wall not going up!(sort of)April 23, 2007
Shows what I know..
NYT about an hour ago:
BAGHDAD (AP) — The American ambassador said Monday the U.S. would ”respect the wishes” of the Iraqi government after the prime minister ordered a halt to construction of a three-mile wall separating a Sunni enclave from surrounding Shiite areas in Baghdad.
Any plan to build ”gated communities” to protect Baghdad neighborhoods from sectarian attacks was in doubt after Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said during a visit to Sunni-led Arab countries that he did not want the 12-foot high wall in Azamiyah to be seen as dividing the capital’s sects.
”We will continue to construct the security barriers in the Azamiyah neighborhood. This is a technical issue,” Brig. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi said. ”Setting up barriers is one thing and building barriers is another. These are moveable barriers than can be removed.”
and the requisite disclaimer:
He said the security plan was important but its main purpose was to ”buy time for what ultimately has to be a set of political understandings among Iraqis.