The greatest photo of the year. I don't care if they sue this newspaper or not, I don't care if this is against Geneva Convictions.
I personally was scared from Saddam even in my dreams. I have seen this guy in my dreams and I have started to shiver.
To see this man (Sa'ed Al-Ra'es) (Mr. President) as he used to call himself like that in a pair of Iraqi underwear, is the strongest message for all his victims that it is time to live in peace for ever.
I think they should give him a copy of this newspaper to him to totally destroy this man. Hanging this guy isn't a good punishment, but to totally destroy it psychologically is the best punishment for the sake of those in the massgraves.
The best description of Iraq I have ever heard.
Huner Saleem, a Kurdish director of the Kilometer Zero movie who is representing Kurdistan at the Cannes Film Festival said this
:"The problem with Iraq is that it was not born of the will of a single people, but because Churchill wanted it. Power went to the people who had the most Kalashnikovs."
I have never seen such a correct description about Iraq in my life. I think I will use it as the description for this blog - with your permission Director Saleem Huner and wish you good luck at the festival.
Watch the press conference and trailer here.
My special thanks for Efendi, a photoblogger, who sent me a 1 year free subscription for Flickr Pro-Account. I will promise to add 1000 photos from Kurdistan during this year. So far 100 have been added. Check it here.
Update on "How Jafaari changed the Iraqi Democratic Oath"
This is for those who don't speak Arabic. In my last post I didn't explain this properly.Watch this short movie for Al-Jaafari taking the oath.
Before you do read these notes :
1. Jaafaari brings in his own "oath".
2. Jafaari starts to replace the "original" oath which has the word "democratic & federal" with his own one which doesn't have "democratic federal".
(timing = seconds 16)
3. He whispers to the speaker who tells Jafaari (God Save You) then he mutters a few words and the speaker says something like (Yeah unfortunately)
4. Jafaari and all those after him will read "Jafaari's version of the oath" which does not have the words "federal and democratic Iraq". Shame on you Jafaari
! You did that intentionally in the front of the whole world.
This incident might be very small, but it has a very large meaning, "democratic Iraq" does not exist in Al-Sistani's 169 coalition dictoinary.. (read my previous post to know what this about)Another update
says that the Iranian TV networks are calling the insurgents "terrorists"
after Jafaari has become a PM. Before Jafaari they were calling the "insurgents" as "Iraqi resistance".
Are you thinking what I am thinking ?!
Iraqis lie to Kurds again : No democratic & federal Iraq
I somehow managed to find some time to come back and post about this important issue which is now clouding over Kurdistan.
During the "oath" taking ceremony for the new Iraqi government, the Arab members removed the words "democratic
" and "federal
" from their scripts.
These two videos from KurdistanNet.org shows the way Dr. Ibrahim Jafaari and Dr. Barham Salih took the oath :Dr. Barham SalihDr. Ibrahim Jafaari
Dr. Jafaari brings out a prepared "Oath" from his pocket and omits the words "democracy" and federal.
You might now say where is the problem ? It is only an oath.
Well this is not only an "Oath". Dr. Jafaari and his cabinet are religious people. When they put their hands on the green book (Qura'an), they beleive that they should not lie. Therefore they can not swear that they will acheive "Federal" & "Democratic" Iraq because they do not want these "western" things.
That is why they omitted the words "Democratic & Federal" from the text. They don't want a "democratic" and "federal" Iraq. They want an Islamic state where Shari'ah law is the ultimate law.
The Kurdish leaders are boiling over this and trying to see why this happened. Because the conditions of the alliance between Kurds and the Shia was "democratic federal Iraq
We saw from the 35 years of history that Sunnis are not commited to democracy
, and this oath taking incident yet gives another peice of evidence that the other fraction of Iraqis are not committed to "democracy" as well.
Both Talabani, the Iraqi president, and Fouad Massoum, the head of the Kurdish MPs in the Iraqi parliamend and Massoud Barzani the president of Kurdistan have sent letters to Jafaari to ask to retake the oath.
As long as the Kurdish leaders insist on forcing Iraqis on "Democracy" and "Federalism" we will see more and more of Erbil 4th of May incidents. Simply because Iraqis do not want "federal and democratic Iraq". That is an obvious fact.
I urge the Kurdish leaders to stop forcing people to do things against their wills and return to Kurdistan to work on building on our democracy because that is what most Kurds are committed to. "Democracy".Update:
PM Jafaari deleted "Federal & Democratic " words from the oath.
A veteran Kurdish politician and member of Iraqi Parliament said today that PM Jafaari deleted the words "federal & democratic" personally. [Source
]What other proofs the world want that Iraq will never be democratic ?!!