During the panel discussion especially held by Salahaddin University for his Eminence to discuss the current political situation at the lecture room of the University's cultural center in Erbil, Wednesday, May 15, 2013, Sayyid Ammar al-Hakim, head of the Islamic Superior Council of Iraq, stressed the need for a national project in Iraq to be agreed upon and elaborately discussed by all Iraqis. According to him, this project must involve everyone from politicians, through skills and academic students, to civil society organizations, and the arrangement of the interior structure of Iraq is the roadmap for the Iraqi national project. He also pointed out to the changes taking place in the neighborhood of Iraq as requiring to be boldly studied and analyzes, calling for protecting Iraq against such changes given that in such circumstances, one must stand by the partners. In his view, it is not impossible to resolve the political problems; they require, however, a defined vision, and putting them to one side will make them worse.
Constitution Must Be Adopted within an Equation Guaranteeing One's Rights and Other's Rights
His Eminence highlighted the importance of establishing a reference to resort to, considering the constitution as the best reference since it is a social pact that everyone must abide by and fall back on. According to him, the constitution cannot be read from one single perspective, since it considers everyone's interests. He also warned against reading the constitution in way that creates division because this does not build a State, calling for adopting the constitution within an equation guaranteeing one's rights and other's rights. To him, the trust is the capital the Iraqis have in their dealing with each other and the freedom is substantial. He said it is important to strike a balance between the personal freedom and the social one, describing democracy as the only choice for Iraqis which must be locally made within an Iraqi vision adapted to our reality, past, present, values and culture. He also considered the youth as the hope of tomorrow and those to be relied on, and the Iraqi women, especially Kurdish women, as the half of the society dynamizing the other half. To him, women must get the rights that enable them to blend in and interact with the society away from the quota system.
Iraq Has Two Choices: Either It Reduces Crises to Zero or It Breeds Them
Sayyid Ammar al-Hakim, head of the Islamic Superior Council of Iraq, said Iraq has two choices: Either it reduces crises to zero or it breeds them, calling to get over problems and build a strategic vision for Iraq. In his view, the last elections produced new, important results thus revealing the weight of each political party, and they will shape the next elections. His Eminence also remarked that the new equilibrium would allow a political vision to be conceived and a system of partnership and acceptance of the other to be adopted. He added that the dialogue is a must and that dissimilarities are not the problem, rather the fact that those dissimilarities are changing into conflicts and divisions. He explained that the dissimilarities are another evidence that we must come to the table and have the courage to dialogue, and that the strength of Iraq does not only lie in its wealth or location, but in the Iraqi citizens, their powers and their minds. Moreover, he stated that the nation that lacks dissimilarities is a dead nation that lives in a dictatorship-like state where the single opinion of the single leader prevails. Finally, he said it is necessary to recall the past without deeply plunging into it to draw the lessons, for the nation that is disassociated from its past is a defeated, confused nation that is unable to rise.
For their part, the skills, elites and professors of Salahaddin University, particularly the University's president, praised the visions and proposals of Sayyid Ammar al-Hakim, describing his Eminence as extension for the late Imam Sayyid Muhsin al-Hakim (may Allah sanctify his soul), appraising his spirit of constant communication with the Kurds and skills everywhere, particularly during his visits to Kurdistan.
During the panel discussion, Sayyid Ammar al-Hakim answered questions asked to him, confirming that the Kurdistan Region is the heart of Iraq and one of its crucial parts.