This is how President George Push comes across in the middle East....Artwork: Gulf News.
It was on a dark Sunday when he came. When we last saw him on TV prior to that day he was in Zionist-land, patting the shoulders of his 'peace-loving' friends, and giving the poor Palestinians the Who-are-you?look.
Before our curses dried on the banks of the desert dunes, he'd landed at the Abu Dhabi airport, incognito. It was raining that day, a picture of him we saw the following day in the local paper showed him holding up an umbrella; an eerie scenario as it hardly ever rains around here. And ironic, since the tiny umbrella's carrier happens to be a Super Power's President. Shows just how vulnerable the President of the United States of America must have felt ducking under the tiny umbrella and running undercover from a few desert drizzles!
A stop over in Abu Dhabi for the night where he busied himself in back-biting more times than were necessary a well known Neighbor President arrived in Dubai. More rains and darkness greeted him on the tearful main roads where the police cordoned off whole segments of the city.
By now people had awakened to the cowardly guest and were happily staying indoors so as not to pump into him in the traffic jams. Perhaps sensing normal people's dislike for hypocrisy the Dubai government had officially declared that day a holiday....who knows?
Another day of yapping about Iran was more than the UAE could take, notwithstanding all the distractions offered to humor him like a child. Then it was on to Saudia and Egypt, the end of the marathon that started ith Israel and ended with Egypt.
So what was it all about this 7-day MidEast Trip? A pilgrimage to Zionistland? Or a rich boy's visit to Disneyland? Now how did normal people react to Bush's visit to Dubai? Please find down below comments and excerpts that appeared in the Gulf News.
Please keep the president away from the UAE. We need peace here, let us live!
Mr President; It has been reported that you are here to "lecture" us on democracy and human rights. But with a record like yours, you will not be very convincing?
Mr President; We hope you have enjoyed the trip so far. The scenery is great. The food is exotic. As for the more "serious" things, it is unlikely you will make any difference.
Mr Bush, America has been supporting Israel since its inception, with approximately $34 billion donated to them yearly. How much has the US given to the Palestinian people? It is not fair to take what you want by force and then ask for peace. It is a bit hypocritical.
Outstanding! Maybe this has too many long words for him to fully appreciate - but hopefully he will get the message!
Mr President, please ask yourself what you are doing to this world (especially to the Arab world). Self-review is always good.
Dear Mr. President; Lest you forget. Invasion of Iraq. Thousands of dead. Looting the National Museum. Disbanding the Iraqi army. Donald Rumsfeld. Shock and Awe. Jay Garner. Paul Bremer. Inciting sectarianism. Abu Ghraib. Thousands of detainees without charges. Torture. Oil. Ghost WMDs. The Niger connection. Halliburton. Blackwater. Deadly security contractors. Mercenaries. Fallujah. Haditha massacre. Blind support of Israel. Instigating the suffering of Gaza. Ignoring the expansion of illegal colonies. Defying United Nations resolutions. Securing "a Jewish State". Allowing Israelis to extend the destruction of Lebanon in the 2oo6 war. Providing Israel with new Bunker Buster bombs to attack Lebanese towns. The War on Terror. "The Crusade". Clash of civilizations. Where is Osama Bin Laden? Afghanistan. Bagram massacre. Bombing media offices. Guantanamo Bay. Kangaroo courts. Indefinite detention. Presidential orders to ignore Geneva Conventions. "Unlawful enemy combatants". Illegal National Security Agency wiretapping. Fingerprinting visitors. Black prisons. Kidnapping foreign citizens on foreign lands. Khalid Al Masri. Abu Omar. Maher Arar. Central Intelligence Agency. "Aggressive interrogation techniques". Destroying the torture tapes. Iran tension. Violating Syria. Embracing Syrian opposition Iraq style. The Chavez coup. Denial of global warming. Rejecting Kyoto Protocol. Marginalization of the United Nations. John Bolton. Paul Wolfowitz and the World Bank. Carl Rove. Alberto Gonzales. Firing attorneys. Nepotism. False democracy promises. Dick Cheney, Dick Cheney and Dick Cheney.
And since his departure, we want him to know that Israel has reverted to her old ways. As we speak, Palestinians are suffering deprivations and living in darkness. They have no electricity and no safe water. Killings, raids and blockades are in place. WE want to know, what did the President promise Olmert in return for the works he's engaged in the Occupied Territories?
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|Reviewed by m j hollingshead
|Reviewed by Fergus Hancock
|Bush is a lame duck prez. However, will his replacement ever gain a listening?
I feel the sides are too entrenched, too concreted, too hrad-line to care.
A question back; what of indigenous Christians, in Iraq, in Arabia, In palestine? Those who pre-dated Islam? Do they deserve any protection, or are they to be swept away by Islamic Jihad and co.??
No antagonism, just hopefully a peace-seeking thought.
|Reviewed by Fartun Hussein (Reader)
|My mother was stayin in Dubia that day, so when she told me everywhere were close because Bush is here, I was just suprised.
Good Job though with your expression and thanks for sharing.
|Reviewed by Regina Pounds
|ah, Safi, no comment needed here.
Thanks for offering insight.