February 3, 2008

THE MYTH OF THE GOOD NAZI:

Former Hussein supporters live in fear in Iraq: Those who belonged to the dictator's party watch in horror as fellow ex-Baathists are killed, even beheaded. (Ned Parker, 2/03/08, Los Angeles Times)

First, the attackers beat the retired Baghdad municipality worker, his wife and their daughter in their home last weekend. Then they beheaded them.

The only clear motive people could think of for such brutality was that the dead man had belonged to Saddam Hussein's Baath Party.

"They didn't care if he was a good or bad person," his cousin Abu Abdullah said a few days later. "His job had required him to be a Baathist. He was never into it like others. He never hurt anyone."

Ahmed Jawad Hashim's killing was a gruesome reminder of the dangers lurking for former members of the Baath Party at a time when "de-Baathification" legislation, meant to promote reconciliation among those purged from government, mostly Sunnis, and the country's Shiite religious elite, slowly makes its way into law.

The fear of a grisly end at the hands of revenge-seeking Shiite militias, criminal gangs or even an old workplace rival is shared by many who belonged to the Baath Party, a hated symbol of state oppression that at its peak counted anywhere from 2 million to 6 million members -- including many Shiites such as Hashim who joined the party so they could advance professionally.


Posted by Orrin Judd at February 3, 2008 9:13 AM
Comments

Forget about the Nazis: they've been gone for so long it's ancient history. A Baathist is like a Communist, and there is only one kind of good Communist. Can any one of them say that he didn't know what kind of things were going on in the FORMER IRAQ?

Posted by: Lou Gots at February 3, 2008 10:53 AM

While Ba'athism was communist in spirit it was Nazi in practice in Iraq.

Posted by: oj at February 3, 2008 1:35 PM

" ... at the hands of the Shiite religious elite ..."

WTF?

Posted by: ghostcat at February 3, 2008 2:03 PM

I think the damning point is how much this describes our elite. There is no right or wrong, just say what you have to to advance professionally. No wonder they are so upset about this long overdue purge.

Posted by: Robert Mitchell Jr. at February 3, 2008 7:31 PM
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