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Fighting for Independence

Posted by MEC on July 19, 2007

In a comment to this post, WhattheH calls our attention to an article in The Guardian (via Truthout) about the political aims of the Iraqi insurgency.

Seven of the most important Sunni-led insurgent organisations fighting the US occupation in Iraq have agreed to form a public political alliance with the aim of preparing for negotiations in advance of an American withdrawal, their leaders have told the Guardian.

As WhattheH noted in the comment, the article “seems to contradict in several ways the White House spin”.

It certainly does. These insurgents want nothing to do with al-Qaida:

In their first interview with the western media since the US-British invasion of 2003, leaders of three of the insurgent groups – responsible for thousands of attacks against US and Iraqi armed forces and police – said they would continue their armed resistance until all foreign troops were withdrawn from Iraq, and denounced al-Qaida for sectarian killings and suicide bombings against civilians.

They also want nothing to do with Iran:

The insurgent groups deny support from any foreign government, including Syria, but claim they have been offered and rejected funding and arms from Iran.

And they connect the sectarian conflict with U.S. domination of the political process:

All three Sunni-based resistance leaders say they are acutely aware of the threat posed by sectarian division to the future of Iraq and emphasised the importance of working with Shia groups – but rejected any link with the Shia militia and parties because of their participation in the political institutions set up by the Americans and their role in sectarian killings.

This article reinforces my conclusion that the only sane and moral choice for the United States is to get the hell out of Iraq and let the Iraqis sort it out. They cannot reach a settlement as long as the U.S. is dictating what the government should be and who gets to be in it.

7 Responses to “Fighting for Independence”

  1. Stormcrow said

    Well, the insurgents, per-se, are almost entirely Sunni, and either ex-Ba’athist or else generally sympathetic to the general Ba’athist program.

    Recall that we’ve been hearing this from Steve G since early 2004.

    Remember that the Ba’athism, way back to the beginning of the Ba’ath movement was all about pan-Arabism, socialism, and the ejection of coercive European influence. Look ’em up on Wikipedia, and check this data with external references.

    The Iraqi version morphed into a commitment to technical parity with the West, which goal was supported lavishly by Saddam Hussein with generous infusions of oil money into things like the urban Baghdad civil engineering infrastructure.

    The Iraqi Ba’ath Party was always strongest among the Sunni. Its goals were far too secular for it to gain many Shi’ite adherents. Even if Saddam Hussein had not been an Iraqi Ba’athist from the soles of his feet to the roots of his hair, which he was.

    These people were not going to sit on their hands while their country got thoroughly trashed, and then occupied by a particularly brutal Western army.

    But there really isn’t much way that these people, with their particular sectarian history, were going to give Iran the time of day. Let alone cooperation.

    And of course, their big internal enemy right now isn’t the Americans, even though they hate our guts. It’s the Sunnis, who have been engaged in the ethnic cleansing of Baghdad recently.

  2. Charles said

    I think that may be a misprint, Stormcrow. Pat Lang mentions ethnic cleansing by the Shi’a.

    We trained those death squads.

  3. Stormcrow said

    Oops. My mistake. I meant to say “It’s the Sunnis” in that last paragraph.

    *blush*

  4. Stormcrow said

    Damn. I did it again.

    My brain must be in vaporlock this morning.

  5. Stormcrow said

    It’s the Shia

    Jeeze. How many times does it take to get this right?

  6. Charles said

    It’s ok, Stormcrow.

    Your cred is good here.

  7. And unfortunately, this version of WP doesn’t allow for comment preview. (And What Charles Said about your cred.)

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