“People are doing the same as (in) Saddam’s time and worse,” Allawi said in an interview published in Britain on Sunday.
“It is an appropriate comparison,” Allawi told The Observer newspaper. “People are remembering the days of Saddam. These were the precise reasons that we fought Saddam and now we are seeing the same things.”
… “We are hearing about secret police, secret bunkers where people are being interrogated,” said Allawi, who was Iraq’s first prime minister of the post-Saddam Hussein era.
… “A lot of Iraqis are being tortured or killed in the course of interrogations,” Allawi said. “We are even witnessing Sharia courts based on Islamic law that are trying people and executing them.
If he’s saying it, can we say it now? Our presence in Iraq doesn’t appear to have made much of anything better, if people are suffering the same or worse than they did under Saddam.
Again, this is coming from the guy that we put in place to hold things together during the time between Saddam’s fall, and the formation of a new Iraqi government. There were also rumors earlier this year that Allawi executed prisoners himself on at least one occasion. (Well, would we have put him in charge if we didn’t think he was capable?)
Just a reminder, Riverbend and Salam Pax posted recently about one such bunker in Jadriya. I’ve posted about Baghdad’s thriving business in the child sex trade, and the black market organ trade. Now we’re hearing from a man we hand picked to watch the story while we replaced the management that thing not only aren’t better than before. They’re worse.
On our watch. On our dime. Didn’t have to happen.