Iraq's Insurgents are Winning; U.S. Must Open Direct Talks
By Fatih Abdulsalam
May 27, 2006
Azzaman - Iraq- Original
no shame in talking to the Iraqi resistance, and if the U.S. were doing so, it
would be nothing to hide. But the reality is that the U.S. thinks it
embarrassing to talk directly to resistance groups, so it therefore relies on
third parties. Much has leaked out in regard to these indirect talks, but no
one can state firmly whether or not such
talks have actually occurred. There are rumors of letters having been
exchanged, but upon closer inspection, it can be surmised that nothing of the
sort has taken place, while all evidence does suggest that military operations
have continued unabated.
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wonder why a country like the United States thinks it embarrassing to publicly
confirm or deny contacts with Iraqi resistance fighters.
indicate that most if not all resistance groups share the view that if there is
a dialogue, it should be conducted directly with Washington, which hold the
reins of power in the country. We also gather from media reports that the U.S. doesn't
object to talking to the rebels. Then why doesn't the American side administer
might say that talking directly to terrorists and Saddamists would
undermine American authority and expose the truth that no face-saving formula
remains to deal with the resistance. But what kind of face-saving could
they be talking about? Almost everyone involved with the Iraqi turmoil has
already lost face.
there is the issue of whether the U.S. would heed the demands of the Iraqi
resistance for a ceasefire and timetable for withdrawal. Some say meeting those
demands would be tantamount to cutting and running, and that the U.S. is
unwilling to do so.
experience over the past three years shows that the United States has failed to
rectify Iraq's political situation, and the government that it protects is too
weak to govern and withstand resistance attacks.
government is losing to the resistance, and Washington cannot win this fight. Is
it not logical, then, for the U.S. to take the initiative? I understand how
complex the situation has become. But at the same time, it is my conviction
dialogue is the only remaining option left to save this country.
VIDEO FROM DUBAI: IRAN TRICKED U.S. INTO ENTERING TO IRAQ
AL-ARABIYA TV, DUBAI: Excerpts from an interview with former Hezbollah secretary-general Subhi Al-Tufeili, May 4, 00:05:49, Via MEMRI
"The Iranians wanted to get rid of Saddam by bringing the Americans into Iraq. This is a very grave responsibility that they bear. They wanted this, and they sent Iraqis to America in order to reassure the Americans that they should come to Iraq."
Ex-Hezbollah Secretary-General Subhi Al-Tufeili