Saturday, 28 November 2009

Barham Salih is a killer

In an interview with the pan-Arab television station Al-Jazeera, the newly appointed Prime Minister of the Iraq's northern Kurdistan Regional Government, Dr. Barham Salih has killed all the hopes inside some Iraqis that his presence will help ease tensions between Kurds and Arabs.

"I thank those who are counting on me because I consider it a trust.But I warn from the gravity of any exaggerated expectations," Salih told the TV."...Counting on one person and one stance will not be a right thing."

On the KRG's controversial nearly two dozen oil deals with some 30 Western oil companies, Salih defended them as constitutional, adding that his region acted in tandem with the powers that are given by the constitution to the provinces and regions when manage the oil sector.

"The region's government insists that these (oil) deals are signed in compliance with the powers that are given to it by the constitution," he said.

While his statements on the oil-rich Kirkuk were: "I'm a Kurd and my point of view is clear regarding Kirkuk.I say that Kirkuk historically, geographically and from the population aspect is part of Kurdistan region."

Salih didn't forget also to offer a solution to what he called his Arab and Turkmen "partners who do not agree with me." This solution is to rely on constitution, a word which is used by all Iraqi politicians since it was approved in December 2005 but none has solved any problem yet because simply it is vague enough to keep politicians at loggerheads.

Since he was assigned to his new position, the eyes were turned to Salih to find some other solutions as his wide experience in Baghdad's political atmosphere and politicians could help to ease the tension.But after this interview he has killed all the hopes inside those who believe so.

Thursday, 26 November 2009

The Iraq Inquiry: an evidence for the West arrogance

The Iraq Inquiry has started.The facts are being unearthed.The liars are on the stage one after one.But who will punish them? Who will heal Iraqis' wounds and bring back their beloved ones who are lost to this dirty war? And who will fix Iraq?

These are questions the West must tackle because simply they were behind all the sufferings and ordeals this country has been facing since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion which, day after day, is being approved that it was based on lies and those who were behind it were only blood-seekers.

Last June, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced the Inquiry.That's fine.But only "to identify lessons that can be learned from the Iraq conflict" and not seeking the facts for setting the appropriate apology to Iraqis and determining the mechanism on how to help their country, which has been turned into a jungle, stand on its legs again.

"Those lessons will help ensure that, if we face similar situations in future, the government of the day is best equipped to respond to those situations in the most effective manner in the best interests of the country," the Chair of the Inquiry, Sir John Chilcot, said at the launch of the Inquiry.

What an arrogance.This is the West double standards.

This is as if someone says: LET the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who are slain since 2003, the millions of widows, sons, lovers who are left behind them, the millions of displaced people and refugees and the 179 dead British soldiers and their families, GO TO HELL.

The first two liars were William Ehrman, the Foreign Office's director of international security from 2000 to 2002, and Tim Dowse, the Foreign Office's head of counter-proliferation between 2001 to 2003.

Ehram said: "in terms of nuclear and missiles, I think Iran, North Korea and Libya were probably of greater concern than Iraq."

While Dows added that Iraq "wasn't top of the list" and "In terms of my concerns on coming into the job in 2001, I would say we put Libya and Iran ahead of Iraq."


But even the two went further when said that Iraq's previous regime had no relations with Al-Qaida and no evidence was found that Saddam Hussein had provided terrorist groups with material for chemical or biological weapons as the West was alleging at that time.

And for possessing chemical and biological arms can be detonated within 45 minutes, Ehrman said: "We did, at the very end, I think on the 10th of March, get a report that chemical weapons might have remained disassembled and Saddam hadn't yet ordered their assembly."

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Iraqi presdient guarntees oil deals to Total

During an official visit to Paris, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani assured France's Total that it will have a special treatment and will get oil deals in his war-torn country in its second bidding round.

"We might favor a French bid whatever the figures. Don't fear this auction. ... The figures aren't everything," Talabani quoted by AFP. "We want to see Total work in our oil fields."

Wonderful Mr. around the world and spread oil deals. You don't care about the figures but you only care about seeing Total in Iraq.Saddam Hussein did the same!

Sunday, 8 November 2009

"Mabrouk Iraq al-Jadid"

Eventually "Iraqi" parliament passed today the long-delayed election law which will help the nation to hold its Jan. 16 parliamentary elections, thanks to, NOT the lawmakers and politicians, but to the American Ambassador to Baghdad or "Iraq's real ruler."

Yes, we should thank Ambassador Christopher Hill for his distinguished role today at the parliament which I my self saw it and none told me about it.He was relentlessly moving between all the parliamentarian blocs' offices at the parliament building to put an end to this mess.

All those who attended Today's session, mainly reporters were seeing Hill and his aids more than anyone else from the Iraqi lawmakers who preferred to stay inside their offices or who left the country to Qatar with the Speaker and leave the problem to Mr. Hill.

As an Iraqi who lived today's story, which is full of shame, I can only say what the U.S. civilian administration that President George W. Bush installed in Baghdad after the invasion L. Paul Bremer used to say: "Mabrouk Iraq al-Jadid" or "Congratulations to the new Iraq."

Go to hell our "elected" lawmakers!

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

To whome this victory: Hussain Al-Shahrisntani or Big Oil?

Unlike his previous public appearances, Iraq's Oil Minister Hussain Al-Shahristani on Tuesday was happy and friendly and never complained when local and foreign reporters circled and rained him with questions, but even I had the feeling that he was ready to talk for hours about his last achievement, the biggest in Iraq's history.

Yes, it is a victory for Al-Shahritsnai to bring UK's BP and China's CNPC to develop Iraq's biggest oil field, the 17.8-billion-barrel Rumaila, with these companies' money and according to the Iraqi terms. And even he promised that more such deals will see the light in the coming days.

Analysts say Big Oil accepted Iraqi low fees only to set foot in this country and then they will have more lucrative deals in the future. But what would happen if they find Al-Shahristani again in office in the next government? Would be any chance for any lucrative deals in the future after signing such deals now?