At small gatherings and inside old cafes the betting runs high ... will the Parliament buckle under the pressure??
How unseemly for the government of a sovereign state - and its Parliament to be pressured into making ...of all things ... amendments to its own constitution ... by a foreign force!
It may have been understandable had the pressure been put on to urge the government to pick up its pace in providing adequate security in the country enabling the US to withdraw its forces gradually . That is something I can understand, and in fact would cheer on, and the US would have been within its rights.
But constitutional amendments?
Oil and Gas Law??
What is it to the US what identity the Iraqis wish to give their country? Whether "Arab State" - straight out, or "An entity active in its Arab and Muslim environment"?? Meaning no defined identity? Why is it so important to the US Admin?
And what of debathification?? After laying off thousands of absolutely competent employees, whether technical or administrative, for no other reason that they were obliged to write their names on Bathi lists simply to be able to obtain employment; the whole administrative structure of the government collapsed. So now what?? We haven't got any competent administrators or technicians to run the new show. Do we rehire the old ones?? What the hell! Why was it so important to Mr. Bremer to oust all competent professionals from our Gov. structure? Wouldn't it have been more prudent to keep everyone in place then pick out the rotten apples at our leisure ... with no collapse at all? Now to amend.
As for the Oil and Gas Law....... my heart aches for the thousands of lives that were intentionally put in jeoppardy for the black gold. What a curse!
And now the pressure is on. The Iraqi Gov has succumbed. Will the Iraqi Parliament succumb also??
The scene is so clear for all those with the wish to see clearly. How transparent can you get??