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Thursday, November 16, 2006

"Unleash the Shi'ites?"

Laura Rozen is reporting an interesting story in her Op-Ed in the LATimes today. Rozen is saying that the Bush administration is seriously considering throwing its weight behind the Shi'as in Iraq versus the Sunnis, thus reversing the 2-year policy of bringing the Sunnis to the negotiating table.

Some Iraqi websites are carrying a breaking story from Al-Iraqiya TV reporting that the Iraqi Interior Ministry has just issued an arrest warrant for radical Sunni leader Harith Al-Dhari. Al-Dhari had been recently accused by President Talabani and PM Maliki of inciting sectarian hatred. However, Al-Dhari has been fanning the flames for years now, and it is interesting that the government has finally decided to go after him.

Rozen's story comes amid threats of withdrawing from Maliki's cabinet made by the leading Sunni partner in the government, the Tawafuq 'Consensus' Bloc, which includes Vice-President Tarek al-Hashemi, Deputy Prime Minister Salam al-Zoba'i, and several ministers, as well as Speaker of the Parliament Mahmoud Mashhadani.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what haappens when Saudia Arabia and other Sunni countries make good on their threat to get more involved in this with more money, weapons and personnel and rachet it up a notch from what it is now (out of the frying pan and into the fire) for all concerned? We all know it will happen if they unleash the Shi"as and they start a worse bloodbath than it ialready is for both sides.

1:21 PM, December 11, 2006

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