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Quiet Turning Point in Iraq?
The “insurgents” are losing…
[Mac Johnson] 6/15/05
of Muslim Scholars” is the most-quoted
voice of Iraq’s Sunni Arab population. Since the “Iraqi
insurgency” is almost exclusively composed of Sunni Arabs,
fighting to maintain their traditional place as the masters of
Iraq, the Association of Muslim Scholars (AMS) generally serves
as a mouthpiece and apologist for the insurgency, playing Sinn
Fein to the terrorists’ Irish Republican Army, so to speak.
The AMS led the Sunni Arab boycott of elections this year, claiming
that any election held with infidel occupiers in the country
was illegitimate. (It was probably just a coincidence that any
fair election was certain to be won by a coalition of Shiite
Arabs and Sunni Kurds, who together comprise 80% of the population
and both of which suffered greatly at the hands of Saddam Hussein
and his fellow Sunni Arab supporters. The Sunni Arab boycott
simply increased the magnitude of the power shift.)
of course, condemns violence, yet it financially supports the
of “martyrs” killed fighting the American
Military and is always ready to issue press releases remarkably
sympathetic to the insurgents. On the eve of the joint US/Iraqi
re-conquest of Fallujah, the AMS issued a statement reminding
all Iraqi soldiers and police that “history will record
every drop of blood you spill in oppressing the people of your
nation.” “The people” in this case being the
noble terrorists then holed up in Fallujah, that are even now
blowing up Iraqi civilians by the truckload in a bid to plunge
the country into anarchy, so that they can rebuild it in their
week the AMS finally had enough of terrorism, calling for an
into a shallow mass grave found outside
Baghdad containing the bodies of 20 men, killed execution-style.
Why the change of heart? The men in the grave are believed to
be Sunni Arabs – and it wasn’t the American “infidels” that
put them in the ground. The violence that the Sunni Arab Terrorists
have visited upon the Shiites and Kurds is, increasingly, being
reciprocated. It is tempting to speculate that a turning point
has quietly been reached in Iraq.
occupation of Iraq was condemned loudly by many Sunni Arabs
as the worst
of all possibilities. However, two months
into Iraq’s first fairly elected government, the Sunni
Arabs have found someone they dread more than Uncle Sam: their
fellow Iraqis. The Shiite dominated government is becoming increasingly
aggressive in its efforts to end the insurgency, and unlike the
American forces, they aren’t worried about the op-ed page
of the New York Times as they go about the ugly business of War.
In a remarkable
piece from the AP, many Sunni leaders practically
pined for the good old days when they were just fighting Americans.
The new Iraqi
Government forces are not clamping down on the whole populace
random searches at roadblocks, either.
They are singling out the Sunni Arabs for extra attention as
if they had never heard of the horrors of “ethnic profiling.” Apparently,
you can only massacre people in the streets for a year or two
before they start taking it personally.
always been blessed by having stupid adversaries. This is fortunate,
since oftentimes our Wars seem to be a race
to stupid that America only narrowly loses. In Iraq, again, we
have been blessed with stupid foes. The only hope the Sunni Arabs
have of winning their insurgency in the long-term, is to unite
a plurality of Iraqis behind their false banner of fighting the “foreign
If, on the
other hand, the non-Sunni Arab majority of Iraqis decide to
the elected government and fight, the
Sunni Arabs are doomed to defeat –and perhaps much worse.
Yet the open strategy of the so-called insurgents is to start a civil war with Shiites and Kurds. The insurgents have set off
car bomb after car bomb at Kurdish sites and Shiite Mosques,
assassinated prominent Shiite leaders, and allied themselves
with foreign anti-Shiite zealots such as Abu Musab “Kill
Iraqis to Save Iraq” Al-Zarqawi.
mistakes by our enemy are even more important than they should
America – burdened by a media establishment
that trumpets only our mistakes – is incompetent in the
propaganda aspects of War. Even when right, we seem unable to
demoralize foes and inspire allies. But we don’t have to
inspire our own allies in Iraq. Our enemies have that covered.
Consider just one recent example of how the Sunni Arab insurgents
are making sure that fellow Iraqis get deadly serious in fighting
them. This weekend, the insurgents tried –and failed – to
kill the leader of Iraq’s special forces, General Rashid
Flaiyeh – by mortar-bombing his mother’s funeral.
Now I’m no psychologist, but I have to believe that Gen.
Flaiyeh has a very short “To-Do” list for the upcoming
decade or so.
there is always the danger that the Special Forces might not
General’s newfound enthusiasm for aggression,
right? Nope. The insurgents sent a suicide bomber into the headquarters
of the Shiite-dominated Special Forces “Wolf Brigade” the
day before, killing five and angering hundreds. The Wolf Brigade
was targeted because it has taken – allegedly – a
different approach than America to combating an insurgency run
by Sunni Arab religious leaders: they are killing Sunni Arab
religious leaders. Curiously direct, I know, but you have to
remember that those third world types aren’t as smart as
we are and thus they have a tendency to kill their enemies even
if Amnesty International and the Washington Post might get all
huffy about it. After the attacks of this weekend, the Wolf Brigade
will no doubt retreat to Cape Cod and hold a series of “discovery
sessions” on how they could better address the sociological
root causes of terrorism in Iraq. Either that, or they might
go kill some disloyal Sunni Arab religious leaders.
In a remarkable
coincidence to the increasingly Iraqi face of the war, the
announced that it had been contacted
last week by several Sunni Arab insurgent groups interested in
laying down their arms and joining the political process. Apparently,
fighting people who speak your language, have allies in your
neighborhood, will never “withdraw”, and aren’t
afraid to knock on your door one night and take you on a brief
tour of a recently dug hole in the desert is not nearly as much
fun as sniping at an American kid from Kansas sent to direct
traffic out in the open and very much prohibited from asking
you questions with a pair of pliers and a blow-torch should you
Although you would never know it to listen to most of the reports
of the Mainstream Media in America, the odds appear to be increasingly
stacked against the insurgents in the long-term. Let’s
hope that the growing coalition of Anti-War leftists, poll-reading
moderates, and isolationist “I was Right” Wingers
calling for our immediate withdrawal from Iraq don’t
manage to win the race to stupid before the insurgents. tOR
This piece first appeared at Human
2005 Mac Johnson