No big surprise, Ba'ath Party banned from occupational government
- The first step to replacing real democracy (revolutionary popular mandate)
with imperialist "multiparty" phoney democracy (rule by the highest bidder),
is to ban the political party which really has the support of the people
and represents the will of the people. In 1991, that was the Communist Party
of the Soviet Union. In 2003, it's the Ba'ath Party of Iraq.
It's official; high-level members of the Ba'ath Party are banned from
participation in the Anglo-American occupational government of Iraq.
This is stupid and counterproductive even from the point of view of the
occupyers. In the first place, President Hussein and the Iraqi resistance
have ordered all Iraqis not to cooperate with the occupying authorities
in any way. Therefore any Ba'ath Party official who really is loyal to
President Hussein's government, wouldn't WANT to be part of the occupational
government, and this appears to be the case with the vast majority of
Ba'ath Party members, as the following article admits. The only Ba'ath
Party officials who would WANT to be part of the occupational government
are traitors to Iraq who are willing to sell out. It would be in the
interests of the Americans and the British to make use of such people,
but apparently this isn't going to happen, officially anyway :-)
As to the exact words of President Hussein's communique, I could give you
the URL, but the defenders of free speech, democracy, and the free
exchange of information have banned the Free Arab Voice from the internet,
for now anyway. The following article, attributed to Jim Krane of the
Associated Press, appeared on page A20 of the Saturday, May 17, 2003 edition
of The Arizona Republic.
U.S. BARS BAATH ELITE FROM IRAQI GOVERNMENT
Baghdad--Up to 30,000 top members of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party will be
banned from any future Iraqi government, a senior U.S. official said
Friday as part of a sweeping decree aimed at putting "a stake in the heart"
of the long-entrenched organization.
The order, the latest salvo in what is becoming an increasingly high-profile
battle by American occupying forces against remnants of Saddam's regime,
will not be easy to carry out. The talent pool of the Iraqi civil service
is brimming with bureaucrats whose livelihoods depended on Baath Party
On Friday, U.S. civilian administrator L. Paul Bremer released the decree
barring Baathists from the party's top four echelons from any public
position, whether in universities, hospitals or minor government posts.
An even stricter vetting process will be used in appointing officials to
Iraqi ministries dealing with security, such as the Defense and Interior
ministries. In addition, all members of a future Iraqi government will be
required to renounce Baathism, said an official from the U.S. Office of
Reconstruction and Humanitary Assistance.
"The Baath Party in Iraq is finished," said the official, speaking on the
condition of anonymity at a background briefing inside the marble confines
of Saddam's Republican Palace. "We mean to be sure that by this process,
we will put a stake in its heart."
The reconstruction team's purging efforts will begin within days and target
15,000 to 30,000 party members, the official said.
But officials trying to restart the country's ministries and civil service
face a major challenge: how to purge Saddam sympathizers without gutting
the entire bureaucracy.
Under the decree, some of Iraq's most able administrators would be barred
from helping rebuild the country.
"That's the price we're willing to pay," the official said, adding that
lower-level functionaries and former Iraqi exiles will replace party members.
As many as 1.5 million of Iraq's 24 million people belonged to the party
under Saddam. But only about 25,000 to 50,000 were full-fledged members,
the elite targeted by U.S. officials.
The reconstruction official said all but about 2,000 of the tens of thousands
of top-level Baathists in question appeared to have melted away and were not
angling for new government jobs.