HTB Iraq seminar to expose myths of occupation and chart new way forward for the Middle East
London, UK, March 28 2007 – A report that refutes the false justifications for continued foreign intervention in Iraq and presents a new blueprint for the region will be presented at a public seminar this Friday [March 30th 2007] in Central London. The seminar, which will be attended by over five hundred delegates, is organised by the global Islamic political party, Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, and comes four years after the invasion of Iraq. The report entitled "Iraq: A New Way Forward" has already been widely circulated amongst thinkers, academics, journalists, columnists, politicians and think tanks.
The report comprehensively refutes the false justifications for the continued foreign intervention in Iraq – including the need for foreign forces to referee Iraq's sectarian conflict, the idea that more chaos would arise if troops left and the notion that Western governments have the moral authority for nation building. The report also argues that "any discussion of withdrawal from only Iraq will not serve to end the legacy of Western colonialism in the Middle East" because "for the long term stability of the region it is essential that foreign troops withdraw from the entire region, for their meddling has led to almost a century of tyrannical rule, brutal occupation and instability."
The report advocates the withdrawal of all foreign military personnel in Iraq and the wider region, an end to the West's support of dictatorial leaders in the region, allowing the Muslim world to decide its own political destiny without interference, freeing the region's vast energy reserves from the control of monarchies and multinationals, recognition of the illegality of the occupation of Palestine and an end to double standards over nuclear power in the region.
Speaking ahead of the seminar, Dr Imran Waheed, media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, said, "At Friday's seminar we will outline a viable blueprint for breaking the deadlock and bringing new hope to the region and stability and security to the rest of the world. What is abundantly clear in the Middle East is that "staying the course" or trying again what has failed in the past, is not an acceptable strategy. Redeploying American forces from Iraq to Kuwait or the wider region for instance would be merely a cosmetic move. Unless the scourge of foreign occupation ends the region will continue to remain in the dysfunctional state it currently is. Once foreign occupation is ended, the region can then independently tackle the innumerable other challenges it faces head on."
"Hizb ut-Tahrir and the Muslim community in Britain call for the return of the Islamic Caliphate which will end the cycle of foreign occupation, dictatorship and war which has ravaged a region that previously prospered for over a thousand years under the stability of Islamic governance."
The seminar will take place on Friday March 30th 2007 at 7 pm at Friends Meeting House, 173 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
(1) The report can be downloaded from http://www.hizb.org.uk/hizb/images/PDFs/iraq_dossier_3.pdf