It is almost a decade since the United States freed Baghdad from its supposed dictator and oppressor Saddam Hussein and Baghdad has seen many troubles before it finally established its current stature. Most of these troubles came from the 2006-07 sectarian conflicts, which killed many people in the process.
Regardless of who sits as the leader of Iraq, minorities will still regard the ethnicity of this leader. Hussein was a Sunni Muslim, the minority against the Shia Muslim majority. Ethnicity drives deeper more than what nationalism can actually do to unite people and unless the two groups finally make amends and work together, nothing will happen to Baghdad but violence.
Recently, 66 people have died in a series of car bomb attacks, which the government and authorities suspect to be the work of Sunni Muslims due to the fact that the attacks targeted busy Shia shopping areas in the country. Iraqis are saying that the country is a “failed state”, with many people losing their business and savings because of the rampaging violence.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki claims that the government is not discriminating against the Sunnis even if he is a Shia. However, he ensured to make changes to Iraq’s security strategy to ensure the militants do not return them back to sectarian conflicts as the tensions between the two groups rage on.
Regardless of what their government says, democracy cannot work with a divided public. It is truly ironic to say that Iraq is free from a dictator, but their minds refuse to be free to see the bigger picture.