Open letter to Nouri Maliki, Prime Minister of Iraq.

Dear Sir,
First of all let me say how happy I am to be able to speak to free Iraqis. You have a beautiful democracy sir, my hat goes off to you. I would now like to talk to you about the crisis in Gaza.

Gaza is now free from Israeli occupation, yet militants in Gaza still fire rockets at Israel. The residents of Gaza are now paying the price for those rocket attacks, with Israel targetting the infrastructure. The basic problem here is that the majority of the people of Gaza have been radicalized to hate the Israelis instead of trying to build a civil society. There is no reason why Gaza can't be a European-style country with a 2-party system in a left/right split. Instead of having the choice of two terrorist organizations.

What I would like you to do is fix Gaza as I described. You can send some Iraqi forces to occupy the Gaza airport and make this your base. You can then train up new Gaza security forces who are committed to your new vision for Gaza. Money makes the world go around and the current security forces aren't being paid by Hamas. You will be able to pay your security forces. You need to disarm anyone who isn't in your new security forces. You need to implement the rule of law. You need to create two parties, one called "Left" and one called "Right" and let those two parties compete for power. At least for an interim period. When Gaza is a European-style country, it can choose to join with the West Bank, Egypt or Israel, as it wishes.

I ask you to announce this plan, but do not discuss it in advance with anyone else, e.g. the Americans or Israelis. This should be a purely Iraqi initiative (with a suggestion by an Australian CITIZEN). The US and Israel will be shocked, but they won't do anything to hinder a democratic Iraq from fixing Gaza. I am inside western culture, I know what their reaction will be. Don't wait for UN Security Council permission, just do it. You'll sort of need permission from Israel to overfly their airspace, but if you don't get it, don't worry about it. Israel is not going to shoot down aircraft from democratic Iraq. They'll just sit there stunned.

That's it. It's time for Iraq to step up to the plate and be the leader of the Arab world. Good luck sir. Oh, but a point of warning. Do NOT be tempted to go into the West Bank. There is still a territorial dispute there and Israel WILL shoot down your aircraft if you attempt to interfere there.

Paul Edwards, Australian citizen.

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