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Tuesday, May 22, 2007
reach out in the darkness:
Mutlak might be waiting for Sadr to take a step. Abdul Sattar al-Rishawi's ISI-hunting Anbar Salvation Council isn't. Wow.
In an unprecedented step, a top leader of the pro-US tribal alliance in Anbar Province traveled to Sadr City Tuesday to meet with leaders of the Sadrist current.According to a Sadr spokesman, Abdul Sattar will visit Sadr -- in Najaf. That's right, Najaf: the holiest city in Shiite Iraq, which just so happens to be under the control of Sadr's rivals in the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council. If this pans out, Sadr will be bringing the anti-takfiri Sunnis to Najaf, parading under the noses of his rivals that he's the authentic repository of both real Shiite protection and Iraqi nationalism.
OK. If this is really happening, Sadr's people will be dealing with the Anbar Salvation Council, which consists of -- to put it bluntly -- collaborators with the occupation forces. This is a fairly strong signal that al-Qaeda has fucked up so overwhelmingly that now the Sadrists don't consider "collaboration" to be a deal breaker for prospective partnerships.
Now, there's a certain alliance of convenience here: both the Salvation Front and the Sadrists seek to undercut their inter-sectarian rivals, and neither particularly like the Maliki government. Fine! A pathway out of the death-spiral of sectarian warfare, combined with a mutual interest in extirpating al-Qaeda that's greater than a desire to kill Americans -- well, that's, that's, that's... as much as you could possibly ask for. A timetable for withdrawal would probably sweeten the pot here considerably.