This is Maliki’s war – he is responsible for this disaster

By Mufid Abdulla:

Iraq prime minister Maliki

Iraq prime minister Maliki

On 10th June 2014 the world awoke to news of a huge disaster in the troubled area of Iraq. The criminals and thugs who call themselves ISIL (or IS, for ‘Islamic State’) had taken over Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, and also Tikrit. It was a tragedy and everyone asked: how could a couple of thousand ISIL fighters prevail against 80,000 armed police and security forces? Kurdish forces reacted promptly to the assault by taking control of all the disputed territories, including the disputed city of Kirkuk, even though Arab nationalists reacted very badly to this initiative of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

Iraq prime minster Maliki’s reaction wasn’t constructive, as usual, and he even accused Kurdish forces of cooperating and providing logistical support to the terrorist group. Maliki is leader of the Dawa party, which became infamous as among the most brutal of nationalist Arab Islamic parties in the ‘80s when it was responsible for the destruction of the US embassy in Beirut, killing 207 American citizens.

To date Kurdish commandos and regular forces have made hundreds of sacrifices in defence of Kurdish borders: we now have our longest borders with the ISIL terrorist group. This latest disaster is Maliki’s war and the destruction of Iraq is his responsibility. First, Maliki made a horrific mistake in failing to even try to win the hearts and minds of Sunnis in cities such as Mosul, Tikrit and Anbar. Second, the extension of his powers and moves to build a dictatorship have for several years fanned the deadly flames of sectarian conflict.

This is his war. He bears responsibility and he must not be allowed to get away from this. If Maliki really wants to prevent further bloodshed, he must act fast, accept the truth of what has happened and do everything that is productively necessary to prevent the terrorists from making further advances on Baghdad and other territory

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