Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Is this democracy in action?

Armed men entered Baghdad's municipal building during a blinding dust storm on Monday, deposed the city's mayor and installed a member of Iraq's most powerful Shiite militia.

"This is the new Iraq," said Mr. Tamimi, a secular engineer with no party affiliation. "They use force to achieve their goal."

The group that ousted him insisted that it had the authority to assume control of Iraq's capital city and that Mr. Tamimi was in no danger. The man the group installed, Hussein al-Tahaan, is a member of the Badr Organization, the armed militia of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq, known as Sciri.

The militia has been credited with keeping the peace in heavily Shiite areas in southern Iraq but also accused of abuses like forcing women to wear the veils demanded by conservative Shiite religious law.

"If we wanted to do something bad to him, we would have done that," said Mazen A. Makkia, the elected city council chief who led the ouster on Monday and who had been in a lengthy and unresolved legal feud with Mr. Tamimi.

Baghdad is the only city in Iraq that is its own province, and the city council had previously appointed Mr. Tahaan as governor of Baghdad province, with some responsibilities parallel to Mr. Tamimi's. But the mayor's office was clearly the more powerful office, a fact that proved to be a painful thorn in the side of Mr. Makkia, who believed that the council, which he controls, should hold sway in Baghdad.

There's more at the above link involved with this Washington Post article, but you would think the Prime Minister would be commenting or doing something about this. After all, removal by force isn't the way it's typically done. Baghdad is already experiencing alot of problems, the last thing needed was this type of a shake up.


Steve said...

Another mayor was also removed in one fo the other towns this morning.

Could be they are trying to sweep out the really corrupt ones or perhaps the ineffective ones (like they did with Jay Garner).

Me4Prez said...

Just to clear up any confusion. It is democracy if a person you don't like is replaced and tyranny if the reverse is true