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.