Live blogging the Iraqi constitution

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Atrios points out that the "noble cause" is, at best, an Islamic state.

Good news and bad news...

The good news is, the earliest agreements have Iraqi resources shared among all the people... the bad news is that the Shia and Kurds are moving ahead but the Sunnis and others have yet to agree:

"Anyway the one good thing that was achieved during the talks today was to solve the resources issues. The draft says 'National resources are owned by all Iraqis' (excuse the rough translation) while the earlier drafts wanted that line to be "owned by the regions" (that was one of the Kurdish demands) rumour has it that it took a call from Condi Rice to the Kurdish lradership to force the change."
"Another important change was that the water resources are to be managed by the central government and not by the regions, this would have given the Kurdish region a lot of arm-bending leaverage."
"That has been really anticlimactic. When all the big politicians walked in smiling and joking I thought we had but, but apparently not. An announcement made by the 'Dialogue Council' – the council set up to include the Sunnis - said that they did not agree with the draft. And the Shia Coalition really surpised me by their total lack of consideration for other Iraqi factions. As long as they have the Kurds’ signature on a paper they announce the draft is ready!"
"Fact is the constitution, unless it is a shoe-on-my-head insulting document, will pass and the Shia know that. I’m just tired and want things to move along."
"I don’t know what it is but something feels wrong and I want to go to bed now."
(Shut up you fat whiner!)

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