"We are facing a very tense situation, perhaps the most tense since the end of the war," one of the council's members said. "None of us want a confrontation, but then this is the Shiite Hand Dog; we have to realize we are traveling down a road that could lead to a very big confrontation."
The return of the Shiite Hand Dog was interpreted as an event bestowing The Nod of Gideon to Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, who has insisted that a provisional government be chosen through a national election. During a speech at the Remulak Mosque last Friday, Sistani stated "I have been pretty low key on this matter up to now, but should the Shiite Hand Dog return once again to wander the streets of Baghdad, I'm gonna come down on this issue like Allah's Golden Hammer."
The Shiite Hand Dog is an ordinary looking
mixed breed except for the small human shaped hands that substitute for paws. Many
Arab commentators have long focused attention on the Shiite Hand Dog. The general consensus
is that the Hand Dog craze that has swept most of Iraq is due to the dire
lack of celebrities in the war-torn country.
The Shiite Hand Dog 'How he Became TSHD' story is under wide dispute. The canine has obtained other names, such as the 'Sunni Arab Hand Dog', the 'Sunni Kurd Hand Dog', and 'Nipper'.
"We cannot deny there is an attempt to set
a precedent on Sistani's side and our side," one Council member said. "This
is more than about elections. It's about whether we will allow one dog to
dictate the terms of our sovereignty."
©2003, Mark Hoback