English KURDI كوردي عربي
By Shaker Anbari *
At last the Arab summit in Baghdad has ended and the distinguishing point in holding it was the week of the suffering of the people of Baghdad, closed roads and the disruption of official working hours.
Security forces secured the atmosphere and no explosions or surprising stories disturbed the summit, which enjoyed the lowest level of acting, projects, and decisions. There was general, prior agreement to avoid any file that would address the fragile Arab contract and the caution surrounding Iraq.
The most prominent gain behind the success of the meeting was taken by Baghdad after twenty years of ostracism, siege, suspicion, and internal conflicts as a result of sectarianism, nationalism, political disorders and unstable experience in drawing a clear identity.
So, the delegations have left, but the struggle for power, identity and democracy still goes on and were not affected by the success achieved in the reunification of Arabs within the walls of the capital.
There is a general popular conviction that the success of the summit will not change anything important in the course of the internal situation.
Another popular conviction is the existence of the sense of revenge Iraqis have, from an unknown source, but something that hits in all directions. The rest that the sense of revenge took during the summit is like the warrior stoppage that will return again in an unclear vision about what this unknown perpetrator want from Iraqis.
Before, and after, the summit, citizens are humiliated in the street at each checkpoint, intersection and yard, and they asked to move away from the cars of officials.
Revenge in the official circles is manifested in the killings and bribes scattered at the doors of every employee, favoritism, and disregarding the dignity of a person who leaves his work, and his shop, and time, to get a signature.
But if he sat in his house, the curse of this world turns to him from the small screen that broadcasts seminars and dialogues between politicians, commentators and analysts who mostly lie, fabricate excuses and distort facts.
blatant mixing of papers (loyalty to different parties)
Moreover, there is a blatant shuffling of papers that are not satisfied by the scattered bodies of victims after each blast, bomb and armed robbery. Analysts, experts and members of Parliament, give the day after various pretexts, even contradictory to what they said the day before, depending on the whims of their parties, coalitions and communities.
Someone wants to take revenge on these people with all its sects, ethnic groups and religions, and but the concept of this revenge remains unknown, because it hits left and right like a ghost, without revealing its identity, as if it seeks to remove centuries of civilization produced by this people.
It takes revenge on the country's philosophers, doctrines, books, heritage, history, future, and present.
Some don't want our lives to go on easily. This is shown through the accumulation of clashes and the daily and general dilemmas, that can be resolved in a way that saves permanent suffering inherited year after year.
The simplest example of this is the overcrowding created by control points that leaves but one single, narrow path for thousands of cars to pass through, sometimes without the presence of security men who inspect vehicles.
There is a severe housing crisis in all provinces and the obvious solution is the establishment of companies and construction of housing units in each province. To this end we have a rapid and extraordinary way to resolve the crisis that is reflected in sky-high rents, where real estate in Baghdad has became equivalent to that of London in selling and renting.
After the passage of almost a decade, electricity remains the biggest social crisis we face. It is known that time solves all problems, but here it is noted that the problem of electricity gets worse year after year.
And this done at the expense of the prosperity of the generators market, fuel trading on the black market and the profits of generator operators. All of which raise doubts about the seriousness of the efforts made by the state and its ministries to resolve this problem in the life of the individual.
What is the purpose behind the creation of such a social and political crisis and the treatment of simple phenomena such as the emos, leisure clubs, liquor, and women's clothing and youth fashion whether in the street or in public institutions?
Is it worthy that such social phenomena that exists among the peoples of the whole earth turns into a national crisis and becomes a concern to all of the press, satellite TV, police, the Council of Representatives, international press and human rights organizations?
There are alternatives to such solutions that do not threaten the civil peace, and do not hinder the effort of prosecuting financial and administrative corruption, fake contracts and certificates as well as counterfeit and organized crime gangs.
This would address the imbalance in the application of the law and a create a successful judicial environment that does not raise suspicion and doubt all around.
The philosophy of raising an issue among public opinion to cover another is one tested by the failing regimes. It was practiced by more than one regime but in the end this didn't work bu accelerated the moment of the big explosion among citizens.
Future elections may turn things up and down among the creators of the crisis philosophy to put them at the end of the list in the countries that have an electoral system.
Our problems are well known and they are: the law of parties, the issue of Kirkuk, political sectarianism, submitting corrupt and counterfeiters to public trials, reliance on competencies not loyalties, returning millions of Iraqis to their country including thousands of scientific, cultural, and artistic minds, emptying universities from the ideologies especially the religious one, the relationship between the center and the provinces including the relationship with the region, the independence of the Iraqi decision from interventions and building civil society for all components and parties, individuals and communities in addition to having equal rights.
Everything mentioned above is the infrastructure of the confused and concerning situation in Iraq. The infrastructure that was not seen by the visitors to Baghdad, who did not sleep their one night on the banks of the Tigris, and did not enjoy the Iraqi fish behind the trees of Abu Nawas Corniche.
The Arab summit has ended, but the map of our phantom crisis will not end soon. It is in the stage of exacerbation and explosion, in the absence of wisdom, and the presence of a mentality of revenge on the other.
*Shaker Anbari is an Iraqi writer and media commentator