Where Have All the Flowers Gone/When Will They Ever Learn?
They've gone to making wreaths. The Iraqi Slogger reports that some Sunnis in the Iraqi government "are reconsidering their ties to insurgents" following the bomb attacking against Deputy Prime Minister Salam Al-Zobai of the Accord Front. The most ironic aspect of this attack is that the principal suspect may have already been in Coalition custody before the al-Zobai intervened to release the man who would kill his brother, blow up his guests and nearly kill him.
Iraqi authorities detained several members of his security detail following the attack after Dhafir Al-Ani, a member of Al-Zobai’s bloc in parliament, said the suicide bomber was one of the deputy prime minister’s bodyguards. The Islamic State of Iraq, an umbrella group of extremist insurgent groups including Al-Qaeda in Iraq, claimed responsibility for the attack in an Internet statement. ...
An unnamed Iraqi security official had identified the suicide bomber as Weheb Al-Sa’di, a bodyguard of Al-Zobai who was in detention by Iraqi authorities on terrorism charges last year before the deputy prime minister intervened to secure his release. The state-run Al-Iraqiya TV confirmed the identity of the bomber, while Alaa’ Al-Zobai, the deputy prime minister’s brother, denied the reports in a statement to wire agencies.
But it is apparently not only the Sunnis who are having second thoughts about the durability of the "deals" they have cut with "militants". The Shi'ites are having troubles of their own.
The Islamic Fadhila Party issued an official statement accusing “hundreds of outlaw militants” using official security vehicles of carrying out the attacks against the party’s headquarters in Basrah Thursday, the Iraq News Agency reported. The statement hinted that the attacks were in response to the party’s decision to break away from the United Iraqi Alliance, the majority Shi’ite bloc in Iraqi parliament, and act as an independent bloc. It also revealed that party branches in Samawa and Suwayra were attacked days ago. The party held security forces in the Basrah Governorate full responsibility for failing to intervene and for the involvement of some of its “partisan” elements in the attacks. “The party is extremely pessimistic about the performance of security forces when it takes over security responsibilities from British troops,” the statement concluded.
Apparently politics in the Middle East and some Islamic countries is like herding cats. But cats are cuter. I wonder how long any deal made with Iran and Syria to cover a US disengagement would last?