Green Party spokesperson Dr Shahrar Ali expresses alarm at the renewed crisis in Iraq and urges Nonviolent Solutions.
Dr Shahrar Ali, Green Party spokesperson on international affairs said:
“We condemn the attacks upon civilians being prosecuted in the name of religious expansionism just as we have condemned the destructive use of force that the US-UK have perpetrated in Iraq from 2003-2011. Western intervention in Iraq has simply substituted the topplng of Saddam’s autocratic regime for a decade-long cycle of chaos and instability. We should not be surprised that the Bush-Blair invasion, and subsequent Obama abandonment strategy, left behind not a democratic paradise but a barely functional and deeply divided state.”
Dr Ali continued, “In seventeen of the eighteeen provinces of Iraq there have been violent incidents in recent weeks. The latest seizure of Mosul and Tikrit by self-styled jihadist fighters identifying themselves as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) represents a real threat to region. Ironically, they appear to have learned some of the “force muliplier” tactics deployed by US security forces in the region. Yet we cannot hope to reverse the suffering and strife that is being inflicted upon the civilian population in recent days – hundreds of thousands fleeing their homes out of fear – without understanding the wider causes and how our leaders have failed us.”
Dr Ali concluded, “To make peace not war, the international society must facilitate and support all-inclusive pan-regional talks instead of continuing to sow, then simply reproduce, the ideological seeds for division. A non-violent strategy is the way forward. To quote Gandhi – The means is the ends in the making.”