Tuesday, November 22, 2005


The Shiias majority continues to appease (or "reach out to" IF you are optimistic) the Sunnis, to intice them to stop supporting the insurrection and join the political reform movement. NYTIMES:
For the first time, Iraq's political factions on Monday collectively called for a timetable for withdrawal of foreign forces, in a moment of consensus that comes as the Bush administration battles pressure at home to commit itself to a pullout schedule.The announcement, made at the conclusion of a reconciliation conference here backed by the Arab League, was a public reaching out by Shiites, who now dominate Iraq's government, to Sunni Arabs on the eve of parliamentary elections that have been put on shaky ground by weeks of sectarian violence. About 100 Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish leaders, many of whom will run in the election on Dec. 15, signed a closing memorandum on Monday that "demands a withdrawal of foreign troops on a specified timetable, dependent on an immediate national program for rebuilding the security forces," the statement said. "The Iraqi people are looking forward to the day when foreign forces will leave Iraq, when its armed and security forces will be rebuilt and when they can enjoy peace and stability and an end to terrorism," it continued.

The meeting was intended as preparation for a much larger conference in Iraq in late February. The recommendations made here are to be the starting ground for that meeting. ... Shiite leaders have long maintained that a pullout should be done according to milestones, and not before Iraqi security forces are fully operational. The closing statement upheld a Sunni demand for a pullout, while preserving aspects of Shiite demands, but did not specify when a withdrawal should begin, making it more of a symbolic gesture than a concrete agenda item that could be followed up by the Iraqi government.
I believe that the Sunnis who are attacking Shias in Iraq will either be unmoved by this appeasement, or encouraged to be more brutal in order to win more concessions. STAY TUNED...

On Monday, Iraq's interior minister, Bayan Jabr, said American-led forces should be able to leave Iraq by the end of next year, adding that the one-year extension of the mandate for the multinational force in Iraq by the United Nations Security Council earlier this month could be the last, The Associated Press reported. "By mid-next year, we will be 75 percent done in building our forces, and by the end of next year it will be fully ready," Mr. Jabr told Al Jazeera, the pan-Arab news channel.
SO NOW, President Talabani, Deputy PM Chalabi and the Interior Minister have GONE ON RECORD and all confirmed this goal. THAT'S GREAT. So, er... um... what the heck are the Murtha/McGovernite Dem-Lefties whining about!? UPDATE: More HERE and HERE.


Pastorius said...

I strongly recommend that you give that last part a post and headline all of it's own.

I see many links coming your way.


Pastorius said...

Already, you are on OSM. Cool. I'm guessing though that OSM does not yet have alot of traffic.

Anyway, bro, I want to let you know that I am appreciative of all the props and hat tips you give me. Thanks.