I felt like I left my previous article hanging when I said that it was about time America recalibrated and put its house in order by finally coming up with a solution that will ensure we get out of Iraq permanently. Therefore in this post, I want us to talk solutions.
I am going to highlight unfolding events in Iraq that America must keep an eye on and play an active role in if we are to finally close the Iraq chapter.
1 Reconciling the minorities in Iraq
Iraq has plenty of fault lines which always become evident when the country is not fighting a common enemy such as ISIS. These fault lines are in the shape of conflicts that exist among the Iraqi minorities such as the Turks, Yazidi, Christian, and Shabak among others and how they relate with the Iraqi government in Bagdad. America must play an active role in the reconciliation efforts for these groups.
2 Putting an end to the fragility that created room for ISIS
Lately, Iraqis from the southern part of the country have been back on the streets protesting against government neglect. Understandably so, they lack basic services as well as employment therefore they are not getting the bare minimum from their government. This is almost like déjà vu because it’s how ISIS came in. America must therefore find a way to support Iraq in this respect while it’s still early.
3 Formulating mechanisms for cohesion and peace building
The capacity of Iraqis to find amicable mechanism for cohesion and peace building needs to be invested in so that they don’t resort to bombs and guns every time they need to get heard. America should facilitate such efforts because they will benefit us as well as Iraqis in the long run. We can do without another war in the coming decade.
These are of course not simple solutions because of the complexities on the ground resulting from decades and probably even centuries of mistrust. However, every journey however long must always start with the first step.