Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Iraq has its own great news.

Thanks to Powerline for pointing to this:
U.S. diplomats and intelligence officers are conducting secret talks with Iraq's Sunni insurgents on ways to end fighting there, Time magazine reported on Sunday, citing Pentagon and other sources.
The magazine cited a secret meeting between two members of the U.S. military and an Iraqi negotiator, a middle-aged former member of Saddam Hussein's regime and the senior representative of what he called the nationalist insurgency.

"We are ready to work with you," the Iraqi negotiator said, according to Time.

Iraqi insurgent leaders not aligned with al Qaeda ally Abu Mousab al-Zarqawi told the magazine several nationalist groups composed of what the Pentagon calls "former regime elements" have become open to negotiating. The insurgents said their aim was to establish a political identity that can represent disenfranchised Sunnis.
Once called the dead-enders, former Ba'athist employees have a more practical stake in Iraq than they do an ideology of world domination. Their anti-democratic behavior in Iraq was more for political survival and reflexive opposition in the face of a major Shiite population. Now that the Shiites have pledged to invite the Sunnis, who regret having boycotted the elections, the Ba'athists are beginning to understand that their future in Iraq's politics is much more attractive than their future at the business end of the coalition.

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