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Thursday, April 10, 2003

Muhammed Ad-Douri, Iraqi ambassador to the UN, declared yesterday "The game is over" and packed his bags to leave. "I hope the peace will prevail. I hope the Iraqi people will have a happy life", he reportedly said, before heading off to catch is plane to France. The radio reports this morning suggested that Ad-Douri had asked Kofi Annan to help him find a suitable escape route, and of course Annan obliged.

So far, only Donald Rumsfeld seems to have responded in a manner befitting normal human behaviour.. "It isn't a game" he is quoted as saying. Even this was a little too soft, coming from the head of the world's policeforce. I would have expected him to a slap a heavy hand on the ambassador's shoulder, and say, in true film noir form, "not so fast, Mr. Ad-Douri".

Let us not be mistaken: in New York, Ad-Douri might have been one of the guys, swung with the swingers, and been seen in all the right places. Back in Baghdad, the only swingers for whom he was responsible were those with a noose around their necks, or those suspended from hooks with their arms tied. Ad-Drouri, with his charm and smile and good English, may have been acceptable to the UN's International Agency for Economic Development, but this facade disguised his true role, which was defending a murderous dictatorship responsible for the massacre of millions of innocent civilians and for the effective imprisonment and torture of millions more.

Ad-Douri should not be allowed to be spirited away from New York to enjoy the good life. There's no point in history being written by the winners if the bad guys are allowed to get away.

H.E. Dr. Mohammed Al Douri
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Permanent Representative on the Permanent Mission of Iraq to the United Nations
-Recorded Friday, August 30, 2002
[From the website of the International Agency for Economic Development]

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