A prominent Sunni politician warned the drop was a "temporary improvement" that would be reversed by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's failure to achieve national reconciliation.There is no legislation pending which will address the rampant corruption and cronyism of the Iraqi government, and without tackling that culture political reconcilliation will always get bogged down by competing turf feuds.
The VOA asked an expert:
Anthony Cordesman, of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, says the stalled debate in Parliament and the ethnic violence that has plagued the country reflect a power struggle between sectarian factions. He says Iraq's much-criticized prime minister cannot move the process forward unless the warring factions want him to.It's difficult to see where such external negotiations could begin - unless perhaps in a cross-sectarian agreement that Maliki must go. For instance and despite the hype, the Anbar Opportunists are very much opposed to the Baghdad government - to the extent of even mistrusting the Sunni represenatives there.
I don't want to utterly write off the Sunni's return. Halting the worst excesses of de-Ba'athification will definitely help Iraq, for instance. But anyone who thinks the Sunnis in parliament are going to vote against their own interests on such as the oil law or that todays return is part of a magical transformation of the entire Iraqi political picture is smoking the Kool-Aid in a crack-pipe, not just drinking it. For one thing, the folks who look most likely to reconcile and sideline Maliki in the process all want the US out as soon as they seize enough power back from Maliki's government to be able to better hold their own in the civil war.