Thursday, October 27, 2005


The "troubles" in Iraq

Jill Carroll of the CS Monitor writes that "key" Sunni political parties are forming an alliance to participate in the Iraqi electoral process—

But if the coalition has decided to join in a process it once rejected, it is also beginning to articulate a Sunni political agenda that is Islamist, vehemently anti-American, opposed to foreign troops, and discreetly pro-insurgency.

The political platform of this evolving Sunni coalition, named the Iraqi Accord, still lacks focus beyond ensuring Sunnis aren't persecuted by a Shiite government. Nonetheless, the groups in the coalition so far are drawing up a list of candidates and have begun calling for Sunnis to vote in December elections.

The Iraqi Accord sounds remarkably like Sinn Féin, the political wing of the Irish Republican Army. Well, at least there will be a political entity with which to negotiate when the Americans get serious about a withdrawal.

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