The Iraqi parliament took off on Monday for a month vacation in order to escape Baghdad’s heat. Their prevailing attitude was sitting in summer high temperatures would not be conducive to productive work. As Mahmoud Othman put it: “Even if we sit next month there’s no guarantee important business will be done.” I assume this means important business has been accomplished in the preceding months when it was less hot.
Iraq’s parliament will not return until September 4th, just 11 days prior to the deadline established by President Bush for a report on conditions. It is apparent the Iraqi parliament does not see any urgency in acting decisively in the next month. I often wonder what goes on in the minds of these parliamentarians concerning how Americans view their behavior.