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Arab paper says U.S. humiliating Iraqis

May 31, 2005 at 2:23 PM

LONDON, May 31 (UPI) -- A London-based Arab daily said Tuesday the brief U.S. detention of Mohsen Abdul Hamid humiliated him and was a "politically costly American mistake."

The independent al-Quds al-Arabi asked what the fate of common Iraqis opposing the U.S. occupation would be if a well-known moderate who assumed the Iraqi presidency for one month is facing such treatment.

Quoting Abdul Hamid as saying a soldier had stepped on his neck for 20 minutes while searching his home in Baghdad, the paper insisted he was arrested because his party boycotted January's legislative elections.

The Palestinian-owned daily said though he was released later in the day, the Iraqi man's arrest was a "crime that proves the American occupier has the final say and all the Iraqi political frameworks now are just a cosmetic cover."

It added that while it did not know the reaction of Iraq's ruling elite over "this humiliation; nevertheless, those who collaborate with the invading forces of their country cannot object to the American boot if they stepped on the heads of Iraqis."

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