Saddamâ€™s death is Mr. Malikiâ€™s moment of truth, says Ned Parker in the London Times blog. He is the Baghdad Correspondent for The Times and has been based in the country since March 2003. He has also filed extensively from Israel and the Palestinian territories.
“Maliki must take the political capital from executing Saddam to prove that the Shia have moved beyond their fears of the old regime. If he cannot lead the Shia on a moderate path, Iraq looks likely to fall into civil war, if it hasnâ€™t already done so. The current fight between Sunnis and Shia could very well be Saddamâ€™s legacy.
“Two years ago, during the battle of Fallujah, a Marine commander told me Iraq reminded him of Yugoslavia. After the countryâ€™s strongman Josip Broz Tito died, the countryâ€™s ethnic and religious demons bubbled to the surface and sparked war. He feared the same thing was happening in Iraq.”
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