Short Lull in Iraq Followed by New Upsurge of Political Protests

August 6, 2018

In July, large-scale Iraqi protests broke out again. They began in Basra and have widened to cover other areas of the country.

The changes brought about due to Washington's perpetually failing reconstruction efforts in Iraq are resulting in unbearable economic and political conditions.

Through their actions, protestors are forcing out into the open growing issues of poverty, malnutrition, rampant spread of disease, declining standard of living, and ongoing state failure. Protests also embodied opposition to the robbery of Iraq's natural resources when they paralyzed oil fields in the south of the country for several days.

After the U.S. took control of part of the armed forces, the police, and other military elements in 2003, Iraq's former political and social institutions, built up over several generations, began undergoing a progressive course of wholesale destruction. The country has remained in a constant state of civil war and has been deprived of its national sovereignty and independence. The U.S., backed by a UN Security Council Mandate, exercises its power to make the law through force of arms by relying firstly on its officers and leverage in the Iraqi armed forces, and secondly, by periodically launching its own military offensives.

The U.S. government has thus far facilitated the export of well over $200 billion dollars of U.S. capital to Iraq in the name of "reconstruction support" efforts. These contracts are going to such conglomerates as Kellogg Brown & Root LLC, Windstream Holdings, Research Triangle Institute, Stevedoring Services of America, and others. This year, over $100 million in reconstruction support contracts have been awarded by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for demining efforts alone. Business organizations ancillary to Britain's Optima Group, and the Washington-based company Devex are among the recipients of the money.