People are talking about the American
redeployment from Iraqi cities, which was completed on Tuesday, June 30, which is
similar, to a great extent, to the withdrawals Israel carries out from time to
time in cities on the West Bank, only to return under various pretexts - to
chase, hunt and assassinate. That's why this type of "withdrawal" is only
termed a "redeployment," since retreating forces don't depart significantly
from the places they left. That is the reality of the situation regarding the
withdrawal of American forces from Iraqi cities.
The Iraqi people are in dire
need of the U.S. to withdraw, in order to give us every chance of national
reconciliation. Meanwhile, due to the U.S. presence, tremenodous pressure and intimidation came from our
Arab brothers, particularly from neighboring countries. The Iraqi people had
hoped that the withdrawal would be accompanied by what America claimed it was
going to achieve when it invaded. There's still no electricity, water, no
chance for the young or college graduates to find work, no reconstruction - and
certainly none of the promises have been kept that the Bush Administration and
its various accomplices made in an attempt to substantiate the horror of invasion
and aggression, which lacked any legal or moral justification.
The U.S. deployment from Iraqi
cities might usher in the day of a brotherly Iraq, if it is accompanied by strong
and capable security and political institutions that could restore to Iraq its Arab
face and internal unity, that restores her ties with her Arab neighbors, and
that liberates it from all vestiges of the invasion and the sectarian sentiments
that nearly destroyed the country. The consequences of this will long remain.
Despite the nature of this redeployment
- and despite everything - this is a positive step. We hope that it will serve
to restore the Iraqi spirit we all remember - that spirit of treating everyone
in a civilized fashion, regardless of religion, faction or sect - and that Iraq
come together as one and remain a beacon for all neighboring states for many
years to come.
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