Since before the founding of the modern Iraqi state until today, Arabism has remained the sap that descends and rises in the veins of the Arabs of Iraq. The first stations of the Iraqi love for Arabism were that they revolted against the British Mandate, demanding an Arab ruler, so they chose Faisal I, the son of the Sharif of Mecca, Al-Hussein Bin Ali Al-Hashemi, as their king. This context remained in the Iraqi state until 2003, when the Iraqi embassies abroad had Arab ambassadors and consuls, not Iraqis, who represented him to other countries, as well as in regional and international organizations, while all countries were keen that the members of their diplomatic missions be from the people of the country natives to represent it abroad. In the decision-making centers of the ministries and civil and military state institutions, deputy ministers, general managers and senior cadres were Arabs, all of which reflect a popular mood associated with the concept of Arabism.
As for the Iraqi popular position on the issues of the Arab nation, modern history has recorded bright pages of the generosity of the people of Iraq with everything they possess in order to support Arab causes. Especially, as well as standing with their people in Arab Egypt during the tripartite aggression in 1956. As for their position on the Palestinian cause, it rose to the utmost generosity, which is self-sacrifice for the sake of Palestine. Many Iraqi youth were involved in the Palestinian armed struggle in the sixties and seventies of the last century. They were prominent members of the Palestinian commando action, and many of them were martyred on the land of Palestine in the commando operations. Iraqi laws also made the Iraqis and Palestinians equal in rights. Many of our Palestinian brothers lived a decent life in Iraq, like other Arabs who came to Iraq to work during the seventies and eighties of the last century. As for the Iraqi army, it has always stood shoulder to shoulder with its brothers in the Arab armies in all wars with the Zionists.
The flame of Arabism remained burning in the hearts of the Iraqis, despite the political transformations that the country witnessed in the regimes.
The flame of Arabism has remained burning in the hearts of Iraqis, despite the political transformations that this country has witnessed in the regimes, from the monarchy to the sectarian republican through to the leftist and nationalist republican, which confirms that the association between the Arabs of Iraq and Arabism is not a circumstantial situation, and is not the result of political passion imposed by an ideology. The ruling regime ignites when the regime is nationalist, and fades when the regime is left-wing or sectarian. Even when the official Arab regime committed many mistakes and sins against Iraq, the Iraqis did not swerve to the other side and become hostile to the nation, because their bet was on blood and the facts of history and geography. Religion and a common destiny. All of this made them in close bond with their families in the east and west of the Arab world, so it is not surprising that the Iraqis from the Iraqi province of Basra broadcast all these super-romantic images, laden with sweeping emotional momentum, tenderness and inexhaustible longing, as they embrace their families, their Arab brothers and loved ones in a tournament The twenty-fifth Arabian Gulf. If some were astonished by the image coming from southern Iraq, and saw it very difficult to believe the image of young men standing in front of hotels in Basra, begging their Arab brothers not to live in hotels, so that they would be their guests in their homes, or that the owners of restaurants, cafes, shops, and taxi drivers would refuse Taking money in return for the services they provide to their Arab brothers, for the image that all words cannot express was of a woman who prepared food in her house and then called to her children, saying, “Go out to the streets of Basra and do not come back unless you have guests from your Arab brothers with you to eat with us.” There is no surprise in all of this, as Iraq offered blood for the sake of its brothers, without favor or religion. The province of Basra was the most bleeding in the Iran-Iraq war, so that its walls would not be broken and the Iranians would cry to the homes of their brothers and their families.
In exchange for all these sweeping emotions, on the other side, there was great frustration running through the veins of all the Iranian leaders. They had expected that the political domination of Iraq for twenty years, the export of militias from it to Syria and Yemen, and the firing of missiles from its land towards the Arab lands, had all been decided. The fate of Iraq is with Iran and its Arabism is removed forever, and they thought that isolating Iraq humanly and culturally from the Arab nation, and forcing it to live in the worst sectarian intellectual depression, would make the Arabic alphabet in Iraq in the mists of ignorance, with only one out of every million Iraqis speaking it, and Arabism would become A curse and a curse on everyone who believes in it and calls for it. However, they forgot that the mission of the Arabs of Iraq, centuries ago, was to establish buffers for the wind coming from Persia, in order for the Arab tents to be fortified in the Gulf and beyond. Likewise, they did not understand the Iraqi mind, which is full of challenge and insistence, to place its fate with the fate of its people in all corners of the Arab map, and to strike the pegs of the Arab tent to extend the length and breadth of the great homeland, and protect the hearts and minds from sectarian ideas coming from the East. In the midst of this frustration that the people of Iraq put them in, they found nothing but objection to the association of the name of the sports championship with the name of the Arabian Gulf. They asked their aides in the Iraqi authority to retract this designation, and they also resolved to file a complaint against the International Federation of Football because of the use of the designation of the Arabian Gulf. Yes, the Iraqis have longed for their families for a long time, and their dream was to see their Arab brothers as guests in their homes, streets, alleys and cities, after they used to see them everywhere in Iraq in the past years. Their brothers from Egypt, Sudan and Yemen were in every corner of the map of Iraq, working and practicing. their normal lives. The Moroccans were cultivating the lands of the unity project in order to produce food. The Arabs of the Gulf were studying in Iraqi universities, and many other Arabs. The Arabism of the Arabs of Iraq will not grow old with time, rather it will remain immortal at all times and give birth to itself with every newborn born in this country.
* Iraqi writer and professor of international relations