Thursday, July 19, 2007

Holy Shit! "Insurgents form political front to plan for US pullout"

This might not seem like good news but it's an enourmous step forward to getting America out of Iraq and restoring sovereignty to the Iraqi people. Understand, I'm not gleafully saying "Yeah! Kill American Troops!", quite the opposite. This will lead to less troop deaths and will ultimately save people fighting from dying through pulling out. But let me quote the article (title link):

"Seven of the most important Sunni-led insurgent organisations fighting the US occupation in Iraq have agreed to form a public political alliance with the aim of preparing for negotiations in advance of an American withdrawal, their leaders have told the Guardian."

"....said they would continue their armed resistance until all foreign troops were withdrawn from Iraq, and denounced al-Qaida for sectarian killings and suicide bombings against civilians."

"Leaders of the three groups, who did not use their real names in the interview, said the new front, which brings together the main Sunni-based armed organisations except al-Qaida and the Ba'athists, had agreed the main planks of a joint political programme, including a commitment to free Iraq from foreign troops, rejection of cooperation with parties involved in political institutions set up under the occupation and a declaration that decisions and agreements made by the US occupation and Iraqi government are null and void."

"The aim of the alliance - which includes a range of Islamist and nationalist-leaning groups and is planned to be called the Political Office for the Iraqi Resistance - is to link up with other anti-occupation groups in Iraq to negotiate with the Americans in anticipation of an early US withdrawal. The programme envisages a temporary technocratic government to run the country during a transition period until free elections can be held."

""Resistance isn't just about killing Americans without aims or goals. Our people have come to hate al-Qaida, which gives the impression to the outside world that the resistance in Iraq are terrorists. We are against indiscriminate killing, fighting should be concentrated only on the enemy," he said. He added: "A great gap has opened up between Sunni and Shia under the occupation and al-Qaida has contributed to that.""

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This is an amazing step forward, something that takes us out of the realm of seemingly unorganized groups randomly attacking people and into the realm of a coordinated political resistence movement that could potentially force the U.S. out of Iraq.

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