.S. economy and also should create some new jobs within America. Two points which are mainly important in this U.S. election year.

How the Iraqis will use the new U.S. weapons remains to be seen. It also remains to be feared, that al-Maliki could transform the Iraqi army (or parts of the army) into a sort of Shiite militia. It remains difficult and questionable to sell arms to the Middle East, but hardly a country seems to learn from past mistakes. Even if it is known, the money attracts over again to complete such a questionable arms deal.

One can only hope that Iraq will not drift into a civil war, in which Sunnis, Kurds and Shiites fight each other for influence and power in Iraq. This would cost the lives of a lot of innocent people. Such a situation within Iraq is not far away or off the table. It rather looks like this situation could happen soon. A civil war to assert interests and to back up power in Iraq. Not to mention the differences in religions and ethnics – this also could force more violence and tears.

Currently, it unfortunately looks like there could be a civil war in Iraq because the level of conflicts within the Iraqi government is getting tougher. Al-Maliiki tries to expand the influence of the Shiites, which had hardly a chance under Saddam to participate in power or in higher positions. Of course, the Sunnites are not really happy about the intentions of al-Maliki.

Due to the current developments within Iraq, the Sunnis feel discriminated against and treated unfairly. The previously primarily perpetrated bombings in Shiite-dominated regions in Iraq clearly speak the language of injured pride and a refusal to accept a subordinate role to Shia now.

The latest attacks in Sunni-dominated areas could have been an act of revenge by Shiites. It remains confused and dangerous in Iraq. We have to continue to monitor developments and hope that there will not be an outbreak of any war.

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