Iraq has become a breeding ground for Islamic separatists, terror and confusion with very little or no possibilities of ever reunifying the whole country. Deep-seated conflict and discontent with intergovernmental policies, which has lasted for centuries, are beginning choke the freedom out of the Iraqi people. These statements may sound very harsh, but they are the expressions of a very real ongoing ordeal that is widespread all across the small country located in the Middle East.
Iraq has one of the world’s largest divisions among its official governing body, tribal authorities and religious leaders. Currently tensions are very thick in Iraq, because self-declared leaders and commanders are constantly using public media outlets to make unofficial proclamations, and asserting their authority over captured lands throughout the region.
Religion plays an intricate part in this dilemma as well, since most of the 30 million people living there are affiliated with some type of Islamic faith, which is also known as the Muslim faith. Although Iraq has hundreds of small independent Islamic factions throughout its interior, the most predominant Islamic sectors are the Shiites, the Sunnis and the Kurds.
The division of the Iraqi people’s Islamic faith is very similar to the political demarcations of the unstable region as well. Long ago, the Kurds, who inhabit the upper most region of Iraq, politically separated themselves from the official Iraqi government. Recently, the Kurds announced plans to officially form “a state of independence” in northern Iraq. However, the untimely decision falls on the cusp of another escalating political conflict between the Iraqi government and the Sunni militants, sources said.
Before Iraq became a breeding ground for Islamic separatists, terror and confusion many people had high hopes for the Iraqi nation. Western officials said there would be even more positive changes in store for the Iraqi people, since the deceased former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had been removed as dictator.
In 2003, the socialist Ba’ath party, who were once the majority, stepped down to accept the new Shiite division as the majority. In 2005, President Jalal Talibani, a member of the Shiite clan, was elected into office during Iraq’s first Presidential Council Assembly.
The following years have brought forth miserable results with regards to the state of Iraq’s providence and its political relations. While under the leadership of Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki, Iraq’s most powerful political affiliates, the Shiite conservatives, are swiftly becoming dismantled from the Iraqi government.
Military spokesperson Lt. General Qassim Al-Moussawi told international alliances that Iraq’s government officials are focusing on immediate changes for the betterment of the people. However, the unwarranted amounts of turmoil and conflict, exists between the Sunnis and the Shiites is a conflict that may take years to resolve.
The Sunni militants have gained much of Iraq’s western and northern territories with almost no resistance by the Iraqi government. Many of the cities captured by the Sunnis are border towns with Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan. Sources said that since the Sunni militia forces began occupying the north-western region, millions of citizens have fled from their homes and are displaced by the land seizures.
Although Iraq has become a breeding ground for Islamic separatists, terror and confusion, it is a very small country when compared to the United States. Iraq is nearly the size of Texas and has more than 30 million people living there. Yet, it is the ranked as one of the largest countries in the world by population. Geographically speaking, the entire country of Iraq is literally catapulted in between Syria and Iran, and still produces much of today’s petroleum oil. Moreover, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, (OPEC), ranked Iraq as the fourth largest nation in terms of oil reserves.
By Kimakra Nealy