Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Taking it to the Extreme

The old saying says that "the enemy of my enemy is my friend." Cindy Sheehan and Code Pink take that to the extreme. They hate President Bush so the are friends with... the Baathists we overthrew in Iraq.

Cindy and Code Pink recently went to Jordan to meet with a group of Sunni politicians from the Iraq Parliament. While billed as the "5th largest collition" they actually control only 11 of 275 seats making them about as representative of their country as Code Pink is of ours.

Regardless, they hammered out a peace agreement which reads more like an unconditional surrender. The terms are:

The common thread among this diverse group of Iraqis and Americans was a desire to set a timetable for the withdrawal of US troops, ensure no permanent bases in Iraq, and secure a U.S. commitment to pay for rebuilding Iraq. Other issues that emerged in two-days of intensive talks include the need to dismantle militias, provide amnesty for prisoners and the various armed groups, compensate victims of the violence, revise the Constitution and preserve the unity of Iraq, and reverse US-imposed de-Baathification and economic policies. We left this historic meeting with a commitment to make sure that the voices of these Iraqi parliamentarians are heard here in the US, and we will bring a group of them to the U.S. in the Fall.

Note - Code Pink feels the need to use pink fonts.

To restate the terms, the US will disarm all non-sunnis, reverse all democratic changes in the government and put the Baathists back in charge. We will then leave but continue to pay reparations to Iraq for daring to free them from a tyrant.

Just to be certain that we get the message, another member of the delegation tells how perfect things were in Iraq when Saddam was in charge.
Let’s go back to the Iraq before we invaded, there was a good education and health care system, food for everyone. That system didn’t belong to Saddam it belonged to the Iraqi, it belonged to years of creating what a civilization needed. If your parents didn’t send you to school they could be put in jail.
We are talking about the same man who used poison gas on the Kurds, drained the marshes in order to displace the Marsh Arabs, and built palaces with money skimmed from the Oil for Food program. Under Saddam, someone sent to Abu Grahib would be far more likely to have a limb cut off than to pose naked.

Probably the most perverse aspect of the trip was that one of the Iraqi delegates included Sheikh Ahmad al-Kubaysi who has donated millions to the cause of al-Sadr. In case you came in late, Cindy started her crusade against President Bush after her son was killed by al-Sadr's forces.

More on the trip here.

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