February 6, 2005

GOTTA KNOW WHO YOUR FRIENDS ARE:

Top Shiite Welcomes Overtures By Sunnis (Anthony Shadid and Doug Struck, February 6, 2005, Washington Post)

The leading Shiite candidate to become Iraq's next prime minister welcomed overtures on Saturday by groups that boycotted national elections and declared that he and others were willing to offer "the maximum" to bring those largely Sunni Arab groups into the drafting of the constitution and participation in the new government.

But Adel Abdel-Mehdi, the current finance minister and a powerful figure in the coalition expected to dominate Iraq's parliament, rejected a key demand of those groups -- a timetable for a withdrawal of the 150,000 U.S. troops in the country.

"We are hearing some positive remarks coming from their side. That's very good. We are encouraging them," he said in an interview. "We are really willing to offer the maximum. . . . It's a balanced view -- from them, from us -- to see what the future has."


Does it get any more amusing than the Shi'a religious coalition making acceptance of the occupation a condition of joining the government?

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 6, 2005 9:34 AM
Comments

It would seem a reliable sign that one is losing when one is reduced to begging your opponent for a win.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at February 6, 2005 11:19 PM
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