Iron fist to tackle Basra woes


Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki has vowed to use an "iron fist" to crush people who threaten security in the city of Basra.
Mr Maliki's comments, aired live on Iraqi TV, came as he visited the southern city with the aim of halting in-fighting between Shia factions.

He has accused "criminal gangs" of holding the city's lucrative oil exports and other trade to ransom.

Factional rivalry and sectarian tension have recently eroded Basra's reputation as one of Iraq's calmer cities.

Jawad Maliki - is a stalwart of the Dawa party, the Shia political group that for years led an armed underground resistance to the secular Baathist leadership of Saddam Hussein.
After Saddam Hussein's overthrow in April 2003, Dawa emerged as a major political force - with Mr Maliki among its vanguard.
Dawa party? What are its ideals?

1. Absolute sovereignty belongs to God.
2. Islamic injunctions are the basis of legislation. The legislative authority may enact any law not repugnant to Islam.
3. The people, as vice-regents of Allah, are entrusted with legislative and executive powers.
4. The jurist holding religious authority represents Islam. By confirming legislative and executive actions, he gives them legality."
[irony]Now we can relax, Iraqi democracy is in reliable hands. Apparently mr.Bush has found a leader of its own type.[/irony]

As for an 'iron fist'...

He studied Arabic literature at Baghdad University...
The standard of BBC journalism is getting pretty poor. They reported the last two poor chaps as coming from The Queens Guards and the Queens Light Infantry.

As to the Iron Fist, perhaps they have been looking at the shoulder flash of the Brigade currently in Basra.
Perhaps it's the only language the insurgents (and the religous groups vying for pressure) speak?? :?
The previous ruler of Iraq used an “iron fist” against those who threatened the security of the state.

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.
Maliki, a member of the Dawa party seems to think that 'criminal gangs' aka the Fadhila party are in charge of Basra - so the iron fist, suprising given whats going on in certain sections of Baghdad. Also rather strange imho that it hasn't been mentioned that the Dawa party and Fadhila are arguing over the ministry of Petroleum and the Governor of Basra has been trying for ages to get rid of his Dawa appointed chief of police.

I think I agree with Al Sharq when one its writers said that 'the Brits are in the centre of a power struggle with rival shiite factions trying to assert control' [in Basra.]
The governor is the single biggest obstacle to progress in Basra, one American advisor met him and found himself thinking 'I have a gun, I can end this nightmare!' He has used police units to settle political scores with his opponents. The CoP Basra is alright as far as Iraq goes, I suspect he is fed up with Wa'ili's interference and subversion of the official channels when tasking the IPS.

"Any man who followed this officer into battle, would only do so out of a morbid sense of curiosity."
Also bear in mind that the Governor is a Fadilah party member and Fadilah are unlikely to be happy at losing control of the oil ministry.

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