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Indicators seem to point to an increasingly serious Iraqi government
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, March 06, 2007

The new oil revenue deal is in draft form and soon to be passed into law, Operation "Impose the Law" is in full swing in Baghdad, Maliki is talking about a cabinet shake-up to remove militia members and sympathizers and probably one of the worst ministries in the Iraqi government is undergoing a massive change:
Iraq's Interior Ministry has fired or reassigned more than 10,000 employees, including high-ranking police, who were found to have tortured prisoners, accepted bribes or had ties to militias, a ministry spokesman has disclosed.

A soon-to-be-released internal inquiry also details 41 incidents of human rights abuse at the ministry. In one case, four members of the national police hanged prisoners from a ceiling and beat them with sticks in a ministry-run prison known as Site 4, according to the report by the ministry's inspector general.

The United States has pressured Iraq's Shiite-led government to clean up its security forces as they undertake a broad plan to reduce sectarian violence. Sunni politicians have accused Iraq's police of collaborating with Shiite death squads.

More than half of those fired or reassigned since June were found to have militia ties, Jassim Hanoon, the Interior Ministry's deputy spokesman, said in a weekend interview. The investigation is ongoing.
Now 10,000 may sound like a bunch, and it is in raw numbers, but remember this is a 270,000 member ministry. Still, removing 10,000 members is a pretty massive effort.
"Maybe we aren't 100% cured," Hanoon said. "But we're getting better day by day." Some ministry employees were fired for arresting innocent people, while others had past criminal records, he said.

Investigators are using information gathered within the ministry to probe political leaders and members of parliament, something not previously done, Hanoon said. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has vowed to pursue criminal charges against political figures — including members of parliament — linked to extremist groups.
I don't know about you but this indicates seriousness to me. This is a critical step toward making the Iraqi government both fair and responsive to all it's citizens.
U.S. military advisers are working to better screen and train police, including requiring 15 to 20 hours of human rights training for recruits, said Lt. Col. Pablo Hernandez, a spokesman with the U.S. military unit responsible for training Iraqi police.

"If you look at what they had in the past and the product they're putting out today, it's a lot better," Hernandez said.
Excellent. And yes, it's about time.
 
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Unfortunately, the Iraqi parliament, the bit that gives the rest of the government its legitimacy, didn’t turn up for work today.

Regards, C
 
Written By: Cernig
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Did our Parliament? Or is working three days a week good enough?
 
Written By: Joe
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We would be better off if our Congress worked no days a week.
 
Written By: James E. Fish
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The Iraqi government finally gets a commitment from America, first with the 2004 election going to Bush, and now the surge has begun with a toothless Democratic congress doing nothing to stop it; finally Maliki can stop hedging his bets and placating the militias.
 
Written By: Jimmy the Dhimmi
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While it’s fair to say that all of the official doubt and wavering support in the US for the free government of Iraq incites insurgents and Shi’ite militias to continue their violence, it’s also fair to say that the same uncertainty about US commitment has convinced the Iraqi government that it’s sh*t or get off the pot time, inspiring them to action.

yours/
peter.
 
Written By: peter jackson
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it’s also fair to say that the same uncertainty about US commitment has convinced the Iraqi government that it’s sh*t or get off the pot time, inspiring them to action.
That’s some interesting logic.

It would have appeared to me that uncertainty about US commitment would convince members of the Iraqi government to ensure their out-of-country bank accounts were topped off and that their exit papers were in order.
 
Written By: Mark A. Flacy
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It would have appeared to me that uncertainty about US commitment would convince members of the Iraqi government to ensure their out-of-country bank accounts were topped off and that their exit papers were in order.
Couldn’t we have both? If we want this to work we better get busy and take on the militia’s, meanwhile get ready to flee? I’ll guess they have a few other options on their plate as well, many which we won’t like.
 
Written By: Lance
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Couldn’t we have both? If we want this to work we better get busy and take on the militia’s, meanwhile get ready to flee? I’ll guess they have a few other options on their plate as well, many which we won’t like.
The bank account/flee approach is time tested in Cuba, Iran, Latin America, etc. I’d consider it the standard model.

Not that you don’t have a point. But it is hard to fight a battle while watching you escape route over your shoulder. It’s how routs start, and battles are lost. Sometimes it is better to be single-minded, and not hedge your bets . . .
 
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