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Who is Jalal Talabani?

The Middle East is fascinating for me.  Especially where Israel is concerned.  Given the rhetoric between Iran and Israel in recent weeks (see here, here, and here for some recent stories), I found this photograph and story from Joel Rosenberg to be worth noting.

In this photograph we find Iraq’s President Jalal Talabani meeting the former Israeli Prime Minister (and present Defense Minister), Ehud Barak.  Joel Rosenberg notes that this meeting was arranged by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.  He goes on to praise Talabani for his character, courage, and integrity when it comes to the many issues facing Iraq these days. 

Rosenberg finishes his story this way:

Talabani’s office downplayed its (the meetings) significance to the Iraqi press so as not to stir up more trouble inside their troubled country. But the truth is, it was significant. The last President of Iraq — Saddam Hussein — vowed to incinerate half of Israel with chemical weapons….and went on to launch 39 ballistic missiles at the Jewish State during the first Gulf War. Clearly, Talabani is cut from wholly different cloth. And thank God. Worth watching, to say the least.   

The question becomes:  Will Talabani ever receive any credit?

One Response

  1. I didn’t even know Talabani met with Ehud Barak. It has to be a significant event in that part of the world on several levels. The major media will probably never do an article comparing him with Sadaam – that could support our going over there to overthrow Sadaam and our current presence.

    I spent 15 months over there helping rebuild their army and I saw the desire for freedom in Iraqi soldiers’ eyes and hearts. No matter how it finally settles, wqe did the right thing.

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