Share via Email A boy collects dead fish from a reservoir near Basra, where saltwater has polluted the Shatt al-Arab waterway.
Millions of landmines from wars past hem in the city, even as militias — the armed wings of Shia political parties, given new life by the fight against Isis — tyrannise its people. Even the clean, clear river that my brother and I used to fish from is now a muddy creek filled with sewage and sickness.
All this and more came together in the explosion of fury in Basra this past weekdriving thousands of citizens into the streets to demand their rights.
This unrest may surprise many in the west, where the conflicts of the region are often seen through the lens of sectarian strife.
Most of the demonstrators are young people, under the age of Some protests turned into rioting, although no more than the usual vandalism that accompanies any popular uprising.
Soon, though, pro-Iranian parties and Iran itself seized on the issue. Yet now they call the looting of the Iranian embassy in Basra a brutal and savage attack. At the protests spread past my apartment in Basra, I saw how any violence from the protesters was met with even greater violence from government authorities.
The live bullets fired by the military and police, killing and wounding manyhave only made matters worse. Popular anger threatens to drag the city into outright civil war. Yet the government has ignored the true meaning of this mass mobilisation to the point of absurdity.
This only makes it clearer how much the government has stood idly by as this tragedy has unfolded, and how little they understand.
You would think the prime minister was talking about another country entirely, not an Iraqi province, especially not one that exports the oil and gas that support the other 18 provinces.
The bribes have choked off all but the simplest industry in Basra, as investors balk and abandon projects in the face of arbitrary demands. Instead, the parties are under pressure to increase the amount of imported goods and services — especially Iran.
Iranian construction companies, banks and even hair salons compete with Iraqi firms. The ministry of oil simply burns any gas produced in the extraction of oil, polluting the environment further. Today, Basra suffers a slow death from the pollution and poison that flow from the industry that was supposed to be its saviour.
The swamps and rivers that religious pilgrims and orientalists once lovingly described in their travelogues are now rubbish dumps, where cholera bubbles to the surface each September and October. To make matters worse, the agricultural runoff and pollution dumped into the Shatt al-Arab waterway from Iranian fields drives saltwater further and further up the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, an environmental catastrophe that is taking with it livestock and fisheries.
The Iraqi government cannot rely on its victory over Isis to boost its popularity forever. Indeed, Basra played a large part in that victory, from its sons lost in battle to its natural wealth used to finance the campaign. Now Basra watches as that same wealth goes to rebuild liberated areas, even as its own standard of living declines.
To avoid more demonstrations, and to absorb the anger of Iraqis in Basra and elsewhere, the government must abandon stopgap solutions in favour of addressing the root causes of these problems.
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