August 10, 2005
BAD NEWS FROM IRAQ: A municipal coup díetat.
Armed men entered Baghdad's municipal building during a blinding dust storm on Monday, deposed the city's mayor and installed a member of Iraq's most powerful Shiite militia.
The deposed mayor, Alaa al-Tamimi, who was not in his offices at the time, recounted the events in a telephone interview on Tuesday and called the move a municipal coup d'ťtat. He added that he had gone into hiding for fear of his life.
"This is the new Iraq," said Mr. Tamimi, a secular engineer with no party affiliation. "They use force to achieve their goal."
The militia that overthrew the mayor is an Iranian proxy.
Iíd say this needs to be reversed, that he should be put back in office so this sort of thing isnít rewarded and therefore encouraged. But he already tried to resign in June and it looks like he doesnít even want to stay in Iraq.
If Tamini canít be restored, the new mayor Hussein al-Tahaan must in turn be replaced. As quickly as possible.