Alusi, for his part, thinks the fix is in -- not from Maliki, but from President Bush. From Alusi's perspective, as long as Hashimi is in the Green Zone, he's under tacit U.S. protection. The secular Alusi, himself a Sunni, told the New York Sun's Eli Lake that he's petitioning the U.S. embassy to assist in the execution of the warrant. If the U.S. doesn't get involved, Alusi thinks, there's no way that Hashimi will ever face what passes for justice in the Iraqi legal system.
Mr. Alusi said he is worried that as time passes and Mr. Hashemi remains in al-Rashid Hotel he will find a way out of the Green Zone to flee the country. This scenario was floated by the head of Mr. Hashemi's party, Adnan al-Dulaimi, on the American funded Radio Sawa on Wednesday. "If we move now, we will have him," Mr. Alusi said. "But if we lose time, he could flee the country. I am more afraid he will leave the Green Zone. I believe his people would kill him to close the file. Everyone will say the Shia have done it, or Alusi will do it. He is dangerous to them because of what he knows."
Ambassador Ryan Crocker has refused to get involved, nor is he the only one. Lake reported yesterday that the Pentagon overturned an order allowing U.S. troops to assist Iraqi forces in raiding Hashimi's home.
It's clear that Alusi's concerns are minor ones to the U.S., the Accordance Front, and Maliki. The Maliki government has taken numerous hits lately: from Sunnis for being sectarian; from Moqtada al-Sadr for being an American stooge and an incompetent; and most recently from Crocker for being an inept Shiite chauvinist. A new explosion of Sunni fury is the last thing he needs, so it's not out of the question for Maliki to preemptively pardon Hashimi or otherwise intercede on Hashimi's behalf.
Alusi commands few votes in parliament, and has a much smaller constituency than the Accordance Front. All he has is the memory of his sons, Ayman and Jamal. And caught between Iraq's sectarian politics and a U.S. struggling to keep the political process alive, he's not likely to get anything more -- like justice.