Scott Horton Interviews Raed Jarrar

Scott Horton, March 12, 2010

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Raed Jarrar, Iraq consultant for the American Friends Service Committee, discusses the Iraqi political landscape in the wake of recent elections, the reemergence of former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi in a popular non-sectarian nationalist coalition, how the US occupation has distorted Iraqi politics and prevented the formation of functional government, unfounded fears that a US withdrawal will incite a civil war and why Iraq’s “sectarian” strife is better understood as a political struggle between nationalists and separatists than a religious fight between Sunni and Shia.

MP3 here. (50:12)

Raed Jarrar maintains the In the Middle blog and is the Iraq consultant for the American Friends Service Committee.

6 Responses to “Raed Jarrar”

  1. Before the invasion, Sunnis and Shia were highly inter-married, implying that sectarianism was not such a big deal. The death squads which started the sectarian civil didn't start till John Negropont, the ambassador for death squads in El Salvador, took over as ambassador in Baghdad, after a lot of media rah-rah about how we needed the "Salvador option" to deal with the insurgency.

  2. I image that had the bulk of the figures who could have credibly ran from a nationalist and secular platform were not barred from the running because of their being former Baathists that there wouldn't be room for Allawi in Iraqi politics. But with all their real leaders banned the constituency for this sort of politics has nowhere else to turn to.

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  4. Thank you so much for having Mr. Jarrar on Scott. I finally feel like I have some sort of idea of what the situation is in Iraq right now. WOW! This was like drinking a big glass of water after being dehydrated for a long time.

  5. Great interview. Raed Jarrar evidently knows what he's talking about. Thanks!

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