Sayyid Ammar Al Hakim, head of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, warned against major coming regional changes, calling to be realistic and ready for these changes without denying them. He explained that this new situation is unexpected and the related changes it brings are abrupt, urging political leaders to prepare themselves by staying realistic and rational, calculating all equations, looking at the picture from all perspectives and keeping away from biddings and mottos. His eminence added that Iraq is everyone’s trust and the best results possible should be secured for Iraq and its people while they face the storm of changes. He explained that the regional states and their policies are changing, their leaders are changing, the surrounding circumstances are changing, which means that the phase and related factors are changeable. His eminence also pointed out that Iraq will be among the most influenced by these changes, whether at the horizontal level through their influence on the political, sectarian, nationalist and regionalist components of the Iraqi society, or at the vertical level through their influence on the Iraqi State’s relation with the surrounding changes. He considered that what happened in the parliament days ago regarding the vote on rejecting the US Congress draft bill is an illustration of big divisions between the political components in Iraq. Sayyid Ammar Al Hakim insisted considering Iraq as one single State so that it can require others to deal with it the same way. He asked those who are defending the Congress bill to explain and define what is “arming the tribes”, and asked if they determined the tribes or political parties in the honorable Sunni regions that they plan to send assistance to? Will there be another division that will take us to a phase of dividing the divided? What about Kurdistan? Will the supposed assistance be sent to the government of the region or directly to the Peshmerga forces or to the political parties?
His Eminence described the Popular Crowd as the perfect project of the wise religious authority’s fatwa to defend Iraq and its citizens in the cities that are now about to be invaded by the devil terrorism, explaining that the Crowd writes his history with the blood of its young children who embraced the martyrdom and set out believing in a definitive victory. He also reminded of his warning from the forum’s platform against the distortion and falsification campaigns attacking the popular crowd members, saying that a part of the responsibility should be assumed by the defenders of the Crowd’s leadership and the field leaders by applying a strict control and promoting the discipline and the sharia, moral and military commitment between the Popular Crowd fighters whether in the battle frontlines or in their dealings with the citizens in the cities and the back lines and by preventing a small unrestrained group from causing harm to this national project and defaming it through opportunist, personal behaviors. His Eminence also said the Popular Crowd’s project is a blessed project born from the fatwa issued by the religious authority and is a red line as to our constant principles in defending the country and the doctrine and that we won’t allow to go beyond it or target it unjustly and aggressively, considering the battle against terrorism as long and fierce. He added that the Iraqis gave and will continue to give martyrs and sacrifices in this battle, for the victory in this battle is more of a moral fundamental victory than a field one, calling for winning by acting with integrity and commitment and setting a distinguished example that marks the wide difference between those advocating the original project of Muhammed (PBUH) and those promoting the perverted, fake project in terms of thought and conduct.