Dhari's version of the call for Iraqi unity
Here is the conclusion of the April 9 message of Harith al-Dhari, head of the Association of Muslim Scholars, and probably the top spokesperson for the Sunni resistance, to the Iraqi people on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the occupation:
Finally, you free Iraqis, wherever you are, on the plains or in the mountains, whether in the north, the south or the center, in cities or villages, in the marshes or the desert, in Iraq or outside, we invite you to patience and to steadfastness, and we invite you to tolerance and reconciliation amongst yourselves, and renunciation of differences and feuds, and not to follow the instigations of evil and of fitna of those who do not wish you well, from whatever direction this may come and on whoever's tongue. We invite you to preserve the houses of your brothers who have been forced to vacate them, and left them to you in trust, and to return them to them if they ask, or if they return: it is what your religion requires you to do, and what your values and your traditions dictate.It is very similar to the discourse of Moqtada and of the Council of Arab Tribes of the South: Let your brotherhood as Iraqis overcome the bad habits of discord which have grown up as a result of the sectarian strategies of the occupation. Each applies the message in his way: Moqtada as an appeal to the honest members of the Iraqi police and army; Dhari as an appeal to citizens having de facto control of houses whose occupants have been forced to flee; the tribes of the south as an appeal to their counterparts in the north and west, and to the politicians, to re-start an occupation-free political process that will overcome the pitfalls of the current process. A year ago Dhari and others were focused on the question of military coordination among the resistance factions, and the problem of AlQaeda. The change in discourse to the social and political level seems to reflect freedom from the takfiiri overhang, and a new level of confidence generally.