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No big surprise, Ba'ath Party banned from occupational government

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  • thekoba@aztecfreenet.org
    The first step to replacing real democracy (revolutionary popular mandate) with imperialist multiparty phoney democracy (rule by the highest bidder), is to
    Message 1 of 1 , May 17, 2003
      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.

      --Kevin Walsh

      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
      affiliation.

      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.
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