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Iraq: Sliding back into open warfare

Iraq is being led by “a mini Saddam Hussein in the making.”

EditorialThe Daily Star (Lebanon)

Iraq is being led by “a mini Saddam Hussein in the making,” said The Daily Star. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has been openly biased toward majority Shiites since he took office. When Iraqiya, the nonsectarian coalition, won more seats than his Shiite coalition in 2010, he agreed to share power with them. Instead he grabbed everything for himself, and now personally holds the posts of prime minister, defense minister, acting interior minister, acting head of intelligence, and chief of the armed forces. Over the past few weeks, conflicts between Shiites and Sunnis have erupted into violence in city after city, but rather than tamp it down, Maliki inflamed it by sending government troops to fire on Sunni protesters in Falluja. “The danger of this is obvious to all, except apparently Maliki himself.” Of course, Maliki is “little more than a puppet” of the Iranian regime, which should think hard about whether it wants another civil war on its border. Conflict now threatens Iraq from all sides. Turkey has launched an aerial campaign against Kurdish rebels in the north, and the border with Syria is unstable. “If Maliki and his leadership insist on continuing in the footsteps of Saddam Hussein,” the resulting chaos “will not stop at Iraq’s borders.” 

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