I happen to agree with BondLady. Power sharing does not work in any government in any country. That would be like our President having to power share with a co president.
There is some background to the Kurds that one must look at to understand that whole situation. And as for Allawi he is just a walking disaster. He gets his funding from the Saudis.
The Saudis are primarily Sunni based in power and they are also the number one country in the region for financing terrorism and Al Qaeda.
A lot of the problems that Iraq is having is started from outside influences but not from the places that people suspect nor from the places the US media always shoves down our throats.
Allawi won't even attend the meetings in parliament or cast a vote. Allawi has tried to stage a walk out on parliament and the council of ministers this year and completely shut down the government.
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The list used to have 91 seats in parliament and be a united front. Because of Allawi they now have about 32 seats left because the list has fractured and formed new parties and separated from Allawi.
As far as Barzani and the Kurds go that is a long story all by itself but I can tell you this, they only want Kirkuk for the oil and the very rich agricultural land in that region and as we all know the Kurds don't think they should have to share their oil profits with anybody else.
The Barzani family has been in control of the Kurdistan region for over 30 years and his son is set to take over after him. Now how is that democratic?
Under article 140 the Kirkuk province has the right to choose whether they want to be a part of the Kurdistan region or fall under Baghdad and have their own provincial council.
They chose to be their own province and they are suppose to hold elections in March. The Kurds don't want to let it go so they surrounded Kirkuk with the Peshmagra last year illegally.
They did finally pull about 20 miles out and set up camp but they still shouldn't be there at all. Maliki is moving the Iraq forces in to ensure that they have a fair election without interference IMO.
And as far as BondLady changing her opinions well I say good for her! When a person is researching and new information is brought to their attention an honest person will look at it and study it which may then alter their original thoughts and opinions and cause them to grow.
I think that is what you see happening with BondLady and I for one am okay with growth in an individual occurring!