Zainab al-Suwaij participated in Iraq's 1991 uprising against Saddam Hussein. She fled Iraq when that uprising fell victim to Saddam Hussein's brutal repression and the first Bush administration's indifference. Last month, thanks to the second Bush administration's resolve, and thanks to the bravery and strength and skill of the U.S., British, Australian, and Polish armed forces, the ancien regime in Iraq was removed. Iraqi freedom is now POSSIBLE, and Zainab al-Suwaij was able to return to Iraq as a participant in conferences discussing plans for a new, democratic form of government to replace the Saddam Hussein regime. But Iraqi freedom cannot be established without increased international effort. U.N. sanctions must be lifted immediately. Iraq also needs far more personnel (coalition troops and Iraqi police) to enhance security, far more money for emergency relief efforts to avert humanitarian catastrophe and save lives, and far more money for reconstruction efforts to establish the conditions needed for Iraqi prosperity.
I was happy to discover today that the American Islamic Congress may participate in efforts to rebuild Iraq. They are now looking for people with interest and expertise in rebuilding efforts, and they are accepting applications. If you would like to find out more about this, please visit the website for the American Islamic Congress.