Sunday, January 13, 2008

Shiites & Sunni Muslims Agree To Both Hate Kurdish Muslims

The enemy of my enemy is my friend, but in the case of Islam, just hate everyone.

Iraqi lawmakers across a wide political spectrum chastised what they claim is overreaching by the Kurdish north, issuing a declaration Sunday opposing the self-ruled region's foreign oil deals and its ambitions in the disputed city of Kirkuk.

The declaration avoided mentioning the Kurdish government by name, but could create a new source of tension between Sunni Arab, Shiite and Kurdish groups, especially because a major Shiite party is now lobbying for the creation in southern Iraq of a self-ruled region modeled after the Kurdish one.


An unlikely mix of Shiite religious parties and Sunni Arab groups signed on to Sunday's declaration. Among the Shiites, they included supporters of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and a faction of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's Dawa party. Among the Sunnis were one of the three parties that make up the Iraqi Accordance Front, parliament's largest Sunni Arab bloc with 44 of the house's 275 seats.

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