Our guest this week is Dr. Khodeir al-Murshidi, representative of the Iraqi Baath Party and secretary general of the Islamic National Patriotic Front. Concerning the ideological blend of the Front’s name, Dr. al-Murshidi said that the link between Arabism and Islam represents the foundation of the Baath Party’s principles. In this context, he considers that the Baath Party has nothing to do with former Iraqi army officers who were dispersed on many fronts. He adds that the devastation of Iraq made Iraqis wish that the Baath party comes back to power then corrects himself and say: “We admit having committed mistakes in the former rule and we are seeking to overcome them.” About the prospects of reconciliation in Iraq, he believes it will not be achieved in light of the Iranian occupation and the existence of militias affiliated to Tehran. He considers that the Arab and Islamic alliance led by Saudi Arabia constitute a new Arab awakening to counter Iranian influence.
Point of Order is a live, weekly socio-political hard-talk show. Its guests have included figures such as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, French philosopher and author Bernard-Henri Lévy and the president of the Iraqi Kurdistan region Masoud Barzani. The show, presented by Hasan Muawad, is known for its bold questions and sometimes controversial guests and discussions.