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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Iraqi Rebels and Government mull talking to each other!

In what i can't seem to discern as a good or a bad move, The Iraqi Government is reporting that the two biggest Iraqi "Ressistance" groups , the Islamic Army of Iraq and the Mujahedeen Army, are now open for talks with the government. They are apparently thinking of following Muqty's example and coming out to the political arena. Why do i have the feeling that this would be a really bad move on the Iraqi government part? I mean, on one hand, negotiations with them might lead to a cease fire and an end to the blodshed, but on the other hand such a peace will definitely come with the price of giving those groups some sort of power in exchange. And lest we forget, those are the same people that terrorized the Sunnis from participating in the January elections, and thus having no represntation in the Parliamant. It would be rewarding those who killed and terrorized Iraqis, and giving them power that they didn't get through the proper channels, i.e. elections. Not to mention, they will always wield the threat of force against the government everytime they disagree, which is why negotiating with terrorists is always a bad idea. Is lowering the amount of attacks in Iraq, really worth that risk? I wonder.


At 6/08/2005 03:13:00 PM, Blogger gbaikie said...

If they take the political position that they oppose "sucidical attack" as immoral and killing civilians is always wrong- all it does is cause misery. And as a form of warfare it is ineffective. And finally declare their loyality to Iraq and will of Iraqi people. I think it's reasonable to allow them into the political process if one their political objectives is to stop any further acts of terror.

At 6/08/2005 08:23:00 PM, Blogger Tina said...

Just remember, old Mukety only won 3 seat in the new government. It seems the media's "powerful Iraqi rebel leader" didn't have that many people following him.

At 6/08/2005 10:59:00 PM, Blogger programmer craig said...

I may be wrong, but isn't the current Iraqi government primarily responsible for writing an Iraqi constitution, with elections at a later date to fill constitutionally created offices?

If that's the case, then adding people to the government now only adds voices for what the new constitution will look like. Having non-shia adding their voices to that discussion seems like it would be a good thing.

But on general principals I don't much like the idea of having guys like this in the government... so, I dunno. Seems like a mixed bag.

At 6/14/2005 09:59:00 AM, Blogger valueprep.com said...

Continue to wipe out the insurgents is the only way to protect from the lawless who wish to do nothing but harm the civilians because they are attempting to progress rather than stay static.
It is a touchy situation, but most agree that dialogue should be of utmost priority here.
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