Iraqi politicians fear foreign interference in elections through foreign funding. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki was one of those officials who warned that foreign countries are sending money to finance political parties’ elections campaign.
The latest statements for Iraqi foreign minister also tackled the issue. All candidates are talking and criticizing the foreign funding. All parliament members are joining the crowd and warning that these funds are meant to ruin Iraq’s new-born democracy.
Is it a legitimate fear? The answer will be: No doubt, but there is more to consider before answering that question or supporting Iraqi officials and parliament members’ claims.
Iraqi parliament was supposed to pass a law called political Parties Law, the law was supposed to put legal rules to organize and force political parties to announce its financial resources and prohibit any foreign funds…etc.
The project failed and almost all political parties represented in the Iraqi parliament worked on failing it.
If the Iraqi officials were sincere in rejecting foreign support the bill would have been discussed and became a law, because these top officials have enough parliament members to at least force the parliament to discuss it and make vote, so the Iraqi people can see who is receiving money and who is not.
Now, let’s talk about the past. Iraq was ruled since 1968 till 2003 by Baath party, a party that was established in Syria, with Arab nationalism objects. So it is a foreign party.
The parties that are ruling Iraqi now are the same, two were established in Iran, and that we can find an explanation because Saddam was hunting the opposition down and killing their beloved ones so they had to find a safe place to live and seek change, but what me and my fellow citizens cannot comprehend is why these parties still receiving money and show allegiance to Iran or other countries and then criticize the foreign support.
And the most important part, these parties didn’t mind an invasion and called it a liberation in 2003, later they called it occupation and interference, and they keep forgetting that it is the foreign interference and invasion that brought the democracy to the country, so why Iraqis need to oppose foreign funds, when everything was and still coming from outside.
Iraqi officials need to think twice and even more about the foreign interference in the country, with it or against it!!!
Iraqis are tired of those who are changing sides and not knowing what to do, PLEASE pick a side; pick Iraq and then be Iraqis or pick foreign countries and leave the country because people cannot endure more.
The people agree with you but: People who live in glass houses should not throw stones…