I’m back... I think... and not that anyone cares, but here I am, so love it. We’ve got the ’Net in the place now, and situations being situations, I’m here to blog for you... again.
First by thoughts go out to all those in the Gulf and that they may all be safe and things get back to ‘normal’ as quickly as possible. The clean up is going to be a long one and I’m sure often times a sad one.
The Iraqi Constitution was finally finished after three deadlines... and one has to wonder if it is a 'fair' constitution since in many ways it seemed so rushed. It seems as if the three parties, or groups, just can’t all agree on anything. The Sunnis were defiant about everything it seemed and the Shiites seemed inflexible. And the Kurds were not innocent either, is probably just that since they were buddy/buddy with the US, they didn’t get the ‘bad’ quotes in the newspapers. And I’m not sure how this in Iraq will turn out... it’s almost like taking someone from the Titans or Oakland Raiders in a fantasy draft. But if I were to guess, it won’t be good. Even if the Constitution is passed in October, and that’s a big if, the three different groups (the Sunnis, Shiites, and Kurds) have three completely different agendas that doesn’t include the other two. In addition, there is now more and more fighting between the Sunnis and Shiites, instead of the common enemy being the US, they’re turning against each other, or even within their own group. And if the US does eventually leave, then what? Then do both groups focus all their energy on gaining more power than the other? And were does Iran play in with all this? Who knows... too much remains to be seen. But the odds of Iraq being a democracy in five years seems extremely remote. Not impossible, but remote.
In something sort of international and interesting... Owen signed with Newcastle.