‘The Stigma of Humiliation and Disgrace’
“They want to force the Iraqi government to agree… to provisions that will stamp the stigma of humiliation and disgrace on Iraq’s forehead forever.”
– Ayatollah Kazim al-Haeri
The Qom-based Iraqi ayatollah Haeri has issued a fatwa against the long-term-occupation deal between Bush and Maliki. That deal is looking shakier and shakier, as popular anger in Iraq rises against it, but that’s no guarantee it can be stopped. Siun at Firedoglake has more, and she quotes NBC’s Richard Engel as saying:
ENGEL: That’s the question, is it permanent bases or is it not, and the details of this have not been published. The U.S. and Iraqi officials I’ve spoken to say they would not be U.S. permanent bases in Iraq, they would be Iraqi bases and that U.S. troops would reside on them as tenants and may even have to pay some sort of nominal rent, so there would be a face saving device.
Renting? In this market? I can see why you might think it makes sense, but the neighbors really won’t take well to the idea.