Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Aiham Alsammarae inteview with Al Jeezera

Part one of a March interview on Al Jeezera.

Alsammarae criticizes the Iraqi politics surrounding reconstruction. Clearly there are limits to doing things the Chicago way, because politics surrounds every decision back home.

Have to wonder if all of this talk about corruption isn't a message for those back home in Illinois: Alsammarae telling us he knows plenty about corruption and who had their hands in what pots.


Anonymous said...

Can written transcripts be obtained??? I can't understand a lot of whats said.

Bill Baar said...

Sorry...can't find any...just have to listen very closely.

Anonymous said...

um..sounds like he's specifically talking about the corruption in IRAQI politics, you're seriously reaching with your association to any other politics--and, it makes no sense.

However, I do agree with the statements made by Dr. Alsammarae in the videos--and, now that I see who has replaced him in the ministry of electricity, I'm quite disheartened that he's not still leading it. Mr Waheed can barely answer a question in any coherent manner--but of course, in Iraqi politics today, party affiliations rather than competence and merit, guarantee a public sector job. Had Iraq actually transformed from a military dictatorship to a secular democracy, Dr. Alsammarae-with his established history in the opposition as well as career in electrical engineering (over 30 yrs in both) would still be minister. But, sadly,the thousands of lives lost and the billions we Americans spent on the war, have all bought us a weakened country who pledges allegiance to the Iranian flag (I mean, come on, the shiite parties fight eachother, and the US cant get them to agree to a cease fire--but ahmedinijad can???). It's a sad state of affairs, and anyone who knows anything about politics knows that you dont get elected to a ministry position unless you are aligned to whatever power pulls the strings in that country. So, as long as we Americans choose to look the other way, pro-Iranian Iraqis (regardless of merit level) will continue to be elected to government positions in Iraq. While those who choose to criticise the Iranian regime for its interference in Baghdad will be labeled as "corrupt", "traitors of the state", and "criminals".