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Four Color Politics

Mainly the Quotes of the Morning, with occasional Other Crap.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Quotes of the Morning: Parliament

“A coalition of Sunni insurgent groups loyal to Al Qaeda claimed responsibility Friday for a bomb blast that killed a member of Iraq's parliament, as legislators, many bearing wounds from the attack, gathered for a special session in the damaged building and vowed to stand firm.”
-LA Times, April 14, 2007

“And now, as a special tribute to the brave Iraqi Parliament, I give you…. Parliament.”
-Skippy


“On guard!

Defend yourself!
Movin' right around, (hey baby)”
-“Bop Gun”, Parliament


"’All of us face a savage and determined enemy,’ U.S. military spokesman Maj. Gen. William Caldwell told a news briefing in Baghdad, blaming Sunni Islamist al Qaeda for ‘trying to ignite a cycle of tit-for-tat violence’.
[…]
The overall number of deaths in Baghdad was down since the start of the security crackdown, but continued car bombings and attacks by suicide bombers wearing explosives vests means there has not been a ‘significant decrease,’ he said.
The surge in violence outside the capital also meant there was no large reduction in casualties across the country.”
-Reuters, April 4, 2007


“We got to get over the hump
We got to get over the hump
We got to get over the hump
We got to get over the hump
On guard!
Defend yourself!
Bound to get down, baby (hey!)”
-“Bop Gun”, Parliament

“Two months into the U.S.-led Baghdad Security Plan, at least 289 people were killed and injured across Iraq on Saturday, including 36 dead in a car bomb attack in the holy Shiite city of Karbala. The carnage of a crowd teeming with women and children set off an angry mob of hundreds against the governor and police.”
-McClatchy Newspapers, April 15, 2007

“When the syndrome is around (on guard!)

Don't let your guard down
All you've got to do is
Call on the funk, ohhh”
-“Bop Gun”, Parliament

“Six cabinet members loyal to radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr resigned Monday, potentially weakening Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government in the midst of efforts to bolster security in the country.
[…]
But it was unclear what impact the resignations would have on Maliki's government, which has struggled as sectarian and ethnic divisions have paralyzed parliament. Maliki has promised to realign his cabinet, and his aides have said he intends to replace several Sadr loyalists in charge of key ministries.”
-Washington Post, April 16, 2007

“Only by coming together, opting for national dialogue and reconciliation, and collectively renouncing all forms of violence, can the Iraqi people overcome the scourge of the unbridled violence that threatens their very existence.”
-U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Representative Ashraf Qazi, April 16, 2007

“On guard!

Defend yourself!
We shall overcome
Where did you get that funk from?
-“Bop Gun”, Parliament

“Vice President Dick Cheney says President Bush's upcoming meeting with U.S. congressional members about funding the Iraq war will be ‘to work out procedures.’
Cheney, during an exclusive interview on CBS' ‘Face the Nation’ hosted by Bob Schieffer, discussed military funding, the stepped-up violence in the Middle East and the credibility of the Bush administration.”
-UPI, April 16, 2007


“They're spoiling the fun
Shoot them with the bop gun
Ohh, hey baby
On guard!
Protect yourself!
Movin' in on you, baby”
-“Bop Gun”, Parliament

“Retired Iraqi teacher Abu Ali used to live with his family in a Sunni Muslim district in the mixed northwestern town of Tal Afar.
But after reprisal shootings in late March by Shi'ite gunmen and police killed his son and daughter and wounded his wife, Abu Ali fled along with 2,000 others to the nearby city of Mosul, taking shelter in a spartan camp set up for the refugees.”
-Reuters, April 16, 2007


“I don't think you hear me
I said they're spoiling the fun
We shall overcome
We got to shoot them with the bop gun
Hey, babe
Bound to get down
Closing in on you”
-“Bop Gun”, Parliament

“(Saddam) says he doesn’t have weapons of mass destruction. He’s got ’em. He’s not only got ’em he’s used them. The choice is his. And if he does not disarm, the United States of America will lead a coalition and disarm him, in the name of peace.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, December 3, 2002

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