Good News: Bush Regime Helps Iraqis Unify
There's good news from fractured, chaotic Iraq: Thanks to the U.S., Iraqi factions are putting aside their tribal and political differences and are pledging unity to save their country.
If you read only U.S. newspapers and watch U.S. TV, you probably missed this fascinating development.
Not that this is a triumph of U.S. diplomacy. The factions are those that have launched thousands of deadly attacks on American soldiers and Iraqi police, and they're unifying only to drive the U.S. occupiers out of their country.
You might have heard Colin Powell say July 18 on NPR that the U.S. cannot maintain its current level of American-soldier fodder in Iraq beyond mid-2008. Powell lied in February 2003 about WMD in Iraq, but he's probably not lying now. NPR's intro noted:
But the bigger news — practically ignored by U.S. media — was from Seaumas Milne of the Guardian (U.K.), who wrote July 19 from Damascus:
But just because these rebels are announcing a political alliance doesn't mean that it's a peaceful one. Milne's story continues:
It's only smart for the Sunni rebel groups to try to position themselves now for what inevitably will be peace talks — to the chagrin of the Bush regime — between the insurgents and U.S. officials (forget the Iraqi "government, which has little control over the country). And it's smart for them to try to distance their own violence against Shi'ites (and U.S. soldiers) from other rebels' bombings of civilians (and U.S. soldiers).
This new Sunni alliance does increase the pressure on George W. Bush's regime to start pulling out — as Bush's father should have done 61 years and nine months ago.
But withdrawing from Iraq is too big a decision to leave to the president. What does Dick Cheney think? He told a cluster of Boys State delegates in Wyoming last month:
No problem. A number of our soldiers will continue to arrive home in coffins.
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