Cursed Are The Peacemakers

October 10th, 2007at 11:47am Posted by Eli

Still think “General Betray Us” (I prefer “Puppetraeus” myself, but I’m outvoted) is an honorable straight shooter?

Over the weekend, General Petraeus increased the belligerent rhetoric against Iran, claiming that Iran could be the biggest long term threat to Iraqi security. Iran, he explained, is getting weapons into Iraq, sending military and political officials into the country, and coordinating with militia groups.

…But leaving aside the hypocrisy, on the *very same day,* news came out that Iran had helped broker a peace deal between the two major Shia militias, the Badr Corps of SIIC (formerly SCIRI) and Moqtada al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army. Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, the leader of SIIC, who is reportedly undergoing treatment for cancer in Iran, met with Sadr, a frequent rival for Shia following and control in Baghdad and oil-rich Basra province, to bury the hatchet. The plan reportedly has three primary elements: stopping the fighting between Iraqis, urging media to engender a spirit of friendship and forgiveness, and establishing commissions in each of Iraq’s 18 provinces to oversee the peace initiative. The agreement was “in the spirit of” Ramadan, the Muslim holy month in which gestures of forgiveness and mercy are often made.


So when Petraeus says (quoting the CNN article, not the General directly) that, “sectarian fighting among militias fueled by Iran could be the biggest long-term challenge for Iraq,” well, exactly what sectarian fighting among militias is he referring to? Why are these statement always so vague, so imprecise? *Which* militias? *Where* is Iran fueling fighting? I’m open to being convinced, but the dichotomy of Petraeus accusing Iran of fueling sectarian infighting at precisely the same time two major militia groups are agreeing to a peace accord in Iran doesn’t bode well for his case.

So, basically, Iran is trying to advance peace in Iraq while the US is fomenting instability. Tell me again who’s the good guys and who’s the bad guys?

Admittedly, Iran is only working on intra-Shia peace, but that’s still a helluva lot more than we’re doing.

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