Tuesday, April 27, 2004

"The people do not -sometimes-see the good they want"

When I heard about the decision of the coalition to get UN involved the in the process of authority handover, I grew really restless, and what made me more worried is that ‘all parts’ seem to agree on this; the coalition, the UN the GC and the whole world. Now wait a minute! Is that the same useless, half corrupted organization that supported Saddam, and still support his likes in the name of preserving the international wall? Is that the same organization that left Iraq and the Iraqi people after the 1st terrorist attack? I hope they are speaking of something other than that. Some people would say that this is what the Iraqi people want, but this (if it’s ever true) is not the question.

Although many people see this question to be the most determining factor in setting the policy in Iraq, still (in my opinion) this is not the question although it’s an important one. What is more important in my opinion is this question “what’s good for Iraqis and at the same time does not interfere with the interests of the region and the world?”
Nobody really knows what a nation that lost the reasonable and balanced vision for decades would want, and nobody can-and I’m sure of that-claim that he could summarize the people’s demands in definite points and also cannot represent the people regarding their wishes and goals.
We do not have the prominent character or the dominant trend or even the clear and acceptable-for the majority- political program. More important there’s no possible way, with all this violence going, that the Iraqis can voice their real demands, or that significantly valid polls can be performed.
We have the silent majority that was deluded for 4 decades and was persecuted and deprived their opportunity to speak and their right to think. So, how can we rely on this confused vision which is absolutely governed by emotions that lead most of the opinions of those people? We should also not forget that it’s been just a year since Iraq got released from Saddam’s prison and Iraqis were faced with a huge propaganda wave and an intense psychological pressure from outside and inside the country. This was more that what those washed brains could handle or tolerate. Everyone tries to speak on behalf of those minds that were besieged by one single idea for decades; the idea of fear from the brutal government they lived under.
Now, those minds are being asked to define their goal out of tens of choices that are even hard for them to understand not to adopt.
That’s why we find them choosing the easiest solution by not choosing anything from what is available and they tend to prefer to remain silent and keep waiting.
Let’s be realistic and face the reality; the minds of my countrymen have absorbed the emotional aspect of the subject not the practical one, therefore it’s natural to see more emotions and less work and in a situation like this one, it would be wrong to put the whole responsibility on the people’s shoulders and we have several occasions in which some countries postponed elections after receiving trauma from some incidents when they realized that having the elections in their planned schedule might have a bad influence on their future, so what should we think about Iraq when she’s witnessing the most important event in her life, and I think that what we saw in Spain is a good example and to some extent proves the theory; despite the fact that Spain is a great nation and her people are civilized, they made a decision that many of us consider to be not the best they could make and this was because they followed their emotions not reason after the terrible attacks in Madrid. Yes, our people want the good but they can’t see it. Those who were kept in the darkness for four decades will certainly stumble when they see the light for the first time and will need a long time to accommodate to the new atmosphere. How could we ask those to find their way, the way that you find obvious?
The big question-that is sadly being pushed backwards-remains this “what is good for the people?” and if this interferes with what is good for the rest of the world and specially the USA (since she is the part who sacrificed and still sacrifice the most) then we really do have a problem, but since this is not the case, as I think a free democratic Iraq who should be a strong ally to the USA and the free world will serve the interests of all except of course the ME dictators and the Islamofascists, then we shouldn’t have a problem.
Some might say "who has the right to define this, you, the Iraqi intellectuals, the GC, the coalition and the American administration or the UN?
You can make your choice; I’m not in a position that allows me to give orders. Those who have the widest experience should understand this and get prepared to adopt it and a long time may pass before my people realize that what was planned for them is for their benefit. As a matter of fact, this hurts too but it seems that we have-in the mean time, not in the future-limited choices. We should learn from previous similar examples in the world where decisions were enforced on the people to avoid disasters in the future. I hope you don’t get me wrong; the subject is not about who enforces his opinion but it’s about, what’s the best available opinion to adopt regardless of who gave this opinion.
I would never call for the delay of the authority handover. This, in my opinion, should not be postponed (for reasons other than what ‘the people want’), and also I’m not naive enough to think that I know better than the whole world. It’s just my opinion and I could be wrong and hope that the people in charge know exactly, as they showed before, what they are doing and I hope they want to give the UN some role and not a real role in shaping the future of Iraq, because seriously, I doubt if the UN officials ever care about what Iraq really needs.
It’s my right and my duty as an Iraqi citizen and a human being to speak out and say that what Iraq needs is a firm alliance with the USA and the rest of the coalition, because these are the governments that have real interest in establishing a true democracy in Iraq and these are the people that I trust most. As for the UN, it can play a role in organizing humanitarian aids and can also play a minor role in the political future of Iraq.

By Mohammed.

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