Over at Harry’s Place they’re talking about
For some reason these were juxtaposed as opposites. But it’s hard to see why - certainly a Communist party would be celebrating any set back for democracy or self-ordering in society. The whole point of Communism is to rigidly order society from the top, just like the Ba’ath did. The Iraqi Communists are at least not actively killing people yet, but otherwise it’s hard to see why they should be considered any better for Iraq than the Ba’ath.