Analysis & Reports
May 26, 2003
By Yasser Alaskary
In further moves to de-Ba'athify Iraq:
army is disbanded
with those below the level of Colonel getting one month's wage in compensation. Those at the level of Colonel and above are banned from ever joining the new Iraqi army.
Intelligence and Security Apparatus were fully disbanded
from the Interior Ministry, which only kept the regular police force. The police force is being given new training and uniform and is
joining US troops in raids
to restore order.
Ba'ath Party members are ordered to turn themselves
to US forces.
While these steps are essential for ridding Iraq of the previous brutal regime, it leaves a sizeable group out of employment and this has the potential to create problems in the future.
Things are slowly improving in Iraq:
Security is getting better
as the US increases patrols in the capital.
Electricity is expected to improve
soon according to the UN.
Public services are being restored, as
civil servants are paid salaries
at least 20 times greater than pre-war levels, and locals are being paid to clean the streets and aid in humanitarian work.
Pentagon is being criticized
for not having done this quicker.
The controversial Basra Council, which included some Ba'athists, was
after the banning of Ba'athists from public office. This demonstrates the seriousness of the coalition in completely removing the old regime.
Conference is delayed
till July at the earliest. Several
parties continue to emerge
in Iraq and the US starts
cooperation with local clerics
. This possibly indicates a new policy of an increased involvement of leaders from inside the country in running Iraq.
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