Sunday, December 11, 2005

Turning the Corner in Iraq?

For the record, I do not support or endorse the below site, but I find the article in question somewhat interesting, and worth considering. That being said, Al Jazeera is known for its moral equivalence in regards to terrorism and has treated known terrorist groups as though they were legitimate political movements. If you do not wish to support them, don’t follow the below link. But if there is any truth to the below report, it is, in my opinion, a major step forward for the US cause in Iraq.

Saddam loyalists urge Sunnis to vote

In a move that would have been inconceivable only months earlier, Saddam Hussein loyalists are urging Sunnis to vote in Thursday's poll and warning al-Qaida fighters not to launch attacks.

…fighters in the Western al-Anbar province say they are even prepared to protect voting stations from those loyal to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, leader of al-Qaida in Iraq.

Ali Mahmoud, a Falluja resident and former army officer and rocket specialist under the Baath party, said: "We want to see a nationalist government that will have a balance of interests. So our Sunni brothers will be safe when they vote."

But Saddam loyalists have turned against al-Zarqawi, originally from Jordan, whose fighters travel to Iraq from across the Arab world.

"Zarqawi is an American, Israeli and Iranian agent who is trying to keep our country unstable so that the Sunnis will keep facing occupation," said a Baathist leader who would give his name only as Abu Abd Allah.

Well, I don’t know about that last statement, but in any case, if true, this shift would be a huge step forward for the Iraqis, and one step closer, perhaps, to our common goal of bringing Americans home, leaving a stable Iraq in place.