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Iraq's Political Class Being Wiped Out

Sunday, 08 February 2004 12:00 AM

As many a 1,000 members of Iraq's professional class - doctors, lawyers, university professors politicians and judges, have been shot down by former Ba'ath party members and other terrorists either resentful over losing the privileged status they enjoyed under Saddam Hussein, or determined to halt Iraq's march toward individual freedom and democratic government.

"They are going after our brains," Lt. Col. Jabbar Abu Natiha, head of the organized crime unit of the Baghdad police told the New York Times. "It is a big operation. Maybe even a movement."

Added Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, a spokesman for the coalition forces, the guerrillas are waging war on Iraq's fledgling institutions and progress itself. "This works against everything we're trying to do here," the General told the Times.

"In the past, it was the party people who got the good jobs," Saadi, who has two bullet holes in his windshield. "Now it is the professionals. These killers are desperate to go back to those times."

According to Gen. Kimmitt foreign terrorists may be behind the attacks. "There is a huge incentive for foreign terrorists to create chaos here," l Kimmitt said. The Iraqi authorities point to former Baath Party elements or displaced military officers. They told the Times that the killings have been coordinated.

Whoever is behind the attacks, the price for working with coalition forces to build a free and Democratic Iraq has gone up - the cost is being calculated in the lives of some of the nation's brightest and best.

"These people are not just assassinating our brothers," the brother of one of the victims told the Times. "They are assassinating our future."

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