Baghdad’s Bad JuJu
January 28, 2011
In what may be an inevitability in the power vacuum following the toppling of a tyrant, Iraq has split along religious and ethnic lines. In order to strengthen his position in the coalition government Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is courting a dangerous bed fellow in Moktada al-Sadr. In light of al-Sadr’s close ties to Iran and the Sadrist’s ambitions, ceding power over the south to them will create a destabilizing faction.
The Brookings’ Institutes Kenneth Pollack explores this in his article in The National Interest.