For several months Baghdadi residents had got relief from car bombs which cause death and chaos in our capital. That thing didn't last as we had six car bombs within the last seven days in Baghdad alone. Thus, the security plan which started about twenty months ago had failed to end the roadside bombs, mortars, assassinations and at least car bombs.
Yesterday we had two car bombs, one in Karrada neighborhood and the other one in Jamiaa neighborhood. As a result we witnessed today terrible traffic jams in Baghdad check points. For me I was stuck in a terrible long queue of cars on Jadiriya bridge, one of the important bridges in Baghdad that links its west bank with the east one, due to the three check points on it. There were five lanes of cars on that bridge while the Iraqi police check point allow one lane to pass without checking the cars nor carrying any device to tell that they are searching to prevent car bombs to detonate in Karrada neighborhood or any other place in Baghdad. All the people were furious as they wasted their time waiting at the check point of no use. For me, I spent one hour waiting in the taxi to have the car move 500 meters. Time wasn't with me. I phoned my local manager to tell him that I would be a liitle bit late for the morning meeting. He surprised me that he is on the bridge, too. Also two of our bureau drivers were on the bridge. I decided to leave the taxi and walked to the office. Eventually, I arrived ten minutes late, but I was the first even before the manager and the two drivers who were riding their own cars.
People keep asking of the real benefits of having so many check points all over Baghdad with the violence starts again to show up these days after a period of freezing which didn't last long. Is this a kind of pressure message to the government? Or is something bigger than that? Is it related to the military operations in Diyala and Mosul?
The Iraqi people and especially Baghdad is fed up with promises by officials and security commanders of the improving of the security situation. Millions of students in schools and universities started their new studying year this week which will add more traffic in Baghdad and more targets for the car bombs.
If the check points lessen the car bombs, we are happy with them. Instead, we have soldiers and policemen who wave for the cars to move like traffic policemen who are useless.