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Factions in Iraq

How ea4y it is to over-simplify Near Eastern problems by speaking of " the Arabs" or " the Moslems " as if they constituted h mogcneous groups, each united by a comMon mind and purpose, is illustrated by the career of Baqir Sidqi and the situation 41 Iraq brought about by his assassinati?n. He represented non-Arab Iraqui nationalism against the Arab, and particularly the desert Arab, element in Mesopotamia; and the dividing line here goes back to the days of Sargon of Akkad in the third millenium B.C.

He was tolerated and even welcomed by Arabs at first on account of his ruthless slaughter of the Assyrians, but his subsequent pro-Turkish policy has roused fears among the Arabs that they may once again come under the control of the Turks; and pan-Arabs everywhere felt that Iraq was moving away from their ideals. It has been suggested that it was to soothe these suspicions that the Iraqui Prime Minister and colleague of the dictator recently put into the mouth of the Arab King Ghazi a resounding denunciation of the plan for the partition of Palestine.




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