Politics of Iraq

United effort the only hope for a brighter Iraq

The US, its staunch ally Britain and a rag-tag coalition of supporters went to war against Iraq in the name of terrorism.

Thursday, 20 March, 2008, 12:00am

Has Iraq's ordeal been worth it?

It is five years since US President George W. Bush launched the invasion of Iraq. Can the nation still emerge as a place where people lead reasonably safe and happy lives?

20 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Australia stands beside the US (except in Iraq)

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has confirmed he will fulfil his election promise to withdraw all his nation's military personally from Iraq by the middle of the year.

3 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

America's enduring fantasy about Iraq

The word 'enduring' crops up a lot in connection with the United States' adventure in Iraq. As soon as the US army occupied the country in 2003, it began work on 14 enduring (that is, permanent) military bases to turn it into an American bastion at the head of the Gulf.

30 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

The conquest of America by Iraq

The debacle in Iraq is obvious to everyone but a diminishing band led by United States President George W. Bush. It's time for the US to leave. The human and financial costs of the war are high enough. But the Iraq war is having an even more insidious impact: it is transforming America.

17 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Reining in American foreign policy

The Iraq war continues to consume lives, both American and Iraqi. The conflict is also burning mountains of cash. The Bush administration this month proposed a complex US$715-billion defence spending package, including US$481 billion for standard Pentagon operations and US$142 billion for the Iraq war next year.

27 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Explanation needed on UK troop withdrawal

British Prime Minister Tony Blair's announcement that many of his country's troops will soon leave Iraq sends a mixed signal to Iraqis at a time when they need committed foreign help. With sectarian violence showing no sign of letting up, there is a need for coalition troops to continue providing security while preparing Iraqi forces for taking on this onerous task.

22 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Historian finally forced to flee Baghdad's ruins

To get from his home on one side of Baghdad to his job at Iraq's National Museum on the other, Donny George would use three different cars, to keep any assassins off his trail. He varied his route and never left for work at the same time two days in a row.

11 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Truth and lies in the court of public opinion

Forget about star wars, or even wars fought the old-fashioned way on battlefields. They are only a sideshow to the 'media wars' that really decide winners and losers nowadays. It doesn't matter if the actual conflict involves invading armies or a war over ideology: the decisive struggle takes place in the media, with a combination of lies, truths and half-truths as the primary weapon.

27 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

On the brink of anarchy?

As the Sunni insurgency in Iraq has increased in its scope and brutality over the past few years, one of its key strategic objectives has become all too apparent - the desire to spark a civil war between the country's Sunni and Shi'ite communities.

8 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Iraqi unity the only way to stave off civil war

Iraq is on the brink of civil war. Fighting between rival Muslim sects, an insurgency, lawlessness and political indecision is driving the nation into a vortex of destruction that, as Defence Minister Saadoun al-Dulaimi so pessimistically observed at the weekend, seems as if it might never end.

27 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Iraqis must determine future on own terms

Another day of hope begins in Iraq as the draft constitution interim lawmakers have been haggling over for months is presented to parliament today. If the way the document has been hammered out is any indication, this will, unfortunately, be another false dawn for Iraq's long-suffering people.

28 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Iraqis have to learn the lessons of democracy

Democracy is a word too often carelessly used, often by those who have it and wish it for others. Such people speak of the ideal as if it can be acquired, much like a book from a shelf. Reality is much different, as the people of Iraq have been finding out; democracy is learned and earned, not acquired.

11 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Next, a showdown with Shi'ites

Good can come out of evil. A democratic, peaceful and independent Iraq could yet be the final result of the US invasion, whether that was precisely what the Bush administration intended or not. But it still does not seem very likely.

2 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Encouraging signs on the road to a new Iraq

Sovereignty was handed over to an Iraqi government in June, but that did little to change perceptions inside and outside the country that Iraqis were still not in charge of their own future. Yesterday's election should help to change both the views and the reality.

31 Jan 2005 - 12:00am