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The road to political change in Iraq

Monday January 18, 2021 54
Ibrahim Al-Abadi

Three trends are expected to be headlines in the upcoming political and electoral struggle: the first trend is post-Islamism, the second trend is populism, and the third is Iraqi patriotism.

While the pace accelerates towards making the upcoming elections a decisive political articulation, forces seek to re-establish power in Iraq anew by renewing the faces of political actors, counter forces feel that they are being targeted, and they must defend their presence, by waging an electoral battle with full caliber and weapons, and the first of these weapons will be the media and its speeches

Because the media, by its nature, seeks to construct and frame public opinion trends, the central issues that the parties to the election race will focus on will reflect the mentality of the currents, their ideologies, and their approaches to these issues, with an emphasis on the elements of emotional and emotional tension.

The Iraqi society is rife with great political movements, and the protests have fueled many questions that were not only questioning the authorities, but rather an internal internal debate, some of which remained suppressed and some of it appeared to the public about the feasibility of large speeches and larger narratives, if the forces and elites to which they belong were not able to accommodate the aspirations of the people.

In the context of these questions, the political struggle emerges under the umbrella of three currents with their post-Islamist, populist and patriotic tendencies, and it is these currents that will run in the elections, but with their old and new names, so the competitors will enter an existential struggle to confirm their presence in the power structure and represent part of the street.

Which was greatly disturbed by political shocks, economic crises and conflict of regional and international axes, in addition to the failure of the forces that seized power in running the state at a level of acceptability and rationality that qualifies it to continue.

Post-Islamism is represented by the reproduction of the (Iraqi Islamic Project) with its various sectarian and partisan colors to match the violent criticism that (Islamists) were subjected to in their pursuit of the Islamization of life according to their ideological perspectives, as Islamism and its program are no longer able to meet the requirements of the daily life of the public, the slogan has exhausted its energy

And the project is its ability to persuade, and the slogan of Islam is no longer a sufficient solution to approach the crises and problems of the state and society, and the proponents of the project did not embody sufficient skills and capabilities to maintain the enthusiasm and employ efforts to perpetuate the momentum (the battle of Islamism) as they imagined it.

In general, the forces of political Islam suffered tremendous suffering in proving authoritarian merit and innovative solutions to successive crises, and convincing the public became a tremendous challenge that required re-examination of tools and methods and the formation of new elites with new concepts and visions in light of the internal and external criticism to which the experiences of Islamists in general were exposed, hence the talk about ( Post-Islamism) to be an expression of a new thought and a new stage!

In it, religiosity and the call to the Islamic project become very distinct from the past and the present, distinctions dictated by the stage of uprising, criticism and rejection, and this tendency (I personally) assume that it will be present in the elections in multiple formats, in addition to the populist forces that will fill the political space with their methods of flattening awareness and falsifying intellectual debates Crossing over major issues blaming others, persistent hate speech, stereotyping enemies, blaming the other on responsibility, and self-integrity.

As for issues of failure, corruption, contempt for the state, its competition, and the floating of its authorities and institutions, they are left without an answer because the unspoken hidden, and because the hour of reform has not struck the minds and voices of this project.

Iraqi patriotism is looking for a space in these elections as well, for it is a nascent trend, but it is strong with its arguments and its assimilation of the experience of past years.

It is a current that does not want to transform the battle of building the state into a struggle of Islamists and secularists, nor a struggle of nationalists and internationalists, or the struggle of local forces against external forces.

Ideological struggles, revolutionary dreams, utopian projects, a hundred years of the life of the state, and now the time has come (to put) the harvest of bitter experiences into practice for me.

The fact that the focus on building Iraq and the Iraqi state without ideological conflict and utopian dreams is a dangerous bet on a consciousness that has not yet completed its construction.

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