The expected defeat of jihadist militants and their campaigns of terror provides the opportunity for a real change of pace in Iraqi politics, which aims to build a democratic State based on the principle of citizenship.
To achieve this objective it will be necessary to start a
"national reconciliation" process along the lines of the model carried
out in South Africa, when the Apartheid system failed.
But in the Muslim
community "positive signs" of the desire to emancipate itself from
extremism conditionings are registered.
This is how Chaldean Patriarch
Raphael Louis Sako I outlined the crucial historical phase crossed by
Iraq, in the intervention he carried out at the conference on the
defense of religious freedom, held on Saturday, January 21 in Baghdad by
Among the more recent "positive signs" from Muslim civil authorities and
Islamic institutions, the Primate of the Chaldean Church listed a local
authority declaration of Najaf, which called upon the Muslims to attend
the Christian joy for the feast of Christmas; monitoring stepped up by
the Ministry for business and religious facilities in order to identify
and combat the preachers who incite sectarian hatred; and also the
measures taken by the Ministry for Religious Affairs of the Iraqi
Kurdistan Autonomous Region to ban any speech or offensive expression
against other faith communities.