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Maliki Calls For Government “Crisis Conference”

From an outraged Associated Press:


Iraq’s al-Maliki plans crisis conference

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD – Sunni politicians maintained a hard line Monday after Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki invited key Sunni and Kurdish allies to a crisis conference in a desperate bid to reach a compromise among Iraq’s divided factions…

Al-Maliki called for the meeting during a news conference Sunday and said he hoped it could take place in the next two days as he faces growing impatience with his government’s perceived Shiite bias and failure to achieve reconciliation or to stop the sectarian violence threatening to tear the country apart…

The prime minister also threatened to isolate the political blocs who have boycotted his Cabinet, suggesting they could be replaced by local Sunni tribal leaders who have recently formed alliances and joined U.S.-led efforts against al-Qaida in Iraq.

“We hope to end this crisis and that the ministers will return,” al-Maliki said. “But if that doesn’t happen, we will go to our brothers who are offering their help and we will choose ministers from among them.”

But Iraq’s minority Sunnis expressed growing anger over their perceptions of al-Maliki as a deeply biased sectarian leader with links to Iran and his failure to bring all sides together after taking office in May 2006 and promising a national unity government.

“It is one year and 4 months now that he has been in office and he is still leading a one-man rule and a sectarian policy,” said Hamid al-Mutlaq, a senior member of the National Dialogue Front, a Sunni Arab political party. “The country is on the verge of collapse.”

“Is he going to give a cure after all this destruction? He has proved that he is a sectarian leader and a failure, the country is under the control of criminal gangs with the complete absence of an authority or government.”

His sharp words came a day after Iraq’s most senior Sunni politician, Adnan al-Dulaimi, issued a desperate appeal for Arab nations to help stop what he called an “unprecedented genocide campaign” by Shiite militias armed, trained and controlled by Iran.

Al-Dulaimi said “Persians” and “Safawis,” Sunni terms for Iranian Shiites, were on the brink of total control in Baghdad and soon would threaten Sunni Arab regimes which predominate in the Mideast.

“It is a war that has started in Baghdad and they will not stop there but will expand it to all Arab lands,” al-Dulaimi wrote in an impassioned e-mail Sunday to The Associated Press.

Sunni Arab regimes throughout the Middle East fear the growing influence of Iran’s Shiite theocracy with radical groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas as well as the Syrian regime. Raising the specter of Iranian power reaching the Arab doorstep, unlikely in the near term, betrayed al-Dulaimi’s desperation.

But his fears of a Shiite takeover of Baghdad were not as farfetched. Mahdi Army militiamen have cleansed entire neighborhoods of Sunni residents and seized Sunni mosques. Day by day, hundreds have been killed and thousands have fled their homes, seeking safety in the shrinking number of majority Sunni districts.

The fighters, nominally loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, are believed to operate as death squads blamed for much of the country’s sectarian slaughter.

Sunni extremists, many with al-Qaida links, are responsible too, mainly through massive bombings, often carried out by suicide attackers…

It’s surprising for our watchdog media to address the powers actually behind their daily diet of bombing news.

Though they can’t resist editorializing:

Sunni Arab regimes throughout the Middle East fear the growing influence of Iran’s Shiite theocracy with radical groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas as well as the Syrian regime. Raising the specter of Iranian power reaching the Arab doorstep, unlikely in the near term, betrayed al-Dulaimi’s desperation.

This is not “unlikely” at all. Especially once Iran becomes a nuclear power.

Still, if the AP would only dare to explain some of the area dynamics to their Democrat masters, maybe they wouldn’t be quite so insistent on our immediate surrender.

(Just kidding, of course.)

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, August 13th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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