Sunday, June 26, 2005


This is an interesting development, if true. However an explosive story consisting of anonymous sources mus be taken with a grain of salt. In addition, it appears that the sources for the Sunday Times regarding these negotation meetings are the insurgents themselves.

Let's examine this story,

1) "The talks on June 3 were followed by a second encounter 10 days later, according to an Iraqi who said that he had attended both meetings. Details provided to The Sunday Times by two Iraqi sources whose groups were involved indicate that further talks are planned in the hope of negotiating an eventual breakthrough that might reduce the violence in Iraq."

If true, it shows that not only is the United States desiring an end to the violence but the insurgents as well. If anything it shows that the insurgents are not willing to all die to the death as the media likes to breathlessly claim.

2) "Iraqi sources, who have proved reliable in the past, said the American team included senior military and intelligence officers, a civilian staffer from Congress and a representative of the US embassy in Baghdad.
the American team began to irritate the Iraqis with what some saw as a crude attempt to gather intelligence. They asked questions about the “hierarchy and logistics of the groups, how they functioned, how orders were dispatched, how they divide their work and so on”, the Iraqi source said."

So, the Iraqi sources were not from the Iraqi government but from the insurgents themselves. The credibility of insurgents must be questioned before one can outright believe this story. They might be trying to use propaganda as a way of defusing America's claim not to "negotiate with terrorists." They might be floating the story as a cry-for-help trial balloon. They might be recounting the truth, all possibilities must be considered.

If true, perhaps the "crude" questions about hierarchy was a good way for the American forces to figure how organized is the insurgency and who are its leaders. This also might be a pathetic ploy by the insurgents to manipulate the media for some sympathy by presentin only one side of the story.

Read the rest of the story for yourself and decide whether to believe these terrorist "sources" are telling the truth about any negotiations.

US 'in talks with Iraq with Iraq rebels' - Sunday Times - Times Online

Other blogs you might find interesting right now: Michelle Malkin has great links and Mudville Gazette talks about visiting wounded Chuck Ziegenfuss


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