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Assessing the human tragedy in Iraq

31-12-2007 Article, International Review of the Red Cross, No. 868, by Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu

Before a framework can be set for efforts centred on human security to combat chaos, instability and insecurity in conflict areas must be understood and discussed. This article analyses the human tragedy in Iraq. It shows that it extends beyond our current perception of the situation and emphasises the need for reconciliation between the various groups in Iraq.

   

Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu
 is Secretary-General of the Organisation of the Islamic   Conference. He was Professor of the History of Science at Istanbul University and founding Director-General of the Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture in Istanbul. 

 
Abstract 
Before a framework can be set for efforts centred on human security to combat chaos, instability and insecurity in conflict areas, the human tragedy in those areas must be understood and discussed. This article analyses the human tragedy in Iraq and shows that it extends beyond our current perception of the situation. The war has led to the loss of lives and social capital, and has destroyed the Iraqi infrastructure. This substantially lowers the quality of life, leads to the inability to provide essential services and renders state-building activities even more difficult. In line with the policy of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, the article also emphasizes the need for reconciliation between the various groups in Iraq, an end to sectarian tensions and the preservation of the country’s territorial unity as the ultimate resolution of the Iraqi question.

   
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