(Part 2) How is Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki connected to Saddam Hussein?
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki visiting visit with President Obama.
America be warned! He wants something from us and it’s not a friendship.
Beginnings of PM Nuri al-Maliki
In 1979, Saddam Hussein, who was once backed by the United States, gave Maliki a death sentence. So, Maliki packed his bags and went to Syria, then moved to Iran where he lived for nearly 20 years. During this time, he became a senior leader of the Dawa Party. (An Iranian backed, majority Shia political party who were obviously opposed to Saddam Hussein (minority Sunni) and tried to topple his government).
Interesting Dawa Party Facts
One of the founding members of the Dawa Party was Mohammed Baqir al-Sadr (related to our nemesis Muqtada al-Sadr who’s father Muhammad al-Sadr (a good guy) was murdered by Saddam Hussein)
In the 1980s, the Dawa party worked hard to overthrow Saddam Hussein’s Ba’athist government. That is the same Saddam Hussein that we lent $40 Billion US Dollars, in order to fight the Iraq-Iran war. The Dawa party was also linked to several other incidents such as; The 1981 bombing of the Iraqi Embassy in Beirut, and the 1983 simultaneous bombings of the American and French Embassies in Kuwait. Twelve of the 17 men imprisoned for the bombings were Iraqi-Dawa Party members, called the “Kuwaiti 17”. Their prison release was one of the conditions for the freedom of American Hostages during the Iran-Contra scandal, but it did not come to fruition. During Desert Storm in 1991, the Kuwaiti 17 escaped and fled to Iran. Throughout the 1980’s and 1990s they attempted to assassinate Tariq Aziz, Saddam Hussein, and Uday Hussein.
Do these guys sound like terrorists to anyone, or is it just me?
Modern PM Nuri al-Maliki
When the United States invaded Iraq in 2003, this was Maliki’s cue to return to Iraq. In 2005, he was elected to the National Assembly during the transitional period of the Iraqi Government; as well as being the senior Shia member of the group that drafted the newest Iraqi Constitution. Subsequently, in 2006, he was elected Prime Minister of Iraq; In an interesting twist of fate, on the 30th of December, 2006, PM Maliki signed the death warrant for Saddam Hussein, stating “Our respect for human rights requires us to execute him”.
For those of you reading this that have a tough time defining irony, this is a good example.
In 2007, to add to his already prestigious list of accomplishments, he was named as the Secretary-General of the Dawa Party.
How I see Nuri al-Maliki
This not the opinion of the US Army, DoD, or the United States Government, but it is the opinion of a concerned citizen and patriotic soldier that proudly serves his country.
I think that America is about to be fleeced by a senior political leader in Iraq, Nuri
al-Maliki; he is a Dawa party member, he is related to terrorist activity, and he is now being supported by the United States. Here in Iraq, people celebrated the Victory of the Occupiers on June 30th 2009, as National Sovereignty Day . This brought about an abrupt change in the basic relationship between the American soldiers on the ground, the average Iraqi, and our Iraqi military counterparts.
Mark my words; Maliki is coming to the United States to do some political palm-greasing. Although,he has claimed victory over the “American Occupiers”, he still needs money, and help re-building infrastructure to develop Iraq.
After 20 years in exile from Iraq, I am willing to bet that his relationship with Iran is not one that fosters the best interests of the United States. I also predict, we will become muddled down by a financially burdening relationship with Iraq, only to be fleeced by the relationship between Iraq and Iran.
What a tangled web we’ve woven for ourselves.