September 23, 2004

YET JEWS OPPOSE THE WAR?:

What's in a handshake? Big news if it's ministers from Israel and Iraq (Edith M. Lederer, 9/21/2004, Associated Press)

There were hundreds of handshakes Tuesday as world leaders met for the opening of the U.N. General Assembly's annual debate but only one grabbed widespread attention: Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom greeted Iraqi interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi.

Shalom and Allawi shook hands and exchanged pleasantries at the General Assembly, where the two countries were seated next to each other, in alphabetical order, the foreign minister told The Associated Press.

Shalom said he told Allawi he hoped for peace in the Middle East.

He also told the AP he hoped Iraq will establish relations with Israel, echoing a desire expressed by the United States a year ago.

When Shalom arrived at U.N. headquarters before the handshake he was asked about Iraq.

''We would like not to be the only democracy in the Middle East,'' Shalom said. ''We would love that Iraq will join us, and after that the rest of the countries in the Middle East. It would bring more stability to the region and more stability to the entire world.''


Mr. Allawi just finished an extraordinary speech to a joint session of Congress, thanking them for Iraq's liberation but basically trying to buck them up. Here's a question: how must it have felt to listen to his speech if you voted against his replacing Saddam Hussein?

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 23, 2004 10:44 AM
Comments

My first guess would be that most of those who voted against were not even in the chamber. My second guess would be that they just don't give a d***.

Posted by: jim hamlen at September 23, 2004 11:22 AM
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