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Iraq Status Of Forces Agreement update: please pay attention!

In 2009 the U.S. occupation of Iraq will no longer have the legitimizing figleaf called a "U.N. mandate" to make the U.S. presence in Iraq appear "legal." The Iraqi parliament has made it clear that a U.S. presence is not welcome. Parliament is being ignored. So they have taken to the streets. Read on:
Just wanted to make sure people aren't missing this. There is very substantial Iraqi resistance to the secretively-negotiated new Bush administration "rules of engagement" agreement for Iraq. This has gotten a little coverage in the U.S. media lately but the implications mostly seem to be lost on the American public. If ever there was a time for us to listen to ordinary Iraqis and to support them in their decisions about the future of their country, this is it. Let's listen closely to them in the coming weeks. Let's watch how far they will go to stop this secretly negotiated agreement from being rubber-stamped by their government. Will they stop at civil disobedience, or will they be forced to go further? Then ask yourself, how far will you go to support them?

Here is the latest news about Iraqi resistance to this new agreement:

 http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/0643B9BD-C9E2-416E-A4FA-39A615648981.htm

This comment is from the Daily Gotham:

 link to dailygotham.com

Have you ever noticed how sometimes a crucial issue in the Iraq war will go utterly unreported in the US press? Well, the barely-breathing Bush Administration has been negotiating with its Iraqi sock-puppets. What do they want? To stay in Iraq for a very long time with "broad authority to conduct combat operations and guarantee civilian contractors specific legal protections from Iraqi law, according to administration and military official" according to a NYTimes report in January (the last time the issue was noticed by the newspaper of record).

Now, many Iraqis are preparing to protest what they see as a surrender of national sovereignty and what I see as a Bush-Cheney end run around electoral defeat in November and Congressional opposition. The "Status of Forces Agreement" opposed by all but US Government bought & paid for "officials" provides a framework for Mr. McCain's plan to keep Iraq occupied until our great-grandchildren retire.

Al Jazeera noted that "Muqtada al-Sadr, Iraq's influential Shia cleric, has called for mass protests on Friday unless the Iraqi government abandons the proposed deal. And last week Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq's most revered Shia cleric, also reportedly expressed his anger, saying he would not permit the Iraqi government to sign a deal with "US occupiers" as long as he lived."

Will you, I and our elected officials allow Mr. Bush to make a deal allowing for the long-term stationing of troops in Iraq? Is it time to say "enough?"