* Ten years after the criminal invasion of Iraq, what is the evaluation of the Iraqi Communist Party of the current situation?
The Iraqi Communist Party was working before the war under the slogan "No to War, No to Dictatorship", and when the war took place and Saddam's dictatorial regime collapsed, the party stood against the occupation and called for building an independent democratic Iraq. We said that the war will not build an Iraq where the will of the people and their aspiration for a dignified life and democracy, and building a balanced and dynamic economy, would be achieved. The party therefore worked after the war with the other national political forces to provide the prerequisites for evicting the occupier and achieving democracy, independence and national sovereignty.
* Many have considered that the inability to control the country is a result of the tendency of the central Iraqi government to forge an alliance with Iran and the United States, and due to the interference by regimes in the Gulf and Turkey, which encourage a sectarian civil war, for the purpose of dividing Iraq into three states. In addition, there are recurrent terrorist attacks against the population. How does the Iraqi Communist Party analyze this situation?
The natural result of the above-mentioned harmful consequences of the policy of sectarian-ethnic power-sharing in governance, and in building political relations, is the intensification of the contradictions that reflect the divergent class social interests of the ruling strata in the country. This conflict necessarily gives rise to political trends that do not serve stability, peace and security throughout Iraq, but rather enhance the rivalries and tensions and put warring rivals on the path of adopting undemocratic methods. These methods include setting up militias and using them to overcome opponents, or resorting to methods of imposing restrictions on rivals, distorting the character of state institutions, curtailing freedoms, violating human rights and promoting practices of sectarian discrimination.
* For two years now, there has been a "war" against the rule of the Baath Party in Syria, using terrorists, mainly Salafis and jihadists, who were recruited militarily and financially by the West and their allies in the Gulf Cooperation Council and Turkey. What is the position of the Iraqi Communist Party regarding the war?
* What is the relationship of the Iraqi Communist Party to the Kurdistan Communist, and how can it be described?
We live in one homeland; have joint concerns and our general strategic issues are the same. We draw our general Iraqi strategic policy jointly in the National Congress of the Iraqi Communist Party. The Kurdistani comrades; members of the Kurdistan Communist, which enjoys an autonomous status on concrete issues in Kurdistan, participate in this Congress in a proportion and a manner that is determined by Central Committees of both parties. Along with other Iraqi comrades, of different ethnicities, they participate in discussing party documents, give their opinions, contribute to adopting party documents and take part in the leading bodies of the party. They constitute 20% of Iraqi CP’s Central Committee, and the secretary of the Central Committee of the Kurdistan Communist Party is a member of Iraqi CP’s Political Bureau. Between two successive meetings of the Central Committee, consultative meetings between the central specialized committees, as well as the political bureaus of the two parties, and sometimes between both central committees, for deliberation, consultation and drawing the appropriate tactical plans, especially with regard to joint Iraqi issues.
* How does the Iraqi Communist Party evaluate the situation in the Middle East and the Arab world in general, and what do you think of calling it “ Arab Spring”?
The Middle East is living through a state of transformation and struggle, based on the aspirations of the peoples and toilers of the Arab world to see their countries - which possess treasures of natural resources and a lot of material and human potential - to freedom and prosperous life, but are living in a state of underdevelopment, poverty, hunger and disease.
* What are the priorities of the work of the Iraqi Communist Party?