Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Baghdad’s Mayor, Mayor No More

This is an interesting and confusing story from Baghdad, Iraq. The New York Times, and other sources, report that the Mayor of Baghdad, Alaa al-Tamimi, who was appointed by the U.S. was deposed on Monday, during the sandstorm that hit the city.

Deposed by whom? Well, that’s not clear. The NY Times says that “armed men entered Baghdad's municipal building during a blinding dust storm on Monday, deposed the city's mayor and installed a member of Iraq's most powerful Shiite militia.”

Mr. Tamimi was in hiding while the group that threw him out of the office said that it had the power to install anyone they wanted and that Mr. Tamimi was in no danger. Yeah right, till he shows his face and then, all of a sudden, no one will be able to find his head. Hide, Tamimi, hide.

Yes, this is a disturbing story. What is more disturbing, however, is what the hell is going on in that country, in general, and in that city, in particular. If the U.S. is in control of that city, which is THE CAPITAL of the country, how the hell does one group throw the Mayor of the city out of his office and install, INSTALL, someone else? How the hell does that happen?

As you can tell, I am little upset about this. The U.S. is totally messing things up there.


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