Besides that sense of pride Iraqis tend to take in being the ancestors of the first civilization in the known history of human kind, the Sumerian and, later on, the Babylonian civilizations, what do we have to offer the world, today? Could we deliver a package of norms and values that bring people closer without feeling coerced to do so? Would we be able to present a qualitatively different image of patriarchy that works in complementary ways rather than bringing that sense of extreme individualism which create alienation and remoteness?
How can we build great and well-rooted educational institutes that help to develop independent mentalities willing to give and not just take and assimilate. We should be able to exchange on all levels of cultural communication. It would remain a challenge for me to achieve some of that or at least, try to plant the idea in the hearts of young people in Iraq who I hope they would be willing to achieve something on the way toward humanitarian progress and cooperation. We have been exhausted by the wars of hatred and resentment. May be it is time for us to work for more interaction and understanding, so we enjoy being together rather than waiting for one more reason to involve in a new series of conflict and dismay.
May 28th 2009, I visited the International Court of Justice in The Hague and I really enjoyed the very last saying made by the guide to visit the Court which states: “May the Sun of Justice enlighten us”. There are a lot of great saying and acting to learn and I truly appreciate the opportunity. God bless you all.
Lahay A. Hussain
University of Baghdad, College of Arts, Dept. of Sociology