Wednesday , January 16 2019

A difficult decision

Iraqi Council of Representatives announced the issuance of a law to ban the sale of alcoholic beverages in Iraq.

We do not want to elaborate on talking about the gravity of the decision and the mistake of issuing such a decision and the negative consequences to the security of the Iraqi community which is completely different, in a social nature, customs and traditions, from the Gulf societies.

History is witness to answer that question as you might calculate it as an intervention in the affairs of other country. However, history says it is not a parliament that can erase a law, or otherwise, a tradition that has been practiced by Iraq for thousands of years.

There is no doubt to many the dangers of drinking liquor, besides the religious aspect of the issue. It goes without saying that alcohol is a poisonous substance that is harmful to health, family and social relations. It exposes a person to risks of road accidents and involves them in getting into problems with others for silly and trivial issues.

The last study in this aspect was published by the famous London medical magazine, The Lancet, whereby it revealed that drinking alcohol causes cancer in most parts of the body. It is also known that alcohol causes cirrhosis — the chronic disease of the liver in addition to aging of the liver.

As it is known alcohol causes cirrhosis of the liver and the deficit, and accelerates the death of brain cells, and that result in memory impairment, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease (Parkinsonism), and many other diseases. Even though there are those who believe that there is an exaggeration in this. Alcohol, like any harmful substance has its benefits, though much less compared to disadvantages.

Some big and powerful nations have resorted to using the law against alcohol distillers, bootleggers and smugglers but failed and in the end caved in made it legal. Banning alcohol had always had serious consequences, not only from the principle point of view that ‘Forbidden fruit is sweet’, but also banning alcohol have led many to resort to the use of narcotics and drugs, the use of which has the most serious consequences on society.

Banning liquor by law has very bad social consequences! As long as the demand is there, which of course is always available leads automatically to the emergence of smugglers and some others who resort to brew liquor locally. This is a catastrophe!

The excuse of those who ban liquor with texts and Islamic fundamentals cannot be relied on amid a lot of issues that are considered Islamic fundamentals but most Islamic countries have disregarded them, and indulged in the other, according to the requirements of the era we live in. So why are we being tough on liquor specifically?

The world we live in today already cannot understand or digest such type of Karakus laws. The ban and those concerned with the issue know for a fact this law is a failure and impractical. There are a lot of priorities more important and vital to the regional parliaments whose problem lies in instability on the identity of their countries, is it constitutional or religious?


By Ahmad Al Sarraf

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