I was speaking with an Iraqi friend of mine today. Ali Shalal Abbas is currently in Amman, where he is working with the Association of Victims of American Occupation Prisons.
The Association was initially formed after the Abu Ghraib scandal, but now works for the rights of all detainees and people hurt by the invasion of Iraq.
This is the Association’s statment about itself:
A HUMANITARIAN ASSOCIATIONv NOT FOR PROFITS.v NOT SECTARIAN.v NOT ETHNIC.v DEFEND HUMAN RIGHTS, DETAINEES, PRISONERS, WHO ARE ACUSED IN RESISTING THE OCCUPATION, DEMANDING FOR RELEASING AND FOR THE MORAL AND FINANCIAL COMPENSATING DUE TO THE VIOLATION THEY FACED AND EXPOSING THE NON – HUMAN ACTIONS HAPPENED AGAINST THEM.v TAKING CARE OF THE DETAINEES, PRISONERS AND WHO ARE ACCUSED OF RESISTING THE OCCUPATION FAMILIES AS MUCH AS WE CAN.
Something which I am constantly asked in my presentations is, “what should be done abotu the situation in Iraq?”
Now, for sure I am not confident what the answer is for this question, but I am always looking for solutions.
Haj Ali related a proposal for calming the situation in Iraq through another Iraqi friend, Mustafa, who translated for me, so I apologize for any stilted grammar. He seems to have some very interesting insight and a good plan to consider:
1. The men who will be in charge of the security of Iraq must not be sectarian or ethnic in focus.
2. Stopping the religious parties from being inside the government.
3. There must be an international body like the United Nations to build the new security system and apply the rule of law.
4. Allow all members of the old Iraqi Army to return.
5. Release all prisoners and detainees and compensate them.
I hope my readers will think about these suggestions, direct from an Iraqi familiar with the issues at play inside his country. Please comment on them and respond with your own feelings. I will try to provide some more insight and commentary on the specific pieces soon, to make it clear why some of these principles are not as far-fetched as they may first appear.