An Iraqi journalist watches a live broadcast of Iraq's former deputy premier Tareq Aziz being convicted of "deliberate murder and crimes against humanity" on October 26.
Meet the new government of Iraq. Is it the same as the old one? It's round two of the post-Saddam era.
Iraqi and Economic Justice, A Practical Solution
The underlying cause of Iraqi national tension and doubt concerns the distribution of oil revenues. The people want a fair share and are suspicious of both foreign designs and the fairness of their own leadership. Consensus on who should be in charge of the oil money is difficult because the Sunni do not trust the Shia to give them a fair deal and vice versa.One practical solution is the creation of a Citizen’s Bank that would be the depository for all petroleum revenues. Every citizen in Iraqi would have an account established solely by birth. All of the net oil revenue would be divided up by the number of citizens and deposited directly into their individual accounts. The one exception would be mothers with children. Mothers would receive their children’s share until they reach the age of majority to insure the safety and well being of the most vulnerable and needy citizens . The Iraqi people can then decide to do with the oil monies as they deem right and appropriate. This is fair and provides for the growth of a truly free and independent people, free and empowered. The people of Iraqi would welcome this simple solution and the leadership of the various factions would have to agree; equal rights could work.Civil, peaceful and social integration is much easier when the distrust of economic injustice has been addressed and can no longer be used as a motive to manipulate public opinion. Justice proceeds peace and these times must dictate events.
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