July 7, 2014

NOW THAT WE'RE ALLIES OF IRAN TOO, ALL IS FORGIVEN:

Ahmad Chalabi: from pariah to Iraq's next prime minister? : The controversial ally of the Pentagon was cut loose after the 2003 invasion. Now some see him as the country's only hope (Martin Chulov in Baghdad and Spencer Ackerman in Washington, 7/05/14, The Observer)

Chalabi's numerous foes say he has been just as instrumental in the years of chaos that have followed, turning within a year of the US invasion towards Iran, with whom he has since forged deep ties at the expense of the government that brought him there. Along the way, he has led a purge of former Ba'athists, alienated Iraq's Sunnis, manoeuvred incessantly in the byzantine corridors of Iraqi politics, and yet somehow emerged as a figure who could steward the country through its greatest test.

Throughout the past month, Chalabi's name has consistently been touted as a potential prime minister to replace the besieged incumbent, Nouri al-Maliki. With every town and border post that fell to the Isis jihadists, and as Kirkuk and the disputed territories were effectively annexed by the Kurds, Maliki's position has become ever more untenable. Chalabi, meanwhile, has been mooted as one of the few who could stop Iraq's slide towards disintegration.

He suffered for realizing before us that it was a Shi'a vs. Sunni war.
Posted by at July 7, 2014 6:02 AM
  
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