Dear friends in Badhdad,
Warm greetings from Oslo! Today we congratulate you – the first Iraqi Social Forum – for standing together as a collective voice and proclaiming that “Another Iraq is possible: An Iraq of Peace, Human Rights, and Social Justice.”
As the ISF planning committee has expressed, the withdrawal of the US and occupation troops has opened the way to complete the struggle of Iraqi people for democracy and social justice. This still requires the continued moral courage and strategic clarity from each one of the social movements you represent. We in Norway commit to stand with you in solidarity in this journey. We are sorry we are unable to join you in Baghdad for this important and historic event, but know that we join your struggle for a just peace across Iraq and are participating via tele-exchanges. Our thoughts are with you, and we join you in proclaiming boldly that Another Iraq IS indeed possible, inevitable, and is it happening today!
Representatives from the Norwegian Social Forum, the Norwegian Peace Council, Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom – Norway, Nansen Dialogue Network, and the Karibu Foundation