To Achieve Complete Victory in Iraq

  • 11 November 2007

At the recent “Istanbul conference” on Iraq, Prime Minister of Iraq Nouri Al Maliki, declared his “triumph” over terrorism, and reconfirmed this victory in a tour he made of the capital Baghdad, through which he wanted to prove that the security situation had improved. However, for the victory of the Iraq to be complete, it would have to overcome the ever-worsening crises facing the country since 2003, and other important steps will have to be taken, because terrorism is not the only threat facing Iraq. Other dangerous problems, such as sectarian and religious differences and political divisions among various political parties are also preventing the emergence of a consistent vision for Iraq’s future. In this context, the Iraqi reconciliation committee’s efforts to hold a broad-based conference—in which all the Iraqi factions, parties and movements would participate before the end of this year—is definitely an important move. The conference reflects Iraq’s awareness of the importance of reconciliation. The meeting could serve as a bridge on which Iraq could pass from its present stage of crisis to a state of stability and calm. The convening of the conference underscores the fact that the absence of reconciliation is the basis for all evil because the challenges that face Iraq need the involvement of all forces and movements without exception.

Perhaps, what give this conference special importance are reports that all of Iraq’s parties and movements would attend it. This would truly facilitate a broad reconciliation. Therefore, it is hoped that all Iraqi factions attend the conference with an open mind and resort to dialogue and mutual understanding, so that the victory that the Iraqi Prime Minister has spoken of becomes complete. It is also hoped that all problems will be addressed in a climate of honesty and sincerity, because honesty would be the first step toward building mutual trust. This would facilitate true reconciliation that could help build a united homeland and nation.

Iraqi national reconciliation will not only undermine the designs of the votaries of violence, sectarianism and terrorism—who exploit differences to carry out their evil plans in Iraq, but also contribute to creating a suitable climate for discussing the problems of Iraq. At the forefront of these problems, are issues like the distribution of oil wealth, the degree of authority to the provinces, the controversy surrounding the city of Kirkuk, and other issues that can only be tackled within the framework of a national debate.

Therefore, time has come for a comprehensive reconciliation in Iraq after years of dissensions, differences and terrorism, and if the Iraqis are able to stand up against terrorism and sectarianism, they are undoubtedly capable of emerging victorious in the battle of reconciliation that will open a new and glorious page in the life of modern Iraq.