Iraq's Unity is Our Identity
By: Ibrahim AL-Bayati
It is an honour to write the article whose title is about the unity of my beloved nation IRAQ. And I was motivated by the fact that Iraqi citizens have come across crucial moments throughout history where the patriotism was tested and the unity of our country was in grave jeopardy because of misbahaviours of certain figures. They tried hard to stay in power by all means and they did not care about their people. Therefore, they wanted to separate from this great nation and be in power forever.
However, every action has a reaction; those pro-separation figures thought that no one would be against their so called project "independence". For this reason, they moved forward in their plan without paying any attention to the Federal Government of Iraq led by Dr. Haider AL-Abadi who played a major role in keeping Iraq one peace. He asked North of Iraq to revoke referendum results and come to Baghdad so as to hold constructive talks aiming at addressing unresolved problems between Baghdad and Irbil. But beat the dead dog, because North of Iraq response was freezing the results. So, the crisis was escalated.
As for the constitution of Iraq, North of Iraq was always saying that we work in accordance with the Iraqi constitution and our referendum is legitimate because it is based on Article 140 of the constitution. In my opinion, North of Iraq was not correct because the referendum was aiming to independence and independence means the separation from Iraq therefore; the referendum is null and void constitutionally because it is against article No.1 of the constitution. While article 140 has two-year expiry date from 2005 to 2007 and now we are in 2017. This is why, their pretext is not acceptable.
Although all nations in the world supported Iraq' unity and gave many pieces of advice to North of Iraq to stop the referendum and go back to negotiation table to handle the problems, they did not care about all the efforts made to end the conflict.
Moreover, Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief Dr. Al-Abadi ordered Iraqi Armed Forces to take control of Iraqi areas under the control of other forces to establish peace and security and protect the life of all Iraqi citizens regardless of their religions, ethnicities and affiliations. The Iraqi forces took control of these areas successfully. On the top of that, People of these areas received Iraqi forces warmly to express their happiness.
A lesson must be learned from what happened in Iraq, it is about our unity, Iraq is united from Zakho to Faw and our people are united under the glorious flag of Iraq. Finally, I want to send a clear message to anyone wanting to divide my nation, I tell him you will never ever be able to divide my great nation Iraq because Arabs, Kurds, Turkmen and other ethnicities are united now and forever.