Saturday, June 12, 2004

Raed Jarrar and AYS: Two Views of Prime Minister Allawi

Raed Jarrar has recently given us his views on Mr. Allawi, the interim prime minister. Last Saturday Raed wrote:

So yeah
Finally, we have a president and a prime minister
So “they” selected our president and prime minister in a small meeting,
But they couldn’t even announce the place of their meeting!!!
What a great strong authority!
Hiding in a dark smelly shelter someplace in the “green zone”, and announcing fake governments…

Then he wrote on Wednesday, thick with sarcasm:

I feel sooooooo proud of our new P.M.

AYS, on the other hand, wrote yesterday at Iraq at a Glance:

Regarding Mr.Ayad Allwai, I admire him very much ... he stood in opposition to Saddam since 1971 when he left Iraq to Lebanon then UK, worked as an advisor in UN programs and WHO and many other activities..
Saddam attempted to assassinate Mr.Allawi...But this brave man continued his work against that killer...

Now, Mr.Allawi is our Prime Minister, and all those I heard are pleased with him.
We hope that the Interim government works for Iraqis, trying to start the rebuilding processes, control the security and the most important thing for Iraqis.. The electricity.. Then the other needs.. Iraqis are waiting for the new government’s works, I see them optimistic and have positive views of future outcomes..
Many friends, neighbors and relatives welcome the new resolution and believe that Iraq will witness a gradual development...

AYS also writes about the old days when Saddam and the Tikriti mobsters were in power.

Previously, we had a president who was a killer, specialized in assassination, got his certificate by force, and so he was an ignorant man, of course he had many relatives ( especially brothers cause his mother got married four times and you get the picture) and few friends, all those people were also ignorant like him, he fetched them to his government and cleaned them ( after cleaning himself) gave them suits and told them to be Ministers !

Raed's response: Yes, AYS, but he was OUR NATIONAL KILLER! We have no right to ask him ANYTHING.

DOLEFUL DAME OF BAGHDAD UPDATE: Well, it's been ELEVEN DAYS since Riverbend's last blog. Lately it's been about a week between blogs, but all of this HOPE and OPTIMISM must be VERY HARD on the DOLEFUL DAME OF BAGHDAD.

It's looks like Iraqis might really take a chance on democracy. What a TRAGEDY for River! Soon she won't be able to complain about AMERICANS anyone, just the local politicians -- you know, I guess she can beat up on the Shia and the Kurds, if the Americans aren't around.

All in all, though, I can certainly see why Riverbend has been SO SILENT lately. Everything has gone wrong. What must Riverbend feel when she reads a blog by Omar or Ali or Mohammed or Zeyad or Firas or Sam or Alaa or Sarmad or AYS?! It cannot be easy reading for her.

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