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'Boast of the U.S. Occupation and Iraqi Government Sailing on a Sea of Iraqi Blood' Al-Dustour, Jordan
In First Since Invasion, Iraqi Minister 'Publicly Condemns' U.S.
Iraq's transport minister says American troops and the U.S. administration are responsible for the terrorism, the insurgency and the corruption in the country, and says he blames the 'occupation' for most of Iraq's ills.
By Faiz Jawad
August 18, 2005
A government minister has openly lambasted
U.S. occupation of the country, blaming it for the upsurge in violence and
'Iraqi Government Ministers Stay Dry While People Get
'Wet'' Al Dustour, Jordan
Transport Minister Salam al-Maliki said
that the presence of U.S.-led forces was as detrimental to the country's well-being
as the devastation of terrorist attacks.
"Corruption, terror ... and occupation
are taking their daily toll on the lives of Iraqi citizens," Maliki said
in an interview.
He said that the worsening conditions in
Iraq along with the upsurge in terror, insurgent attacks and violence, "are
a product of the occupation."
Maliki is the first government minister
to publicly condemn U.S. forces, saying that they shoulder responsibility
of the chaos in the country.
Maliki is a Shiite and was former deputy
governor of administrative affairs of the southern city of Basra.
In the January elections he won a
seat in the National Assembly, and was a candidate of the political party
of radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. Sadr has staged two uprisings against
U.S. troops, one in Baghdad and another in the holy city of Najaf. The cleric is a strong opponent of the presence
of foreign troops and has repeatedly called for their immediate withdrawal.
Maliki said the occupation has turned "Iraq into a station for all international terrorist organizations and an
arena for score-settling. "As for the issue of administrative corruption …
Iraq now tops the list of the most corrupt countries in
the world," he said.
'Constitution Designed to Dismember Iraq,' Almostaqbal, Saudi Arabia
Maliki said the U.S. and its administration of the country bear the responsibility,
"for the chaos that has engulfed the country." The U.S., he said, divided power in Iraq along religious, ethnic and sectarian lines, "and
this division has been a factor leading to its destruction."
It is not clear whether the Sadr movement,
with large following in Baghdad and several other cities, will take part in the next
elections. But Sadr himself has been closely following events, often issuing
statements on what kind of administration he thinks the country should have.
He recently criticized the Iraqi lawmakers
drafting the constitution, saying that their desire to set up a federal system
would lead to the division of the country.
Maliki said he would prefer to see a secular
constitution rather than one in which Islam is the main source of legislation.
But he said he would reject a constitution that pursues western secularism.
"While I do not call for the establishment
of an Islamic state, this does not meant that Islam should not be in the constitution
at all," he said.
VIDEO FROM THE MUSLIM WORLD: TERRORIST CONFESSION
Al-Iraqiya TV (Iraq): Captured Iraqi terrorist describes bombing of Red Cross,
the Turkish Embassy and the slaughter and rape of his victims, Aug. 12, 00:09:40,
"He would give them to the squad, and they would kill them. Some would rape them."
Captured Iraqi Terrorist Ramzi Hashem Abed
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