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Iraq Shiites Seek Trouble, Not Reconciliation

Right wing media in America continue to propogate the false story about the Bush authorized “surge” which turned the tide in Iraq. It is obvious to anyone who studied the war in Iraq the “tide had turned” earlier when Sunni Muslims became tired of al-Qaeda and formed into “Awakening Councils” which began the process of reducing the power of insurgents. These Sons of Iraq worked with American military forces to curtail violence. The assumption was this decision by Sunni Muslims to work or peace would possibly result in creating a new Iraq in which Sunni and Shiite cooperated. General John Johnson expressed the concern of Americans at failure on the part of the Iraq government to work for peace. “I think it’s fair to say the Sunni population, in general, looks to swe how the Sons of Iraq are being treated as maybe an indicator of how serious the government is of true reconciliation.”

Unfortunately, the answer is clear– not particularly interested. Few Sunnis have been able to get jobs, the number that was to be absorbed into the Iraq army is not what was hoped. For some strange reason, the desire for peace in Iraq still is not a major concern of its Shiites leaders.

Should US Leave Or Stay In Iraq?

Two years ago, President Bush assured the American people his surge strategy would end violence and lead to peace in Iraq. General Petraeus was proclaimed by the right wing media as among the great generals in American history although, as of this date, he has never won a war, let alone a battle. Violence continues in Iraq as the 2011 deadline for withdrawal of American forces from Iraq draws near. Inside Iraq, Sunni-Shiite conflict is once again resuming and is linked to an increase in suicide bombers. There is deadlock over how to conduct the upcoming election in January and if this issue is not resolved there will not be an election one can defend.

Sunni-Shiite, Kurd-Arab, political parties in conflict. Isn’t it wonderful the surge ended violence and death in Iraq. All hail the great general Petraeus.

US Soldiers Gunned Down At Iraq Council Meeting

There is increasing evidence that major progress has been made in coping with extremists groups in Iraq, but as one aspect of the war in Iraq closes down, another may well be opening up. Some American soldiers were attending a meeting of the municipal council in the town of Madain when they ran into a volatile situation. As the walked down the steps leading from the building, a Sunni member of the council got out of his care, and, according to eye witness, Hussein al-Dulaimi, “the attacker came out of his car with an AK 47 rifle in his hands and started firing on the American soldiers until he was killed by the return fire.” Two American soldiers were killed and four wounded.

There are conflicting reports about the attacker. Some claim he was a disgruntled Sunni who was ousted by Shiites while other reports claim he was still a member of the council.
The incident reflects long term and unresolved issues in Iraq– the relationship between Sunni and Shiites in the clash over power. Both groups harbor strong antagonisms toward one another and it will take time and effective leadership to overcome these factors. In the meantime, American troops are caught in the middle of a growing fight which could become bloody and divisive.