The parliament has recently sent a delegation to
In today’s parliamentary session, this report was discussed by the MP’s who tried to figure a way to solve the Sadrist problem. It was your typical session. ‘A’ speaks, ‘B’ interrupts, ‘C’ shouts at ‘B’, ‘D’ defends ‘B’, ‘E’ shouts at ‘D’ and ‘A’ ignores everyone and continues speaking. If I am watching a session with Iraqi friends, it is pure entertainment, if I am watching it with non-Iraqi friends, it is pure embarrassment.
Iraqis are unique when it comes to organization, it is simply not in our dictionary. If you pay close attention to 5+ Iraqi’s doing a simple task (i.e preparing dinner) you will begin to realise why the country is in such a mess and why they have trouble fixing it. Many Iraqis (and I have heard this from several taxi drivers in Najaf of all places) claim Saddam was good for Iraq because he knew how to control the people and that Iraq needs someone like Saddam to rule it again. Although they say this out of frustration, it says a lot about what they think of their own people.
Baha Al-A’raji, a senior Sadrist MP, waved the report in the air as if it was written by a 7 year old and claimed the report “does not account for even 10% of the truth, innocent civilians are dying and the government is destroying the city”. Another Sadrist MP said what is happening in
Mahmoud Al-Mashhadani, the speaker, concluded that the best way forward is to have a meeting between representatives of the Prime Minister, President, Parliament and Sadr Movement to deal with their issues.
The Sadrist are not happy with this because they don’t want to be seen as the root cause of the problem and from today’s session I sensed some sort of denial on their behalf. They reject the idea that their militia are causing the problems in
The vast majority of MP’s voted in favour of Mashhadani’s suggestion and a delegation, one MP from each party, will be sent to represent the parliament.