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Baathists - strategic partners

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Submitted by Vijay (United Kingdom), Oct 28, 2006 at 13:14

Baathism, without the Saddamist apparat controlling it, could be a pivotal player in the political evolution of Iraq. Baaths , by and large, stood for a secular Iraq. Since the Baathists have been completely sidelined by the occupation forces, they have simply joined the Iraqi resistance. Baathists have been sworn enemies of Khomeini Iran, Islamists from Sunni and Shia ranks. They also stood for secularism - as far as it can be pushed in an arab country.

Hence it is time to bring in Baathists in the political process - if they can rid themselves of the henchmen of Saddam Hussein. The entire pre-2003 Baath leadership should be set aside in the new baath party.

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