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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Thursday, January 25, 2007

In Iraq, hatred in the streets, hatred in the government

After the most recent bombing in Karrada today, "Angry Karradah residents took to the streets chanting "We want the Sunnis out!" after the blast." (AP) But that's nothing.
Iraq’s Shiite prime minister and Sunni lawmakers hurled insults at one another during a raucous session of Parliament on Thursday, with the prime minister threatening a Sunni lawmaker with arrest and the Sunni speaker of Parliament threatening to quit......

The confrontation erupted after Mr. Maliki described the outlines of the new Baghdad security plan and pledged there would be no “safe haven” for militants.


The leader of a powerful Sunni bloc, Abdul Nasir al-Janabi, provoked Mr. Maliki, saying over jeers from Shiite politicians, “We cannot trust the office of the prime minister.”

His microphone was quickly shut off, and Mr. Maliki lashed into him, essentially accusing him of being one of the outlaws he had just said would not be granted sanctuary.

“I will show you,” Mr. Maliki said, waving his finger in the air. “I will turn over the documents we have,” implying that the legislator was guilty of crimes.


Maliki also accused al-Janabi of involvement in the kidnapping and execution of 150 Shia near Al Bairaat.

It then devolved into a nasty conflict between Maliki and Speaker of the Parliament Mashhadani where Mashhadani threatened to resign and Maliki's leadership threatened to dismiss him.

Won't someone tell me how 20,000 troops solves this?

3 Comments:

  • I wouldn't mind placing a few blomb under a humvee after a similar experience.

    And at the end, the guy (I'll assume he's a soldier) blames the Iraqis, while it's Bush and his friends who put him there. Probably not the sharpest tool in the shed.

    By Anonymous romunov, at 3:51 AM  

  • My previous post has no head and tail, so I'm posting the video I was refering to. My bad. :)

    By Anonymous romunov, at 5:51 AM  

  • That is a pretty interesting "slice of life" video.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 7:36 AM  

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