Iraq Violence - A Logical Approach to Finding Peace, an Ummah
The nightmare violence in Iraq has seemed to all the leaders
to be beyond solution.
This concept is intended to give Iraq a valid chance of avoiding
complete chaos in a massive civil war.
This proposal can and should be instituted immediately. It is centered
on the Muslim leaders of different Iraqi groups centering their
awareness on the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and ONLY acting to
please the Prophet and Allah (PBUT). If those leaders see that
they MUST act in ways that are in accordance to what the Prophet
certainly requires, THEY will find solutions to their many
I believe that this concept has at least
a 50-50 chance of complete success, of an
entire cessation of all of the incredible sectarian violence that is
now Baghdad and Iraq. There are a number of very important
aspects of this plan, which will each be briefly outlined here.
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- Nothing associated with America would or could have
any involvement in these proceedings, including the existing
government which was set up by Americans and which is seen by many
Iraqis as a puppet government to the Americans.
The 30 participants described below, of an Ummah meeting, and
their leaders, need to know ahead of time that there are only two
possible outcomes of their efforts;
- that they find some common agreements on many issues; or
- that their country will completely destroy itself in nearly
every possible way, socially, politically, economically, and
in sectarian ways, where recovery may be many decades or centuries
- Americans cannot participate in any way. Not in the slightest
way, of even being in the vicinity. Security personnel must NOT
be American, they might be Chinese or any non-Muslim society.
It must be recognized by all Iraqis that whatever might be
achieved would occur entirely and completely by Iraqis
themselves, and that no specific sectarian group had any
advantage or disadvantage during these efforts.
- A very secure facility is needed, such as Abu Greib if it is
currently vacant. A remote hotel in a desolate region might
even be better. However, it must not be a 4-star hotel. And it
cannot be in a neighborhood where any outside influences or
communications were possible. It
should be the equivalent of a 2-star hotel, not excessively
comfortable, such that the participants would have personal
incentive to get their work done. I might suggest Medina in
Saudi Arabia as a reasonable possibility. I do not think
that either Jerusalem or Mecca would be suitable for this
effort, except if the meetings were to be actually held in the Kaaba.
- Several hundred vetted Swiss workers, or the equivalent, as
absolutely impartial hotel, food service and medical personnel are needed
as support workers, including Medical personnel. NO entertainment,
communications, or conventional staff workers of any of the
participants would be permitted.
- An Ummah would be formed. Ten Sunnis would be selected, and ten
Shias and ten Kurds, by each of their own leaders, by whatever method
they wished, whether election, appointment or assignment. It seems
like it would make sense that Ayatollah Sistani would choose around 5
of the Shias and al-Sadr maybe choose three others. Similarly for the
other groups, where tribal leaders and other recognized leaders
selected the participants. This would result in a group
of individuals who were not necessarily "representative"
but able to intimately represent important leaders.
This would represent an Ummah in the Tradition of Muhammad (PBUH).
If some aspects of agreement were achieved, it is critically
important that each of those participants could then fully inform
their respective leaders, and that each leader would then publicly
speak to his own followers regarding complying with the
agreed to issues.
- This means there would be a total of 30 people inside a meeting
room. There would be 32 chairs set up for them, in a
discussion circle. There would be three groupings of ten
chairs each, each grouping in a quadrant of the discussion
circle. In the fourth quadrant, the two chairs would be bigger or
better than the others, and/or raised up on a raised platform, while all
the rest were identical in every way. No one would ever be allowed
to sit in those two chairs that are more elegant. All participants
would be informed that those chairs were for Abraham and Allah (PBUT)
to personally participate,
so that they could intimately witness the discussions that would
occur. All participants would then constantly be aware that
both Allah and Abraham (PBUT) were intimately involved in the process
of trying to save their country from disintegration.
At any time when conversation changed to argument or confrontation,
someone present would remind everyone there of the chairs
providing the presence of Abraham and Allah (PBUT), and ask if they
wanted Allah and Abraham (PBUT) to be witnessing such behaviors.
- The different groups would likely choose to sit together,
and there would be a pattern of rotation so that each group
and each individual would have equal opportunity to sit in
a chair nearest to Allah or Abraham (PBUT).
- The room would have another feature in it, a squarish blanket
on the floor in front of all the chairs, with a substantial
(150 kg or 330 pound) smooth roundish dark stone resting upon
the middle of it.
Somewhere around 590 AD, the very young Muhammad (PBUH) was present
in Mecca as four very important tribe leaders argued over which
had the right to carry the Black Stone to replace it in the
wall of the Kaaba. Since that stone and the Kaaba were centrally
important, both socially and religiously, to each of them, it seemed
that a tribal war could develop over the argument over who would
carry it. Muslim Tradition says that young Muhammad (PBUH) spoke up and
suggested that they get a strong cloth, place the Black Stone
upon it, and then all four could lift corners of the cloth,
permitting them all to equally carry it. This incident is considered
to have tremendously increased Muhammad's (PBUH) stature as a diplomat,
and from then on, he was regularly consulted about important subjects.
The presence of this blanket and large stone in such an obvious
and central location in the discussion circle would constantly
remind all about this story that they each very intimately know where
Muhammad (PBUH) had found a way to resolve an apparently insoluble conflict.
In this case, three of the corners of the blanket would be in
front of the three groups, Shias, Sunnis and Kurds. The fourth
corner is to indicate that Allah and Abraham (PBUT) will participate
by carrying the fourth corner if the three groups can each
find some way of carrying theirs.
The power of this image to Muslims is indescribable. WHILE
these discussions proceeded, if the Iraqi newspapers regularly
published artwork demonstrating what their leaders were then
doing, all Iraqis would immediately get a sense that they were
certain to succeed! That it was just a matter of a few days
and all the sectarian violence would end. That their individual
lives would IMMEDIATELY get far safer and happier!
The presence of that blanket and stone would also ensure that
every participant would attempt to participate in finding solutions.
NONE would want to be known as one that denied carrying their
corner of the blanket, either to the Iraqi public or to Muhammad,
nor to Allah nor Abraham. (PBUT)
- There would be extreme security around the facility, where no one
could bring in any weapon of any sort, and those 30 people would be
quarantined until they eventually came to some agreement as to
what to do with their country. The participants would NOT be
allowed to have attendants or handlers, except for the impartial
and disinterested Swiss personnel.
- There would be NO "rules" and no contact of any kind
with Americans or with anyone else outside the facility. If there
were any messages of any sort that needed to be sent out of
the facility, the (neutral) Swiss handlers would carry a message
to the desired destination. NO significant contact with ANYONE
outside until all of the participant groups and individuals agreed
that it was time that they each needed to discuss possibilities
with their own specific leaders and peoples.
- All people inside the facility would not be aware of anything going
on outside, under any conditions. They must be free to negotiate
as broadly as possible. That means that no telephones, radios,
Internet or TVs.
- In the situation where one of the participants was acting or
speaking in ways that were detrimental to the success of the effort,
at least fifteen participants would have to agree to sign a
document, which would be taken by the Swiss personnel to the
leader of that individual. That leader would then have the
opportunity to either retain that individual, replace him,
or ask for further explanation from the participants. The outside
world would never know about such situations.
- Once the participants all agree that it was time to contact their
superiors, the Swiss would provide secure phone or messenger service
for them to individually contact their superiors confidentially.
- In this event, once all of the superiors have agreed to whatever
decisions they came to, there would be multiple simultaneous press
conferences, by each group and by each faction leader, all
confirming that they came to agreements that they all accept.
This should provide direct instructions from each leader that no
further sectarian killing or other bloodshed would be encouraged
As part of this aspect, the participants might agree to allow
different forms of government to exist in different areas.
- At this point, the American government and the American troops
would be given instructions, by either the assembled participants
or by the several outside leaders, either to stay or to leave,
or to go to specific areas or to leave specific areas alone.
There will be no recourse on this. Whatever was decided
would have to be fulfilled.
- Each faction of the country, and each individual, would then be
informed, over following days, of all the decisions and how they
would affect that group, both good and bad, and also why that
decision was agreed to. There must be NO uncertainty on the
part of any group regarding whatever this group decides.
- The 30 participants might then meet for an additional time,
now for a very symbolic reason. In a gesture of cooperation
and celebration, they might meet to actually raise that
blanket and carry that stone! To do this, an additional
gesture of cooperation would be involved. Of the ten participants
from each group, three would be selected from each group,
and that group of nine MIXED participants would be given the
honor of carrying the fourth corner, in the place of Abraham and Allah. (PBUT)
- The different parts of the country could adopt different or
same laws, with the only requirement being that there be peace
and safety in each area for all Iraqis, and that anyone living
in that area knows what laws apply there. In that way, if a
person does not like sharia law that might be adopted in
one Province, he could move to a different Province.
- Regarding this, once these agreements are made, and accepted by
each of the Iraqi leaders and the Iraqi public, a provision
must be added that changes to the laws could only happen at
one-year or two-year intervals, such that residents can
reasonably expect to know whatever laws will be enforced in
- The 30 individuals, or their assignees, must then agree to meet on
an annual basis, to review how things have gone and whether any
adjustments might need to be made. This grouping is to forever
be "informal", NOT as a bureaucratic government,
but essentially just representing the views and positions of
the specific leaders of the country.
- The resulting structure may or may not be "democratic"
but it would provide the best chance of daily safety for all
Iraqis. The thirty participants, with guidance from their
leaders, would collectively and individually make requests
regarding the American soldiers, and the US must then comply
with whatever requests are made of them.
- In the event that the 30 participants could not arrive at
mutually agreeable conclusions, they would each be then permitted
to leave to personally visit with their own leaders. The leaders
could then issue statements regarding whether another set of
talks might be more productive. If not, then full civil war
would seem a certainty. If a second round of discussions were
agreed to by all, another chance of saving their country might
still be possible.
Link to a A Logical Approach to Ending the Iraq War and Violence, an Ummah
Computer Translated Arabic
( iraqwara.htm )
This concept is based on the view that if the respected leaders
of all of the different factions in Iraq all find cause to
support whatever they agree to, they would be the only realistic
locus of power where common Iraqis would follow.
It is also based on the concept that all the leaders of all
the factions now have a clear recognition that truly a horrible
future awaits Iraq if they are unsuccessful at achieving agreements.
If any one of the leaders chose to disavow this fact, a civil
war is probably unavoidable, and the continuing existence of their
own power-base might easily disappear in the process. Therefore,
the various leaders currently should have excellent motivation
to supply suitable participants for this effort. It is therefore
felt that a rather high chance of full success is achievable.
Each of these outlined sections has fairly clear expansion toward
actual functional systems and methods.
I also realize that the news media will be
picking this apart to no end. If the sum total of what they have
to work on is "Abraham", the "Lord of Abraham",
and three groups of men who all would not dare offend either of
them, my thought is that even the media, whether in English or Arabic,
should not be able to find criticisms.
So if news media coverage of this effort all came across as
"pure", where no one could find any "selfish motives"
anywhere, and ALL could only find Devout motivations, the hope is for
much value in actually even bypassing the meeting itself and going
directly to both the Iraqi populace AND Muslims around the world.
Essentially, the concept is to point out to them that Muhammad "found
a relatively simple solution to an impossible problem" regarding
carrying the Black Stone, and then CHALLENGING them to see if they
can do the same!
None of the participants would dare fail. THEY
would know that the Iraqi public would have thought through
"Muhammad did a similar thing. Our leaders are smart and we
respect them, and they are Devoutly Muslim. In their meeting, they
will even have the direct assistance of both
Abraham and Allah. How could they fail us now?"
All participants in such a meeting would be very aware
that they didn't dare let Abraham down,
especially since he is RIGHT THERE. They also wouldn't dare let Allah
down. They wouldn't even dare letting the Iraqi people down! And if it
should turn out that such a meeting failed, it would surely be
quickly known WHO was the obstacle, and that person would NOT want to be
known as the one person to "not be willing to carry the
Stone" and therefore who caused their country to then disintegrate!
This presentation was first developed in late October 2006.
Numerous attempts have been made, by postal letters and e-mail, to
get many influential leaders to at least consider
this concept, but none ever even responded to me.
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