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06 April 2006

Three years after the fall of Saddam


Saddam's brutal regime was ended on 9 April 2003. The people of Iraq are holding him accountable for his crimes and atrocities

"Prior 2003, Iraq used to be one of the top countries for producing refugees and asylum seekers. Now, in Britain for example, the numbers of Iraqi asylum seekers were reduced by 70 per cent. This reduction is becoming a pattern elsewhere in other asylum seeking countries." Said Mr Jabbar Hasan of Iraqi Association.

Iraq has gone from enduring a repressive dictatorship to electing a transitional government, to ratifying a new constitution written by Iraqis, to electing a permanent government last December. In defiance of evil terrorist threats and attacks, over 8.5 million Iraqis participated in January 2005 election and in December 2005 election, nearly 12 million people cast their votes.

But with the fat in the fire, the Iraqi politicians so far have failed to build a government out of the successful December elections. If Iraq is to continue down the path of democracy, Iraqi politicians will need to overcome their differences and the polarization that has developed as a result of the new balance of power in Iraq.

"We want to see a government that respects human rights, the law and its institutions, a government that represented by an elected parliament and a cabinet that is accountable to it. It is an opportunity to live in a country that rests on a wealth of natural resources, which the former dictator squandered on its security apparatus and wars in order to maintain his ruthless regime." Said Mr Hasan

"History is not made up of daily headlines, and media hype or the latest sensational attack. History is a bigger picture, and it takes some time and perspective to measure accurately." Said Mr Hasan.

The fact is that we are not facing a civil war in Iraq with large-scale groups of people fighting one another along ethnic and sectarian lines. But extremists and terrorists are determined to use sectarian tension and are attempting to spark a civil war. "And we do not want to see localized gangs and mafias to become rulers of their own stretch of turf." Said Mr Hasan.

Iraq is not out of the woods yet, but in spite of the violence, Iraqis are constructing one of the few democracies in the Middle East.

For further information please contact Jabbar Hasan on 020 8741 5491 or 07761081030.
Email: iraqicommunity@btclick.com

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