Siddiq Mahmoud - the poet, lawyer and
of Iraq's evolving alternative draft Constitution
before turning into a leader of the US-incited
then betrayed Kurdish uprising of 1991,
served mainly as jester at the Court of Saddam
agriculture minister, governor of Dohuk
presidential adviser - has destilled his experiences,
and visions into a non-partisan appeal to
Iraqis and their friends at home and abroad".
those who have lost confidence in the free flow of things
who wish to take matters into their own hand,
recommend his attached one-pager
Peace, Security & Independence" as food for thought
into Arabic &
Kurdish in pdf
format; see subsite).
a time, when past exemplary achievements of cultural,
& religious neighborliness, tolerance & even harmony
given way to old prejudices & externally-fueled hatred
of reason deserve the support of Iraq’s true friends.
dangerous cycle of violence can and must be broken
every level when and where an opportunity presents itself.
initiative is an illustration of what one man can do.
former comrade-in-arms and current President Talabani
both enhance his own survival and show true leadership
heeding the multiple calls by women in- & outside of Iraq
suspend all death sentences for women until after the war.
Assyrians’ all-embracing proposals for equitable power-
fruit-sharing have a real chance to move the US Congress.
Kurds & Turkomans, like the Sunnis, Shiites & Yezidis,
genuine stakeholders of Iraq’s
cultural, oil & other wealths
all disputes about Kirkuk & other claims are thus mute.
guardians of Arbil, the world’s oldest inhabited zigurat,
trusted to avail this treasure to all brethren in One God for
good study of their individual &
common monotheistic roots.
now threatening their brethren in One God – be they
Shiites, Sunnis or Yezidi - may thus rediscover
live the ancient & eternal wisdom of their own forefathers:
Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds.
(writing to friends here & there on May 15, 2007)
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Mohammed S. Mahmoud D-53340
„In the name of God, the Almighty,
Federal Pact of 1291)
Iraqi Peace, Security & Independence
Iraq Mustaqil, Aamin, Mustaqirr - To whom it may concern (æmam)
AEMAM, in Arabic,
is the plural of æmama which is a kind of turban worn by pious or
religious persons. Moreover, it means all other kinds of cloth which most
male Iraqis are wrapping around their heads, thus expressing their individuality
AEMAM is also the
abbreviation of Iraq, mustaqil, aammin, mustaqirr. As such, and in an environment
where words can have great bearing on matters affecting both the wider
community and its individual members, this particular word avails itself
as a common denominator. For it reminds all of us Iraqis of our peaceful
life, of the importance to preserve peace in our hearts, and of our capacity
and inclination to forgive and to love our home and country. Deep inside
us, we all feel that we must work hard for the realization of this precious
individual and common good, and that the maintenance of our national identity,
sovereignty and security depends on our individual capacity and willingness
to contribute our fair share on the way to reclaim Iraq‘s genuine independence
and prosperity for now and the future.
We Iraqis must find on our own, essentially, this obstacle-strewn
uncharted road, following the wisdom of Antonio Machado: "Traveller,
there is no road, the road is made by the traveller!" In
- We call on all fellow-citizens,
political powers, groups and parties which either participate in or are
outside the Iraqi government, and all armed groups either with the government
or fighting against occupation, and all religious authorities and humanitarian
and social organizations, union, syndicates, and other entities of Iraq‘s
civil society, to assume their responsibility as sovereign partners in
our strategic search for our common moorings, interests and goals, to contribute
their part of curative balm on the bleeding wounds of Iraq, and to desist
from all actions which might hinder us in our search for our own Iraqi
way and future.
- We invite all countries around Iraq, i.e. the Islamic Iranian Republic,
the Kingdom of Jordan, the State of Kuwait, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,
the Arabic Syrian Republic, and the Turkish Republic, to join us in a forward-looking,
principled and mutually respectful dialogue, and to cooperate towards a
stable, peaceful and prosperous Iraq and a Middle Eastern future worthy
of its past.
- We invite the United Nations, UNESCO, FAO, ILO, UNDP, WHO, UNHCR,
UNICEF, etc., the ICRC and the Red Crescent societies, the European Union,
interested national organizations, and NGOs to study Iraq‘s needs and to
indicate their possible contributions to the reconciliation of Iraq‘s society
and to the reconstruction of Iraq‘s infrastructure and economy, with due
consideration of current priorities in the fields of confidence-building,
consense-building, de-mining, health, education, agriculture, water, energy,
land registry, human rights, civil rights, family and labor. We trust that
their participation will benefit the Iraqi people, as the health and wealth
of the Iraqi people will benefit those having extended a helping hand in
time of need.
Inspired by the obligeing roots of Iraq‘s civilization, we invite
every individual capable of contributing in the above tasks to join us
in moving forward; this applies to both Iraqis, and to other nationals
of good will and who may sense an inner calling for some of the questions
that are attached to this note.
We are thus starting this dialogue
which will be carried further on our home page www.aemam.net.
And we anticipate to intensify our consultations on the agenda and dates
for more formal meetings on the many unresolved issues – possibly along
the lines of Iraq‘s constituant Declaration of 30 May 1932 (www.solami.com/UNGA.htm).
It remains to be seen, whether the Swiss Government of 2007 will be as
immaginative and forthcoming as it was in 1923 when its good offices included
the holding of the International Conference of Lausanne. To this effect
we are looking forward to hear the voices of reason, good will and vision
as the time ripens.
With best wishes for the New Year
Mohammed Siddiq Mahmoud (Lawyer)
Mohammed S. Mahmoud Mittelstr.7 D-53340 Meckenheim +49175-6159618 (21
To all Iraqis and their friends at home &
I have been in a country, Switzerland,
where they practise Islam but where there
are no Muslims,
and I have returned to my homeland, Egypt,
where there are Muslims but where there is
Mohammed Abdul Khalek Hassouna,
2nd Secretary General of the Arab League (1889-1992)
On a 1 to 10 scale, in your opinion, what is the importance of
individual liberties, human rights, etc., as compared to the importance,
for you, of the common good? In other words:
3 What is your preferred system of
government, centralized and parliament-based or decentralized, e.g. tribal
structures, self-governing communes, and largely sovereign cantons, like
in Switzerland, with limited delegated national competences in such fields
as defense, foreign policy, civil code, infrastructure, oil exports (www.solami.com/a31.htm#MOSUL
What are your views on individual liberties,
and on the roles of religion and the State in exercising them?
Switzerland evolved over centuries on
the basis of consensus-building and full power-sharing among equal sovereign
citizens belonging mostly to religious, cultural, language and national
minorities. Can this serve as a source of inspiration for Iraq? What is
your position concerning minorities, private property, civil rights for
We invite you to submit your replies, notes and suggestions by email (firstname.lastname@example.org
in one of the following languages: English, Arabic
How important, for you and Iraq‘s future,
is Iraq‘s past, its cultural heritage and national awareness of historial
facts and myths, as sources of national reconciliation, rebuilding and
Are you aware of Iraq‘s constituant and
juridically still fully valid Declaration of 30 May 1932 on which
basis the Council of the League of Nations recognized Iraq‘s independence
of 3 October 1932 and admitted its League membership and on which basis
Iraq became a founding member of the United Nations (www.solami.com/UNGA.htm)?
Do you consider the centralized administrative
forms prior to and during the Mandate Periode (1921-1932) to be irrelevant
now as they were, essentially, imposed on Iraq by foreign powers? Or, as
history seems to repeat itself, are today‘s strangely similar circumstances
not making it that more advisable to look also at those and subsequent
experiences as a source of inspiration for finding common ground and a
practical pathway into Iraq‘s future? This may be particularly important
as the current powers that be have chosen and continue to pursue their
own agendas by ignoring, denying and misleading the Iraqi citizens on essential
facts of international law. This refers in particular to the special conditions
and international minority and private property protection guarantees granted
in favor of the Arab, Assyrian, Jewish, Kurdish, Turkoman, Yezidi and other
constituant communities of the Mosul Vilayet and which, in the form of
an Iraqi confederation similar to that of the United Arab Emirates or Switzerland,
may be extended to the Baghdad and the Basra Vilayets (www.solami.com/recres.htm).
What ideas do you, as a sovereign Iraqi
citizen, have and care to bring into the debate, for re-installing security
and law and order, for returning stolen goods, for compensating victims,
for recovering the lost generations of Iraq‘s youth and future, for feeding
Iraq‘s hungry, for bringing Iraq‘s productive forces fully back into play,
and for bringing about real, early and lasting reconciliation, both among
all of Iraq‘s constituant communities and its foreign partners? Would you
agree to favor Iraq‘s long-term interests abroad also by strengthening
person-to-person relationships particularly with those foreigners who have
put their life on the line for seeking to advance the cause of Iraqi peace,
security & independence, e.g. by granting them Iraqi citizenship?
Mohammed S. Mahmoud Mittelstr.7 D-53340 Meckenheim +49175-6159618 (21