Is this a turning point?
Meanwhile, a powerful Sunni organization believed to have ties with the insurgents sought to condemn the weekend attacks that left nearly 100 Iraqis dead.
"We won't remain silent over those crimes which target the Iraqi people Sunnis or Shiites, Islamic or non-Islamic," Sheik Harith al-Dhari, of the Association Muslim Scholars, told a news conference.
Iraqis, he said, should unite "against those who are trying to incite hatred between us."
Initial reaction: Its about flipping time.
This is what I have been waiting for. It has been a general belief that the insurgents in this country will not leave until the locals start standing up for themselves. When the Iraqis finally get fed up with the outsiders using their homeland as a battlefield, they will push them out. This a ray of hope that the time is here. I hope the will of the Iraqi people, who like anyone else just wants peace, rises up and says "No More!"
There are two main causes for this new ray of hope.
First. The Iraqi people have a taste of political freedom. They now know that each and every Iraqi has a voice, not just a certain group. This voice felt so good and wonderful and brought so much pride to their homeland internationally that they can not let it go. Freedom is a great motivator.
Second. The Coalition has adjusted to the tactics of the insurgents. It is not as easy to kill the Americans. The coalition has been taught that if you look strong and are strong the bad guys won't mess with you. In an adjustment to this the insurgents have made a CRITICAL error. They have started targeting the Iraqis. The local population do not feel the pain of this war when the Americans are being killed. But when their brothers, fathers, sons and neighbors are dying, the pain comes home. Now the local have a vested interest in stopping the pain.
I don't know how this will all turn out, but I see this as nothing but good news.
Sidenote: Sunnis realize a whoops!
"We made a big mistake when we didn't vote," said Sheik Hathal Younis Yahiya, 49, a representative from northern Nineveh. "Our votes were very important."
Update: Mudville has a legthly post saying the 'insurgents' are on the ropes