Saturday, January 06, 2007

The Wrath of Maliki

The BBC tells us today that any criticism of Saddam Hussein's lynching execution is not only unjustified, but could actually endanger the critics' good relations with that showcase of Mesopotamian democracy, Iraq:
Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki has said his government could review relations with any country which criticised the execution of ex-leader Saddam Hussein.

Mr Maliki said the hanging was a "domestic affair" for the benefit of Iraq's unity, adding that the former president had received a fair trial.

Mobile phone images showing Saddam Hussein being taunted appeared on the internet days after the execution.

Several Sunni Arab countries have criticised the hanging as sectarian.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said it had turned the former leader into a martyr.

Mr Maliki's remarks came in a speech to mark Iraqi Army Day, in which he promised to take action against all armed groups in Baghdad.
I have to wonder if His Excellency's remarks might have been meant to serve as a shot across The Decider's bow. It sounds as if the Slow One may have been flirting with disrespect:
US President George W Bush has said he wished the execution of ex-Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had been more dignified but insisted that justice was done.

Mr Bush said he expected a "full investigation" of the way the execution had been carried out.
From the sound of things, maybe Jorge had better button his lip, if he wants to stay in the good graces of The Great Maliki, who is said to be contemplating yet another attempt to reconquer "his" capital city of Baghdad.

One other thing: I noticed in my reading of that first news story that today seems to be Iraqi Army Day. I trust that means I needn't check my mailbox. Surely, the millions of U.S. federal employees could use another day off work to cheer them up, after the tragic loss of Gerald Ford, taken from us so suddenly in his mid-nineties. Or, on second thought, maybe it would be better yet if Iraqi Army Day were to be "observed" on Monday. You know, three-day weekend and all that.

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