The Washington Times - By Hatem J Mukhlis, M.D.
Published March 14, 2006
Iraq is part of the much wider sociopolitical order of the Middle East. For solutions to be successful, Iraqi problems therefore need a much broader approach.
A domestic approach, albeit plausible in the past, is impossible today. Foreign forces with contradicting interests entered Iraq and changed the sociopolitical order. The former balance of power had to change. More serious regional problems have to be addressed before expecting the Iraqi crisis to be solved.
The Iraqi fire is constantly fueled by our neighbor to the east. This violence will never cease without a major change in the Iranian policies. Blowing up the Holy Shrine in Samara is a blunt example of a disgraceful attempt to stoke religious strife and block progress of political process in Iraq, widely exploited by the Iranian regime to foment sectarian frictions.
Day by day, as more and more groups of Iraqis engage in the political process, the road to democracy looks rosier.
The achievements so far are very frail and could easily be shattered, unless the main threat is addressed and overcome.