The complex task of reconstructing Iraq
The Iraqi government has called for US$ 88 billion for the country’s reconstruction and has received US$ 30 billion after the Kuwait conference. Those who oppose funding Iraq believe the country is corrupt, where funds are embezzled, internal security is compromised, and foreign investors keep away due to an inhospitable environment. Despite its vast oil resources, abundance of natural resources such as farm lands and waterways, besides competent human resources, the country has not progressed due to inefficient handling by the authorities.
However, many countries contributed to the reconstruction fund, but Iran has not. It is the country that had destroyed Iraq in the first Gulf war, as Daesh did later. But it remains silent when it comes to supporting the reconstruction efforts. Iran’s role as so-called defenders of Muslims and Arabs stands unmasked. It is clear that Iran has been deceiving Islamic countries, and has only been nursing strong political ambitions in the region.
The allegations of mismanagement of reconstruction funds bring one to the question: Is the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations, or any other international body overseeing the reconstruction of Iraq?
The Gulf Cooperation Council states will surely be the lead contributor to Iraq’s reconstruction, without any malice for Iraq’s past misdeeds. Rebuilding the country would mean a new security establishment in the region, where the people coexist peacefully with the peoples of the region.
The fact that Kuwait had hosted the reconstruction conference, despite Iraq’s infamous invasion of the country, and that Saudi Arabia welcomed the gathering despite attacks on its territories at that time, shows that there are no more anti-Iraq sentiments in the region. One can compare the present outlook to the feelings that prevailed in post-war Europe.
Liberating Iraq from the clutches of Iran requires strong political will, with firm decisions that place Baghdad in charge for its future. Rival groups need to come together, as investors and donors would surely prefer dealing with a unified Iraq. The donors want to see a stable Iraq.