Skip to comments.NYP: IRAQ'S DEMOCRATIC DIVISIONS, by Amir Yaheri
Posted on 09/26/2005 5:14:00 AM PDT by OESY
The next vote in Iraq is the Oct. 15 referendum on the nation's constitution, but the political elite is already turning its attention to the general elections scheduled for December.
Most Iraqi politicians now expect the constitution to be approved; fears have faded that Sunni Arabs might manage to vote it down. The optimism rises from several developments.
First, as more and more Sunni Arabs read the proposed text, now widely distributed, they realize it is not as bad as some of their self-styled leaders claimed. The latest suicide-killer attacks have also come as a wake-up call to Sunnis not to let terrorists provoke a sectarian war.
A passionate plea for national unity came Sept. 16 from Sheik Mahmoud al-Sumaidaei, the spiritual leader of Sunni Arabs. Speaking at the Um al-Qura Mosque in Baghdad, al-Sumaidaei called for a national conference to find a common strategy against terror. "We don't need others to come across the border and kill us in the name of defending us," he said, a reference to Arab terrorists who have joined the insurgency under the banner of al Qaeda. "We reject the killing of any Iraqi."
Almost at the same time, a suicide-bomber, who turned out to be a Saudi, killed 12 worshippers at a mosque in Tuz Khormato, north of Baghdad. All those killed were Turcomans, proving al-Sumdaidaei's contention that the terrorists had embarked on a campaign of indiscriminate massacre.
The parading of captured Arab terrorists on TV has brought home another truth: The "insurgency" is mainly a foreign invasion by forces that wish to impose on Iraq a Taliban-style government. "The insurgency has nothing to do with Iraqis"....
Prospects for the constitution's passage have also improved as a result of a decision by the maverick cleric... Sadr not to call for a "no" vote....
(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...
(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
The Saudi's must be really upset about the Iraq constitution making slavery illegal.
If they try and execute Saddam very speedily, and ratify the constitution, IMO the violence will close to disappear.
When the media fails to bring attention to this story. Then it will signal the end of the Iraq war and the success of the coalition forces . Contrarian indicators can be applied to the sentiment of the media the same way they are applied to financial markets.