Monday, July 24, 2006
Irony lives on
Iraq PM to urge U.S. to work for a cease-fire in Lebanon
What the Iraqi government (which the right wing loves so much) has to say about Israel's bombardment of Lebanon:
"The hostile acts against Lebanon will have effects on the region and we are not far from what is going on in Lebanon," al-Maliki said. "We will speak with the United Nations and American government to call for a cease-fire quickly."
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Hezbollah and its leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, have a wide following among Iraqi Shiites, who comprise about 60% of the nation's 27 million people.
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And you've probably seen media reports trying to spin the situation -- saying that al-Maliki was asked to call off his visit because others in the new Iraqi government don't want him to call for a ceasfire in Lebanon. This is not only inaccurate, it is Orwellian; it is the exact OPPOSITE of the truth. He has been asked not to make the visit to Washington in order to make a strong statement to the U.S. that the Iraqi government WANTS a ceasefire:
"On Saturday, the Fadhila party, which is part of al-Maliki's Shiite alliance, urged the prime minister to call off the visit. Fadhila holds 15 seats in the 275-member parliament and dominates the provincial administration in Basra, Iraq's second-largest city.
"Fadhila demands that the prime minister cancel his visit to the U.S. in solidarity with the Lebanese people and over what is going on there, the disasters due to the Zionist aggression amid international silence about these crimes," party official Sheik Sabah al-Saiedi told The Associated Press.
And the icing on the cake here is this:
Al-Maliki also is expected to discuss the timetable for the U.S.-led coalition to hand over primary security responsibility to the Iraqis."
Of course, our good pals the Saudis also have insisted that Bush push for a cease fire.