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Iraqi Election Fear: ‘No One Is Safe Anymore’ (Allawi interview)
Der Spiegel ^ | April 28, 2014 – 05:50 PM | Dieter Bednarz and Klaus Brinkbäumer

Posted on 04/29/2014 9:18:41 PM PDT by Olog-hai

(Ayad) Allawi, the son of a Shiite businessman, joined the nationalist Baath party when he was a medical student, but in the 1970s, became an opponent of Saddam, who had already begun using brutal methods to steer the country. Today, 11 years after Saddam’s fall, violence, corruption and abuses of power still dominate daily life in Baghdad. Allawi blames Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for this chaos. […]

“I have nothing against the Iranian leadership. In fact, I accommodated it often enough during my time as premier. But I am no proponent of a theocracy. I am a secularist. I wanted an independent Iraqi government, not a lackey of Tehran.” […]

“Washington fears Tehran and its interventions. I believe that the US calculation was that if I came into power against Iran’s will, Tehran would plunge Iraq into even greater chaos. Keeping me from coming into power was apparently the lesser evil. I call that intervening in Iraq’s internal affairs.” …

(Excerpt) Read more at spiegel.de ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: allawi; ayatollah; caliphate; iran; iraq; maliki; rop; tehran

1 posted on 04/29/2014 9:18:42 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Lucky the United States expended all that money and blood getting rid of Saddam, or they’d really be hurting over there.


2 posted on 04/29/2014 10:13:18 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Olog-hai

And Obama refused to negotiate an expired Status of Forces agreement with them.


3 posted on 04/29/2014 10:16:16 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: Jack Hammer

Nothing like letting them ratify a Sharia constitution right afterwards, too.


4 posted on 04/29/2014 10:16:31 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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