Thursday, March 16, 2006

Iraqi Parliament: Politics Not Spoken Here

Indigo Rose (my sister) has sent another e-mail with a sharp observation:

I was reading an article about Iraq's new parliament and thought the comments below were interesting. As they do not have a speaker yet, the man named Pachachi filled in. I think the quote below is a step in the right direction, and yet a Shiite leader thinks that it is inappropriate to remark on the chances of a civil war because of their "political nature". Geez, isn't that what a parliament is all about - a place to bring ideas, arguments, new laws so that ALL the people can have a balanced say in things without political reprisals such as civil war? I think there is a huge chance of things running amok, don't you?

"We have to prove to the world that a civil war is not and will not take place among our people," Pachachi told lawmakers. "The danger is still looming and the enemies are ready for us because they do not like to see a united, strong, stable Iraq."

As Pachachi spoke, he was interrupted from the floor by senior Shiite leader Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, who said the remarks were inappropriate because of their political nature.

That's funny - "This is PARLIAMENT; we don't talk politics here!" Sounds like Seigfreid from "Get Smart" -- "Zis is KAOS; vee don't *shush* here!"

Yes, there is a chance of civil war in Iraq (sometimes I think there's achance of civil war in the US, too.) Iraq is an artificial country that if not for the British Empire mucking about in the world would not even exist. Maybe a civil war is the only way to settle the questions facing the region. At the moment, I think Iraq is closer to Bloody Kansas than to civil war. After the Coalition troops leave Iraq, then Iraq may have her war of decision.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.


Tom said...

Hmmm...Concept of politics & speeches hasn't sunk in yet. However, being out of touch with reality checks out nicely!

Tom C said...

The farther you come, the clearer the vision of how far you have to go.

Scottage said...

Hey Indigo,

I don't know i fit's just me, but I thought you should know I couldn't read your post because it blended into the background. Used to be the tan background stayed behind the task, but not this time. A bummer, look forward to your posts. Hope all is well.


Mike's America said...

Dick Morris had an interesting observation on this "civil war:"

It's just negotiation Iraqi style.

Ralph Peters had a further take:

His conclusion is that the recent unrest is just rival gangs fighting it out. And what most Iraqis want is for these gangs to be taken out.

Indigo Rose said...

Re: Scottage not being able to see your blog.
It has been just fine at my end of the world.

Tom C said...

Scottage, tilt your computer to the right for better reception.

Indigo Red said...

Scottage, I have had similar problems with other blogs this past week. Apparrently Blogger has been doing some maintenence work that causes temporary problems. Very funny T.C. - tilt your computer, indeed.

Mike, I remember saying over at Iraq the Model, before starting my blog, that what Iraq needed was a Wyatt Earp and Elliot Ness as Ralph Peters suggests would work just fine. None of the factions have anyone close to being the type of American Old West leader that we are used to seeing. There is no George Washington, US Grant, Bobby Lee, Wyatt Earp, Elliot Ness, there isn't even a Desmond Tutu, or Martin Luther King. There is no one to unify the dispirit factions or even within the factions.

As I see it, Al Capone and Lucky Luchese would do better at uniting the gangs. But it's always hard when every side sees themselves as the oppostion party. They need a loyalty party and no one wants to step up to the plate. Of, geez! There's another problem - they don't have baseball so they can step up the plate.