Monday, August 22, 2005

What we have here is a failure to communicate

According to a Shiite negotiator, Iraq's draft constitution will likely be presented to the parliament by the midnight deadline:

After a while, the final draft that was agreed upon with the Kurdish bloc and other blocs will be brought here so that a meeting of the National Assembly can be held," Shiite negotiator Jawad al-Maliki told reporters five hours before the midnight deadline. "This draft will be offered and read and be voted on" before the deadline.

Sunni negotiator, Saleh al-Mutlaq begs to differ:

"There are still major points of disagreement," al-Mutlaq said. "I don't think we will reach a solution for them in the next few hours. We are holding talks with the Kurdish brothers and the brothers in the (Shiite) alliance and we haven't reached unanimity so far. The meetings are now taking place, and they claim that an agreement has been reached."

One has been reached, Mr. al-Mutlaq -- between the Shiites and the Kurds! We have an old proverb over here in the West that might help you Sunnis understand the situation a little better: "You snooze, you lose."