Five years have passed since US troops swept through Iraq, toppling the Saddam Hussein regime and brought democracy to the brutalized nation. But, says the Kuwait Times, “fear of Saddam’s hated police has been replaced by a new terror, with Iraq still being hit on a daily basis by insurgent attacks and Sunni-Shiite violence where victims are counted in the scores.” Although the level of violence has dropped over the past few months, “scoring a military victory is easy, but a political victory is more difficult to achieve,” according to Mustapha Aani of the Gulf Research Centre.
The figure on the number of dead Iraqis ranges from under a hundred thousand to nearly a million. The Kuwait Times agrees violence has fallen, but there is no indication of any change in the confused and divided Iraq government which is wracked by corruption and hatred between Sunni and Shiites. The Iraq parliament “has done little to approve crucial legislation, and has been paralyzed by competition from parties bent on addressing their narrow sectarian interests.
What are the results asks the newspaper? “US credibility has been eroded in the Middle East, the influence of Iran, Washington’s nemisis, has grown, and the price of oil has spiked to record levels, with negative repercussions on the global economy.”