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"We owe to those American heroes who came to liberate us from the worst kind of dictatorship," Jalal Talabani said at the Pentagon after meeting with Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad and other officials.
"Thanks to your brave Army, now Iraqi people (are free)," he said, adding that for the first time Iraqis have freedom of expression, political parties, media -- "of everything."
He said "the glorious American people" have paid the price for others' freedom throughout history. "You in the United States have paid hundreds of thousands of your sons and your boys in fighting against fascism and in liberating Asian people," Talabani said. "Thanks to you, you liberated Afghanistan from the worst kind of reactionary regime; you liberated Iraq from the worst kind of dictatorship."
"The situation in Iraq is not only black or negative," he said. "I am sorry to say that media was reluctant to reflect the real picture of Iraq."
We are supporting you in your policy in the Middle East; we are proud to be your friends," the president said. "We are proud to be your partners in fighting against terrorism, and we are grateful to you."
Originally posted by AceOfBase
He's not the leader of Iraq he's just the President.
Ibrahim al-Jaafari, the Prime Minisster, is the leader of Iraq.
I have no doubt that Talabani is grateful for the US presence because he is a Kurd and they have benefited more from his war than perhaps anyone else.
"We are proud to be your partners in fighting against terrorism, and we are grateful to you."
"The president of the United States and the government of the United States are absolutely determined to see this through to victory and success and to see the Iraqi people off on a path towards a democratic future and a successful future," Rumsfeld said.
Originally posted by Dr Love
Did anyone notice the the source of the story here? The Department of Defense! My question to Skippy would be, has the Department of Defense website ever published a story that was anti-war? How can a website leans in one direction all the time be taken seriously?
Originally posted by skippytjc
Talabani has a more informed opinion about the situation in Iraq than you or I ever will.
I Regardless of which side of the fence your beliefs fall on, the bottom line is an oficial elected by real live Iraqis says things are better than portayed by the media and the Iraqi people are thankful for the US's help.
If your non-Iraqi, media fed opinion, is different than that then thats your right.
I am pro Iraqi and want nothing more than their success.
But, we all see what we want to, and you want to see a detroyed Iraq at the hnads of the Americans, so thats what you see, even though Iraqis say something entirely different.
Its to bad that more people dont see past the negative media blitz and see that the people of Iraq are happy to be without Saddam and look forward to a more democratic Iraq.
Originally posted by Jakomo
The news that you get, even though you say it is all so anti-Iraqi, fails to actually show the reality.
People are getting blown up, but hospitals, schools, infrastructure, etc, is getting improved and is making amazing leaps and bounds daily.
Its a sad state of affairs when the actual President of a nation can say something about his nation and people like you who have never been there and only know what you see over the media dont believe him because thats not what you want to believe
For every person that dies in an attack in Iraq right now each day, many MILLIONS more dont and have a normal day.
And more and more of them are enjoying a life they didnt have the day before that includes new freedoms as well as a better enviroment.
Seven unidentified bodies found in Rustumiya, hands tied and shot in the head. Six civilians killed and two wounded when gunmen attacked an estate agent's office in the Shu'la district of western Baghdad. Two policemen killed and three civilians wounded by gunmen in Kirkuk. At least six Iraqi soldiers killed or wounded by a roadside bomb in Fallujah. A senior judge from the northern Iraqi town of al-Dawr was assassinated with his brother by gunmen in the nearby town of Is'haqi.....
....Seventeen men dragged from their homes and shot to death in Taji by men in Iraqi army uniforms. Two US soldiers wounded in suicide car bomb attack on their convoy in eastern Baghdad. Roadside bomb attack on a US convoy in Baghdad, no casualties reported. Six bodies, shot to death, blindfolded, and with bound hands, found near a garbage dump in Taji. Interior Ministry police official shot to death in Baghdad
Originally posted by skippytjc
The Iraqi president Jalal Talabani, the current ELECTED leader of the Iraqi people spoke at the Pentagon last week. It appears that he is of the opinion that the coalition led by the USA has been very successful liberating the Iraqi people from an oppressive dictator. And he regrets how the media portrays the state of Iraq today.
Long seen as one of the most prominent faces of the Iraqi oppossition to Saddam Hussein, Talabani had bitterly campaigned for the removal of the regime.
At the time of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Talabani continued to lead the PUK and had international respect and recognition for being a leading member of the Iraqi opposition which had remained within the country during the rule of Saddam Hussein. He was appointed by the United States as a leading member of the Interim Iraq Governing Council and held the presidency during the month of November 2003. He has distanced himself from the movement for Kurdish independence, pledging to support Iraqi federalism at least for the time being.
Following the Iraqi elections on 30 January 2005, Talabani was named President of Iraq under the Iraqi Transitional Government by the transitional National Assembly on 6 April.