Read this poem in connection to the post below comparing Jalal Talabani to Mccavity the mystery cat.
Political commentators have been writing off Talabani for several years and attributed the misgiving in Kurdish political life and his party's, to people who have been surrounding the Leader. Other western politicians have been compared to T.S Eliot's Mystery Cat, Macavity but none would fit the description as the current PUK Leader Jalal Talabani.
Many have described the lack of action by the leader as a sign of weakness, and there have been rumours and allegations that the First Lady has been meddling in the running of Talibani's office which has contributed to the demise of PUK. The President's wife, Hiro Ahmad is a lifelong supporter of Talabani and has contributed to Kurdish struggle as well as been largely responsible for PUK Public Relations and promoting women issues in Kurdistan - supporting many charitable causes. The accusations are far from the truth and nothing but prejudices against women in a male dominated society, moreover; the rumours that Hiro has contributed to the demise of PUK seems nothing but pure fabrication.
Talabani has been on the helm of PUK since its creation and have stayed there so far through his grit and determination, nevertheless he has aged and it is clear that he has been struggling with ill health. Being recluse and away from the political squabbling has spared him from criticism for not controlling his party's officials from rampant corruption and failing to accelerate reform in Kurdistan. Whenever there are scandals and political embarrassments, Talabani is not in the picture and all the blame is dished out on the officials around him as it is assumed he can do no wrong, and just like Macavity he is nowhere to be seen.