The incomplete pride of liberating Mosul

Adnan Hussein
Adnan Hussein
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Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi always speaks more effectively than he acts. His latest statement was issued to mark the occasion of the first anniversary of liberating Mosul, which was almost going to be completely destroyed. Tens of thousands of its inhabitants are still living there in terrible conditions in the city, as if they never got rid of the ISIS occupation and its dire consequences.

These citizens were not at all responsible for this, but the government and the powerful political elite bear full political and moral responsibility for what happened to Mosul and other cities. They are also responsible for what preceded or followed in other Iraqi cities and areas, and it’s all due to the flagrant lack of patriotism and the fierce conflict for money and power among those entrusted with the responsibility of ruling the state.

What Abadi did not and will also never say or do if he gets a second term as premier is that he will not fulfill the promise he had made to himself and that he had publicly pledged several times to fight administrative and financial corruption the same way he fought ISIS

Adnan Hussein

Word without actions

Abadi said in the statement: “Today we (mark) with pride and appreciation the first anniversary of Mosul’s liberation - that eternal epic that fills the hearts of our people and that defeated ISIS which (assaulted) Mosul.”

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Yes, exactly, we, the Iraqis, do recall Mosul’s liberation from terrorism with pride and appreciation, but at the same time we also remember – and this is something that Mr. Abadi did not say and would never say even in 10 years – that those who are responsible of the crime of handing over Mosul and other cities to ISIS and for the resulting national catastrophe, are still not being questioned or punished.

They are still free and fear nothing and nobody. Some of them even still hold positions of responsibility at the highest civil, military and security levels and no one tells them anything!

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What Abadi did not and will also never say or do if he gets a second term as premier is that he will not fulfill the promise he had made to himself and that he had publicly pledged several times to fight administrative and financial corruption the same way he fought ISIS.

The main reason behind the ISIS catastrophe was administrative and financial corruption. It’s been a whole year after liberating Mosul and Abadi has not taken and will not take any action against corruption.

This is one example of what made the head of the Integrity Commission resign from his position as he, like the rest of us, only heard words from Abadi about fighting corruption, without seeing any action.

This article is also available in Arabic.

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Adnan Hussein is the executive editor-in-chief of Al-Mada newspaper and head of the National Union of Iraqi journalists. Previously, he has held the position of Managing Editor in Asharq al-Awsat newspaper. He tweets under the handle @adnanhussein.

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