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Sadr’s Thugs Demand Vote On US Relations

From the terrorists’ mouthpiece, Al Jazeera:

Protesters hold placards as they march after attending Friday ...

Sadr bloc demands pact referendum

SATURDAY, MAY 31, 2008

Supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr, the Iraqi Shia leader, have demanded that the government hold a public referendum on a long-term security agreement with the US.

Politicians have until July to finalise a pact to keep US soldiers in Iraq after the current UN mandate expires at the end of the year.

Senior al-Sadr bloc members, including Falah Hassan Shanshal and Maha Adel, met in Baghdad on Saturday and issued a statement calling on the Iraqi government to stop negotiations with the US and to hold a public referendum on the issue.

Al-Sadr supporters say they “absolutely reject” the agreement and have urged Iraqis to continue peaceful demonstrations against it.

Tens of thousands of Iraqis rallied against the deal on Friday…

Al-Sadr has called for weekly protests in addition to the referendum against the security pact.

In recent days the Association of Muslim Scholars, Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, one of Iraq’s most powerful Shia politicians, and Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, a Shia spiritual leader, have all raised concerns about the proposed security deal…

George Bush, the US president, and Nuri al-Maliki, the Iraqi prime minister, signed a statement last December on the future of US-Iraqi relations.

Iraqi and US officials began negotiations in March on a blueprint for the long-term security agreement, and a second deal, to establish the legal basis for US troops to remain in the country after a UN mandate runs out.

Widespread opposition to the deal, however, has raised doubts that the deadline will be met.

Many Iraqis say Americans are seeking permanent bases in Iraq.

US officials have declined to comment on the talks until the draft is completed…

Somehow this seems especially fitting, coming as it does on a day when the Democrats are once again trying to figure out how to handle their delegate problems.

Lest we forget, they have struggled for months over rules they themselves wrote. And they are all as alike as any number of peas in as many pods.

Yet these same Solons cannot understand what is taking Iraq so long to iron out its difficulties. A country that was artificially created out of competing tribes and religious sects who have been at each other’s throats for centuries.

It would be downright laughable if it all weren’t so important to our own nation’s security.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, May 31st, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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