September 15, 2007

WITH ENEMIES LIKE AL QAEDA, WHO NEEDS ALLIES?:

U.S. Expands Anbar Model to Iraq Shiites (KIM GAMEL, 9/15/07, AP)

American commanders in southern Iraq say Shiite sheiks are showing interest in joining forces with the U.S. military against extremists, in much the same way that Sunni clansmen in the western part of the country have worked with American forces against al-Qaida.

Sheik Majid Tahir al-Magsousi, the leader of the Migasees tribe here in Wasit province, acknowledged tribal leaders have discussed creating a brigade of young men trained by the Americans to bolster local security as well as help patrol the border with Iran.

He also said last week's assassination of Abdul-Sattar Abu Risha, who spearheaded the Sunni uprising against al-Qaida in Anbar province, only made the Shiite tribal leaders more resolute.


Surprised that the contempt of commentators who said Iraqis would fold in the face of that bombing proved unjustified?

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 15, 2007 5:08 PM
Comments

Exactly according to plan, the enemy is confused, and all sides submit to the world government.

The British were children: it is the Americans who know how to play the Great Game.

Oh, bombings and such like will go on and on, but the smell of napalm in the morning is on the wind.

Posted by: Lou Gots at September 15, 2007 5:48 PM

If they wanted the Americans to leave and start their civil war, they'd better have their American trained Shiites ready to fight the American trained Sunnis. However, if both sides have mutually assured destructive abilities, there may be less chance for a civil war. We have survived our MAD cold war with the Soviets. Iraqiis will survive their smaller scale of MAD war against each other.

Posted by: ic at September 15, 2007 9:07 PM

"Exactly according to plan, the enemy is confused"

Not just the enemy.

Plan? Yeah good one Lou.

Posted by: h-man at September 16, 2007 5:39 AM

The greatest fear of a democratic/capitalistic/republic the population of a tribal/sectarian nation may have is the expectation that it will establish a level socio/economic playing field on which anyone can compete fairly, thereby rendering passe' the established hierarchical web of power/social/economic relationships.

Partition into a federal republic of locally autonomous regions such as Swiss like cantons could succeed in Iraq, but only if an equitable oil revenue distribution policy can be agreed upon beforehand. If that can't be accomplished, all bets will be off.

Posted by: genecis at September 16, 2007 8:05 AM
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