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No press applause for Allawi speech
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Arab commentators are unimpressed by Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's speech to the US Congress on Thursday, with one saying it was difficult not to "throw up".

Taking stock of Iraq's future, most papers are sceptical, although at least one shares Mr Allawi's optimism about the elections scheduled for January.

None of those applauding [Mr Allawi's speech] quizzed him on the nature of the progress achieved in this suffering Arab country since it was occupied, or how the elections would be held under the current security situation. The only thing Allawi's government has achieved for the Iraqis is to destroy their country and provide cover for US forces to slaughter more than 20,000 Iraqis.

Commentary in London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi

Arab audiences needed a strong stomach yesterday not to throw up while watching that despicable thing that Iyad Allawi has degenerated into. George Bush has called for him urgently, dressed him in an expensive suit and put his trust in him as an American employee with prime-ministerial rank.

Commentary in Palestinian Al-Hayat al-Jadidah

What really matters here to us today is the fact that the number of the Iraqis who want to take part in the elections as soon as possible is far greater than the number of those trying to prevent them... and that there is still plenty of time to create the right conditions to allow all Iraqis to vote in January.

Commentary in London-based Al-Sharq al-Awsat

If Bush wins another term, and considering his war justifications and his own hidden agenda, he will continue the occupation of Iraq, keep US military bases there and make the next Iraqi government follow US policies aimed at redrawing the Middle East map and imposing a system of Islamic democracy on its states.

Commentary in Jordan's Al-Dustur

Several groups seem to be behind the phenomenon of abduction in Iraq in order to profit from it. However, the main reason for these abductions continues to be the foreign occupation of Iraq.

Egypt's Al-Ahram

When the US President was making his speech before the [UN] General Assembly [on Tuesday], he probably thought he was addressing his American voters... He wanted show them his success in leading the whole world, and not just the USA.

Commentary in Palestinian Al-Ayyam

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