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June 11, 2004

Update on Kurd-Shi'a Split

The Washingon Times fleshes the story out. Wouldn't it be great if there was more than one newspaper covering stories in Iraq other than Abu Ghraib?

Iraq's new president, seeking to calm tensions between his nation's Shi'ites and Kurds, pledged yesterday that promises of Kurdish autonomy in the country's interim constitution will be honored.

"Iraq will be a free and democratic federal country. Federalism has been accepted by all Iraqis," Ghazi Mashal Ajil al-Yawer said during his first visit to Washington since being named to the largely ceremonial post last week.

"The Kurdish demands are for federalism," he said at a press conference. "Federalism brings two pieces of a country and glues them together. This is what our brethren, the Kurds, want and we have to respect that. We're going to abide by" the interim constitution approved in March.

Kurdish leaders threatened this week to pull out of the new Iraqi government if their hopes for autonomy are thwarted. But Mr. al-Yawer insisted that reports of strife within the government were "baseless."

He insisted that reports of strife within the government were "baseless"?

Baseless?

One-third of the country threatens to secede and he calls that "baseless"?

This is an obvious lie designed to hide serious problems within the government from the Iraqi people via deceptive media relations.

And this comes just a week after they pandered to the illegal militias by promising them high-paying, cushy government jobs.

You know, I think the Iraqis are getting the hang of this "democracy" thing after all.

Now, we just need a high-level sex scandal. When that happens, you know: This Iraqi Project is going to work.


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