Tuesday, February 08, 2005
Via our indefatigable colleagues at Cursor: As more ballots are counted in Iraq, Ayad Allawi's ticket drops to third place behind the Kurds, probably dooming his hopes of retaining the P.M. slot. Meanwhile, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, whose coalition won in a landslide, has backed a demand by Grand Ayatollah Mohammad Ishaq al-Fayad to "to make Islam the source of legislation in the permanent constitution and to reject any law that is contrary to Islam," surprising no one but Dick Cheney, who has yet to accept the growing likelihood that he squandered 1500 American lives and untold billions of dollars to install another Islamic theocracy in the Middle East. Violence continues to escalate, with 36 killed on Sunday, 28 more on Monday, even though there is no longer an election to disrupt. But there is one ray of hope:
An official in Iraq's most influential Sunni religious organisation said yesterday it would issue a fatwa, or religious ruling, calling for an end to the insurgency if Iraq's new government set a date for the withdrawal of US troops.
"If the Iraqi government sets out a position in agreement with all political trends, and it is approved by the United Nations that the US forces withdraw, then I am sure that the Islamic and nationalist resistance will end," said Sheikh Amer al-Haity, who runs the west Baghdad office of the Association of Muslim Scholars.