Three news which the majority of Iraqis did not pay much attention. Iraqi individuals are focusing on their everyday worries. Nothing positive and tangible on the ground is taking place. Threats, of different kinds, are spreading. People feel that their enemy is invisible. Menacing slogans are written on the walls. Death threats are made against students if they attend school or college. Threats are made against teachers, doctors, officials …etc. Some take it seriously; others consider it as a joke. A coalition consists of Saddamians, fundamentalists, baathists, Arab insurgents backed by forces work from abroad, considers the election as a challenge between them and the government.
The US administration worked hard for the past year to write off the Iraqi debts. President Bush appointed Mr. James Baker as a special envoy to the president to persuade other countries to relief Iraqi debts. Non of the Arab or Islamic countries did so. Though Iraqis are unable to notice such effort.
Iraqis are on the horn of a dilemma. Prolonged exposure to single sided media, education, culture which says USA is the enemy number one of the Arab and Islam world, makes it inconceivable for them that the Americans are in Iraq to help. On the other hand people don’t want another dictator.
In Sharm Al-Sheikh conference, representatives of Iraqi neighboring countries promised to be cooperative with the interim government. Which, I think, they won’t fulfill since Iraq represents, for them, the battlefield to hinder the American project to set out democracy in the region.