If you have read Paul Bremer?s Book, ?My Year in Iraq?, you will find what is going on in Iraq today with respect to forming a government, is ?exactly? the same with ?exactly? the same players as was there in 2003.
Shiite politicians failed Tuesday (March 11) to resolve the deadlock over the formation of the new Iraqi government after meeting to discuss the opposition of Sunni and Kurdish parties to the Shiite nominee for prime minister. (Note - Naming a Prime Minister is the FIRST step in forming a government)
Al-Jaafari won the nomination of the Shiite alliance in balloting last February. But Sunni and Kurdish parties, whom the Shiites need as partners in a national unity government, have refused to accept al-Jaafari. Al-Jaafari has refused to step aside.
Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari's own Dawa party and his key backer, radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, continued to stand behind him, said Bassem Sharif, who attended the meeting of seven Shiite factions. (Note - Seven - within the Shi?a alone, before you consider the Sunni or Kurd, or any of the ?grand Mufti? who will raise their voices once anything is decided among the other parties)
Cracks in support for al-Jaafari have appeared within the Shiite alliance, though his hardcore allies -- primarily al-Sadr -- have stood behind him. (Note - Mugtada al-Sadr is the radical young cleric who literally has an ?army? at his command, and has caused trouble since day one in Iraq. Not just within the Iraqi?s, but armed resistance to Coalition Forces as well. Blame the political science experts in Wash DC for the fact that he is yet around. He kept himself current with news headlines from the US. He brazenly ?fought off? Iraqi arrest warrants, and just as brazenly afforded the ?clear shot? repeatedly in 2003 and up to 28 June 2004, when the Coalition Provisional Authority shut it?s doors after handing ?Authority? over to the Iraqi?s)
??divisions within the Shiite alliance were making it difficult for the bloc to resolve the issue of al-Jaafari. These include a bitter rivalry between al-Sadr's group and the biggest Shiite party, the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, or SCIRI.
Some Shiite officials even suggested the alliance block Sunni and Kurdish candidates for key posts if they do not accept al-Jaafari . (Note - Is that hardball, or what)
That?s it in a nutshell, but if you like to read: http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/04/11/iraq.ap/index.html
Yep, they?re watching what goes on in Wash DC and are trying very hard, in their own way, to emulate the US Congress, which we have offered up as a model of democracy.
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