Thursday, May 10, 2007

Its a Bad Joke

I have waited throughout the day to see if NPR or someone else picked up this story. As of this hour, the lead story is whether or not the house will vote on the bill that only funds half of the POTUS's request. The second story is Tony Blair's departure. After that, there is a veteran story, followed by the Wall Street drop. Then, there was a brief mention of Cheney's visit to the mideast.

But this story from Alternet, picked up by Truth Out and Buzzflash, is not there.

"On Tuesday, without note in the U.S. media, more than half of the members of Iraq's parliament rejected the continuing occupation of their country. 144 lawmakers signed onto a legislative petition calling on the United States to set a timetable for withdrawal, according to Nassar Al-Rubaie, a spokesman for the Al Sadr movement, the nationalist Shia group that sponsored the petition.

It's a hugely significant development. Lawmakers demanding an end to the occupation now have the upper hand in the Iraqi legislature for the first time; previous attempts at a similar resolution fell just short of the 138 votes needed to pass (there are 275 members of the Iraqi parliament, but many have fled the country's civil conflict, and at times it's been difficult to arrive at a quorum).

Reached by phone in Baghdad on Tuesday, Al-Rubaie said that he would present the petition, which is nonbinding, to the speaker of the Iraqi parliament and demand that a binding measure be put to a vote. Under Iraqi law, the speaker must present a resolution that's called for by a majority of lawmakers, but there are significant loopholes and what will happen next is unclear.

What is clear is that while the U.S. Congress dickers over timelines and benchmarks, Baghdad faces a major political showdown of its own. The major schism in Iraqi politics is not between Sunni and Shia or supporters of the Iraqi government and "anti-government forces," nor is it a clash of "moderates" against "radicals"; the defining battle for Iraq at the political level today is between nationalists trying to hold the Iraqi state together and separatists backed, so far, by the United States and Britain." more

The biggest story about the war, that the democracy we created wants us out, is not being covered. And that makes for an even bigger story.

Perhaps the story is not accurate, but this mention from AP indicates that the story is correct. The original story, by Raed Jarrar, can be greatly enhanced by reading his blog.

But the short of it is this.

There is a civil war in Iraq. But it is not between the Shia, the Sunni, and the Kurds. It's a civil war between the Nationalists who want a whole Iraq, and the Separatists, who with the US, Britain, and the IMF, want a chopped up Iraq in order to get the oil.

Not telling that story means you are in on the deal. That apparently includes our MS media, and both political parties.

It means, as far as truth is concerned,

It's a bad joke.

We might as well just watch John Stewart from now on.

At least his jokes are funny.


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Blogger Charlie Loving said...

It is in deed a bad joke. Cheney, "W" and Condi are the Three Stooges in this one except that they are dangerous.

The Iraqi Parlament met yesterday and were told that the two month vacation might be excessive considering that there was this war going on. So far they have not decided to not go, but they might only take off August.

And in a once reproted report, the prime minister laughed , gufawed when asked by a female representative about women's rights in this new democracy. She got ticked off as did the other women and a yelling matched ensued that was so violent that they had to adjorn. Democracy indeed.

And then on CNN one of the Republican talking heads said, "....they are diddling us..." Yep! They are. The Sunni haven't a prayer in this fight. The Shia want all the marbles and in the north the Kurds want them.

I read "Tribes with Flags" recently. A book about the Levante or Eastern Med. A place that had no borders until the French and Brits drew them in the sand. The Turks and the Ottoman Empire ruled there for a century or so. The artifical falgs are interesting since they are a invention of the Europeans. Syria, Lebanon, Jordan Israel and so on are all contries skived out of the Ottoman empire. The land that was Ataturk"s. The guy that killed thousands of Kurds and Amenians with the help of the Czar.

These guys all hate each other everyone. The Arabs are the low end of the stick and below them are the Iraqi tribes. Iran is in there too. Democracy is never going to work in the Middle East because the people are into might making right. The Americans aren't mean enough to pull off the job. Cheney could but he is just one person.
To the Iraqi and Saudi democracy is the Joke.

9:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As of 1:00 CDT, 5/11/7, Yahoo news' top story is " Iraqi officials lobby against troop pullout". Interesting timing, no?

11:13 AM  

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