BAGHDAD, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- A pro-government Iraq daily blasted Qatar Emir Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and Arab League Secretary General Amr Mousa for lack of sympathy with Iraq.
Al-Sabah was strongly critical of Hamad and Mousa for reportedly failing to show sympathy and concern over last week's stampede in Baghdad in which more than 1,000 Shiite pilgrims died.
Noting Sheik Hamad donated $100 million for the victims of hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, the paper said "it was surprising that Qatar's generous hand could reach the far away U.S. coast, and not the close shores of the Tigris River."
"Is there any logic or reason left in Arab literacy... Nothing surprises us anymore," the paper said.
It also lashed out at Mousa whom it said "opposed the Iraqi constitution for failing to stress Iraq's Arab identity, while he was silent and indifferent to the sufferings of the victims of al-Khazem bridge."
The massive stampede last week occurred on a bridge over the Tigris during an annual religious process to the mausoleum of a Shiite imam.