Tuesday, December 09, 2003

Neo-Ba'athists

Well well. It was bound to happen but I didn't expect it to be this soon. Some former Ba'athists have expressed their intentions to start a new political party in Iraq. Great, just we needed. In an attempt to alleviate Iraqis reservations they announced that this new party will be comprised of liberal, nationalist, and islamist characters in addition to the former Ba'ath members.

Some Iraqis described this maneuvre as lame. Others are surprisingly nonchalant about it. Personally I have nothing against the basic idea as long as they denounce the Aflaqian chauvinist ideologies they used to embrace, but what bothers me is that some of them petulantly claim that the original Ba'ath wasn't so bad and that Saddam Hussein was the one who gave it a bad name. Salah Omar Al-Ali (former RCC member and Iraq ambassador to the UN) holds this viewpoint and he has been all over Al-Jazeera and Abu-Dhabi stations defending Ba'athism and trying to shift the blame on Saddam.

We'll see what turns out of this in the near future.