O Intermitente<br> (So long, farewell, auf weidersehen, good-bye)

O Intermitente
(So long, farewell, auf weidersehen, good-bye)

sexta-feira, agosto 01, 2003


Um artigo de Amir Taheri na NRO questiona a legitimidade dos ditadores árabes para porem em causa a legalidade do nova assembleia governativa iraquiana.

"They are not elected," said Amr Moussa, secretary general of the Arab League. "They are not representative," noted Syria's Foreign Minister Farouq Shiraa.

"They lack democratic legitimacy," snapped the Libyan "Supreme Guide" Muammar Kaddafi. Finally, the Sudanese military junta offered its own verdict: "We shall have to wait and see if they are accepted by the people."


But are the members of the Iraqi Governing Assembly the "quislings" that Al-Jazeera, and some anti-Bush and anti-Blair elements in the U.S. and the U.K., claim?

Anyone familiar with Iraq today would know that the answer is: no.

All the members of the new assembly have a long history of struggle against Saddam Hussein. They began fighting the Baathist tyrant long before he caught the eyes of the Americans.

Massoud Barzani and Jalal Talabani raised the flag of revolt against Saddam in 1968, just months after the Baathist regime was installed. Adnan Pachachi castigated the tyrant as early as 1969. Muhammad Bahr al-Olum declared war against Saddam almost a quarter of a century ago. Abdel-Aziz Hakim, who lost 40 members of his family to Baathist murder squads, fought the tyrant from 1980, at a time the West was backing Saddam. Iyad Allawi, whose wife was killed in London by a hit squad sent by Saddam, became an opponent of the regime when the latter was at the peak of power. Ahmad Chalabi devoted nearly half of his life to fighting Saddam. Many members of the assembly spent years in Saddam's jails.

The liberation of Iraq was a joint enterprise between the U.S.-U.K. Coalition on the one hand and the Iraqi people on the other. The Iraqi people contributed to liberation by not fighting the liberators and by making sure that the tyrant was left with no choice but to run for a hole in which to hide.

posted by Miguel Noronha 2:14 da tarde

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