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Posted 03 July 2004 - 20:29
There is wide acknowledgment that U.S. occupation chief L. Paul Bremer’s disbanding of Iraq’s army and security services was a mistake, and forced people into fighting the occupation for money and revenge, Sada said.
“Some people were cheated, some were misled. Some did this because they had no salaries, no food, no bread,” Sada said.
There appears to be little controversy about pardoning rebels who were not actual killers of U.S. or Iraqi security forces. Sada said it was “no problem” to amnesty rebel financiers and those storing heavy weapons in their homes.
The offer appears to be intended to drive a wedge between nationalist Iraqis who fought the U.S.-led occupation and their growing alliance with Islamic fighters who want to drive Westerners and their influence out of Iraq.
One former colonel in Saddam Hussein’s secret police said he and other former members of Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party would welcome any amnesty. The man, now a Mosul taxi driver who asked that he simply be called Abu Hani, said the Islamist fighters would be unlikely to accept Allawi’s offer.
Posted 03 July 2004 - 20:38
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