Coup Exposed In Iraq

BAGHDAD - Up to 35 officials in the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior ranking as high as general have been arrested over the past three days with some of them accused of quietly working to reconstitute Saddam Hussein's Baath Party, according to senior security officials in Baghdad.

The arrests, confirmed by officials from the Ministries of the Interior and National Security as well as the prime minister's office, included four generals. The officials also said that the arrests had come at the hand of an elite counterterrorism force that reports directly to the office of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki.

It would be easy to shudder at this news and take it as a negative, but I see it from the other side. Of course there are going to be coup attempts when you have a country that has gone from dictatorship to a weak democracy. Even in war you can't possibly take out all of the trash, so there's always a residue you have to deal with. This story shows that the Iraqi government is indeed able to deal with it. That's a positive thing and a very good sign for the country. Are things perfect? No, but a free Iraq won't be built in a day.