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 Qubad Talabani tells campus audience that freedom is within the grasp of Middle East nations

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Qubad Talabani tells campus audience that freedom is within the grasp of Middle East nations 9.12.2005
The College of William & Mary

 


Son of Iraq’s president tells campus audience that freedom is within the grasp of Middle East nations

Today Iraqi citizens are experiencing freedom from tyranny, Qubad Talabani told students attending a lecture organized by William and Mary students Amanda Downing and Arielle Kuiper. (see related story)

“People will debate the validity or the legality of Operation Iraqi Freedom for decades to come, but I think that’s beside the point. What is the point and should be the point is that people who yearn to be free are now given the opportunity to do so,” he said.

Tyranny and terrorism exercised by its own leaders destroyed Iraq, Talabani said. Decades of genocide and ethnic cleansing decimated people and regions of the country, but now there is hope for change—hope in democracy. Though there are still many struggles and issues in Iraq, the potential is immense.

Qubad Talabani, Washington spokesman for the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan


“Things are not as bad as the media portrays them to be. Iraq is a big country. Fourteen of the 18 provinces are calm and quiet. The economy is booming. Salaries have increased. Iraqis are benefiting from modern technology that they were not able to benefit from in the past. There are now over 3.5 million registered cell phones. The Internet is prevalent. It is truly remarkable,” Talabani said.

More important is the rise of democracy. For the first time in Iraq, institutions are being put in place that will enable the country to cede more power to the regions, regional governments and provinces, leaving only core competencies to the central government.

“It was Iraq’s centralization that led to dictatorship after dictatorship. It has been Iraq’s centralization that has deprived citizens of basic rights. We’ve now created a system where power will be shared between the federal government and the regions of Iraq,” Talabani said.
With the promise of equal representation for all regions and ethnic groups, a federalist Iraq can serve as a model for peace in the Middle East, Talabani said.

“I think it is possible. If we get Iraq right, if people see democracy, it’s only going to give hope to oppressed people in the Middle East. But if we fail in Iraq, we can kiss goodbye this notion of secular democracy in the Middle East,” Talabani said.

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