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|Charles Gibson wrote:|
Meanwhile, in Iraq, questions persist about whether the Iraqi government is up to the challenge of uniting the country and ending the violence.
The Iraqi parliament was created to represent the interests of all Iraqi ethnic groups - Shiite, Sunni and Kurd but it sure didn't look that way today.
Here's our Baghdad correspondent, Terry McCarthy
|Terry McCarthy wrote:|
|Iraqi "democracy" in action ... |
as bombs rock the country, parliament could not convene because so few members turned up.
"You came two and a half hours late" says the House Speaker, "Shame on you".
"I have something to say" says the deputy.
"You can talk when this meeting is over" the Speaker replies.
End of debate.
The entire point of the US effort here depends crucially on the Iraqi political groups coming together. At the moment that process is going nowhere.
Iraqis say the problem starts at the top, with Nuri al Maliki, the Iraqi Prime Minister.
When Maliki came to power 5 months ago, he promised to bring Sunnis and Shiites together.
"National reconciliation is a wide open door" he said.
Today he appears to be serving only Shiite interests.
In September he supported a controversial law that Sunnis fear will shut them out of Iraq's oil wealth.
Two weeks ago, Maliki ordered the release of a captured Shiite militia leader,
and, yesterday, he told the U.S. to remove checkpoints around the stronghold of Shiite militia leader Moqtada al Sadr.
|Kenneth Pollack, Saban Ctr for Middle East Studies wrote:|
He is wholly beholden to these militia
leaders for his power, for his say in government.
|Terry McCarthy wrote:|
With this record, it is not surprising that Sunnis see little future in negotiating with Maliki.
As violence increases, as people go to funerals for a wedding party hit by a car bomb, as chaos spreads from parliament to the poorest slums, Iraq's leaders seem to be part of the problem.
Terry McCarthy, ABC News, Baghdad.
An excellent report by Terry McCarthy.
I would point out that the problem for the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq, also starts at the top - with President Bush's inappropriate confidence in Maliki
and the President's orders to Khalilzad and Casey in Baghdad, presumably via Rice and Rumsfeld in Washington, to continue to consult Maliki and keep Maliki in charge, not only of the Iraqi government, but also exercising a veto over the coalition's actions too it seems.
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