Saturday, June 24, 2006

No, no, no . . . the other kind of democracy

When Dubya incants his "when the Iraqis stand up, we will stand down" mantra, he must not mean standing up to include standing up to us. This from Newsweek: Iraq Govt. Plan Calls for U.S. Withdrawal Timetable
A timetable for withdrawal of occupation troops from Iraq. Amnesty for all insurgents who attacked U.S. and Iraqi military targets. Release of all security detainees from U.S. and Iraqi prisons. Compensation for victims of coalition military operations.

Those sound like the demands of some of the insurgents themselves, and in fact they are. But they're also key clauses of a national reconciliation plan drafted by new Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who will unveil it Sunday. The provisions will spark sharp debate in Iraq—but the fiercest opposition is likely to come from Washington, which has opposed any talk of timetables, or of amnesty for insurgents who have attacked American soldiers.

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