Sunday, November 27, 2005

Former Prime Minister: Iraq abuse 'as bad as Saddam era'

"People are doing the same as (in) Saddam Hussein's time and worse," Mr Allawi told the [UK Observer].

"It is an appropriate comparison. People are remembering the days of Saddam.

"These were the precise reasons that we fought Saddam Hussein, and now we are seeing the same things."

Militias are operating within the Shia-led government, torturing and killing in secret bunkers, he said.

Mr Allawi - who was displaced earlier this year by Shia factions - said the militias had infiltrated the police, and warned that their influence could spread throughout the government.

Mr Allawi said that if urgent action was not taken "the disease infecting [the interior ministry] will become contagious and spread to all ministries and structures of Iraq's government".

He also warned of the danger of Iraq disintegrating in chaos.

"Iraq is the centrepiece of this region," he said. "If things go wrong, neither Europe nor the United States will be safe."

Iraq abuse 'as bad as Saddam era'

I guess the Post is waiting this which hit BBC yesterday to headline the 'official' Iraqi response which will work in much better with the official White House response.


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