Reconstruction of Iraq: The menace of Iran and corruption

Mohammed Al Shaikh

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Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has called on the international community, especially the Arab world, to help Iraq rebuild what was destroyed by successive wars.

Of course, Gulf countries were the early donors, but the mullahs of Iran did not commit to paying a single dollar. I was not surprised by Iran’s reluctance, but had expected it.

Iran’s dark shadow

In my opinion, the two most important obstacles impeding the reconstruction of Iraq are financial and administrative corruption, and the Iranian regime will not be pleased to see Iraq recover or become stable and independent.

These two obstacles are the most important impediments that I do not believe can be easily overcome, be it in the short or medium terms, unless the regime of mullahs in Iran falls, which is not an unlikely proposition.

Religious parties do not believe in the sovereignty of countries. These groups are only loyal to their skewed religious understanding or ideology, not to their countries.

Mohammed Al Shaikh

Since the time former US President Barack Obama allowed Iran to take control of Iraq easily, Tehran was supported by the notorious Iraqi premier Nuri al-Maliki. The Maliki government enabled its clients to seize control of the main instruments of power in Iraq, allowed it to become illegally rich with the help of the thief Nuri al-Maliki, so that they can buy loyalties with money, and form pro-Vilayat-e-Faqih militias in Tehran.

Therefore, former Iraqi prime minister followed orders of the Vilayat-e-Faqih in Tehran and was keen on appointing corrupt people in all the wings of governance; the legislature, the executive and the judiciary. This man was one of the most important reasons for Iraq’s ranking among the five most corrupt countries in the world, according to Transparency International.

The Islamist conspiracy

Iranians, along with Islamist political parties created by Iran, stand firmly against anyone trying to liberate Iraq from its occupation, because the religious parties do not believe in the sovereignty of countries.

These parties are only loyal to their skewed religious understanding or ideology, not to their countries. Since Arabs in general and Iraqis in particular still trust religious men and believe in them, Abadi has said that fighting corruption in Iraq would be even more difficult than fighting and defeating ISIS.

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I think that the first step to reconstruct Iraq and attract investors to rebuild the country is almost impossible, given Iran’s influence over Iraq. I do not think an investor would put money in this part of the world, which has a corrupt parliament, judiciary and the influence of Iran’s Islamist militias.

There are good opportunities to invest in Iraq, but as long as there is Iranian influence over the ruling authorities there, any investment would go down the drain. So I would honestly advise my neighboring country Iraq that it is futile to ask a foreign investor to come and invest in the country as long as there is corruption and until Iran continues to plant corrupt officials in your country.

If Iraq liberates itself of the Iranian occupation, as it freed the country from ISIS, only then can one think about reconstructing what was destroyed in wars.

This article is also available in Arabic.
Mohammed Al Shaikh is a Saudi writer with al-Jazirah newspaper. He tweets @alshaikhmhmd.

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