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Iraqi Expat

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Brotherhood between Shiites and Sunnis

The defense minister, Sadoun Al Dulaimi, announced that the government had ordered the army to stop raiding mosques, arresting clerics and "terrifying worshipers."
At a news conference in the Defense Ministry, his first public appearance, Mr. Dulaimi said the order extended to college campuses and Christian churches, and applied to Shiite as well as Sunni religious sites. He said raids had been "terrifying worshipers," adding, "The holy places must not be violated by the security forces, nor religious leaders arrested, and that will not happen anymore."

He said that the security agencies under Mr. Hussein had spread "terror" among Iraqis in the name of protecting Iraq, and that the new government was determined not to do the same by attacking places that Iraqis had the right to consider immune to violence. "A sense of public security cannot be achieved by spreading fear," he said.
Scores of mosques have been raided in the past 18 months, arresting dozens of clerics and often carrying away large hauls of weapons and ammunition, including bomb-making equipment and antitank rockets.

Personally, I think it is wrong to raid mosques, arrest clerics and terrify worshipers; HOWEVER, when these clerics and worshipers violate the sacredness of these holy places, store weapons and ammunition, and advocate terrorism, then these raids will clean these mosques from those who are abusing it. It is a holy place for god's sake; it should be used for worshiping not for terrorism!

Ayatollah Sistani met with Ibrahim Al Jaafari at his sanctuary in Najaf, and gave the prime minister a message emphasizing the need for Shiites and Sunnis to work together on the country's future.
Dr. Jaafari told reporters that Ayatollah Sistani "insisted on the need for brotherhood between Shiites and Sunnis, and the need to include our Sunni brothers in the constitution-drafting process."
Of course this is good news which happened after US pressed the government to boarden the role of Sunnis. Condoleezza Rice urged the government to keep up the momentum and continue to forge a democracy that represents all ethnic and religious groups.
"The next step and the next challenge is to have a constitution that is written by people that are broadly representative," Ms. Rice told Fox News in an interview from Baghdad.

"And so we've been talking about the constitutional drafting process that's about to take place here. It is true that Sunnis did not participate in large numbers in the elections and therefore are underrepresented in the national assembly," she said.

"But I found an openness to the idea - which is really an Iraqi idea - that Sunnis must be represented in this constitutional process because this has to be an Iraq that works for all Iraqis. That's the only way that everyone is going to see the political path as a way to a better future."
Spot on Ms. Rice, my sentiment exactly!


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May 17, 2005 5:57 pm  
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May 17, 2005 6:02 pm  
Blogger Ahmad said...

dcat, Which site? NYTimes?

May 17, 2005 6:05 pm  
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May 17, 2005 6:27 pm  
Blogger Fayrouz said...

Talking about NYT, here's a good article by Christopher Hitchens:

Why does the New York Times insist on calling jihadists "insurgents"?

May 19, 2005 12:07 am  
Blogger Brian H said...

So, mosques are safe havens for armories and terrorists now? I thought this was all worked through before, and the conclusion was that bringing weapons into a mosque removed its protected status.

This is a stupid move, and I doubt it will stand.

May 19, 2005 3:17 am  
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Anonymous afni said...

One take-away from the story of the schism between Shiites and Sunnis is that these are people who can hold a grudge of centuries.

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