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Lawrence Journal World (Newspaper) - November 8, 2008, Lawrence, Kansas
Lawrence journal world analysis Obama faces Early test in Iraq by Robert Reid associated press writer work up november 2008 5a children killed in Haiti school collapse by Jonathan Katz Baghdad Iraq will serve As an Early test of Barack Obama skill in weighing options and measuring the next few months should give an indication whether he can end the Iraq War without risking new violence that could threaten interests throughout the Middle ending the which the congressional budget office says costs billion a would fulfil an important Campaign Promise and free up military resources for the fight against Al Aida and the Taliban in but can Iraq stand on its own without the presence after so Many can the afford to watch a country of 27 million strategically located next to Syria and saudi Arabia and with one of the worlds major sources of collapse into chaos the first signs of where Iraq is headed should come soon after the president elect takes office when iraqis choose ruling councils in most of the country 18 at the same the iraqis will be assuming More control of Baghdad and integrating former sunni insurgents into the Security forces or civilian government if those Steps go iraqis will have a real Chance of maintaining the Security gains since the troop buildup of last if they the new pres ident would have to decide whether to slow the departure despite his Promise to remove american combat troops within his first 16 months in provincial elections have been widely seen As a major step in forging Power sharing agreements among Iraq religious and ethnic communities that the believes Are key to lasting the Bush administration has been pressing the iraqis to hold those elections to empower the who launched the insurgency in Many sunnis have stopped fighting and forged ties with the but sunnis largely boycotted the last provincial bal lot in january depriving them of representation on local ruling councils and giving a greater share of Power to shiites and even in areas with substantial sunni theres real fear that the expected at the end of could heighten ten Sions among shiites and trouble is also possible in the heavily shiite where the Competition is Between prime minister Nouri Alma Likis party and the supreme islamic iraqi the two main shiite parties in the National govern both face a common Chal Lenge from followers of anti american cleric Muntada Al who maintains a follow ing among impoverished Shi ites despite the defeat of his Mahdi army militia in fight ing last the supreme which controls most Southern wants to establish a nine province shiite self ruled Region in the South Sim Ilar to a kurdish area in the North that has enjoyed Broad autonomy since to do the supreme Council needs to maintain its grip on local governments in those which con Tain much of Iraq vast Oil wealth and prestigious shiite religious Alma Likis Dawa party and the sadist movement oppose the plan As a threat to nation Al those parties Hope to pick up support at the expense of the supreme Council whose track record in providing services to its constituents has been the plans to hand Over Security in Baghdad to the iraqis and move All sol Diers out of the City by june 30 under a proposed Security agreement that has yet to be associated press writer Haiti a Hill Side school where roughly 500 students usually crowded into several floors col lapsed during classes on Fri killing 47 people and injuring Many rescuers used Bare hands to pull bleeding students from the neighbors suspected the building was poorly rebuilt after it partially collapsed eight years said Jimmy a French teacher at the he said people who lived just downhill abandoned their land out of fear that the building would ble onto and that the schools owner tried to buy up their vacated military commander Carlos Alberto Dos Santos Cruz said the Accident is the worst he has seen since coming to Haiti almost two years at least 39 bodies were brought to the morgue at Porta princes general haitian police spokesman Garry Desrosier another eight people died Ramon photo con a person climbs out from under the of a school after it collapsed Friday in the Crete school building collapsed during killing at least 47 people and injuring Many More in a trauma Center run by the Aid group Medici is sans or doctors with out spokesman Francois ser Vranckx More than 80 others were being treated for injuries by the Aid rescuers worked furiously through the night under floodlights to pull children from the wreckage and give water to those still stuck in the thousands on from beside the school and across the cheering each time a live Stu Dent but the Rescue Effort was chaotic and disorganized from the the throngs of grieving and screaming onlookers made it impossible for red Cross workers and haitian authorities to bring trucks and heavy equipment for much of the on Friday a truck carrying a Backhoe to the scene crashed into several it was not immediately Clear whether anyone was injured or whether the truck was privately owned or belonged to the haitian gov police commissioner Francene Moreau says the minister who runs the Church operated school could face criminal efforts to reach the preacher were not the Concrete buildings third Story was still under and Peti Onville mayor Claire Lydie Parent told the associated press she suspects a structural defect caused the not the recent Parent said roughly 500 students from kindergarten through High school attend the College la in the Hills above she did not know How Many were inside when it collapsed late Friday volunteers arrived with shovels and axes and said they would try to deliver water to those trapped a swelling crowd erupted with wails and prayers As the injured were carried away and emergency vehicles raced up a winding Hill to the my my child one Mother there Are no words for the mayor said As the search for survivors intense haitian president Rene Preval visited the scene to offer his and asked onlookers to come 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