Saturday, February 18, 2012

Now the Iraqi Red Crescent gets targeted

Hossam Acommok (Al Mada) observes that it appears political blocs are more interested in hosting the Arab Summit than in resolving the political crisis in Iraq. Tomorrow yet another planning meet-up for a national conference was scheduled to take place. Yet Dar Addustour reports a move to call it off and focus instead on the Arab Summit.

The political crisis was created by Nouri al-Maliki. Political Stalemate I is the period that followed the March 2010 elections. Nouri's State of Law was predicted to win by a wide margin (predicted by Nouri) but his fantasies of being beloved were incorrect. Iraqiya (led by Ayad Allawi) bested Stated of Law. Because Nouri had the backing of the Barack Obama White House, he ignored the Constitution and used the Supreme Court of Iraq (which he controls) to issue questionable verdicts that benefited him. For eight months, Iraq was at a stalemate. The political blocs met in Erbil in November 2010 and agreed to a US-brokered contract, the Erbil Agreement. To remain as Prime Minister, Nouri had to agree to various concessions.

Nouri was named prime minister-designate and that was the end of the Erbil Agreement. He discarded it. This is Political Stalemate II. Over the summer, the Kurds demanded the Erbil Agreement be honored with Iraqiya and Moqtada al-Sadr's bloc joining in that call. While most ignored what was taking place, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace did grasp stalemate II and warn it was significant. For reporters to grasp it was significant -- many of whom spend all their time at the crotch of Nouri al-Maliki -- would require Nouri ordering the arrest of Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi (Sunni and a member of Iraqiya) and demanding that Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq (Sunni and a member of Iraqiya) be stripped of his post.

Nouri's a thug. If you ever doubted that, check out the latest actions of Nouri (and his 'independent' Supreme Court). Kitabat reports that Iraqi Red Crescent workers are seeing their children arrested. The Red Crescent. (Part of the International Red Cross.) Who will Nouri target next and how long will his sycophantic followers in the media continue to look the other way?

Thursday the laughable Supreme Court in Iraq held a press conference where they explained Tareq al-Hashemi was guilty of multiple acts of terrorism. Of course, the judiciary doesn't do investigations. The judiciary presides over trials. A detail they 'forgot' but Article 19 of the Iraqi Constitution is very clear that all are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The idiotic and thuggish Supreme Court, so eager to do the bidding of Nouri al-Maliki, violated the Constitution they're supposed to be upholding.

Though the press conference was supposed to be a surprise to the executive branch Nouri heads and though it was supposed to be 'independent,' Al Mada reports Nouri had a list of replacements ready and sent to Iraqiya, replacements for Tareq al-Hashemi. How very interesting. Kitabat explains Tareq al-Hashemi announced today that he will be making a public speech on the charges in the next 48 hours.

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