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Monday, October 16, 2006
war with no mercy:
Peter got me talking about Iraq today at Mozart, so let's return to the heady days of Iraq'd
for a moment. As you may have read over the last few days, the multi-pronged civil war is escalating rapidly, with Sunnis streaming out of their beseiged cities in droves, fleeing across the Tigris, and eagerly exacting vengeance on any Shiites they can find. For the last several years, I've been arguing that withdrawal will have at least one beneficial consequence for U.S. national security that the stay-forever crowd doesn't acknowledge: Iraqi Sunnis really, really don't like al-Qaeda. In Latifiyah, Mahmudiyah and Fallujah, when American forces have moved out, the Iraqis have taken actions against the residual foreign jihadis who use the occupation as a pretext to control Sunni Iraq.
So Beinart asked: well, if there's a civil war, won't the Iraqi Sunnis have another excuse to stand shoulder to shoulder with al-Qaeda? Namely, the Shiite threat?
Good question. My answer was perhaps, maybe, but during Fallujah II there were reports -- Ghaith Abdul Ahad in the Washington Post had a great one that I'll google for you guys later -- that the Iraqi insurgents actually shot foreign jihadis during the Marine invasion, since they proved to be unreliable allies. But in today's Post there's more evidence for that view: