Military Strongmen: Seeding Chaos In The Name Of Power
By NPR Staff, June 14, 2014
In a region torn apart by violence, a leader who promises security above all else can be appealing. Three years after the chaos of the Arab Spring, these strongmen types are rising again in the Middle East. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is one of them, though he has yet to overcome the disaster now unfolding in Iraq. Iraqi lawyer Zaid al-Ali tells NPR’s Arun Rath that Maliki is partly to blame for the crisis. “His control over the security sector has been a disaster,” says Ali, an expert on constitutional law in the Middle East. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is partly to blame for the disaster unfolding in Iraq now, says Iraqi lawyer Zaid al-Ali. Maliki has managed to construct a “huge house of cards to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars,” Ali says, much of which is invested in the nation’s security sector, and much of which came through international assistance.