Hat tip Politiburo Diktat! (Go vote for them. I do.)
Here's some article stuff:
Under the guidance of Iraq's most powerful Shiite cleric, Shiite parties presented a list Thursday of 228 candidates for next month's parliamentary elections. Minority Sunni Arabs, who had been favored under Saddam Hussein, must now decide whether to join the race or renounce a vote that will help determine the country's future.
The announcement of the list of 23 parties, dubbed the United Iraqi Alliance, followed weeks of haggling. Members of participating groups said the coalition's platform would include a call for working toward the withdrawal of U.S. and other foreign troops in Iraq.
So all 23 parties have decided not to protest after all. How blatantly obvious. (Okay, I'm being snarky. Deal with it.) Didn't they whine all through the Afghanistan elections, which have just recently had their innauguration? There was something about protesting some ink on some thumbs if I remember right. Maybe there will be some hanging chad for the news media to latch onto. More than likely, they will be looking for a hanging IN Chad. The media is always looking for some dirt.
Also, I have it on good authority that some of the party heads, when asked about the Sunni protest basically replied: "Protest? What protest? Who said protest? I'll gut him right here!" But hey, that could all be conjecture in the message traffic. (Don't worry. It's unclassified message traffic.)
Now the question der-commissar brought up is the same one I'm going to put up here: What will the Iraqi people do once they're free of our "fake government"? Will they ask us to stay? Will they give us the boot and fall back into hell? Will they ask us to leave so the can kick the living $#!+ out of the terrorists withought the prying eye's of Geneva? We shall see.