Meet the new boss


According to today’s BBC, “an Iraqi judicial committee has issued an arrest warrant for the mainly Shia Arab country’s Sunni Arab Vice-President, Tariq al-Hashemi. The warrant was issued under anti-terrorism laws…”

The main Sunni political party is now boycotting the cabinet and accuses Shia Prime Minister Nouri Maliki of “monopolizing power”.

Meanwhile Danny Schechter reports, “Maliki has dipped into Saddam’s playbook by deploying his own secret police and military to round up hundreds of former Baathist supporters…A US think-tank documenting his crackdown is saying that Maliki is primarily concerned with his own survival.” Sort of like, uh, Saddam Hussein. And, like Saddam, “he too uses his son, Ahmad, to evict US firms from the Green Zone in Baghdad and do his father’s forceful bidding. And human rights groups are criticizing him for running secret jails, imprisoning journalists and critics, and firing 100 professors from a university in Saddam’s old hometown of Tikrit.”

Schecter continues, “With Maliki now terrorizing his own enemies, often in the name of questionable “plots” to overthrow him, Iraq will remain volatile. Bear in mind that after all these years, the Iraqis are still suffering from a broken electricity system as well as serious food and medical shortages.”

4 responses to “Meet the new boss

  1. Observing Iraq can be a good lesson during America’s drift to the right in how “anti-terrorism” laws can be used to stifle dissent and political opposition. We may be on the verge of destroying the homeland in order to protect it.


  2. Donald, I think with the Patriot Act and TIF we put ourselves into an irreversible path to the end societal freedom.

    I saw that story last night. Predictable enough, though actually arresting the VP did surprise me. the guy was in Kurdistan at the time trying to sooth over the mess Malaki has made in relations with them. However, now that Iran and Iraq are going steady, you can be sure it’s Obama’s fault.


  3. This does not bode well for Iraq’s future, and it further exacerbates my sense of “what was it all for?”


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