Thursday, November 17, 2016

Iraq has been kicked off course

How many people saw the photos of average Iraqis proudly displaying purple fingers to prove they had voted?  A new day had dawned in Iraq, and an oppressed people were on their way to democracy.

Their new government was put into place by an outside force and so it will never be considered a legitimate government. It denies the people of Iraq their right to choose their own leadership, even while they choose their own leadership. It was as if Iraq was lifted off their course to create their life and set down in another place headed in the wrong direction. It seems as if Iraq is able to govern themselves, but that is not the case.

It is not up to the US government to put things right in Iraq. It is up to our organization to do so, because the first family to come into the organization is parallel to Iraq and we speak from personal experience as advisers to the Iraqi government. We don't tell anyone what to do, we demonstrate how to do it, because we are applying the principles of the proposals in our own lives.

Seen from the wider perspective, it is possible to find the logical solution to the crisis. Imagine being where the Iraqi people were and are. The first lesson mankind is working on now, in terms of doing what is in everyone's best interest, involves "doing unto others as we would have them do to us." Would American citizens want foreign soldiers invading the United States and barging into our homes and killing fathers in front of their children? No. Then, the rule is not to do that to others. The justification has been, it is in no one's best interest for ISIS to create sleeper cells in every nation, so we must protest ourselves from their acts of violence, but that does not address the root cause of the crisis, and so it is making the crisis worse.

For the United States to extricate ourselves from Iraq, we must set into place a structure than enables disputes between nations to be resolved in court rather than the battlefield, and one that guarantees the rights of the Iraqi people--all the people on the planet--to function on a higher level.

The power game of regime change failed when George W. Bush attempted to topple Saddam Hussein, because he was considered innocent of the charges against him. That fact cannot be swept under the proverbial rug. Iraq has been kicked off course, and a feud is in no one's best interest.