Monday, March 28, 2005

Insurgency in Iraq Coming to an End

This is great news for America and Iraq, the insurgents are losing and know it, thus they are seeking terms.
Many of Iraq's predominantly Sunni Arab insurgents would lay down their arms and join the political process in exchange for guarantees of their safety and that of their co-religionists, according to a prominent Sunni politician.

Sharif Ali Bin al-Hussein, who heads Iraq's main monarchist movement and is in contact with guerrilla leaders, said many insurgents including former officials of the ruling Ba'ath party, army officers, and Islamists have been searching for a way to end their campaign against US troops and Iraqi government forces since the January 30 election.

“Firstly, they want to ensure their own security,” says Sharif Ali, who last week hosted a pan-Sunni conference attended by tribal sheikhs and other local leaders speaking on behalf of the insurgents.

Insurgent leaders fear coming out into the open to talk for fear of being targeted by US military or Iraqi security forces' raids, he said.

Sharif Ali distinguishes many Sunni insurgents, whom he says took up arms in reaction to the invasive raids in search of Ba'athist leaders and other “humiliations” soon after the 2003 war, from the radical jihadist branch associated with Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

Unlike Mr Zarqawi's followers, who are thought to be responsible for the big suicide bomb attacks on Iraqi civilian targets, the other Sunni insurgents are more likely to plant bombs and carry out ambushes against security forces and US troops active near their homes.

Sharif Ali said the success of Iraq's elections dealt the insurgents a demoralising blow, prompting them to consider the need to enter the political process.

The real Iraqi insurgents, unlike Zarqawi's terrorists, want to be part of Iraq and it's Gov't. They have come to realize that if you want a say in governing, you must lay aside the violence and talk. Note how it was the Election that cause them to realize that they were wrong in trying to cause change through violence, and that not being part of the Gov't has left them out in the cold. If they do come in peacefully, then all that will be left is foreign terrorists that are in Iraq to cause trouble and kill Americans. This may be the turning point for Iraqi's violence, because the Iraqi people are now starting to get fed up with the violence against them by foreign terrorists, and they themself may kick them out. Pray that the current Iraqi Gov't deals fairly with these Iraqi insurgents, because Iraq needs the peace.

Mr Minority