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Monday, March 13, 2006

Is he fucking kidding?


Yeah, thanks a lot


Juan Cole
has up an interview with the new Viceroy of Iraq

Al-Hayat carries and interview with [Ar.] US ambassador in Baghdad Zalmay Khalilzad has urged Iraqi politicians to stop worrying so much which cabinet or other post they will get in the new government and come together to form it without delay.

He said
.....................

*Asked about the entry of the Sadr Movement into parliamentary politics, he says, "We believe that participation in the political process is an excellent thing. But it brings with it responsibility, as well--the responsibility to act through the political process and within its conditions and rules. That means you cannot maintain militias, and you must not employ violence as a means to attaining your political objectives. I have heard Muqtada al-Sadr's comments with regard to the Coalition forces, and I want to send him the following message:

1. Coalition forces are present in Iraq at the invitation of the government, of which he is part. He has ministers in this government, and the majority voted to ask for this. You cannot be part of the government and then deliver speeches from the other side demanding that we depart.

2. I want to remind him that the Saddam regime killed his father, and that the United States saved the Iraqi people from Saddam's regime. Without the efforts of the United States, Saddam would be ruling right now, and his sons and grandsons after him would rule Iraq. He is indebted to us, and should thank the American people for what they have done. I believe that without us, his life would have been in danger. That is the message."

[Cole: This is all fine as far as it goes, but it is going to be difficult to get past with Muqtada the fact that Paul Bremer and Gen. Rick Sanchez announced in spring 2004 that they wanted to "kill or capture" him. That makes it harder to convince him that the Americans saved his life. By the way, under what US law are such decrees issued by American officials?]


Cole points out the recent obvious history, but it goes beyond that.

So what about the thousands of Shia the US let die at Saddam's hands in 1991? You think Sadr forgot about this? You think he forgot about all the aid the US gave Saddam?

Khalilzad must be insane. You think he takes that joke of a government seriously, as a limiter on his own goals and the goals of his movement? The government is a convience, not something with legitimacy.

He should thank America for a lack of security, raided homes and Abu Gharib?

You know, Rudy Giuliani said shit like this after the police shot black people and it wasn't received well. And New Yorkers don't have AK's and IED's at hand. I think Sadr is unlikely to take hius advice as anything but an insult. The racist condescention drips from every word.

posted by Steve @ 5:50:00 PM

5:50:00 PM

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