Desired Roles for Confronting Plans for Division of Iraq

  • 2 October 2007

It is an indisputable fact that the division of Iraq, as proposed by the nonbinding US Senate resolution adopted recently, is not in the interest of any party either within or outside Iraq. This explains the recent rejection of the proposal by some Iraqi parties, and the move in the Iraqi Parliament to issue a binding law that prohibits the partition of the country under any circumstance. It also explains the opposition of the Arab League, the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, and the Organization of the Islamic Conference to the Senate resolution. All Iraqi people bear the responsibility of reinforcing their internal front against any proposed threat to Iraqi unity and integrity, whereas Arab regional parties should help Iraqi people confront proposals of division by playing a positive role toward unifying Iraqi people. They should participate in the establishment of peace and stability to put an end to the sectarian, ethnic, and religious tensions that would not allow proponents of partition to present it as the only option for confronting these tensions.

As long as the Iraqi crisis remains unresolved, disagreements among political forces aggravate, and hopes of a better future recede. The proposal by the Senate for a partition would not be the last of its kind, as the difficulty of reconciliation and coexistence among Iraqi people is the main reason for the difficult political and security situation.

The recent Senate resolution should be taken as a blessing in disguise that could help in getting rid of all projects threatening Iraqi unity. It should also be seen as an opportunity for preserving Iraq identity as a united Arab Muslim country that forms a strong base in the Arab Regional System. In this framework, Arab countries should help forge a national dialogue among Iraqi forces in order to achieve reconciliation and openness, and to rebuild the basis for national coexistence to clear the differing and dangerous confusions that Iraq has been facing in the last few years. Today is the perfect time to face the challenges and resolve them, before their dangerous effects aggravate and become a threat to Iraq’s future, commencing with the recent Senate Resolution.

The unity of Iraq is not just in the interest of the Iraqis and Arabs, but it is in the interest of the region and world. Differences will lead to viciousness, tensions, and instability in the region that could have an effect on global security and stability, because this issue is related to an economically and strategically important region of the world, whose negative or positive implications would directly affect all sides.