Recognizing the mounting strength of the Iraqi Resistance and the looming departure of the defeated American-Anglo occupation forces from Iraq, the Centre for Arab Unity Studies organized a symposium on "The Future of Iraq" that was held in Beirut, Lebanon during July 25 - 28 , 2005. Its first related symposium was on "The Occupation of Iraq : Its Ramifications on the Arab world and Regionally and Internationally" that was held in Beirut during March 8 - 11, 2004.
While the first symposium dealt extensively with Iraq under the occupation
discussing more than 20 scholarly papers that were published in a 1088 pages proceedings, the second symposium dealt with Iraq after the occupation
108 Iraqi patriots (with about 40 PhD holders, and about half of the attendees came directly from Iraq) participated in the second symposium. They represented a wide spectrum of political parties, religious societies and independents. Their common denominator was their complete and unequivocal support for the Iraqi Resistance, the firm rejection of the occupiers' agenda for Iraq and the refusal to participate within the political guidelines set by Bremer's Orders
** and Noah Feldman's
vision of what they consider to be an "Iraqinized Occupation
", including the sham "elections" of last February, the contorted and still-born "constitution" that is presently being conceived and the forming of a "sovereign Iraqi government" that is intentioned to serve the occupier's wishes.
In preparing for this second symposium, the Centre for Arab Unity Studies had asked highly qualified Iraqi experts in their field of specialization and with extensive professional experience to prepare papers in the following areas in order to serve as guiding posts for the patriotic government of Iraq that will take control of Iraq after its Liberation
1 - The Constitution
2 - The law for a national elections committee
3 - The law for the elections of parliament members
4 - The law for forming societies and political parties
5 - The re-enactment of the reconstruction effort
6 - The oil industry and oil policy
7 - The Kurdish issue
8 - The reforming of the Iraqi army
9 - The media and the press
10 - Debts and reimbursements and reparations
During the first day of the symposium, the participants joined committees that discussed in detail the prepared papers and offered their comments on the topics 5 - 10 above. The first four topics were discussed by all present over the next day and a half in detail after reading verbatim important topics, such as the constitution. Many important comments and editions were offered, discussed and accepted or rejected in an exemplary debating fashion thanks to the firm, fair and experienced elucidations of the chair, Dr. Khair Al-Din Hassib, the Head of the Centre for Arab Unity Studies. Finally, the summaries of the discussions of the various committees that met on the first day were presented and rectified with additional comments and points.
The symposium ended with the participants' voted wish to have the Centre publish in its own name the final versions of the papers that would include the input of the participants and to distribute them over the Internet and inside Iraq. This is a clear message to the occupiers that there is an alternate Iraqi force that fully supports the Iraqi Resistance, that does not accept nor participate with the occupation and who is preparing for the considered future of a Liberated Iraq.
Dr. Hassib then invited those who wished to meet together to discuss the formation of a United National Front of parties, societies and independents who share the common belief in their support of the Iraqi Resistance and their struggle for the liberation of Iraq, to do so over the next day and a half. Dr. Hassib merely offered the administrative and secretarial services of the Centre for Arab Unity Studies but without its direct participation in these sessions. Nonetheless, the spirit of Dr. Hassib's firm, orderly and constructive debate prevailed and the discussions were open, frank and heated but civilized at points. A final declaration was discussed and agreed upon, and the consensus prevailed that an elected committee, whose members were returning to Iraq, would follow-up the intentions of the declaration under the umbrella of the Iraqi National Foundation Congress
that already exists in Iraq. A second committee, whose members were Iraqis living abroad, was selected to promote the activities and disseminate news of the committee that is returning to Iraq in the mass media and the Internet. A web site will soon follow.
** In Arabic also
, note that the expiry date for this CPA site is June 2006.
نظراً لتأخري في الرجوع وإعداد ملاحظاتي عن الندوة ، فلقد سبقني آخرون في نقل ما شعرت به من دهشة وتساؤل عن الحملة الشديدة التي سبقت عقد هذه الندوة و من ثم القناعة بأهمية ما دار بها وما نتج عنها وعن تشكيل الجبهة الوطنية (علماً بأن البيان الختامي لمناقشة تشكيل الجبهة الوطنية في صيغته النهائية و بعد التداول المثمر حول نقاطه لم يصدر بعد). ولهذا، فإني سأكتفي، في الوقت الحاضر، بالإشارة الى المقالة الدالّة التي أعدها صباح المختار (لا قرابة مع صلاح المختار) والتي صدرت اليوم
August 1, 2005
August 5, 2005
صلاح عمر العلي
August 21, 2005
د. عبدالوهاب حميد رشيد ( وتعليق لمنذر الأعظمي)ء
August 22, 2005
August 25, 2005
Vigil for Justice
(on February 26, 2004) in front of the Freedom Monument (erected in 1960 by Jawad Salim Jawad), Liberation Square, Baghdad.