Jun 29 2007
The only good news we have right now is al-Qaeda’s bloody brutality has caused the Muslim street in Iraq to rise up and take side with us as we fight al-Qaeda:
Sunni militias that once fought U.S. troops are now seeking to join them, frustrated by al Qaeda’s influence in parts of Baghdad, a U.S. commander said on Friday.
Maj. Gen. Joseph Fil, commander of U.S. forces in Baghdad, said working with the militias compensates for insufficient Iraqi police presence in some neighborhoods.
“Some of them who have previously been fighting us have come to us as we’ve spoken with them and they want to fight with us,” Fil said.
“They are tired of al Qaeda and the influence of al Qaeda in their tribes and in their neighborhoods and they want them cleaned out and they want to form an alliance in order to rid themselves of this blight.”
The decision to work with militias, which had previously been cited by Washington as major forces of instability inside Baghdad, follows efforts in Anbar province to help Sunni Arab sheikhs combat Sunni Islamist al Qaeda.
“We think it’s a very positive development, we’re excited about it. But we are frankly being cautious.” he said by videolink from Baghdad.
The strategy of working with local sheikhs to develop tribal police to secure their own neighborhoods is being expanded to other areas of Iraq as well, U.S. generals say.
“We’d like to do the same thing with some of the Shia groups as well,” Fil said.
This trend of Iraqis coming out against al-Qaeda and siding with the Iraqi government and the US is expanding and it seems to be accelerating. There will come a tipping point where the nation throws of the Islamo Fascist canard and gets down to running things. This would put Iraq on a path to success which will be hard to stop if one even wanted to. It could become a fate compli by late next year if the current trends hold.
It would make the Iraq war no different than most others, with some set backs and some mistakes, but still a historic success. It will not be a Desert Storm, when the US liberated Kuwait from Iraq Forces. But it would make it faster path to stability than the Balkans (still struggling for normalcy) and be a fraction of the time for Europe to mend after WW II. Won’t even mention the Korean Penninsula.
This would be a very timely turn of events in case the GOP does succeed in bringing us back to 1992 with Dems in control of both houses of Congress and the presidency. It would be nice to get Iraq to the point Democrats would be cautious not to undo all the progress made.