Iraq Press Roundup

By HIBA DAWOOD, UPI Correspondent  |  Nov. 28, 2007 at 5:22 PM
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The Saudi-based Al Basaer newspaper in an editorial Wednesday said those who accept the occupation and help its goals won't find a way to escape a fall.

"We see them more desirous to achieve the occupier's destructive projects," it said.

The editorial said the Iraqi government's "deadly defense" of the occupiers was like betting on a "sinking ship."

"The political process under the occupation, especially because the U.S. is relying on thousands of uneducated people to help it, is a burden," it said.

It said the corruption in Iraq encouraged the occupiers and other thieves to steal the wealth of Iraq. It said the occupier's attempts to reshape the Iraqi debate will neither be accepted in the United States nor in Iraq.

"The figures of the new equation are dependent on crimes and projects the invaders have carried out … the militias' crimes were blessed and supervised by the U.S. and the Iraqi government," it said.

The paper said the thousands who had "signed" on against the occupier's projects, which turned Iraq into a field for neighboring counties, are proof the occupation is the source of the problem that will fade as soon as the occupiers leave Iraq.

"The lesson the Iraqi people got out of the occupation's existence has alerted people in the entire region that there is no existence for a superpower in the world that can defeat the will of the people," it said.

Al Sabah Al Jadeed newspaper carried an editorial Wednesday with the headline: "The 1914 Ottoman map is in the U.S. Congress."

It said the congressional discussion on partitioning Iraq came after various studies and drafts on the concept of the "superpowers" in Iraq.

"In the project set up by the Congress, the concept of superpowers was abdicated but the idea of the division was still valid," the paper said. It said that in order for Iraq to be a confederation consisting of three republics there should be borders for each."

The paper commented on a speech by Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., in which he said the map of Iraq during the Ottoman domination should be taken into consideration and that the mistakes of the past "should be valid lessons to the present and the future."

The paper quoted Brownback as saying: "We are committing the same mistakes because we didn't read the history of Iraq thoroughly."

According to the paper, he said that in the map of 1914, Iraq was divided in to three states: the northern with Mosul as its capital, the state of Baghdad, and the southern state of Basra.

The paper revealed the contradiction between the situations in 1914 and now. It demonstrated that the northern part of Iraq in Mosul was mixed as it is now. The state of Baghdad was mixed and still has sacred Sunni and Shiite cities. Shiites in Basra in 1914 were fewer than the Shiites who lived in Baghdad while Basra ruled the south.

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