Thursday, 27 September 2007

al-Maliki gives Washington the finger

During his speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki warned some of his country's neighbors to stop funding and otherwise aiding insurgents in Iraq.

The U.S. delegation must have been rubbing their hands together in anticipation. But if they thought al-Maliki was going to toe the Washington line and point the finger of guilt at Syria and Iran, then they were in for a bitter disappointment. And no little measure of embarrassment.

Instead, al-Maliki fingered Saudi Arabia and Jordan, two prominent U.S. "allies" in the White House inspired War on Terror.

Perhaps it was al-Maliki's way of thumbing his nose at Washington after the fiasco of the Blackwater affair.

Apparently the Baghdad government has made repeated appeals to Riyadh and Amman to clamp down on what he's described as al-Qaida supporters in both of those countries. Odd, that we don't hear much criticism from Washington on this subject.

The prime minister has been the target of much criticism of late, not least because of his warming ties with Syria and Iran – two countries that George Bush would love to get in his crosshairs.

Doubtless al-Maliki is still smarting after being effectively overruled by Washington which countermanded his expulsion order of the Blackwater security company, accused of killing about a dozen Iraqis in a shootout on a Baghdad street.

But his naming of U.S. allies Saudi Arabia and Jordon in the full glare of the press at the biggest international forum in the world suggests the dour Iraqi has a wicked sense of humor!

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