The paper discusses the present situation of Iraq and United States considering the war relation they had since last few years. There has been a lot of speculation regarding the motives for Iraq-US war. However, here we neglect those motives and focus on the changes Iraq has been undergoing at present. The three main changes discussed here are: removal of US troops from Iraq’s territory, the political transformation in the country owing to the recently held Parliamentary elections and the growth of economy triggered by the bid round organized in December 2009.
The focus in on how United States has been contributing in the development on Iraq. Keeping into account all the positive changes taking place in Iraq, it is time for us to forget the past, move into present and think about future. It is time to revel in the progress of Iraq. Iraq and United States Now United States is one of the world’s most powerful economies. Iraq is a West Asian country, with second largest reserves of oil in world. Iraq-US war has been ongoing since many years. There has been an increased ambiguity regarding the motives behind this war.
While US claims that the motives were related to change of regime from dictatorship to democracy, abolishing use of weapons of mass destruction by Iraq, and an act of self-defense. However, some of the hidden motives were considered to be to control the supplies of oil, to create a military base in Iraq and to take revenge for 9/11 by accusing Saddam Hussein of being involved. Whatever the motives be, there seem to be a change springing up for Iraq at present, with the elections held, US planning to remove its troops and the growing economy.
The biggest relief for Iraq would be removal of US troops from their territory. In this respect, Obama said a few words, very crucial for Iraq, in Cairo, Egypt on 4th June 2009 (which were reinforced lately in 2010 in North California): Today, America has a dual responsibility: to help Iraq forge a better future — and to leave Iraq to Iraqis. And I have made it clear to the Iraqi people that we pursue no bases, and no claim on their territory or resources. Iraq’s sovereignty is its own. And that’s why I ordered the removal of our combat brigades by next August.
That is why we will honor our agreement with Iraq’s democratically elected government to remove combat troops from Iraqi cities by July, and to remove all of our troops from Iraq by 2012. We will help Iraq train its security forces and develop its economy. But we will support a secure and united Iraq as a partner, and never as a patron. (america. gov) Obama called for a three way strategy approach for giving liberty to Iraq, which involved removal of troops, establishing a sustainable democracy and help Iran establish healthy relations with its neighboring countries.
The Parliamentary elections were held in Iraq on 7th March 2010, making it Iraq’s first ever democratic transition. Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) and USAID provided financial aid for comprehensive democracy building programmes. The United States also supported United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) efforts to assist the Independent High Electoral Commission and the Government of Iraq in the development of processes towards Iraqi national parliamentary elections (iraq. usembassay. org). The whole process depicted a rising political openness in Iraq, which will strengthen their nation.
Economy of Iraq is undergoing a process of drastic transformation. In December 2009, a bid round was organized by Iraq where in many big companies fought for the rights to develop oil rich fields in Iraq. This step will bring about a complete change in Iraq’s economic development and also create employment opportunities in Iraq. The United States is also taking steps to boost Iraq’s economy, such as making provisions restriction free trade on items useful for military purposes, except for nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.
This will lead to development in agriculture, industry and education sectors (blogs. state. gov). Thus we see the changing phase of Iraq and the increasing support of US it has been receiving. The sudden growth of the economy shows that Iraq’s revival depends to a great extent on the Foreign Direct Investment. One of the prominent questions that might trigger our mind is the reason behind America’s excessive support being offered to Iraq. I think whatever might be the reason, we should focus on the progress and growth that Iraq has started making and will make in future.
The changing life of Iraqis was reported recently, “Ordinary Iraqis…are living more normally than they have in years. Shops on Saadoun and Karrada Streets are filled with flat-screen TVs, computers, and clothing from China, Turkey, Iran, and Korea… At night many Baghdadis relax watching one of the privately owned television channels that have sprung up, or checking the latest Iraqi Web sites. ” (businessweek. com) Iraq has suffered a lot in last few years, ranging from facing innumerable deaths to poor quality of life. It is now time to help it grow and create a better living for its people.