Sunday, November 23, 2008

Sad Irony On SOFA

Juan Cole reports that:

The Iraqi parliament has postponed its vote on the proposed US-Iraq security pact from Monday to Wednesday. MPs had complained that there were not given enough time to study its provisions. It is still not clear how the Sunni Arab MPs will vote; without their support, the agreement would likely be seen as a joint Shiite-Kurdish conspiracy.

SOFA Vote Set for Wednesday

What's sadly ironic is that in a country that, depending on one's point of view, is either a country struggling to become a democracy, a puppet of the United States, or a heinous dictatorship of the future, the national legislature is ratifying this treaty. They're actually complaining that they haven't had time to study the treaty. In contrast, President Bush has told Congress this treaty is none of it's business, and it seems likely to do nothing other than call a hearing.

Makes you wonder which country is having a harder struggle with democracy right now, doesn't it?

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