The title of a recently released Al-Jazeera article is “Iraq suffers DEADLIEST month in FIVE YEARS” (Web-site/URL: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/06/201361122336222727.html).
“UN chief’s representative urges end to “bloodshed” as toll of civilians and security personnel crosses 1,000 mark”. “end to “bloodshed” is clearly NOT happening.
“More than 1,000 people were killed in violence across Iraq in May (2013), according to the UN mission to the country”.
“The UN figures, released on Saturday (June 1, 2013), showed that 1045 civilians and security personnel were killed last month (May, 2013), which surpasses the 712 killed in April (2013), and making it the deadliest month recorded since June 2008″.
According to Martin Kobler, “special representative of the UN secretary-general for Iraq”, “Iraqi political leaders MUST ACT IMMEDIATELY to stop this intolerable bloodshed“,…”calling the death toll “a SAD record” obviously. Also when was the last time a POLITICIAN “acted immediately?” NEVER.
“Laith Kubba, a former adviser to Iraqi prime minister (Nuri al-Maliki), told Al Jazeera that the conflict in neighboring Syria risked further exacerbating domestic tensions inside Iraq”.
“Iraqi authorities should be united in their position on Syria rather than being divided by differing internal perspectives, he said”. “Under NORMAL conditions, I think Iraq lives with A LEVEL OF TENSION between its politicians” and these “conditions” are WORSE THAN “normal”. “Bearing in mind what is happening in Syria, Iraq CANNOT AFFORD all these [different attitudes to Syria] and IT’S GOING TO BE TOUGH MONTHS AHEAD for Iraq as a whole and certainly for the Iraqi government”. Again, that DOESN’T sound good.
Finally, according to Thabit Sultan Ahmed, 42, “a teacher from the Sunni neighborhood of Saydiyah in western Baghdad”, “People are now MORE CAUTIOUS and MORE SHOPS ARE CLOSING EARLIER IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD“. Translation: there is still plenty of FEAR in Iraq.
US forces can no longer control Iraq partly due to the fact that they are MASSIVELY unpopular in the country and more importantly, US troops and the American public are WAR WEARY. With this in mind, we have to wonder if THE UN will take up this responsibility.