From an op-ed by Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi in The Wall Street
Iraq's success as a free nation will rest on the rule of law, a
prosperous market-based economy, and an inclusive, collaborative
political system. Much progress has been made.
Rule of Law:
The police force has been increased and received
training. The National Guard, a responsible intelligence service, and
a counter-terrorism force have been formed. But Iraqi forces cannot yet
face the challenges alone.
Independence of the judicial system has
been cemented, anticorruption initiatives established, and limited
capital punishment reinstituted.
Armed gangs or militias will not be
A Prosperous, Market-Based Economy:
Economic policy is
effectively coordinated. A depoliticized National Oil Company (INOC)
will soon be re-established. Government is preparing a commission for
privatizations and transition to a market economy.
are being taken to reduce unemployment and spur reconstruction.
Economic success on the economy will help end joblessness and
underemployment that are major causes of frustration and crime.
reduction and rapid disbursement of promised aid is critical.
Inclusive, Collaborative Political System:
All Iraqis are welcome
to participate in the political process, providing they renounce
violence and are innocent of crimes. An amnesty law has been passed
and the government is actively engaged in reconciliation.
Council of local representatives has been chosen.
Free and fair
elections will be held next year, to be supervised by an independent