Another day, more fighting, more people displaced , more dead.
The war that was supposed to be a cakewalk, seems more to be the war without end.
Maybe that was the way it was always supposed to be anyway?
More fighting is reported in Sadr City, with hundreds fleeing the city.
Prime Minister Maliki wants the Mahdi army to disband , or it's supporter will not be allowed to run in the elections, or participate in politics-period.
Sadr supporters currently hold approximately 30 seats in the 275 seat Iraqi Parliament.
If there is legislation tabled to stop Sadr supporters from running politically, he does not have enough support within the Parliament to block the legislation from being passed.
His supporters say that banning them from politics would be unconstitutional.
I would think so, also.
If Sadr supporters can run in the election it is assumed they can make big gains.
Can they, if the Mahdi army is disbanded?
Will a disbanded army still have the support of the people?
If they do, is this Maliki move going to work against him?
By having an even greater challenge to his power in parliament?
Will Maliki be able to gain control of Basra?