The Exiled Shalash

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Iraq's Interior Miinistry

It may seem weird to Americana that the cabinet post of the Interior in Iraq is among the most important. The Department of the Interior in the United States has very little power. The Interior ministry in Iraq, on the other hand is in charge of counter-insurgency, hence responsible for granting multi-million dollar contracts to those they deem fit and by "fit," I mean those who share the profit in half.

Under the governing council, this important position went, strangely enough to Mr. Samir al-Sumaeda'i. Samir is not closely affiliated with any of the major blocs, but being a Sunni liberal was apparently enough for a clearance by L. Paul Bremer III. Samir al-Sumaida'i has since served as Iraq's ambassador to the United Nations and as of a few months ago as the Iraqi ambassador to Washington. He is eloquent, but beyond that I am not so sure about his qualifications or his loyalties for that matter. There were a few people who behaved rather well by keeping a low profile after having been blessed by Bremer and they continued to stay in positions of power, Samir al-Sumaida'i is certainly one of those few people. He is not a politician in the Iraqi sense of the word because a politician in Iraq has to come from within the ranks of one of the major political parties.

Under Prime Minister Allawi, the post was given to Falah Hassan al-Naqib, yet another Sunni. But unlike al-Sumaida'i, al-Naqib was far more controversial. There were accusations that he sympathized with the insurgency, whether true or not, there are no doubts about the fact that al-Naqib did a horrible job at bringing security to the Iraqis. He recruited Ba'thists to the ministry at a time when school teachers were losing their jobs because of de-Ba'thification. Under Allawi, de-Ba'thification and re-Ba'thification occurred at the same time!

Hassan al-Naqib, like many of his colleagues were let go when the Shi'a/Kurdish government swept the January 30 elections. That Interior ministry was then given to one of the worst nightmares of the New Iraq, Bayan Solagh Jabr of the SCIRI.

Mr. Jabr was so sectarian that immediately after taking over the ministry, most Sunnis were expelled from the ministry. This happened infront of the Americans who, having just celebrated the monumental elections in Iraq thought that the UIA can do no wrong. What started with expelling Sunnis soon developed into a militia called Maghawir al-Dakhiliyyah, to say nothing of the detention centers all over Baghdad, most notably that of al-Jadirriyyah. In these detention centers, Sunnis (not all terrorists) were tortured and many killed.

while Bayan Jabr lost that job after the December 15 elections, he got a better one, finance minister. The ministry is now in the hands of Jawad al-Bolani, the 45 year old engineer who knows nothing about policing or security. The lower ranks continue to be occupied by those appointed by Jabr and so it is highly unlikely to see any major changes in the next four years.

The ministry needs a shake up very badly. The bad apples need to go and a set of non-sectarian bureaucrats need to take over the ministry. That is mere wishful thinking though, none of that is likely to happen.

21 Comments:

  • The entire world including Muslim Nations and all left wing international American Haters
    claimed the best thing for Iraq was
    to turn over authority to Iraqi
    as soon as Possible so Bremmer
    was under pressure to find heads of Ministries ...
    So all of those choices were rushed.

    The fact is this:

    Iraq after 35 years of Saddam and
    other historical divides is fratured much deeper then US official ever imagined ...in fact much of the world felt just as US did that if Saddam could be tople quickly Iraqi would come together
    and use all its oil wealth to build
    a strong modern country ...

    But the Former Regime elements who supported the idea of Sunni rule
    were much larger then expected ...
    and the Shia Conservative element was also underestimated ...

    So now for the most part iraqi are killing each other ....

    however I must take the side of the Shia here for awhile ...

    The historical evidence of Iraq
    over the past two years has been
    large attacks on Shia civilians
    and the new Police forces and the new army at the hands of al-queda
    and former regime elements ...

    It has only been fairly recent
    that the Shia militias have
    retaliated ...

    Maliki seems to be a good man
    and if he takes a conservative Shia
    position it is his right to do so ... But he should use his new position of authority to move
    Hezbolla to a political party only ... and to move the Mahdi
    army to a political part only

    if Hezbolla militants want to stay in the military they can join the Lebanese army ...
    But a country can not maintain
    personal militias independent of the army and police.

    Iraqi Shia should know that Bush and Condi Rice have stated that
    they would recognize Hezbolla
    as a political party but that their militia must be part of the Lebanese army and under control of Lebanese government ... same as al-Sadrs militia ,Hamas and others ... but Hezbolla was wrong to maintain

    13000 rockets and launch raids
    outside the authority of the Lebanese government.

    Israel has peace treaties with Jordan and Egypt and holds no
    Jordanian or Egyptian prisnoners
    from the 1967 war ... as soon as Israel
    has a negotiated and signed treaty
    with both Lebanon and A new Palestinian state (which has been offered many times) They will release all prisoners to thos states ....

    Just as Iraqi government holds
    men from Anbar in its prison ...
    it can not simply release
    many of these men until a permanent solution in Iraq is
    at hand ... If Hezbolla wants all Lebanese released from Israeli jails it MUST ALLOW Lebanese government to sign a peace treaty with Israel ... if Hamas wants all
    Palestinian prisoners released it
    MUST ALLOW Abbas to negotiate the final borders of a new Palestinian state and sign a treaty with Israel.

    Finally memo to Iraqi Shia ...

    Its Saturday night ... more Iraqi
    Shia civilians were killed today by fellow
    Muslims then Lebonese civilians were killed by Israels ....

    You need to focus on your true enemy .... its not the Jews

    You guys need to concentrate
    on the former brutal elements
    of Saddams regime ... not US forces
    not Sunni civilians ... and forget about the jews ...

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  • Hello Shalash.

    Is there another name for Maghawir al-Dakhiliyyah? I haven't been able to find anything.

    Thanks.
    Jared Nuzzolillo
    onceuponaprioriREMOVETHISANTISPAMTEXT@gmail.com

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