New Iraq Emerges from Tyranny and War
Iraq has started to reap the benefits of the status of forces agreement with the United States. The United Nations Security Council voted to set the ground for relieving Iraq from the restrictions of Chapter Seven of the UN Charter. In fact, the remaining effects of previous resolutions will from now on serve only to protect Iraq's assets from claims by other parties, not to impose anything on the people of Iraq. Sovereignty, which was lost two decades ago under Saddam Hussein's capricious and belligerent reign, is being restored to the nation.
The Security Council resolution 1859 states, among other things, that Iraq is no longer a threat to its neighbors, region, or the world. The United States has succeeded in transforming a bellicose, autocratic state into a friendly one that is making steady progress towards becoming a self-sustaining democracy -- the international community is finally coming to recognize this transformation.
This resolution is bound to make a positive impact on the domestic and regional levels. First and foremost it is a testimony to the United States' true desire to help Iraq get on its feet and relieve it from restrictions that belong to a past era -- the United States is indisputably a friendly protector of Iraq, not an occupier as many like to claim.
However, this achievement did not receive as much attention in the Arab media as did the shoes of a disturbed young journalist -- not surprisingly, since the resolution strengthens the credibility of the United States, which the dictators in the region always love to attack.
The headlines, as expected, were reserved for the resignation of the speaker of Iraq's parliament. It was an attempt to highlight political contests in Iraq that ironically ignores two important facts. First is the fact that pluralistic parliaments tend to look "messy"; second, that other parliaments in the region enjoy fake stability only because they exist under the rule of one man, one party, or one family.
Domestically, the resolution is a blow dealt to all those nostalgic for the totalitarian past. Those people had exhausted their lungs screaming and rallying against a security agreement with the United States. The voice that prevailed at the end was that of Iraq's elected parliament in choosing to open a new era of cooperation and mutual respect between Iraq and the nation that liberated it from tyranny, and continues to protect its interests as we speak.