Sunday, July 22, 2007

Arming Sunnis Provokes Outcry in Iraqi Congress

Apparently I'm not the only one who thinks arming Sunnis on the premise that they will use the weapons against Al-Qaeda is an explosive proposition.

Radio Sawa reports [in Arabic] that the United Iraqi Alliance bloc in parliament met and rejected the new US policy of arming Sunni Arab groups to fight "al-Qaeda" in Iraq.

The UIA, the leading bloc in parliament, is a coalition of Shiite fundamentalist parties. They insisted that arms be only in the hands of state forces....

The Shiite parliamentarians are alarmed at the US military's plan to arm Sunni Arab guerrillas to fight "al-Qaeda." Unlike clueless US pundits such as Charles Krauthammer, these UIA MPs know that being against "al-Qaeda" does not mean being for the al-Maliki government.

The Sunni Arabs willing to fight the foreign volunteers are just as anti-Shiite and anti-government as ever, and, armed, will pose new problems for the al-Maliki government as the US draws down its troops over the next couple of years

|US Airstrike Kills 15 Children, Women, Men; Mosul Rocked by Death Squad, Roadside Bomb Killings; Shiite UIA Rejects Arming Sunni Arabs - Informed Comment|

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