Ada'af al Imaan (What's The Solution?)
Dawood Al Shirian, Dar Al-Hayat, 2003/04/12
Did Baghdad give up, or was it handed over? The answer to this question is no longer relevant in order to know the fate of the Iraqi President, or to which extent rumors about a deal between Washington and the Iraqi leadership via Russia are true.
Yet, it is important to deeply understand the Iraqi regime's nature and its opportunist ideology. For believing, favoring and overlooking this ideology led us to this tragic collapse and to the quick vanishing of a state's persona. A state we thought was characterized by national cohesion, where nationalities, religions and rites are interlaced in a way that prevents collapse. Unfortunately, this is exactly what the Iraqi cities witnessed in the past two days.
The easy fall of Baghdad represents the starting point of the fall of Baath ideology, along with all its symbols, intellectuals, poets, partisans and history full of blood and corruption. In addition, the fall will stop the spread of every political trend and "revolutionary" parties that became popular only with slogans, and governed its people under a state of emergency.
However, the Iraqis' happiness with the collapse of this period of counterfeiting, despite the bitterness in its achievement, was about to justify the occupation and permit the violation of states' sovereignty and international legitimacy, compared to a terrible cultural and political bankruptcy and an unclear view of the future.
Iraq's quick disintegration needs a reaction away from submission, accepting the reality and justifying the occupation under the veil of liberation from despotism. Moreover, we should not deal with the event with obstinacy, adopting a vengeful attitude that ignores truths. It is also imperative to admit the bankruptcy of the Arab political regime, and seize this opportunity to encourage openness toward people, and bridge the gap that widened with the absence of political participation, civil society along with its institutions within which it is difficult to split societies with so much easiness.
Arab governments should be preoccupied with national solidarity before Arab solidarity, for it has been proven to be impossible under an Arab regime where a person or a party represent the state.