The devastating legacy of the two-year long sectarian strife in Iraq, from 2006 to 2008, is still taking a heavy toll on the entire Iraq.
It is a quirk of fate that the incumbent foreign minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari was Iraq's foreign minister at the time.
In that deadly war, hundreds of thousands of civilians have been killed, marking one of Iraq's darkest violence streaks in history.
There are still a lot of unanswered questions about the role of Jaafari in that war, who is known for his pro-Iran affiliations.
Lawmaker with the State of the Law Coalition Muafaq al-Rubaiei launched harsh criticism against Jaafari, questioning his mental health.
He called for him to answer the question why he did not declare curfew on the day where holy shrines in Samarra were bombed in 2006.
In a video posted on his Facebook page, Rubaiei said:"Jaafari accused me of promoting untruths when I said in a televised interview that he did not declare curfew in the city of Samarra when he was a prime minister and commander in chief of the armed forces."
The truth is what I said, he added, noting:"Jaafari himself admitted to this in a televised interview without disclosing the reasons that prompted him to take such a decision."
"He cannot say he is not responsible for the cabinet's decision not to impose curfew on that day. No. he is responsible. He is exclusively responsible for this." The lawmaker noted.
The lawmaker continued:"This question is still left unanswered. We need an answer from Jaafari. Why did not he impose a curfew, making the sectarian war let loose in Baghdad and other areas of contagion?"
On Jaafari's mental health status, the lawmaker
said:"I excuse him. Signs of Alzheimer appeared on him. He is not able to
think clearly indeed. And proofs of this mental health deterioration are out of
Calls for answering these questions, on the suspicious role of Jaafari in that war, are mounting amid reports speaking of psychological disorders suffered by Jaafari.
Rubaiei went on to say he has been trying to meet Jaafari over the past year to convince him to quit his career.
"One of Jaafari's close friends, Neurologist and Psychiatrist Consultant, based in the UK advised me to advise Jaafari that he should quit public appearances. But I couldn't tell him."
Iraq pays the price
He says the ailing mental health of Jaffari is
wreaking havoc on Iraq and the Iraqis.
"The Iraqi people have the right to wonder what had been achieved under Jaafari in the past four years," the lawmaker noted.
The lawmaker cited remarks of the minister which indicates how far his mental health deterioration has become alarming.
Jaafari once said Iraq is open to ISIS terrorists, comments that drew irony and criticism worldwide.
He also once stated New Zealand and Australia desire to join ISIS.
On another occasion, the Iran-aligned minister said 'ISIS geography' renders it difficult to crush the group.
Commentators told The Baghdad Post, in light of the remarks of the lawmaker, said the tenure of Jaafari laid the groundwork for the deterioration seen today in Iraq.
"Jafari is a curse to Iraq. He is a psychopath and war monger. He inflamed sectarianism that has been unsettling the violence-shattered Iraq for decades," they confirmed.
They stated:"When will the killers be held accountable? When will those questions be answered? Who had ignited the war?"
They wondered why there are no bodies probing such atrocities so far.
"An inquiry is needed for the Iraqis to get to the truth. What happened is enormous.
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have been
killed in a sectarian strife. Will their blood go down the drain for a person
suffering a chronic mental disorder?" the commentators concluded.
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