Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Iraqi Election: Will Secularism Succeed?

As you might have heard it before, many claim that Ayad Allawi, former Iraqi interim prime minister is a Baathist and is a resemblance of Saddma Hussein. To those people, I say you are flat out wrong.

What Ayad Allawi has been calling for over the past couple of years is reconciliation. That is the key to solving a lot of our problems. If you look at Iraq’s history, you will find that we have a pattern of revenge in our society and government and that pertains to the bedawin background many Iraqis have. This is an issue that Ali Al-Wardi, our renowned historian and sociologist has emphasized over and over throughout his publications.

We must reconcile with Baathists, especially those that have done no harm to Iraqis. Like I have said before on my former page on the blog Twenty Four Steps to Liberty, the current Iraqi government has made targets of all former Baathists. Baathists were involved in every aspect of our older lives in Iraq. They were teachers, college professors, engineers, policemen and in many many other fields. In order for many Iraqi to continue on with safer lives during Saddam’s era, they had to be part of the party.

We can’t lose our experts, we can’t lose our teachers, we can’t lose our doctors.

Even my father might disagree with me on this, but as Iraqis, we really have to this into consideration because we are dealing with the lives of three million (3,000,000) people.
It will affect the progress and development of our country.

We have all done out homeland some form of disservice but we don’t punish our selves. A population becomes oppressed because they are not willing to be outspoken against persecution and injustice.

We must leave the past behind and focus on our present and future. We must take advantage of this election. It is another chance given to us to improve our lives.

When we looked at the ballot four years ago, we could only see Sunnis, Shiites, Christians, and Kurds. We supported persecution of Baathist and former Iraqi army personnel. We have another chance to make a better choice, to vote for life against death, to vote for prosperity against persecution, to vote for a representative government against authoritarianism, to vote for peace against instability, for moderation against bigotry and extremism.

These are aspects that we look at the West and envy them for having incorporated them into their lives. We can do it.

We should all advocate for parties like Ayad Allawi’s and Mithal Al-Alusi, we need irreligious government officials who don’t include religion and sect as part of their political program and political campaign.

We need to support such parties and such candiates. The Iraqi Future encourages its reader to explore more about each candidate and learn about their future plans for Iraq.

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