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Progress in Iraq. Kerry's wrong. There's good news in Fallujah.
opinionjournal.com ^ | Thursday, October 21, 2004 12:01 a.m. EDT | REVIEW & OUTLOOK

Posted on 10/22/2004 9:25:46 PM PDT by crushelits

With polls showing a tight Presidential race, it's possible John Kerry could be our commander-in-chief soon. So it would be nice to think he's paying enough attention to what's going on in Iraq to know that conditions there aren't, as he said a few days ago, "getting worse each week."

The kidnappings, mortar attacks and roadside bombs continue--and will until the insurgency is defeated. But recent weeks have actually seen progress by American and Iraqi forces toward reasserting control over Saddam's old stronghold in the Sunni Triangle. That, in turn, means credible nationwide elections in January are more likely than ever.

The first of the troublesome cities to return to Iraqi government control was Samarra early this month. In recent days American and Iraqi forces have also carried out successful anti-terrorist raids in several towns just south of Baghdad populated by disgruntled ex-employees of the old regime's military-industrial complex. Insurgent cells in Mahmudiya, Yusufiya and Latifiya are the reason the road between Baghdad and Najaf has been so dangerous.

Most important, allied forces seem poised finally to take control of Fallujah, which has been a no-go zone since the end-of-April deal that turned the town over to ex-Baathists called the Fallujah Brigade. That decision was easily the biggest mistake of the war, since it caused both friend and foe to question American resolve and gave the thugs a safe haven from which to stage car bombings and other attacks.

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TOPICS: Front Page News
KEYWORDS: fallujah; goodnews; iraq; kerry; kerryiraq; kerrywrong; napalminthemorning; progress; progressiraq; wot

1 posted on 10/22/2004 9:25:46 PM PDT by crushelits
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To: crushelits

You mean Kerry's lying about Iraq?????

How can this be?????


2 posted on 10/22/2004 9:28:35 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Defeatists Suck)
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To: EternalVigilance

His lips are moving.


3 posted on 10/22/2004 9:29:40 PM PDT by CWOJackson
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To: crushelits

Good news bump.


4 posted on 10/22/2004 9:31:01 PM PDT by T. Buzzard Trueblood ("He is the No. 1 liberal in the Senate." Michael Moore on John Kerry)
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To: T. Buzzard Trueblood

Add it to the list of the bizillion other things sKerry is wrong about.....

He doesn't care..we're just peons


5 posted on 10/22/2004 9:32:10 PM PDT by austinaero
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To: CWOJackson
Bada Bing...Good one...


6 posted on 10/22/2004 9:33:19 PM PDT by zarf (Toilet paper medicated with aloe is the greatest invention since the electric light!!)
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To: CWOJackson

Teed that one up for ya....


7 posted on 10/22/2004 9:35:00 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Defeatists Suck)
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To: EternalVigilance

Thanks...I couldn't resist.


8 posted on 10/22/2004 9:36:01 PM PDT by CWOJackson
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To: crushelits
Fallujah should be demolished into individual motes of dust; be done with it and move on.

Absurd; ridiculous. Drop a nuke on it. F- it.

--Boris

9 posted on 10/22/2004 9:38:10 PM PDT by boris (The deadliest weapon of mass destruction in history is a Leftist with a word processor)
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To: crushelits
"That decision was easily the biggest mistake of the war, since it caused both friend and foe to question American resolve and gave the thugs a safe haven from which to stage car bombings and other attacks."

Yeah, but we aren't privy to the strategery sessions of the military.

It could also be a move to attract all the insurgents possible to Falluja, thinking that they are in a safe haven and free to plot their skulduggery.

With the insurgents being concentrated there, a seige of the place makes much more sense, so it could be a brilliant move instead of a mistake.

11 posted on 10/22/2004 9:42:40 PM PDT by nightdriver
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To: crushelits

Yet another good news bump.


12 posted on 10/22/2004 9:42:48 PM PDT by T. Buzzard Trueblood ("He is the No. 1 liberal in the Senate." Michael Moore on John Kerry)
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To: skyye

Uh....are you aware that most Kurds ARE Shiia?


13 posted on 10/22/2004 9:49:21 PM PDT by McGavin999 (We have planted the seeds of democracy and watered them with our blood, now let freedom reign)
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To: crushelits

The only good news from Falluja can be that it does not exist anymore


14 posted on 10/22/2004 9:50:50 PM PDT by eclectic (Falluja delenda est)
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To: skyye

That's strange, because on the Iraqi blogs they say that they are mostly Shiia (same as the Iranians). When they talk about the Sunnis they are only 20% of the population, the Kurds are 20% and the Shiia south is 60%. Perhaps they are wrong, but I figured since they have lived their entire life there, they would know. I do know that Saddam transferred a lot of Arabs up there to take over most of the north and displace the Kurds. They are an entirely different people, so perhaps they are mixed.


17 posted on 10/22/2004 10:08:01 PM PDT by McGavin999 (We have planted the seeds of democracy and watered them with our blood, now let freedom reign)
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To: skyye

Hmmm, I guess that's why Saddam went after them, because they were Sunnis like him.


19 posted on 10/22/2004 11:23:08 PM PDT by McGavin999 (We have planted the seeds of democracy and watered them with our blood, now let freedom reign)
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To: McGavin999

"Kurds are overwhelmingly Muslim and are typically members of the Sunni sect....."

This is a quote from culturalorientation.net, a web site set up to teach aid workers about refugees being resettled in the USA. Link: http://www.culturalorientation.net/kurds/krelig.html

Saddam went after the Kurds because they are a different racial group, they want to break away from Iraq and because the Iraqi Kurds helped Iran during the Iran-Iraq war.

Even in the Middle East, religous differences are not the cause for every conflict.


20 posted on 10/23/2004 1:11:33 AM PDT by jimtorr
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To: McGavin999

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/iraq/religion.
htm

The Sunni population of Iraq is predominately Hanafi, while the Shi’i population is predominantly Ja’fari. Kurdish Muslims are mostly of the Sunni branch, but mainly follow the Shafi’i school of Sunni Islam, which distinguishes them from the majority of the Iraqi Arab Sunni Muslim population, which is primarily of the Hanafi school of Sunni Islam. There is also a strong Sufi mystic following among the Kurds. Sufism contributes to a less orthodox practice of Islam among much of the Kurdish population.

Not the same...different "branch"


21 posted on 10/23/2004 1:19:39 AM PDT by MEG33 (John Kerry has been AWOL on issues of national security for two decades)
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