On Tuesday, without note in the U.S. media, more than half of the members of Iraq's parliament rejected the continuing occupation of their country. 144 lawmakers signed onto a legislative petition calling on the United States to set a timetable for withdrawal, according to Nassar Al-Rubaie, a spokesman for the Al Sadr movement, the nationalist Shia group that sponsored the petition.
It's a hugely significant development. Lawmakers demanding an end to the occupation now have the upper hand in the Iraqi legislature for the first time; previous attempts at a similar resolution fell just short of the 138 votes needed to pass (there are 275 members of the Iraqi parliament, but many have fled the country's civil conflict, and at times it's been difficult to arrive at a quorum).
Way to go! Most Americans want us to go home, The Iraqi Parliament wants us out. Where's the problem?
A huge shout-out to The "Bush"-Whacked Administration for spotting this.
I just Googled the News Link for "Iraq Parliament". Apparently the Parliament doesn't like Al Jazeera any more than BushCo does (AJ dissed Al Sistani, a big no-no) ... Lots of bitching about the two-month holiday ... power blackout keeps Parliament from doing nothing ... My favorite headline (CBS) has Cheney Iraq and reconciliation in the same title - I'm still laughing. ...
There is just the one single AlterNet article. Amazing and pathetic.