Cernig posted here on the new De-Baathification law in Iraq yesterday, so I posted my own reservations about the development at my other blog. Today Juan Cole unfortunately validates my pessimism.
If the new law was good for ex-Baathists, then the ex-Baathists in parliament will have voted for it and praised it, right? And likely the Sadrists (hard line anti-Baath Shiites) and Kurds would be a little upset.I'm afraid my initial reaction was correct and it's not time to pop any champagne corks yet. This appears to be more a parliamentary parlor trick designed to play to the US audience than it is a real breakthrough in placating the displaced Baathists. In fact, the Baathists lose more than they gain with this new legislation.
Instead, parliament's version of this law was spearheaded by Sadrists, and the ex-Baathists in parliament criticized it.