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Posted: 12/18/2005 7:56:16 AM EDT
December 18, 2005
al-Qaeda's Democracy Problem
Sunnis may have voted for a secular Shiite candidate

By Bill Roggio

The day before the parliamentary election, al Qaeda issued an “urgent statement announcing new attacks launched today against the American and Iraqi forces’ ‘strongholds,’ and to spoil ‘their celebrations of ‘democratic’ disbelief and adultery.’” Other Islamists and Salafist terrorist groups offered less than forceful protestations of the election and vowed not to commit acts of violence against voters or polling places.

After the latest and not-so-greatest al-Qaeda offensive fizzled out, the terrorist group issued another statement vowing to continue their campaign of terror in Iraq. The question is, to what end? Does al Qaeda have the ability to influence evens in Iraq, the forwarding of Democracy?

LtCol Starling, the Operations Officer of Regimental Combat Team - 2, the unit in charge of western Anbar province, met with a very senior tribal leader the day after election and reported Sunnis voted overwhelmingly for Ayad Allawi, a secular Shiite candidate. Another U.S. source well in tune with the populace in Anbar province reported the same information. If this information is accurate, not only are Sunnis voting (their turnout is predicted at about 80%), but they are voting for a Shiite candidate. And there are calls across the board, from Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish leaders to create a government “to promote national unity.”

The Islamic Army of Iraqi laments Shiite control of the government “will be the mother of evils and disaster upon the Sunni people.” Zarqawi has been quite clear about his hatred and disgust for the “apostate” Shiites, and has repeatedly slaughtered Shiites in an attempt to instigate a civil war in Iraq. This is a vein that runs deep among the Salafists; the Shiites are hated more than Westerners for their different interpretation of Islam.

The depth of al-Qaeda’s nightmare in Iraq only deepens. Not only are their attacks less frequent and even less effective in influencing events on the ground, but their natural base of support, the Sunni population, has chosen democracy, and if reports are true, is voting for a secular Shiite to govern Iraq. This would be yet another ideological defeat for al-Qaeda and the rejection of their extremism in the heart of the Muslim world.

Link Posted: 12/18/2005 9:05:46 AM EDT
Bump for those who haven't seen it.
Link Posted: 12/18/2005 9:18:33 AM EDT
But John Murtha says…

But Howard Dean says…

But Nancy Pelosi says…


Link Posted: 12/18/2005 9:27:13 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/18/2005 9:34:04 AM EDT by warlord]
Man that is great news, according to the soothsayers, some political hacks and news media in the USA, we are going to loose the war, but based on reports from the USA soldiers on this board and the above, things are going okay. Me? I agree with those political hacks etc, I would like to bring our soldiers home, that is after we beat the crap out of the enemy, but I'm afraid that it will probably be years before that will happen, but then I'm hoping.
Link Posted: 12/18/2005 9:28:51 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Max_Mike:
But John Murtha says…

But Howard Dean says…

But Nancy Pelosi says…






They ain't saying much now.




Democrats the party of defeat.
Link Posted: 12/18/2005 9:36:21 AM EDT

Originally Posted By JIMBEAM:

Originally Posted By Max_Mike:
But John Murtha says…

But Howard Dean says…

But Nancy Pelosi says…






They ain't saying much now.




Democrats the party of defeat.


The Dems are hoping for another Vietnam fiasco, but they don't seem to realize that things are different today than it was in Vietnam, we have a Republican PotUS in charge, and is letting the correct people fight the war, rather than mico-managing it from the White House.
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