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Friday, April 01, 2005

A very good sign


Sixty-four Sunni clerics called Friday for more Sunni Arabs to enlist in Iraq's nascent security forces. Sunnis enjoyed power during Saddam Hussein's regime, but have been alienated by many of the changes since the U.S.-led invasion two years ago. Friday's call was issued during weekly prayers at mosques throughout the country. Ahmed Abdul Ghafour al-Samarrai, one of the members of the Muslim Scholars Association who signed the statement, said the clerics called upon Iraqis -- particularly Sunnis -- to join the country's security services. 'The security of this nation is every Iraqi's responsibility,' the call said. He said that since a proper national security force had replaced militias, now was the time for Sunni participation.
Signifigant Sunni participation in the security forces spells doom for the insurrection.


Blogger Greg said...

I'd be very cautious to point to just about any news from Iraq and label it as the final straw that broke the "terrorist's back".The article-or rather the news-are very promising though.If the invasion of Iraq turns into a complete success(I see it as already a partial one) I will have to consider regarding George W. Bush as one of the best presidents ever.I just feel bad I didn't get a chance to vote this time around...well...anyhow I'm from Illinois:)

4/03/2005 10:34:00 AM  
Blogger Dave Justus said...

I certainly agree that the call from the clerics for Sunnis to participate in the security forces doesn't by itself spell the end of the insurgency, but if many of the Sunni people act on this, it will be obvious that the insurgency doesn't have popular support even in the Sunni areas. Without popular support the insurgency is doomed.

Addionally, the more Sunnis there are in the security forces, if the insurgents attack those forces they are now attacking Sunnis which will further erode their only base of popular support.

4/04/2005 07:17:00 AM  

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