Three years after the invasion of Iraq, the fighting continues and the goal of a stable, peaceful nation still seems a long way off. Washington points to the high-level participation of Iraqi troops in current military operation as a sign of progress. But Iraqis are becoming increasingly disillusioned. Analyst Nabil Saleem, an Iraqi himself, said:
“In fact everything is going much worse day after day and this is because of the policies and the measures of the occupation troops.”
Legislative elections three months ago were a landmark for the country and, after decades of dictatorship, a major step towards democracy. But disagreements among Iraq’s diverse communities continue to undermine efforts to form a unity government.
Against this background some observers fear sectarian violence could push the country into civil war. The economic situation also remains grim – hampered not least by sabatoge of the oil industry. Analyst Fadel Gheit says there are other factors:
“Assuming there is no sabotage, you wil have to have a government that is responsible and committed to pursue the needed maintainence and expansion of the infrastructure.” Some experts predict that even when political stability is restored, it will take at least 5-7 years to get Iraq’s economic lifeline back on its feet.