KUWAIT: Kuwait announced on Thursday that it will soon name its first ambassador to Iraq since Saddam Hussein's troops invaded the country in 1990, a major step in healing the two countries' painful past. Memories of Iraq's brutal seven-month occupation of its smaller, oil-rich neighbor still remain fresh here and some Kuwaitis feel the step is coming too soon. Others fear that the embassy will be a magnet for attacks, despite improvements in Iraq's security.It was just the other day that I noted that the United Arab Emirates have decided to station an ambassador in Baghdad. Some of my liberal friends may have to order more sand in order to help ensure that their heads stay buried.
Kuwait will join the United Arab Emirates and Jordan in opening up diplomatically to Baghdad. As security improves, Iraq's government has turned its attention to gaining the support of Arab nations and pushing them to send diplomats back to Baghdad. Khaled al-Jarrallah, a Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry undersecretary, said Kuwait's decision was "natural" after "positive security developments in Iraq," the official Kuwait News Agency reported.
Friday, July 11, 2008
I was amused the other day as a lefty blogger at Comments from Left Field referred to a column by leftward-drifting Andrew Sullivan by flatly suggesting that Sullivan was drinking ideological Kool-aid. Apparently the Kuwaitis have gotten their hands on a batch of the same brew.