What is Wrong with Iraq and PM al-Maliki?

What is Wrong with Iraq and PM al-Maliki?

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Amid all that destruction in Syria, Iraq, under PM al-Maliki, has facilitated the transport of weapons from Iran to the Assad regime and has taken sides in flagrant denial of Iraq’s own principles of democracy, freedom, and human rights. What is wrong with Iraq?

When a country is freed from one oppressive ruler with so much pain and so much loss of life, yet returns to practicing the same policies of the past, it diminishes the potential for so many other countries in the region to have the same opportunities for freedom as Iraq did.

Does al-Maliki not know that his posture harms the Syrian people as much as it harms the Iraqi people? The future of Iraq hangs in the balance when its new leadership acts like the tin-pot dictators it just freed itself from not long ago. What is wrong with Iraq?


More than becoming a facilitator for weapons killing civilians, al-Maliki’s statements are nuggets of inconsistencies in a region in dire need for wisdom. His latest was a reference to those who supply arms to the Syrian opposition. He claimed the weapons destroy the Syrian people. At a time when his skies are a conveyor belt of arms to Assad killing civilians; yet he thinks those who supply arms to the FSA to defend themselves are the culprits. What is wrong with al-Maliki?

Wikipedia writes about al-Malki:

On 16 July 1979, al-Maliki fled Iraq after he was discovered to be a member of the outlawed Islamic Dawa Party. According to a brief biography on the Islamic Dawa Party’s website, he left Iraq via Jordan in October, and soon moved to Syria, adopting the pseudonym “Jawad”. He left Syria for Iran in 1982, where he lived in Tehran until 1990, before returning to Damascus where he remained until U.S. coalition forces invaded Iraq and toppled Saddam’s regime in 2003.[7] While living in Syria, he worked as a political officer for Dawa, developing close ties with Hezbollah and particularly with Islamic Republic Government of Iran, supporting that country’s effort to topple Saddam’s regime.[8]

There is a lesson to be learned from all this. Never support an oppositionist who was resident in a host country as bad or even worse than the country the oppositionist came from. Inevitably, it’s payback cronyism for which everyone pays the price for.

What is Wrong with Iraq and PM al-Maliki?


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