Ayad Allawi, was Iraq’s first prime minister following the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. He served as prime minister until April 2005 following the January elections. He believes human rights violations are as egregious now as they were in Iraq during the autocracy of President Saddam Hussein. As a Shi’a, he, nevertheless, forthrightly concedes their tortures, kidnappings and assassinations exist coterminously with those of the Sunnis, the Arab minority that governed Iraq for decades.
If one were to add the war to this comment, one could argue that the Bush invasion of Iraq has harmed the nation infinitely more than its previous dictator did. When Iraqi leaders begin to make this assertion, this observation becomes more than mere conjecture on the part of those opposed to the war.