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Saturday, August 13, 2005

Iraqi Constitutional Deadline Tomorrow

The news remains uncertain as to whether the Iraqis will reach an agreement on power sharing and the government structure:
Iraqi leaders rushing to finish a constitution Saturday reported tentative agreements on distribution of oil wealth and other issues, but there was no deal on the main obstacle: federalism.

President Jalal Talabani predicted the constitution would be submitted to the National Assembly on Sunday - one day before the deadline for parliamentary approval.

But some committee members said serious divisions remained among the Shiite Muslim, Sunni Arab and Kurdish leaders, particularly on the question of whether Iraq should be transformed into a federated state. Talabani acknowledged negotiations continued. "The meetings are still going on and we have gone forward," he told reporters. "There is a meeting today and another meeting tomorrow and, God willing, we will finish the job tomorrow."
Friends of Democracy is carrying a great series about the problems and the protests in Samawa. It sounds very like local politics. Start here.

Free Iraqi had some very interesting things to say about Steven Vincent's death:
A serious investigation should be done, as this is not the typical daily terrorist attack. This is a crime committed by a component of the Iraqi government and every man with half a brain would know why the man was killed. He dared to tell the truth about these fanatics who control Basra and the south of Iraq in general. That should tell us that these thugs are no less dangerous or brutal than the fanatic Sunnis and that was the message of Steven and that's why he was killed. It's just that they can achieve their goals usually under the cover of law or blame it on "terrorists" when they can't.

The death of Steven Vincent is the result of the foolish policy of both the Iraqi government and the American administration in dealing with the Sadirists when they started looting, tortouring and killing people. This crime was not the first and it won't be the last. It's not in their hands anyhow to do anything now, as although the Iraqi judge who issued a warrant against Muqtada has announced recently that this warrant is still valid, I don't think the Iraqi government would do anything against Sadr and it's only in the hands of the Iraqi people to vote these thugs out and that's what I expect will happen.
From your mouth to God's ears, Ali. Mohammed at Iraq The Model writes to Cindy Sheehan:
We did not choose war for the sake of war itself and we didn't sacrifice a million lives for fun! We could've accepted our jailor and kept living in our chains for the rest of our lives but it's freedom ma'am.
Freedom is not an American thing and it's not an Iraqi thing, it's what unites us as human beings. We refuse all kinds of restrictions and that's why we fought and still fighting everyday in spite of the swords in the hands of the cavemen who want us dead or slaves for their evil masters.

You are free to go and leave us alone but what am I going to tell your million sisters in Iraq? Should I ask them to leave Iraq too? Should I leave too? And what about the eight millions who walked through bombs to practice their freedom and vote? Should they leave this land too?
Is it a cursed land that no one should live in? Why is it that we were chosen to live in all this pain, why me, why my people, why you?
The age old question. Why. In this post on Islamists in Iraq, Mohammed goes over the history of the alliance between the Baathists and the foreign Islamists and then concludes:
The enemies understood the terms of their new friendship and they understood its limits and what parts of it can be revealed and what must be not.
The connection between terror organizations and dictatorships is still an undeclared alliance but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

Every move and every step those new allies do reveal the depth of the relationship between them. It's enough to take a look at Al-Qaeda's leaders' stubbornness when it comes to the war in Iraq to know how important the Al-Qaeda branch in Iraq to them is.
Al-Qaeda cells have assumed their position as the striking arm of dictatorships. The latter can use the former to attack their enemies without putting the dictatorships in a face to face confrontation.
And he also covers the women's demonstration in Baghdad. The Mesopotamian wants all of Baghdad to be secured with a militarized border, secured gates, registration of all cars, etc... And this by Alaa is indescribable. I have never seen the Koran quoted against Arabs before:
Translation of the above words from the holy Koran, may come as a surprise to you : “And the A’arab are the worst in Kufr [ faithlessness ] and hypocrisy”. The A’arab are the nomadic Arabs. This is the judgment of the Koran of the Muslims itself concerning the Bedouin nomadic mentality. Let us use the name Al-Qaeda to symbolize this murderous frame of mind which is plaguing the world right now....
He nails the BBC down too.

Nabil did well in his exams and expects to get into one of the top five colleges. I wanted to close on an optimistic note!

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