Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Why Iraq Will Be Unique in the Arab World

Sometime in January Iraqis will go the polls and elect their representatives. And in the Arab neighborhood, that will be something unique. Right now Al-Jazeera is parading "analysts" from the region through its studios. AYS at Iraq at a Glance responds:

It’s funny to listen to those Arab ‘analysts’ when they talk against the new Iraqi Interim government and that’s not an elected government, and does not have the legal rights to act or legislate the rules and laws and apply them on the Iraqi people!
Isn’t it strange to hear them talking like that, most of those are Syrians, Palestinians, Egyptians and many others from the rest of our ‘lovely’ Arab nation, in addition to those Islamists and clerics who have been occupying our channels recently, those who play the biggest rule in the ‘anti-everything’ opinions..



Let’s stop by some facts regarding the meaning of Democracy and Elections in Arab countries:

Syria: Hafez AlAssad and then his son have been controlling the country since 1971 and no one dares to open his mouth and talk about the government..
Palestine: Yassir Arafat is the ‘leader of Palestinians’ since 1969..
Jordan: Hussein then his son since 1950s..
Saudi Arabia: A well known Monarchy
Yemen: Ali Abdullah Saleh became the president since 1978..
Sudan: AlBashir and AlTurabi fought on power and then AlBashir got it!
Egypt: Mubarak since 1981..
Libya: is under that maniac since the 70s..


UPDATE: Pete Townshend from The Who has a few words for Michael Moore.

Moore wanted Townshend's rock anthem "Won't Get Fooled Again" for use on the soundtrack of his anti-Bush documentary film, "Fahrenheit 9/11." Townshend refused, saying he thought Moore's previous movies amounted to "bullying." In response, Townshend said that Moore accused him of being a war supporter. Townshend says Moore's attitude was evocative of President Bush's war on terrorism credo: if you're not with me, you're against me.

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