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Iraq has returned to its violent ways after a brief lull during a fairly peaceful poll - secured partly by an informal ceasefire by Sunni rebels hoping for representation in parliament.
Jalal Talabani, the Iraqi president who met Zalmay Khalilzad, the US envoy in Iraq, in his Kurdish power base of Sulaimaniya has urged the Sunnis to join a consensus government.
"Without the Sunni parties there will be no consensus government ... without consensus government there will be no unity, there will be no peace," he said.
Originally posted by skippytjc
I don’t want what I am about to say construed as baiting, but where are all the Iraq naysayer’s on this issue?
I think the "haters" will still somehow taint it...
Iraq's electoral commission is striking off 100 candidates who ran in the 15 December general elections for links with the banned Baath party.
Adil al-Lami, a commisson official, said: "A court has overruled the commission's initial decision to allow them to run and we are now applying the law and removing the names of about 100 candidates.
Democracy includes the right for everyone to run for office.
The problem is that giving the Shiites rule now is actually making the Sunnis that has nothing to do with what Saddam did pay for the mistakes of their leaders in Saddam time.
Freedom is for everybody not one group over the other.
An ABC News poll in Iraq, conducted with Time magazine and other media partners, includes some remarkable results: Despite the daily violence there, most living conditions are rated positively, seven in 10 Iraqis say their own lives are going well, and nearly two-thirds expect things to improve in the year ahead.
Surprisingly, given the insurgents' attacks on Iraqi civilians, more than six in 10 Iraqis feel very safe in their own neighborhoods, up sharply from just 40 percent in a poll in June 2004. And 61 percent say local security is good — up from 49 percent in the first ABC News poll in Iraq in February 2004.
Average household incomes have soared by 60 percent in the last 20 months (to $263 a month), 70 percent of Iraqis rate their own economic situation positively, and consumer goods are sweeping the country. In early 2004, 6 percent of Iraqi households had cell phones; now it's 62 percent. Ownership of satellite dishes has nearly tripled, and many more families now own air conditioners (58 percent, up from 44 percent), cars, washing machines and kitchen appliances.
Was it all worth it?