Sunday, January 09, 2005

Terrorism in Iraq

What do you think of this report from MSNBC?
[Maj. Gen.Muhammad Abdallah al-Shahwani, director of Iraq’s National Intelligence Service said that] U.S. occupation has failed to crack the problem of broad support for the insurgency. The insurgents, he said, 'are mostly in the Sunni areas where the population there, almost 200,000, is sympathetic to them.' He said most Iraqi people do not actively support the insurgents or provide them with material or logistical help, but at the same time they won't turn them in. One military source involved in the Pentagon debate agrees that this is the crux of the problem, and he suggests that new offensive operations are needed that would create a fear of aiding the insurgency. 'The Sunni population is paying no price for the support it is giving to the terrorists,' he said. 'From their point of view, it is cost-free. We have to change that equation.'
Good idea? Make sure that if the Sunni population continues to support the insurgents against our troops, that at least they pay a price for it?

Mark A. R. Kleiman's Moral clarity dep't post makes things clear.
Eventually, an administration willing to embrace torture to fight terror was going to embrace terror as well.

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