Juan Cole on Maliki’s Latest

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Saturday threatened to cut off diplomatic relations with countries that criticized the execution of Saddam Hussein. He defended the decision to execute him on the Sunni feast of sacrifice, saying that Saddam had profaned religious holidays. Note to al-Maliki: 1. Don’t compare yourself to Saddam and 2. when you have a capital so dangerous that countries are afraid to send embassies, it isn’t really that much of a threat when you say you’ll cut off diplomatic relations.

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