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Al-Jaafari: Iraq’s international speaker

Mashari Althaydi

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As usual, Iraq’s great philosopher Ibrahim al-Eshaiker, popularly known as al-Jaafari, manifested himself this time at the world’s main podium, the UN’s podium during the General Assembly’s annual session.

Abu Ahmad, the thinker, preacher and visionary, bedazzled the world with his knowledge and eloquence, entertained his international audience and made an error when he spoke of a figure who lived more than 3,000 years ago in Iraq and attributed to him, among his great achievements, a very small project, which is building Baghdad!

In the details, Jaafari was taken by grandeur and wanted to teach the world a lesson in Iraqi history. We don’t know what is with this frequent fondness in history lessons as displayed by the rulers of new Iraq particularly following the wonderful incident of the Islamic Virtue Party MP who wanted to pursue Haroun Al-Rashid and Al-Ma’mun! Anyway, let’s go back to Jaafari, what was his historical preaching about?

Just a reminder – and we did say it could have been an error – that at the time when Jaafari was internationally manifesting himself, the bullets of ignorance, forgery and Islamized incubators were assassinating the beauties of Iraq, the granddaughters of Sargon of Akkad

Mashari Althaydi

A significant error

Jaafari said that he came from Baghdad which embraces all ethnic, sectarian and national diversity…etc. adding that ancient Iraqi King Sargon of Akkad once said about it: “It’s the dome of the world, and he who rules it rules the four winds.” Truth be told, I did not understand the occasion of this proud, glorious and military quote in Jaafari’s introduction about “embracement and diversity.”

This is not the point as what matters is this time leap which the Iraqi foreign minister made from Sargon of Akkad to Al-Mansur (maybe Dr. Ibrahim could not pronounce and mention the name of Al-Mansur, maybe!).

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Dr. Oday al-Hashemhi, a lecturer of Iraqi history, told Al Arabiya: “There is 3,000 years between Sargon of Akkad and the building of Baghdad.” Hashemhi also voiced surprise that the FM did not correct this piece of information which he made before diplomatic delegations at the UN.

Political analyst Hameed al-Hassan said: “Jaafari has done similar things before. While he was talking with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif in 2015, Jaafari said: ‘We must be open to ISIS.’” Hassan reminded that what he said surprised the audience so Jaafari retracted what he said.

Just a reminder – and we did say it could have been an error – that at the time when Jaafari was internationally manifesting himself, the bullets of ignorance, forgery and Islamized incubators were assassinating the beauties of Iraq, the granddaughters of Sargon of Akkad.

This article is also available in Arabic.

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Saudi journalist Mashari Althaydi presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “views on the news” daily show “Maraya.” He has previously held the position of a managing senior editor for Saudi Arabia & Gulf region at pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Althaydi has published several papers on political Islam and social history of Saudi Arabia. He appears as a guest on several radio and television programs to discuss the ideologies of extremist groups and terrorists. He tweets under @MAlthaydy.

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