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April 17, 2005

Iraq President: Iraq militias 'could beat rebels'

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

You have to at least give him credit for optimism, and maybe some for chutzpah too. I like this guy, Talabani. He's saying that the insurgency could be ended immediately if the authorities made use of Kurdish, Shia Muslim and other militias, and he believes that this would be more effective than waiting for Iraqi forces to take over from the US-led coalition. 

Seems worth a try, at least the guy's thinking. Of course his lack of support for the death penalty for Sadaam is not popular in some circles( as in wide circles), but the idea makes sense for both the political situation and the culture. Over all, Jalal Talabani is sounding like he just might be the right man for the job. I like his attitude, especially when he says that "We cannot wait for years and years of terrorist activity because we haven't enough government forces."

(...)  Mr Talabani, a Kurd, also told the BBC he would not sign a death warrant for captured former leader Saddam Hussein.

(...)  And he warned that any attempt to impose an Islamic government on Iraq would break up the country.

(...)  He said the Shia religious parties with whom the Kurds have struck a partnership to underpin the new government have agreed to a compromise whereby Islam will be one of several sources for Iraqi law.

But this doesn't mean that Sadaam's odds to escape the gallows are very high!

(...)  "But you know, the presidency of Iraq are three people. These three must decide. So I can be absent. I can go on holiday and let the two others [the vice-presidents] decide."

(...)  Mr Talabani said all other members of the new Iraqi leadership were in favour of a swift execution for the former Iraqi dictator.

Read the BBC News article ...

Posted by Hyscience at April 17, 2005 10:38 PM

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