Iraq abuse "as bad as Saddam era"
Via the BBC
The former Iraqi prime minister, Iyad Allawi, has called for immediate action against human rights abuses in Iraq:
"People are doing the same as (in) Saddam Hussein's time and worse," Mr Allawi told the newspaper.
Iraq is the centrepiece of this region. If things go wrong, neither Europe nor the United States will be safe
"It is an appropriate comparison. People are remembering the days of Saddam.
"These were the precise reasons that we fought Saddam Hussein, and now we are seeing the same things."
Militias are operating within the Shia-led government, torturing and killing in secret bunkers, he said.
What are we to make of this alarming story? Is this an exaggeration, a political manoeuvre? Is it true or at least partly true? Hard to say.
If true, it demonstrates that instituting democracy from the top down is as hard as many predicted it would be.
And to the US and the UK it would signal a further need for prolonged presence of troops and that means more trouble to me. It's definitely starting to develop into a Vietnam-type situation...
He also warned of the danger of Iraq disintegrating in chaos.
"Iraq is the centrepiece of this region," he said. "If things go wrong, neither Europe nor the United States will be safe."
Keywords: Allawi, Iraq, war