Today's news from Iraq
Friends of Democracy calls the Ba'athists "a criminal gang or mafia".
I am not exaggerating when I say the word Baath is now synonymous with terrorism and racism. The experiments of two peoples – Syrians and Iraqis – prove that terrorism is a part of the Baath’s ideology.Hammorabi wonders why the media isn't covering the ongoing demonstrations against terrorism in Hilla. I'm not sure if his question is rhetorical, but it should be.
The party relies in part on the Arab Nationalism of its founder Michel Aflak. I have some doubts about his roots. Was he really a citizen of Syria or France, as he claimed? His party has made killing, perfidy, assassination, and terrorism the primary method of attaining power and achieving its goals. The Baath is more like a criminal gang or mafia than a political party.
This gang has adopted terrorism and wrapped its evil ideas in attractive titles. It deceives naïve people such as nationalist youths and indoctrinates them with aggressive thoughts that lead them to destroy their nations and people in the name of nationalism.
I Should Have Stayed Home has a picture of an Iraqi soldier that is striking for his youth. He looks like a teenager.
Meanwhile the terrorists are still killing people, exploding car bombs and attacking Iraqi police.
Finally, if you're interested in learning more about the presumptive new Prime Minister of Iraq, MEMRI has a detailed biographical sketch of Ibrahim al-Ja'fari.