Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Should we stay or should we go...

Apparently some Iraqi leaders at a conference in Cairo (including president Jalal Talabani and the interior minister Bayan Jabr suggested that we should be able to leave by the end of next year. I'm guessing when they say "suggest," it's a polite way of telling us to scram. And, quite frankly, based on the specifics - I think we need to. They're highly annoyed by our presence, and apparently passed a resolution defining terrorism that omitted reference to attacks against US or Iraqi forces. I guess it's only terrorism when they blow up civilians, not their country's own army, or the army of the nation that helped this new government in place. There's gratitude for you. The people themselves might be thankful, but the politicians are just typical. This is why I didn't give to tsunami aid relief, and this is part of the reason I'd like a timetable for withdrawl. This is my favorite quote from the res:

"Though resistance is a legitimate right for all people, terrorism does not represent resistance. Therefore, we condemn terrorism and acts of violence, killing and kidnapping targeting Iraqi citizens and humanitarian, civil, government institutions, national resources and houses of worships," the document said.

Is the Iraqi army NOT A GOVERNMENT INSTITUTION??

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