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Tuesday, July 27, 2004
  What's Going on in Iraq?
I've noticed that since the US has handed "control" over to the interim government in Iraq, most coverage of what they're doing has dropped off the map. Only little tidbits that I've found disconcerting have "floated" up out of the muck. One of the earliest was the "amnesty" they've offered Iraqis: everybody's welcome, except for those who killed other Iraqis. So if you only killed some of the damned occupiers, we're cool with that. I felt a sort of visceral outrage when I heard this.

Then the other day I was browsing through the opening pages of the Economist and noticed that Iyad Allawi (Iraqi Prime Minister) has allowed Muqtada Al Sadr (the renegade Shiite Cleric whose Mahdi army stood against the US)to continue publishing his newspaper, which L. Paul Bremer (the American civil admin prior to the handover) had previously banned. The blurb apparently hinted that his militia would be allowed to stay in tact, and that murder charges against for the death of a rival cleric would likely be dropped. What the hell is Allawi doing? Doesn't he know how Hitler got his start?

Today on the news ticker on Fox News I saw a little blurb mentioning that Al Sadr's Mahdi army has taken to the streets in Fallujah, and has been ransacking stores selling alcholic beverages. It is morally offensive. Of course, this may be perfectly legal behavior, as Islam and the Sharia can be a legitimate "source" of civil law.

And just a little while later I saw another blurb on Fox's ticker and on their website that Allawi wanted to dispel any notion that Iraq was going to "normalize" relations with the Zionist pigs.

"Future relations with Israel are determined by two issues: international resolutions and a just and comprehensive peace that has been adopted by Arab leaderships, including the Palestinian leadership. Iraq will not take any unilateral action on a settlement with Israel outside those two frameworks," Allawi said.

So far I've learned three things about Iraq's new prime minister:

  1. He doesn't do what the Americans tell him

  2. He's no different than the other Arab leaders when it comes to Israel

  3. He's got no problem with terrorists blowing American soldiers, unless of course an "innocent" Iraqi got hurt too

The more I learn the less I like this guy. If this is supposed to be the best that we could put in place of Saddam, this country won't last much longer.

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