Sayyid Ammar al-Hakim, head of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, confirmed that demonstrating is a legitimate and constitutional right and a manifestation of democracy. His Eminence praised the discipline of the demonstrators who deported offenders who want to exploit these demonstrations, warning from the terrorism of ISIS and some of the crowds that come from across the borders in an attempt to exploit this kind and honest feelings and deflect it from its path into wrong directions. Sayyid al-Hakim indicated that there are intelligence data that indicate that the enemy wants to drag the security disturbance into the safe areas and provinces to confuse the situation in the battlefield against ISIS. His Eminence stressed that the enemy does not succeed in dragging the security chaos into our areas and it will remain safe if God wills, as long as we keep the public awareness that we find in the demonstrations, stressing on the need to focus on ISIS, terrorism, and the safety of our countries.
A Call for Politicians to Clear the Atmosphere
Moreover, his eminence called on the political class and the national political leaderships to clear the atmosphere between each other and join forces, explaining that he pledges love, goodwill, and kindness to all the National Alliance Forces and the national forces to put hand in hand, unite in the face of challenges, to service the people, and to meet their needs and the reforms they are looking for. He insisted on remembering the role of the religious authority who did its duty, be it at the security level by issuing fatwas and mobilizing believing youth to face the terrorism of ISIS, or at the level of motivating the politicians and officials to service the people and introduce the demanded reforms. His eminence expressed as well his deep regret for the unjust targeting of the religious authority, Islam and religious values in Iraq by small groups here and there attempting to use the feelings of people and suggest that the problems are caused by Islamists and pious people. He highlighted the need to distinguish between the corrupt and others, stressing that corrupt people should be confronted whoever they are, calling to deliver the corrupt to justice when proof exists so they can get their fair punishment. His eminence expressed his objection on what some are circulating about everyone being bribed and corrupt and neglectful of their duties, indicating that this view is exaggerated and unrealistic and calling not to unjust to officials who are performing their duties, defending their people and serving their country. Sayyid Al Hakim stressed the need to stand in solidarity with our armed forces, the army, the federal police, the popular crowd, the tribe members and the Peshmerga and to focus on supporting the armed forces and the popular crowd, those heroes who are fighting ISIS, and making them feel that we support them and will not abandon them and are ready to present the necessary moral and financial support to them in this battle. His eminence stated that ISIS is using our positive feelings and honest intentions to reform in order to activate its criminal actions by attacking our regions and trying to recover and violate part of the lands recovered by our armed forces.