Arab papers urge new assessment of situation in Iraq

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Arab papers urge new assessment of situation in Iraq

Post by GottaDash on Tue Jul 01, 2008 7:57 am

AMMAN, July 1 (VOI) A number of opinion writers in Arab newspapers on Tuesday called for carrying out a new assessment of the situation in Iraq and taking into consideration the transformations made over the past few months.

Under a headline that read 'Iraq: Society's victory over Salafism,' the Lebanese al-Akhbar newspaper published an article by Nahid Hitr, a Jordanian writer, in which he said that Salafism, which dominated Iraqi society since 2003, is currently at a low ebb.
Salafism is a Sunni Islamic school of thought that takes the pious ancestors (Salaf) of the patristic period of early Islam as exemplary models. Salafis view the first three generations of Muslims, who are Prophet Muhammad's companions, and the two succeeding generations after them as examples of how Islam should be practiced. The principal tenet of Salafism is that Islam was perfect and complete during the days of the Prophet and his companions, but that undesirable innovations have been added over the centuries due to materialist and cultural influences. The movement seeks to revive a practice of Islam that more closely resembles the religion during the time of Prophet Muhammad.
Hitr says that Iraqi society has always been a secular and a civil society that practices Islam on social grounds. According to the author, Iraq has enriched Islam with its ideologies of modernism and civil society.
The author believes that "the Iraqi resistance against the U.S. occupation" did not reflect the true mirror image of Iraqi society. "Resistance organizations that engaged in a five-year war against the U.S.-led occupation under Islamic mottos are currently working on a new secular formula for their political activities, aspiring to overcome sectarianism and to rally all national forces and anti-occupation leftists behind them," the author explained.

Meanwhile, the Jordanian al-Dustour newspaper, an independent daily, drew a contrast between British troops' behavior in Iraq in the early 1920s and that of U.S. forces in the aftermath of the 2003 invasion of the country.
With the help of King Faisal I, British troops helped the Iraqi government build its military institutions in accordance with British standards, Rakan al-Majali said. On the other hand, the United States has sought to dissolve the Iraqi army and to destroy all state institutions since the first day its forces set foot in Iraq, the author claimed.


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Re: Arab papers urge new assessment of situation in Iraq

Post by Howler on Tue Jul 01, 2008 6:12 pm

well, at least one of them gets it!

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