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Iraqis Must Value Justice, Not Power

In light of the escalating Iraqi crisis, the need for a legitimate judicial system and a culture of social justice is becoming ever more apparent, writes Mustafa al-Kadhimi.
Iraqi Sunni Muslims take part in an anti-government demonstration in Falluja, 50 km (31 miles) west of Baghdad March 1, 2013. Iraq's finance minister told crowds of Sunni Muslim protesters on Friday he was resigning, after more than two months of demonstrations demanding an end to marginalisation of their minority sect.  REUTERS/Mohanned Faisal (IRAQ - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTR3EFVK

It was notable that in a country that relies on a peaceful transfer of power via elections, demonstrators came out to demand the fall of the regime as well as adherence to the political process and the constitution. These calls have been adopted by wide segments of demonstrators in recent weeks during protests in Anbar and a number of other Iraqi cities.

The protesters' calls, however, do not offer a convincing alternative to the current political system, but suggest a return to the era of dictatorship — as evidenced by demonstrators raising photos and flags of the former Iraqi regime.

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