Prominent secular Iraqi: Arab nationalism leaders are Iraqi Shiite

Al-Attiyah thinks that the division of Iraq on the basis of Sunni and Shiite equation does not benefit the country (Al Arabiya file)

Ghassan Al-Attiyah, the director of the Iraqi Institute for Development and Democracy said “advocates of Arab nationalism and their leaders are mostly Shiite Arabs of Iraq who cannot be considered belonging to Iran.”

During an interview with Al Arabiya’s “Point of order” he said he was calling to implement “the political majority and not the sectarian majority as a system”.

He added that ‘in history many of the leaders of the communist party were Jews and Christians. Most of the leaders of the Baath party in 1963 were from Shia Najaf’.

He believes the division of Iraq on the basis of Sunni and Shiite equation does not benefit the country and its people.

 

He said he supports Moqtada al-Sadr when calling for a civil state, because Iraq ‘now needs a new vision’.

He said he was Shiite without a doubt, but he represented the poor Shiite, the downtrodden Shiite. This is his winning card. And he said he has the ability to correct his own mistakes. He had many ministers who were very corrupt.

He said he has the ability to remove them and expel them. And he said he was not a prisoner to them. Attiyah said he has the ability to say ‘no’ to Iran and that he has said this.

He has the ability to pressure Beirut when he meets Hassen Nasrallah, and to say I am not meeting with Al-Maliki under any circumstance.

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