Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Some guys never change stripes 

Yes, Chumley, I know Abbas. This is the kind of thing he always says. Even long ago.

The opposition groups must work "together to establish a representative and constitutional government in Iraq," Dr. Abbas Mehdi, a member of the Independent Assembly of Iraq and the conference coordinator, said.

He maintained that opposition to Saddam Hussein's leadership is not limited to the Shi'a, Sunni and Kurdish populations of Iraq, but is truly the "work of all Iraqi people."

"Unity is the key" to the opposition's effort to bring about a change in government in Baghdad, Mehdi stressed. He noted that a committee elected by the 18 groups in attendance at the conference voted to organize a future conference that would "bring all (Iraqi) opposition groups together."

The opposition groups agreed to a political, economic and social agenda for a future democratically-based government of Iraq.

Seems to me that's what we're doing, isn't it, Abbas? Sorry that we're doing it 13 years later. So how about you get this conference together and get these "rival" groups to knock it off, 'k?