Changing Winds Offer New Hope in Iraq
|August 15, 2014||Filled under Iraq Daily News|
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Since the so-called liberation of Iraq by British and US forces who promised a new era for Iraqis, unfortunately Iraqis have seen nothing but catastrophes.
In fact, in this petroleum nation before the military coup d’etat of 1958 the Iraqi dinar was equivalent to BD1.380.
Today, Iraq‘s currency is less than half a fils.
Millions have lost their lives, millions have migrated from Iraq and hundreds of thousands are displaced due to terrorist activities and now, of course, the horror of horrors ‘“ the ISIS.
The eight continuous years of Nouri Al Maliki in power as an Iranian-American puppet have completely disunited the Iraqi nation.
Nouri Al Maliki achieved power through a national unity accord to respect the constitution and consolidate national unity, but through his administration it has fallen apart.
In fact, from the very day he came to power he almost dismantled the national unity accord and considered himself sacred and holy.
Today the changing wind is blowing, kicking him out of his seat and selecting Dr Haider Al Abaadi as Prime Minister.
It’s worth mentioning that Dr Al Abaadi is the first Iraqi Premier since 1958 who is a native of Baghdad and not from the provinces, simply because residents of any capital in this world are more aware and in touch with the problems of their nation and the world at large.
Those from the provinces are more inclined to become bogged down in local tribal issues.
Furthermore, Dr Al Abaadi is a Western university graduate who worked in Britain as adviser to a British institution.
Although no-one can ignore that he is a member of the Dawa party (a Shia political group), it seems he has many differences with leading personalities of the party.
When talking to an Iraqi diplomat who lives abroad, he told me Dr Al Abaadi was a man with a generous manner and was not a vengeful person.
Of course, he has one hell of a task to face because most political groups are representatives of various tribes and they put the interest of the tribe first, before the nation’s interest.
To re-establish an Iraq for all Iraqis on equal par will be his greatest mission, reuniting and resurrecting nationalistic feelings and commitment in the psyche of all Iraqis.
In fact, he has to keep in mind that no politician should think of his tribal victory, but instead how to rescue Iraq.
This means Iraq requires a completely new concept of governance.
Our diplomat friend said there were good signs, especially the contact from His Majesty King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al Faisal.
Their support for Dr Al Abaadi in a congratulatory telegram indicates a nationalistic Arab support that his predecessor was never able to obtain.
Interestingly, it took Iran more than 48 hours to respond to the sudden political changes in Iraq, which indicate that Iraq’s national platform is unshackling itself from direct or indirect Iranian influence.
Iraq is a country rich in resources from oil and agriculture to technicians and expertise in every field ‘“ with hundreds of thousands of Iraqi experts qualified to rebuild Iraq into a well-to-do country among the international community.
However, reconciliation requires grace.
Thousands of political prisoners ought to be released because most of those people behind bars are there due to the injustice of Al Maliki’s administration, which erased every open-minded citizen from the government bureaucracy and threw them into jails based on false accusations.
Iraq through history has been the cradle of civilisation with different ethnicities all living in harmony.
Even during the Islamic Caliphate 14 centuries ago, whether under the Umayyads or the Abbasids, Islamisation was never imposed by force upon any ethnic groups as the ISIS criminals are trying to enforce it by the death and destruction of innocent people.
Iraq’s road to recovery is long and thorny, but it is not impossible.
In fact, as our diplomat said: ‘What was destroyed in Iraq by the imperial power of America and Britain, only Iraqis by their willpower will be able to rebuild.’
One reality, one fact, rules these coming changes.
Military power and jet fighters will never heal the wounds of any nation.
It is in fact forgiveness, patience and equal rights for all according to the law, order and constitution that are the best panacea to overcome the evil of the past.
This can only be achieved if the new leaders of Iraq separate religious ideology from the state.
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