The decision to ban candidates accused of links to Saddam Hussein's Baath party from running in Iraq's general election could exclude Sunnis from the political arena and spark new sectarian tensions.What does this mean?
The move also threatens to damage the March 7 ballot by creating a campaign battleground where past quarrels will be exposed rather than healed under a much vaunted but stumbling national reconciliation process, analysts told AFP.
An official blacklist released by the Independent High Electoral Commission on Thursday barred 500 candidates.
The ban effectively destroyed the only successful non-Shi’ite political bloc, a non-sectarian coalition led by Sunni MP Saleh al-Mutlaq and former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi. Though Allawi, a Shi’ite, was not banned himself, the loss of the Sunnis in his bloc effectively relegates him to political irrelevance.The move has sparked fury among the Sunnis(...)
Quick Middle East lesson.
There are two main groups in Islam, who dislike each other, sort of like the Protestants and Catholics circa XVIII Century (read up on Gustavus Adolphus to catch my drift).
Iran, the regional power, is Shiite.
Saudi Arabia and the majority of other Arab countries are Sunni.
Saddam was Sunni.
America, by overthrowing Saddam and putting an obvious Iranian pawn and influence agent, Maliki, in power, has not only destabilized the whole Middle East region, but handed Iraq, a traditional enemy and counter-balance to Iran (google Iran-Iraq war) into Iranian mullahs' hands.
So, when your family member who has served in Iraq comes home, shake his or her hand and tell them that Iran thanks them.
Of course, this train of events was set up by a wholly different set of agents of influence in this country, the United States of America.
I have already written about it extensively, so will skip this here.
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