Iraqi Insurgent Convention Postponed

July 25, 2007

There are probably hundreds of ways to spin this article, so I’ll just give it my own:  Time – Iraqi Insurgents, Together at Poolside

The convention of Iraqi insurgents was scheduled to take place Monday at the resort-like Sahara Hotel outside Damascus but, within hours of the plenary session actually starting, the Syrian government suddenly canceled the summit. However, high-level representatives of much of the Iraqi nationalist insurgency, remained at the venue informally negotiating and laying out a framework for what a post-U.S. Iraq would look like.

Late Monday evening, dozens of conference attendees — a group drawn primarily from the ranks of former military officers, Ba’athist officials, and the Sunni insurgency — gathered for a catered dinner beside the hotel’s outdoor pool. Several, including a high-ranking former military officer now overseeing Ba’athist resistance activities in his region, talked openly, if carefully, about strategy, although some asked that their names be withheld….

What types of discussions were on the agenda?

Once the majority of American troops have left, the alliance plans to throw out the constitution, dissolve the parliament, cancel all resolutions issued from the Bremer era on, and disband the existing security forces and U.S.-trained Iraqi army divisions. The U.S. embassy in Baghdad, they said, would have to close — “as in Saigon. With helicopters on the roof” said Samarai — until Washington recognized a new, resistance-led Iraqi governing council, and offered compensation to all individuals and organizations affected by the war. Under the new leadership, all Iraqi citizens who worked for or cooperated with the current, coalition-backed government would be arrested.

Of course, if you’ve been listening to Bush lately, you’d think that the blame for all our problems in Iraq can be directed toward al Qaeda.   Hey, what about al Qaeda, anyway?

Indeed, thorny organizational issues were evident. Despite the conference’s claims of national unity, attendees were overwhelmingly Sunni and mostly secular. A few smaller groups like Al Qaeda in Iraq — representing, said several delegates, a hated “foreign presence” — were not included.

In other words, this was a scheduled pow wow between Iraqis.  These aren’t people who want to attack the US, are they?  In short, they just want to run their own country their way, without American influence.  If these groups want to drive the U.S. troops out of the country and dissolve the government, certainly said government would want us to stick around and protect them, right? No? That’s weird.   All this kind of confirms what most observers already knew; the situation in Iraq is a heck of a lot more complicated than Bush would have us believe.  In fact, in reality,  it’s pretty FUBAR, and screaming “Victory!” at the top of one’s lungs isn’t going to un-FUBAR it. 

BTW- I thought I’d include another blogger’s take on the matter, since this can be so confusing:

There’s not a whole lot of common ground between “join the political process” and “dissolve the constitution”; as such, all of these guys are going to have to be killed at some point. The only question is whether the U.S. military, the IA, or the JAM will do most of the killing.

Problem solved!


  1. In short, they just want to run their own country their way, without American influence.
    Exactly! Can we blame them? We wouldn’t want to be occupied by another country… say like Russia or Japan!

  2. “Exactly! Can we blame them? We wouldn’t want to be occupied by another country… say like Russia or Japan!”

    Are you suggesting that anybody in America (or even just one person in America) actually wants to ‘occupy’ Iraq?

    Damn….Lefty is dumb. I want my country back!

  3. Isn’t that what we’re doing right now Sage?

  4. Chen, Suzie said “We wouldn’t ‘want’ to be occupied”. She seemed to be suggesting that there are some people in America that DO “want” to occupy Iraq.

    You’ve been around the blogosphere for quite a while. You’ve read and posted on dozens of blogs- left and right, Have you ever heard anyone on either side say that they want to occupy Iraq?

  5. I don’t think that’s what Suzie was suggesting.

    Anyway, there were people who definately “wanted” to invade Iraq, and then there is the issue of permanent bases and “a substantial American force presence” were stated principles among neoconservatives.

  6. The Left, especially Hillary Clinton want permanent bases in Iraq. Hillary has talked about leaving substantial contingent of military forces in Iraq for an indefinite period of time.

    What I’m suggesting is that nobody in America wants to Occupy Iraq indefinitely. Well, at least I can speak for most people on the right side of the spectrum. What we would like to see is the Iraqi people take care of their own country and try to make it a fairly decent place to live. They can fight against radical Islamists and terrorists and hopefully they can develop into a modern democracy. I don’t like seeing people living in the 7th century when the rest of the world is living in the 21st. Maybe they can become a trading partner or someday even a vacation destination?

    Hey, I can dream can’t I?

  7. The left wants permanent bases? I think you have it backwards.

  8. It is reserve

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