The title of a recently released Fox News article is “Iraq’s prime minister al-Maliki under pressure amid militant offensive” (Web-site/URL: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/06/20/iraq-prime-minister-al-maliki-under-pressure-amid-militant-offensive/).
“Iraq’s Shiite prime minister Nouri al-Maliki, embattled by the militant offensive sweeping his country’s north, faces growing calls for him to be forced out of office as Al-Qaeda inspired insurgents press (ever) closer to (the capital) Baghdad”.
“Nouri al-Maliki, who rose from relative obscurity to the country’s top political office in 2006, has seen his credibility CHALLENGED by the Sunni militants of the Al Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS)”. We have to wonder IF al-Maliki has ANY “credibility” given that he has done almost NOTHING to stabilize IRAQ.
“With the country NOW IN TURMOIL, al-Maliki’s rivals have mounted a campaign to force him out of office, with some angling for support from Western backers and regional heavyweights. On Thursday (June 19 2014), their effort received a MASSIVE (?) boost from President Barack Obama”. Iraq has been “in turmoil” since 2003 when the United States invaded ON A FALSE PREMISE of WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTIONS.
“Obama STOPPED SHORT of calling for Nouri al-Maliki to resign, saying “IT’S NOT OUR JOB to choose Iraq’s leaders“. But, his carefully worded comments did all but that”. The President is saying “It’s not our job to choose Iraq’s leaders”, but the United States is HEAVILY involved in Iraq’s affairs once again.
“Only leaders that can govern with an INCLUSIVE agenda are going to be able to truly bring the Iraqi people together and help them through this crisis“. NO government is ENTIRELY “inclusive”. In other words, in every government there will be a MAJORITY and minority party (except in ONE-party societies of course).
“We’ve said publicly, that whether (al-Maliki) is prime minister or any other leader aspires to lead the country, that there has to be an agenda in which Sunni, Shiite and Kurd ALL feel that they have the OPPORTUNITY to advance their interest through THE POLITICAL PROCESS“. Unfortunately, as we know, “the political process” in IRAQ is A DISASTER/MESS.
“Al-Maliki, who has long faced criticism for not making his government more inclusive, went on a diplomatic offensive this week, reaching out in a televised address to try to regain support from the nation’s DISAFFECTED Sunnis and Kurds”. “disaffected” = DISILLUSIONED and when people are disillusioned they tend to act in IRRATIONAL ways or at least in ways they WOULDN’T behave under NORMAL circumstances. However of course, things in IRAQ HAVEN’T been normal for such a LONG time now. “His CONCILIATORY (?) words, coupled with a vow to teach the militants a “lesson,” came as almost all Iraq’s main communities have been drawn into A SPASM OF VIOLENCE not seen since the dark days of sectarian killings nearly A DECADE ago”. “conciliatory” and “teach the militants a lesson” is a VERY STRANGE combination indeed. In fact they DON’T go together. “conciliatory” people seek PEACE THROUGH DIALOGUE while “teach the militants a lesson” must be done through VIOLENT means and as we know, IRAQ has seen TOO MUCH “violence” over the last 10+ years (since 2003).
“Mohammed al-Khaldi, a top aide to outgoing Sunni speaker of parliament, Osama al-Nujaifi, said: “We have asked the Americans, Britain, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Iran to work toward DENYING al-Maliki a new term. The Shiite bloc MUST FIND A REPLACEMENT for him“. WOW It’s EXTREMELY ironic that America, SAUDI ARABIA and IRAN can be mentioned in the same sentence/breath because as we know, SAUDI ARABIA and IRAN are UNDEMOCRATIC countries.
“A leading Sunni tribal chief also said al-Maliki has to GO“. “Sheik Ali Hatem al-Suleiman told The Associated Press in the northern Kurdish city of Irbil”. “I think that most of Obama’s speech, but not all of it, it was SHALLOW and didn’t address the heart of the matter.The REAL problem in Iraq is AL-MALIKI HIMSELF. U.S. policy cannot rely on a PARALYZED man who has lost control of Iraq, when he is the one who took Iraq to this point“. al-Suleiman seems to be OUTSPOKEN in his OPPOSITION to OBAMA & MALIKI.
Finally, “Al-Maliki has been adopting CONCILIATORY (?) language in recent days toward Sunnis and Kurds. He said the militant threat affects all Iraqis, regardless of their ethnic or religious affiliation, and called on Iraqis to drop all “Sunnis and Shiites” talk. The ongoing crisis, al-Maliki said, had made Iraqis rediscover “NATIONAL UNITY (?)” Again, unfortunately, as we know, “national unity” still seems to be a LONG way off.
To conclude, let’s return once again to the title: “Iraq’s prime minister al-Maliki under pressure amid militant offensive”. OK, al-Maliki is “under pressure”, but will Iraqis be able to FORCE HIM TO RESIGN/OUT?