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A Little on the Late Side

Former PA Prime Puppet Minister Mahmoud Abbas has been trying to woo the crowds in Kuwait, for the transparent reason of drumming up Kuwaiti support for the PLO Arabs. To this end, he has condemned Saddam Hussein for his occupation of Kuwait – almost 14 years ago.

Former Palestinian Authority prime minister Mahmoud Abbas on Monday condemned the 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, accusing Saddam Hussein of seeking to destroy Kuwait and wipe it out.

Abbas, addressing the Kuwaiti parliament, expressed hope that Kuwait would resume its support for the Palestinians.

This is the first time since the first Gulf War that a senior PLO official has condemned the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.

Not exactly what you would call a swift condemnation. Somehow, I doubt the Kuwaitis are going to be overly impressed.

Besides being “punctuality-challenged”, the condemnation is not exactly indicative of a courageous leader. How hard is it to wait until a ruthless dictator has been deposed and sits cowering in a prison before you condemn his actions? But I guess it is hard to have spine when you are a puppet. Although, could it be that this puppet is biting the hand that fed him was lodged up his behind?

Abbas lashed out at widespread corruption in the PA, saying “fat cats” were benefiting for the absence of transparency and accountability.

Doesn’t he mean “fat rats”? Because there is AFatRat that comes to mind…

Of course, no Abbas speech would be complete without his interesting take on events (read: distortions and fabrications).

“In its first months, the intifada was a popular and peaceful protest which won the sympathy of the media,” he said. “But when the occupation army stepped up its aggression, the Palestinians reacted with weapons and the intifada entered the military phase, leading to negative results.” He said that what aggravated the situation was the fact that some of the PA security forces became involved in the armed attacks against Israel, making the conflict look as if it was between two official authorities, Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Which is, of course, not what happened at all. But hey – he has been known to have an “interesting” take on history.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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