December 11, 2005

Progress in Iraq by Iraqis

Reading through international news I came across this article, Saddam loyalists urge Sunnis to vote, on the Al-Jazeera website. Much like the headline states, many Sunni leaders are now promoting the upcoming Iraq election. After the last election, this past January, where a Sunni boycott left very little representation in the Iraqi government, Sunni leaders now want to be included so they are not left behind again. At the same time voting is being encouraged the Sunnis are also urging those that would try to disrupt the election to stay away and are also willing to provide their own security. Another major development is that many of leaders are also using a reverse-psychology campaign against the terrorist al-Zarqawi and his al-Qaida faction. They are beginning to put him on par with their traditional 'enemies' and their occupiers. "Zarqawi is an American, Israeli and Iranian agent who is trying to keep our country unstable so that the Sunnis will keep facing occupation," said a Baathist leader who would give his name only as Abu Abd Allah. According to the article, this change of position towards the election and other developments is providing some encouragement to those involved with Iraq.

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