Thursday, January 18, 2007

Iraqis need a political solution

Raed Jarrar just posted a piece about the Bush administration's "surge" strategy for pacification of Baghdad that was sent him by a professor of political science at Baghdad University, Nadim al-Jabiri. The author is also a member of Iraq's parliament, and the head of the Islamic Virtue Party (Al-Fadhila).

Some highlights of al-Jabiri's piece:
  • The "Bush-Maliki" surge strategy is not based on a political solution that can put Iraqis together in building a non-sectarian government that aims to stabilize Iraq and end any foreign intervention.
  • Increasing the U.S. troops will show Iraqis that the U.S. administration is against setting a timetable for withdrawing all the occupation forces.
  • Sending Kurds to fight Iraqi Arabs will activate other militias and justify forming even more militias in the middle and south of Iraq.
  • People like us are losing faith in achieving our goals and getting our country back through diplomacy.

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